EXITING A month ago, director Marc Webb revealed that he would be returning to helm the third movie in Sony's rebooted Spider-Man franchise, which came as a surprise to many considering he very nearly backed out of directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Apparently, Webb draws the line at a trilogy, however, as he revealed to TheDailyBeast that he's vacating the director's chair after the threequel, despite the fact that a fourth movie is already in early stages of development.
"I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else."
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JURASSIC WORLD French actor Omar Sy was a virtual unknown in the States until his breakout performance in The Intouchables put him on the map, but he's fast on his way to becoming a franchise staple. Sy will be the portraying the time-lost mutant Bishop in the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past and he just revealed via his personal Twitter account that he is "very proud to be part of the cast" of Jurassic World. His French agency confirmed the casting, though neither Sy nor the agency offered any details on the role he will be playing. Jurassic World is slated to open June 12, 2015.
JUNGLE BOOK As is so often the case in Hollywood, a good idea spawns two, competing movies. Armageddon and Deep Impact, Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line, Snow White & the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, the list goes on and on. The latest "twin movie" battle has Warner Bros. (WB) and Disney scrambling to get competing live-action adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book off of the ground.
Disney took the early lead, signing on Iron Man director Jon Favreau to helm the movie and lining up Idris Elba to voice the tiger Shere Khan, but WB is finally making headway. According to THR, motion-capture genius and Hobbit second unit director Andy Serkis will direct the WB version, which will stick "closely to the source material" and "explore life-and-death issues." Here's the synopsis of the book, courtesy of Amazon:
The story of the man-cub Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, guided by his mentors Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther and the ancient python Kaa, and who confronts his arch-enemy Shere Khan the tiger, is one of the greatest literary myths ever created. Mowgli’s adventures are juxtaposed with other animal stories set in the British Empire, ranging from the heroic battle of ‘Rikki-tikki-tavi’ and the Himalayan pastoral ‘Purun Bhagat’ to the drama of survival in ‘The White Seal’. With The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling drew on ancient beast fables, Buddhist philosophy and memories of his Anglo-Indian upbringing to create a rich, symbolic portrait of man and nature, and an eternal classic of childhood that has had a lasting impact on our imaginations.
GOSLING Warner Bros. has optioned Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak for a biopic adaptation to be produced by Ryan Gosling and his Drive collaborator Marc Platt, reports THR. Prolific choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley rose to fame during the Great Depression, when his elaborate musicals — frequently containing dizzying overhead shots of dancing girls and their legs — helped elevate the spirits of the nation. Warner's plan is to develop the movie as a starring vehicle for Gosling, who may also direct. Platt will prove an invaluable asset to Gosling, as the producer of such high profile musicals as the Broadway smash hit Wicked.
AVENGERS2 Filming is finally underway on what is easily the most highly anticipated sequel in recent memory, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and, while we will no doubt be seeing the first "spy" photos from the various sets creep online any day now, official images are going to be few and far between. Thankfully, Marvel Studios has released some amazing concept art used in the making of the movie to tide us over until we can get some official stills. And, they chose some great images to share, giving us our first looks at early designs for new heroes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), as well as the design for Tony Stark's (Robert Downey, Jr.) answer to the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).