News Shotgun 2/28

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  • New Matrix Trilogy coming?: Latino Review reports that Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis are talking about a possible new trilogy in the Matrix universe, with the first possibly hitting in 2017.  A rumor is that the new movies might deal with the birth of the Matrix and possibly expand events from The Animatrix story “The Second Renaissance”
  • Director selected for The Birds remakeAlthough it’s hard to top Birdemic, the original killer birds movie is getting a remake from Platinum Dunes with Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen behind the camera.
  • First Look at Grant Gustin as The Flash:

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  • TMNT Creator and OG voice cast guesting on new Turtles: Kevin Eastman, one half of the duo who created the Turtles, will guest star on Nick’s version on March 2nd as Ice Cream Kitty, a mutant kitten that Mikey adopts.  The original Turtle voice cast from the 80’s show will also guest star on the March 14th episode that will be kind of similar to the Turtles forever crossover.
  • Warner Bros. gets the rights to Minecraft movie: With the success of The Lego Movie, WB moved swiftly to get the other insanely popular brick based franchise, Minecraft.  WB now has the rights to a movie based on the video game phenomenon, which will be live action.
  • Patrick Wilson joins Ant-Man: Taking a break from endangering his family in haunted houses, Patrick Wilson has joined Ant-Man in an undisclosed role.  Michael Douglas is Hank Pym and Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, both of whom are Ant Man at one time or another.
  • Anchorman 3 not happeningThe special R rated version of Anchorman 2 is out this weekend but director Adam McKay told Empire Magazine recently that that will probably be the last time we see Ron Burgandy and the team, as he and everyone are “totally satisfied” with how things worked out and want to work on new ideas.
  • True Detective Season 2 may feature female leadsThe current “best show on TV”, True Detective, is wrapping up in two weeks but anticipation for season 2 is under way, with the fantastic Twitter hashtag #TrueDetectiveSeason2 making hilarious suggestions.  Show creator Nic Pizzolatto made a vague reference to female characters but it’s not clear if he meant the detectives would both be female, one male one female, a stronger female supporting character or something else.
  • Fast & Furious 7 picking back up in April: On hiatus since the tragic death of Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 7 will be picking back up in April to finish shooting the movie.  It’s still not clear how the movie has changed to reflect the loss of Walker.
  • First TMNT trailer with Captain America: The Winter SoldierThe first look at Platinum Dunes reboot of TMNT will be seen in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Adam Driver close to playing the villain of Star Wars Episode VII:  The “Girls” actor is apparently close to getting the villain role in Star Wars Episode VII.  He will apparently be “in the vein” of Darth Vader.
  • Marvel’s Netflix shows will shoot in NYC: At a press conference this week, Marvel announced that they will shoot the 60 hour long episodes of their Netflix shows in NYC, starting with Daredevil.
  • The Conjuring 2 coming in October 2015: The sequel to last year’s horror hit will hit in the more appropriate time of October with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga returning as the Warrens.
  • Ruben Fleischer directing Overnight for DisneyFleischer, director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, will be directing “Overnight” for Disney.  The movie is described as “Home Alone in a Toy Store” where a father and son win a chance to spend a night in an FAO Schwartz style store that gets broken into by a gang of thieves.
  • Karl Urban confirms Dredd 2 talks: Currently fighting crime in slightly less grim future on Almost Human, Karl Urban confirmed at a German convention this week that he’s been in talks with Lionsgate for Dredd 2, although nothing is officially confirmed yet.  Despite a slow theatrical run, Dredd has been doing gangbusters on home video.
  • Disney unveils cloud movie service: Disney has launched their own digital movie service in the form of an IOS app that lets you buy and watch any of the 400 Disney movies anytime.  If you sign up for the service right now, you’ll get a free copy of The Incredibles.
  • Bryan Cranston starring as a serial killer in Holland, MichiganComing from director Errol Morris, Bryan Cranston will star as a serial killer whose wife believes he’s having an affair, so she has an affair of her own but then finds out his actual secret.
  • Director Cary Fukunaga not returning for True Detective Season 2Part of what makes True Detective one of the best new shows on TV is the direction of Cary Fukunaga but unfortunately, he said he will not return for the second season.  He’s set to direct a remake of Stephen King’s IT and also pitched a crime show to Fox.
  • Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell teaming up for “Get Hard”The two comedians will co-star in the comedy, which follows Ferrell as a banker being sent to prison, who gets advise on how to act tough from his car wash guy, Hart, before he gets locked up.
  • Point Break casts it’s Johnny Utah: Gerard Butler is playing the Swayze role of Bodhi and now Luke Bracey, must recently playing Cobra Commander in GI Joe: Retaliation, will be playing FBI Agent, Johnny Utah, as made famous by Keanu Reeves.
  • We’re the Millers getting a sequel: The pot/family comedy will be getting a sequel from New Line, with the quartet of Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts expected to return.
  • Amanda Seyfried the love interest of Ted 2: Although things seemed solid between Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis at the end of Ted, apparently something drives a wedge between them as it was reported that Amanda Seyfried will be the new love interest in Ted 2.
  • Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directing film(s) about the 90’s console warThe due behind This is the End will be chronicling the epic battle between Nintendo and Sega in the 90’s with Console Wars will write and direct both a narrative film and a documentary about the topic.
  • RIP Harold Ramis: Comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away at age 69 due to heart related issues earlier this week.  Ramis is probably best known for playing Egon in Ghostbusters but also wrote and directed such 80’s classics as Animal House, Caddyshack, Meatballs and Groundhog’s Day.

 

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