A short film featuring Peggy Carter will premiere at Comic-Con 2013; Liam Neeson signs on for A Gang Story; Liam McIntyre joins Hercules 3D; Fox secures the rights to Guys and Dolls; a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D may be in the works; and Tarsem Singh (Immortals) might team with Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) for a sci-fi feature.
Captain America: Winter Soldier might be the last we see of Peggy Carter on the big screen, but actress Hayley Atwell sure hopes not.
Speaking with The Age, Atwell discussed the potential of a Peggy Carter spin-off, saying that she would like to revisit the character after Winter Soldier. However, she couldn't go too much into specifics, as Marvel likes to closely guard their movies' plots.
However, even before fans see Peggy Carter in Winter Soldier, they will have the opportunity to see footage of her in action at this year's Comic-Con. Atwell revealed that Marvel shot a short film that they plan to show at Comic-Con in order to give fans what the actress says is "a little kind of snapshot as to what Peggy's actually really capable of."
Obviously, Marvel will be on hand at Comic-Con to promote Winter Soldier along with the rest of their upcoming slate (Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.), so it makes sense they would bring some special footage just for the fans. What exactly will be on display in Hall H is unclear, but an opportunity to see more of Atwell as Carter will likely get fans excited.
Source: The Age
The recently rejuvenated Thunder Road production company is in the early stages of pre-production on a remake of the French film A Gang Story.
The 2011 original follows an aged criminal - at one point a notorious bank robber in the '70s - who hopes to settle down in the latter years of his life. However, when an old cohort re-enters the picture, things start to get complicated.
Thunder Road has already pegged Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) to direct the film, and David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) to write the script. Liam Neeson is attached to star, presumably as the older gangster.
This particular film - one of two Hercules tales in development - features Kellan Lutz (Twilight) in the title role, and will be directed by Renny Harlin. McIntyre – who has yet to star in a Hollywood feature – will play Sotiris, Hercules' close friend and military commander. Harlin says McIntyre's character starts out at odds with Hercules, before the two form a "close bond" in battle.
The film reportedly starts shooting next month in Bulgaria. Will it hit theaters before or after The Rock and Brett Ratner's Hercules film?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
20th Century Fox has finally secured the film rights to Guys and Dolls from Jo Loesser, the widow of songwriter Frank Loesser.
Several different producers and studios have vied for the rights over the years, but Loesser never found a deal to her liking…until now. While there is no official word on a director, screenwriter, or stars, rumor has it Fox would like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum to headline the film. If cast, the actors will take on the roles of Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, which were made famous by Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra (respectively) in the 1955 musical.
As Deadline reports, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt made a splash during the opening number at this year's Academy Awards, where both showcased their rhythmic talents. They are a little younger than Sinatra and Brando were in the original, but we doubt the duo's ravenous fan base will mind.
The source claims a meeting did take place between studio executives and the first film's producers, but no official deal was struck. It was during this meeting that talk of a male protagonist (potentially played by ex-Disney star Cody Linley) surfaced, but apparently there were a lot of names tossed around in addition to Linley's.
Even though talk of a Texas Chainsaw 3D sequel has begun, there's no guarantee audiences are interested in another film with those specific characters, or at all for that matter. The prequel only grossed $34 million at the box office, and that's with the added 3D surcharge.
Source: Horror Movies
Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem (Immortals) are reportedly in talks for the sci-fi feature Selfless for Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict.
The script for Selfless was written by Alex and David Pastor, and centers on an older man who decides to "cheat death" by having his mind transplanted into a younger body (Reynolds). That body, as it turns out, belongs to a murder victim, and so the man is instantly on the run from the victim's killers.
For Reynolds – who stars in R.I.P.D. later this year – Selfless marks an opportunity to headline another sci-fi film with a unique premise. Tarsem, on the other hand, is presumably looking to follow-up the family-friendly Mirror Mirror with something a little more mature.