Craven and the gang ready to Scream

Ghost Face from the Scream series
Ghost Face from the Scream series

More than 10 years after the release of SCREAM 3 and following a drawn out will-they-won’t-they internet debate, Dimension Films have finally greenlit SCREAM 4 with a release set for April 15, 2011.
According to Variety Wes Craven is indeed returning as director along with series veterans Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette. The fan favourites will also be joined by a cast of younger actors to play the requisite Ghost Face fodder. So far each film in the franchise has been directed by Craven and financially sucessful; each grossing over $160 million.
So good news all around then. The real question then is whether, after such a long period between the last instalment and having been parodied to death in films such as SCARY MOVIE, Craven can pull it off again and give fans the great SCREAM sequel they’ve been waiting for. What do you think, is he up to the challenge or has this series past its sell-by-date?

Kellan Lutz Joins War of Gods

Twilight star Kellan Lutz
Twilight star Kellan Lutz

TWILIGHT star Kellan Lutz has signed on to play Poseidon in new sword-and-sandal epic WAR OF GODS. The film, to be directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), is yet another addition to the current sword-and-sandal revival and has been in development for a couple of years now.
According to Variety:

“War of Gods” is a mythological tale set in war-torn ancient Greece, as the young warrior prince Theseus leads his men in a battle against evil that will see the gods fighting with soldiers against demons and titans.

What with 300, CLASH OF THE TITANS and many others having been released in recent years WAR OF GODS is sounding rather familiar. However, with the talented Tarsem Singh behind the camera and Mickey Rourke already set to play Hyperion it could well turn out to be a welcome addition to the genre.
WAR OF GODS  starts shooting next month and is projected for release sometime in 2011.

So Much For a "Final Destination"

Shantel Vananten as Lori in “The Final Destination
Shantel Vananten as Lori in “The Final Destination

That’s right folks, following the box office success of Warner Bros.’ THE FINAL DESTINATION (released last year in 3D) the studio has decided to back yet another sequel to the franchise.
Comingsoon.net has revealed that while at ShoWest in Las Vegas Warner Bros. confirmed that a fifth sequel will be coming to cinema screens soon. THE FINAL DESTINATION managed to gross only $66 million domestically but made $180 million worldwide so another sequel should come as no surprise.
The first film in the series was a unique, creative and fun slasher-movie-with-a-twist but they seem to be getting worse with every sequel. Do we really need another FINAL DESTINATION movie? Besides, what are they even going to call the thing?

UPDATED: Chris Evans IS Captain America

Chris Evans as the Human Torch
Chris Evans as the Human Torch

Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter are claiming that Chris Evans has been approached for the role of Captain America, Marvel’s latest superhero to get the Hollywood treatment. Despite not having been screen tested, Evans has apparently been offered the chance to star in the upcoming film, currently entitled THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA (here’s hoping they shorten that title).
This development, however, has not been confirmed by either Marvel or CAA (Evans’ representatives) but would include him starring in up to three Captain America films and, of course, the long gestating Avengers movie. Evans certainly has the charisma and all-American appeal to carry off the role but two things stand in his way; his commitment to the Anna Faris romantic comedy WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (scheduled to begin shooting around the same time as CAPTAIN AMERICA) and his previous acting gig as The Human Torch in two FANTASTIC FOUR movies.
The role has been one of the most widely contested in recent memory as Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Wilson Blethel and Mike Vogel, John Krasinski and Chace Crawford have all been vying for the job.Whether or not Evans has been offered, or has even accepted, the role yet expect to hear an official announcement soon. What do you think about this casting decision?
UPDATE: Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter claim that Evans has accepted the role as Captain America and all that’s left to do is sign the contract. This seems like a slightly risky move for Marvel Studios but it could well pay off if the fans come to accept Evans in the role.
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA is being directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman) and is set to be released some time next year.