News Round-Up: Christopher Walken Cast in ‘The Jungle Book’; ‘Sinister Six’ Release Date; Blockbuster Sequels; and More
Today’s News Round-Up is a bit heavy on new directing gigs for some of the big names in Hollywood. This includes James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), and Paul Greengrass (Agent Storm). Before I get to those, I’ll update you on The Jungle Book (which cast Christopher Walken) as well as release date updates for Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and Unchartered. I’ll finish with some misc. news about Godzilla 2 coming out of last week’s Comic-Con.
The lone piece of casting news I have this week involves esteemed actor Christopher Walken. Walken is perhaps best known for the way he talks, so it makes sense he’d join the voice cast that already included Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Scarlett Johansson, and Ben Kingsley. Walken wasn’t the only one announced either, as Giancarlo Esposito (AMC’s Breaking Bad) joined Jon Favreau’s (Iron-Man) pic. Disney will release this one on October 9, 2015. (Source: TIME)
There were quite a few release date announcements/shuffles. It all started with Sony pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 3 to sometime in 2018. I’ll have more on this later, but I wanted to give you some good news, too: Sinister Six will come out long before Spider-Man on November 11, 2016. Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will direct the villain-heavy Sinister Six with Marc Webb returning for Spider-Man 3. However, plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 are influx now. (Source: IndieWire)
When The Amazing Spider-Man 3 dropped its June 10, 2016 release date, Sony filled it quickly with Unchartered. Mark Wahlberg is still in contention to lead the project but it hasn’t been confirmed. However, Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is confirmed as the director. (Source: IGN)
Even though we haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (set to release tonight in some theaters), James Gunn is already set to return as the director for the sequel. This news broke before Comic-Con (a curious move), but all indications point to Guardians of the Galaxy being a huge hit, so it makes sense they’d come up with a sequel. Gunn will also write the sequel, but Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hasn’t had its release date confirmed yet. However, we know it’ll be one of the untitled dates Marvel set last week. (Source: Variety)
Quentin Tarantino vowed The Hateful Eight wouldn’t be made after a script leaked online, but he’s apparently changed his mind. During his Comic-Con panel, Tarantino confirmed that he’ll bring the movie to the big screen after all (but we can expect amendments to the leaked script). There isn’t a whole lot more to report at this time. (Source: EW)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) also added to his future endeavors. It’s unclear whether he’ll shoot Agent Storm, the project announced this week, or The Director first. Either way, Greengrass fans can be happy to know his schedule is lining up quite nice. We’ll update you on these projects when more information is known. (Source: IndieWire)
During Legendary’s Hall H Comic-Con panel, they released a short teaser with stock footage that hinted at what is to come in Godzilla 2. It appears Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah will make appearances in the sequel. Unfortunately, Gareth Edwards will be a busy man before directing Godzilla 2. He’ll have to get through the Star Wars spin-off, then focus in on the monsters. We’ll update you on this project later, too. (Source: THR)
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