The Friday Film News Roundup
President Kevin Feige has revealed that the studio has plans for their characters up until the year 2021. That is some serious forward thinking. In an interview with Wired he had the following to say: "I could arguably say what we're planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I don't know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.
Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that we're more than just these five characters, these five franchises." Source: Wired
Harrison Ford is due to replace Bruce Willis in OAP action fest The Expendables 3. Due for release on August 15th 2014, Ford will join the likes of Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage & Wesley Snipes as the new (old) faces of the series. Willis' reason for departing the franchise is unclear, although Sylvester Stallone did post the following tweet to offer some form of explanation: "GREEDY AND LAZY ...... A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE" Source: THR
The scariest film of the year by far, The Conjuring, has gained enough financial success that a sequel is already being talked about. Still following paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren, the sequel may find them in Enfield, England, where two sisters have been possessed. Lorraine Warren claims this to have been one of the most terrifying cases of their career. Source: AICN
Director Christopher McQuarrie has officially signed on to helm the fifth entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt, which will see him re-team with his Jack Reacher director, McQuarrie. The film will follow on from Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol. Source: ScreenDaily
During an interview with Digital Spy, Mark Strong has given the biggest hint yet that he may well be playing Lex Luthor, who will surely be seen in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. Bryan Cranston is also apparently a strong contender for the part. Source: Digital Spy