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The TDF Film News Roundup

Kicking off this week's roundup is the big news that Star Wars: Episode VII has a release date - 18th December 2015. This is a delay from the expected May and is mainly due to the change of writing team with Michael Arndt leaving the production to be replaced with the J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan tag team. Still no word on old cast members returning but there are open auditions taking place throughout the UK starting in Bristol to find actors for two lead roles.

Kevin Smith has dropped a big hint that fans may well be treated a sneak peak at the upcoming Superman Vs Batman movie, at a Man Of Steel fan event to be held this weekend. Smith will be hosting the event for Yahoo and has stated that some artwork may well be on show at the event.

"They're doing a special on Yahoo that I'm hosting, Zack Snyder is the featured guest, but it's all about Man of Steel. So it's me, Zack Snyder, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill is on video from London or he may even be on set with us, and then there's some Michael Shannon stuff. So it's an hour long, it's free, it's on the internet, but it's just kind of to be like 'Hey, Man of Steel is coming out!' But there's two things, there might be announcements during this show and the one thing I do know is there's artwork going to be on this show that may or may not have something to do with a movie that's coming up." Hollywood Babble On

Sticking with the DC theme, rumours have recently been flying around regarding what other superheroes may appear in the Superman Vs Batman movie. News has already spread that Wonder Woman could make an appearance, but now reports are suggesting that Nightwing could also be set to appear. Nightwing is a post Robin Dick Grayson who most famously protects the near to Gotham municipality of Bludhaven. If the rumours are true, then Nightwing will likely have a strained relationship with Ben Affleck's Batman. Latino Review

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is due to star in sci-fi action vehicle SEAL Team 666. The film is based upon the book of the same name and will follow an elite group of Navy Seals whose job it is to take down demons and other assorted supernatural threats. Now, call me bonkers, but that sounds like some brilliant over the top nonsense. THR

After the relative success of this years The Wolverine, 20th Century Fox have announced that everyone's favourite angry mutant will be getting another sequel. Hugh Jackman will no doubt return to the role, while director James Mangold is due to return to the helm. No details are yet known about the film, and everything is being kept under wraps for now. Deadline

The popular video game, Kane & Lynch, has a film adaptation in the works with Gerard Butler due to star. F. Gary Gray is currently due to direct, Gray also directed Butler in Law Abiding Citizen. The film will follow "A pair of Death Row inmates, a mercenary named Kane and a schizophrenic named Lynch, escape during a prison transport and team up to retrieve a stolen fortune." THR

In case you missed it earlier, here is the new trailer for next years Robocop remake. Starring Joel Kinnaman as the man in the tin suit, and directed by Jose Padilha, the remake looks a million miles away from the original and will likely cause upset with the hardcore fans of the first film. However, as a stand alone film, without comparisons to the original, it could well be a fun enough action film, but will be unlikely to make as significant an impact as the 1987 original.

After appearing in a mid credits tease at the end of Avengers: Assemble, Thanos or "the purple dude" as I heard someone exclaim at the cinema, has gone unseen since. Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige, has however recently shed some light on the studios plans for The Mad Titan himself. After being asked if Thanos was like the big boss you build up to in a video game, Feige had the following to say:

"We never thought of it exactly like that, but I'd say that's a fair analogy. You look at some classic story lines in the comics and they tease out characters like that, big bads like that, for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surtur for years before he popped up." Huffington Post

The Addams Family are due for the reboot treatment with a new animated film going into development at MGM. The Addams Family are most well known, to me anyway, for their adventures in two 1990's films, but also featured in several TV shows, the first of which began in 1964. Variety

After the news that Sam Raimi will be returning to direct Army Of Darkness 2, there was some confusion as to who would be directing the sequel to this years Evil Dead. After the writer for this years reboot, Rodo Sayagues, claimed he and director, Fede Alvarez, would not return. Alvarez has took it upon himself to clear matters up by saying:

"Rodo meant we’re not actually making Evil Dead 2 right now because the priority is Sam (Raimi's) Army of Darkness 2. But the plan of making a sequel to our Evil Dead is very much alive." Bloody Disgusting

Production on the fifth Mission: Impossible film is due to begin in February after official tweets were made regarding the project. Christopher McQuarrie is set to direct, while Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is on writing duties. Tom Cruise will also reprise his role as agent Ethan Hunt, while it is not yet know which other actors will be returning. Screen Daily

Anyone who hasn't seen Iron Man 3 may want to steer clear of the next few paragraphs because major SPOILERS lie ahead. After many fans voiced their disapproval at the way The Mandarin was portrayed in the movie, Marvel are preparing their next One-Shot title to feature "the real Mandarin".

"According to sources, Marvel wants to make it up to fans so in the one shot, the REAL Mandarin is furious with Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery for the mockery they made of the real Mandarin’s identity and legacy.

The real Mandarin wants to set the record straight. Yes, the REAL Mandarin. How is he going to set the record straight? That I don’t know. Who is going to play the real Mandarin? Don’t know either. Wait and see." Latino Review

After a prolonged pay dispute, the Entourage movie is now moving forward with all of the principle cast in place, and show creator Doug Ellin set to direct. He made the following tweet confirming the news.

Whilst I still have my reservations about this film, I will admit that the upcoming The Lego Movie does look like fun. Whether it can stand up for a full length movie remains to be seen, but it seems to be in good hands with the directors of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street helming the project.

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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