– The movie adaptation of the hugely successful Assassin’s Creed series of video games has announced a release date of 22nd of May 2015. The film will be produced by and star Michael Fassbender.
– The Daily Mail has reported this week that Christopher Nolan is in early talks with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about directing the next instalment in the James Bond franchise. While it is still speculative at the moment, and Nolan is already engaged in Interstellar which is likely to be a lengthy project, any talks could see Nolan at least in consideration for a future Bond movie.
– Jackie Chan is set to meet Sylvester Stallone and his management next week to discuss the script for Expendables 3. It is thought that if Chan does join the team he will be set to feature in a big fight scene with Stallone. Chan has admitted that ‘I have not read the script yet’ but seems excited at the prospect of joining the hard action franchise. See empireonline.com for the full story.
– In related Expendables 3 news, Stallone has tweeted confirmation that Mickey Rourke will return as Tool the tattoo artist. He’s also hinted that Wesley Snipes could be on-board, tweeting ‘Talked to WESLEY today…He cannot WAIT to fight to the top again!’.
– Antonio Banderas will star in The 33, the film based on the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Shooting will begin later this year in Chile, with Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro also on-board.
– The Untouchables and Ocean’s Eleven star Andy Garcia and Rob Riggle from 21 Jump Street are the latest additions to Let’s Be Cops: the new action comedy from director Luke Greenfield. The film is due to be released in 2014.
– Jon and Erich Hober, the screenwriting duo for RED and RED 2 have already been approached by Summit to begin penning the third instalment, despite the fact that RED 2 hasn’t even been released yet. Reports are that the third film could begin production as early as January 2014, although no deals have been made with cast members yet.
– Director Brad Bird has been considering a sequel to The Incredibles released in 2004. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed he has a number of ideas he is trying to ‘click together’. In the same interview, Bird also confirmed scheduling conflicts with his film Tomorrowland as part of the reason why he couldn’t do Star Wars: Episode VII.
-British screenwriter Drew Pearce is enjoying a purple patch at the moment. Having just seen the release of Iron Man 3 which he co-wrote with Shane Black, he’s now been hired by Paramount for Mission Impossible 5. Tom Cruise confirmed recently that he had signed on for the sequel.