Is Chris Pine Set To Play Green Lantern?

A reboot of DC Comics popular Green Lantern franchise has been on the cards for quite some time – due mostly in part to the 2011 box office catastrophe that gripped Ryan Reynolds big-screen outing as the fighter-pilot-turned-galactic-hero, Hal Jordan.

For the most part superhero movies tend to fair extremely well for studios these days, so with a flop already on their hands, Warner Bros. Studios are taking their time when it comes to casting their new leading man – and one name that’s stayed well and truly in the mix over the last couple of years is Chris Pine.

The Star Trek and Into the Woods star has been heavily linked with the role of Hal Jordan and it seems his chances of taking over as the reboots lead are growing stronger by the day.

Rumours started to pick up momentum when Pine, who’s starts filming the third Star Trek film in the coming weeks, entered talks with Warner Bros. executives about a supporting role in Gal Gadot’s stand-alone Wonder Woman film – though most believe this was just a smoke-screen for talks regarding the Green Lantern reboot.

There is however no definitive answer, or in fact concrete news, regarding the upcoming project, though Warner Bros. and DC Comics have recently hinted at a possible exciting new direction for the franchise that flopped so badly back in 2011.

If the rumours are to be believed, then we could see not one, but two Green Lantern‘s feature in the next installment, with the second character being that of John Stewart, another Green Lantern who, in the comics, later joined Hal Jordan in fighting evil throughout the universe.

Speculation regarding latest development remains sketchy, but many fans would like to see Transformers and Fast & Furious star, Tyrese Gibson, take on the role.

With an estimated release date of 2020, it could still be some time before we have a definitive answer of the future of this potential money-making franchise – but all signs look promising at least.

There’s No Stopping It Now: Jurassic World Smashes Another Record

There’s literally no stopping it now – Jurassic World, already with numerous records in its pocket, has just smashed the $billion mark worldwide in a record-breaking 13 days of release.

The fourth installment of Stephen Spielberg’s hit franchise has beaten previous record holder, and fellow 2015 release, Fast and Furious 7, to the prized milestone – Furious 7, starring the late Paul Walker, previously held the record at 17 days.

Jurassic World has fast become one of the most talked about blockbusters in recent years, with critics praising the dino-spectacle as a breath of fresh air in a blockbuster market that’s become saturated with big-budget special effects and little story.

This year is already gearing up to be one of the most profitable in decades, with big studio released including Avengers: Age of UltronFast and Furious 7, and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving lucrative investments for Hollywood Studios – and with the long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting cinemas worldwide from December, 2015 could very well see one of the biggest box office years in history.

The seventh installment, which sees original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamell and Carrie Fischer return to the franchise, is already being tipped to earn well over $2 billion during its release and could very well surpass James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) as the highest grossing film of all time.

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine To Feature In X-Men: Apocalypse

The character of Wolverine has become somewhat instrumental in the big-screen success of the X-Men franchise – so picturing the mutant universe without the steel-clawed anti-hero is something people would rather not do.

So it must have come as somewhat of a relief to fans to learn that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine WILL be featuring in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse in at least some capacity.

Hugh Jackman has been more than a little coy over his involvement in Bryan Singer’s third, and final, installment of the ‘First Class’ franchise, but recent Instagram posts by a custom leather goods company in New York seem to have finally ended speculation over the characters involvement in the blockbuster.

Hugh Jackman recently stated in an interview that his time as the X-Men franchise’s leading man would finally come to an end once he’d finished filming the third installment of the spin-off Wolverine franchise.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) earned over $750 million at the worldwide box-office.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas May 27, 2016.

OFFICIAL: Jurassic World Enters The Record Books

Early forecasts had predicted Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the hit franchise, would do well, but no could have predicted the record breaking opening it received.

Jurassic World has not only dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the best opening weekend in history ($511M) but has also become the fastest film to surpass the $500 million mark (3 days).

No-one could have predicted the films phenomenal success but given the history of the franchise, it was always destined for greatness – it just needed the right elements.

One major factor in the film’s success, that cannot be ignored, is the raw star power of its leading man Chris Pratt – the actor is easily one of Hollywood’s biggest stars at the moment, capable of bringing in large returns for studios.

Chris Pratt stars in Jurassic World (2015)

But the other contributing factor is the fresh new approach in the continuing story. Anyone who’s watched the previous films has always wondered what it would be like if the park actually opened – and Jurassic World gives us a glimpse at just that.

