Popcorn News – June 20

The creator of the Bioshock video game franchise, Ken Levine, has been hired to write the remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros.  The 1976 original is about a dystopian society in which all people are willingly executed at the age of 21 as a means of population control.  The movie follows Logan 5 as he becomes a runner (a label given to those who try to escape their fate) in order to keep himself alive. (Deadline)

Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane Watson has been bumped from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the third film which is due out in 2016.  She spoke about her character being held off in a recent interview, “Of course I’m bummed.  But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason.  MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world.  Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.” (EW)

Universal and Red Granite Pictures have greenlit the Farrelly Brothers’ Dumb and Dumber To after Warner Bros. passed on the movie.  The long-in-development sequel is aiming for a summer 2014 release with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their roles. (Collider)

A new set pic from Captain America: The Winter Soldier has revealed a new costume for the superhero.  The picture shows a stuntman on a motorcycle wearing what looks to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the Cap suit.  Rumor has it that Cap will be wearing this new suit and the suit from the first Captain America movie in the sequel. (Ain’t It Cool)

New Captain America suit

Jim Beaver (Supernatural) recently posted on his Facebook that he has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house movie, Crimson Peak.  He wrote, “Okay, I’m back again with that big deal that I couldn’t talk about but couldn’t shut up about either. Well, now I can talk about it, because today it came true. Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and the upcoming Pacific Rim, has cast me in one of five leading roles in his new film Crimson Peak, a Gothic ghost story also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam. We start shooting in Toronto in January.” (ShockTillYouDrop)

It looks like the planned Locke & Key television series at FOX is no longer happening due to issues with budget constraints.  Instead Universal has optioned Joe Hill’s supernatural comic book series and will develop it as a feature film.  Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) will produce the adaptation with the hope that a feature film will give the story a proper budget. (Hollywood Reporter)

Microsoft has announced that they have made some changes to their policies of the Xbox One based on feedback from customers.  An internet connection will no longer be required to play Xbox One games offline.  In addition, there will be no limitations to using, sharing and reselling games. With these changes, Microsoft is making the Xbox One more competitive with Sony’s PS4 as a platform for gaming, movie and TV entertainment. (Xbox)

MGM and Fox 2000 Pictures have partnered to co-finance and distribute the Poltergeist reboot. Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct the film from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) with Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert producing under their Ghost House Pictures label. (Comingsoon.net)

The Comic Con poster for David Twohy’s sci-fi creature feature Riddick has been revealed online. The film will have a presence in San Diego promoting its September 6 release. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Riddick Comic Con poster

Ryan Reynolds has left Summit Entertainment’s planned Highlander reboot putting the long-gestating project back in limbo.  Producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis are now back to searching for a new director and star. (The Wrap)

Sam Taylor-Johnson is set to direct the adaptation of E.L. James’s best selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey.  Taylor-Johnson previously directed the 2009 drama Nowhere Boy. (Hollywood Reporter)

Hemlock Grove, a Netflix Original Series, has been renewed for a second season.  Showrunner Charles H. Eglee (The Walking Dead, Dexter) is being brought aboard as an executive producer of the next season which will consist of 10 episodes that will go into production later this year and premiere sometime in 2014. (Comingsoon.net)

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus looks to have found its writer in Jack Paglen.  Scott signed off on Paglen’s take on the sequel and are currently negotiating a deal.  Paglen recently wrote the script for Transcendence which won the attention of Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister, who will make his directorial debut with the script.  Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman are set to star in that film. (The Wrap)

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back 10 months from its original October 4 release date.  The sequel will now open on August 22, 2014. (Exhibitor Relations)

The new full-length trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has popped up online. The sequel opens in theaters this Christmas.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn


One thought on “Popcorn News – June 20

  1. a) Ken Levine writing Logan’s Run is one of the weirdest cross-media switches I’ve seen. Well, he’s still making games, etc, but it’s weird to see a game developer randomly write a Hollywood movie (though that is where he started working but details, details, details).
    b) I want that Riddick poster hard.


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