It looks as though rumors of Carrie Fisher officially joining the "Star Wars" sequels may have been premature. According to CNN, Fisher's representatives said she was joking when she told Palm Beach Illustrated that she was already involved in the films. Fisher's reps stated nothing has yet been announced.
Perhaps nothing through official channels has been announced, but George Lucas spoke with Bloomberg Businessweek, saying that before the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were all in final stages of negotiation to appear in the next trilogy.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison -- or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek. "So I called them to say, 'Look, this is what's going on.' Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
Finally, the Associated Press (via The Huffington Post) reconfirmed that there are more "Star Wars" films in the mix beyond the next trilogy. Disney CEO Bob Iger told shareholders at the annual meeting that there are "some standalone movies" in development in the "Star Wars" universe.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
"The 'X-Men' script? It's in my inbox... I've still got to read it. I'm very excited about it but I've just been doing so much of this (interviews) and working at night (in 'Macbeth' in London's West End) so I'm starting work at 9 and don't finish until midnight so I'm not being flippant...I honestly can't wait to read it and find out what I'm doing but I've just got no time right now."
McAvoy further denied the rumors of his involvement in a "The Crow" remake and gave a very quick update on "Wanted 2."
"They won't go ahead with it unless they get a story that feel totally and utterly 100 per cent passionate about," he said. "If they don't have that then frankly they shouldn't go ahead. But if they get a story together that they feel that way about then great, yeah."
With the "Planet Hulk" rumors still rampant, despite Joss Whedon calling the report "nonsense," more and more fans are calling for a standalone "Hulk" film featuring Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner. Ruffalo's responded to the rumors on his Twitter, saying that his next appearance will actually be in "Avengers 2."
A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.
— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) March 7, 2013
I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it's not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.
— Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221) March 7, 2013
IRON MAN 3
Shane Black spoke with SFX Magazine (via Comic Book Movie) about how the Extremis virus is handled in "Iron Man 3."
"In the 'Extremis' comic book, there's a type of thing that takes over and basically upgrades DNA. Sometimes you die. But if you live through the experience then you come out this changed thing," Black told SFX. "But the way they do it is the guy that does it is not some man chosen to be the super soldier -- he's just a militia guy. There's an element of realism to it as well. So what we've tried to do is take this very science-fictiony concept of super people, and ground it in the type of people who volunteer for this being not necessarily super villains, but just people who upgrade. I love the idea of a super villain that doesn't wear a cape, that doesn't wear a super suit. That goes around dressed as you are right now. As for the science of it, once again we've gone back to the comic books, and I think pretty much lifted the Maya Hensen idea, that she met [Tony] long ago and had the germ of an idea, which now has come to fruition full circle, but she's afraid because it's gotten out there. And we go from there. I think you'll be interested in the effect that we generate to demonstrate what Extremis does to a human being. It's a pretty interesting special effect. But we've deliberately stayed away from defining, 'Oh it's nanites.' What we do keep from the comic is the idea that there's a slot in the brain that seems to have been dormant, but exists in human beings, almost as though it's waiting for human beings to find a way to fill it. It's been there forever."
Opens May 3, 2013
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
According to Variety, Keri Russell has been cast as the female lead in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and will appear alongside Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman. No other information about Russell's character was revealed.
Opens May 23, 2014