Popcorn News – Jan. 10

Rupert Friend (Homeland) is in talks to replace Paul Walker in Agent 47, 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the 2007 Hitman movie. Aleksander Bach is directing from a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods and Michael Finch. (The Wrap)

Matt Reeves, the director of the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has signed on to co-write and direct the third installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. Reeves will write with Mark Bomback, one of the writers who scripted the sequel. (Deadline)

A new poster for the long-delayed nerd comedy Knights of Badassdom has popped up online. The Joe Lynch directed film stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage. (Ain’t It Cool)

Knights of Badassdom poster

HBO has announced that Boardwalk Empire‘s upcoming fifth season will be its final one as the series will come to a conclusion. Creator Terence Winter commented, “We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.” (Variety)

Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum and Oliver Platt have joined the cast of David Koepp’s heist comedy Mortdecai. The film follows art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (played by Johnny Depp) as he travels the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. (Hollywood Reporter)

Christopher Landon, the director of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, was recently interviewed and spoke about a plan for an ultimate end to the Paranormal Activity franchise. He said, “We’ve always been looking ahead. I’ll say this much. There is a very specific end goal and I’m hoping we have enough time in the franchise to get there. We have a really big idea that’s at the finish line but we need time to get there. So we’re hoping the fans keep coming back and allow us to get them there.” (Slash Film)

This week’s EW magazine cover features a photo taken by director David Fincher for his latest movie, Gone Girl. The modern noir movie stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Missi Pyle. (EW)

EW Fincher Gone Girl cover

Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is in talks to direct Boston Strangler for Warner Bros. Casey Affleck is set to star in the crime drama based on the true story of serial killer Albert DeSalvo. (Variety)

Gerard Butler has been cast as Bodhi in the upcoming remake of Point Break. Patrick Swayze originally played Bodhi in the original Kathryn Bigelow film from 1991. The new movie is to be directed by Ericson Core from a script by Kurt Wimmer (Ultraviolet, Law Abiding Citizen). (Hollywood Reporter)

With the highly-anticipated Veronica Mars movie set to make its debut at the SXSW film festival this year, Amazon has struck an exclusive deal to stream the entire TV series through its Amazon Prime service for members wanting to catch up or check out the show before the movie comes out on March 14. (Deadline)

Opening today in theaters and on demand, Raze from IFC Midnight follows a woman named Jamie who finds herself in a concrete bunker after being abducted. She quickly discovers that she is not alone. She and Sabrina, a fellow abductee, both soon realize that they are in a modern day “coliseum” where, along with 48 other women, they are condemned to kill each other in order to protect their very own loved ones. The movie stars Zoe Bell, Tracie Thoms, Sherilyn Fenn, Rebecca Marshall and Doug Jones.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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