X-Men, Popeye, Boilerplate: November 4th Comic Reel

Fri, November 4th, 2011 at 7:58am PDT

TV Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer


Superhero Hype reports that writer/producer Simon Kinberg has been tapped to write a sequel to "X-Men: First Class." Kinberg's other credits include "Jumper" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Hopefully, it'll be set in the seventies and Banshee can get his wicked sideburns.

Release date: TBA


Jay Scherick and David Ronn, a pair of scribes who worked on "The Smurfs", will pen the "Popeye" script for Sony Pictures Animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "As they demonstrated with 'The Smurfs,' they embrace the iconic characteristics of these timeless characters and craft a story that really engages moviegoers today," says Sony Digital Productions president Bob Osher. As long as the Sea Hag and Alice the Goon make it to the screen, they craft whatever story they like.

Release date: TBA


Rounding out our writer's Friday, Deadline hears word that JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to adapt Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett's "Boilerplate" for J.J. Abrams. The story involves a mechanical soldier as he winds his way through history. I've always been fond of the Boilerplate concept ever since Guinan first planned it as a comic book series, so it's good to hear this is going forward.

Release date: TBA


So Garrett Hedlund has been offered the role of Kaneda, reports Spinoff Online. This means his people are working out just how much money their man will receive for appearing in this ... thing. They should get Kellan Lutz to play Tetsuo so he can say "Kaneda" like this:

Release date: TBA


According to Alan Silversti's official site (via Comic Book Movie), he will be scoring the film. He also wrote the music for "Captain America," the "Back to the Future" Trilogy and "Predator."

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012


Peter Jackson posted a new set video in which he explains his 3D process. It's pretty interesting, and there's some cool behind-the-scenes glimpses. Sadly, I cannot embed the video here because it's on Facebook, so feel free to click through.

Release date: December 14th, 2012 & December 13th, 2013


Deadline reports Fox has brokered a "healthy seven-figure deal" for Andy Serkis to reprise his role as Caesar in the next "Apes" film. Good for him ... he actually is a pioneer in this form of acting and deserves a monetary accolade. The same article claims Fox will also try to get the actor an award type accolade as well. The Academy variety, you might say.

Release date: TBA


Get me some fine cheese and several glasses of wine. With a wine club meeting tonight and a wine safari schedule for Sunday, it'll be a fun week of slight inebriation and friends. What could be better? Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, 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 a wine-induced sinus attack.

TAGS:  x-men, popeye, boilerplate, akira, the avengers, the hobbit, planet of the apes

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