GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE
Co-director Brian Taylor tells Collider that Nic Cage will be unleashed in the film. By the end of shooting, Cage reportedly told the filmmakers, “Guys, I don’t think I have any other ways to be crazy. I think I’ve done all of it.” Insert your own punchline here. Collider also provides video of their rather interesting chat with Taylor. It’s a long one, so you might want to get some coffee and a bagel.
Release date: February 17th, 2012
Spinoff Online reports that “Wanted” screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been given the go-ahead to write the sequel. Of course, there’s still the pesky question of a possible new director … and that business about going forward without Angelina Jolie. I’m sure they can handle it.
Release date: TBA
MEN IN BLACK III
Make-up effects guru Rick Baker tells Shock Till You Drop about the specific thrill of working in the film’s time travel plot. “Where I had fun is that we go back to the Men in Black headquarters of the ’60s. The first thing I said is that we should have retro aliens, not aliens of 2012. More based on B-movies of the ’50s and ’60s. So, a lot of the aliens are based on that. Space suits with fishbowl helmets and ray guns.” Baker is an old school geek for those sorts of movies, so the creatures in the film will definitely be a labor of love.
Release date: May 25th, 2012
New York Magazine’s Vulture caught up with possible director Patty Jenkins for a quote. “I can’t say anything definitive, but it’s exciting to be in talks with them about it,” she says. “I think Marvel is really ballsy to think outside the box … And I think everyone they’ve talked to and hired has been interesting.” That’s actually a pretty decent quote, all things considered. The “Monster” director also mentions she’s reading plenty of “Thor” comics at the moment.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: July 26, 2013
THE WALKING DEAD
Spinoff Online reports that the webisode series spearheaded by Greg Nicotero will premiere at AMC.com on October 3rd at 2PM. The story will follow “Bicycle Girl” as she goes from living to be being mercy-killed by Rick. Spinoff also has character portraits for the upcoming season. Here’s one of Rick, Lori, and Shane:
No drama happening here … no siree.
Premieres: October 12th, 2011
Discovery News reports that recent computer models of the evolution of the Solar System suggest another gas giant world once sat uneasily around Neptune and Saturn, only to be ejected from our local group after a gravitational tug of war with Jupiter. Sounds like an Arthur C. Clarke plot, doesn’t it? It gets better, scientists posit that simple life could exist on the wandering planet. Yeah, get ready for a couple of movies to delve into this material in a few years time. Of course, “Doctor Who” did this story in the mid-60s. Back then, the anomalous planet was home to the Cybermen. Believe it … or not! 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 Pluto getting its planetary status back.