Movies based on television shows are nothing new. But Hollywood tends to spotlight a television show long after it was popular. Remember that Dukes of Hazzard comedy? Yeah, neither do we. But Bloody Disgusting quotes crew members currently working in AMC’s Walking Dead that there are “rumblings” of doing a feature film. Good idea. But Dead needs to get in line behind 24, Lost, The Sopranos and all of the other great television shows that have flirted with the idea of making a feature-length film.
Now that filming’s underway on George Miller’s long-awaited Mad Max sequel, Fury Road, the director’s free to spill a few plot details, which you can read courtesy of Movies.com. According to the director, Tom Hardy’s Max gets “caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.” OK then.
Filming’s also about to get underway on Kick-Ass 2, which just added Robert Emms (as Insect Man) and Morris Chestnut to its cast. Chestnut will replace Omari Hardwick as Chloe Moretz’s “guardian.” The movie also received a new release date today: June 28, 2013. [Deadline]
It seems like we waited an eternity for Mad Max. It seems like we’re waiting an eternity for 47 Ronin. Carl Rinsch’s epic casts Keanu Reeves and an all-Japanese cast in the story of samurai avenging their master. But don’t get too excited. Universal moved it’s release date back to Dec. 25, 2013. [L.A. Times]
Have you heard all of those rumors about Kristen Stewart not being invited back for the possible Snow White and the Huntsman sequel? Well, Universal’s now backpedaling a bit by saying they’re merely “exploring all options,” and that reports of KStew not coming back at this stage are “false.” [Deadline]
The Amazing Spider-Man fans hoping Marc Webb returns to direct the film’s sequel won’t like this: He’s currently attached to The Only Living Boy in New York, the wistful story of a college graduated drifting through New York City. Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger are behind the title. But does that mean Webb’s done with Spidey 2? Stay tuned. [The Playlist]
Former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire isn’t done. The Great Gatsby co-star just signed on for Z for Zachariah, which will be directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance). Variety says Maguire will play a rugged scientist in a post-apocalyptic society who fights to survive with a teenage partner.
According to a Tweet by box office guru Gitesh Pandya, Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will “break $400M on FRI after 29 days. 4th fastest ever after Avengers, TDK & Avatar. $900M ww this weekend.” Wow.
As Batman rises, Iron Man falls … slightly. Production on Iron Man 3 has been halted as Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the North Carolina set. Marvel says there will be “a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.” We wish you good health, RDJ! [Marvel]
And then there’s this: WWE Studios announced that they will team with Warner Bros. to create a feature-length Scooby Doo movie where Scoob and the gang solve a mystery at WrestleMania. There’s no truth to the rumor that the meddling kids are investigating whether wrestling’s fake or not.
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Raiders of the Lost Ark returning to theaters in an upgraded IMAX form has been the talk of the Internet for days. Now, the restored print has its own trailer. [Yahoo Movies]
Pixar’s new Toy Story short film, which will be attached to Finding Nemo 3D, centers on the nervous dinosaur Rex. But he’s letting his hair down for the benefit of a party. See for yourself in this first look. [The Playlist]
We’re getting closer to Looper launching this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Today, an international teaser for the film attempts to explain the time-travel devices used in the thriller:
Star Wars 1313 isn’t a movie. It’s a new game that will tell new stories inside George Lucas’ familiar world. But the game-play footage that hit today is too cool not to share. [IGN]
Not gritty enough for you? Then go behind the scenes of the upcoming Dredd 3D with this behind-the-scenes featurette:
Earlier today, we hosted one of the exclusive posters for Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, with Colin Farrell front and center. But if you surfed around the Web, you might have found the others on similar movie sites. We collected them here for you: