Showbiz Simon Says 1 July 2016

showbiz simon says 1 july 2016 jackson spielberg embed★ Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are reteaming. The last time they worked together was on The Adventures of Tintin – that ended up taking $373.99 million at the worldwide box office. In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Spielberg revealed: “Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin.” No official word yet on what the film could be but Jackson has been looking to do a remake of the 1955 classic, Dam Busters.

★ John C Reilly let the cat out of the bag last year confirming he’d be back as Wreck-It Ralph but now the sequel been officially confirmed. Sarah Silverman will also be back for the follow-up that is due to hit cinemas in 2018. Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, who co-wrote Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia, will co-direct. The plot is still under wraps but we do know that it will involved Ralph leaving the arcade and wreaking havoc on the internet.

★ Who wants The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3? Well, it might be happening anyway. During an interview with EW to promote her latest movie The Shallows, Blake Lively revealed: “There’s a strong chance there might be a third. The four of us are still best friends. To be able to create something together again has always been a dream of ours. But it would have to be something that really made sense. If you wait this long to do a third movie, it needs to honor the story and the legacy.

showbiz simon says 1 july 2016 lost in space embed★ Lost In Space is heading back to the small screen – Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of a new series. The original show aired in the 1960s and there was a terrible big-screen reboot in 1998. The new version will be a reimagined take on the classic show – Dracula Untold/Last Witch Hunter writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and Prison Break showrunner Zack Estrie are at the helm so it could be … interesting. Britain's Neil Marshall – the director of such films as The Descent, Doomsday and Centurion, as well as several episodes of Game of Thrones – is to serve as producing director and will also helm several episodes. We get to see the final results in 2018.

★ Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure theme park is getting a Guardians of the Galaxy facelift but now it’s claimed an attraction in Orlando will too. There are a number of rumours going around suggesting that one of three possible attractions in Walt Disney World could get the new look – Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, Mission Space at Epcot and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in EPCOT’s Future World’s Universe of Energy pavilion (which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary). Movie-themed refits have worked well for the parks so far with the recent Frozen Ever After, which was Maelstrom, in EPCOT’s World Showcase, already has waiting times of up to five hours.

★ Barkhad Abdi is the latest addition to the Blade Runner sequel – this has come from Entertainment Weekly. Still best known for his performances in Captain Phillips and Eye in the Sky, the Academy Award-nominated actor will join Harrison FordRyan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista but there’s now word on who he’ll play. Director Denis Villeneuve begins production next month.

showbiz simon says 1 july 2016 daniel radcliffe embed★ Daniel Radcliffe has been asked (again) if he’ll return to the role of Harry Potter. He’s doing the rounds to promote his latest movie, Swiss Army Man, and told the Radio Times: “It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying ‘no’ for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future.” 

According to Deadline, Ansel Elgort is reportedly in early negotiations to join Warner Bros’ Dungeons & Dragons project. He’s apparently being lined up for their adaptation of the classic roleplaying game which has been a long time coming. Goosebumps and Monsters Vs Aliens helmer Rob Letterman will direct from a script by David Leslie Johnson, best known for The Conjuring 2. The story is described as “a fantasy adventure centering on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.” This being seen as potential franchise for the studio and, with Vin Diesel being such a vocal fan of the game, don’t be surprised if his name pops up in relation to the project too.

showbiz simon says 1 july 2016 batgirl embed★ Director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to make a superhero movie and he wanted it to be female focused. Speaking with Business Insider, the director, who has mentioned it before, said: “God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity. I want to make Batgirl. Let’s get Warner working on it.”

★ There won’t a third Magic Mike movie – this is coming from Channing Tatum himself. Magic Mike XXL did okay but could have done better and a Las Vegas show inspired by the films is on the way – so is a separate, full on Broadway musical. Tatum’s told The Hollywood Reporter: “The third installment will be the show, and I think it has to evolve past these guys. The first one was about Mike, the second one was about the guys and I think the third one is really about man and woman having a conversation about sex and themselves and who we all are. That’s the next step I would like to take with the story.” So we won’t be saying ‘so Schlong’ to Mike just yet….

Simon Thompson is Screenjabber's LA-based correspondent. A seasoned film and entertainment journalist, Simon ditched London for the freelance life Stateside and works across everything from digital to TV. Want to know more? Check out his website...

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