Line-up for all-female Ghostbusters revealed; Plus, official release date!
Sony is almost set with the line-up for Paul Feig’s all-female GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Rumors of Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig appear to have been true as both actresses look poised to lead the quarter of paranormal investigators in the film aiming to begin production this summer in New York City. Joining them will be SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast-members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, both of whom have proven to be the funnier additions to the NBC series in several years.
Director Paul Feig has tweeted out the official release date for the film: July 22, 2016.
Live-Action ‘X-Men’ TV Series in the Works
More comic book-based television shows are coming.
Certain sources told The Hollywood Reporter that preliminary conversations have begun to bring the X-Men to the small screen as a live-action television series with “24” producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto.
The series is currently penned by “Star Trek 3” writing partners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. They will also serve as the series’ initial showrunners.
20th Century Fox owns the rights to the film franchise, but bringing the mutants towards television may be something entirely different issue. THR mentioned that Marvel, who owns the comic rights, will still have to sign off on the deal. With ABC’s shows “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” already on television – we’ll wait and see on what Disney wants to do at this point.
Emma Watson Will Star In Disney’s Beauty And The Beast
After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, Watson herself took to Facebook to confirm the news, writing:
“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx”
‘Ted 2’ Poster; First Trailer Premieres on Thursday
Ted 2 is co-written and directed by MacFarlane and again features Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, whose best friend is his foul-mouthed teddy bear Ted (MacFarlane), brought magically to life by John’s childhood wish. Costarring in the sequel is Morgan Freeman as a civil rights lawyer, who represents Ted in court for reasons that have yet to be revealed. In addition, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson (both appeared in MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West last year) also have roles to play in the story.
Wahlberg’s human costar from Ted, Mila Kunis, won’t figure into the plot for Ted 2, for reasons that have yet to be revealed. We should know more about the premise for this comedy sequel soon, as the first trailer for the film launches online this Thursday. In the meantime, Universal has unveiled the first poster for the movie – and like any piece of marketing for a MacFarlane film, it revolves around a not-so-subtle lewd joke tagline/visual.
Move Over Harrison Ford, Disney Wants Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones
After making huge waves as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, and probably turning in another solid performance in Jurassic World coming this summer, it looks like Chris Pratt may have even bigger shoes to fill soon. Deadline is reporting that the “Parks & Recreation” star is being eyed to star in Disney’s inevitable revival of the Indiana Jones franchise. The studio bought the rights form Paramount in 2013 around the same time they picked up Lucasfilm, so we’ve known for awhile that some kind of new Indiana Jones adventure would be happening, but we weren’t sure if Harrison Ford would come back.
However, the report cautions that it’s still early days on the development of the project, though Pratt is Disney’s man for the job as the archaeologist and adventurer in a whole new franchise. That likely means there won’t be any ties to the original movies, which is probably the best way to go. While I enjoy Pratt as an actor, what he’s doing with Star-Lord, and even seemingly in the trailer for Jurassic World seems a lot like Indiana Jones already, so this almost seems like too familiar a role for him to take. Anyway, Pratt is lined up for The Magnificent Seven next, and we’ll see how this new Indiana Jones franchise develops.