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Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ resurfaces at CBS; to be a series next summer
29 November 2012 2:10 PM, PST
When you’re Steven Spielberg and Stephen King and you decide to work on a project together, the odds are a lot of people will listen. Back in 2011, Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, brought King’s mega-best-selling novel Under the Dome to Showtime (Spielberg had acquired the rights to the book only a few weeks after its 2009 debut). According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, while Showtime entertainment president David Nevins liked the concept when they acquired it, he felt it “was not right for Showtime.” So the project went into turnaround. Still, Spielberg believed in the book so much, he asked Showtime to release the book so it could be shopped to other networks. But in a surprise corporate synergy move, Nevins passed the project to his counterpart over at CBS, Nina Tassler, who was interested. And in another surprise move, CBS will launch a 13 episode series (no pilot, went right »
Jackman back for ‘X Men’ film; ‘Forever War’ moving forward?; ‘Merlin’ to end; ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ info
29 November 2012 12:54 PM, PST
Hugh Jackman has agreed to reprise his role of Wolverine in X Men: Days of Future Past. This is the third actor from director Bryan Singer’s first two X Men films to sign on after both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to come back as well. Days of Future Past remains one of the most popular stories from comic books, released as a two-part stand-alone story in 1981. It deals with a dystopian alternative future (so popular now, but revolutionary then) in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria. This plot line can allow the return of actors from X Men (2000) and X2: X Men United (2003), and I wonder how many other actors Singer can persuade into coming back –Famke Jannsen? »
Gordon-Levitt reps deny ‘Batman’ role, Carnahan to do ‘Undying’, Disney hires writers for ‘Navigator’ remake
28 November 2012 12:16 PM, PST
As expected, reps for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt are denying reports that he’ll be playing Batman in the Justice League film scheduled for 2015, or making a cameo in Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel in 2013. Like I said yesterday, this is to be expected. The only ones who would and could make that official would be Warner Bros, and they too are as quiet as a church mouse about the future of the Batman character. And while it’s obvious the WB holds Christopher Nolan’s trilogy with high regard and would probably really not do anything to piss him off, we know that there will be a new Batman for that Jla film, a Batman that will probably have no connection to Nolan’s series. Still, hiring Gordon-Levitt to play Batman –or even Robin as others have suggested- is something the WB can do without consulting with Nolan. »
McKellen and Stewart return for ‘X-Men’ sequel
27 November 2012 12:25 PM, PST
As work moves forward on X Men: Days of Future Past under the helm of Bryan Singer, set to begin filming in January, the director himself Tweeted this little surprise:
“I’d like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult to X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Also thrilled to announce Sir Ian Mckellen and Sir Patrick Stewart.”
This idea of McKellen and Stewart returning to the roles they created in the first two films is not farfetched, as this sequel story line does deal with time travel. Whether the script will have the older Magneto and Professor X interacting with their younger selves (Fassbender and McAvoy) is yet to be seen, but only Singer could pull this off, as both actors –while pleased with their participation in the franchise- are not so excited that these roles (along with McKellen’s Gandalf and Stewart’s »
Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt the new ‘Batman?’ and the BBC releases the plot of ‘The Snowmen’
27 November 2012 11:22 AM, PST
After what seems to be a bit of hemming and hawing from Zack Snyder on how or to what extent his Superman movie, Man of Steel, will play into Warner Bros own Justice League movie is getting a bit more muddled. Also, is there a connection to The Dark Knight Rises as well?
We all know that Christopher Nolan is executive producing the Man of Steel and the latest confirmation from Snyder today is the Superman you see in next summer’s film will be the same Superman that will be part of Justice League film in 2015. And while I’m sure Nolan had no particular interest in setting up another WB franchise by ending Tdkr with cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) inheriting the Batcave –it was, probably to Nolan, just a logical and thematic conclusion to his trilogy- if I’m an executive at Warner Brothers trying to figure »
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ gets a plot description
26 November 2012 10:03 PM, PST
Paramount has officially given us a bit of information on next summers Star Trek Into Darkness
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Not much info from that, though. Still, there is a suggestion -if you take in the »