The summer blockbuster season is nearly upon us and while the slate is set for this year’s schedule, updates and rumors are circulating about some highly anticipated films due out in upcoming years.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is putting a little more gusto into getting production started on the long awaited Ghostbusters 3, possibly as early as January 2015. The biggest news is that Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two films, has said he will not direct the third installment after the unfortunate passing of friend and original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis. He will still be somewhat involved as he is aiding in the search to find someone to direct in his place. According to Vibe, the directing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie, are rumored to be the top pick for Sony to direct the third movie.
Reitman had been the most stable portion of a long campaign towards a third film, which involved a few different scripts as well as a holdout from Bill Murray, who was not enthusiastic about reprising his role as Peter Venkman. The new script apparently has the original Ghostbusters in a very minor role and would pave the way for a new team. Sony is looking to re-energize the series as they previously did with James Bond, Spider-Man, and might also do the same with Men In Black.
This past Tuesday, instead of the normally scheduled Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel fans were instead treated with a behind the scenes look at the Marvel movie universe with Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. Upcoming films for Captain America, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy were featured, but viewers were also treated to test images of footage from Ant-Man (images can be seen at Fansided.com). Set to release on July 17, 2015, the project already has Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd attached to Marvel’s tiniest titan; Douglas will be the original Ant-Man Hank Pym and Rudd will star as the current incarnation Scott Lang. Not much else is confirmed so far for the movie, and even its IMDB page is pretty bare bones, with the only extra hint of rumor from IMDB being Evangeline Lilly as Janet van Dyne, whose alter ego is the Wasp. Not sure if Hank Pym will play any role in the Avengers sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, as in the comics Pym is the original creator of the titular antagonist Ultron.
In a truly outrageous turn of events, the rockin’ 1980’s cartoon Jem and the Holograms is being adapted for the big screen by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. As detailed by US magazine, Chu announced in a YouTube video that “without giving away too much, [the movie] is a modern-day live-action reinvention of of the 1980s Hasbro classic cartoon, Jem and the Holograms.” The story about music company owner Jerrica Benton will be updated “for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age.” Staying true to the social media theme, the filmmakers are asking fans to help contribute to the finished product from the music, to the costumes, and casting. Fans can use the #JemTheMovie hashtag and upload videos telling filmmakers what you love about Jem and they can also upload videos of themselves for casting.
Fantastic Four 2
The first movie isn’t even in production yet and the Hollywood Reporter is confirming that the release date is set for the second movie. The first installment in the Fantastic Four reboot is set to open June 19th, 2015, and the sequel will release July 14th, 2017. Fox’s reboot of Marvel’s First Family made waves a few weeks ago with the announcement that Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) was cast to play hot head Johnny Storm and Kate Mara (American Horror Story) will play his sister, Sue Storm. Fox has also confirmed a release date for Wolverine 3, not to mention there is an untitled Marvel movie set for 2018 from the Fox group (which holds the rights to Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the X-Men) and Hollywood Reporter postulates that it could be a FF/X-Men crossover. This is extremely speculative at this point, as the X-Men already have another movie in the works that will use the “Age of Apocalypse” crossover as source material.
Not even the title is confirmed for this sequel to Man of Steel, but that doesn’t stop the rumors from flying faster than a speeding bullet! Moviepilot.com seems to think that BatFleck will be around forty years old and will be out for vengeance after the Joker kills Robin, which they further speculate could lead into a Red Hood movie. After the events in Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises team up with LexCorp to help rebuild Metropolis, which prompts the World’s Greatest Detective to learn as much as he can about Kal-El. All details about this movie are to be taken with a grain of salt though so this is merely speculation from an unverified source. We do know Gal Gadot is playing Wonder Woman, we do know Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, and it would seem likely that co-writers Zack Snyder and David Goyer might draw from the Frank Miller miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Lucasfilm just announced that the next chapter in the Star Wars saga will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Filming will begin in May 2014 and a release date is slated for December 18th, 2015. This will mark the first Star Wars film not to be released during the Summer. J.J. Abrams is the director as of now and the film will star a “trio” of new young leads along with some very familiar faces” according to Lucasfilm.
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