Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/3/13

By May 3, 2013

Comics, Toys and Star Wars

Colin Firth is set to play Uncle Jack in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s ‘Secret Service’.

Transformers 4 just ratcheted up the badass meter by casting Kelsey Grammer as the lead human heavy, this on top of the already cast Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci.

JJ Abrams is hinting that maybe…. just maybe, John Williams might be scoring Episode VII.

Latino Review seems to think 42’s Jackie Robinson, Chadwick Boseman, is at the top of Marvel’s shortlist to star as the Black Panther in upcoming films.

Michael B. Jordan, who was ill-fated in both The Wire and Chronicle is a reported front-runner for Chronicle helmer Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, which if reports are true, would deal a racial switch-up for the Human Torch, and more than likely a more promising fate.

Other Film Stuff

Sharlto Copley will continue his working relationship with Elysium helmer Neil Blomkamp on his third feature, the science fiction comedy Chappie. This will mark the pair’s third feature collaboration, after first teaming up on District 9.

Scarlett Johansson is teaming up with Luc Besson for his new film, Lucy, about an ass kicking, telekinetic drug mule.

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Benjamin Stacks in the new Annie film which is being produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, you wouldn’t be wrong, Benjamin Stacks is a re-shaping of the Daddy Warbucks character.

Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep are both in talks to join Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ adaptation, which would be helmed by Rob Marshall and based off of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical.

Jon Hamm will be voicing Sandra Bullock’s other half, Herb Overkill, in the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions.

Lily James, of Downton Abbey fame has been selected by Disney and Sir Kenneth Branagh to play the titular Cinderella in his live-action adaptation, which will also star Cate Blanchett.

Allison Williams is in talks to take the lead in Rosaline, based on the novel ‘When You Were Mine’, in addition to being in reported talks to take a role in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is back again and, for now at least, it is set to be helmed by Burr Steers with a star in Lily Collins.

Daniel Radcliffe will be tackling a true life story as journalist Jake Adelstein, who investigated and exposed an organized crime syndicate in Japan. The film is based on Adelstein’s own memoir, ‘Tokyo Vice’.

Newly a Cronenberg regular, Sarah Gadon is looking to break out into proper stardom as the female lead opposite Luke Evans in Dracula.

After purchasing the rights to ‘American Sniper’ a year ago, Bradley Cooper looks to be keeping in good company as Steven Spielberg has just signed on to direct.

Speaking of Bradley Cooper, he’s now the forth actor to drop from Jane Got A Gun. Poor, poor Natalie Portman…

If anybody was concerned after Jane Got A Gun fell through for its original two primaries, no need to worry, as Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, after next year’s Malick film, they’ll both be teaming up to star in Macbeth.

Terrence Malick, newly prolific but vigilantly still very much himself, is setting a 2014 release date for his IMAX film that will chronicle “the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse.” It will be narrated by Brad Pitt and Emma Thompson.

Justin Timberlake is heading to Cannes with the Coen brothers, and while he’s there he’ll host a launch party for ‘Spinning Gold‘, which he is set to star in and will center on the founder of Casablanca Records.

Ben Trebilcook  is penning the treatment for Die Hardest, the sixth entry into the Die Hard franchise. After last year’s catastrophe (my words), Trebilcook apparently says his “is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It’s also a very plausible storyline.” Here’s hoping they get Carnahan to re-write, direct it, and conclude the series (again, my words)…

Gears of War is being developed into a film, this time through Safe House and 47 Ronin producer Scott Stuber.

Mr. Rogers may be stepping into theaters in the next few years, courtesy of a recent spec script by Alexis Jolly. Nowhere near being developed proper, the script has however already been purchased by Treehouse Pictures.

Television and Streaming

Dwayne Johnson may just be joining you on your little (or big) television set, as he’s set to star in a pilot over at HBO about retired athletes in Miami. The pilot is set to be produced by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, with direction by Peter Berg.

HBO’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer, Veep, has been renewed for a third season.

Downton Abbey has its first black cast member now, much to Julian Fellowes’ relief most likely.

JJ Abrams is planning on a trip to Dallas by way of perusing the rights to Stephen Kings’s ’11/22/63′. The novel, if acquired, would be adapted into a series or miniseries that would take an “unassuming divorced English teacher” to 1958, where he would eventually develop a plan to prevent the assassination of JFK in 1963.

Although it probably amounts to nothing much, it should be noted that Netflix ‘s Ted Sarandos says he’s going to “keep talking”with Ron Howard about his ‘Dark Tower’ series.

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Jacob Hayman
Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.