All Hail Fassbender in New “Macbeth” Stills

Man, is anyone else sick of seeing Michael Fassbender this week? The Xmen: Apocalypse star’s been on promo overload this week.

Not only have we seen him on the new poster for Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs, we’ve also got a sneaky look at him in Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed adaptation. But that’s all, right? Wrong! We’ve still got Macbeth to go. Continue reading All Hail Fassbender in New “Macbeth” Stills

New “Steve Jobs” Poster…Lower Your Brightness

For the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Michael Fassbender strikes a quizzical pose on what looks like the front of the box your iPhone 6 came in.

Back in the day, the idea of two biopic’s about Steve Jobs seemed ridiculous. Today, there are three films planned at three different studios about Robin Hood. Things change. Continue reading New “Steve Jobs” Poster…Lower Your Brightness

“Compton” Star Jason Mitchell Heads for “Skull Island”

Jason Mitchell will join Straight Outta Compton co-star Corey Hawkins on an expedition to King Kong’s island getaway.

There’s no stopping the unparalleled success of Straight Outta Compton. The biopic’s stock keeps on rising and it’s getting the clout it deserves from critics and audiences alike. So it’s no surprise when the stars of the film start getting snatched up by other projects at record pace.

One project is winning out in the Compton star grab, and that’s Skull Island. Not only did they enlist the services of Corey Hawkins, but now they’ve also eyed his co-star Jason Mitchell.

The latest news is that Mitchell is currently in negotiations for a role on the film, so nothing is written in blood as yet.

While we already had a few names attached to the King Kong reboot, it was a little light in the actor department. So it makes sense that they’d be staking out big ticket projects to fill out the ranks.

Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the NWA biopic, is set to play a wise-cracking pilot in Skull Island. The part is bound to be more three dimensional than that (we hope), since Mitchell is in high demand and has earned some well-deserved clout from Compton.

Mitchell and Hawkins will be joined by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are also in talks to star in the monster expedition. The team will venture to the enigmatic island that houses legendary beast and WWF spokesman King Kong. There are no specifics on any of the actors’ characters as yet, but the movie is still a couple of years away.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will begin shooting in a matter of weeks, with a script from the likes of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins.

Hopefully we’ll have more news on this project from Legendary soon.

Watch this space for the hairiest, latest movie news.

JJ Abrams Spills Beans on Kylo Ren and the First Order

JJ Abrams gets particular about the Force Awakens baddies, and how the dark side’s changed since Return of the Jedi.

Quick, what was the coolest part of the first Force Awakens teaser trailer? Wrong! The answer is the red cross guard lightsaber wielding sith. I’d also have accepted the huge number of stormtroopers post-rebellion. If you did say the sith or stormtroopers, you probably didn’t say it loud enough.

Everyone was all over that weird-looking saber, but we still didn’t have a name. Then we got a name: Kylo Ren, the helmeted bad ass. But with all the answers came more questions. Fortunately JJ Abrams has a few more bits and pieces for us on the bad guys currently roaming the galaxy.

Empire recently sat down with Abrams for its latest issue, during which the topic of the dark side adjacent enigma came up. And from out of nowhere, the nuggets of knowledge come thick and fast.

First off, the Empire leftovers, known as the First Order, have an intriguing back story. Here’s what Abrams had to say:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

So the First Order looks to be more fan club than faction. Will we see “I Heart Vader” badges or Obi wan effigies flying around. We can only hope.

But that’s not all we learnt! Turns out the reason that Kylo Ren isn’t called Darth Ren as you’d expect is because that dude ain’t no sith! Here’s what Abrams had to say:

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith… He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

Snoke may sound like a Willy Wonka candy cigarette, but he’s even more horrifying. In case you don’t know, Snoke will be motion captured by Andy Serkis, who did a tone poem as the character for the teaser’s voice over.

“Planet of the Apes” Sequel Lands Gabriel Chavarria

Garbiel Chavarria will join a cast of CGI apes in a war of some kind…on a planet.

It goes without saying that when we watch either Rise or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we’re mostly just there for the apes. I mean come on, they’re warring, plotting, (sometimes) talking simians! You can’t out a price on that kind of entertainment. Continue reading “Planet of the Apes” Sequel Lands Gabriel Chavarria

Miles Teller to Join Military Veteran Drama

Whiplash star Teller is in talks to star in the drama about veterans dealing with PTSD.

The Fantastic Four reboot did not go well. So you’d be forgiven for worrying about career prospects of the stars. You definitely don’t need to worry about Miles Teller, though – the man is in high demand! Mr Fantastic has projects coming out of every orifice! Continue reading Miles Teller to Join Military Veteran Drama

“Zorro” Reboot Goes Post Apocalyptic

There’s life in the Zorro remake yet, if the new producers have anything to say about it.

Post. Apocalyptic. Zorro. Three words you’d never think to out together, but when combined make perfect sense. More than sense, it sounds spectacular – a truly new take on a classic story. Continue reading “Zorro” Reboot Goes Post Apocalyptic

New Trailer for “Victor Frankenstein”

With the League of Extraordinary Gentleman reboot swiftly becoming a fully fledged reality, people might be looking for other Victorian literary adaptations to cut their teeth on.

Frankenstein is a name that immediately comes to mind. With the newest incarnation Victor Frankenstein being released this Thanksgiving we’ve been served up a trailer as an aperitif. Forks at the ready. Continue reading New Trailer for “Victor Frankenstein”

“Anabelle” Director To Adapt “Tag” Graphic Novel

The Conjuring has been one of the most successful horror franchises of late. The straight out of the gate positive reactions along with some handsome word of mouth spawned a spin off Anabelle, based on the creepiest doll on earth (sorry Chuckie). Not only that, proper sequel The Enfield Haunting is being filmed as we speak. Need some more proof? John Leonetti, who was cinematographer on Conjuring and made the step up to director on Anabelle, has just gotten a new directing gig – and this time it’s a graphic novel adaptation.

According to Empire, Leonetti has been pegged to direct a big screen take on Tag, a three issue series created by Keith Giffen, Kody Chamberlain and Chee for Boom! Studios.

The gist of the story is that a boy discovers he’s been “tagged” by a stranger, and is now afflicted with a mysterious curse that causes his body to slowly decay. So what are his options? Well, he can find out who tagged him and so cover a way to lift the curse OR he can face the moral dilemma of passing his tag on to someone else. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski have been tasked with writing the script, and apparently they’ll be taking a step away from the source material by focusing on a female lead instead if a male. It’s not clear whether they’ll make any other significant changes, but the original story is versatile enough to work with some cinematic adjustments. It’s also not clear whether Tag will be a straight horror or less genre specific.

On the subject of horror films, Tag has some similar plot points to It Follows, a more recent successful horror flick that sees a girl tormented by a creature that follows her everywhere after a sexual encounter – which happens to be how you pass it on. Hopefully there are enough differences in the final product that not too many comparisons are drawn.

If you want to check out any more of Leonetti’s directorial resume, he recently worked on Wolves at the Door, and you can see him flex his cinematographer muscles once more on The Enfield Haunting.