Horrible Bosses 2 starts filming; Ridley Scott eyes a future project about the NFL and concussions; the Sin City sequel gets a (slight) title change; Samuel L. Jackson joins CELL; and Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg sign on for American Ultra.
The sequel to the 2011 comedy is bringing back all of the principal cast members (who survived the first film) including Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx. Not returning this time, however, is director Seth Gordon, who has been replaced by Sean Anders.
New Line also released a synopsis for the sequel, which sees the three leads once again at odds with authority:
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
If we had to take a guess, it sounds like Day, Bateman, and Sudeikis will enlist the help of their former "horrible bosses" to take down their new horrible boss - who Waltz seems like a perfect fit for. That's just speculation, though; we'll find out what actual hijinks the three get into next fall.
Horrible Bosses 2 will be out in theaters on November 26, 2014.
The film will reportedly center on the NFL and the effects concussions have on players' mental health. Scott hopes the film will serve as a morality tale, showcasing not just the traumatic effects the sport has on players but the NFL organization's attempts to disprove those theories.
It's still in the early stages of development, but Scott likely wants to get moving sooner rather than later on the film. Concussions have become a hot button issue as of late, with dozens of players coming forward to reveal they have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from excessive head trauma.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been retitled to Sin City: A Dame to Die For. The news comes straight from the American Film Market Festival, where the banner below was on display.
Although no reason is given for the title change, it likely has something to do with the film's marketing potential. In somebody's mind the word "die" was more palatable than the world "kill." Luckily, the title change should have no bearing on the film's content, which will likely be stylized and violent.
Sin City: A Dame to Die For will be out in theaters on August 22, 2014.
Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to co-star in CELL, based on the 2006 Stephen King thriller.
Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer who flees Boston after a mysterious cell signal turns people into murderers. The Avengers star will be sharing the screen with John Cusack, who plays the film's chief protagonist Clay Riddell.
CELL has been in development for several years now, and is finally ready to start filming some time next year. Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams is helming the project.
Adventureland co-stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg have signed on for American Ultra, a forthcoming action comedy.
American Ultra follows a stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who goes on the run with his girlfriend (Stewart) after a government operation targets him. Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the script for American Ultra and Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) will direct.
For Eisenberg, the project sounds like old hat, but for Stewart this is relatively uncharted territory. Luckily, she'll have a familiar (and experienced) face to guide her.