Movie News and Rumors for 3-20-15
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Episode VII hasn’t been released, but that won’t prevent news about the follow-up from circulating. According to the Latino-Review, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) confirmed this past week at SXSW that he will be appearing in the eighth episode of the ongoing saga. From this we learn that his character from Episode VII will survive, which has led to rumblings that he could become a Han Solo successor.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce and star in a live-action film of the muppeted children’s show, working with New Regency, The Henson Co., and Lisa Henson. Gordon shares his affinity for the late Jim Henson’s muppets to Variety:
“Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”
Though the comic was just released this week, Universal is taking no chances in letting someone else get the movie rights. Per Deadline, the series from Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy will be produced by Chris Morgan under Chris Morgan Productions. The Image comic follows two scientists who become the first to travel back in time, and was featured on our weekly Comic Book Spotlight.
The Bad Batch
Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, and Jason Momoa walk into a studio to make a post-apocalyptic, cannibalistic love story. This isn’t a joke, and hopefully in the long run it won’t turn into one. According to The Wrap, Momoa (Aquaman) has been cast in addition to Reeves, Carrey, and Diego Luna (Elysium), and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) in the film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night). It’s a seemingly odd cast, especially with the initial plot premise, but at least it’s not another zombie movie.
It’s been a while since either Adam Sandler or Kevin James had a good showing at the box offices, but this retro gaming attempt might help. The trailer for Sony Entertainment’s Pixels was released earlier this week, and has generated over 34 million views, breaking Sony’s previous record of 22 million for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film follows Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and president Kevin James as they battle their childhood video games after Pac Man and company were sent as a declaration of war from an alien civilization. It could be a real…blockbuster?
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