Popcorn News – May 9

New photos from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show Megan Fox as April O’Neil, in a trademark yellow jacket, and Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, April’s camerman who has a penchant for taking her stories and passing them off as his own. (SuperHeroHype)

Megan Fox and Will Arnett on the set of TMNT

Universal Pictures has confirmed the rumors that Jurassic Park 4 has been pushed back. “In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise.  We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.” (Comingsoon.net)

Iron Man 3 co-writer/director Shane Black has closed a deal to co-write and direct Doc Savage. Savage is a popular pulp character from the ’30s and ’40s that is a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher all rolled into one.  Sony is eyeing the project as the start of a new franchise. (The Wrap)

Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to make a movie based on the popular role-playing fantasy game, Dungeons & Dragons.  They are using a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) entitled Chainmail which is being retro-fitted to fit the Dungeons & Dragons brand. (Deadline)

Adam Scott (Party Down, Parks and Recreation) is in early negotiations to join the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2.  He would be playing a new character that would fill the vacancy caused by John Cusack’s absence in the film.  Original cast members Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke are nearing deals to return for the sequel. (The Wrap)

A new poster has been revealed for Alfonso Cuaron’s newest sci-fi movie, Gravity.  Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the movie follows two astronauts that are stranded in space after being separated from their shuttle.  Gravity hits theaters on October 18. (Ain’t It Cool)

Gravity poster

Actress Michelle Rodriguez confirmed in an interview that Jason Statham is joining Fast and the Furious 7, “Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, when you see these guys in a room you know they belong together […] You can see in their eyes that they have gone through a lot […] I applaud Universal for getting him on-board!” (Desde Hollywood)

Director Martin Scorsese has cast Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) in the lead role of Silence, his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name.  Garfield would star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. It is a moment of religious persecution in the Asian nation, with Christians forced to practice their faith clandestinely.  Ken Watanabe (Inception) is set to star in the film as well. (Variety)

Tom Cruise is confirmed to star in and produce Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.  Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in Jack Reacher, has been rumored to write/direct the film but no announcement on who officially gets the writing/directing duties has been made yet. (Deadline)

Relativity Media and director F. Javier Gutierrez have decided to push the production start date of The Crow reboot to accommodate actor Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), who would play the titular character.  They are in negotiations now and it is expected the deal will be made. (Deadline)

With FOX announcing their 2013-2014 schedule come Monday, word is out that they have ordered eight new series for that season.  Amongst the roster of new shows is a robot cop series from J.J. Abrams, a Sleepy Hollow series from Fringe co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and a new comedy sitcom from executive producer Seth MacFarlane starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi. (Ain’t It Cool)

The trailer for Captain Phillips, the new film from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), is now online.  The based-on-a-true-story thriller stars Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips, who had his ship boarded by Somali pirates in 2009.  Captain Phillips hits theaters on October 11.


TNT has released a trailer for their new global pandemic-themed naval drama, The Last Ship.  Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin and Rhona Mitra star in the ten-episode first season, produced by Michael Bay, which will air in early 2014.


by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn

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