What's Popping: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation', 'Iron Man 3', 'Order of the Seven', 'Magnificent Seven' remake
With a month to go before its scheduled released date on June 29th, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been pushed back to March 29, 2013 by Paramount. Obviously, not all is well with the movie since it's rare for a studio to push back a movie that's meant to be a tentpole. Dwayne Johnson, one of the film's stars, confirmed that they're doing reshoots, so it's possible the movie didn't do as well with test audiences as Paramount had hoped.
With The Avengers secured in its place as one of the top 5 box office grossers of all time, work has already begun on Marvel's Iron Man 3. With all the major roles filled, a couple of the smaller parts are just being cast. Ashely Hamilton, George Hamilton's son, will board the movie playing the cyborg Firepower, who will probably cross suits with Iron Man in the movie. William Sadler has also been spotted on the set. Who he's playing is a mystery at this point, but he is wearing clothes similar to Guy Pearce's character. Jon Favreau is also in talks to reprise his role as the Happy Hogan character as well. In another bit of Marvel casting news, Mads Mikkelsen is joining Tom Hiddleson as one of the the villains in Thor 2.
After John Carter bombed at the box office, causing Disney to write down $200 million, all high-priced projects in production are given extra scrutiny at the studio now. As a result, the Saorise Ronan-starrer Order of the Seven, a martial arts-themed Snow White tale, was shut down by the studio over its budget. That a rookie director is helming the project didn't give the studio much confidence either. In the movie, Ronan was to play a young woman who found refuge from her evil stepmother with seven martial artists belonging to an order dedicated to fighting demons.
MGM is remaking John Sturges' 1960 western The Magnificent Seven with Tom Cruise attached to star as one of the member of a ragtag group corralled to protect a village from bandits. The studio is currently looking for writers to work on the screenplay so we won't be seeing the movie in theaters soon, if ever. Tom Cruise has some history with the studio so he may be using his name to attract talent to the movie.
George Miller has been trying to get Mad Max: Fury road made for quite some time now. At one point, Mel Gibson was attached to return as the title character, but due to numerous delays, he's too old for the role and Tom Hardy has to take over. Last year, the movie was about to go before the camera until heavy rainfalls turned the desert landscape in Bunkers Hill, Australia into a lush field. However, it looks like the movie will become a reality this time. Charlize Theron, one of the film's stars, says they are shooting in June.
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