Popcorn News – Aug. 30

Michael Keaton is set to play the villain in Jose Padilha’s upcoming remake of RoboCop.  Hugh Laurie was originally expected to take the role but dropped out. (Deadline)

Joss Whedon is set to co-write the pilot for ABC’s new Marvel TV series, S.H.I.E.L.D., with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who will both serve as showrunners for the series.  Whedon stated that the show is not a spin-off and will remain largely autonomous from The Avengers 2. (Variety)

Sam Raimi, while out promoting The Possession, let slip that he’s at work with his brother on a new script for a horror film.  He didn’t have many details regarding it since he’s in the early stages of writing it but said he’s eager to make another horror picture. (ShockTillYouDrop)

QED International, the producers behind District 9, have committed to produce, finance and handle international sales for an original horror film, Haunt, written by Andrew Barrer and directed by Mac Carter.  The film follows a family that “moves into a new home with a dark past.  When their son becomes involved with a beautiful girl next door, and together they begin to explore their sexual awakening, they unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house.”  New promo artwork has also been released for the film which is in pre-production. (Dread Central)

In an unprecedented move, FX has ordered 90 more episodes of Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen after only 10 episodes have aired.  The show also has an unusual schedule starting in January where it will air nearly every week of the year with a brand new episode. (Wall Street Journal)

Marvel’s The Avengers is getting a Labor Day re-release so audiences can revisit the summer’s biggest movie from Aug. 31 – Sept. 6. (Badass Digest)

Two unproduced scripts written by the late Stanley Kubrick, Downslope and God Fearing Man, are being produced for television.  Downslope is set to become a TV movie and God Fearing Man is set to become a mini-series.  They will both feature new writers adapting scripts from Kubrick’s screenplays. (Deadline)

Neil Marshall (DoomsdayThe Descent) will direct the pilot episode for Starz’s upcoming pirate drama television series, Black Sails.  Starz is eyeing a early 2014 launch for the 8-episode series. (Deadline)

Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March) has cast Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as the lead in his upcoming directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster.  The film, which is also written by Gosling, weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. (Comingsoon.net)

New scans of images from Empire Magazine show some behind the scenes still from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim. (Superherohype)

With Ben Affleck stating no involvement in Justice League, the new rumored top choice for Warners is the Wachowski’s (The Matrix trilogy).  Andy and Lana Wachowski are finishing up their latest effort, Cloud Atlas, and Warner Bros. seems to be very impressed with it.  There’s no word yet if the Wachowski’s have even been approached however. (Moviehole)

Vera Farmiga has landed a leading role in the Psycho prequel television series, Bates Motel.  She will play Norma Louise Bates, the mother of Norman Bates, for the series that will air on A&E. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jill Wagner (Blade: The Series) will return to ABC’s Wipeout after ratings took a dive with new co-host Vanessa Lachey in its fifth season. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen have signed on for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.  They will join the already cast Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard. (Hollywood Reporter)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry talks Tony Scott, Harvey and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein! (Ain’t It Cool News)


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