This week:

Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez eyes a new project; Cameron Diaz has been cast as Miss Hannigan in Annie; Rick Moranis might return for Ghostbusters 3; the first still from the Veronica Mars movie has arrived; Steven Soderbergh could return for Magic Mike 2; and This is the End might get a sequel.

Director Eduardo Sanchez, who struck box office gold with The Blair Witch Project in 1999, is hoping to find similar success with his next project.

That film, which Sanchez hopes to start filming soon, will center on an abandoned mall wherein some spooky happenings occur. Unfortunately, Sanchez is in a race against time as a Wal-Mart redevelopment project is already eyeing his ideal shooting space: an abandoned mall in Frederick Town, Maryland.

In an interview with Bleeding Cool, Sanchez seemed optimistic that he can get the untitled flick going before Wal-Mart swoops in. For now, audiences can check out Sanchez’s “Ride in the Park” segment in the horror anthology sequel VHS 2.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Bad Teacher star Cameron Diaz has signed on for the role of Miss Hannigan in Sony’s forthcoming remake of the musical Annie.

The actress was reportedly offered the part after Sandra Bullock declined the role for the second time. Last week, we reported that Bullock had renewed talks with Sony, but that apparently never panned out.

Diaz is now free to sink her teeth into a role famously played by Carol Burnett in the 1982 feature film adaptation, and of course on the Broadway stage. She joins a cast that already includes Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (this film’s version of Daddy Warbucks) and Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quevenzhané Wallis as Annie.

Source: Deadline

While out promoting his latest album, My Mother’s Brisket & Other Love Songs, former actor Rick Moranis suggested he might return for Ghostbusters 3… if it ever gets made.

Moranis won’t come out of his self-imposed retirement for any old story, as he says “it’s got to be good.” More to the point, Moranis hopes that the script for Ghostbusters 3 will be better than Ghostbusters 2, which he calls “a disappointment.”

We’ve been hearing about this Ghostbusters sequel for what feels like a decade, so Moranis’ comments won’t do much to get the ball rolling, even if we hope he returns. Bill Murray appeared to be a key lynchpin in getting the film made, and after losing his franchise rights it sounds like Dan Aykroyd and the rest of the cast are making it without him.

Source: The Playlist

Veronica Mars fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the first official still from the movie has made its way online, proving that this whole crowdfunding thing was not some elaborate prank.

Director Rob Thomas had been trying to get a Veronica Mars film made for years, but his foray through the studio system yielded zero offers. Seemingly as a last ditch effort, Thomas turned to Kickstarter and got the film funded in less than a day.

Now, as fans can see, production is underway with Kristen Bell back as the titular character. Even though the photo is light on story clues, it’s still exciting to see Thomas and Bell back in action.

Source: EW

While out promoting White House Down, actor Channing Tatum provided a brief update on Magic Mike 2, including a juicy tidbit about director Steven Soderbergh possibly returning.

However, Soderbergh fans shouldn’t get too excited as Tatum says the Oscar winner might return not as a director, but as a director of photography. Who will actually direct the sequel is still being worked out, but there is a strong possibility that task might fall to Tatum.

“That’s sort of where we are at — either [my producing partner] Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we’ll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the [2012] movie and has been Steven’s right-hand man for almost 25 movies. Right now, we’re just trying to clean up the story, and then we’ll make a decision. But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. Steven has argued [for us to do so]. He has said he would shoot it; he would DP it. And there’s another thing: Is that good? Because he is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don’t want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you.”

As of right now, Tatum is still working on the Magic Mike 2 script, which he says will be “the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama.” While we’re not sure about that approach, as it somewhat alienates those males who enjoyed Magic Mike despite the subject matter, it’s clear that Tatum knows what his (female) fan base wants. And, if Soderbergh does DP Magic Mike 2, that could add some intrigue to the sequel.

Source: THR

This is the End co-director Evan Goldberg has teased the possibility of a sequel, and even provided some options for where the follow-up might go.

The film wouldn’t be a sequel in a traditional sense, mind you, but rather a spiritual successor that carries on the same self-aware tone:

“We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End. Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, and Rihanna.”

This premise sounds almost like a spin-off, where the actors play exaggerated versions of their This is the End personas, which were exaggerated versions of their real-life personas. If that doesn’t work, Goldberg also has some ideas for This is the End 2 that fall more in line with the film’s spiritual themes.

“We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a Garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.”

Even though Goldberg and Rogen have ideas for sequels, and the film has done well at the box office, they acknowledge what a miracle it was to get the first film made and how difficult it would be to do another one. Balancing so many busy schedules couldn’t have been easy.

Source: Screen Daily