Mysterio strikes again! In the past, I've mentioned the term "in talks" has a very specific meaning in the Hollywood press. It means financial matters are being hammered out by a production and talent, leading to a contract. It's not a term to use lightly. Yesterday, Access Hollywood posted an item with the headline, "'Percy Jackson & The Olympians' Star Logan Lerman In Talks For 'Spider-Man' Reboot." If you read the body of the post, you'll see at no point does Lerman say he is "in talks." Instead, the actor says, "There have been a few discussions, it’s definitely something I’m looking into." The rest of the newshole ran with it and both Sony and Lerman's camp have denied Access Hollywood's headline. Heat Vision notes, "The studio has yet to even close a deal with the film's potential director, Marc Webb, who would helm what promises to be a much more lean and high school-focused movie than the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire predecessors." Heat Vision also mentions if "Percy Jackson" is a hit, the actor would most likely be part of a fast track sequel and unavailable for the reboot project.
Release date: TBA
WATCHMEN 2: BEYOND THUNDERDOME
Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke reports "a well-placed insider tells me: 'There is no truth to anything related to a movie sequel. Not a chance by a longshot. With regards to the comics, well, I guess anything is possible. I'll keep my opinion to myself as to whether it's a smart idea to do so.'" So rest easy, a "Watchmen" sequel film is an unlikely prospect.
Release date: the 8th of Never
LOCKE & KEY
Latino Review reports Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci "have been granted the rights and will produce the project through their DreamWorks deal." Their source describes the project as set in "a cool Massachusetts village called Lovecraft. The padre of this familia is murdered and the three kids and mom relocate to their estate, Keyhouse. Turns out the house has many rooms that cannot be opened except by special keys. And scary ass forces in the house start speaking to the padre's killer and sending him to Lovecraft to finish the job."
Release date: TBA
DC COMICS: THE MOVIE
Collider has learned director Jeffrey Blitz and producer Sean Welchare making a documentary about DC Comics. Blitz directed the great documentary "Spellbound" about kids at a spelling bee. Welch tells Collider, "DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world." Mac Carter is directing the picture with Blitz and Welch directing. They plan to premiere the film at Comic-Con, so I know one thing I'll be doing this July. The film is currently untitled, so "DC Comics: The Movie" is just a placeholder I'm using. Oh, Collider also has video with Blitz and Welch talking about the project:
Release date: July 2010?
IRON MAN 2
Empire notes a conversation on Twitter between Jon Favreau and @ThiagoSiQueiraF, in which Favreau mentions "Iron Man 2" takes place before "The Incredible Hulk." Empire speculates "Favreau’s answer has turned that on its head and has seemingly validated the long-held theory that 'The Avengers' movie will revolve around the super-team – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Nick Fury – going after Ol' Greenskin (who may or may not be played by Edward Norton)."
Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010
The on-going saga of "The Terminator" as a franchise is more exciting than the films themsleves these days. Variety reports, "Sony's joined Lionsgate in the bidding on the rights to the 'Terminator' franchise." Sony distributed "Terminator: Salvation" internationally. Lionsgate bid early on the franchise to the tune of $15 Million. The article notes Lionsgate will receive "$750,000 as a breakup fee from the winning bidder" should they lose out on the rights to the franchise.
Release date: TBA
Actor Josh Hutcherson tells MTV News of his "Red Dawn" co-star Chris Hemsworth bulking up for "Thor":
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Empire is happy to pass on news from Shock Till You Drop that an uncut workprint of Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" has been found. "A massive pantheon of creatures was assembled for the production, but only about a third of them made the studio Morgan Creek's final cut, which barely ran to 90 minutes. Barker had long feared the excised footage lost forever, but his 145-minute rough-cut workprint was finally uncovered last summer, and will debut in late March at Minneapolis' Horror Hound Weekend," writes Empire. I've never seen the film because the studio tampering is legendary. Hopefully, the longer version will find its way to home video.
Release date: TBA
Cue the Black Angels and let's try out that Rainwater Martini recipe, it's the weekend! After being threatened by overzealous weatherman all week, rain has finally returned to Southern California which means a nice marathon of "Mass Effect 2" and teaching more people about "The Room." Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird, or spot Mysterio up to his usual hi-jinks, 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 the week to come.