News Shotgun 12/6

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  • New “Terminator” show in the works and Sarah Connor close to getting cast for reboot: The reboot movie of the Terminator franchise is moving along with Alan Taylor signed on to direct and Arnold reprising his role as the T-800.  Sarah Connor may be close to getting cast for the new movie with the two front runners being Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Short Term 12/21 Jump St/Scott Pilgrim actress Brie Larson.  There is also plans for a new TV show that will link to the classic series and the new movie and apparently will go off  ” a critical moment from the first “Terminator” film — where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming television show will take that same moment in a completely different direction”
  • Disney now has rights to distribute new Indiana Jones: One of the question marks about Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm was, what happens to Indiana Jones? Disney announced they now have the right to distribute new films in the series while Paramount retains distribution rights for the original four films.
  • Ouija gets cast: The movie based on the Ouija board is moving forward and cast young actors Olivia Cooke (from Bates Motel), Douglas Smith (from Percy Jackson) and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in co-starring roles.  The main plot follows a group of teens who unleash an evil spirit while playing with a Ouija board and must figure out a way to stop it.
  • San Andreas 3D moves into 2015: All right, this is getting kind of ridiculous as another potential blockbuster has moved into the summer of 2015, San Andreas 3D, starring The Rock.  The movie is a disaster movie following The Rock trying to make it across California to get to his daughter as massive earthquakes rock the state.
  • Bryan Singer announces X-Men: ApocalypseFox continues to go all in with their X-Men universe with Days of Future Past coming next year and now X-Men: Apocalypse coming in 2016, according to director Bryan Singer.  This has to mean that the X-Men will face off against the uber-powerful Apocalypse, who rules an alternate timeline.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn TV show in the Tarantino universe: Robert Rodriguez is developing a From Dusk Till Dawn show for his new TV network, El Ray.  Rodriguez tweeted out a picture on location that reveals Big Kahuna Burger, the burger joint of choice for many Tarantino characters and one the main things linking all the Tarantino movies.
  • World of Warcraft cast revealed: Universal revealed the cast so far for the 2015 movie.  Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky and Dominic Cooper are the cast revealed so far, with others still in talks.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark becoming a movieA seminal horror anthology for kids of the 90’s, Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series of books is becoming a movie from CBS Films.  The movie will apparently pull in elements from several of the short stories featured in the books as a group of kids who must try to save their town when nightmares start to become real.  The screenwriters behind four of the Saw movies will write the script.
  • Wonder Woman cast for Batman vs Superman: Gal Gadot, who played Gisele in the Fast & Furious series, has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, directed by Zack Snyder.  It’s not clear how big a role Diana will have in the movie but it’s getting incredibly crowded with Nightwing also scheduled to appear and possibly Lex Luthor as well.
  • House of Cards Season 2 gets a release date: Netflix announced their hit drama will be back on Valentine’s Day in 2014, with another 13 episodes dropping that day.
  • Dredd comic sequel hitting US in JanuaryAlthough a movie sequel is still up in the air, 2000 AD, holder of all things Dredd, went ahead and had a sequel comic story in their Judge Dredd Magazine across the pond in the UK.  The story will be collected and released in the US in January in comic shops across the country and also online digitally.
  • David Goyer expanding the DC Cinematic Universe with “smaller budget” movies: Goyer will head up the development of smaller movies with slightly more obscure characters in the DC universe that will serve as complimentary Spring and Fall releases to the major Summer release of Batman/Superman/Justice League movies.  Suicide Squad/Team 7/Deathstroke and Booster Gold are some of the characters and groups supposedly getting their own movies.

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