American Idol - As reported at IGN,
it looks like Fox wants to milk it's wildly popular TV show
by making a movie from it, staring Clarkson and Guarini. The
movie will supposedly be a musical about "real-life adventures
with scripted hijinks." Supposedly, the story will be about...
well, who cares. The idea is obviously just a way for Fox
to ride their succesful cash cow. If Clarkson and Guarini
have any sense, they'll find a way to scuttle this potential
turd before it ruins any career they might have.
Episode 2 on IMAX - If you couldn't get enough of
Star Wars Episode 2, you'll
now be able to see it at your local (or not so local) IMAX
theatre. Lucas will be remastering the film for the immense
theatre experience and aiming for a November 1st, 2002 release.
This will be the first time a movie that was digital filmed
and created will be translated to the really big screen. View
the official press release here.
Spyhunter - Yet another videogame is getting a shot
at the big screen. This time around it's Midway's Spyhunter,
a James Bond-like combat racing title that was recently revived
with a next gen version. Currently in the script stages, the
story will revolve around Secret Agent Sects and his uber
vehicle, the G-6155 Interceptor, which can change from car
to speedboat to motorcycle. And the man to play Sects is none
other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Mummy
Returns, Scorpion King),
who seems to be making a name for himself in the movie world.
Fatal Frame - Tecmo's survival horror game is also
going to the movies. Not much is known about the cast, director
or even how close the script will be to the game. We'll let
you know more when we hear about it.
Batman Vs Superman - With constant rumors about flicks
for both DC Comics heros floating about, it's interesting
to hear that Warner Bros is looking to have a movie with both
set for 2004. To be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The
Perfect Storm, Das Boot) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker
(Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, 8MM), the film looks to chronicle
events that lead to the two heros duking it out over differences
in crime fighting styles. Rumors are floating around that
The Joker and Lex Luthor may also be in the film. Two actors
of note have been mentioned so far: Matt Damon as Superman
and Christian Bale as Batman, but neither has confirmed that
they have a deal for the roles as of yet.
Star Wars - As reported at Coming
Soon, it looks like George Lucas may be slowly working
his way towards getting the original trilogy on DVD. But,
don't throw out your VHS tapes just yet. When asked if he
would include the original versions of the films, Lucas stated:
"I don't think so. I think of the film as the Special Edition,
I don't think of it as the early version, any more than I
would put early rough cuts on. I could put four or five rough
cuts onto the thing and say, 'This is how it advanced.' I
consider the Special Edition as being the final version at
this point. I don't even worry about the other ones, because
it went through a lot of incarnations to get to the final
There's also been comments made that Lucas will further enhance
the original triology so as to make it fit better with the
new movies and it's been confirmed that Natalie Portman will
film scenes that will be added to another version of Return
of the Jedi sometime in the future.
X-Men 2 - Coming Soon confirms
that Alan Cumming (Spy Kids, Josie and the Pussycats)
has signed on for the role of fan favorite mutant Nightcrawler.
Original reports had Ethan Embry in the role. Also signed
on is Aaron Stanford as Pyro. Expect filming to start in mid-June.
At the Mountains of Madness - Lovecraft fans rejoice!
Variety reports that Blade 2
director Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct a film based
on the novella written by the early 20th Century horror author.
No movie studio seems to be named at this point.
Silent Hill - Apparently considering the success
of the Resident Evil movie, the
greenlight has been given for a movie based on the horror
videogame series. In an email received by bloody-disgusting.com
from Dark Aura Entertainment, they comment on the feature
film, which they will do with the aid of New Line Cinema.
No cast or director was mentioned. To view the email, click
The Hulk - It appears that the feature film based
on this long-time Marvel series is finally moving along. To
be directed by Ang Lee (Crouching TIger,
Hidden Dragon) and written by David Hayter (X-Men),
the film will feature a CGI rendered Hulk, to be animated
by Lucas' ILM. In casting news, Billy Crudup (Almost Famous)
looked to be the director favorite for Banner, but reports
state that Eric Bana (Chopper) is the frontrunner for
the role. Othe cast members recently confirmed include Jennifer
Connelly (Rocketeer) and Brooke Langton (Replacements).
Don't expect this one out until 2003.
Ninja Scroll - As reported on Yahoo
News, it looks like the famous Ninja
Scroll anime will be getting a live-action treatment.
Larry Kasanoff, producer of Mortal Kombat, has bought
the rights to the film and hopes to market the license for
movies, televisions shows, music and live enterainment. On
the move, Kasanoff stated: "Anime is today what video games
were seven years ago -- an entirely different style of entertainment
that will be mainstream in the very near future."
