What's Popping: 'Terminator 5', 'Ben-Hur', 'Star Wars', 'Jack Reacher', 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'


The new Terminator movie is one step closer to happening. After finalizing the deal for the Terminator rights back in December, Annapurna Pictures has brought on Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis and Drive Angry's Patrick Lussier to work on the script. While plot details are unknown, the fifth installment will reportedly center on Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800. The movie is still without a director, however.

Now that MGM has emerged from bankruptcy, the once-storied studio can make bigger bets with is production slate. One of those will be a remake of Ben-Hur. The script is by Keith Clarke, but no director or actors are currently attached.

Earlier this week, Vulture heard that Zack Snyder is going to direct a standalone Star Wars movie that is inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and will take place sometime after the events of Return of the Jedi. Sounds good, but it's totally untrue, according to Snyder's rep. "While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars," Snyder's rep told The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Reacher has made $155 million globally so far, but if there is to be a sequel, it'll have to hit $250 million, according to sources. Only $95 million left to go, but $85 million of that will have to come from Japan, Korea, and China since the movie hasn't open in those countries yet. Will the movie make it? The chances are slim but not entirely impossible.

The 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine was a modest success at the box office, but it did really well on home video so MGM studio is currently in "exploratory talks" with director Steve Pink and some of the cast members to see if they're willing to re-unite for a sequel. John Cusack is not involved at this time, according to THR.

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Warner Bros reportedly wants to get Gremlins reboot rolling.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand bombs at the box office.

First official pic from Kick-Ass 2.

Check out the pics for Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Tom Cruise runs away from something in new Oblivion pic.

Brett Ratner's Hercules will bow in August 2014.

Spring Breakers trailer is jaw dropping.

Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra to re-team in Run All Night.

Wong Kar-Wai finally scores a hit at the box office with The Grandmaster: $25.8M opening week.

Emma Stone may climb Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak.

Timur Bekmambetov survives Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; will direct Heatseekers.

First pic from Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer.

Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi flick Gravity dated for first week of October.

Machete Kills set for September 2013 release.

Disney scuttles plans for Little Mermaid 3D.

Anne Hathaway set to star in new Taming of the Shrew.

British playwright Michael Lesslie to pen Assassin's Creed.

Anthony Mackie talks Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Argo awarded Best Picture (Drama) at Golden Globes.

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