According to the Hollywood Reporter, the word is David Goyer “out” and Shawn Levy “in.” The trade published accounts of the “Night at the Museum” helmer being brought in by producers Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Goyer first broke the news on his MySpace blog and then the announcement of the “completely different direction” came out in the press.
In other “unemployed filmmaker” news, we’ve got an expanded report about Joss Whedon’s exodus from the beleaguered WB project right here at CBR, including commentary directly from Whedon.
Speaking of She-Who-Rocks-The-Tiara, Latino Review has (appropriately enough) a script review of that screenplay we reported last week was purchased by Silver and the studio to avoid future legal hassles.
Ain’t It Cool News has some quotes from actor Brian Cox about how he was asked to get involved with Logan’s run. “[The movie is] set seventeen years ago,” Cox said, “which is fine for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine — doesn’t age — but for me, I’m thinking they could what they did with Patrick and Ian for the start of the third one. I know my character is in it, they’ve asked me to be in it but that was a while ago now, it’s completely stalled so no start date as yet.”
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow talked to Entertainment Weekly about the Robert Downey-fueled Marvel adaptation. “I hadn’t worked in a long time,” Paltrow said. “I was really committed to being home. Then I finally just agreed to do this movie ‘Iron Man.’ I reached a place in my life where I thought, ‘It’s okay that I have a passion for something besides my family.’ I love making films. If I do one thing that makes me fulfilled, then I’m a more interesting woman for my children. And then I got this call, and I thought, I love Jon Favreau [who’s directing]. And the cast was so good. This feels right to me.”
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES/THE BATMAN
We got an email from Michael Grabois noting this blog posting stating that the two animated series have both been picked up for another season.
Sony Pictures’ Colombian website has some new still images from the Mark Steven Johnson-helmed flick.
Here’s something from a site down under — Moviehole has an article about writer Marty Mustov talking about adapting the Top Cow property for Platinum Studios and Arclight Films. ‘We’re taking ‘Witchblade’ strongly in the direction of supernatural horror,” Mustov said. “We’re also writing it with the idea of a sequel in mind. The first film will be about introducing the world of the Witchblade, establishing its powers, and the origin story of the female protagonist — the one who is destined to wield it against evil.”
MTV has a “Behind the Spandex” feature about the web-spinning sequel. Thanks to Bruce Kitun for the heads up on that one.
Los Angeles fans rejoice — according to the Los Angeles Comicbook and Sci Fi Convention website, creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will be appearing at the Shrine Auditorium on February 11th.
Meanwhile, Kryptonsite has fresh spoilers about three upcoming episodes, screen captures for the trailer to upcoming episode “Trespass,” and a promotional gallery of images from the February 15th episode “Freak.”
Speaking of TV shows, Herosite says that Stan Lee will be guest starring on the February 19 episode. Meanwhile, Ain’t It Cool News has an interview with show creator Tim Kring, and an interview with “Star Trek” veteran George Takei about playing stern father Kaito Nakamura.
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER
IESB claims that the new trailer for the star-spanning sequel will be attached to prints of “300,” and a third trailer will be attached to prints of “Spider-Man 3.”
Oh, and just for kicks, the official site is online.
READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP?
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