Popcorn News – Sept. 20

Sylvester Stallone has signed on to write, direct and star in Hunter, based off of the James Byron Huggins novel of the same name.  Stallone and Lionsgate made a deal to fast track the 3D creature feature for a 2014 release. (Bloody Disgusting)

Film composer Marco Beltrami has been confirmed to score The Wolverine for director James Mangold.  Beltrami is known for many scores including 3:10 to Yuma, The Hurt Locker, Hellboy, Blade II and Scream. (Film Music Reporter)

James Gunn (Super, Slither) took to Facebook recently to officially confirm the rumors that he will rewrite and direct The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios.  The film is scheduled to open on August 1, 2014. (Superherohype)

It has also been confirmed that Thanos, the Marvel villain that appeared in the post-credits scene of The Avengers, will appear in both The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. (Movies.com)

Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock, which was previously titled as Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, is heading to theaters just in time for awards season on November 23rd of this year.  The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, James D’Arcy, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith and Danny Huston.  A teaser poster has been revealed as well. (Twitter)

Tales From the Crypt is set to return to network television starting October 5th on FEARnet.  This marks the first time the previously syndicated Emmy Award-winning series has been on network TV since 2004.  Tales From the Crypt will premiere Friday nights in a two-hour block from 10 p.m. to Midnight ET/7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT and will be re-aired on Mondays in the same time period.  The 93 produced episodes will play in order, beginning with season one and continuing through its seventh and final season. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to direct the depression era ghost story, Ezekiel Moss, which is written by Keith Bunin.  The Black List voted Bunin’s screenplay as one of the top ten scripts of 2011.  The story follows a young, imaginative boy living in a small dead end town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may or may not be able to communicate with the dead. (Comingsoon.net)

The new film from Troma, Return to Class of Nuke ‘Em High, has officially wrapped production.  Three new stills from the Lloyd Kaufman directed sci-fi comedy have appeared online.  No releases date has been announced yet. (Bloody Disgusting)

NBC is developing a series based on the Vertigo comic Midnight, Mass.  The horror series follows “a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband and wife paranormal investigator team — based in Midnight, Massachusetts — that takes on supernatural foes, macabre mysteries and the most frightening creature of all: marriage.”  Snow White And The Huntsman co-writer Evan Daugherty is set to write the adaptation. (Deadline)

Former SNL alum Jenny Slate will pen a new Looney Tunes movie for Warner Bros.  The live-action/CG hybrid will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows) alongside Harry Potter producer David Heyman.  The details surrounding Slate’s take are currently being kept under wraps. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Dark Knight Rises will arrive on home video in a Blu-ray Combo Pack on December 3rd.  No details or cover art have been revealed yet. (Comingsoon.net)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry talks about Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and speaks with returning guest Douglas Trumbull on the future of immersive cinema. (Ain’t It Cool)

by Ben McBride

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