News Shotgun 5/4

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing a Little Shop of Horrors Remake: Warner Bros. is planning on making a new version of the cult classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing, and possibly starring.  For those who don’t know, the movie/musical follows a nerdy guy who works in a flower shop who accidentally grows a giant, talking plant with a taste for human blood.
  • Brad Bird directing Damon Lindelof’s “1952”: Fresh off the massively successful Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, one of Brad Bird’s next projects is directing 1952, written by Lost showrunner and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof.  The movie is about a 1952 UFO incident around Washington DC that led to the formation of Project Blue Book, the official government investigation into UFO sightings.
  • Amber Heard joins Machete Kills Heard will play assassin “Miss San Antonio” and is no stranger to schlock, having co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry last year.
  • Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys passes away at age 47: MCA had battled cancer in 2009 but was declared cancer free and the exact cause of death has yet to be announced.  Besides being a founding member of the Beastie Boys, MCA was also heavily involved in the movie industry and his label, Oscilloscope Laboratories has helped distribute movies like Dear Zachary, The Messengers, Exit Through the Gift Shop and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
  • Luke Evans might be the villain of Fast Six:  Gina Carano was recently added to the sixth Fast and Furious movie and now Luke Evans, of Immortals, The Raven and The Three Musketeers, might be the main villain.  There were also rumors that Rihanna might be a villain as well.
  • Netflix might resurrect Jericho:  One of most infamous cancelled shows has to be Jericho, the CBS post-apocalyptic drama about a small town trying to survive after America is attacked by nuclear weapons.  The show was cancelled after the first season, which ended on a cliffhanger, and fans responded by sending tons of peanuts to CBS headquarters.  The show was brought back for a short second season which limped toward a semi-conclusion to the story and a comic continued into a “third” season.  Now Netflix might be in talks to revive the show and offer it on their streaming service.  They were one of the original parties interested when CBS was shopping it to other networks before the cancellation.
  • Tom Cruise might star in a rebooted Van Helsing written by Kurtzman & Orci:  The Transformers and Star Trek writing team, Kurtzman & Orci are supposedly writing a reboot of Van Helsing for Universal, with Tom Cruise possibly starring.  The original movie, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, is widely reviled for it’s terrible mishandling of the Universal Monsters like Dracula and The Wolfman and a ridiculously stupid plot and cringe worthy performances.  A more serious take on the character with a good action director could be a pretty awesome movie.
  • Back to the Future Lego Sets?:  Some pictures of what could be official Back to the Future Lego sets caused quite a stir on the Internet earlier this week.  There is a Deloreon and Marty/Doc for each of the three movies and where submitted on a Lego site where fans can vote on whether the idea will become an official Lego product.  Check out the concepts below
  • Daredevil reboot gets a new script:  A reboot of Daredevil has been in the works for a while, probably since the Ben Affleck led version bombed.  A new script has been ordered by Fox and will be written by screenwriter David James Kelly and director David Slade of Twilight: Eclipse and 30 Days of Night is signed on to direct.  The movie is supposed to be based on the Born Again storyline, where the Kingpin discovers Daredevil’s secret identity, lawyer Matt Murdock,  and sets about to destroy him and everyone he loves.
  • New Hulk possibly coming in 2015: Mark Ruffalo recently signed a six movie deal with Marvel, so new Hulk movies are probably on the way.  The Ed Norton version of the character is highly underrated in most of the Everything Action crew’s opinion and hopefully they don’t go in a radically different version for this new movie that is tentatively set for 2015.  Hulk is apparently selling extremely well for Marvel, comics wise and his co-starring role in The Avengers will probably help make him even more popular with the mainstream crowd.

 

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