What's Popping: Black Widow, 'Terminator: Genesis,' 'I Am Legend,' 'Jungle Book,' 'Noah'

Black Widown

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow has always been a supporting character in nearly all of Marvel's superhero movies thus far, but that may change soon. Marvel chief Kevin Feige has dropped hints that she might have her own movie somewhere down the line. "The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great," Feige said. "We have some development work with that."

Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook are reportedly the two finalists for the role of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis. The winner will join Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, and Emilia Clarke in the movie, which is expected to begin filming in New Orleans on April 21.

The followup to Will Smith's I Am Legend "will never happen" because the movie was not officially greenlit in the first place, according Akiva Goldsman. A prequel and a sequel were both explored, but none of those ideas took hold.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was in talks to direct Warner Bros.' live-action Jungle Book adaptation, but his work on another movie prevented him from taking on the project. The studio is now turning to Ron Howard.

It's not all smooth sailing for Darren Aronofsky and his next film, Noah. "There was a rough patch," Aronofsky revealed, when Paramount held test screenings against his objections. Luck for him, his version of the movie prevailed.

Other News & Notes:

Robocop's worldwide box office reaches $31.5M.

China Box Office: Top three still The Monkey King ($74M), Where Are We Going, Dad? ($52M), and From Vegas to Macau ($32M).

Brick Mansions trailer: Paul Walker enters District B13.

R.I.P.D. helmer Robert Schwentke directing Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Richard Linklater talks 12 year shoot for Boyhood.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Jonathan Levine reteam for untitled X-mas comedy.

Transcendence 2nd trailer: Johnny Depp goes Skynet.

Jaume Collet-Serra focusing on Akira.

Josh Trank talks Shadow of the Colossus.

John Travolta is Gummy Bear.

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