Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Movie And TV News Rundown...

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet as it's mostly old news, but enjoy nonetheless!

JJ. Abrams To Direct Star Wars Ep VII!

Yes it's true, JJ. Abrams director of Cloverfield, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek 2009 (among others) has been chosen by Lucasfilm/Disney to direct the seventh Star Wars movie. Initial reports had Ep VII due for release in 2015 but unfortunately Abrams is committed to other movies (including the ongoing Star Trek franchise) and therefore the 2015 release may have to be pushed back further due to this. But I for one am willing to wait for a JJ. Abarms directed Star Wars movie!!!

Here's the official news release for Abrams being chosen:

"J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe."

New 'Riddick' Photo...

Nothing to exciting here, just Vin Diesel and Karl Urban in a new photo from the upcoming 'Riddick' movie.

More Original X-Men Movie Cast Members Added To 'Days Of Future Past' Film

Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Shadowcat (Ellen Page) have all been announced as re-joining the X-Men movie universe by Bryan Singer for the upcoming Days of Future Past movie. It would seem that Singer is wanting to keep some serious continuity in the Marvel Univers but did Last Stand director Brett Ratner ruin things by killing off extremely major characters that Singer can't use now, or will we see them brought back to life in some way? Only time will tell.

Young Justice And Green Lantern: The Animated Series Confirmed As Cancelled By Cartoon Network!

Cartoon Network have decided to cancel both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series is favour of the upcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! cartoons coming later in 2013... Personally I'm devastated as I loved both these shows and I can't believe CN are dumping them. Oh well, we should be used to shows being cancelled before their time by now!

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