It’s time for movie news!
Movies Opening this week (October 12th)
Here Comes the Boom
This week there was some exciting news about:
Ok, it’s not all about Meryl Streep this time. But we’re really excited to hear that the legendary actress is currently in some serious talks to join Rob Marshall‘s upcoming adaptation of Into The Woods. And as we said, she’s not the only one, because Anna Kendrick, Patrick Wilson, James Corden and Nina Arianda are also potential candidates for the feature film.
As we previously reported, Into The Woods will include some of the most beloved fairytales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk andRapunzel, and all together will give us an original story.
That new story will center on a Baker and his wife who try to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests and their desire for happily ever after.
And now, something about the possible cast. BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Meryl Streep is in talks to join the film as the Witch, but was unable to make the reading.
On the other hand, the rest confirmed cast of the screenplay reading, which took place yesterday, included:
Nina Arianda as The Baker’s Wife; Christine Baranski as the Stepmother;Tammy Blanchard as Florinda; Victoria Clark as Cinderella’s Mother/Giant;James Corden as the Baker; David Garrison as the Narrator; Ivan Hernandez as the Wolf; Megan Hilty as Lucinda; Cheyenne Jackson as Rapunzel’s Prince; Allison Janney as Jack’s Mother; Anna Kendrick as Cinderella; Michael McGrath as the Steward/Baker’s Father; Laura Osnesas Rapunzel; Taylor Trensch as Jack; Casey Whyland as Little Red Riding Hood; and Patrick Wilson as Cinderella’s Prince.
They also add that the writer of Into The Woods, James Lapine, is currently reworking the script for the screenplay, while Stephen Sondheim is expected to contribute some new songs.
Just for a record, this team earned 10 nominations at the 1988 Tony Awards, winning three including best score and best book of a musical.
This definitely looks huge, so make sure you stay tuned for more!
Conjuring the Next Harry Potter
Erin Morgenstern, an elfin painter with ink-black hair and a fondness for bowler hats, Tarot cards and antique clocks, has never published so much as a short story before. Now, with her first novel coming out in September, she's at the center of the most high-stakes competition in the entertainment industry: the race to discover the next Harry Potter.
Not A Joke: The 'Hungry Hungry Hippos' Movie Is Really Happening
This is one of those days where you just have to shake your head in despair at Hollywood's decision-making abilities. But one company's trash is another's treasure, as The LA Times reports Emmett/Furla Films has agreed to finance and produce three board game movies for Hasbro after Universal decided to drop a lot of those properties. The three in question are Monopoly (which has been gestating for awhile), Action Man, and yes, even Hungry Hungry Hippos. No word yet on the approach for that film, whether they'll try to make it live action, a CGI hybrid, or fully animated, but there's news on the other projects below. Click here to read more.
Drew Pearce Giving a Rewrite to Legendary's New Take On 'Godzilla
We just found out that Marvel's Iron Man 3 is getting a trailer on October 23rd (hopefully with some of the Comic-Con footage we saw included), and now word comes from Variety that IM3 co-writer Drew Pearce has been hired to take a pass at the script for Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's giant monster movie Godzilla for Monsters director Gareth Edwards. The Expendables co-writer David Callaham, Batman Begins co-writer David S. Goyer, and The Seventh Son scribe Max Borenstein have all tried their hand so far, but thankfully that doesn't mean there's any trouble brewing behind the scenes. Read more here.
Michael Bay Producing Time Travel Found Footage Film 'Almanac'
Found footage horror is starting to get a bit boring, but last year's superhero infused take on the subgenre with Chronicle was a breath of fresh air. Now it sounds like Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production banner (usually responsible for more boring horror in the form of remakes of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street) is looking to mix things up with a time travel found footage project called Almanac that is said to be in the same vein as Josh Trank's surprise hit earlier this year. However, those are the only plot details known about the project at this time, so we'll have to let out imaginations run wild. Click here to read more.
Rumor: Emily Blunt in the Running to Play Ms. Marvel in 'Avengers 2'
Marvel and the lovely British actress Emily Blunt must really want to work together. Back in January of 2009, Blunt was rumored to take the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, but as we all know, the part eventually went to Scarlett Johansson. Then in 2010, Blunt was on the shortlist to play Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but the role ended up going to Hayley Atwell. Now rumors of Blunt's involvement in big screen comic book adaptations have come back around as The Daily Mailseems to think that she is currently being "hotly tipped" to play Ms. Marvel in The Avengers 2, hitting theaters in 2015. Read more here.