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The Latest News on Three Major Film Franchises May Have You Bulking up Your Piggy Bank

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | March 3, 2014 | Comments ()


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Bust out your quarter rolls, people, and start saving all your coins. Seriously, they add up. One year we took a full jug to the counting machine and found we had ourselves a nice chunk of vacation money.

Here’s all the news that’s fit to eat your spare change…


1. Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan Have Joined Jurassic World.

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Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) confirmed he’s signed on to the fourth installment of Dinos Gone Wild. Reports say he’ll play “Patel,” the billionaire owner of the new Jurassic theme park island, while D’Onofrio has been cast as the villainous Chief Financial Officer of Patel’s company—a nasty guy masquerading as mild-mannered family man. Khan and D’Onofrio join Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jake Johnson to head back to the island 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park.


2. Details about the Terminator: Genesis Plot Have Emerged.

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According to Moviehole, Genesis will be part reboot, part new story, and will time travel between events in 1984 and 1991. We’ll see a reimagining of the scenes where a Terminator (presumably Arnold) pops in on a group of punks, then goes on a multiple Sarah Connor killing rampage. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) will do his best to protect Sarah (Emilia Clarke), but events from then on will take a different turn (from the original film), essentially moving on to Terminator 2 events—with John Connor’s (Jason Clarke) foster parents being taken out—and then introducing new story elements (including Sarah as a child).

Additionally, Schwarzenegger made this recent statement at a fan gathering:

“We start filming in April and it will be a four-and-a-half month long shoot. Most of it will be done in New Orleans, with some filming in San Francisco and maybe a little in LA. The last Terminator was when I was Governor and so I couldn’t be in that movie, but now I’m back again and they are very excited about having me in the film. [Producer] David Ellison has plenty of money to do it well, in partnership with Paramount Pictures who are going to release the movie through their distribution. It’s going to come out on the July 4th weekend in 2015. The preparation is going well and the script is fantastic, so I’m really looking forward to it!”


3. The Wachowskis May Be Working on a New Matrix Trilogy.

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Latino Review says Lana and Andy Wachowski have already begun writing, and that “treatments and outlines already turned into the studio.” One of the outlines is said to explore explore “the birth of the Matrix,” but other than that, no further details are known. Still, exciting!

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) thinks she needs a bigger piggy.




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  • Ejic

    It warms the cockles of my heart when Indians are represented in TV and movies but do they HAVE to all be Patels? Also why doesn't he get a first name? Patel is not akin to Beyoncé. (Disclosure: I'm Indian and a Patel)

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    There are only 3 franchises that could get my to go see a movie in the theater and this post includes 2 of them. The Terminator reboot sounds like a total shit show but I don't even care. I will be there.

  • BlackRabbit

    I think you meant: Still exciting?

  • Ben

    Holy shit birth of the Matrix? Are you fucking serious?! GOD YES! Anyone who's seen Animatrix and Second Renaissance knows how amazing that could be.

  • Cowtools

    I wanna say three things:

    1) The Matrix sequels are grossly undervalued and it's sad how their failure has come to dominate the popular discourse re: The Matrix (as evidence in the Honest Trailer for the film)

    2) The Wachowskis' work since the Matrix films (all two movies) has been groundbreaking and visionary and also tremendously undervalued.

    3) I have absolutely no desire whatsoever for there to be prequels to The Matrix.

  • kayemcee

    Man... if I would have known D'Onofrio was involved, I would have gone to the open extras casting yesterday.

    That's what I get for being lazy and not wanting to go out in the rain

  • Nathan Convey

    If Sam Neill joins the cast of Jurassic World I'll be interested, otherwise, eh.

  • John W

    Meh, meh, and meh.

  • Nadiney

    D'onofrio being involved in literally anything makes me excited. Would it be cheating is he was in True Detective? He could be not a cop or something? IDK I want him in MOAR OF THINGS.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I would love D'Onofrio to play a creepy preacher in the next season or something. That dude has an incredible presence.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I've seen him in so many crappy, low-budget movies recently, I can't help but agree: put the man in something worthy of his presence.

  • Nadiney

    Exactly. Criminal Intent was melodramatic at times but Bobby Goren and the work D'Onofrio did was incredible. Always incredible. Didn't matter how convoluted the plot, I literally didn't give a shit about the case. It was just about spending an hour a week watching Vincent be fucking brilliant.

    He'd also be pretty fun in Justified, I think. Maybe as a previously absent Crowder, an uncle was in a PN out of state jail who gets released and turns back up. I just went him to have intense offs with people. Everyone just being super intense and trying to go super sayan intense.

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