Once again, it’s time for the weekly News Bites. It’s coming a day early this week because, well, you can read a calendar. You know what tomorrow is, and what series gets reviewed on this blog whenever that particular combination of dates comes up. So the News Bites are getting bumped a day ahead in order to make room for a decidedly un-Christmassy movie. But hey, at least I finished the decorations for this column.
On the slate today, a whole lot of film franchises that are getting second, or third, or nth installments. And just a couple original productions.
Jerry Bruckheimer has signed a first-look deal with Paramount. Among the films he plans to bring to the studio are sequels to Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, each starring their original stars (Tom Cruise and Eddie Murphy). This marks a change from earlier plans to do a TV series or sequel based on Axel Foley’s son.
MTV is planning to launch a fantasy television series based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara, one of the best-selling series of books after Harry Potter.
Terminator TV, take two. Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures intend to produce a new TV series to act as a companion to the reboot movie.
Speaking of which, there’s been a fair amount of movement on the movie front. Jason Clarke is in talks to play the role of John Connor in the film, while the role of Sarah Connor is reportedly between Emilia Clarke (no relation) and Brie Larson. The film is tentatively titled Terminator: Genesis.
Just when you thought all that board-game-movie nonsense was over with, news comes out that not only is Ouija still in production, but it’s cast its leads. Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) is joining Douglas Smith (Big Love) in the film, which is of course being produced by Michael Bay.
A deal has been worked out between Disney and Paramount regarding the distribution rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. Paramount will retain the distribution rights to the existing four films, while Disney will have the distribution rights to future films in the franchise. Which means that although there’s currently nothing in the works, it’s very likely there will be future films in the franchise. Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth from franchise fans who don’t understand the conventions of pulp fiction…
Tom Cruise is looking to make another Jack Reacher film, after the international success of the first one. This one would be based off the latest book in the series, Never Go Back.
Brian Michael Bendis’s comic book Fire is being adapted for Universal Pictures. Zac Efron will star in it as a college student who is recruited by the CIA, only to discover that he’s part of a program to create expendable agents.
It’s been known for a while that Brad Pitt wanted to do a sequel to World War Z, but didn’t want to do it with director Marc Forster again. He’s found a replacement in Juan Antonio Bayona, director of The Impossible.
Jason Momoa is reportedly in talks for a role in Man of Steel 2: Superman vs. Batman, according to sources for the Hollywood Reporter. Speculation on what part he may play runs the gamut of male DC Comics characters.
Although Sony has scheduled Amazing Spider-Man films out to the fourth film, there may be changes in the franchise before that point. Andrew Garfield has stated that his contract only goes to the third film, and is indicating he may not renew it afterward.
That’s all for this week’s News Bites. Thanks for reading, and leave a comment below with your thoughts!