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Jan 29, 2013

Movie News: STAR WARS, EVIL DEAD, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Juan Antonio Bayona

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Star Wars, Evil Dead, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Justice League, Thor: The Dark World, and Juan Antonio Bayona have all made recent film news. You will find a table of contents below so that you can quickly navigate to the movie you want to read about quickly.

* Remaining Star Wars 3D prequels canceled.
* Evil Dead gets an NC-17 rating.
* Jessica Alba on dancing, Dennis Haysbert in Sin City: A Dame to Kill.
* Justice League‘s development in Man of Steel‘s ballpark.
* Story details emerge for Thor: The Dark World.
* Juan Antonio Bayona will direct an Eric Roth script.

Star Wars

A few years back…George Lucas [said] would be converting the entire saga (all six movies) into 3D. The original re-release pattern was supposed to be one every year for six years, starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February of 2012. While that first film got a modest 3D re-release and did fairly well at the box office ($102M worldwide), Lucasfilm has cancelled the other 3D re-releases to focus solely on “rebooting the franchise” with Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams at the helm.

Evil Dead

Alvarez took to Twitter to reveal he has submitted his first cut of the film to the MPAA, and that it got an NC-17 rating.

That rating forced him to go in and recut down to an R before the film’s April 12th release.

Here’s the tweet from Alvarez.

@woozytribe Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.

— Fede Alvarez(@fedalvar) January 28, 2013

It’s a fairly common practice for filmmakers to submit a version of the film that’s way over the top, knowing it’ll get the NC-17, so as to desensitize the MPAA to the R-rated version they really want.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill

Alba promises there’ll be much more [dancing] in the sequel. So much more, in fact, that she had to train for three months to pick up a new repertoire.

“I had to learn a bunch of dance sequences for it. I do a lot more dancing in this one,” she said. “It was kind of crazy. It was very, very difficult, and you’ll see why.” [Vulture]

Another thing we can look forward to in the new film is the addition of Dennis Haysbert, who replaces the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute. While Haysbert’s casting began with tragedy, director Robert Rodriguez says he’s been thrilled to see Haysbert make the part his own.

“Dennis is going to bring his own thing to it but it’s very much pays tribute to what Michael did and is very much in line with the role. He’s such a fantastic actor and an amazing presence. He’s really exciting to work with. I’ve been adding dialogue for him. It’s so fun.”

Justice League

[Warner Bros. Entertainment is] planning a “Justice League” tentpole — encompassing DC Comics mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern — on the order of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Will Beall is scripting but no director has been attached yet.

Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.

Thor: The Dark World

“By bringing director Alan Taylor into the mix, with his expertise on ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ we came up with a take that allows us to get more into the nooks and crannies of Asgard and its people,” said Marvel Studios executive producer Craig Kyle in an interview with Empire Magazine. “We spend more time on the ground with the commoners, as opposed to in the palace.”

Kyle also said that “Thor: The Dark World” will begin with Asgard battered by war and The Nine Realms beset “by rag-tag invaders known as The Marauders,” a race which could be a variation on the team of assassins employed by supervillain Mister Sinister that was first introduced in “Uncanny X-Men” #210 (Oct. 1986). This leaves Asgard in a weakened state … which allows for the invasion of the Dark Elves, led by Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).

Thor: The Dark World also star will star Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Richard Whiten.

Juan Antonio Bayona

Juan Antonio Bayona, director of “The Impossible,” has come on board to helm Warner Bros.’ untitled science-fiction project penned by Eric Roth and produced by Kevin McCormick.

Bayona is a native of Barcelona. “The Impossible” is Bayona’s second film following 2007’s Spanish horror project “The Orphanage,” which won him Goya awards for best new director and script.

Roth…won an adapted screenplay Oscar for “Forrest Gump” along with being nominated for the screenplays for “The Insider,” “Munich” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

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Source: Empire Magazine, Yahoo, Slashfilm, Variety (1, 2), Firstshowing, STYD