News Round-Up: ‘Gone Girl’ Crew Teaming up for ‘Strangers’; ‘The Jungle Book’ Pushed Back; and More
Hello everyone and welcome to this Thursday’s edition of News Round-Up. Teaming up is the theme today as the power hitters behind last year’s Gone Girl and Edge of Tomorrow announced they’d be making Strangers and Mena (respectively). In casting, it was also revealed that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale would be teaming up to star in The Big Short. The rest of today’s news updates involve release dates as The Jungle Book, In the Heart of the Sea, Ghost in the Shell, and The Purge 3 all made headlines.
To me, I’m excited to hear about anything involving David Fincher. Coming off the success of this year’s critically-acclaimed Gone Girl adaptation, it looks like Fincher, star Ben Affleck, and potentially writer Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the ‘Gone Girl’ novel) will be teaming up again to make Strangers (a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Plane). Yes, this is a remake but I think I can suspend my hatred for this trio. No other production details are known yet, including a potential release date. (Source: Deadline)
It also looks like The Big Short got quite the shot in the arm with the announcement that they’d be adding three A-listers to their cast. Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale will all be included in the financial ensemble. Adam McKay (Anchorman) will serve as both writer and director and this will be an anticipated pic once it gets a release date. (Source: Variety)
Although Edge of Tomorrow wasn’t nearly as successful as Gone Girl, I was still surprised at how much I enjoyed the sci-fi film. Universal apparently shared my enthusiasm and has entrusted the drug tale Mena to director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise. This one also doesn’t have a release date. (Source: Deadline)
I feel like The Jungle Book adaptations keep moving release dates. Not to be outdone by Jungle Book: Origins moving back, the Jon Favreau (Iron Man) version has also moved back. His adaptation, which voice stars Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, and Scarlett Johansson, will now play on April 15, 2016. (Source: Deadline)
In the Heart of the Sea, speaking of moving back, switched its quickly-approaching 2015 playdate. Instead of releasing in March, the Chris Hemsworth-fronted drama will wait until December 11, 2015. For those that don’t know, this one is directed by Ron Howard (Rush) and will apparently get a wider awards push being in December. (Source: Comingsoon)
We can then go back to Disney and its plans to release Ghost in the Shell. Last week, this movie made headlines because it set the aforementioned Scarlett Johansson to star. Now we can expect to see this movie on April 14, 2017. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct. (Source: Deadline)
Lastly, Purge fans can circle July 1, 2016 because that’ll be when The Purge 3 releases. After two successful films, James DeMonaco will wait a year to release the movie. He’ll need the time since there aren’t any stars attached yet. Expect to hear more soon about that. (Source: Comingsoon)
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