What's Popping: 'Avatar' Sequels, 'Pacific Rim', ' Transformers 4', 'Y: The Last Man', 'Hangover Part III'

Battle Angel Alita

Last week, we learned that Avatar 4 has been put on the back burner while 2 and 3 are going to be shooting back-to-back once James Cameron is done writing the scripts. Now, we know why. According to Cameron, the fourth movie is going to be a prequel. “The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films,” Cameron told MTV. There's also another reason for the delay. Cameron may finally bring Battle Angel to the big screen.

Guillermo del Toro'a alien invasion movie Pacific Rim is getting the 3D treatment, but it may be against del Toro's wishes. According to a report by Variety, the studio “strong-armed” the director into doing it. Neither the studio nor del Toro have come forward to refute it, so the report may be true after all?

If you want to know why Paramount is going with a new cast of robot characters Transformers 4, it's because the toys for the old robot cast were not selling well. Surprised? We shouldn't be, but I admit I was caught off guard.

Y: The Last Man adaptation is back on at New Line, according to Vulture. The studio acquire the feature rights to the 60-issue comic book series back in 2003, but nothing came of it. DJ Caruso was once attached to direct, and he envisioned the adaptation as a trilogy, but New Line wanted just one movie. There's no word on whether the studio has changed its mind on the matter.

The final movie in the Hangover series is in production and, according to the press release, The Hangover Part III is going to be a road movie sans the weddings and bachelor parties of the first two. According to previous reports, third movie will mainly take place in Tijuana, with some scenes in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Other News & Notes:

Joss Whedon talks a bit about the Avengers 2 plot.

Digital Domain files for Chapter 11.

Universal taps Justin Haythe to adapt 90 Church for Rupert Sanders to direct.

Nathan Fillion says he's too busy for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Tom Rothman resigns as co-chairman and co-CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

Set photos from The Hangover Part III, Catching Fire, and The World's End.

Adele confirmed for Skyfall's theme song.

Paul W.S. Anderson adapting Capcom's Monster Hunter video game for the big screen.

Michael Hazanavicius in talks to direct Tom Hanks in In the Garden of Beasts.

Jon Favreau's Jersey Boys adaptation sets up at Warner Bros.

Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014.

MGM picks up Russian sci-fi novel Metro 2033.

Universal plans more Bournes and Ted 2.

Brad Pitt to produce and may star in IBM and the Holocaust.

Warner Bros changes 300: The Battle of Artemisia to 300: Rise Of An Empire.

Doug Ellin is almost done with the Entourage movie script; movie will pick up six months after the show ended.

Ewan McGregor to play Julia Robert's husband in August: Osage County.

Set footage of that hugh battle in Thor 2.

DreamWorks picks up the fantasy novel Shadow and Bone.

Christian Slater added to the cast of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac.

Lindsay Lohan pulls a Lindsay Lohan on the Scary Movie 5 set.

There won't be a director's cut of The Dark Knight Rises.

Dredd 3D scoring high on Rotten Tomatoes, so far.

DreamWorks plans remake of body switching comedy All of Me.

Genndy Tartakovsky says the Samurai Jack movie is not dead, but it's not exactly going anywhere.

Britt Robertson joins Vince Vaughn in the comedy Starbuck.

Girl in Progress director Patricia Riggen tapped to direct trapped Chilean miners movie.

Spike Lee's Oldboy remake will shoot next month.

Nicolas Cage attached to star in the William Friedkin-directed action thriller I Am Wrath.

Channing Tatum may direct Magic Mike 2.

Pics: More coming out from the Fast and the Furious 6 set.

James Gunn's take on Guardians of the Galaxy is "very twisted," according to Joss Whedon.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins production.

Gwyneth Paltrow may not return for The Avengers 2; says she's too old.

The Twilight Saga five-movie marathon coming to theaters on November 15.

Elizabeth Banks joins Diane Lane in Amy Berg's drama Every Single Thing.

DreamWorks Animation reveals 12-movie slate.

David O. Russell may re-team with Bradley Cooper for American Sniper.

Trailer: Lincoln.

Trailer: Stand Up Guys.

Trailer: Wreck-It Ralph.

Trailer: A Late Quartet.

Pics: To The Wonder.

Pics: Olga Kurkulina on the Kick-Ass 2 set.

Pics: Hugh Jackman and Tao Okamoto in The Wolverine.

Pics: Kenneth Branagh in Jack Ryan.

Pics: Thor et al engage in battle.

Pics: Chris Pine and Kevin Costner on the set of Jack Ryan.

Pics: Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Regan in The Butler.

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