Newsreel (W/e 25 August 2013)


Rumour has it that Ewan McGregor is to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in JJ Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII


Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski is set to direct the remake of The Twilight Zone.


Producers Distribution Agency will be releasing Randy Moore’s directorial debut Escape from Tomorrow in the U.S. this fall.


Universal Studios has optioned the rights to the comic book series Day Men.


Robert Rodriguez’s movie El Mariachi is to be adapted for TV.


Idris Elba is set to both produce and star in an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel Beasts of No Nation.


Guy Ritchie may direct an adaptation of Thomas Kelly’s period novel Empire Rising as his next project.


Chappie, the next film from Neill Blomkamp is set for release on March 27, 2015.


Ricky Gervais is planning to develop a movie based on his The Office character David Brent.


Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.


Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct the drama American Sniper.


A Rambo television series is in development.


Pirates 5 to be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Batman/Superman movie.


JJ Abrams, & cinematographer Dan Mindel will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film. Specifically, Kodak film stock 5219.


Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer has been cast as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1 and Part 2.


Tony Jaa has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 7.


Happy 83rd Birthday to The Man Who Would Be King of Scotland, Sean Connery!


R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.


The Butler continues to serve at the U.S. box-office.

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