News Bites: Horrible Hot Wheels

News Bites HalloweenIt’s Friday morning, time once again for the News Bites. Until the last few days of the week, I was honestly wondering if there was actually going to be a post; only a very few items had come my way. But it all caught up in the last few days, and there’s a full slate of news, including a few cancellations and a few pick-ups. Plus, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out, as well as the hosts for the Golden Globes.

A little later today, I’ll be posting the 400th movie review for Morgan on Media, so there’s that to look forward to. But for now, read on to find out what’s going on.


Term Life is dead. The comic book adaptation about a man trying to hold out against the mob long enough for his life insurance to help his daughter has been canceled by Universal.

Also on the chopping block, this time at Relativity, is Stretch Armstrong. This is the second studio that has decided to drop the attempt to bring Hasbro’s character to the big screen. Hasbro will no doubt try again, but at this point I’d say the notion of a third studio bringing it to fruition is a bit of a… long shot.

However, that doesn’t mean we’ll be free of toys on the big screen. Simon Crane has signed on to direct Hot Wheels for Legendary and Universal, based on the Mattel toy line. Crane has served as second unit director on World War Z and many other films, but has not helmed a project himself. He is also slated to direct an espionage film entitled Espionage. Hot Wheels will be about a “washed up Illinois State Trooper” who goes up against a criminal his father once put behind bars to prevent a dangerous military device from falling into the wrong hands. Now if that doesn’t say “For ages over 3”, I don’t know what does.

Legendary has also picked up the script for Reminiscence, by Lisa Joy. Details are as yet unrevealed, but it is believed to be a big-budget sci-fi film.

Chris Pine will star in a horrible sequel. Or, to rephrase, he has signed on to play one of the evil employers in Horrible Bosses 2, which is reuniting the main stars of the film and putting them under new horrible bosses.

Awards season is just a few months away. For those who enjoyed Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting the Golden Globes, there’s good news: they’ve signed on for the next two years.

People wanting to see Daniel Radcliffe Igor it up in Frankenstein will have to wait a little bit longer. The film’s release has been delayed from its original October 2014 release date to January 16, 2015, allegedly to put more distance between it and Universal’s Dracula Untold. Moving it from peak horror season to the cinematic graveyard, and not wanting to go up against a competitor’s genre film… that really doesn’t bode well. Replacing it in the October slot for 20th Century Fox is David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

Christina Applegate, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum have all signed on to do voice acting for Fox’s upcoming animated film The Book of Life, about a young man who visits three magical worlds while trying to determine his path in life. The film is due for release October 17, 2014.

Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of director April Mullen’s film 88. The film stars Katharine Isabelle as a woman who finds herself in a diner without understanding how she got there, and then going on a rampage of revenge to find the people responsible for killing her lover. THR’s article mentions the film is split between two timelines, but does not mention a DeLorean.

And the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for induction have been announced. This year’s potential inductees are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J, the Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A., the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes, and the Zombies. You may vote here.

Manny PumpkinheadRumors and Speculation:

With Ant-Man finally moving forward despite all expectations, it’s time for casting rumors to start coming forth. The supposed front-runners for the lead role are Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Interesting possibilities there.

Could there be even more Marvel TV on the way? Rumor has it that Marvel is shopping a sixty-episode package around, consisting of four dramas and a miniseries.

That’s all for this week’s News Bites. Thanks for reading, and leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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2 Responses to News Bites: Horrible Hot Wheels

  1. Jaina says:

    Agents of Shield left me so cold. Let’s leave comic book adaptations to dominate the cinemas, not TV as well, huh?

    • I agree that it sounds like they’re doing too much. I still like Agents of SHIELD, though. Still has a lot of kinks to work out, but unlike a lot of shows that need adjustment, it’s still reasonably fun for me. More in the vein of the first season of Star Trek: TNG than the first season of Arrow.

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