Monday, March 4, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: Evil Dead 4, Spielberg's Napoleon by Kubrik, Daniel Radcliffe's Igor and More

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  • Sam Raimi announced over the weekend that he plans to work on the script for "Evil Dead 4". This is great news for fans of the horror franchise, but it's unclear at the moment what will happen with the "Evil Dead" remake directed by Fede Alvarez which comes out this year. Raimi announced his intentions at a press conference by saying "I would love to make Evil Dead 4. My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer."

  • Steven Spielberg is planning on making a mini-series about French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte which is based on a script written by Stanley Kubrik in 1961. Spielberg spoke about it in an interview: "I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay — for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago." Steven Spielberg was previously involved in completing Kubrik's work with the 2001 sci-fi "Artificial Intelligence". "Napoleon" was heavily researched by Stanley Kubrik, so Spielberg will have a lot of the legendary director's blueprints to start from.

  • Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's cinematographer, is making his directorial debut with the complex sci-fi "Transcendence". The film, which is produced by Nolan, will star Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany. Rumors seem to indicate that the female lead contenders include Rooney Mara, Rebecca Hall and Emily Blunt. The script has been written by newcomer Jack Paglen, but the plot is kept under wraps. Filming will begin in April in Los Angeles and is scheduled to open on April 25, 2014.

  • Omar Sy, the star of the french hit "The Intouchables", has signed on to star in "X-Men: Days of Future Past". The sequel has already collected quite a gathering of actors, reuniting both the casts of "X-Men: First Class" and the original "X-Men" trilogy: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Another actor recently added to the cast is Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"). Directed by Bryan Singer, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens on July 18, 2014.

  • Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to star in 20th Century Fox's new version of "Frankenstein". The film will be directed by Paul McGuigan ("Lucky Number Slevin") from a script by Max Landis ("Chronicle") and is said to be a "a tale of friendship and redemption". Radcliffe will play the role of Igor, the hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein. It will be quite a challenge for the young actor, but since modern films tend to reinvent classic stories, there's a good chance that the Igor they'll envision might not quite be the Igor we used to know.


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