Reel Digest - September 2014



  • Image Entertainment to bring TV series based on Digital Fortress by Dan Brown


  • Shigeru Miyamoto to create short films based on Pikmin


  • Steve Carell signed on to star in Looney Tunes movie

  • Halle Berry working on medical comedy coming to CBS

  • Lionsgate to release ‘Now You See Me 2’ and ‘Dirty Grandpa’ in 2015

  • Deal or No Deal to return in 2015

  • John Mulaney to get special starting October 5

  • Vince Vaughn to star in political comedy called The Politician

  • Adam Levine to produce comedy about his life as musician - Kids in America

  • Darrell Hammond to be next announcer for Saturday Night Live


  • Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe to star in The Nice Guys - to release in 2016

  • Morgan Freeman to star as Ildarin in Ben Hur remake

  • BBC One to release 6 part mini-series based on Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

Sci-Fi / Horror

  • Saw to return to theaters October 31 for 10th anniversary

  • Content Films acquired rights to 400 Days - a film about a simulated space trip that may not be simulated

  • Ridley Scott to produce Philip K Dick novel ‘The Man In The High Castle’

  • The Walking Dead companion show coming to AMC

  • X-Men Apocalypse to film in Montreal

  • Michael Bay to direct film based on Cosmic Motors

  • Amazon working on pilot for The Tick

  • Tom Hiddleston to star in next King Kong film

  • Deadpool film to release in 2016

  • J.J. Abrams to direct Hulu series based on Stephen King novel 11/22/63

  • Max Borenstein to script Godzilla sequel

  • Screen Gems buys Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for US distribution (adds Lena Headey and Charles Dance to the cast)

  • SyFy renews Dominion for 2nd season and Defiance for 3rd season

  • Jupiter Ascending with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis to release February 6, 2015


  • Underworld franchise may get rebooted with Lakeshore Entertainment

  • Martin Scorsese to make biopic about the Ramones

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may start filming in 2015 in Australia

  • Terminator Genisys to get sequels in 2017 and 2018

  • Stan Lee confirms movie for Black Panther

  • James McAvoy to go as bald Professor X in X-Men Apocalypse

  • Sylvester Stallone to direct new Rambo movie

  • Teen Titans to release as live action show on TNT

  • Next James Bond film to start filming December 2014

Reel Digest - August 2014



  • Hitman Agent 47 to release February 27, 2015 and star Zachary Quinto

  • Mad Max Furiosa to release May 15, 2015 and star Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the leading roles (Mad Max and Furiosa respectively)

  • Pierce Brosnan to star in sequel to ‘The November Man’


  • Clifford the Big Red Dog coming April 8, 2016 from Universal Pictures

  • Bill Murray joins the cast of The Jungle Book, releasing October 9, 2015 from Walt Disney Pictures

  • The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water set to release February 13, 2015

  • Making of ‘Frozen’ to air on ABC on September 2nd

  • The Croods 2 to release December 22, 2017

  • Puss in Boots 2 to release December 21, 2018


  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb to release December 19, 2014

  • The Gaffigan Show picked up by TV Land and set to release in 2015

  • Girl Meets World set for season 2 on Disney Channel

  • Entire cast of The Big Bang Theory signed up to return to the show

  • Jamie Travis to direct MTV series for Scream

  • Will Arnett confirms season 6 of Arrested Development to release on Netflix

  • Pixels starring Adam Sandler now set to release July 24, 2015

  • Johnny Depp to play starring role in Mortdecai (to release February 6, 2015)

  • @Midnight with Chris Hardwick renewed for 2nd season - to air in 2015

  • Switched At Birth signed up for 4th season


  • Rosewater by Jon Stewart set to release November 7, 2014

  • Teaser poster for the final seaon of Boardwalk Empire released - - season 5 premiers on September 7, 2014 on HBO

  • Many of the Veronica Mars TV cast to return to web incarnation of the show

  • Suits renewed for 5th season

  • Keanu Reeves to star in ‘Rain’ - show about an assassin who can’t find work outside of his current life

  • Lifetime working on biopic of Brittany Murphy

  • Texas Rising to air on History channel on Memorial Day 2015 - to cover the Texas revolution and the rise of the Texas rangers

  • Christopher Lloyd to star in ‘The Boat Builder’ - about a man who wants to build a seaworthy boat in his front yard


  • The Huntsman to release April 22, 2016 as prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman (Kristen Stewart reportedly cut while Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth to remain)

  • Season 4 of Once Upon a Time to follow the characters of Frozen - the season premieres September 28

  • Elijah Wood joins cast of The Last Witch Hunter

  • Disney to work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea only if commitment with Australia is reached to film there

Sci-Fi / Horror

  • Sharknado 2 The Second One releases to SyFy July 30, 2014 - stars Tara Reid, Wil Wheaton, Daymond John (and Jared, the Subway guy)

  • Batman v. Superman release date moved up to March 25, 2016

  • Terminator Genisys to release July 1, 2015 - will star Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Jurassic World finishes production - shows off T-Rex

  • Deleted scene from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shows Peter Parker’s dad resurfacing

  • Ghost Brigade to release on SyFy - based on Old Man’s War book series

  • Paramount confirms Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for June 3, 2016 release

  • Kyle MacLachlan (of Dune fame) cast as Skye’s father in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Sophie Turner (of Game of Thrones fame) set to take lead role in Mary Shelley’s Monster

  • Hysteria is new pilot to air on Amazon about the spread of an illness spread by social media

  • Hand of God is western thriller to pilot on Amazon

  • Godzilla 2 to release June 8, 2018

  • Halt & Catch Fire signed up for season 2

  • Adrianne Palicki signed up for Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Barbara ‘Mockingbird’ Morse

  • Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellio to air on Disney xD on October 3 (early release on on September 29) - TV series premieres on October 13

  • Disney plans to release Blu-Ray versions of original unaltered Star Wars Trilogy but old negatives making it difficult

  • Principal photography began on August 18 for Marvel’s Ant-Man

  • Sarah Wayne Callies to star in Pay The Ghost with Nicolas Cage

  • HBO & Paramount to create series around ‘Shutter Island’ called ‘Ashecliffe’


  • World’s Got Talent hosted by Simon Cowell to come soon in association with Colour’s TV in India

  • The Mummy reboot set to still happen as director Alex Kurtzman is hired - the current release date is May 22, 2016 and to be released by Universal

  • The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino may release by late 2015 - may be filmed in 70mm CinemaScope and about a bounty hunter trying to collect a reward

  • Samuel Jackson in negotiations to replace Jamie Foxx in The Black Phantom

  • Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice may release through Universal

  • Marvel may be working on film adaptation for The Inhumans

  • VIng Rhames may be signed on for the next Mission Impossible movie

  • Martin Lawrence may have announced Bad Boys 3 via Conan O’Brian show

  • Minority Report TV series supposedly in production with Steven Spielberg

  • Full House may return to TV with most of the same cast