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The 5 Biggest Non-Stories on the Biggest Blockbusters in Development

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 12, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 12, 2011 |

Sometimes, I’m having so much fun doing goofy stuff on the site that I forget that we’re supposed to be tracking movies news, too. And then I look around and notice that, like daytime soap operas, trade news is something you can miss for long stretches of time and, when you return, nothing’s really changed. I could keep you updated on all the tiny little micro-developments on every major blockbuster in development, or I could confuse your libido (seriously, they will give any jackass a movie blog these days).

But, I suppose it’s worth checking in on occasion to keep you apprised of a lot of major developments that, at the end of the day, don’t really amount to much of anything. So here, folks, are the 5 Biggest Non-Stories on the Biggest Movies in Development.

1) Lord of the Rings veterans, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and now Christopher Lee, are all lined up now to return for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. David Tennant, meanwhile, is still being rumored for a role, as he’s been for the last several months. Honestly, with the exception of the casting of Martin Freeman of Bilbo Baggins, we could have skipped the last several years of The Hobbit coverage — the entrance and exit of Guillermo del Toro — and basically not have missed a thing. Eight years after The Return of the King and The Hobbit is about where we all expected it would go.

(Source: One Ring via Slashfilm)

2) Meanwhile, last year (or the year before?), it was announced that Sam Mendes would direct Bond 23 and that Daniel Craig would return. Then MGM had a lot of financial difficulties, the movie languished, and was eventually postponed indefinitely. Well, guess what? MGM announced yesterday that Sam Mendes will direct Bond 23 and that Daniel Craig would return. It will be released on November 9, 2012.

3) It was in September of 2008 when Pajiba was the first to announce that Ghostbusters 3 was in development. Since that time, a lot of copy has been devoted to potential cast members, what the story might entail, and the behind-the-scenes drama on the development. What we knew way back then was that, most likely, it was Bill Murray holding up production. Two and a half years later, there’s still no official cast and, guess what? Bill Murray is still apparently holding it up. (Source: Deadline)

4) The Monday after The Dark Knight opened, speculation began on the third movie. What would it be about? Who would be the villain? Would Christopher Nolan return? Thousands of posts have been devoted to the topic and now, two-and-a-half years later, the only thing we know for sure is that Christopher Nolan will return (duh?) and that Tom Hardy has been cast. Right now, there’s a short list for the two female leads in The Dark Knight Rises. Several actresses are on that shortlist: Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton (who has reportedly taken herself of the list because she’s been cast in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. If one of these women are officially cast, we’ll let you know. (Source THR & Collider)

5) This one doesn’t quite fit into the “blockbuster” category, but I like round-numbers when mocking my trade news. Last year, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen would be playing Freddie Mercury in a Queen biopic (we mentioned this in relation to a brilliant video last week). The script would be written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). Yesterday, Queen guitarist Brian May updated the status of the project to say that … drum roll … Peter Morgan has finished the first draft and Sacha Baron Cohen is raring to go. News!

(Source: Collider)

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