Popcorn News – May 31

Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro may face off in the boxing ring in Grudge Match.  The two actors, having played boxers made famous by their movies, Rocky and Raging Bull respectively, are in talks to join the Peter Segal (Get Smart) directed comedy about two aging boxers who plan one final match against one another. (The Wrap)

Fraggle Rock is being adapted for the big screen with screenwriters Jim Byrkit (co-writer on Rango) and Alex Manugian for The Jim Henson Company and Montecito Picture Company.  (Hollywood Reporter)

Tomas Alfredson, the director of Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, has bought the rights to the children’s fantasy novel The Brothers Lionheart.  The book, by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, apparently contains extremely dark themes and involves children who join a resistance to fight an evil tyrant who uses a dragon to control the land.  The proposed film is in early stages of development. (Twitch Film)

New stills of Arnold Schwarzenegger, sporting grey hair, and Sylvester Stallone in their upcoming action thriller, The Tomb, have appeared online.  The film, directed by Mikael Hafstrom, co-stars Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio and Sam Neill and centers on the two leading men escaping from a high-tech prison. (Twitch Film)

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy) are all competing for the same role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  An announcement for the role is expected to be revealed soon. (E! Online)

Adam Sandler is in talks to replace Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming comedy Three Mississippi.  He would co-star alongside Will Ferrell in the film which follows two rival families that have a touch-football Thanksgiving Day tradition. (Vulture)

Cabin Fever and Hostel helmer Eli Roth’s next directorial effort, The Green Inferno, seems to be inspired by Roth’s love of the 1980’s Cannibal Holocaust and 1988’s Naturo Contro (aka The Green Inferno/Cannibal Holocaust II) films.  The new movie reportedly “follows an idealistic student and a group of naive do-gooders who are captured by cannibalistic Indios after their plane crash lands in the Peruvian jungle.” (Variety)

Halloween 4 & 5 look to be getting the blu-ray treatment with brand new HD transfers, new special features and commentaries.  The new discs have a yet-to-be determined release date.  It’s also expected that word of a new Halloween 3: Season of the Witch special edition blu-ray may be announced soon as well. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.  The film will be released in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack and features an all new, digitally remastered picture and new special features.  The film has been restored to its original 1982 theatrical version, with the changes in the 20th anniversary re-release version having been removed (i.e. walkie talkies instead of guns).  The set will come out in October of 2012, with the specific date to be announced. (Comingsoon.net)

Last week it was reported that there was a TV miniseries remake of The Exorcist in the works.  Now comes word from William Peter Blatty, the author of the original novel and screenplay, that the reported series is false and cannot happen.  Why?  Well, because Blatty still owns the rights to The Exorcist, thus making it impossible for Morgan Creek to produce the show without legal action.  However, Blatty stated that the announcement from 2009 of a miniseries written and directed by himself is still a possibility. (Bleeding Cool)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry talks with Piranha 3DD director John Gulager and talks about an upcoming horror film called The Loved Ones. (Ain’t It Cool News)

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