What's Popping: 'Hulk 2', 'Lone Ranger', '47 Ronin', 'Pacific Rim', 'Manimal'

Posted 12:51 PM September 22nd, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Even after the two Hulk movies underperformed at the box office, Marvel is not ready to give up on the green giant just yet. Marvel's Kevin Feige believes the green giant can carry a movie by himself, and he lists Planet Hulk and World War Hulk as possible story lines, but the studio won't attempt another one until after The Avengers 2, which will come out on May 2, 2015.

A staff working on the set of Disney's The Lone Ranger died from an apparent drowning on Friday. The news was reported by TMZ and was confirmed by Disney. The unnamed staffer was doing some prep work in a large water tank when someone noticed something was wrong and pulled him out of the tank. According to an update, he may have a heart attack while in the tank.

Things are not looking good for Universal's Keanu Reeves-starrer 47 Ronin. Director Carl Rinsch has been kicked out of the editing room and is replaced by a studio exec to oversee the final cut of the movie. According to TheWrap, the budget for the movie has ballooned pass its original $175 million figure and may have surpassed $225 million mark. The movie will now have to make over $500 million at the global box office just to break even.

When Variety reported that Guillermo del Toro was strong-armed into doing a post-3D conversion on his alien invasion movie Pacific Rim, I was skeptical. You don't strong-arm someone like del Toro and expect him to remain with the studio after his deal is up. It turns out I was right. Del Toro simply changed his mind about the conversion process. “What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I'm not running for office. I can do a Romney,” del Toro told Shocktillyoudrop.

A Manimal movie is coming to a theater near you, and if that name doesn't ring a bell, you're not alone. Manimal is an 8-episode TV series from the '80s that centers on a wealthy doctor named Jonathan Chase who can transform into any animal he wants. Why? Because why not?

Other News & Notes:

2nd Hobbit trailer arrives. It's full of dwarves.

Black Zero rumored to be in Man of Steel.

Michael Bay brought back to Transformers 4 by theme park ride.

Mark Wahlberg says the Entourage script is done.

New Line taps Jorma Taccone to direct the action comedy Spy Guys.

Kate Bosworth will play a drug addict in the Sly Stallone-scripted actioner Homefront.

John Travolta is eyeing John Woo's The Killer remake.

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2013.

Robert Ben Garant is going to direct the Baywatch movie.

Roman Polanski has set Venus in Fur adaptation as his next movie.

Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in Scary Movie 5 pic.

Warner Bros is rebooting Looney Tunes; hires former SNL member to pen script.

Thanos confirmed to be in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Brett Ratner to produce Disney's The Flamingo Kid remake.

Melissa McCarthy will have a cameo in The Hangover Part III.

Darren Aronofsky's biblical tale, Noah, flooding theaters on March 28. 2014.

Patrick Stewart may be in another X-Men movie.

The Chinese may appear in the Avatar sequels, says James Cameron.

Alex Garland says 28 Months Later isn't going to happen.

First look at the bad Smurfs in the sequel.

James Gunn confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gremlins reboot will happen sooner or later, says director Joe Dante.

Clint Eastwood probably won't be in Expendables 3.

Bill Paxton joins Tom Cruise in Doug Liman's All You Need Is Kill.

Sin City 2 to start production in November.

Michael Dorn cast in the Castlevania movie?

Les Miserables, Killing Them Softly, I Frankenstein and Snitch get new dates.

Oscar noms will be announced earlier than before.

Pics: Some pics from the Kick-Ass 2 set.

First look at Robocop.

Rupert Wyatt reportedly leaving Planet of the Apes sequel.

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook to direct the crime drama Corsica 72.

Channing Tatum may direct something small first before Magic Mike 2.

Trailer: 42.

Trailer: Promised Land.

Trailer: Beautiful Creatures.

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