Popcorn News – Mar. 21

With the announcement that Ivan Reitman would not return to direct Ghostbusters 3, Sony has been searching for a new director. According to Nikki Finke, Sony is in talks with Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) to helm the sequel. (Nikki Finke)

20th Century Fox has set dates for various sequels, including some future Marvel movies. Fantastic Four 2 has been set for July 14, 2017 despite the first film not having gone into production yet. James Mangold’s Wolverine sequel is set for March 3, 2017 and a mystery Marvel movie on July 13, 2018, which could be another X-Men movie or even a Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover. Fox has also set Taken 3 for January 9, 2015 and an untitled Ridley Scott film for March 4, 2016, which is rumored to potentially be Prometheus 2. (Hollywood Reporter)

New concept art for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been revealed that shows new looks at the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and new characters, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. (Marvel)

Hulkbuster concept art Avengers 2

David Fincher has informed Sony that he will direct the Aaron Sorkin scripted Steve Jobs movie but only if Christian Bale plays Jobs. (The Wrap)

Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has signed on to direct The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. This news puts the project in competition with Disney’s live-action adaptation of the story which will be directed by Jon Favreau. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is planning a reboot of The Grudge franchise. Midnight Meat Train screenwriter Jeff Buhler is set to write the script. (Deadline)

Franck Khalfoun (P2, Maniac) is in talks to direct the new Amityville movie, previously titled The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. The Blumhouse and Dimension Films production will hit theaters on January 2, 2015. (Bloody Disgusting)

Fox has unveiled the first look at Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock in the upcoming TV series Gotham. The show explores the origin stories of future police commissioner James Gordon (Southland‘s Ben McKenzie), a young Bruce Wayne and the villains that made the titular city famous. The “rough-around-the-edges” Bullock is Gordon’s partner and mentor, a man who “plays loose with police procedure, but gets results — and he does so with old-school, hard-ass panache.” (TV Line)

Gotham Harvey Bullock Donal Logue

Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is in final negotiations to direct Splinter Cell. The Ubisoft video game adaptation will star Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as spy Sam Fisher. (Hollywood Reporter)

Disney has announced that Pixar is working on two sequels, Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2. The Incredibles director Brad Bird is currently working on the story with the potential of the sequel being his next project. (Ain’t It Cool)

Sofia Coppola will direct a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid for Universal. The movie, which follows a mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love, is being rewritten by Edward Scissorhands writer Caroline Thompson. (Deadline)

Bryan Singer has spoken about bringing two popular X-Men characters back in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Singer stated in an interview, “I’m considering Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for ‘Apocalypse.’ I was going to have Nightcrawler [in ‘Days of Future Past‘] and even wrote a scene, but I felt that we were forcing too many mutants into the story.” (Comingsoon.net)

The trailer for the Sundance hit sci-fi movie, The Signal, has arrived online. The movie, which stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne, follows a young MIT student who encounters a strange, unearthly “signal” during a road trip through the Nevada desert, and soon finds himself taken into custody by a clandestine government scientist who believes he’s an alien or has come in contact with aliens. But as the mystery of the signal unfolds, the kid starts to show signs of abnormal powers.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter: @monsterpopcorn


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