Abrams: The one thing above all else that everyone will be talking about for a while is probably JJ Abrams being announced as the director for Star Wars Episode VII. In a related story, Disney is pursuing retired poster artist Drew Struzan to once again take up the brush to design more iconic Star Wars posters. Abrams will also be kept busy with by his newly appointed Lance Armstrong biopic, which he is set to produce.
Comics and Genre Pictures: Thankfully, the incomparable Toby Jones will be reappearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the always welcome Bruce Willis will be re-teaming with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City 2. As far as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is concerned, it appears as though we might be short on one ‘Jimmy’ Olsen, but rest assured we will likely instead get a ‘Jenny’ Olsen, and two new villains may have surfaced as well. The ever-increasing casting net for Guardians of the Galaxy has now caught onto the great comedic talents of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. The long-in-development Robotech feature now has a director, as does the recently resurrected Gaiman novel-cum-film, The Graveyard Book. Frank Darabont remains optimistic and excited about his new Godzilla project, at least from a writer’s standpoint. American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy is once again doing something within the genre, this time remaking the classic horror film, The Town that Dreaded Sundown.
Television, Cable, and Streaming: HBO is teaming with the Duplass brothers, further bolstering their growing roster of original comedies, while also developing a miniseries about boxer Jack Johnson, which will bring together Tom Hanks’ Playtone company and Ken Burns’ great eye for storytelling. It has also been announced that Marcia Gay Harden will be taking over for Rosmarie DeWitt on the network’s Newsroom. To the relief of many, ABC has pulled the plug on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, while at the same time ordering two new pilots. The folks at CBS are moving full-steam ahead with three new shows, including their Beverly Hills Cop series, which will feature Eddie Murphy in the pilot. Fox has ordered three comedies, one set to be produced by Seth Macfarlane, while it also has a drama set to star Greg Kinnear in the works. A Zombieland series looks to be the first offering by Amazon’s new original content wing, TBS has a new six episode order for a game show from Bam Margera, and NBC has two promising sitcoms on the horizon, one of which is set to star Craig Robinson, the other Ken Marino.
Film: Bill Hader is slipping into David Hasselhoff’s bathing suit for the Baywatch film, while fellow television and rising film star Charlie Hunnam is in talks to join Emma Stone in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Recent awards shocker Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to help Paul Thomas Anderson on yet another project, although to the best of my knowledge Robert Downey Jr. still holds the rumored title for the film’s lead. Dwayne Johnson is seeking inspiration from napkins, and David Fincher is eyeing an adaptation of Gone Girl. Twilight’s Peter Facinelli will be joining Dylan McDermott in Freezer, Keri Russell may be joining in on the new Disney animated film, Planes, Rosario Dawson is set to play a detective in Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s new film, and Alfred Molina and Michael Gambon will play a newly married gay couple thrown into disarray. Martin Scorsese held a table read with Italian-Americans Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for his long-in-the-wings The Irishman, while his frequent collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio claims he wants to take a break for a bit. Scorsese also had his Roger Ebert documentary picked up by the questionable CBS Films, who also just picked up the rights to Sundance charmer Toy’s House. And, finally, we will be getting the sequel to Crouching Tiger that we never thought we needed.
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