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News Shotgun 5/3

By Zach


  • Marvel Studios gains back rights to Ghost Rider and BladeA couple weeks ago, Marvel Studios regained control of Daredevil and now this week, they’ve gotten back two more characters, Ghost Rider and Blade.  This opens all three characters up to get their own new movies by Marvel proper, be included as cameos in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies or, probably the best fit, be included in the SHIELD show.
  • Spielberg directing Bradley Cooper in American SniperFollowing up the Academy Award winning Lincoln, Steven Spielberg will be teaming up with Bradley Cooper to bring the story of Chris Kyle, the sniper with the most kills in US military history who was killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range in Texas last February.  Cooper will star as Kyle.
  • Game of Throne’s Emilia Clarke guest starring on FuturamaFuturama is starting to line up it’s guest stars for it’s final season and one of them is the Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke.  Clarke will star as a flower shop owner who falls for Dr. Zoidberg, if only because she doesn’t have a sense of smell.
  • Kelsey Grammar cast as Transformer 4 human villain: It’s still not clear who the robot villains will be in the upcoming fourth Transformers but the main human villain will be played by Kelsey Grammar.  Grammar will play Harold Attinger, an evil counter intelligence officer.
  • 42’s Chadwick Boseman may be in talks to play Black PantherIt seems like a foregone conclusion at this point that the King of Wakanda will appear in a future Marvel movie but who will play him?  We have our top picks (Idris Elba, Michael Jai White) but it may be Chadwick Boseman, who recently portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42, who may be in talks to play T’Challa, according to some news that came out this week.
  • Jon Hamm joins Minions: Don Draper will be going from inventing ad pitches to inventing actual inventions, playing the scientist husband of Sandra Bullock’s super villainess in the upcoming Despicable Me spin off, Minions.
  • Joe Carnahan in talks to direct Sugar BanditsJoe Carnahan has been on and off a number of projects since The Grey came out but the latest one he may be attached to is an adaptation of the novel Devils in Exile.  The movie would be called Sugar Bandits and is a military action thriller following a group of former special forces officers who decide to take matters into their own hands when it comes to the illegal drug trade and ambush cartel shipments, which puts them in the crosshairs of cartel hitmen.
  • Possible title and location for Die Hard 6A Good Day to Die Hard was pretty mediocre but it apparently made enough to warrant another entry in the series and we learned the working title and location this week.  The working title is Die Hardest and the movie may take place in Tokyo.
  • Bad Robot options Stephen King’s “11/22/63” for TVJJ Abrams’ Bad Robot has picked up the rights to the time traveling Stephen King novel, 11/22/63, and are looking to turn it into a TV series.  The book follows a man who takes a one way time travel portal back to the 6o’s in an attempt to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
  • Colin Firth joining Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service”: The X-Men: First Class director is taking on another comic adaptation with The Secret Service and Colin Firth will be starring in the movie as a James Bondesque spy who trains his nephew in the ways of intelligence.
  • Scarlett Johansson starring in Luc Besson produced “Lucy”Luc Besson is returning to the directing chair after letting his various proteges work with various degress of success through his Europa studio.  Besson will be directing Scarlett Johansson in the action movie, Lucy, where Johansson will play a woman who is transporting a mysterious serum that she accidentally comes in contact with, that allows her to instantly absorb any knowledge, telekinetic powers and makes her impervious to pain.


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