It’s the first Movie Morsels of October! And what better way to kick off the most macabre month of the year than with news of a sequel to one of the best horror comedies ever — Zombieland. We’ve also got a new trailer for Interstellar that reveals heretofore unseen footage, official word that a Hawkeye spin-off film could happen, an announcement of the too-strange-to-be-fake Tetris film adaptation, and oh so much more for you guys.
2009’s Zombieland is a film beloved by countless horror fans. But in the wake of the failed TV series adaptation, most of us gave up all hope of ever seeing a Zombieland 2. We’ve just received word, however, that director Ruben Fleischer is back to oversee a new script being written by David Callaham. As the writer of The Expendables and this summer’s Godzilla, Callaham isn’t a name associated with the kind of quality wisecracks that made the original Z-Land such a joy. But his script for the black comedy thriller Jackpot is reportedly so good that Sony snatched him up to draft the undead sequel. Now the studio just has to bring back stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin. Which may be just a tad more difficult than it would have been four years ago. [Deadline]
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
Yesterday we shared the news that Netflix will be releasing The Weinstein Company’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on the same date that it debuts in IMAX theaters. But this plan isn’t sitting all too well with America’s three largest theater chains — Regal, Cinemark, and AMC. All three companies are refusing to show the film in their theaters if Netflix doesn’t change its day-and-date release. Regal spokesperson Russ Nunley commented, “[At] Regal we will not participate in an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying from three stories tall to 3-inch wide on a smart phone. We believe the choice for truly enjoying a magnificent movie is clear.” Your move, Netflix! [AV Club]
Horrible Bosses 2
Christoph Waltz makes everything better. Dental appointments, family reunions, childbirth — all are made better by Waltz. Even a high-concept Hollywood comedy sequel. And when you factor in Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine (channeling Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead 2 as he kicks his own ass), and the returning Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis, you get a Horrible Bosses 2 that could well be worth your hard-earned time and money. Check out the shenanigans on display in the latest trailer for the film, due out on November 26th. [JoBlo]
Get out those pens, film lovers. It’s time to make a correction to your moviegoing calendar. Chistopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi opus Interstellar will be released three whole days early in IMAX, its date changing from Friday, November 7th to Tuesday, November 4th. In the spirit of Election Day, elect to see the Matthew McConaughey-starring epic the way Nolan intended it be seen — in full senses-searing IMAX. [Slashfilm]
But that’s not all the Interstellar awesomeness we’ve got for you today. Oh no. We’ve got an Australian trailer for the film that features new footage and just a few more details about the desperate deep-space mission at the heart of the film. [Indiewire]
Jeremy Renner furthers his plan to star in every action movie ever (or at least the next two Mission Impossible movies, the next two Avengers movies, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, and the next Bourne movie) by revealing that he’s also signed on for a Hawkeye movie, “in case [Marvel] wanted to do a Hawkeye spinoff” starring the purple-clad archer. Yes, whether we like it or not, we are all going to grow old with Jeremy Renner. [Screenrant]
Battleship sank at the box office, and Monopoly didn’t even have the chance to go to movie jail, but we might soon be seeing the next level in game-to-screen cinema: a Tetris movie. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the dangerously addictive video game, and, to celebrate, Threshold Entertainment has announced it’s teaming with the Tetris Company to produce a live-action film adaptation.
According to Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff (responsible for the Mortal Kombat films), “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes… What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.” In other words, this is NOT your father’s Tetris. [Speakeasy]
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