Dragonball The Movie - Rights for another anime classic,
this time the well-known series that shows on Cartoon Network,
have been recently acquired by Fox, who wish to turn the series
into a live action film with hopes for a potential series
of sequels. Considering the insane popularity of the animated
series, Fox has high hopes. Pleased with the deal, Dragonball
creator Akira Toriyama stated in an interview with IGN
that "I have always drawn my manga with the desire to create
something unique to comics, something that can only be expressed
in the form of comics. I felt that if I didn't do so, the
reason for the existence of my comics will become weak. But
recent movies have surprised us by entering such territory
that used to belong only to comics with wonderful technology
Terminator 3 - It looks like Arnold will be finally
doing the long awaited sequel, which looks to start production
in April 2002. The film's producers, Mario Kassar and Andrew
Vanja, managed to get a deal with Warner Bros. to distribute
the film. The subtitle of the film has been officially announced
as "Rise of the Machines" and looks to be slated for a July
2003 release. Reports also have it that Warner Bros. will
get first refusal rights for a potential fourth movie, if
that ever comes to fruition.
X-Men 2 - Slated for a May 2003 release, the film
is now going by the name "Xú". 20th Century Fox promises that
the cast and creative team have returned for the sequel, even
though Halle Berry may seem to have scheduling conflicts as
she is trying to nab the villainess role for the upcoming
Bond 20. Rumors are still flying around about who the new
characters will be. Current comments lean towards Nightcrawler,
the Beast or Gambit. Filming should start between May and
July of 2002.
Star Wars Episode 2 - After the bombshell of the name
for this prequel, any news is good news. First up is a report
that the movie trailer for the prequel should show up in theatres
as early as October, possibly with the movie Monsters, Inc.
In an interview with the Herald Sun (as reported by Moviehole),
actor Anthony Daniels (C3PO) was reported as stating that
in Episode 2 "...Jar Jar is as good as gone." He also stated:
"Episode I took loads of acclaim at the box office but a number
of real fans weren't happy with it. They're going to be pleased
with the one we're doing now. It is definitely darker." He
also commented that we should expect less merchandising with
this film. "What can I say that's not nasty? Even George Lucas
would admit there's a problem with over-merchandising these
movies and it has become an object lesson in how not to do
it and they won't make the same mistake again. I hope."
Daredevil/Pitch Black 2 - Early rumors of Vin Diesel
(Pitch Black, Fast and the Furious) making a
film appearance as the Marvel Superhero seem to have finally
been squelched. This is not to say that the project is dead.
Newer rumors have Ben Affleck eyeing the part as Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
On the other hand, Vin is slated not only for the movie XXX,
but the sequel to the highly successful Pitch Black.
The sequel, currently subtitled "The Chronicles of Riddick",
is in draft form, written by David Hayter (X-Men), but looks
promising enough to bring the actor back. Of course the $11
million plus incentives probably don't hurt either.
Star Wars Episode 3 - Even though Episode 2 isn't totally
finished, it looks like there is new word floating around
about who might be involved with the final installment. Current
reports have actor extraordinare Gabriel Byrne (Usual
Suspects, Stigmata) in talks about a possible role.
Also, it looks like James Earl Jones will be returning to
do the voice of Darth Vader for the third movie.
Matrix Reloaded - Despite best wishes to have the
sequel to the hit Matrix come out in December of 2002
to go against the second installment of Lord of the Rings,
director Joel Silver has had to make the decision to postpone
the release of the movie. In an interview Silver was quoted
as saying: "It's a staggering project. There's so much dealing
with it, it's unbelievable, and they just need time to finish
both movies, because we're shooting them as one big movie.
It's not back-to-back. It's one movie, so they'll finish shooting
it, and then they'll take the time to finish the movies."
Considering that he's shooting both Matrix 2 and 3
at the same time, the delay is understandable. Source:
Sci Fi Wire
Aliens Sequel or Ghostbusters 3 - Fans of either series
has always wondered if they might continue on. In an interview
magazine, Sigouney Weaver noted that she was talking with
unnamed people about an Aliens sequel. On the Ghostbuster's
front, though, she was quoted as saying: "As for a Part 3,
that's highly unlikely,' Sigourney tells Empire. 'I think
our bustin' days are long gone - we'd be a very sorry bunch
of very old ghostbusters now."
