Channing Tatum has signed on to star in adaptation of Joe Haldeman‘s 1974 science fiction classic THE FOREVER WAR from a script by Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS, DOCTOR STRANGE, PASSENGERS). THR reports that Sony, Warner Bros., and another undisclosed studio are currently locked in a bidding war for the project, which is expected to attract an A-list director and originate a franchise. Roy Lee who will produce alongside Tatum and his Free Association company.
Haldeman’s Hugo and Nebula winning book spawned two sequels, a comic book and a board game, and is considered one of the great works of science fiction. The story follows a young physics student, William Mandella, drafted as a soldier in the war against an alien species named the Taurans. As he rises up the ranks and travels through space, he remains the same age while his loved ones and home planet continue to age at a normal rate. As the centuries pass on earth, the planet evolves greatly, evolving into a homogenous race and developing a new language. However, William remains connected to his true love, a female soldier who also slows down her aging through space-travel.
Ridley Scott was previously attached to direct an adaptation of THE FOREVER WAR. After waiting twenty-five years for the rights to become available, Scott developed the project over the course of eight years, going through at least seven drafts of the script, before his deal lapsed and the rights-holder Richard Edlund decided to go in another direction. Edlund, an award-winning special effects artist in his own right, has held the rights since the ’70s and will produce the film alongside Tatum and Lee.
With his work in films like FOXCATCHER, Tatum has proven himself a talented actor beyond the “beefcake” label he was originally stamped with. With his recent Sci-fi epic, JUPITER ASCENDING, a disappointment both in box office and critical reception, THE FOREVER WAR could be Tatum’s chance to prove that he can carry the weight of a franchise without dance moves or a co-lead.
20th Century Fox has released more FANTASTIC FOUR posters. This time, they’ve worked their photoshop magic to take the most recent poster and break it into character posters and a banner. The only thing that’s different are the background and the Thing preparing for some clobberin’ time. FANTASTIC FOUR opens August 7th and stars stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.
Bryan Singer continues to keep in touch with X-MEN fans and today released another behind-the-scenes X-MEN: APOCALYPSE image of new cast members. This time it’s Sophie Turner and Lana Condor, who play Jean Grey and Jubilee, respectively. The film takes place in the 1980s, and this image gives us a good sense of their fashion style. It’s also interesting to see Turner smiling since her performance as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones is a constant expression of utter misery and despair.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE also stars returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Lucas Till, and Nicholas Hoult plus newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, and Oscar Issac as the title antagonist, Apocalypse.
Matthew Vaughn‘s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is one of the year’s surprise hits. The amped-up spy comedy opened head-to-head with box office behemoth FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and stood tall, scoring $36.2 million over the three-day Valentine’s Day weekend and raking in $400 million in global box office to date. Now, per The Wrap, a sequel is officially in the works at 20th Century Fox.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the film’s success. Vaughn has been talking about sequel possibilities since before the movie even opened, and given that the film did a fantastic job at world-building, taking viewers inside the universe of gentlemen spies, Kingsman has “franchiseability” written all over it. Based on the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book, The Secret Service, KINGSMAN follows what happens when a street punk named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is selected to take part in an exclusive training program that churns out members of a top secret international intelligence agency called Kingsman.
KINGSMAN also starred Colin Firth as Harry Hart, the old-school spy who took Eggsy under his wing, teaching him the ins and outs of badassery and gentlemanly behavior. While watching Firth beat the shit out of poeple was definitely a highlight of the film, Egerton was a fantastic young lead who carried the film adeptly and, in my eyes, ended up stealing the show. Mark Strong was also a standout as Merlin, the tech-savy spy who always came through in a pinch.
I’d love to see the story of these characters continue, and from the sound of it, expand to foreign territories. Back in February, Vaughn commented that his idea for the sequel involved introducing an American branch of Kingsman. It could be delightful fun to watch the culture clash between the two branches of spies. The British have always cornered the market on gentlemen spies, but what happens when James Bond has to team up with Jason Bourne? Those could be some entertaining sparks to watch fly, and I’d love to see how Vaughn would play with the tropes of American spy films.
Warning: There’s a huge KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERIVCE spoiler beyond this point.
But what of Harry Hart? Eggsy’s beloved mentor who was brutally exterminated in the first film’s final act. Don’t count him out. Vaughn also said recently that if the film was successful enough they’d find a way to bring him back. There’s a level of ridiculousness to KINGSMAN where bringing Harry back could work, but that might undermine the dramatic impact of the first film. Odds are we’ll be seeing Harry in flashbacks, but I’d love to see them lock down another prim British actor to bust heads and play against type.
Lionsgate has released the first THE LAST WITCH HUNTER trailer online. Directed by Breck Eisner, the film stars Vin Diesel as Kaldur, an immortal witch hunter who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. I like how Vin Diesel is essentially playing Vin Diesel in this film. There’s no pretense: this is a movie in which Vin Diesel hunts and kills witches, and the trailer teases exactly that. It gives off a strong “I want to be a superhero movie” vibe while seemingly hiding some of its more fantastical qualities, but that may turn out differently in the final film.
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER opens in theaters on October 23rd, and also stars Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, and Julie Engelbrecht.
After directing three X-MEN movies and producing four, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and WOLVERINE 3 could mark the end of Bryan Singer’s X-MEN universe. The news comes from El Mayimbe who posted the following on Instagram:
#RUMOR I’m being told that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE & WOLVERINE 3 will mark the end of the Bryan Singer X-MEN universe he started back in 2000. Makes sense since Hugh Jackman also said Wolverine 3 will be his last film playing Logan. The end of an era.
Does that mean it’s the end of Singer’s involvement in the film franchise or will Fox do a complete overhaul after those two films? We can’t be sure unless El Mayimbe clarifies, but it seems far more likely that it’s only Singer who is out, especially after the studio just recruited a whole batch of up-and-comers to play young versions of some very familiar mutants.
We know that WOLVERINE 3 will mark Hugh Jackman’s last go as Logan and it’s also highly unlikely that Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender will return, but if APOCALYPSE does well, why not let folks like Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Ben Hardy (Angel) take over? I’d like to bet they’ve got them all signed for multiple films anyway.
Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, director George Miller’s upcoming continuation of the franchise he first launched in 1979. The movie stars Tom Hardy as Mad Max, who joins up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they flee across the post-apocalyptic wasteland from a gang of ruthless warlords. Not to be a broken record, but I’m still insanely excited for this movie. It feels like it could be a breath of fresh air for the modern blockbuster era: an unabashedly nutty, unique, and R-rated affair with explosions and one-armed badasses to boot.
This final trailer features a bit of new footage, but the centerpiece is that it opens with what’s mostly a full clip from the film, featuring Theron’s character. Again, I’m enthused that FURY ROAD exists, and major credit goes to Warner Bros. for marketing the heck outta this thing. If the film turns out to be as good as it looks, here’s hoping Miller gets to make his sequels, which he’s already planned.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw and opens on May 15th.