News Round-Up: ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Casting; ‘Inherent Vice’ Release Date; ‘Space Jam 2’; and More
For those that don’t know, Thursday is reserved for the latest news breaks (of the week) here at Film Equals. Today, I’ll be breaking the news into three categories: Casting, Release Dates, and Misc. In the casting department, the Fantastic Four remake announced its four new stars while Bradley Cooper joined American Blood. For the release dates, both Inherent Vice and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. announced their playdates (about a month apart, too). To finish things off, I’ll have info on Space Jam 2, The Raid remake director, and Edward Norton’s project Motherless Brooklyn.
Arguably the biggest news comes from Fox’s announcement of the newest Fantastic Four reboot. Although the fearsome foursome won’t be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is nice to see the new series moving in the right direction. The cast, which includes names like Kate Mara (Netflix’s House of Cards), Jamie Bell (Jumper), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), is young and very talented. I am most impressed with Teller of the four, but I can definitely live with this cast. Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) superhero movie will debut June 19, 2015. (Source: THR)
Bradley Cooper’s name was probably the biggest individual name to make headlines this week. The increasingly popular (and in demand) actor will appear in American Blood. The crime thriller will show Cooper as an informant in the witness protection program that is roped back into a dangerous situation. Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) will direct the movie, which is currently without a release date. (Source: THR)
The first (of two) release dates belongs to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Since we’re used to waiting years (and I mean years) for Anderson’s next project, it is a relief to know Inherent Vice will only be a couple years after The Master. The official date is December 12th (of this year!), and I am really crossing my fingers for a full release (…but I’ll probably be disappointed). Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Reese Witherspoon are the biggest names in the project. (Source: Variety)
The second release date is for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie’s (Sherlock Holmes) film will come out a month and four days after the aforementioned Inherent Vice. The big surprise is that it’ll be an early 2015 movie since those movies are usually considered “bad.” We shouldn’t judge a movie before we see it, and I am excited for January 16, 2015 to see what Ritchie and star Henry Cavill have to offer. (Source: The Wrap)
Besides the Fantastic Four news, a huge splash came with the announcement of production for Space Jam 2. Reports (and counter-reports) have said LeBron James will takeover the franchise from Michael Jordan in the sequel. While nothing in that vein has been officially confirmed, I still thought I’d mention plans are moving forward for the next movie. A director and release date aren’t known quite yet. (Source: Deadline)
Although The Raid 2: Berandal hasn’t quite released (it also feels like The Raid: Redemption just came out), plans are coming together for the inevitable English-language remake. The Raid remake picked up a director, too, in Patrick Hughes (Expendables 3). At least we can’t complain about an actionless director, right? Stars and/or a release date aren’t known, but check out The Raid 2 on March 28th. (Source: Variety)
Pushed to the back was the announcement of Edward Norton’s project Motherless Brooklyn. Norton will not only star in the film, but he’ll direct it as well! The film adaptation doesn’t have a whole lot more known at this point. (Source: Deadline)
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