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Saturday, January 25, 2014

NEWS UPDATE: Hugh Jackman, Ghost in the Shell, Ant-Man, Batman Vs. Superman, Bruce Willis

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Here are the latest news headlines:
  • Hugh Jackman to Play Pirate Blackbeard in PAN
  • Rupert Sanders to Direct GHOST IN THE SHELL Adaptation
  • Comic Book News: ANT-MAN and BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
  • Bruce Willis to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller 'VICE'

Read More after the jump.


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Hugh Jackman to Play Pirate Blackbeard in 'PAN'

Hugh Jackman has officially signed on to star in Warner Bros. "Pan", the new Peter Pan adaptation directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement") and written by Jason Fuchs ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") . Jackman will play the story's villain, captain Blackbeard. The role was previously offered to Javier Bardem, but the the actor passed, and it was reported by Variety that Garrett Hedlund ("Tron: Legacy") was in talks to play the villainous character. "Pan" will open in theaters on July 17, 2015.



Rupert Sanders to Direct 'GHOST IN THE SHELL' Adaptation

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The eagerly awaited "Ghost in the Shell" adaptation is finally moving forward. Dreamworks has been developing the project for the past four years, and now the studio has officially hired a director for the film. Deadline reports that the the chosen filmmaker is Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and The Huntsman") and he will be directing from a script by William Wheeler ("The Hoax"). "Ghost in the Shell" is a 1989 manga created by Masamune Shirow. The adaptation will follow "the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime."



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Comic Book News: 'ANT-MAN' and 'BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN'

It was announced this week that "Batman Vs. Superman" will no longer be released on its initially planned date of July 2015. The "Man of Steel" sequel has now been moved up to May 6, 2016, although no delay in the filming schedule has been operated. Considering that this will be DC's attempt to push forward a "Justice League" movie, I guess they need to take their time with it. Also, Gal Gadot ("Fast & Furious 6"), who has signed on to play Wonder Women in the film, has apparently signed a 3-picture deal, meaning that she will also be playing the character in future installments, and possible future "Justice League" projects.

It has also been announced by Marvel that their "Ant-Man" adaptation will now open on July 17, 2015, taking over "Batman Vs. Superman"s old release date. The film is directed by Edgar Wright ("The World's End") and it stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.



Bruce Willis to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller 'VICE'

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Bruce Willis has signed on to star in "Vice", a sci-fi thriller from Emmet/Furla Films, the company which has recently enjoyed some unexpected success with Peter Berg's war drama "Lone Survivor". The script has been written by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore who have also scripted another Willis collaboration, "The Prince", which is scheduled for release in 2014. "Vice" has been described as "Westworld-meets-Grand Theft Auto" and the story is set "on a resort in the future where the staff are lifelike synthetic beings and the rich can live out their darkest fantasies. The pseudo-paradise has an "anything goes" policy, given that the memories of the androids reset every night. One female staffer, however, suffers a glitch and is flooded with all her memories. Realizing the horror she has been made to suffer, she vows revenge" Bruce Willis will play the owner of the resort, and the female staffer will be played by Ambyr Childers ("2 Guns", "Ray Donovan").





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