Daily Read (4/22/16)

Outlander puppy!!!

It’s now official that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I think is news that sounds familiar both because I’d heard the rumors and because I just kind of assume he’s in all the Marvel movies.

Thrones Are No Game: A Brief History of Chairs and Power

Millicent Simmonds will star in the movie based on Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck.

Interesting: ‘The Jungle Book’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Hollywood Release Ever In India

Daily Read (4/19/16)

This competing Jungle Book situation is really quite something.

Speaking of: pretty Jungle Book art!

The Durrells, based on Gerald Durrell’s memoirs, has been renewed by ITV. Any British readers watching this one? Thoughts?

Jurassic World 2 will be directed by J.A. Bayona, but to be honest, I’m partially mentioning this just to register my objection to the fifth movie in the franchise having “2” in the title.

I love reading about people’s pop culture influences; here’s Julie Plec of The Vampire Diaries.

Movie News: The Jungle Book, The 5th Wave, Child 44, Mr. Holmes, & More

Neel SethiYoung Neel Sethi here will play Mowgli in Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book.

The Fifth Wave will hit theaters on January 29th, 2016.

And Child 44 will be released on April 17th, 2015.

Here’s a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (a.k.a. A Slight Trick of the Mind). In addition, Hiroyuki Sanada has been cast in the movie.

And here’s a glimpse of Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea, courtesy of Ron Howard.

David Heyman will produce and James Schamus will write the adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot.

Movie News: The 5th Wave, The Jungle Book, The Outpost, & More

Chloe MoretzChloe Moretz will star in The 5th Wave, along with Nick Robinson and Alex Roe.

Ben Kingsley will voice Bagheera in the Disney version of The Jungle Book.

Sam Raimi is producing Jake Tapper’s The Outpost.

Ann Dowd has been cast in Big Driver.

Annie Neal is writing an adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Mythology is developing a movie called Blackout based on Scott Andrew Selby’s A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin.

CBS Films has acquired A.G. Riddle’s Atlantis trilogy.

Movie News: Peter Pan, Traveling Pants, The Hobbit, & More

Amanda SeyfriedAmanda Seyfried will play Mary in Joe Wright’s Peter Pan adaptation. That’s . . . oh, the kids’ mother. Really? She’s playing the mother of teenagers? Are there flashbacks involved? I have questions.

Whoa, they’re finally making a third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie! It will be based on the fifth book in Ann Brashares’s series, Sisterhood Everlasting, which picks up the story a decade later. (Which is good, since the actresses are now all adults.)

The final Hobbit movie will now be called The Battle of the Five Armies instead of There and Back Again.

Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o are apparently in talks for The Jungle Book. (The Disney one.)

Felicity Jones will star in the movie based on Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

Dylan Lee has been cast in the Goosebumps movie.

Movie News: Wolverine, The Goldfinch, Pan, & More

The WolverineDavid James Kelly will write the next Wolverine movie.

Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) will produce the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.

Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily in Pan.

Andy Serkis will direct the Warner Bros. version of The Jungle Book.

Sean Daniel and Jason F. Brown have acquired David Morell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose for both film and TV.

Madonna will direct an adaptation of Rebecca Walker’s Adé.

Warner Bros. has acquired Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call from Heaven.

Movie Updates: The Jungle Book, Goosebumps, & More

Idris ElbaIdris Elba is apparently finalizing a deal to play the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book movie. (Not to be confused with Warner Bros.’s The Jungle Book movie. I’ll try to remember to qualify when talking about them.)

Goosebumps will hit theaters on March 23, 2016.

Jurassic World has cast Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan.

Leonardo DiCaprio may star in Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow, and Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct.

Juan Antonio Bayona is heading up the adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.

Mark Bomback will adapt Ira Levin’s Veronica’s Room.

Charles Leavitt will adapt Michael Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead.

Movie News: Goosebumps, X-Men, Jungle Book, Captain America, & More

Dylan MinnetteDylan Minnette is starring with Jack Black in Goosebumps.

Here’s a new picture of Michel Fassbender as Magneto.

Ron Howard is taking over the Jungle Book adaptation.

Warning: Apparently there’s a spoiler in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier soundtrack listing, so avoid or go look for that, as you wish.

Lasse Hallstrom is directing and Craig Borten is writing the Rockefeller movie based on Ron Chernow’s Titan.

Zhang Yimou is directing Robert Ludlum’s The Parsifal Mosaic.

OWN is adapting Darlene Love’s memoir.

Movie Updates: Bourne, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book, Fifty Shades, & More

Movie News: Live by Night, Fifty Shades, Wolverine, Jungle Book, & More

  • Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night will hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2015.
  • Victor Rasuk has been cast as Jose in Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • James Mangold and Hugh Jackman are in negotiations for a new Wolverine movie.
  • Jon Favreau is reportedly in talks to direct Disney’s new version of Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
  • DreamWorks has acquired Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book The Bully Pulpit.
  • Larry Charles is directing Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods.
  • Dee Rees is adapting Philip K. Dick’s Martian Time-Slip.
  • Unbroken has cast C.J. Valleroy to play the young version of Jack O’Connell’s character.
  • 20th Century Fox has acquired Samanthan Shannon’s The Bone Season.