Popcorn News – Jan. 17

It’s being reported that Warner Bros. is negotiating with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to reboot Gremlins.  There have been a few attempts before but Spielberg has to give permission to Warner Bros. in order for this to happen as he holds the rights to the film. (Variety)

Arnold Schwarzenegger explained in an interview that The Legend of Conan is likely to shoot later this year and may film in New Zealand.  He also went on to mention that Universal is looking to bring its A-game in creating the film, “[Universal] finally came forward and said, ‘You’re absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up. We’re going to buy the rights and we’re going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We’re going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it’s totally believable and you’re not looking like a 30-year old action guy.” (Ain’t It Cool News)

A new still from Machete Kills featuring Amber Heard and Danny Trejo has appeared online along with an official September 13 release date for the film. (SuperHeroHype)

Amber Heard and Danny Trejo in Machete Kills

Ninja Turtles looks to be starting production in April in New York.  The Jonathan Liebesman helmed film, produced by Michael Bay, is currently scheduled to be released on May 16, 2014, which would put it up against the big budget Godzilla. (Production Weekly)

SyFy is finalizing a deal with Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore for a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a TV show called Helix.  The show is described as a dark thriller about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation. (Deadline)

It was previously reported that Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) was going to direct a Star Wars film that was not part of the new trilogy being developed.  Snyder’s representative has come forward and denied this saying, “While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars.  He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.” (Hollywood Reporter)

The Walking Dead has found its new (and third) showrunner in executive producer Scott Gimple.  He replaces Glen Mazzara, who left due to creative differences.  Gimple came aboard the series during its second season and has written a handful of episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)

Vin Diesel revealed a new still from the upcoming Fast and Furious 6 and also let loose that the trailer will premiere during the Super Bowl. (Vin Diesel)

Fast and Furious 6 still

Emma Stone is in talks to headline Guillermo del Toro’s return to horror in Crimson Peak.  A February 2014 production start is being planned in order to allow del Toro to direct the TV pilot of The Strain, based on the book that del Toro co-authored with Chuck Hogan. (Variety)

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has been given a theatrical release date of October 4.  The sci-fi film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. (Comingsoon.net)

MGM and Paramount Pictures have given Brett Ratner’s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, a release date of August 8, 2014.  The film will be based on Radical Publishing’s Hercules series of comic books. (SuperHeroHype)

Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine 3D) and Laeta Kalorgridis (Shutter Island) are teaming up to write the next installment of The Terminator franchise. (Deadline)

A teaser trailer for S-VHS, the sequel to the horror anthology V/H/S,  has appeared online.  The film will make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. (ShockTillYouDrop)

by Ben McBride


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