Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/11/13

By May 10, 2013

Comics and Star Wars

On the heels of Daredevil, Marvel has been granted a return to the film rights of Blade, Ghost Rider and Punisher. As to which Phase each will fall into now remains to be seen, if they will at all…

Disney’s animation wing has announced that ‘Big Hero 6’ will be the studio’s first animated Marvel adaptation, which is being helmed by Don Hall, who did Winnie the Pooh, and is set for a 2014 release.

Ever badass, William Fichtner is playing an ‘iconic’ role in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, although his character’s actual name has been left unavailable.

Loki didn’t make the cut for the lead in The Crow. Instead of Hiddleson, rumored a little bit ago to be the frontrunner, the role of Eric Draven has now gone on to our newly minted Dracula, Luke Evans.

Oren Uziel, writer of the future 21 Jump Street sequel is now also on board and penning the draft for Men In Black 4.

Star Wars screenwriter Simon Kinberg  discussed the standalone and spin-off films.

General Film

Tom Cruise is on board for the next Mission Impossible film, although no writer or director is yet attached. Christopher McQuarrie, once and still a rumored front-runner for directing duties on Mission Impossible did just sign a deal to write and direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra… what that means for him and the Impossible series has yet to be seen, at least by us.

The female lead for Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adaptation has been given to relative unknown Alicia Vikander.

Robert De Niro has signed on for Candy Store, which will center on a former covert ops agent and a former cop who team up to bring down what is presumably a criminal operation, thus saving New York. What’s really exciting about this to me is that Jason Clarke is playing the former covert ops agent. De Niro will play the officer.

Michael Caine has joined Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Jon Favereau is taking his Iron Man star, Mr. Robert Downey Jr., back to the world of independent films with his latest, Chef.

Four years ago, ‘Silence’ was rumored to star Benicio Del Toro and Daniel Day-Lewis, now Martin Scorsese’s adaptation is finally going to go in front of cameras, after a recent lawsuit and 25 years of waiting, on his part. The two newly announced leads are Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe.

Al Pacino has mutually split ways with the production of Despicable Me 2 and been replaced by Benjamin Bratt. Bratt will voice the villain Eduardo.

Dominic Cooper has been cast in Dracula, alongside Mr. Evans.

Adam Scott will play an entirely new leading role in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, alongside planned returning performers Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson.

In the latest Jane Got A Gun news, Ewan McGregor is now set to play the villain that most recently was set to be played by Bradley Cooper.

Michael Shannon will be re-teaming with Jeff Nichols on a “present day sci-fi chase film,” which will mark their fourth feature collaboration after Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud.

The King in the North is heading to Disney to play Prince Charming. Richard Madden, who portrays Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, has been signed to play Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella adaptation.

Live By Night is a definite go for writer/director/producer/star Ben Affleck, who will make the Dennis Lehane novel’s adaptation his next project.

Setember 9 will mark the beginning of the filming of Gotti, a long-time-coming passion project of star John Travolta. The big news here is the director just announced, Joe Johnson.

Regardless of whether it is in fact final or not, it looks like Joe Wright is a front-runner for directing the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation.’

Exclusive Media is going to finance Jackie Chan’s return to English films, Skiptrace, which has the director of Paranorman, Sam Fell, set to helm.

Hot to continue the high seas adventures of Jack Sparrow, Disney has three directing choices in mind to take the reigns for the next Pirates film.

Jurassic Park 4 has been put on hiatus and pushed back due to creative differences, although director Colin Trevorrow is still very much in place to direct.

Shane Black’s long gestating ‘Doc Savage’ adaptation is finally happening, with Sony footing the bill and looking to make it into a franchise vehicle.

Warner Brothers and Universal are in the middle of a dispute over Dungeons and Dragons, and just which of the two actually holds the film rights.

Warner Brothers has pushed back both the release of 300: Rise of an Empire and All You Need Is Kill.


Fox is planning the return of 24, except this time in a limited, 13 episode structure. They also have a lot of new shows.

NBC has renewed Community for a fifth season. It too has a ton of new pilots and series.

FX has tapped Lost and 3:10 to Yuma actor Kevin Durand in it’s new Guillermo del Toro produced series of The Starin.

Southland, which found a second home at TNT after being initially cancelled, has found history repeating as it will not be returning for a sixth season.

Nicole Kidman is back on board with HBO for an adaptation of ‘Reconstructing Amelia,’ which she will both star in and produce.

Defiance has been renewed by SyFy for a second season.

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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.