Popcorn News – Apr. 20

A new poster for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World has been revealed online.  The sequel, directed by Alan Taylor, opens on November 8. (Marvel)

Thor 2 poster

Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to play Eric Draven in Relativity Media’s reimagining of The Crow.  The new film will be directed by F. Javier Guttierez from a script by Cliff Dorfman (Warrior).  Production is planned to start in the fall depending on various factors.  (The Wrap)

Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) has been cast in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios.  Rooker will play Yondu, a game hunter of a primitive tribe alien tribe that bands together with fellow fugitives to form the superhero team. (Deadline)

New concept art from Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier has given a look at what to expect with Anthony Mackie’s character of The Falcon in the upcoming superhero sequel. Mackie stated that he is in a good deal of the movie and plays an integral part in assisting Captain America take down the Winter Soldier. (Spinoff Online)

Marvel Falcon concept art

Disney announced at CinemaCon that starting in the summer of 2015, there will be a new Star Wars film every year until they decide to no longer make more.  The J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII will kick off the new string of movies that will alternate between the new trilogy and spin-off films. (Ain’t It Cool)

Sylvester Stallone tweeted that Wesley Snipes has joined the cast of The Expendables 3.  He also stated that he is hoping to get Mel Gibson to direct the movie. (Screen Rant)

Platinum Dunes has already cast all of the turtles in their upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot.  Now they have found their Splinter in Seinfeld alum Danny Woodburn. (Deadline)

Tom Cruise has signed on for another sci-fi project, Yukikaze, an adaptation of a series of Japanese novels by Chohel Kamayashi.  The movie would tell the story of a planetary defense force that holds off an alien invasion using a wormhole over Antarctica and sets up bases on the aliens’ planet. (Hollywood Reporter)

Some pictures from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have given a first look at Jamie Foxx as Maxwell Dillon, aka Electro.  LED lights lined into the hood of his costume causes his make-up to glow blue. (Daily Mail)

Jamie Foxx as Electro on set

Michael Bay announced that Stanley Tucci will be joining Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in Transformers 4.  He also let it slip that he will be utilizing a brand new 3D-native IMAX camera to shoot the movie. (Ain’t It Cool)

The film adaptation of Torso, a graphic novel from Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko, looks to be getting some new life pumped into it.  The project has been in development for years, with David Fincher looking to direct at one point with Matt Damon starring.  Now Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery has come aboard to write and direct the period serial killer thriller which is abandoning the studio route for a lower-budget, indie approach. (Hollywood Reporter)

David Cronenberg has found his cast for his next film, Map to the Stars.  Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon have joined the film which is supposed to be a haunting ghost story and a scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of LA. (Entertainment One)

Terry Moore’s comic book, Rachel Rising, is headed for the small screen.  Alcon Television Group has acquired the rights to the property and are currently looking for a showrunner to lead the development of the potential TV series. (Hollywood Reporter)

New Blu-ray release dates have been announced for Criterion’s release of Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone on July 30, The ABC’s of Death on May 21, and Portlandia: Season 3 on July 9.  Sony has announed that they will be releasing their first batch of “4K-Mastered” Blu-ray releases on May 14 that includes Ghostbusters, Glory, Taxi Driver, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Angels & Demons, The Karate Kid (2010), The Other Guys, Battle: Los Angeles and Total Recall.  The Blu-ray artwork for The Devil’s Backbone and Scream Factory’s Swamp Thing release have also been revealed. (The Digital Bits)

Devils Backbone blu art                                               Swamp Thing blu art

Will Ferrell and Jack Black may share the big screen once again in Tag Brothers.  Based on the true story of two Spokane buddies who play a game of tag every year during the month of February, sometimes going so far as to break into each other’s houses and chasing each other across the country.  Ferrell and Black are waiting on screenwriter Mark Steilen to deliver a script that they both find satisfactory. (The Wrap)

The first trailer for R.I.P.D. has appeared online.  The comic book adaptation stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker in a 3D supernatural action-adventure story about two otherworldly cops as they protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.

by Ben McBride


One thought on “Popcorn News – Apr. 20

  1. I’m so stoked about Swamp Thing!!! Also, The Falcon looks surprisingly awesome. I was certain they were going to tone that back some.


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