Movie News Wrap Up: March 30 2013

Deadpool movie director Robert Rodriguez Ryan Reynolds

This week:

Talk of Sam Mendes returning to James Bond continues; Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston joins the cast of David O. Russell's Abscam movie; Lorenzo di Bonaventura praises Chris Pine in Jack Ryan; Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talk working with Mark Millar; the Planes voice cast is announced; and Kate Mara joins Wally Pfister's Transcendence.

Skyfall producer Barbara Broccoli is hopeful that director Sam Mendes will return to the James Bond franchise.

Sam Mendes Directing James Bond 24

While it seems unlikely that Mendes will be able to direct James Bond 24, Broccoli would love to get the director back on board for a future franchise entry. It makes sense that Broccoli would want to have Mendes return to the franchise, he did direct the highest grossing Bond film (not adjusted for inflation) after all.

Nonetheless, there's nothing to confirm at this time in regards to future Bond films, only talk about what Mendes might and might not do. When asked point blank, Mendes responded by saying:

"I’ve definitely left the door open for the possibility of 'Bond' movies in the future, it’s just the next one, they need it, they need someone working on it now, for the next year, and then going into preproduction. When you’ve just come off the back of a huge roller coaster of three years, as we have, it just felt a little bit too much."

Maybe when the time comes for Daniel Craig to hang up his suit and tie, Mendes can helm the next "reboot."

Source: Slashfilm


Jack Huston, who plays Richard Harrow on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, has joined the cast of David O. Russell's forthcoming movie centered on the Abscam sting operation.

Jack Huston Joins Abscam Movie

Most will know the film as American Bulls**t, but O. Russell is apparently now looking for a more appealing (read: Oscar-friendly) title.

While there is no word in regards to Huston's role, we do know that the film follows a con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress (Amy Adams) who must work with the government to catch other unsightly individuals. The film also features newly christened O. Russell collaborator Bradley Cooper, as well as The Avengers' Jeremy Renner.

The film is targeting a release some time in December.

Source: Deadline


Hollywood mega-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) has seen Jack Ryan from beginning to end, and he has some very promising things to say about the film.

While talking with Collider, Bonaventura had nothing but the highest praise for star Chris Pine, who plays the titular character. Bonaventura says that Pine (who will first be seen in this summer's Star Trek into Darkness) was "picture perfect all the way through the movie."

Jack Ryan set preview - Chris Pine

Speaking specifically to the movie's content, the producer says Jack Ryan deals with contemporary issues. Each of the previous films to feature the Ryan character, from Clear and Present Danger to The Sum of All Fears, has handled some issue that was relevant to our time, and Jack Ryan is apparently no different.

“What I always liked about Jack Ryan was it always dealt in something that was contemporary.  Pablo Escobar was contemporary when they were doing 'Clear and Present Danger,' that notion of the drug kingpin, and we are drawing on stuff that is really contemporary for the story.  I think the past movies always felt smarter and more relevant because they were actually dealing with things that you recognized were political and real issues in the world of the day, and we do the same thing.  I think that’s different than most other franchises that are in make-believe worlds; you feel the reality of this world.”

The film's "contemporary" issue this time around will be our economy, as Jack Ryan attempts to stop a terrorist plot aimed at crippling our financial system.

While we don't know too much about the film aside from a brief plot synopsis, we do know that Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double duty as the film's director and main villain, and that Kevin Costner will be playing a mentor character.

Jack Ryan opens on December 25th, 2013.

Source: Collider


Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have provided a brief update on their Deadpool script.

Deadpool movie director Robert Rodriguez Ryan Reynolds

The screenwriters were making the rounds promoting their work on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, when Slash Film inquired about the status of the Deadpool movie. While their comments will give fans hope, the film apparently still needs a few more stars to align before things really get going.

They say that star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller are on board, and they reveal the test footage Miller shot is "amazing." They've also begun talking up the project with Mark Millar, who we know will be helping to corral Fox's various Marvel properties.

Reese: We’ve been in touch with Mark, because he’s come on as a consultant for Fox, so we are talking to him and we are….

Wernick: We are beating that drum. It’s the one project that we are so passionate to get made and we are doing everything we can. We have a few tricks up our sleeves still.

Reese: We are living a game of thrones, or trying to.

And yes, they know the script for Deadpool is online. However, if it means getting this "hard-R" film made, they encourage fans to check it out and voice their opinions.

Source: Slashfilm


The full voice cast for Disney's upcoming Planes (yes, a spin-off of Cars) has been revealed.

Disney Planes Voice Cast

Dane Cook will provide the voice of the film's main character, an airplane that's afraid of heights but aspires to be a racer. Alongside Cook will be Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a "confident" racer, and Cedric the Entertainer as a "puttering old biplane."

Perhaps the film's most inspired casting are the roles of two high-flying jets, voiced by none other than Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Yes, it's Goose and Iceman, and as the image above reveals, Disney is not being subtle about it.

Planes also features the voices of Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Sinband, and ESPN's Colin Cowherd, who plays a reporter blimp. It might be a shameless cash-grab, but kids are going to eat this up.

Planes hits theaters on August 9th, 2013.


House of Cards' Kate Mara has joined the cast of Wally Pfister's Transcendence.

Kate Mara Transcendence Cast

While we don't know anything about Mara's role, or much about Transcendence at all, we do know she joins a cast that already includes Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall. Johnny Depp is rumored to play a scientist who uploads his brain into a supercomputer with the end goal of creating an A.I. controlled machine.

Pfister has made a name for himself working as the cinematographer for Christopher Nolan – he won an Academy Award for his work on Inception – but now he is branching out into feature film directing. Hopefully some of that Nolan flare has rubbed off on him.

Look for Transcendence in theaters April 25th, 2014.

Source: Coming Soon

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