Spiderman - While, for the most part, Sam Raimi has
worked with a new cast for this movie, he couldn't help but
toss in a few small parts for his Xena and Evil
Dead pals. Ted Raimi (his brother, aka Joxer from Xena)
will get a bit-part as Hoffman, a mean-spirited co-worker
of Peter Parker's at the Daily Bugle. Original rumors had
him pegged as Dr. Curt Conners, aka the Lizard, but he was
quick to kill those rumors. Also on set is Bruce Campbell
(Ash from the Evil Dead series). This info is brought
to us by Canoe.ca.
Exorcist 4 - It looks like another chapter in this
series of horror movies based on the book by William Peter
Blatty will be seeing the silver screen. Taking a cue from
George Lucas, this film will be a prequel to the original
1973 Exorcist. Having received
the blessing of Blatty, this movie will detail the events
of Father Merrin as a missionary in Africa, which have been
expounded upon from a page in the original book. John Frankenheimer
(Reindeer Games) has been signed on as director by
executive producer Jonathan Zimbert. The script is written
by William Wisher (Terminator 2) with some extensive
re-writes by Caleb Carr (author of "The Alienist").
Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones - Apparently
George Lucas' announcement at Starwars.com
about the title of the new installment has caught a lot of
fans off-guard. A number of the message boards have been flooded
with comments wondering if the new name is a joke and most
polls show that movie-goers either don't like the new name
or just don't care. Apparently the name was such a guarded
secret that even members of the cast were caught off guard
by the announcement. Ewan MacGregor was even quoted as not
having a too favorable opinion of the name.
Resident Evil: Ground Zero - After much trouble and bouncing
about, it looks as if the Resident Evil movie might actually
be a reality. With Paul Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Event
Horizon) as director, the film actuall started filming
in February of 2001. While most of the cast seem to be relative
no-names (Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy,
Heike Makatsch), the one name of note in the cast is Milla
Jovovich (The Messenger, Fifth Element). While
the script of the movie may take a slight change from the
games, the visual look of the movie promises to at least be
solid. On staff for the film are production designer, Richard
Bridgland (Richard III, The Sight) and visual
effects supervisor, Richard Yuricich (Event Horizon).
The Scorpion King - The sequel to the popular Mummy
and Mummy Returns movies is turning out to be more
of a prequel. Staring The Rock, Kelly Hu, and Michael Clarke
Duncan, this film actually will tell the story of the character
from The Mummy Returns (which seemed awefully underused) and
will apparently have nothing to do with the current storyline
created by the two previous movies. Also, it looks like The
Mummy will join Men In Black in their conversion to cartoon
format. WB has slated a cartoon version of the Mummy staring
Rick, Evie and their son in Indiana Jones-like adventures
for the Fall 2001 schedule.
Matrix Sequels - For those who feared popular media
would water-down what is looking like a promising movie series,
Joel Silver has promised in an article for Empireonline
that the sequels will not be softened-up for a wider viewer
market. 'These pictures are not for children. The Matrix sequels
are both R-rated and that's just the way that worked out...
These films are R-rated for a reason.'
Indiana Jones - While not much seems to be going on
here, news of a writer has cropped up in places, namely Variety,
who states that 6th Sense Director M. Night Shyamalan
was approached to write the sequel. Since both George Lucas
and Harrison Ford are involved with other projects at the
current time, don't expect a lot of serious movement on this
film until later in the year.
Tomb Raider 2 and 3 - Apparently, Paramount has decided
to follow suit and sign up Angelina Jolie for at least two
sequels to the upcoming movie. It's also been said that neither
2 or 3 will get the green light if the first one bombs, though.
On a musical note, both Fatboy Slim and U2 have been rumored
to be involved on the soundtrack for the first movie. It almsot
seems fitting that U2 would be involved, considering their
usage of the videogame Lara Croft in their Popmart World Tour
X-Men 2 Reports have stated the Bryan Singer was finally
signed-on as the director of this eagerly awaited sequel.
Considering most of the original cast had multiple movie contracts,
Singer appeared to be the final (and maybe most important)
hold-out. Since he's slated to film a movie with Johnny Depp,
X-Men 2 may not start filming until Fall or Winter 2001.
Batman Sequels In an insane twist, it looks like their
might be not one, but two sequels for this series that sputtered
in the late 90s. Reports have it that Darren Aronofsky is
slated to direct a new Batman movie based on Frank Miller's
Batman: Year One series, a gritty retelling of Bruce Wayne's
first year as Batman. The other movie (possibly directed by
Boaz Yakin) is a live-action version of Batman: Beyond, the
cartoon series on WB that sets Batman in the future.
Superman Lives This may be the movie that never actually
sees a movie camera. First, it was going to be directed by
Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage. Now, neither of them are
involved, and rumors are abound that ex-Gladiator Russell
Crowe is going to be Superman. When I see it on film, I'll