– Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return in Alice In Wonderland 2. Disney have confirmed the return of both lead characters, but taking over the helm will be James Bobin in place of Tim Burton. The film is under production as The Looking Glass but a final title is yet to be decided. The film has been given a May 2016 release date.
– Mad Max: Fury Road has been pushed back into the 2015 summer blockbuster window. Originally the film was due in 2014 but has now been confirmed for May 15th 2015: just two weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tom Hardy is about to start re-shoots for the project and is thought to be one of the reasons for the release change.
– MGM is set to remake Road House, the film originally starring Patrick Swayze cooling his way round The Double Deuce music bar. Rob Cohen has been chosen to oversee the film which will be a loosely updated version of the 1989 story.
– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has set a worldwide box office record opening for a film released in November. The opening figure has been estimated at $161.1 million topping the $142.8 million managed by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. The incredible box office performance also puts it as the fourth highest opening of domestic debuts (Avengers was top).
– Jason Flemyng has fanned the flames of Star Wars Episode VII rumours having posted a picture on Instagram of a script with his name on it. It is unclear whether he has a role confirmed or whether he is just auditioning for a part. Flemyng has been linked with the film since Matthew Vaughn was rumoured to be director.
– In more concrete Star Wars news, perhaps the first solid piece of information since Abrams was confirmed as director, R2-D2 will return, having been confirmed by Disney and LucasFilm. The news comes after a teaser image was released featuring Abrams with the droid in the workshop.
– Winona Ryder has not-so-subtly hinted that a sequel to Beetlejuice could be in the works. Ryder has suggested that it will be set 27 years after the events of the first film and would see her reprise the role of Lydia. She has also hinted that Michael Keaton and Tim Burton could be on board too.
– Fox Searchlight have started work on a biopic of JRR Tolkein. They have employed Cowboys & Aliens writer and director David Gleeson to pen a script which is thought to focus on his Oxford education and experiences during WW1.
– Finally for you comedy fans, Dumb And Dumber To has been given an official release date of November 2014.