James Cameron sat down with Yahoo Movies and reflected on his long-time friend and colleague Bill Paxton who passed away earlier this year due to surgery complications. Cameron said he viewed Paxton as “the consummate artist” who had a “deep appreciation for art and culture” that wasn’t just limited to the cinema. The director said that Paxton was a one-of-a-kind person who he easily and quickly became good friends with beginning in 1981, when both of them were still working for legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman. He said their friendship lasted for decades, and was still strong at the time of the Paxton’s death. Cameron said the last time he spoke with Paxton was the night before the heart surgery that tragically ended the actor’s life at age 61.
Paxton and Cameron worked together on some of the directors most successful and iconic films starting with 1984’s The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic.
Michael B. Jordan is in the running for a role in Fox’s remake of the South Korean action-thriller A Bittersweet Life. If Jordan’s deal closes, he will play a mobster in the movie. Kung Fu Panda director Jennifer Yuh Nelson will helm the project.
Jordan will be seen next in Marvel’s superhero movie Black Panther, in which he re-teamed with Creed director Ryan Coogler.
In the 2005 film, Lee Byung-hun played a loyal hit man for a crime boss, who assigned him to kill his young mistress if she turned out to be having an affair with another man.
Nelson is making her live-action directorial debut with Darkest Minds for Fox.
Tim Burton‘s live-action Dumbo movie has added new cast member Alan Arkin. The cast in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo already includes Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins will also appear in their first film roles.
The original story followed an baby circus elephant who strives to achieve his full potential.
In this reimagining, the film follows Holt Farrier, a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.
Arkin will take on the role of J Griffin Remington, who is described as a Wall Street tycoon.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the success of Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and most recently, Beauty and the Beast. Disney is currently working on more remakes, inclucing The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and other animated classics in the works as well.
Dumbo is currently in production in London from a script written by Ehren Kruger, and it’s set to bow on March 29, 2019.
The sequel to the highly anticipated Broken Lizard comedy Super Troopers now has a release date, and like most stoner-centric celebrations, it will fall on 4/20 2018 (April 20, 2018).
Broken Lizard founding member Steve Lemme recently sat down with Seven Days and revealed the release date for Super Troopers 2. The sequel finished shooting last month after a historic crowdfunding campaign raised $4.4 million.
“There is [a release date], but I can’t tell you what it is. Here’s what I can tell you: It’s springtime and there’s a very obvious date, which happens to fall on a Friday this year. It’s going to be our widest release. And it’s testing better than any movie we’ve tested. It came out fantastic.”
Lemme did not technically say April 20th, but 4/20 happens to fall on a Friday next year and is clearly the “obvious date” for which a sequel to a beloved stoner cult classic would open.
For those of you who don’t understand the whole “meow” thing in the title…
The new comic book project, Batman: White Knight from writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy will offer Batman fans a very different depiction of The Joker.
Murphy took to social media to reveal that one big change to his version of The Joker will be that the character has the real name Jack Napier. That name might sound very familiar, because that is the name of the gangster who eventually became The Joker played by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman movie.
Murphy dropped that revelation on Twitter:
Big news: JACK NAPIER will be the name of my JOKER. Warner just approved–1st time Napier has been in a comic (minus Burton adaptations). pic.twitter.com/u4YwZLMmGL
In Burton’s 1989 Batman movie, Jack Napier is an intimidating enforcer for mob boss Carl Grissom. When Napier leads a burglary of the Axis Chemicals plant, Grissom sets him up for a fall by calling in the police. During that raid, Napier faces Batman and ends up in a vat of chemicals, which transform him into The Joker.
Batman: White Knight will flip hero and villain roles and take place in Gotham City as it is terrorized by the figure known as The Batman, while Joker is actually a hero, dedicated to protecting the citizens.
