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Joe Dirt 2 Announced

This Week:

Vacation, Maps to the Stars, and Deepwater Horizon claim release dates; Baltasar Kormakur to direct Vikingr; Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski team up; Bryan Cranston nabs The Infiltrator lead; and Joe Dirt 2 is in development.


We have three release date announcements for some upcoming features.

First up is the Vacation reboot, starring Ed Helms as Clark Griswold's son Rusty. The film was originally slated to release in October next year, but will now be hitting theaters on November 13, 2015. Vacation also features Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth.

Maps to the Stars Release Date

The based on a true story thriller Deepwater Horizon has staked its claim on September 30, 2015 and is the first film to do so. As the name suggests, Deepwater Horizon chronicles the true events that occurred on the fated oil rig in 2010. Mark Wahlberg is set to star and JC Chandor (All is Lost) will direct.

And finally, Maps to the Stars has been tapped for a February 27, 2015 release date. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, chronicles the idiosyncratic tendencies of a Hollywood dynasty. Maps to the Stars features Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Julianne Moore.

Source: Box Office Mojo


Universal Pictures has hired 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur for Vikingr.

Baltasar Kormakur Direct Vikingr

The film reportedly aims to offer a fresh look at the Viking people, chronicling more than just their lives as fierce warriors. Outside of that, though, there isn't much information about Vikingr's approach or a particular storyline. We do know that Kormakur also came up with the story for Vikingr and wrote the script alongside Olafur Egill Egilsson. If those don't sound like two names who know a thing or two about Viking culture, then we don't know who does.

Universal has been building a strong relationship with Kormakur since his work on the 2010 film Contraband so it’s no surprise they would turn to him again. He is currently in post-production on the studio's Everest.

Source: The Wrap


Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell will team up for an untitled paranoia thriller for New Regency.

Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Not much is known about the picture at this time aside from the fact Steve Conrad wrote the script. Conrad is most known for his work on heartfelt dramas like The Pursuit of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

For Carell this is yet another foray outside of the realm of comedy and a chance for him to flex his dramatic chops. Whereas the Oscar-winning Verbinski is likely looking for an opportunity to bounce back from the poorly received Lone Ranger reboot.

Source: Deadline


Bryan Cranston will star in The Infiltrator, based on the autobiography of Robert Mazur.

Bryan Cranston in All the Way

The Infiltrator tells Mazur's story as a customs and excise agent AND as an undercover money launderer operating under the alias Bob Musella. Mazur is best known for having worked under the Medellin cartel in the late '80s.

The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman had already been hired to helm the picture, and sources say it was his involvement that enticed Cranston. Apparently the two hit it off while working on Lawyer and have been trying to reteam ever since.

Source: Variety


Digital streaming platform Crackle has announced plans to produce a Joe Dirt sequel for release next year.

Joe Dirt 2 Announced

All the major players will return for Joe Dirt 2, including original star David Spade and director Fred Wolf. Spade has apparently been sitting on a concept for a while but hadn't found a buyer until Crackle came along.

While Joe Dirt has developed a cult following since release it's hard to imagine how many people will be interested in a sequel. However, as the first straight-to-digital release, Joe Dirt 2 could find success if the price is right.

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