The dino-blockbuster is on course to easily break the billion dollar mark and could very well do it in record time, if it’s opening weekend is anything to go by. The current record belongs to another of this years box office phenomenons Fast and Furious 7, which hit the milestone in just 17 days.

Jurassic World Shatters US Box-office Records During Opening Weekend

The park is well and truly open for business – Jurassic world, the much anticipated continuation of the lucrative franchise, took in an astonishing $82.8 million on Friday, making it the third best opening day of all time, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World outperformed all forecasts and, if it continues to pull in the masses, could see the blockbuster gross as much as $200 million in its opening weekend in the US – enevitably knocking Age of Ultron ($191.2M) from the second spot.

Jurassic World, which sees John Hammond’s (Sir Richard Attenborough) vision of a dinosaur theme park finally come to life, is likely to smash international box-office records when the weekends final numbers come in.

 

Ghostbusters Hire Chris Hemsworth As Receptionist

The all female Ghostbusters remake is moving along nicely it appears, with stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy set to take on a new employee in the form of Avenger Chris Hemsworth.

The Aussie, who puts most of us men to shame with his looks, is set to join the new crew of Ghostbusters as their receptionist – originally portrayed by actress Annie Potts.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who is directing the remake, tweeted a picture of Hemsworth along with the caption “Our receptionist” – something that will surely please all the female fans out there.

The future of the franchise has been a turbulent one over the years, with several scripts and variations of a sequel being stuck in pre-production – firstly due to original star Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project, then again after the sad passing of Ghostbusters co-creator Harold Ramis.

Bridesmaids stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy lead the all-female Ghostbusters cast

Though the plot for the upcoming reboot remains tight-lipped, the film, starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon is slated for release on July 22, 2016.

Disney Set to Lose Colossal Amount of Money on Tomorrowland

Uh oh! – It seems the recently released Tomorrowland is set to follow in the dreaded footsteps of The Lone Ranger and John Carter in becoming yet another massive flop for Disney.

Though it’s run at the box office is yet to conclude, reports are flooding in that the film is set to lose Disney between $120 million and $150 million in revenue – a colossal amount of money considering the film has only taken $80 million, despite costing the studio giant almost $200 million to produce with a further $150 million to market.

It’s certainly only a small drop in the ocean for Disney, who own the likes of Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar – still it’s publicity the studio could surely do without, and one that could have disastrous repercussions for star George Clooney, who just returned to the blockbuster market after the horrific flop of Batman & Robin back in 1997.

As with any big-budget blockbuster, there is always going to be a hint of risk involved, especially unknown story concepts – for example, this years other flops Seventh Son and Jupitor Ascendingboth lost considerable amounts of money, despite boasting A-list casts and world-class special effects.

George Clooney will next be seen in Money Monster, alongside Julia Roberts, and Hail, Caesar!starring Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes.

‘Godfather’ Visionary To Re-awaken ‘Jeepers Creepers’ Franchise

News has recently come in regarding a re-awakening of the horror franchise Jeepers Creepers, almost 13 years after the second installment just managed to break even at the box office.

Legendary ‘Godfather’ of film, Francis Ford Coppola, recently confirmed a third project is in the early stages of pre-production, with original writer/director Victor Salva attached to complete his trilogy, when production begins early next year in Vancouver.

Jeepers Creepers first made it’s debut on the horror scene back in 2001, with Dodgeball star Justin Long starring in the low-budget horror that centred around an ancient demonic monster that stalked unsuspecting drivers in a remote part of the US. Every 23rd spring the creature known as ‘The Creeper’ would hunt for body parts to replenish its own body, but could only hunt to 23 days.

As one of the more inventive horror premises, the first installment is a seen by many as a horror classic, though sadly the sequel did little to build upon this great story, bombing with critics and audiences when released back in 2003.

The first Jeepers Creepers hit cinemas back in 2001

Hopefully the third installment in the franchise, due out potentially in 2017, can breath some new life into a story that’s barely scratched the surface.

Jake Gyllenhaal Sets Sights On Another Challenging Role

He’s building himself somewhat of a reputation when it comes to choosing his film roles – if it’s bizarrely intriguing, Jake Gyllenhaal is interested in making it come to life.

