Monday, September 10, 2012

NEWS UPDATE : Avatar 4, Jim Carrey, Al Pacino and Star Trek 2

James Cameron is considering to make "Avatar 4" a prequel. The director, who has recently vowed to make only "Avatar" movies from now on, has stated that 2 and 3 will carry on with the story from the first one, but the fourth will probably return to the beginnings of the events on Pandora, when the humans first arrived to colonize the planet :
"Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan."

Jim Carrey has signed on to play Colonel Stars in "Kick-Ass 2". The character is a founding member of Justice Forever who recruits heroes to fight crime. Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Yancy Butler and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will reprise their roles from the first movie and will be joined by John Leguizamo as Javier, Lindy Booth as Night Bitch and Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity. "Kick-Ass 2" will open on June 28, 2013.

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater have just finished shooting the sequel to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset". The third movie, called "Before Midnight" was filmed in Greece and follows the characters Celine and Jesse nine years after the events in the second movie.

Al Pacino is attached to star as Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a biopic based on Joe Posnanski's book "Paterno". The late football coach had a legendary career which unfortunately was overshadowed by a devastating sex scandal. Here is the Amazon synopsis of Posnanski's book :
"Joe Posnanski’s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach’s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno’s life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno’s legendary career.

Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired. Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic.

Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man’s character and career. In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America."

J.J Abrams's "Star Trek" sequel has been given an official title : "Star Trek Into Darkness". Most of the cast from the first movie will return, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, with the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the movie's villain. Not much else is known at this time as Abrams shrouds his projects with impenetrable secrecy, but we won't have to wait very long, as "Star Trek Into Darkness" is scheduled for release on May 17th, 2013 (in 3D).


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