Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′, ‘Scary House’ & More

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:32 am,

This week:

The Hot Tub Time Machine sequel plans to shoot this summer; Blumhouse Productions (Sinister) lines up another horror film; Godzilla finds its final lead; Omar Sy joins Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store; Screenwriter Katie Dippold (The Heat) inks a 7-figure production deal; and Bradley Cooper replaces Jude Law in Jane Got a Gun.

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The Office‘s Craig Robinson, who was out and about at WonderCon promoting This is the End, revealed a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine will begin shooting this summer.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Shooting in June Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

Last we had heard, MGM was very interested in making a sequel after the first film nearly doubled its $36 million production budget. However, there were also reports that suggested only Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and of course Robinson would be returning, with John Cusack bowing out of a sequel.

Robinson wouldn’t confirm either way regarding Cusack’s involvement. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 reportedly starts shooting in June, though, which leaves some time to try and snag him.

Source: Coming Soon

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Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind the low-budget horror hits Sinister, Insidious - and of course the Paranormal Activity franchise – has gone into production on a new feature: Scary House.

Scary House Begins Production Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

While the title suggests a rather formulaic horror film, Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum says the film is anything but. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt and is said to be “a haunting slow burn.” Read the full synopsis below:

After suffering a loss, Jonathan (Wilson) and Lindsay (Amy Seimetz) and their young daughter Amethyst (Jessica Tyler Brown) move into a modest home in a quiet suburban enclave where they intend to mend their family back to normal. While Jonathan struggles with unemployment and Lindsay yearns for the man he used to be, the tensions between them worsen as things slowly start going wrong with the house itself. Unwilling to move out of the house and unable to suffer one more night of ‘things happening’, they consult paranormal expert Aleksandar (Oswalt) hoping to find solace. Instead, they find that they are living in their greatest nightmare.”

The premise sounds intriguing, but it’s the Blumhouse touch that has us the most interested. Given the fast turnaround time on horror films, moviegoers should expect Scary House to hit some time later this year, most likely October.

Meanwhile, Wilson will star in another horror film – The Conjuring - this summer.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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Happy Go Lucky star Sally Hawkins has been cast in Warner Bros’ forthcoming Godzilla reboot.

Godzilla Casts Sally Hawkins Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

Hawkins will play a scientist in the Gareth Edwards film, which has already cast the likes of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad).

Edwards, whose film Monsters made a splash on the indie scene, built a huge amount of buzz with an exciting presentation at last year’s Comic Con, even overshadowing some of the more high profile presentations (Man of Steel, Pacific Rim). And now that the film has entered production, it appears the director is ready to deliver an epic blockbuster by putting some worthy talent in front of the camera.

Godzilla hits theaters May 16, 2014 in 3D.

Source: Deadline

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After his breakout role in the 2011 French comedy The Intouchables, Omar Sy is picking up new projects left and right. In the last few months, the actor joined the cast of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, Sy has been cast as a pimp in Candy Store, the next film from Traffic scribe Stephen Gaghan.

Omar Sy Cast in Candy Store Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

Gaghan, who wrote the script and will direct, has spun a tale that interconnects several story lines (not unlike Traffic) involving organized crime in Brighton Beach. Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke will play one of the film’s leads, a former covert operative who teams up with a local cop to take down Sy’s character.

Early this year, we reported that Chris Hemsworth had joined the project as a lead, but there has been no mention of his involvement since then. Moreover, the lead role, which Hemsworth seemed like a perfect fit for, went to Clarke.

Source: Indiewire

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The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold has signed a deal with Chernin Entertainment and Fox to write another comedy for director Paul Feig.

The Heat Screenwriter Inks New Deal Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

As Deadline reports, this deal likely means Fox and Chernin believe they have a solid hit on their hands with The Heat. Since Bridesmaids, McCarthy has been white-hot, which makes the forthcoming film’s title all the more appropriate.

As far as Dippold’s next script is concerned, Fox is keeping relatively quiet. That being said, early word surrounding the project describes it as a mother/daughter action comedy.

The Heat is set to hit theaters on June 28th.

Source: Deadline

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The revolving door on the Natalie Portman’s Jane Got a Gun just keeps spinning, as the project now welcomes Bradley Cooper.

Bradley Cooper Joins Jane Got a Gun Movie News Wrap Up: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Scary House & More

Cooper takes over as the film’s villain, a role that was originally given to Joel Edgerton. However, when Michael Fassbender dropped out as the film’s lead, Edgerton was rotated into that role, and Jude Law was brought on to play the villain.

Jude Law then dropped out of the role shortly after director Lynne Ramsay was a no-show on the first day of shooting. Early reports suggested Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Bridges were on the short list for Law’s role, but it ultimately went to Cooper.

So, in case you were keeping track: Natalie Portman is still the film’s female lead, Joel Edgerton is the male lead and love interest, Bradley Cooper is the villain, and Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) will direct. And now it seems the film has been able to reassemble just as quickly as it fell apart.

Source: Deadline

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TAGS: Candy Store, godzilla, hot tub time machine, jane got a gun, scary house, the heat

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  1. Oh my, Jane Got a Gun is in the madhouse. :-/

    • I’m glad its getting back on track tho. They’re new cast sounds pretty much as good as the original cast :)

      • “they are new cast” haha sry I totally meant “their new cast”