This Week:

Two high profile composers announce their next projects; Roasrio Dawson will return for Clerks 3; there will be a Nut Job 2; Joseph Gordon-Levitt will team with Robert Zemeckis; and Mike Newell with direct The Day of the Triffids.

Although such announcements are typically not big news, two pretty big names (well, technically three) in music have confirmed their involvement with two pretty big projects.

First up, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross confirmed they will be scoring David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Considering Reznor and Ross worked on Fincher’s previous two films, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that they would reunite with him again. After all, it was the duo’s work on The Social Network that earned them an Oscar.

In other composing news, frequent Tim Burton collaborator and former Oingo Boingo front man Danny Elfman announced he will score Fifty Shades of Grey for director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Although the cast and crew of Fifty Shades features plenty of new faces – specifically stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan – at the very least the film will boast a familiar sound.

Gone Girl will hit theaters October 3, 2014.

Fifty Shades of Grey will hit theaters February 15, 2015.

Source: Trent Reznor, The Playlist

Actress Rosario Dawson confirmed she will return for Kevin Smith’s Clerks 3.

The Sin City star broke the news while promoting her latest film Gimme Shelter. Although she wasn’t in the first Clerks, Dawson featured heavily in its long-anticipated sequel as Dante’s girlfriend Becky.

Not that along ago Smith was announcing his imminent retirement – after the release of his hockey film Hit Somebody, – but obviously he has abandoned those plans. In fact, Smith has revealed several forthcoming projects, including a horror anthology about Krampus and this third Clerks film, which he hopes to have ready for a November release. First up, however, is the unconventional comedy Tusk.

Source: Den of Geek

Less than two weeks removed from The Nut Job‘s decent performance at the box office, Open Road Films has announced there will be a sequel.

Slated for a January 15, 2016 release date, The Nut Job 2 will presumably bring back all the major voice actors from the first film, including Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, and Liam Neeson, as well as director Peter Lepeniotis. Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, couldn’t be happier with the first film’s success and had this to say about a sequel:

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about ‘The Nut Job. It has been a pleasure working with the teams at Redrover, ToonBox and Gulfstream and we are delighted to re-team with them for ‘The Nut Job 2.'”

While companies like Pixar, Universal, and Dreamworks are jockeying for animation domination with films budgeted at $150 million+, The Nut Job proves there’s a place for smaller films to find success as well.

The Nut Job 2 will hit theaters January 15, 2016.

Source: Coming Soon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ To Reach the Clouds as legendary tightrope walker Philippe Petit.

To Reach the Clouds‘ script was written by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne and is based on Petit’s memoir of the same name. The book chronicles many of Petit’s infamous stunts, including his wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a feat highlighted in the documentary Man on Wire.

Producer Tom Rothman hopes that To Reach the Clouds will be something of a visual feast for moviegoers, and who better to deliver such a film than Robert Zemeckis. The project certainly flew under the radar for a while, but that will change now that Zemeckis and Gordon-Levitt are on board.

Source: Deadline, Twitch

Director Mike Newell has signed on to helm the remake of The Day of the Triffids for producer Sam Raimi.

Most will recognize Newell as the director of the fourth Harry Potter film, but he has also directed features such as Prince of Persia and Donnie Brasco. He will be working off a script from Neil Cross (Mama).

Based on the book by John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids chronicles Earth’s battle with an invading race of plants called Triffids. The story was originally adapted into a major motion picture back in 1962 and was turned into a miniseries in the early ’90s.

Source: Deadline