News Shotgun 3/30

  • Anchorman 2 is a definiteAnnouncing it on Conan in character as everyone’s favorite newsman, Ron Burgandy, Will Ferrell announced that Anchorman 2 is definitely on the way with Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and director Adam McKay on board as well.
  • Chloe Moretz case as Carrie in remake: MGM has a remake of Carrie in the works and recently announced that Kick Ass, Let Me In and Hugo actress Chloe Moretz would be in the lead role.
  • TMNT now just Ninja Turtles: Michael Bay continued to dig at Turtles fans with a second round of comments about the upcoming new Turtles movie from Platinum Dunes. Bay said that the marketing team changed the title and dropped the “teenage” and “mutant”.  It’s not as big a deal as the Turtles being aliens from last week but still troubling news for Turtles fans.
  • Kenneth Branagh in talks to direct the new Jack Ryan movie: A franchise that has been dormant for a while is the Jack Ryan series, based on the Tom Clancy books and character, starting with Hunt for the Red October with Alec Baldwin.  A new movie in the series was announced starring Chris Pine as a younger Jack Ryan early in his intelligence career and it was announced this week that Thor director Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct.
  • Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark coming soonThe Asylum has decided that Mega Shark is their Godzilla and have already thrown him up against Giant Octopus and Crocasaurus and, coming soon, he will face off against a robotic version of himself in Mecha Shark, created by the government to destroy Mega Shark.
  • Theme song for MIB3 revealed, “Back in Time” by Pitbull, not Will Smith: Disappointing news for fans of novelty movie theme songs as Will Smith will not be doing the theme for Men in Black 3, passing off that job to rapper Pitbull and his song “Back in Time”.  Check it out below.

  • Clerks: The Animated Series might return in 2013: A beloved cult TV show, Clerks: The Animated Series was a victim of being far ahead of it’s time and picking the worst network to appear on.  ABC only aired two episodes before cancelling it but the full series is six episodes and has been a must have DVD for fans.  Kevin Smith recently announced on his Twitter feed that he’s been talking with Miramax to possibly start releasing new episodes of the series, starting in 2013 and at a rat of one a week.  It’s not known how the episodes would be distributed but Miramax recently signed a big deal with Netflix, which would be an awesome platform for releasing the episodes.
  • Mars Attacks! coming to Broadway:  Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Mars Attacks! trading card franchise, which includes the Tim Burton movie version and the big, brained, squawking Martians will be invading Broadway next year.  It’s being written by John Layman, writer of the hilariously dark comic Chew, and will be called Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter.
  • “Twins” sequel in development: Arnold’s comedy movies are not as beloved as his action classics, with the possible exception of Kindergarten Cop but one of them, Twins, is possibly getting a sequel in the near future.  If you’re not familiar with the plot of Twins, it features Arnold and Danny DeVito as a pair of brothers who were conceived through an experimental process.  Ivan Reitman directed the original but there’s no word on whether he’d return and there’s no script or plot or other details.  The only major detail about this sequel is that Eddie Murphy might be pursued to be a third brother of Arnold and DeVito.

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