A live-action Robotech film on the way; a comic book crossover event featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men; Brad Pitt to star in the new Robert Zemeckis film; Tyrese Gibson (Furious 7) lands another starring role; Peter Dinklage joins the new Melissa McCarthy comedy; and Michael Bay’s 13 Hours finds two new cast members.
Warner Bros-based producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are developing a live-action film based on 1980s anime series Robotech. The pair – who have previously collaborated on Immortals and both 300 films – are reportedly looking at director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) to helm the project, with Michael Gordon (300) already on board to write the film.
Robotech ran from 1982 to 1984 in Japan and was actually a series which combined three anime shows centering on giant robotic machines developed from alien technology. Upon its debut, Robotech was among the first to popularize anime storytelling in North America.
Marvel has released a trailer for the new comic book crossover featuring a team-up between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men. Titled Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, the book will see the two superhero teams join forces with Nova, Captain Marvel and more. The story focuses on an ancient artifact called the Black Vortex that has just resurfaced on the far side of the galaxy. Imbued with incredible power, this weapon could prove disastrous in the wrong hands.
This week’s special Alpha issue starts off what is being billed as a Marvel Comics event and will continue through a number of different Marvel titles, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Legendary Star-Lord, All-New X-Men, Captain Marvel, Nova, Cyclops and more. A collaboration between writer Sam Humphries and artist Ed McGuinness, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 will be available in stores and on digital devices in February.
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Brad Pitt has joined the cast of director Robert Zemeckis’ latest film. The untitled romantic thriller is based on a script by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), though no story details have been revealed just yet.
Zemeckis and longtime producer Steve Starkey will produce alongside Graham King, who developed the project. King previously produced World War Z, which Pitt starred in, as well as Oscar-winning films like Argo and The Departed.
Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson will star in Desert Eagle, a new action thriller which Gibson co-wrote with writer/producer Mike Le. Le wrote the Black List script Patient Zero and produces web series K-Town and Roll Models alongside Gibson. In addition to reprising his role in this year’s Fast and Furious sequel, Gibson will star in the Antonine Fuqua directed Southpaw this year (as well as Ride Along 2 in early 2016).
Desert Eagle follows a pair of border patrol agents investigating a drug cartel operating out of a Native American reservation casino. Universal Pictures optioned the spec script for the film and has brought on Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell to rewrite the material. Stuecken is best known for producing films like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Campbell has served as an editor for films like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage will star alongside Melissa McCarthy in a new comedy called Michelle Darnell. The Universal film follows a businesswoman who is sent to prison for insider trading and, upon her release, finds that her past transgressions may prevent her from crafting a new image.
Ben Falcone (Tammy) will direct the film, which is based on an original character created by McCarthy. Dinklage will reportedly play the villain, though no further details have been disclosed. Michelle Darnell hits theaters on April 8, 2016.
James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) have joined the cast of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name. The film – adapted by screenwriter Chuck Hogan – will tell the true story of the security team who fought during the assault on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.
Dale will star as the leader of the security team, with Schreiber in the role of another member of the squad. The film features an ensemble cast that already includes John Krasinski and is set to begin production this spring.