What's Popping: 'Terminator', Vin Diesel, 'Knight Rider', 'Bond 24', 'Independence Day 2'

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Paramount, Skydance Productions, and Annapurna Pictures are teaming up for a new "stand-alone" Terminator trilogy, the first of which is set for release on June 26, 2015. What happened to Terminator 5? We would like to know too. Apparently, the producers felt it's better to start the next movie with a clean slate rather than build on what came before. So, what does this mean for Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Will we see Vin Diesel play a superhero in one of Marvel's movies somewhere down the line? It very possible since studio has requested a meeting with the Fast & Furious actor. This could be just exploratory in nature, but one doesn't call a meeting without something specific in mind. Stay tuned.

The Knight Rider movie is getting resurrected once again -- by the The Weinstein Company no less! I would love to see their Oscar campaign for this, but the movie has to make it to the big screen first. Brad Copeland, whose credits include Wild Hogs, Yogi Bear, and Arrested Development, has been tapped to turn the TV series into a "higher-budget, more action-oriented movie than Weinstein's typical prestige fare."

Contrary to earlier reports, Sam Mendes is not a lock to direct the next James Bond movie. He had discussions, but he said he would not make a decision until this theater work in done. It looks like the producers are willing to wait though so the chances are still high that he'll return.

We won't see Will Smith in Independence Day 2 because he's too expensive, but his co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are not so they'll be returning in the sequel, which will take place twenty years after the events in the first movie. While a larger role is out for Smith, a cameo is still possible.

Other News & Notes:

Review: Sara says White House Down is a plaything from start to finish.

Review: Sara says Byzantium is a tale of Britain's dwindling Empire.

Cameron Diaz is Miss Hannigan in Annie remake.

Sly and Arnie are bustin' out in the first Escape Plan trailer.

Resident Evil 6 shooting this fall.

First The Counselor trailer leaves us praying for October 25.

One Direction concert doc This Is Us gets a full-length trailer.

Liam Neeson back for third Taken.

William Fichtner confirmed as Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Paramount planning World War Z sequel.

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