We should've seen this coming: Not long ago Bryan Singer officially came onboard to direct X-Men: First Class (which will be a prequel to the original X-Men, and focus on the creation of the mutant school and the first set of students). In a recent interview, Singer spoke about First Class and potentially directing X-Men 4, but it was mentioned that his commitment to direct Jack the Giant Killer first might get in the way of all that.
Well, it's gotten in the way. Singer is now off First Class (he'll produce instead), but chances are still good that he will eventually be able to direct the fourth installment in the X-Men franchise. And with Fox busy prepping both First Class and Wolverine 2, there's a good chance they can wait a little while longer to let those two films come to life, as well as let Singer fulfill his obligations to finish off Jack the Giant Killer. [Deadline]
'The Hobbit' is Still Delayed, 2011 Release Not Likely
All the financial woes and uncertainty surrounding MGM looks to be putting even more of a delay on the upcoming two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.Guillermo del Toro is supposed to direct both, with Peter Jackson producing and overseeing the production, and they're currently building sets and casting now. However, they just can't seem to get a solid start date, and though it was supposed to begin filming in June, a comment by Andy Serkis (who will reprise his role as Gollum for the new films) to Digital Spy makes it look like this flick ain't hitting theaters anytime soon.
Serkis recently said that they should be filming by the end of the year. That's a significant difference from shooting in June, and it also means there's no way they'll have the first film ready for a December 2011 release. And, depending on when exactly they start and how much progress they make, they may not even have it ready for 2012 either. Here's hoping MGM gets all their nonsense worked out so we fans can get a clear estimate as to when we should expect The Hobbit to finally hit theaters.
Rachel Weisz to Become James Bond's Next Villain
It's always pretty sweet when you get a female villain, so that's why I'm truly hoping this rumor eventually pans out. According to Cinema Blend, Rachel Weisz is being considered for a pretty meaty role in the next Bond film. They say she may play the head of Quantum, which is the organization Bond has been trying kill his way to the top of ever since Casino Royale. They've been the main focus of each of the first two films in this newly rebooted franchise, and while the next film probably won't pick up exactly where Quantum of Solace left off, it would appear as if the storylines will still remain the same, and Bond will still be trying to track down the person in charge of this villainous operation.
And if Cinema Blend's source is correct, that person could be Rachel Weisz. What do you think about the next Bond villain being a female?