Popcorn News – June 13

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men writer Marti Noxon has signed on to rewrite the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot for MGM and GK Films.  The story for the movie is currently being worked out. (Variety)

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for Terminator 5. Schwarzenegger recently commented on the status of the movie saying that, “Terminator 5 starts filming early 2014.” (TheArnoldFans.com)

Dan Harmon, the creator and showrunner of NBC’s Community seasons 1-3, has officially been confirmed by Sony to be back on board as showrunner for the upcoming fifth season of the show.  Harmon had been removed from his role during the fourth season but it appears that, through the help of actor Joel McHale, he has been reinstated. (Ain’t It Cool)

IFC Midnight has released the poster and trailer for their upcoming alien invasion horror comedy, Grabbers.  The movie takes place on an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, where two officers find themselves with little to do other than deal with the occassional drunk.  But strange things are afoot and it becomes clear that something is out in the water and it’s hungry. (Comingsoon.net)

Grabbers poster

Open Road Films and Endgame Releasing have acquired the U.S. rights to the Jason Statham-led action thriller Homefront.  The movie is written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and Frank Grillo in supporting roles. The movie focuses on a widowed ex-DEA agent who retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year old daughter.  Things go awry when he realizes the town he chose isn’t what it appears to be. (Deadline)

Sandra Bullock is in early talks to join Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in Sony’s remake of Annie.  She would play Miss Hannigan, the mean woman who runs the orphanage where Annie and her friends live.  (The Wrap)

Jon M. Chu, the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is signing up to direct a third G.I. Joe movie for Paramount and MGM.  The studio is meeting with a short list of writers and should set one up on scripting duties shortly. (Deadline)

Shooting has begun for the Thomas Jane and John Cusack action team-up, Hard Drive.  The movie follows a thief (Cusack) looking for getaway driver for a heist in Australia and finds his man in a washed-up Formula One veteran (Jane).  When all hell breaks loose, the two find themselves pursued by cops with the racer keeping the authorities at bay through his driving abilities. (Ain’t It Cool)

Warner Bros. announced that they will be releasing a Friday the 13th Blu-ray box set that will include Friday the 13th Part I-X, Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 Platinum Dunes remake. The set will be contained in a collectible tin case with a few extras thrown in like a 40-page soft cover book, a Camp Crystal Lake embroidered Counselor Patch and more.  The box set will be released on September 13.  (Theater Thoughts)

Friday the 13th box set

Donald Glover (Community) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story) have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s upcoming horror film, Reawakening.  They’d be joining Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in the movie directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). (The Wrap)

Michael Bay has signed on to develop and produce a potential film franchise based off of Ubisoft’s video game, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon.  Bay would also have the option to direct if he should so choose. (Variety)

Colm Feore has been cast as Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Rumor has it that he will join forces with Rhino, Electro and Green Goblin to form the first four members of The Sinister Six, which would potentially be the basis of the third movie. (Comic Book Movie)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) is in early discussions to play the role of Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2. (The Wrap)

The new trailer for Magic Magic has appeared online.  The psychological thriller, which stars Juno Temple and Michael Cera, is headed straight to DVD on August 6 despite opening to positive reviews when it premiered at Sundance. (Ain’t It Cool)

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn

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