News Round-Up: Samuel L. Jackson Casting x2; ‘Live by Night’ Release Date; ‘Wolverine’ Spin-Off Details; and More
Welcome to a piecemeal approach to the latest movie news and notes. In this week’s version of News Round-Up, I will have a double serving of Samuel L. Jackson casting as he joins Cell and Harry and the Butler (with Michael Caine). Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg also joined American Ultra. In release dates, the lone piece I found was about the Ben Affleck-directed Live by Night. In new projects, though, I’ve got quite a bit, including a Wolverine spin-off update, an animated The Addams Family adaptation, and another Jason Bateman-directed movie in The Family Fang. All the details are below!
Samuel L. Jackson’s first new gig came by the way of Cell, a Stephen King apocalyptic thriller adaptation. He’ll be alongside John Cusack with Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2) acting as director. Jackson will play a character on the run with Cusack’s character after a mysterious cell phone-spreading virus hits the world. No specific release date yet. (Source: THR)
Jackson also made headlines when him and Michael Caine were announced as stars in Harry and the Butler. Not as much is known about this project, but I can tell you it is directed by George C. Wolfe (You’re Not You). (Source: Collider)
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg finish off the casting portion of this post with their addition to Nima Nourizadeh’s (Project X) comedy American Ultra. Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the screenplay about a stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Stewart) who are hunted down by a corrupt government force. Sounds like a Hollywood movie to me. No other specifics are available quite yet, except that filming will take place next April. (Source: THR)
Ben Affleck’s much-anticipated follow-up to the Oscar-winning Argo is set for a prime December 25, 2014 release. Titled Live by Night, it’ll try to continue Affleck’s Hollywood stranglehold. The movie is adapted from a crime novel (by Dennis Lehane) that is set in the 1920’s. Affleck will also star in the movie. (Source: Collider)
After this year’s modest success in The Wolverine, it wasn’t exactly a shoo-in for a sequel. However, both director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman are interested in another Wolverine-centric spin-off. I personally liked the movie; therefore, I am very excited for more. Specifics aren’t know, but it looks like Mangold is working out a deal now. (Source: Deadline)
After many iterations, rumors, and failed attempts, The Addams Family is finally planning another trip to the big screen. This time, though, it’ll be an animated attempt. It’s still in the beginning stages, but Addams Family fans should know that Pamela Pettler (Monster House) will take care of the writing duties. More details to come! (Source: Collider)
Lastly, Jason Bateman continues to add to his busy schedule with news that he’ll star and direct in a movie called The Family Fang. Bateman recently premiered his movie Bad Words at some film festivals with a theatrical run set for next year, so it makes sense he’s landed another gig. His character will apparently be married to a woman played by Nicole Kidman. Timeline-wise, a production start next year is about all we know. (Source: The Huffington Post)
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