Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 4, 2008

May the fourth be with you.

Just had to make that little Star Wars reference, Couldn't help it!

It is time for yet another Weekend Movie News Wrap Up, this week:

Tom Cruise plans his next 10 years, Peter Jackson has a release date for The Lovely Bones, The Descent gets a sequel and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor gets a new poster.

To find out more - keep reading!

1. Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones will be released in the fall of 2009 (or as I would call it - the Autumn). There were rumors last week that the film had shut down production due to "creative differences" between Jackson and the art director of the film over how to portray heaven.When I first heard this I presumed that it was rubbish as these things are usually sorted out long before principal photography would have taken place.

Dreamworks executive Stacey Snider stated:

"It was a very smooth shoot with no dissent, and all heaven sequences requiring sets or Art Dept involvement were completed on schedule in March. The only shooting remaining involves blue-screen VFX elements, which will be shot in June."

The film is based on Alice Sebold's best-selling novel, in which a murdered young girl looks down on her family and murderer from heaven.

"Marky" Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon star in the film.

Source: Comingsoon

2. Tom Cruise is busy planning his next few dozen movies.The Crusier recently had lunch with Sumner Redstone, the head of Viacom - owners of Paramount Pictures - the studio who dropped Cruise following his "crazy behavior" whilst promoting Mission: Impossible III. On the menu at that meal were discussions about Mission: Impossible 4. Cool!

I'm a big fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise and I'd love to see another addition to the series, plus the first three movies have grossed a bucket load of cash. The third film was seen as the under performer in the spy series, and even that grossed almost $400 million worldwide.

Cruise's United Artists has hired Joel Surnow, co-creator of television's 24 to pen a spy thriller to be directed by Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell.Variety states that United Artists have made it a "priority to find a commercially viable franchise for Cruise."It looks like Cruise really loves his spy movies. I wonder what Sumner Redstone thinks about that?

Sources: Variety and MSNBC

3. A sequel to Neil Marshall's The Descent is in the pipeline. The $10million dollar horror went on to gross $57 million at the worldwide boxoffice.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

"The script sees the survivor forced back into the system of caves she battled her way out of in the first film, in a bid to locate the rest of her group."

Marshall wont direct the sequel, Jon Harris, editor of the first film will make his helming debut from a script by James Watkins.

Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza, the stars of the original will also return.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4. The first poster for the The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has been released at it looks...very red.

Check it out below. Director Rob Cohen has also given an update on his official blog stating that 300 of 964 visual effects shots have been completed and that he will be heading to London on May 27 to start the music recording sessions with Randy Edelman.

I quite like the first to Mummy movies, although the kid in the second, along with some godawful CGI ruin it slightly.


5. I'm also going to go out on a wild limb here and predict that a sequel for Iron Man is going to be announced any day now.

That's it for this week.

See you at the movies!

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