– Keanu Reeves has shot down claims that he will feature in a remake of Point Break this week. A remake of the 1991 film has been rumoured for some time, with Alcon Entertainment having suggested they were planning a remake in 2011. Speaking to the BBC on the subject Reeves said: “absolutely not, it’s not my place.” Producer Alan Kosov has suggested that the intention was not for a direct remake, but for the story to feature surfing prominently among other extreme sports. Whether any possible version of the film remains to be seen but given Reeves’ direct response, we can safely assume he will not be involved.
– Universal have announced via a press release that Fast & Furious 7 will go ahead featuring the late Paul Walker, with release now confirmed as April 10th 2015. Production had been stopped after the news of Walker’s tragic death, with rumours that the project would be shelved entirely, or that Walker would be recast. Universal have confirmed that Walker’s completed scenes would be used, although no word has been given as to how he will be written out of the script. The 2015 release date allows for production delays and script re-writes.
– Tom Cruise has left the remake of The Magnificent Seven. News on the remake has been quiet for some time but Cruise had been attached to the project in the role originally played by Yul Brynner, and was hoping to attract other high profile actors to complete the group. Neither MGM nor Cruise have stated why the actor has left the project. John Lee Hancock is also re-writing the script originally penned by Nic Pizzolatto but it is not known whether he will also direct the film.
– Despite largely positive reviews from critics, Martin Scorsese was heckled at an Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street by senior academy members. It appears the members took exception to the sex and drug content featured in the movie, with Di Caprio also heckled by a screenwriter. The film opens on 17th January.
– The Raid 2 will be released in March 2014. The much-anticipated sequel will premiere at the Sundance Festival next month, and sees events picking up just two hours where the first film left off.