What's Popping: 'Hobbit 3', 'Despicable Me' Spinoff, 'Gangster Squad', 'Die Hard 5'

The Hobbit

If Peter Jackson has his way, there will be a third Hobbit movie in addition to the two that's coming our way this year and the next. According to insiders, Jackson believes he has enough material to make the third movie, but additional filming will be required. Principal stake holders are currently in talks to see if they can make it happen. Where will the additional material come from? The LA Times surmises that Jackson may mine the appendices of The Lord of the Rings books for those.

Those cute yellow henchmen from Despicable Me are getting their own movie. Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda will direct the movie from a script by Brian Lynch. According to Deadline, the movie will focus on the henchmen as they interact with the human characters. Coffin is finishing up Despicable Me 2 with his co-director Chris Renaud for a July 3, 2013 release. After that's done, he'll work with Balda on the spinoff movie featuring the henchmen.

In response to the Aurora, Colorado shooting, Warner Bros is delaying the release of Gangster Squad until January 11, 2013 and is replacing a scene where a gangster opened fire in crowded theater with something else.

Russell Crowe is going to make his feature film directorial debut with a biopic about the late comedian Bill Hicks, who died in 1994 due to pancreatic cancer. The script is written by Crowe's schoolmate Mark Staufer and production is planned for sometime next year.

According to director John Moore, A Good Day to Die Hard won't be as light-hearted as the previous Die Hard movies. “How can the same [stuff] happen to the same guy five times...I don’t know whether it’s post-financial crash or whatever, but I don’t think people are in the mood for that bollocks anymore,” Moore told Empire.

Other News & Notes:

John Goodman and Eric Andre joins Shawn Levy's comedy The Intership.

Christopher Nolan pens a goodbye letter to the Batman franchise.

John Cameron Mitchell is writing Hedwig and the Angry Inch sequel.

JJ Abrams is producing disaster film, Earthquake, for Universal.

Paramount and Ryan Seacrest teaming up for the comedy Food Fight.

Silent Hill: Relevation 3D trailer online.

Doug Liman to direct and produce Time and Again adaptation for Lionsgate.

Kimberly Peirce to remake French thriller With a Friend Like Harry.

Lady Gaga appears to have a role in Machete Kills, and her character also wears outlandish outfits.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Ten retitled to Breacher; Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri added to cast.

Cloud Atlas trailer online.

Sony and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison will turn Youtube short Bad Toys II into movie.

Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman & Ruth Wilson added to Saving Mr. Banks cast.

Pixar helping out Jon Favreau's Magic Kingdom movie.

Vince Vaughn to star in The Risk Agent adaptation.

MGM is preparing to go public.

Kevin Costner sues Morgan Creek to collect money owed him for Robin Hood.

Summit is making movie about the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Photos of The Wolverine set released online.

Monsters, Inc re-release moves up to December 19.

Sony will start production on Denzel Washington's The Equalizer on April 8, 2013.

8th Hobbit video diary online.

The Dark Knight Rises eats into The Amazing Spider-Man's box office.

Concept art for Warner Bros' Godzilla reboot shows us what the big lizard may look like.

J.J. Abrams and Edgar Wright team for secretive Paramount sci-fi movie Collider.

Jeremy Renner and Bill Condon eye Wikileaks film.

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