Sunday, April 28, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: The Expendables 3, Scarlett Johansson, Daredevil, Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf

The Expendables Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone has found a director for "The Expendables 3". The chosen one is newcomer Patrick Hughes, who broke out as a filmmaker with the modern western thriller "Red Hill". The third installment in the action franchise will once again star a number of veteran action stars and the new cast additions include Wesley Snipes and possibly Jackie Chan, if Stallone can convince the latter to join.

Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson will star in Luc Besson's new action thriller "Lucy". Johansson will star as "a woman who is forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.". The actress is currently filming "Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier", and the Besson flick will be next after work is done on the Marvel sequel.

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf will star as a father and son spy team in "Spy's Kid". The film will most likely be directed by D.J. Caruso ("Disturbia"), who is currently in talks with Paramount, and is based on the true story of a convicted CIA veteran who, while in prison, used his son to continue his work.

Daredevil Marvel StudiosMarvel Studios in now in control of all future adaptations of the "Daredevil" comics. The rights were previously owned by 20th Century Fox who made a first attempt in 2003 with Ben Affleck in the lead role, but the film was not a huge hit and received plenty of harsh reviews, so the studio was left trying to figure out how to reboot the franchise. Several directors were called upon in the last two years to bring Daredevil back, but all deals ultimately fell through. Fox was faced with the contractual deadline of having to deliver a new big screen adaptation, or forfeit the rights back to Marvel. Since they couldn't meet the deadline, they lost the rights. Maybe it's for the best. Marvel has a much better track record with films they produce, which includes the awesome hit "The Avengers" as well as "Thor", "Iron Man" and "Captain America".


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