Frank Grillo leads The Purge 2; Sin City 2 has not been retitled; Ari Folman will direct a new film about Anne Frank; Ridley Scott options the YA fantasy novel Fae; and Fox is remaking Murder on the Orient Express.
Grillo is the first actor to sign on for the sequel, which will again center on a single night wherein all crime is legal within the United States. The first film, which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, was a huge hit, grossing over $90 million off only a $3 million budget. Neither actor is expected to return for The Purge 2, however, although a cameo might not be out of the question.
Aside from Grillo's casting, we know that writer/director Jason DeMonaco is returning to helm the project and write the script, and powerhouse horror producer Jason Blum is also on board. The film is targeting a June 20, 2014 release date.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has apparently not been retitled.
Although a prior rumor and poster suggested the film's subtitle had been changed to A Dame to Die For, director Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that is not the case. We're unsure why there was confusion, and where the rumored poster came from, but clearly both had no truth to them. So there you have it: it's still Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and all is right with the world.
Director Ari Folman has announced his next project, an animated film based on the life of Anne Frank.
Folman reportedly has unrestricted access to the Anne Frank Fund's archive, a rare opportunity for any filmmaker. With that much freedom, Folman hopes to deliver a film that will "keep the memory alive for younger generations."
While it's unclear how exactly Folman plans to approach the film, which he will also write, our greatest clue might be in his previous films, Waltz with Bashir and The Congress. In those films, Folman used a rather unique animation technique that combined Adobe Flash cutouts and traditional animation.
Director Ridley Scott has acquired the film rights to Fae, the first novel in a forthcoming YA trilogy.
The Fae series centers on a girl named Caroline Ellis who, on her 16th birthday, learns of the secret battle between the forces of light and dark. With that knowledge, Caroline must then choose her role in the conflict, while also coming to terms with her close friend Devilyn.
Although YA adaptations haven't fared quite so well as a whole, that isn't stopping producers from scooping up projects in the hopes of landing the next Twilight or Hunger Games. The book certainly has its fan base, but whether that's enough to generate solid box office returns is unclear.
Fox has announced plans to remake Murder on the Orient Express.
No cast has been announced for the project, but there should be plenty of meaty roles available. The original, released in 1974, featured big name talents like Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, and Sean Connery and was an instant classic.
That film was based on the novel by Agatha Christie and follows detective Hercule Poirot, her regular protagonist, as he attempts to solve a murder aboard a, you guessed it, train called the Orient Express. While Fox is starting with Murder on the Orient Express, it's safe to assume that if this remake is a success they would likely option other Poirot mysteries.