As Murphy told Wired:
“My main goal was to undo the comic tropes while changing Gotham from a comic book city into a real city—a city dealing with everything from Black Lives Matter to the growing wage gap. [But] rather than write a comic about the wage gap, I gave those ideas to the Joker, who leads a kind of media war against Gotham’s elite by winning people over with his potent observations and rhetoric… We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?”
This is the first time the name Jack Napier will be used as a depiction of Joker in the comic books (expcet for those based around Burton’s ’89 movie).
Batman: White Knight #1will be on shelves Wednesday, October 4th.
In the 1960’s they were one of the most iconic families on television, and now more than 50 years into the future, The Jetsons are back. ABC has landed a put pilot commitment for a multi-camera, live-action reboot of the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated series. It will be executive produced by Back To the Future‘s Robert Zemeckis. A “put pilot” deal includes penalties if the pilot is not aired, in other words, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a pilot will be picked up to series.
Deadline Hollywood reports that the new version will be written by Gary Janetti, who has background in both multi-camera and animated comedy series, with experience on NBC’s Will & Grace and Fox’s Family Guy. The multi-camera sitcom is set 100 years in the future and looks at America’s favorite future family through a modern filter.
ABC is a great fit for the project because of its already well-established family comedy brand that includes Modern Family, Black-ish, The Goldbergs, and Fresh Off The Boat. The original Jetsons series also aired on ABC even though it only lasted less than a season in primetime. It was revived in 1985 for another two-season run in syndication.
It looks like Obi-Wan is finally be getting his very own movie and writer/director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct the Star Wars standalone movie.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in the earliest of stages of talks and that the project still has no script. If the deal goes down Daldry would oversee the development of the film with Lucasfilm.
I know what EVERYONE is thinking, but sadly, it’s not known at this stage if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi Master.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone is one of many projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the Skywalker saga. A Han Solo movie is now in production under new director Ron Howard and Lucasfilm is also considering movies featuring Yoda and Boba Fett.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Alec Guinness played Kenobi, earning him an Oscar nomination to boot. Then McGregor took on the role in George Lucas‘ prequel trilogy. McGregor has gone on record several times saying he would be open to playing the character again. Sources tell THR that since there is no script, no actor is attached.
Daldry made his feature debut with Billy Elliot, which earned him his first directing Oscar nomination. He followed that up with The Hours and The Reader, which also grabbed him directing nominations.
At long last we have some movement on an Obi-Wan movie! I am personally stoked that they are considering such a brilliant filmmaker to helm the project, what do you guys think?
It seems like Stranger Things star David Harbour, who plays police chief Jim Hopper, has unintentionally confirmed a Season 3 of the hit sci-fi Netflix series. Season 1 of the series was a smash hit that scored all kinds of critical acclaim. So it came as no surprise when Netflix renewed the show for a second season, which will premiere in October.
During an interview with TMZ Harbour let it slip that the streaming service may have already also ordered season 3 of Stranger Things. While talking about the young cast growing up and how their growth affects the shoot, Harbour said:
“In season 2 and season 3 they’ll grow up, you’ll watch them grow up.” When pushed on whether season 3 has been officially ordered by Netflix, Harbour backpedaled a bit and said, “I think so, but if they hate season 2 then maybe not. But I think there’ll be a season 3.”
Stranger Things showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer do have multiple seasons of Stranger Things planned, so if the show’s second outing is as successful as its first, it’s pretty likely Netflix will renew the show for Season 3. Plus one of the Duffers revealed last year that Netflix gave them the go ahead on Stranger Things season 2 before season 1 even premiered, so it is believable that the streaming service has already told the cast and creative team to start working on Season 3. If Netflix wants to keep the time between Stranger Things seasons down to a minimum, the showrunners will need to start work on season 3 soon.
It is also possible that Netflix hasn’t officially renewed the show yet and is waiting to see how Season 2 performs because there is a chance that excitement may have cooled off. But if Season 2 gets positive reactions, hopefully, Netflix will officially announce Season 3.
Stranger Things season 2 arrives on Netflix on October 27.