Monday, November 25, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: Alice in Wonderland 2, Emily Blunt, Road House Remake, Duncan Jones


Disney has announced the release date for the sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". The fantasy film will open in theaters on May 27, 2016. "The Muppets" director James Bobin will replace Burton for the sequel and the script is being written by Linda Woolverton ("Maleficent", "The Lion King"). Mia Wasikowska will reprise the role of Alice and Johnny Depp will also return as the Mad Hatter. "Alice in Wonderland 2" is still in pre-production, so that's all we know, for know.

Emily Blunt ("Looper") is set to star in the psychological thriller "Sister". The film is based on Rosamund Lupton's bestselling (aren't they all) novel "Sister". Blunt will play a woman who "investigates the death of her younger sister Tess, whose death is ruled a suicide by police. Convinced that her sister was murdered, Beatrice sets out to uncover the strange events leading up to Tess’ death, though she may pay a terrible price for the truth." The producers are currently looking for a writer to adapt the book.

Director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious", "Alex Cross") has been tapped to direct a remake of the 1989 movie "Road House" for MGM. The original starred Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch. Swayze played a tough as nails bouncer with a mysterious past who is hired to tame a dirty bar in Missouri. The screenplay for the remake has been written by Michael Stokes ("Iron Eagle IV"). While "Road House" did manage to gather a cult following over the years, I doubt it's going to make a serious impact at the box-office, especially considering MGM's other remake this year, "Carrie" which was based on an even more popular film and a Stephen King novel and it still tanked, and during the Halloween week, no less. So, I really think MGM should be a little more cautious about these remakes.

"Warcraft" director Duncan Jones ("Moon") has dropped out of the Ian Fleming biopic which was supposed to start production last year. The film, titled "Fleming" seems to have hit a bump, and Jones was unable to remain on the project considering he will begin filming on the "Warcraft" adaptation in January 2014. "Fleming" is based on Andrew Lycett’s biography of Ian Fleming, and it's supposed to explore the author's life as a true international spy. The producers are currently searching for a replacement director.


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