300: THE BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA
According to Deadline, the long in development “300” sequel formerly known as “Xerxes” has a new name: “300: The Battle of Artemisia.” The producers have also shaved their list of possible directors down to two: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra. “Murro’s sole directing credit is the Sarah Jessica Parker-starrer ‘Smart People’ for Miramax, but his calling card for big-scale movie making is his commercials work on campaigns that include the ‘Halo’ video game,” they write. “Collett-Serra directed the sleeper hit ‘Unknown’ for Warner Bros, and he’s prepping to direct ‘Red Circle’ for Working Title and StudioCanal.” Original “300” director Zach Snyder was set to helm the sequel until he signed up for “Superman: The Man of Steel.”
Release date: TBA
SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL
Speaking of “Man of Steel,” one of the lads at Comic Book Movie has it on “good authority” from the City of Plano, Illinois that filming will occur in August. “We have a street closure schedule, so we are assuming that is filming time. Main St. will be closed August 6 and August 22-29,” says their source.
Directed by Zack Snyder, release date: 2012
Stuntman Jeremy Fitzgerald had a mishap on set last week, TMZ reports (via Heat Vision). “His job was simple — get hit with an arrow and fall 30 feet off a building … but he caught his foot on the way down, and slammed his head into the brick … leaving behind a freshly peeled slab of scalp,” they write. Fitzgerald also told the gossip site that it could’ve been much worse if he’d hit the nearby rain gutter. Being a stuntman, he got the injury bandaged up and went back to work. Now that’s dedication!
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012
WAKE THE DEAD
Variety reports that Haley Joel Osment will return to the world of dead people with a modern day telling of Frankenstein based on the Steve Niles graphic novel. The trade notes that “Wake the Dead” is one of a handful of projects based on the classic Mary Shelly novel currently in development.
Release date: TBA
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Hollywood Life (via Comic Book Movie) has a description of Anne Hathaway’s catsuit: “‘Anne’s outfit is more tactical, like the comic book, than the previous Batman movies,’ a source very close to the costume design tells us exclusively. ‘She will definitely be wearing the goggles and it’s going to be less sexy than Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman costumes. She’s going to look more like a robber.'” Um … how is a form fitting catsuit not sexy?
Release date: July 20th, 2012
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Director Joe Johnston talks with The Film Journal about making period superhero flicks. “Period comic-book adaptations can be more challenging for action sequences and pop-culture references, especially in trying to reach a younger audience. I always try to be true to the period while making a film that feels contemporary in its style,” he explains. Johnston is no stranger to the era. In the 1990s, he made “The Rocketeer,” which is also set around World War II. “I’ve always loved the visual elements of the period: the cars, architecture, clothing, and the overall sense of style that we seem to have lost. As a society we used to seem to care what things looked like. We took care to build beauty and passion into the world around us, and decisions didn’t seem to be based on the bottom line,” he says of the time.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Want to know how to make millions of Garth Ennis fans quake in terror? If you happen to be Shia LeBeouf, you tell MTV News that your interested in playing Arseface:
Release date: TBA
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel’s status is now in question as the film continues to performer below expectations. “While a top studio source told THR on Sunday that Warners was proceeding with plans for a follow-up film, a studio spokesman said Monday that no decision has been reached,” they write. Complicating the issue is a ton of ancillary merchandise that includes a TV series, toys, and theme park rides (more on that in a few days). A second film may happen just to feed continued interest in those products. Time will tell if the Corps gets a second outing.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: out now.
G.I. JOE 2: COBRA STRIKES
The RZA is in talks to join the film. “[He] will play a martial arts master named the Blind Master who in the past trained Joe commandoes Snake-Eyes and Jinx (Yung),” writes Heat Vision. They also mention that Channing Tatum is the only returning cast member from the first “Joe” film. Actor D.J. Cotrona is also in negotiations to play Flint. See “Green Lantern,” you can have a reboot and a sequel in one swift stroke.
Release date: August 10th, 2012
THE WALKING DEAD
Spinoff Online reports that the key members of the Greene family have been cast. “Lauren Cohan, who played the thief Bela Talbot on ‘Supernatural’ and the vampire Rose on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ has been cast in the pivotal part of Maggie Greene, the self-reliant daughter of farmer Hershel Greene and the love interest of Glenn (Steve Yuen). Veteran actor Scott Wilson, who had a recurring role on ‘CSI’ and recently guest starred on ‘Justified,’ will portray Hershel, the veterinarian and family patriarch who gives medical attention and shelter to the survivors,” they write. As previously reported, much of the second season will take place on Hershel’s farm. Unless they’re changing things up, there should still be an older Greene daughter to cast.
Airs: Fall 2011
Writer Neil Gaiman chats with MTV News about the TV adaptation of his novel:
A DILEMA OF “RINGS”
With the “Lord of Rings: Extended Edition” now a Blu-ray, I have a bit of a dilemma. Do I upgrade knowing that the extras are still in standard definition? The studio can always turn around and make those features available in high-def when “The Hobbit” comes out. Perhaps I should just hold out until I can get a really good discount on them. My DVD copies still look great and the pre-vintaged boxes they came in really bring my video shelf together. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of more Middle-Earth merchandise.