– After its surprise success in cinemas earlier this year, Brad Pitt has confirmed there are talks in place for a World War Z sequel. Asked about a possible sequel he said ‘we have so many ideas on the table from just the time we spent developing this thing and how zombie worlds work.’ Talks are naturally in the early stages but a sequel could give the opportunity to plumb the depths of the novel source material.
– Francesca Gregorini looks to have taken over the reins for the supposedly abandoned film Your Voice In My Head. Originally David Yates was set to direct with Warner Bros backing it but both have now moved on from the project with Gregorini now in being backed by Benaroya Pictures. Emma Watson is also reportedly still involved with the project which is an adaptation of the book by Emma Forrest.
– Josh Brolin has confirmed that he was approached by studio execs to play the new Batman in Batman Vs Superman. He admitted in an interview with the Huffington Post that ‘it just didn’t turn out, but I’m happy for Ben (Affleck)’.
– The Toronto International Film Festival has been in full swing during the last week and has seen the debuts of films such as Dallas Buyers Club and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. However the biggest event of the weekend was the auction for distribution rights to Can A Song Save Your Life. The film starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo proved popular at its debut, and it was The Weinstein Company that duly snapped up the rights, paying $7 million for the privilege.
– Joseph-Gordon Levitt has changed the name of his picture Don Jon’s Addiction to just Don Jon after fans thought it was about a genuine addiction which Levitt had always considered as ‘a metaphor for something bigger’. The film is released here on the 15th November.
– It’s been a busy week for the Transformers crew with a plethora of new updates having been announced this week. Firstly the title has been confirmed as Transformers: Age Of Extinction and perhaps unsurprisingly given the title, will feature Dinobots for the first time in the series.
– Roland Emmerich is hopeful of getting Will Smith on board for the sequel to Independence Day. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman have already expressed their desire to do another, whilst Will Smith has been quiet on the matter. However, since After Earth was met with a disappointing reception, Emmerich has said talks with Smith are possible again. Emmerich has also been in talks with MGM about two further Stargate films.
– Alan Taylor, director of Thor: The Dark World looks set to direct Terminator 5. Nothing is official just yet but he has been in talks with Paramount and Justin Lin who was originally attached has stepped down due to schedule conflicts.