WEEKLY WRAP! – 10 More Stories From This Week in Film! (2012-06-08)

WEEKLY WRAP! – 10 More Stories From This Week in Film! (2012-06-08)

Every Friday, we will wrap-up 10 stories from around the internet and the business that didn’t make our normal news feed.  These could include nuggets, casting information, release dates, clips, cool movie-related stories, etc., that we feel you should know about or at least peaked our interest.  Check them out below.


Let’s go ahead and start this Weekly WRAP with some new and changed release dates.  This news actually came out last week, but being that this is our inaugural edition of the Weekly WRAP, it made sense to just go ahead and throw these in here now:

Box Office Mojo does a good job of keeping up with the release date changes.  Here are a few that caught our attention.

The Steven Spielberg film has been pushed back almost a year till April 25, 2014.

The Disney / Marvel Sequel helmed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor has been pushed up a week to November 8, 2013.

The Johnny Depp / Arnie Hammer reimagining has been pushed back a little over a month to July 3, 2013.

The as-of-yet untitled sequel to last year’s surprise hit has set its release date for July 18, 2014.

The sequel to the smash hit, to again be directed by Rupert Wyatt, has set its release date for May 23, 2014.

The sequel has been pushed back about 5 months to August 16, 2013.



The ROBOCOP remake is doing a great job of lining up an impressive cast.  Directed by Jose Padilla, the reboot stars Joel Kinnaman as the new Alex Murphy / RoboCop and Gary Oldman as Norton, the man behind the technology of RoboCop.  This week, THR reported that Samuel L. Jackson will join the reboot Pat Novak who is described as “a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world.”  I have always loved the first ROBOCOP movie, but I don’t feel that a remake will take away from the original, just as I don’t think the remake of TOTAL RECALL will take away from the 90’s version either.  I am looking forward to this one and if they continue to build on this impressive cast, you can be sure I’ll be there with popcorn in hand.  Currently the remake is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2013.



The sequel for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER may have found its new director, or should I say, directors.  Variety is reporting that Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to helm the 2014 sequel for Marvel / Disney.   The brothers are known for directing serveral TV shows including COMMUNITY and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and they do have some movie work under their belt with WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD and YOU, ME AND DUPREE. Their next movie, which is in pre-production now, is CUIDAD which stars Dywane Johnson and is based off of their own graphic novel.  CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 4, 2014.



This is some news that is either going to excite you, anger you or frustrate you, but this week has been ablaze with rumors regarding Marvel’s secret movie that is coming out in the Summer of 2014.  This week, it appeared as if the secret had been unveiled.  Latino Review’s El Mayimbe reported that he had it from four unnamed sources that Marvel’s secret movie would be none other than King T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda and the alter ego to the Black Panther.  For me, this was exciting.  For my brother, not so much.  That’s what’s great about the character.  Some people love him and some don’t.  Either way, a movie set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda would be a great departure from anything they have done now and there have been two references to Wakanda already.  One in IRON MAN 2 when Nick Fury is speaking to Tony about becoming a consultant, one of the red dots on the monitor is smack-dab in the middle of Africa (one is also in the middle of the ocean so the reference to Namor is also there) and the second one is in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. When it is revealed that his shield is made from Vibranium, this is a direct reference to Wakanda as that is where Vibranium comes from.

This was all well and good until ComingSoon.net updated their story saying that a studio rep has said that this is false.  So as of right now, it appears that T’Challa may not be making his big screen debut.  Marvel has said that there are several movies in the works including ANT-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DR. STRANGE and even THE INHUMANS. I guess we are going to have to wait just a little longer to get some more clarification on this one.




One of the biggest news goodies to come out ths week is that of Warner Brother’s decision to hire GANSTER SQUAD writer Will Beall to tackle a script for JUSTICE LEAGUE. Some might say that this was in reaction to the phenomenal box office draw of Marvel’s THE AVENGERS, but Variety is reporting that this move was done last year making this a proactive move on their part.  Will Beall is getting quite the name in Hollywood right now with scripts turned out for not only the aforementioned GANGSTER SQUAD, but also for the remakes of LETHAL WEAPON and LOGAN’S RUN.  How Warner Bros. and DC will go about the movie (will it tie in with Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL? Ryan Reynold’s GREEN LANTERN? Will they do more solo movies leading up to the superhero ensemble film or will they use this as a jumping off point for solo movies) is anyone’s guess as this is the first bit of news that we have heard on the film.  The last time the JLA was headed to the big screen, it was going to be done by George Miller (JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL) in a motion-capture (a la BEOWULF) fashion.  As we get more info on this one, we will most definitely keep you informed.




Hidden in the last paragraph of Variety’s report on JUSTICE LEAGUE is a small and interesting tidbit of information.  As little as there was on the JUSTICE LEAGUE news, there is even less on this one, but it appears that one of the many writers for the critical and commerical failure GREEN LANTERN, Michael Goldenberg, has been tapped to write a script for WONDER WOMAN. There is also mention of Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green’s adaptation of THE FLASH and Brad Peyton writing a new draft for LOBO, but this is the first we have heard about a WONDER WOMAN script since Warner Bros. decided to pass on Joss Whedon’s take on the Amazonian Princess.  (Let that sink in for a minute…..  Warner Bros. passed on Joss Whedon’s WONDER WOMAN treatement so he went and made the third higest grossing film of all time.)

As more info comes available for WONDER WOMAN, we will bring it to you with truth and honesty (no lasso required!).




When TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON came out, Michael Bay and Shia LeBouf both stated that they were done with the Transformers franchise.  Well, one of them kept their word, but Michael Bay did agree to come back and do a fourth.  Now in an interview with Hero Complex, the director again says that no, now this will be his last venture into the Transformers world.  In the interview, which focuses on the new Transformers 3D ride, the interviewer drops this little nugget from the director:

The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up “for the next guy.”

New Cast?  New Designs?  Semi-Remake?  Ok, I’m interested.  Let’s see what comes of this.  Stay tuned here for more.



While we can most likely expect the first trailer for Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL to hit with this summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, we still don’t have much to go on now.  Except for one official photo, and some candid set shots of Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe and the first logo banner, not much has been released for the film.  Well, we have one more look at the logo via a new licensing promo provided by Collider.  Check it out and be ready for MAN OF STEEL when it hits theaters on June 14, 2013.




ARROW, the CW’s new DC Superhero-based TV show has received a new trailer and this one gives a glimpse of a very dangerous and very popular DC villain.  See if you can pick up on the hint towards the end of the trailer.  If you figure it out, let us know you got it in the comments below.  ARROW premiers on the CW this fall.

SYNOPSIS: After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.




And last for this week, Paramount Pictures has released their 100th Anniversary Poster complete with minimalist representations of some of their biggest movies over the past century.  While I wish they had done only one for each year, there are definitely some great ones represented here.  Can you name them all?


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Jim is an avid movie enthusiast, representing the general movie going audience, looking at movies for their entertainment value as opposed to their critical weight. He enjoys the escapism that movies provide. He is a fan of all genre's of movies, but gravitates toward comic-based movies, summer "popcorn" flicks and over-the-top comedies as his preference.