There wasn’t much news that I had noticed come Friday, so I posted a review instead; however, some stuff has come in during the last few days that’s of interest, so here’s a Sunday edition of the news bites.
Dane Dehaan, who played the unstable telekinetic Andrew in Chronicle, has been cast as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In more Amazing Spider-Man news, Jamie Foxx has confirmed the rumors that he will be playing the villain Electro.
Kevin Smith has been talking retirement from directing for a while. For a time, it looked like Hit Somebody would be his last film, but with it switching to a miniseries, Smith has said on Twitter he’s now considering a different “final film”: Clerks 3. While I can appreciate the bookend nature that would add to his career, I wonder if a third film is really necessary to the franchise — for that matter, while I liked the second, it wasn’t exactly necessary either. And what’s with these relatively young directors talking about bowing out early? Tarantino has been making similar noises lately.
Christoph Waltz has dropped out of the Muppets sequel due to a scheduling conflict; Ty Burrell is replacing him in the role as an inspector.
Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four has been scheduled for March 6, 2015. Josh Trank is directing, no casting decisions have been released.
Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for the Tim Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland, is at work writing a sequel for Disney. So far she is the only person attached to the project. She is also the writer on Maleficent, Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty film starring Angelina Jolie.