1.) I know some of you are just as tired of reading the Star Wars: Episode VII rumors as I am, but a rather interesting video has surfaced courtesy of HeyUGuys.co.uk. In the clip, Jason Flemyng, who has appeared in all four of Matthew Vaughn‘s directorial efforts, seems to confirm that Vaughn will direct Episode VII. See for yourself, but it looks to me like Flemyng doesn’t realize he might have just let the cat out of the bag until it’s too late. Is it possible Vaughn told Flemyng the gig was his, then Flemyng passed it along under the assumption that it was public knowledge?
Flemyng starts talking Star Wars at about the 1:07 mark.
2.) For a while, Safety Not Guaranteed writer/director Colin Trevorrow was the rumored Star Wars director du jour as prognosticators continued to explore every possible avenue. Trevorrow denied the rumors, noting he was working on a new version of another classic Disney property. It turns out that project is Flight of the Navigator. Trevorrow will rewrite and potentially direct a remake of the 1986 film, which centers on a 12-year-old boy who goes missing and reappears eight years later having not aged a day. Safety Not Guaranteed writer Derek Connolly will again work with Trevorrow on the script. [Variety]
3.) Taking to Twitter, Bryan Singer announced Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have officially joined X-Men: Days of Future Past to reclaim their roles as the older versions of Magneto and Professor X alongside their younger counterparts in the returning Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult will also return to reprise their roles as Mystique and Beast.
The plot description I’ve read says the film alternates between present day and the future, but that doesn’t really make sense. Wouldn’t the younger characters be set in the 1960s (the past, by my definition) and McKellen and Stewart be set in the present day? How does the future come into play here? Ah ha… unless the present is considered the future considering the past is always the past, and…
4.) Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to play the evil stepmother in Disney’s new version of Cinderella, potentially making her the first actor to board the project. Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), then rewritten by Chris Weitz (About a Boy). [Deadline]
5.) Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) will write and direct the vampire romance Undying Love for Warner Bros. Based on a graphic novel, the story revolves around an ex-soldier who falls for a vampire, but he must first take on her creator and his army of mobsters if he hopes to be with her.
So, basically, after his very cool Deadline]