Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Mission: Impossible 5,’ ‘Constantine,’ ‘El Presidente’ & More

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 21st, 2014 at 10:03 am,

This Week:

Simon Pegg confirms Mission: Impossible 5 return; Pegg also signs up for the rom-com Man Up; Doug Liman signs on to direct El Presidente: Keanu Reeves is still interested in a Constantine sequel; and Gavin O’Connor may director the Tell No One remake.

While out promoting the home video release of The World’s End, actor Simon Pegg confirmed he will be back for Mission: Impossible 5.

Simon Pegg Return Mission Impossible 5 Movie News Wrap Up: Mission: Impossible 5, Constantine, El Presidente & More

The news comes courtesy of a brief interview with Pegg and close friend Nick Frost in which the actor also talked about Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) helming Star Trek 3. Although Pegg couldn’t give hints with regards to Trek, he responded with an emphatic, “Absolutely,” when asked if he would be back for M:I 5. Pegg will, of course, be reprising the role of Benji Dunn, the gadget master for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.

About a week ago, Mission: Impossible 5 locked down a Christmas 2015 release date in the hopes of duplicating its predecessor’s winter-time success. Thus far director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise, and now Simon Pegg, have confirmed their involvement with the sequel, but the rest of the returning cast, specifically Jeremy Renner, is up in the air.

Mission: Impossible 5 will hit theaters on December 25, 2015.

Source: MTV

Speaking of Simon Pegg, the actor was also confirmed for another project earlier this week: the romantic comedy Man Up.

Simon Pegg Lake Bell Cast Man Up Movie News Wrap Up: Mission: Impossible 5, Constantine, El Presidente & More

Pegg will star alongside Lake Bell (In a World…) in the film, which tells the story of a single woman who is mistaken for a stranger’s blind date and ends up meeting her soulmate. The script for Man Up, written by Tess Morris, made it onto the 2011 Brit List, which is the UK’s version of the Black List.

Although not his first foray into the world of the rom-com, Man Up sounds like a change of pace for Pegg, who has been featured in mostly big budget action movies as of late. For the relatively unknown Bell, the film could be an opportunity to further increase her profile.

Man Up is slated to start filming in January.

Source: Deadline

Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has signed on to direct the forthcoming Tom Cruise vehicle El Presidente.

Jack Nicholson in Talks El Presidente Movie News Wrap Up: Mission: Impossible 5, Constantine, El Presidente & More

El Presidente‘s premise sounds like a mixture of action and comedy, as Cruise will play a former Secret Service agent forced to predict an alcoholic former President. At one point, the president role was slated for Robert Downey Jr., but that unfortunately never came to pass.

With Downey Jr. no longer available, however, Cruise has once again turned to his first choice for the role: Jack Nicholson. Although no announcement has been made, Cruise and Liman made a special trip to Nicholson’s home in the hopes of convincing him to join the project. If their Hail Mary pass worked, we might hear about Nicholson’s casting fairly soon.

Source: THR

Although the first Constantine didn’t make too much money at the box office – about $230 million worldwide – star Keanu Reeves is still hopeful the film will receive a sequel.

Keanu Reeves Wants to Play Constantine Again Movie News Wrap Up: Mission: Impossible 5, Constantine, El Presidente & More

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor revealed, out of all of his former characters, he would be most interested in revisiting John Constantine, the occult detective at the center of the first film.

Unfortunately for Reeves, there are already two Constantine projects in development – a TV series based on the Hellblazer comics, in which Constantine is the protagonist, and Guillermo Del Toro’s Justice League Dark, which features the character as a key member of a group of Justice League outcasts.

That isn’t to say Reeves’ hopes are dashed, but it would likely be hard to justify yet another take on the character. But, if Ted of Bill and Ted can get a resurrection, we wouldn’t count out Reeves’ Constantine just yet.

Source: Vanity Fair

Warrior Director Gavin O’Connor is in talks to direct Tell No One, a remake of the French film of the same name.

Tell No One original film Movie News Wrap Up: Mission: Impossible 5, Constantine, El Presidente & More

The film, based on an English-language novel, was a huge hit in France, winning several Cesar Awards, and follows a doctor who was suspected of foul play when his wife went missing several years ago. Though never charged, the man finds himself on the run years later after receiving an e-mail from his missing wife.

Argo scribe Chris Terrio wrote the latest draft of the Tell No One script, but it’s unclear if O’Connor might also take a pass at it. As far as casting, there is no news yet, but Ben Affleck was rumored for the principal role a few years back.

Source: THR

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  1. I was really looking forward to the Cruise/RDJ team-up for El Presidente. Still, it could be just as fun to watch Cruise and Nicholson working off one another.

    As for Constantine and Keanu, who’s to say he couldn’t be the lead in JLA Dark? It’s going to need a name bigger than Mr. Del Toro’s to attract an audience outside the comic book community.

    • +1.DC need big names like Keanu to catch up with MCU.

    • Constantine movie was pretty good, but JL Dark needs John Constantine the British magician and conman, not Constantine the American exorcist. Reeves wouldn’t fit in it.

      • They can keep Reeves, havent you seen Dracula? he nails the British accent the guys a chameleon!

        • Lmao! Keanu Reeves is Constantine

    • I loved Constantine. Not being an avid reader of the Hellblazer comics and not knowing his story, I think it was fantastic. Marl mentioned that JLD needs the “British magician and conman” version. What’s to say he hasn’t grown into that since his last outing? With the exception of the british part. I don’t see how that’s relevant.

      • It’s relevant because John Constantine is a British former punk musician who dabbled in magic to conjure a demon to resurrect his sister and the whole point is to have a cynical British view of the world of magic, demons and superheroes.

        I liked Constantine but really, I’d like the real John Constantine now, the one from Liverpool with a similarity to Sting and the forces of Hell after him for conning them out of deals.

        The Reeves version to me at least is like an alternate version, almost like the Nolan Batman movies being a good “what if?” that exist outside of actual continuity.

        Actually, no, a better comparison would be to say that the Constantine TV show and JLD movie are The Beatles and the Keanu Reeves version is just a tribute band. Has elements that look familiar but isn’t the real deal.

        • I don’t disagree with the notion of presenting the truest form of a character, but given Hollywood’s propensity for changing gender and race at will, or even making a beloved TV hero a villain for the movie franchise, I can’t imagine them batting an eye over a change in nationality. The studio already seems hesitant to go forward and, if playing it safe, it seems likely they’d stick with a Keanu Reeves version of a lesser known character rather than confusing moviegoers.

          If they do stick with the comics version, who’d you like to see portray him?

  2. are they serious about a Bill and Ted ressurection hahaha

  3. Constantine sequel! I want it. The first movie was pretty good.

  4. It may not be a popular PoV but I too really liked Constantine. It was definitely not the correct version but I took it at face value and thought the story and characters (as they were written for the show) were pretty good.

    So I would be all for a sequel but admit I would prefer if they were going to use the character in other projects, to use the character correctly.

    Sadly this should would have been MUCH better served if they had used Constantine as an inspiration and called it (and the main character) something else so they could have easily continued the story.

  5. I’d rather prefer a tv series of Hellblazer than a continuation of the Reeves film. And stay with British writers, actors and setting. It didn’t work so well with Judge Dredd.