Sequelitis part 5: Indiana Jones, Batman, Tron and Zombies

Ever since Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released, lead star Harrison Ford has expressed enthusiasm in a potential fifth big-screen entry in the popular adventure franchise, as long as it doesn’t take to long for production to start, and he’s recently stated that creator George Lucas currently has an idea for the plot that is “crazy, but great”.

According to the official publication Production Weekly, Christopher Nolan, the director of the previous two Batman films, has officially signed on for a third one, and pre-production will start in February 2009. Take this with a grain of salt because that date seems way too close.

The highly anticipated Tr2n will be made in 3D while newcomer director Joseph Kosinski believes the film will be released by the end of 2010 and confirms the first movie’s director, Steven Lisberger, is involved in the production. Also, original star Jeff Bridges, who reprises his role, is extremely enthusiastic.

Rumors have it that Paul Andrews Williams (The Cottage) has signed on to direct 28 Months Later, the third entry in Danny Boyle’s superb zombie franchise. The only problem? Danny Boyle has always stated he would return to direct the film himself.

Source: /Film

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Fox wants more X-Men spinoffs (yes!) and a Daredevil reboot (why?)

With X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the X-Men prequel, to be released by next May, and X-Men Origins: Magneto (another prequel) to follow soon after, 20th Century-Fox have decided they have a gold mine and are planning at least two more spinoffs: a “Young X-Men” movie (Generation X?) and a film focusing on the high-tech mercenary Deadpool, whom Ryan Reynolds (Definitely, Maybe) plays in Wolverine. I say go for it, as long as you keep the films consistent with one another.

Additionally, Fox is considering a reboot of the Daredevil franchise, which spawned a 2003 film starring Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) as the titular hero and the 2005 spinoff clunker Elektra, and wall I can say is why? Why can’t we simply have a Daredevil 2? The first film isn’t anywhere near the failure most people seem to think it is. Exceeding its budget by 100 million dollars worldwide, it was well received by many, and even some people who hated it loved the director’s cut which adds 30 minutes to the film, including an entire subplot. Hell, I even know quite a few people who prefer it to Spider-Man! Why must there be a reboot? Blame Christopher Nolan. Not long ago, Jason Statham (Death Race) expressed interest in taking the role, with long time Daredevil writer Frank Miller’s support. I like Jason, but that’s just a bad choice.

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Ridiculous rumor of the day: Cher top choice for Catwoman

Catty Update: Warner Bros unsurprisingly debunked the rumor…did they need to bother?

British newspaper The Telegraph insists that pop singer Cher, who hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2003’s Stuck On You is director Christopher Nolan’s top choice for the role of Catwoman in the unavoidable third Batman movie. Never mind that the script hasn’t been written, that the screenwriters dismissed the idea of Catwoman being in the new movie or that Nolan isn’t even officialy signed on yet…just believe The Telegraph, which goes in to “inform us” that Johnny Depp has actually already been cast as The Riddler.

Not only has work not officially started on the new Batman, but Catwoman is a character who has always been portrayed has a having both a romantic link and an enmity to Batman (as well as being a love interest for Bruce Wayne). Thus the idea of pairing the 62 year old Cher with the 34 year old Christian Bale and expecting sexual tension to emanate is laughable beyond belief. Angelina Jolie was the last actress rumored to play the character, and while I don’t agree with that choice, it’s certainly much more fitting (my personal vote goes to One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush). Catwoman was last portrayed on the big screen by Halle Berry in the eponymous 2004 film, however that was a bastardized version and her last true portrayal remains Michelle Pfeiffer’s famous turn in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

The annoying thing with these rumors is that some supposedly “professional” people actually present them as fact, and plenty of people will simply believe them and tell their friends (kind of like celebrity gossip). And with official cast announcements about the currently untitled Dark Knight sequel not happening for at least several months, possibly more than a year, expect ridiculous rumors to pop up by the truckload.

Actually, let me start a few right here: Sylvester Stallone cast as Clayface! Verne Troyer to portray Killer Croc! Dakota Fanning lands coveted Poison Ivy role!

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