Last night, CBR reported actor Anthony Hopkins was in talks to play Odin in "Thor". Variety appears to confirm that Hopkins will play the character. I say "appears" because sometimes Variety's special way of reporting can be ambiguous. Despite a definite headline, the text of the article says Hopkins "has been set to star" in the film. To me, that isn't as clear as The Hollywood Reporter's "Anthony Hopkins is in negotiations to play the Norse god Odin." As of this morning, THR is still reporting the deal to be in "negotiations." It's most likley a done deal, but one likes to be sure about these things.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, release date: May 20th, 2011
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
In case you missed it, CBR has a special preview of the trailer for the film. Next week, we'll have an interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and "Prince of Persia" creator Jordan Mechner.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, release date : May, 2010
Mania.com has a new gallery of images from November 6th's episode, "Kandor."
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MEN IN BLACK 3
Sony is moving foward with a third film in the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Tropic Thunder" writer Etan Cohen is currently drafting the film with director Barry Sonnenfeld attatched in some ambiguous capactiy. THR notes the x-factor is the princple leads. Neither Wil Smith or Tommy Lee Jones are currently attatched to the project.
Release date: TBA
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Director Edgar Wright has added a photo of character breakdowns to his daily blog. While not terribly revealing, the photo does contain one error the director points at as a "quite ironic mistake" fans of the series will be able to spot. One of the drawings of the character Young Neil is actually a picture of Scott.
Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: 2010
THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Producer Stephen L'Heureux tells Comics2Film at Mania.com the project, based Speakeasy graphic novel, could begin production next year. "If everything aligns perfectly we could go in the second quarter next year or late 2010," says L'Heureux.
Directed by Brad Anderson, release date: TBA
MAD MAX 4: FURY ROAD
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are in talks to star in the "Mad Max: sequel. Their names were first bandied about last week when "Mad Max 4" press appeared to go into overdrive. Hardy will play Max Rockatansky, who I shouldn't have to give any background about other than to say he's mad and drives a bitchin' ride. Theron's character is currently known only as "the female lead." Despite reports going back decades of this film occuring between the second and third pictures, THR states the film will be set after "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."
Release date: TBA
Empire Online asked actor John Rhys-Davies about returning to Middle Earth either as Gloin, father of his "Lord of the Rings" character Gimli, or any of the other twelve dwarves that set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the worm Smaug. "I've already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn't. I have already completely ruled it out. There's a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more," says Rhys-Davies. The actor turned out to be highly allergic to the chemicals used in the make-up appliances to transform him into a dwarf, but soildered on for the duration of the epic trilogy. On his last day, the production gave him the opportunity to ritually burn one of his dwarf faces in a firepit. "I'd really prefer to play something quite different. Maybe an Elf," he says.
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, release date: December, 2011
FIRE IT UP! FIRE IT UP!
Cue up some Misfits and get me bag of candy, it's Halloween Weekend! It's time for parties and costumes. I'm known for being an incredibly low energy costumer, but I've found a way to go to events either as Flash Gordon, Doctor Who, Angel, or The New Number 2 from "The Prisoner" without having to buy a single extra item of clothing. Tonight is also Devil's Night, a perfect occasion to unleash the 1973 version of "The Wicker Man" or "The Crow" at a gathering of friends. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird this weekend, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of Wilford Brimley and a scorching case of the "diabeetus."