It looks like Batman 3 will be a reality, not that there was any real doubt. It’s now got an official release date: July 20, 2012, joining a crowded summer that includes the Spider-Man reboot, Madagascar 3, a new Star Trek movie, and The Avengers (not to mention The Hobbit later that year). If the world is going to end, at least we’re going to get our money’s worth at the box office first. (Christopher Nolan, however, has not officially signed on. He will, though.)
Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Go) is reportedly circling Gambit, a Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of the 1966 British caper comedy which originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. It’s one of several projects that Liman is considering, including another Three Musketeers movie and a moon mission project with Jake Gyllenhaal. We’ll make a full announcement if he signs. (Deadline)
Bummer. According to a tweet by director Adam McKay himself, Paramount has passed on an Anchorman 2, despite McKay’s ability to get the budget down to $65 million. Meanwhile, the same studio is developing a movie based on the Magic 8 Ball. The world makes so little sense, people. (Twitter)
Someone reported that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaugh was circling X-Men: First Class and then minutes later, someone else reported that he’d passed on it. Thought you’d like to know.
Shia LaBeouf has signed on to a mob movie called The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. We should applaud him for making a movie based on an original property, but hey! It’s not newsworthy enough for its own post. (Vulture)
After reportedly circling a cinematic adaptation of the children’s classic Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Ben Stiller, Noah Baumbach has apparently decided against directing. (LAT)
Jane Austen fans: The UK’s Jane Austen Centre’s website has reprinted our own Boozehound’s review for Bright Star. Check out the review there if you haven’t seen it here already. (The Jane Austen Centre)
If you’ve read Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin, I encourage you to stop by the Book Club discussion and leave your thoughts anytime this weekend. (Pajiba)
If you haven’t gotten weary of David Letterman making fun of Jay Leno, he was on a roll this morning on “Regis and Kelly Lee,” mocking Leno as well as discussing that Super Bowl commercial he made with Leno and Oprah. It’s worth a few minutes.
A Warner Brothers spokesperson has denied that there’s a Starman movie in development, as we first reported here. We’re not sure what to make of that.
Kevin Durand, among others including “Glee’s” Dianna Agron, has been added to the cast of I Am Number Four, reports FilmDrunk in a sexclusive. (FilmDrunk)
Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) will be making his English-language directorial debut, adapting the children’s fantasy book Heck. It actually has a fairly interesting description: Milton Fauster and his shoplifting sister die in a freak accident and end up in an unearthly reform school called Heck, where Lizzie Borden teaches home economics and Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher. (Heat Vision)
ABC Family has cancelled its television series “10 Things I Hate About You.” (THR)
Compliments of Pissboy, here’s the greatest movie trailer of all time. It manages to capture every single trope and cliche that makes an awards movie an awards movie. It is sublime.