News Round-Up: Bill Murray Cast in ‘The Jungle Book’; ‘Rosewater’ Release Date; More Spider-Man News; and More
After a crazy week of trailers, posters, and photos, we can calm down a bit with today’s News Round-Up. However, while there may not be the usual headliners, there are still a bunch of exciting things on the horizon according to the news breaks.
In the casting section, you’ll find information on Bill Murray in The Jungle Book, Jamie Foxx in an untitled Mike Tyson biopic, and Ryan Reynolds in Criminal. In the release date section, I’ll update you with Rosewater’s specific date. The rest of the news involves a potential female Spider-Man spinoff, the official title for Venom (Venom Carnage), and Jennifer Lee’s next adaptation.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Disney’s The Jungle Book has added veteran actor Bill Murray to its voice cast. Up to this point, we knew Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson would be in the movie. Murray is set to voice Baloo in Favreau’s version (not to be confused with Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins). Look for The Jungle Book on October 9, 2015.
Jamie Foxx continued to add to his resume as reports indicate he’ll be play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in an upcoming untitled biopic. Tyson seems like perfect source material for Hollywood, so this seems like it has a lot of potential. At this time, we don’t know a lot more about the project (including a director or release date), so stay tuned. (Source: TIME)
The final piece of casting news belongs to Ryan Reynolds as he joined Ariel Vromen’s (The Iceman) Criminal. Millennium Films will distribute the thriller that also stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. As of now, there isn’t a release date for this one, but I’m sure that’ll change in the near future. (Source: Variety)
The lone release date bit I have for you involves Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. The Daily Show host is releasing his film alongside big films like Interstellar and Big Hero 6 on November 7th. Open Road Films will release the film adaptation that stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros). (Source: Deadline)
In the new projects category, I wanted to start with news of a potential female-centric Spider-Man spin-off. At this point, there isn’t a lot confirmed. However, with the lack of female superhero characters, this is undoubtedly big news. We recently found out The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was pushed back, so fans can rest easier knowing they might have something else Spider-Man related coming sometime in 2017. We’ll update you more later. (Source: Deadline)
Somewhat in the same vein comes news of Venom Carnage, the official title for the Venom adaptation. The standalone film (for now) got its official title after quite the wait, but unfortunately the film is still in the development stage. Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) is apparently directing with a 2017 date eyed. So far, no casting news is available, but we know they’ll need to cast someone to play Cletus Kasady (a.k.a. Carnage). (Source: IGN)
Last but not least, I wanted to include news about Jennifer Lee (famous for Disney’s huge hit Frozen). Lee is apparently set to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel “A Wrinkle in Time” next. Details are sparse here (and we’re not even sure if Lee will direct it) but I still thought I’d pass on the tidbit. (Source: Comingsoon)
Come back tomorrow for this week’s clips and a full weekend release schedule.
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