There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding acclaimed writer/director Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One over the last six months. Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lincoln) has been dealing with various production delays, including Warner Bros. pushing the release date back to March 2018 to avoid conflicting with Disney‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, but now with a final release date set, production should get underway relatively quickly, especially seeing as the cast has just added a lead actor. The Tree of Life and Mud actor Tye Sheridan has been selected to play the lead role of Wade Watts, a teenager in a futuristic world where the human race prefers to live in a virtual reality universe called Oasis. When the found of Oasis dies, he offers up his fortune in a treasure hunt across Oasis that Wade and an ensemble of other contestants comes out to compete in. Continue reading →
Rumors are flying around Hollywood about directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo stepping in to lead the upcoming two-part installment in The Avengers series, Infinity War, which will be released in 2018 and 2019, respectively, following this year’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Production on the project is already expected to begin next year and carry over with filming into 2017, but there are no screenwriters officially committed to writing the film (although Captain America writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are rumored to be in talks to pen the script) and the cast will likely not be completely revealed until we see Age of Ultron hit theaters this May. There are also big rumors surrounding Disney‘s upcoming Star Wars installments with the goal being to release a new movie every consecutive year from now until 2020. J.J. Abrams is currently trying to finish production on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Disney already has Rian Johnson (Looper, Breaking Bad) directing Episode VIII for 2017, but the new rumor is that Abrams may return to direct the final installment in the three-part series, even though he is not involved with the production on Episode VIII. Whatever the case, this is still all speculation, so we’ll have to continue to wait for more official news. Stay tuned.
With production underway on Star Wars: Episode VII (which is still scheduled for release in December 2015 despite Harrison Ford’s leg injury on the set) Disney is moving forward with their plans for future projects in the Star Wars series. Recent news has director Rian Johnson now set to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will also receive some input from Johnson for the script and keep him on to write Episdoe IX, but Disney’s not stopping there. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has also been hired to direct a spin-off that will be released in 2016 and could follow any number of characters that have appeared in the Star Wars universe, with a second spin-off from director Josh Trank coming out sometime after that, and maybe even before Episode VIII hits theaters. This means that J.J. Abrams will not be returning for the additional installments, which sucks for him because Star Trek 3 has already found a replacement director in Robert Orci. Oh well, it’s all part of the game I suppose. Stay tuned.