Let’s start this week off with a snikt! We’ve got news on the writer tackling Hugh Jackman’s last solo Wolverine movie in today’s Movie Morsels; along with yet another clip the already mega-successful Avengers: Age of Ultron, we have the latest on John Boyega’s character in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the Gremlins reboot, the U.S. release date for Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep, and more!
The third and final solo Wolverine movie to star Hugh Jackman has a new screenwriter. Michael Green, who co-wrote Green Lantern, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2, and recently revised Jack Paglen’s script for Scott’s Prometheus 2, will be handling the writing chores for the James Mangold-directed film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Only four days to go until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits US theaters. And we’ve got yet another new clip from the mucho anticipated Joss Whedon-directed film to tide you over. Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner hit Good Morning America on Friday and brought along this new footage from the film, which arrives everywhere on Friday, May 1st.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Apparently, (Editor’s Note: Apparently!) The Force Awakens star John Boyega is such a big Star Wars fan that he couldn’t resist disguising himself in a Clone Trooper helmet and engaging in impromptu lightsaber battles with fans at last week’s Star Wars Celebration (alongside a Bossk-disguised Daisy Ridley). As for whether or not he plays a real stormtrooper or a good guy disguised as a stormtrooper in J.J. Abrams hotly anticipated jump-start of the Lucasfilm franchise, we have official word that he is indeed a bonafide stormtrooper. “But whether Finn is a good guy on the wrong side, or a bad guy who gets better, is a question director J.J. Abrams wants the movie to answer…” We can doubtlessly expect many other questions to be answered before The Force Awakens release on December 18th.
Sorry, Gremlins fans, but original Gremlins director Joe Dante (whose latest horror comedy, Burying the Ex, arrives On Demand this summer) says he will not be involved in the remake of his 1984 blockbuster. “No, because I don’t own the project,” says Dante. “It’s owned by other people.” Not a fan of most recent remakes, Dante remarked, “They remake pictures that people just didn’t want to see remade. Did anybody really want to see another RoboCop?” Meanwhile, original Gremlins screenwriter Chris Columbus says a new writer has boarded the Gremlins remake train: “I’ve seen what can happen when sequels actually work and you certainly can’t improve on the original, but you can have a different direction. So I was open to the idea and I think we have a good take on it.”
Shaun the Sheep
Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep has been doing boffo box office overseas, and now US audiences finally know when they can experience the latest from the folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. Lionsgate has tweeted the film’s U.S. release date for the film adaptation, directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, of the popular British animated show…
Greetings America! Get ready to meet Shaun the Sheep – The global phenomenon movie is coming to theaters August 7! pic.twitter.com/1J0MQHF2W0
— Lionsgate Movies (@lionsgatemovies) April 24, 2015
Super Troopers 2
The madmen of Broken Lizard have more than achieved their crowdfunding goals for the long awaited sequel to their cult fave comedy Super Troopers. Raising 4.4 million dollars in just thirty days, the Super Troopers 2 campaign, which ended at midnight on Friday, is the the second most successful campaign ever waged for a movie, earning 77% of the 5.7 million raised by the Veronica Mars movie. Super Troopers 2 begins shooting this summer.
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