Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in ‘Expendables 3′, ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Movie & More

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 26th, 2014 at 5:02 am,

This week:

Ed Helms and Patrick Wilson join Stretch; a Choose Your Own Adventure film is in the works; Sandra Bullock may play Miss Hannigan in Annie; Eddie Redmayne in in talks to play Stephen Hawking; and Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms he will be back for Expendables 3.


Director Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has found its leads in Ed Helms (The Office) and Patrick Wilson (Watchmen).

Patrick Wilson Ed Helms Cast Stretch Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in Expendables 3, Choose Your Own Adventure Movie & More

Wilson, who can be seen later this year in The Conjuring AND Insidious 2 will play a limo driver who gets more than he bargained for while following the orders of a billionaire client. Helms will play a colleague of Wilson’s.

Stretch will be a reunion of sorts between Wilson and producer Jason Blum, the man behind Blumhouse Pictures (Paranormal Activity). The two previously collaborated on the horror hit Insidious.


Source: Variety


Fox has acquired the rights to turn the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books into a multimedium franchise.

Choose Your Own Adventure Movie Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in Expendables 3, Choose Your Own Adventure Movie & More

The book series gained popularity in the ’70s and sustained a strong following until the late ’90s with over 180 different titles published. The Choose Your Own Adventure banner included everything from sci-fi to mystery to action adventure, but the series’ main appeal was its branching narratives, which allowed the reader to choose where the story went.

For  example, readers might come to a page that says, “Turn to page 180 to go right, turn to page 221 to go left.” From then on out, the story would continue to branch until the reader felt like their decisions were determining the eventual outcome.

However, while the books were very popular, it’s unclear how Fox plans to turn such a personal concept into a collective viewing experience. We could see the series working as a video game or maybe an online TV show, but it might be difficult to adapt for theater-going audiences. That being said, if they can make a movie out of a board game, they can likely make a movie out of anything.


Source: THR


Sandra Bullock is in talks for the role of Miss Hannigan in Sony’s modern day re-imagining of the musical Annie.

Sandra Bullock in Talks Annie Remake Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in Expendables 3, Choose Your Own Adventure Movie & More

Miss Hannigan, for those unfamiliar with the musical, is the alcoholic that runs the orphanage where Annie lives in the beginning of the story. Many an actress has played Hannigan on stage, but it is her portrayal by Carol Burnett in the 1982 film adaptation that is perhaps the most iconic.

Although Bullock passed on the role in March, she is reportedly back in negotiations with Sony. It’s unclear what has Bullock once again interested, but the new direction the studio is taking with this remake might have something to do with it.

This version of Annie will feature Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quevenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx as a modern version of Daddy Warbucks named Benjamin Starks. Additionally, Sony has hired Easy A director Will Gluck to helm the film.


Source: THR


Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne is being sought for the role of physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic Theory of Everything.

Eddie Redmaybe Stephen Hawking Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in Expendables 3, Choose Your Own Adventure Movie & More

Not much is known about the project at this time, but Deadline reports it may focus on the relationship between Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde. While their relationship was blossoming Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which he continues to fight to do this day.  It is believed that Hawking’s relationship with Wilde is partly responsible for him keeping with his work.

Redmayne first burst onto the scene in My Week with Marilyn opposite Michelle Williams before taking on the role of Marius in Les Miz. He can next be seen in the Wachowski sibling’s Jupiter Ascending, which is due out in July of next year.


Source: Deadline


Shortly after confirming his return for Terminator 5, Arnold Schwarzenegger has also revealed he will be reuniting with Sylvester Stallone for The Expendables 3.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns Expendables 3 Movie News Wrap Up: Arnold in Expendables 3, Choose Your Own Adventure Movie & More

For a franchise that is all about adding (not subtracting) cast members, we definitely expected Schwarzenegger to return, even if it’s in a limited capacity. He will join an ever-growing cast that, in addition to the usual suspects (Statham, Li, etc.), includes Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, and Wesley Snipes. There are also a few actors rumored for roles including Mel Gibson and Mickey Rourke.

The Expendables 3 was just recently given a summer 2014 release date, while Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s other collaboration, Escape Plan, was moved back to October of this year. He was out of the game for a long time, but fans are going to be seeing plenty of Schwarzenegger in the next two years.


Source: Arnold Fans

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  1. The choose your own device has been actively seeking attention for a bit.

    “The film gives people the suspense and thrill of multiple outcomes like those of the films Sliding Doors or Run Lola Run, but it also gives them the power to really choose and influence at a number of key points how the plot of the movie will proceed,” says Prof. Ben Shaul. Curious viewers can backtrack, too — they can go back to a narrative crossroads to see what might have been, never seeing the same ending twice.

    The movie is Turbulence.

    I also recall a theater run movie using a button pad at the seat and depending on the audiences majority selection had the movie go in that direction:

    1992 saw the release of North America’s first interactive motion picture, I’m Your Man. Certain Loews Theatres locations were retrofitted with controllers to allow audiences to vote on decisions made by the main character. Although initially touted as the first step toward virtual reality cinema, the experiment was a failure and the equipment was removed from theaters by 1994.

    I think it would be a great move for smaller theaters (like a cinema draft house) I just cant see the maintenance and upkeep of a general theater with the amount of people (read jack-wagons) that go through possibly damaging equipment.

  2. Choose your own adventure….

    I saw a BBC News report last month about a university screening a specially made movie with local and unknown actors from the drama club and hooked up certain audience members to gauge a physical and psychological reaction to what was happening on screen and the audience unknowingly changed the way the plot played out using that live analysis.

    There were four versions of the movie and at the end, they were shown all four endings and said this could be the future of movies where people will get different experiences so if they want a happy ending based on heart rate and such, they’ll get one.

    I imagine that’s how this could play out unless I’m competely wrong.

  3. I could foresee them using peoples cell phones as input, it’s already hard to see a movie in a theater where at least five or six people refuse to turn theirs off…

  4. Haha, I remember using my finger as a place-holder for a few steps back just in case my choice in those books lead to my untimely death or imprisonment or whatever.

    I wonder if the movie will incorporate that at all, because I’m sure a lot of people did the same.

  5. Arnold is back which is cool. All they need is kurt russell, Steven Seagal, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, don Johnson, Kevin Costner, Carl weathers, Mr. T, Ed o’ross, Robert Patrick, etc.