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