News Round-Up: Vin Diesel Casting; Release Dates for Star Wars: Episode VII, Ted 2; and More
This week’s News Round-Up is predominantly focused on new release dates or updated release dates. However, there is news about Vin Diesel’s involvement in a Soldiers of the Sun original sci-fi franchise. Also, I’ve attached a fun piece on a Ron Burgundy memoir ahead of Anchorman 2. For release dates, you’ll find the newest on Star Wars: Episode VII, Ted 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chappie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Winter’s Tale, Her, and Million Dollar Arm. I’ll have directors, stars, and more information for all the movies below (along with sources).
Vin Diesel, although entrenched in the Fast & the Furious and Riddick franchises, appears to be starting up a new one. The original sci-fi franchise will probably be something along the lines of Soldiers of the Sun. Other information regards the writer with Grace Monaco’s Arash Amel taking the lead. The story will be in a post-apocalyptic world (go figure) where a group of soldiers look for a city of gold. (Source: THR)
Star Wars: Episode VII was previously reported as a 2015 release. With summer being a great guess for a potential release date, it appears December may be the actual landing place. 2015 will be a notoriously crowded year so a later release makes more sense. Rather than battling Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Man of Steel 2 pic, J.J Abrams’ Episode VII will probably release December 11 or 13 according to sources. When an official announcement comes out, you’ll no doubt hear about it. (Source: IGN)
After the commercial success of Seth McFarlane’s (FOX’s Family Guy) Ted, it wasn’t a huge surprise that Ted 2 was announced. Now it appears the follow-up will release April 2015. The projected date is April 3rd, but that still isn’t 100% confirmed. (Source: Screen Crush)
The live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project has been moved back to August 8, 2014. Instead of roughly a half-year until the release, now we’ll have to wait almost a full year. To me, this doesn’t really make much of a difference. However, for those looking for more ninja turtle goodness and Megan Fox (Transformers), make the necessary calendar change now. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is the director with Michael Bay acting as a producer. (Source: Deadline)
Although Elysium was a little underwhelming compared to District 9, Neil Blomkamp isn’t having a tough time lining up his future. His next sci-fi project, titled Chappie, recently released a synopsis and followed it with a March 27, 2015 release date. This is probably a smart date considering the aforementioned films in 2015. The film will again star Sharlto Copley for those scared he’d be left out. (Source: Screenrant)
After the D23 Expo earlier this month, Disney and Marvel shored up their releases. With official release dates for various films coming down, the biggest splashes include How to Train Your Dragon 2, which will release one week earlier on June 13, 2014. Also Winter’s Tale, which stars Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, will come out February 14, 2014. (Source: Collider)
Another movie with an adjusted release date is Spike Jonze’s (Adaptation) Her. It will now be thrust into awards season with a December 18th release. The film, which stars The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, will also play at the New York Film Festival. (Source: Collider)
To finish out the release dates, the baseball/cricket flick Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men) and Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), received a premiere. Disney’s movie, directed by Craig Gillepsie (Lars and the Real Girl), will release May 16, 2014 (against Godzilla). (Source: EW)
In this week’s “fun news,” I read that the Ron Burgundy character from the Anchorman series will release a memoir. The book will hit bookshelves November 19th, one month ahead of the December 20th release for Anchorman 2. It’ll be titled, wait for it, “Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings.” Anybody else as excited as I am? (Source: EW)
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