This Week:

Magic Mike XXL begins production; Dax Shepard is developing a CHIPS reboot; Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig eye The Martian; George Clooney selects Hack Attack for his next directorial effort; two more join Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; and The Gambler and The Last Five Years get release dates.

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The highly anticipated Magic Mike sequel, appropriately titled Magic Mike XXL, has begun filming in South Carolina.

A seemingly random Twitter account tweeted out a photo from one of the first days of filming, which featured an aerial shot meant to represent Myrtle Beach. We know that Magic Mike 2 is supposed to function like a road movie, so it makes sense that the sequel would feature a wide variety of locations like Myrtle Beach.

It’s also worth pointing out that this seemingly innocuous Twitter account might actually belong to Steven Soderbergh. Although Soderbergh is not directing Magic Mike XXL, he (or rather his alter ego Peter Andrews) is serving as its cinematographer and editor.

Source: Bitchuation

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Warner Bros. has given Dax Shepard the keys to their forthcoming CHIPS film reboot.

Dax Shepard Direct CHiPS Reboot Movie News Wrap Up: CHIPS, Magic Mike 2 & More

Shepard will write, direct, and star in the adaptation of the ’70s TV series about motorcycle cops in California. Shepard will play lead role Jon Baker while Michael Pena will take on the iconic role of Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Ponch, as most know, was a role originated by Erik Estrada.

While few will remember the CHIPS series for being anything but a mindless distraction, the property could work as a feature film, under the right circumstances. And given Shepard and Pena’s background in comedy, we suspect this CHIPS reboot is going for a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

Source: Deadline

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Kristin Wiig and Jessica Chastain are in early negotiations to join Matt Damon in The Martian.

Matt Damon Eyes The Martian Movie News Wrap Up: CHIPS, Magic Mike 2 & More

The film is an adaptation of the Andy Weir novel about a Mars astronaut’s struggle to survive after being left for dead by his crew. Although the story focuses on a single character, The Martian is by no means a one-man-show. However, without going into story details it’s hard to speculate as to whom Wiig and Chastain might play.

The Martian was already looking like an awards contender given Damon and director Ridley Scott‘s involvement, and that profile should continue to grow if Chastain signs on. Either way, this film is one to keep an eye on.

Source: Deadline

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George Clooney is set to direct Hack Attack for Columbia Pictures.

George Clooney Direct Hack Attack Movie News Wrap Up: CHIPS, Magic Mike 2 & More

The film will adapt the Nick Davies’ book of the same name about the News International phone hacking scandal. What Davis uncovered was that News International (one of Rupert Murdoch’s many companies), and few of their subsidiaries, had participated in the tapping of numerous British citizens’ phones.

Although it’s unclear where exactly this film adaptation will focus its efforts, the source material sounds perfect for Clooney’s discerning eye. As a director, he has had his fair share of hits and misses, but he typically finds a hit when dealing with political or journalistic subject matter.

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Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) and Emma Greenwell (Shameless) have signed on to join Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Douglas Booth Cast Pride Prejudice Zombies Movie News Wrap Up: CHIPS, Magic Mike 2 & More

Although Greenwell’s role is still a mystery – we bet she plays one of the Bennet sisters – we know that Booth will be playing Bingley. Bingley is a close friend to Mr. Darcy, the wealthy proprietor who draws the affections of Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James).

While it looked like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might be dead in the water a few months ago, the project has found new life and a growing cast of young actors. The adaptation is slated to start filming under director Burr Steers this month.

Source: Variety, Deadline

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The Last Five Years, a film version of the Broadway musical, has nabbed February 13, 2015 for its release date.

The Last Five Years Release Date Movie News Wrap Up: CHIPS, Magic Mike 2 & More

The film recounts the five year relationship of a couple, played by Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Jeremy Jordan, and its many ups and downs. What’s unique about the musical is that it tells the story from two different perspectives: one starting from the end of the relationship and moving backwards, and the other starting from the beginning and moving forward. RADiUS just recently bought the distribution rights for the film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Also jumping on board the release date train is The Gambler, which will release on December 19, 2014. The film is the latest effort from director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and follows a literature professor who has an unfortunate run in with gangsters. Mark Wahlberg is set to star as the professor, Jim Bennet, alongside Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12).

Source: Box Office Mojo

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