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The Friday Film News Roundup

Director Marc Forster will not be returning to helm any World War Z sequel. Despite the film performing really well, there were many production problems along the way, not least of all Forster having daily clashes on set, and it is believed that star Brad Pitt along with his production company and others from Paramount will be seeking a new director sometime soon. Pitt gave the following quote to THR, "We are going to investigate a script. We have a lot of ideas we will cull from. Nobody is writing just yet, but we are compiling our ideas." THR

The re-launch of TV show 24 is set to start filming in London soon as part of the series globetrotting adventures. The show has only once previously shot outside of the states, with 24: Redemption being shot in Cape Town. The new series will take place over 12 episodes (odd for a show called 24 I know) and will catch up with Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer as a fugitive on the run. THR

The British Film Institute are to launch their own video on demand service to compete with the likes of Netflix & LoveFilm. Apart from a vast library of films to choose from, the BFI Player will also enable users to view hours worth of Q&A sessions, red carpet events and exclusive interviews. Empire

Everyone's favourite foul mouthed teddy bear, Ted, will return for a sequel on June 26th 2015, in the US at least. Ted 2 will see Seth MacFarlane return as director and co-star, while Marky Mark Wahlberg will also return. No other information is currently available on the sequel.

The planned reboot of the Fantastic Four at Fox has found itself yet another writer in the form of Simon Kinberg. Kinberg will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Matthew Vaughn. Josh Trank is still onboard to direct. THR

The Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, has revealed a tiny amount of information regarding the setting and events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of the time span since Avengers: Assemble and her relationship with Cap, she had the following to say: "It's been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It's a working relationship."

"Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity.
" Refinery 29

American author Tom Clancy sadly passed away this week. Clancy was well known in the entertainment industry, not only for his work on American military thrillers but also in video games and films too. His talent lay in his eye for detail and his attention to the facts which made him so successful. His impact on popular culture is not to be underestimated, and the world is a little poorer without him. RIP, Sir. The New York Times

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