Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 6/14/13

By June 14, 2013

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Michael Bay, a “master at action movies,” has teamed up with Warner Brothers and Ubisoft to develop Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. This on the heels of Ubisoft’s other two film packages, which include the Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy starring Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, respectively. But Ubisoft isn’t ending it there, as three other lesser known titles are also seeking the big screen treatment: Far Cry, Rabbids and Watch Dogs.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is being eyed for the role of Quicksilver in The Avengers 2.

Karen Gillan’s Guardians villain may very well be the bounty hunter Angela, who first came to life in Spawn.

DC has officially brought David Goyer and Zack Snyder back on board for the Man of Steel sequel as writer and director, respectively. Christopher Nolan’s involvement is still unknown.

Jon M. Chu will be returning for the third G.I. Joe installment.

Nicolas Winding Refn is looking to adapt the comic book ‘The Incal’, written by another filmmaker, failed ‘Dune’ adapter Alejandro Jodorowsky.

In the realm of geekdom one of the stronger females might be Buffy Summers, so it may be fitting that one of her writers, Marti Noxon, who also updated Fright Night for us, has just attached herself to adapt Lara Croft’s tomb raiding adventures for MGM.

As yet unpublished, ‘The Mexorcist‘ is a WTF-sounding graphic novel about a disgraced former exorcist who must go against a Mexican cartel that is… trying to jumpstart the apocalypse? Well, it’s been bought, and they’re trying to make it into a movie, one that I will see any day.

General Film

Choose Your Own Adventure‘, the long-running series of books that allowed readers to choose the fates of many a character in many a situation and story for over 20 years, is getting off the ground for a multi-platform presentation, courtesy of Davis Entertainment.

Ed Helms has been added to the cast of Joe Carnahan’s Stretch.

Thomas Jane has signed on to play opposite John Cusack in Hard Drive as a retired race car driver.

Christoph Waltz will star in True Crimes, which will see him playing a detective named Jacek Wroblewski who re-opens a cold case in Poland, and is thrown into Poland’s seedy underworld as a result. The film is based on a true story.

The Purge has done fairly well for itself in its theatrical run thus far, and now Universal is looking to capitalize on that by moving forward with sequel plans.

Mel Gibson may very well be joining the cast of Expendables 3, which will have returning stars as well as new addition Nicolas Cage.

Tom Tykwer and Tom Hanks apparently got along well enough on Cloud Atlas, as they will both be teaming up on the adaptation of Dave Egger’s ‘A Hologram For the King’, which the former has already written for the screen.

Sandra Bullock is being sought to play the villainous and mean Miss Hannigan, opposite Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in the new Annie adaptation.

Emma Watson, perhaps a bit bored of the indie scene and looking back to her roots, is teaming up with her Harry Potter producer David Heyman for a potential fantasy franchise with The Queen of Tearling.

Terry Zwigoff, long absent from… well, anything really, is teaming up with Portlandia and SNL’s Fred Armisen to make a comedy, which has yet to be titled, but will be about a man put under house arrest in his childhood home.

Theory Of Everything, the working title of the Stephen Hawking biopic, has its lead and that man is the awesome Eddie Redmayne.

Basketball’s Dwight Howard has joined the voice cast for the animated film Free Birds.

Melissa McCarthy is teaming up with Seth Rogen for the animated B.O.O., otherwise known as the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, as two new ghosts assigned to catch the agency’s Most Wanted Haunter.

The beautiful Christina Hendricks is set to star in the Terry Loane directed drama Measure Of A Man, which has been written by David Scearce, of the truly beautiful A Single Man, which he co-wrote with Tom Ford.

When “Heathers meets Fight Club” we apparently get Dare Me, which is an adaptation of the novel by the same name. Natalie Portman is now set to star.

Haley Bennett has joined the cast of Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.

Warner Brothers has dropped its sequel plans for Dumb and Dumber, and is now shopping it around town for other takers.


Megan Hilty will now be starring alongside the fairly talented Sean Hayes and the supremely talented Thomas Lennon in NBC’s Sean Saves the World.

Lauren Lee Smith and Miguel Gomez have joined the cast of FX’s The Strain, while Brett Gelman and Jenny Slate have joined an untitled comedy pilot on the same network, where David Yates has also just replaced Ang Lee as director for the Tyrant pilot.

Papa Skarsgard, more commonly referred to as Alexander’s father, or just plain Stellan, has been tapped to join the cast of Cinemax pilot The Quarry.

Wes Bentley has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot, Open.

Joe Carnahan is heading to A&E along with Chad Feehan to bring us the drama Blood, Sweat & Tears, which will focus on the amateur bull riding scene in Texas.

Sex and the City creator Darren Star is looking to adapt the recently published ‘The Honest Toddler‘ into a series.

The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd and The 4400’s Yves Simoneau are sticking to genre fare and setting up shop at USA for a period alien piece set during WWII called Horizon.

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