Henry Cavill is Superman

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Henry Cavill in THE TUDORS

From the Press Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall.
Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Henry Cavill was reportedly up for the role of Superman for SUPERMAN RETURNS, and in the running to the lead in BATMAN BEGINS.

Update on Highlander Reboot


A promotional image from the original Highlander
A promotional image from the original Highlander

The guys over at Collider have posted an interview with producer Neal H. Moritz (I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, I AM LEGEND) who is working on the new HIGHLANDER sequel and he has some encouraging things to say. The cult sci-fi/fantasy film HIGHLANDER was released way back in 1986 but its cult following has managed to keep it afloat, with four sequels and three different television series having been made since.

First off, he confirms the notion that the film is set to be a reboot,

We’re staying true to the mythologies as a whole of the Highlander series. Now there are certain things between all the different Highlanders that conflict with each other, but we’re trying to stay true to the core of what we believe Highlander is and it’s a movie that’s going to be made for the fans of Highlander but also for people who are new to the franchise.

Considering the mess that the franchise cannon has got itself into, these comments are quite encouraging. He also clarifies the reboot angle stating that,

I wouldn’t necessarily call it…I guess it would be closer to a reboot than anything else but there’s a great history to Highlander that we’re staying with and it’s an origin story.

The first HIGHLANDER film was iconic and imaginative but the sequels that followed have lacked the magic of the original so at this point perhaps a reboot is the best option for the series. HIGHLANDER is meant to start shooting next year, with a 2012 release most likely. What do you think, does this reboot sound interesting to you or do you wish they’d just let the franchise stay buried?

Western Godzilla Reboot in the Works

The 1998 American version of Gojira
The 1998 American version of Gojira

Get ready to scrub your brains free of the god-awful 1998 remake of GORJIRA by Roland Emmerich (2012, INDEPENDENCE DAY), because a deal has just been struck to get a new remake of the Japanese classic in production. According to Bloody Disgusting both Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are teaming up to bring a reboot to our screens in the near future, just recently having closed a deal with Japanese rights-holders, Toho.

Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,

Thomas Tull, CEO of Legendary Pictures tells The Hollywood Reporter,

Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has.

A big statement to live up to indeed, especially given American film-makers track record when dealing with the horror icon, but one that sounds promising. No director or writers have been attached to the project thus far but it seems unlikely that Emmerich will be returning, given his lack of enthusiasm for a GODZILLA sequel in the past. It does, given its popularity at the moment, seem highly likely that the film will be shot in 3D, the IMAX format, or both.
Both studios are aiming to get their GODZILLA reboot out by 2012. What do you think, is another American remake of GORJIRA worth the hassle?