Category Archives: Movie News

Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct the ‘Akira’ Movie for Warner

Taika Waititi In Talks To Direct

It looks like Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct Akira, the Warner Bros. live-action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel.

The studio has been trying to mount the project of years. Directors once attached to helm the picture include Ruairi Robinson, The Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra.

Jamie Lee Curtis Returns for New ‘Halloween’ Film

The Upcoming Halloween Reboot

Blumhouse, Miramax and Jamie Lee Curtis herself announced via Twitter that Curtis will return to her role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming Halloween reboot, due out in 2018.

Though it’s yet to receive a title, the new Halloween is said to be a sequel to Halloween II, a 1981 horror film and the second installment in the Halloween series.

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: J.J. Abrams is the Chosen One

Star Wars: Episode IX News

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will direct and also co-write the as-yet-unnamed Star Wars: Episode IX with Chris Terrio (Argo). Abrams would be the first filmmaker, besides George Lucas himself, to direct more than one Star Wars film.

Here’s the statement from Disney and Lucasfilm posted on Starwars.com:

‘Hellboy’ Reboot: Daniel Dae Kim to Play Major Ben Daimio

Neil Marshall's Reboot

After Ed Skrein dropped out of Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot starring David Harbour, following controversy over whitewashing a character of Japanese descent, a new report says that the studio is currently in talks with “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star Daniel Dae Kim to play the role of Major Ben Daimio.

Drew Goddard to Write and Direct Fox’s ‘X-Force’ Spinoff Movie

Black-Ops Team

Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has hired Drew Goddard (the writer behind The Martian and the director of The Cabin in the Woods) to write and direct X-Force, the X-Men spinoff movie that will feature both Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin reprising their roles as Deadpool and Cable.

The characters are being introduced in Deadpool 2, which opens June 1, 2018.

Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow Out as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director

Colin Trevorrow Is Out

Disney issued a short statement on Tuesday about Colin Trevorrow’s departure from the third trilogy Star Wars: Episode IX:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

Gavin O’Connor to Write and Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’ for Warner Bros.

The Comic Book Sequel

The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor has been tapped to write and helm Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros., taking over for David Ayer.

O’Connor will write a new draft with his scripting partner Anthony Tambakis, and if Warners is pleased, he’ll likely go on to direct the sequel to the hit that is expected to bring back Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, though the plot remains a mystery.