What's Popping: 'The Hobbit', 'Metal Gear', 'Iron Man 3', 'Justice League', 'Ninja Turtles'
The third Hobbit movie now has a name and a release date. It is titled, surprise!, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which was what the second movie was called before the change. As for the second movie, it is now retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The release date for the first two movie remain the same, while the third one is dated for July 18, 2014.
There was an effort to adapt Konami's popular video game Metal Gear for the big screen back in 2008, but that didn't get very far. Now, the adaptation is getting another chance with Avi Arad on board to produce. Arad said at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the property that video game movies are going to be like the comic movies of today.
Guy Pearce said in an interview with Vulture that his work in Prometheus and Iron Man 3 “are really kind of cameo stuff.” Given that Pearce's character, Aldrich Killian, is the primary villain in the movie, who is assisted by Ben Kingsley's Mandarin in the shadows, it's kind of a odd thing to say. However, if we remember his screen time in Prometheus, it was pretty short as well, but it was effective. Depending on how he is used in the movie, his screen time, or lack of it, may not be an issue at all.
Warner Bros has a script for Justice League, their Avengers-like superhero movie, ready to go, and all the studio has to do now is to look for the right director. Christopher Nolan was WB's first choice, but he wasn't interested in taking on the movie. Ben Affleck was next on the list, but he passed on it as well. The studio is reportedly talking to The Wachowskis and Brett Ratner to get their takes on the movie. We'll know soon enough who the studio will choose to direct Justice League, a movie that will kick off WB's other superhero movies like Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.
The script for Ninja Turtles has found its way online, and now we know why production was halted. In the script, the Turtles are sent to Earth from Dimension X by a race of, well, turtles who viewed the four as the Chosen Ones. However, the Turtles are not the focus of the movie; it is April O'Neill and Casey Jones. Not only that, Shredder, the villain in the movie, is no longer a ninja but a military Colonel named Schrader. Obviously, Peter Laird, the creator of the Turtles, wasn't happy with the changes and thanked “powers that be” for halting production while they come up with a better script.
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