NightcrawlerSouthpawEverest… all films that have pushed this soon-to-be Academy Award-winning actor to his limits, and in the process spawned some truly inspirational and unforgettable performances that make him one of the most versatile and in-demand actors on the planet.

Now it seems Hollywood’s finest are lining up for a part in his next project, Nocturnal Animals (2016), a time-hoping adaptation of Tony Wright’s best-selling novel ‘Tony and Susan’.

Tom Ford, who is writing and directing the drama, is currently in talks with Isla Fischer to join the already stellar-cast including Arnie Hammer, Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger.

The premise of the film follows a “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

Nocturnal Animals is slated for release in 2016.

Hugh Jackman Wants To Swap Wolverine For Bond

There’s been a great deal of talk over recent weeks regarding the future of the world’s most famous secret agent after current James Bond star Daniel Craig hinted at an exit from the 007 role – and it seems the ever-growing list of suitors for the role has just got even bigger.

The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has recently thrown his name in the ring alongside fellow actors including Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba and fellow mutant alumni Michael Fassbender, who himself seems to be touted as an outside favourite for the role, should Daniel Craig end his tenure after the release of Spectre.

Many might see Jackman’s chances of taking over one of Britain’s most iconic characters as minuscule – but then they probably didn’t know of the actors previous history with the role. Back before Daniel Craig became the first fair-haired actor to portray the super-spy, Hugh Jackman was offered the part, but subsequently had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict with X-Men 2, a role that would go on to be just as iconic.

“At the time, I was just about to do X-Men 2, and I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think it’s the right time,’ “

10 years on though and Jackman seems ready to tackle the world of espionage, should he be given the chance again. Though it may prove to be too late for the Aussie actor as executives over at MGM and Eon Production, the company behind the 007 film franchise, seem to be favouring The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy, whilst recent social media trends seem to show public support for Luther star Idris Elba.

However, with Daniel Craig still on the fence regarding his Bond career, it’s still anyone’s game. Check out some of the names being considered and have your say on who you think should be the next James Bond.

 

Patrick Stewart Confirms Major Role in ‘Wolverine 3’

It’s a major story-arch in the X-Men universe, the relationship between Professor X and Wolverine, so it’s good to know that we’ll finally be able to see this explored in more detail in the upcoming Wolverine 3 – especially as this marks Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the iconic character.

Reports suggest that the second sequel in the stand-alone saga will focus on the ‘Old Man Logan’ storyline that featured prominently in the comics. For those of you who are unsure what the premise entails, the Old Man Logan storyline unfolds in a dystopian future taken over by super-villains. Logan himself has long since retired the Wolverine persona in favor of a simpler life with his wife and kids. But he’s desperate for money, so when a blind Hawkeye approaches him for help delivering a package, Logan reluctantly agrees.

Considering Professor X only has a minuet part in the original storyline, news that Patrick Stewart will feature as a prominent main character in the film adaptation leads me to believe that we’re likely going to see a certain re-imagining of the story, that will hopefully reveal more history behind the Wolverine/Professor X relationship.

Another major rewrite of the storyline will center around the character of Hawkeye – the expert bowman, currently played by the Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner, who’s known as a core member of the Avengers. It’s not currently known if the character will make an appearance in the film, due solely in part to the bitter rivalry between studio giants Marvel (who own the character of Hawkeye) and Twentieth Century Fox (who own the rights to X-Men) – but it’s likely that Patrick Stewart’s involvement is a substitute for Hawkeye’s character.

Wolverine 3 is slated for release on March 3, 2017 – but if that’s too long to wait, you can catch both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Apocalypse next year.

New ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’ Set Images Released

Following on from its successful launch at this year’s Comic Con, new and exclusive on-set images have been released of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in this months issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Hailed as one for the movie events of the past Century, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sees the franchise return of its three original heroes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who resurrect their iconic characters for the first time in three decades.

Abrams, the visionary behind the new Disney-led saga, has promised a truly authentic Star Wars that uses the same filmmaking techniques as the original trilogy, including the use of real sets instead of Green-screen CGI – something fans feel strongly about after the critical flops of the last trilogy, that spurred creator George Lucas to sell Lucasfilm (and all Star Wars rights) to Disney for a reported $4.5 billion.

Check out some of the newly released images below and remember to catch Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens when it hits cinemas this Christmas.