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No Iron Man 3 For Scar-Jo

Contrary to earlier casting reports actress Scarlett Johansson tells Screen Rant that she will not be joining writer/director Shane Black‘s “Iron Man 3” as Black Widow.

The character first showed up in Iron Man 2  and has a role in next week’s superhero team up film The Avengers

The story for IM 3 is based on the popular six-issue mini series “Extremis” by Warren Ellis–And the film’s events take place after The Avengers. The plot involves the spread of a virus through nanobots.

 Robert Downey Jr Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Guy Pearce Ben Kingsley Andy Lau and Jessica Chastain star.

Production will take place on location in Hong Kong, Shanghai and other parts of China later this summer once filming wraps up in North Carolina which starts in a few weeks.

I think it makes perfect sense that metal head goes solo again–Although I have to admit I will miss not seeing Widow’s skills and particular assets on screen anytime soon after Avengers

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Koepp Pens "Huntsman 2"

We may be some 5 weeks away from the June 1st release of Snow White and the Huntsman….But suits at Universal are betting the film will be enough of a money maker to warrant a sequel.

The first pic saw Hossein Amini rewriting original scribe Evan Daugherty‘s take pn the classic fairy tale which also had Evan Spiliotopoulos taking a crack at it The story expands the role of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). Ordered to take the evil Queen’s (Charlize Theron) stepdaughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods and kill her, The Huntsman instead lets her go and becomes something of a mentor who teaches her how to fight and survive.

Sam Claflin plays the Prince while Ian McShane is Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs. with–Ray Winstone Bob Hoskins Toby Jones Nick Frost and Steven Graham round them out–Liberty Ross and Noah Huntley will play the parents of Snow while Lily Cole and Sam Spruell also star.

Now we find out that David Koepp is in talks to work on writing the new script says Deadline.

The studio is hoping to fast track the project with the first film’s director Rupert Sanders meaning that it would be the next film he does.

Potter Film Scribe Opens The Jungle Book

Frequent Harry Potter film series writer Steve Kloves is making a deal to write, direct and produce a new adaptation of author Rudyard Kipling‘s classic storyThe Jungle Book” reports Deadline.

The pic will be a live action version of the story about an orphaned boy raised by wolves and other animals, which try to protect him from the ferocious tiger Shere-Khan. The tone will be a bit darker than previous film adaptations of the work

The most well known of which are the 1967 animated classic and the Stephen Sommers directed 1994 live-action live-action version starring Jason Scott Lee and Lena Headey.

Stewart Travels To "Cali"

Kristen Stewart will star in the action thriller “Cali” says Variety.

Michael Diliberti‘s script sees Stewart as Mya one half of a San Fernando Valley couple ooposite Chris often involved in dangerous behavior. After selling a fake snuff film they disappear with a bunch of cash. Years later Mya must return to save the younger sister she left behind.

The plot throws in angry former business partners, homicidal porn stars, stoner vets, and an assassin in a stetson as well.

Perhaps if he isn’t busy they should try and get Robert Pattinson to play Chris….? Just sayin’…

Diliberti, Craig J. Flores and Zev Foreman will produce
Production aims to kick off later this Summer.

Flanagan Expands His Vision In Oculus

Mike Flanagan (“Absentia“) is set to direct the horror feature “Oculus” says Variety.

Flanagan and Jeff Howard wrote the script in which two sibling orphans witness a haunted mirror killing someone – a murder the young brother is charged with. Now rehabilitated and in his twenties, the brother wants to move on but his sister is determined to prove the truth about the mirror.

The story riffs on Flanagan’s ’06 short Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan.

Here’s the trailer for the short:

Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce the film.

Production kicks off in late Summer.

Foster Affleck & Mara Are "Saints"

Ben Foster Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are attached to star in the film “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” reports Deadline.

David Lowery wrote and will direct this expanded version of his own award-winning 16-minute short “Pioneer” that screened at both the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW last year.

The short followed  a father (Will Oldham) who tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

James Johnson, Toby Halbrooks, Amy Kaufman, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing the film.

Daredevil Reboot Gets Yet Another New Writer

David James Kelly has been hired to re-write a script for the as yet Untitled Daredevil Reboot says Deadline

At one point Fringe TV series writer Brad Caleb Kane was at work but has stepped aside. Kane was said to be adapting the “Born Again” comic book story arc, by writer Frank Miller that sees our hero go insane and destitute at the hands of the villain ‘Kingpin’, as well as his subsequent struggle to build a new life for himself The great storyline originally appeared from issues #227-233 in 1986.

David Slade remains attached to direct. Robert Pattinson Garrett Hedlund Bradley Cooper  and Xavier Samuel, who like Pattinson, worked with Slade on “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” were rumored to be up to play the lead at one point. Slade himself started the Samuel chatter: after sayng that there is some big news coming and then posted a photo of the actor. Since that time though nary a word save for this.

Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce the remake.