★ There might not be a script yet, but the World War Z sequel has got a director. The job has gone to Juan Antonio Bayona – he’s previously helmed The Impossible and The Orphanage. Marc Forster’s original, based on the novel by Max Brooks, took $540 million worldwide. Brad Pitt will return in the lead role. Although the director has been named, no writers are attached to the project at this stage and there’s no release date so it is very early days.
★ Rosemary's Baby: The TV Show – it’s a thing. NBC has greenlit the four-hour miniseries which will be an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling novel by Ira Levin. The US TV network isn’t wasting any time on getting started as production is due to get under way in Paris in January. James Wong, best known for his penmanship on American Horror Story, will write the screenplay while Oscar and Emmy nominated Agnieszka Holland will direct.
★ Tom Cruise will return as Jack Reacher. After the original made $218 million worldwide on a budget of $60 million, Paramount has confirmed it is moving forward with a sequel. It’ll be based on that will be based on Lee Child's recent novel, Never Go Back. No word yet on a writer or a director, but there are claims that the studio will try to release the film before the fifth Mission: Impossible movie – that has a release date pencilled in for December 2015.
★ Andrew Garfield’s Spider-days might be numbered. He’s only contracted for three movies and hasn’t decided if he wants to swing on back for a fourth. He’s told Yahoo Movies: "I’m under contract for another one after this… as far as a fourth one? That's not anything to do with me. But yeah, I think what we’re doing here is we've established the world. And now we get to really play inside that world." Sony Pictures will release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in May 2014 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in May 2016.
★ Bette Midler has signed up to play Mae West in an upcoming biopic from HBO. It is based on West's 1959 autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It. She died in 1980 following a successful career on stage and screen spanning seven decades. It’ll focus on her early years on stage in Gotham, while facing legal issues for her risqué show Sex. William Friedkin will direct it and the script’s being turned out by Harvey Fierstein, but there’s no word on when it’ll air.
★ A fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie is on and it’ll see Eddie Murphy return as Axel Foley. Brett Ratner is on board to direct it. 2013 saw a TV spin-off go get dropped after just a pilot episode – Murphy was due to make regular cameos – but it was going to focus on his son, played by Tropic Thunder’s Brandon T Jackson. The new movie will reportedly see Axel return to his Detroit roots. The new movie is part of a deal between Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount Pictures another sequel, Top Gun 2, is also moving forward. Tom Cruise is onboard the project that stalled following the death of Tony Scott in 2012.
★ A fifth Terminator movie is on the way, Terminator: Genesis, but it’s been confirmed a new new Terminator TV series is also happening. The show will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film but where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. According to reports, as the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in surprising and dramatic ways. No word yet on an air date for the show; however, the fifth Terminator movie will hit cinemas in July 2015.
★ Californication’s been cancelled. The Showtime original series will end after the upcoming seventh season. The 12-episode final run will kick off in the US on April 2014. Rob Lowe is confirmed to be return as eccentric actor Eddie Nero in at least one episode with Roger Howarth, Heather Graham and Mary Lynn Rajskub all guest starring at some point in the final season. Showtime's president of entertainment David Nevins said: “With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of our groundbreaking signature series. We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody.” Spank you very much.... and good night!