Fifty Shades Sequel Update

You crazy chicks loved that ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ film, the proof is in the numbers. So you’ll be delighted to know you can begin your countdown to the next instalment of the erotic franchise, with release dates for the two sequels announced.

Unfortunately, you have to wait nearly two years for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, which will be released February 10th 2017. The final film in the trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ will follow in February 2018. Sorry!

In other news, with Sam Taylor-Johnson out of the picture, author E.L James has handpicked the man to write the screenplay for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. Niall Leonard, James’ husband no less, will pen the script for the 2017 sequel. What a coincidence.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Eddie Redmayne Set For Harry Potter Spin-Off

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is set to follow up his fantastic performance in ‘The Theory Of Everything’, by signing up to star in a spin-off from the ‘Harry Potter’ series, titled ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’. 

Author of the Harry Potter stories, J.K Rowling, will write the screenplay for the film, which she promises will be “at least” a trilogy. Redmayne is the favourite to play the role of Newt Scamander, in what could be a lucrative deal should he fulfill the role for the prospective series. Although nothing has been confirmed, and no official offer has been made, according to sources the role belongs to Redmayne barring any disaster.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Idris Elba To Play Star Trek Villain

At the end of last week, the Trekkie rumour mill went into overdrive as word spread that Idris Elba was being lined up to play the villain in next year’s third instalment of the Star Trek franchise. As fans got excited by this news, the guessing game began as to just which bad guy Elba might portray. Naturally, the possibility of a Klingon appearance had tongues wagging, but now co-writer for the latest film Simon Pegg has quashed these rumours.

Pegg claimed that whilst the Klingons may finally take centre stage, Idris Elba would not be taking on such a role. This is the same Simon Pegg who said that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan would not be a villain in the previous film, so forgive us for not abandoning all hope just yet. Star Trek 3 is set for release early July 2016.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes


Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Star In Fraggle Rock Film

Creative genius Joseph Gordon-Levitt is confirmed as the star of an upcoming project to bring ‘Fraggle Rock’ to the big screen. JGL, who heads his own production company HitRECord, is also set to work as a producer on the project.

‘Fraggle Rock’, part of the Henson family of puppets, will transform from a 1980s TV show and make the step up to a live-action feature. The project has been discussed for nearly a decade, and New Regency will be hoping that Gordon-Levitt’s attachment can finally get the whole thing up and running.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Scarface Set For Remake

Universal Studios are surging forward with their plans to remake the classic gangster flick ‘Scarface’. The project has now signed up ‘Straight Outta Compton’ writer Jonathan Herman to pen the script. Herman is also working on the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’. The iconic ‘Scarface’ of 1983, starring Al Pacino, depicts the story of Tony Montana on his rise to infamy as a drug-dealing mob boss. The new version however, will be set in present day Los Angeles and director Pablo Larrain promised a “new and original” outlook.

Should the legendary film be left in peace? There are many who will be against the idea of a modern day ‘Scarface’, unfortunately it’s very unlikely that any of those people sit in the seats that matter at Universal HQ.


Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Amy Winehouse Biopic Gets Release Date

The tragically short life of the fantastic, incredibly talented Amy Winehouse, will be documented in an upcoming biopic titled ‘AMY’. Award-winning director Asif Capadia (Senna) will bring her story to the big screen on July 3rd 2015, with previously unseen footage and unheard tracks from the singer.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Star Wars Updates

Star Wars fans must be feeling really wookie, I mean lucky, right now, after StarWars.Com released information regarding TWO upcoming projects. In addition to ‘The Force Awakens’, due for release later this year, fans can now expect Star Wars instalments in 2016 and 2017.

Gareth Edwards will helm the first spinoff feature, scheduled for release on December 16th 2016. Starring ‘The Theory Of Everything’ leading lady, Felicity Jones, the project now has a name too; ‘Rogue One’. Star Wars officials labelled ‘Rogue One’ as “the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core” of the original saga.

You may still be bursting with excitement at the prospect of ‘The Force Awakens’, but compose yourself and get your diary out. Because the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII already has its own sequel in the pipeline. Scheduled to arrive in theatres May 26th 2017, Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, the man who brought us ‘Looper’.

A galaxy far, far, away just got a lot closer.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Liam Neeson Done With Action Roles

Since the huge success of the first ‘Taken’ film, Liam Neeson has put his “special set of skills” to good use many, many, many times. Too many times, it has to be said. But Neeson has now declared that he will quit the action genre in two years time. As much as I love the first ‘Taken’ film, everything since then has unfortunately been pretty much awful and monotonous. Let’s hope the man doesn’t leave the acting game altogether, and does something fresh and different.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes


Hawkeye To Feature In Captain America Sequel

Next year’s Captain America sequel, the highly anticipated ‘Civil War’, is fast becoming a little post-Ultron Avengers reunion. We already know that the story will revolve around a conflict between Cap and Iron-Man. Joining them will be Captain America regulars Black Widow, Nick Fury, Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, as well as an introduction to Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.

With Spider-Man joining the Avengers universe, we will also get to meet our new Peter Parker, whoever he may be. But today, Marvel announced that Jeremy Renner will also appear in ‘Civil War’, returning as Hawkeye. Renner was set to appear in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ but had to pass due to conflicting schedules, but I imagine this bumper sequel is something he couldn’t miss out on. I just feel sorry for those that haven’t been invited to the party, sorry Thor and Hulk.

See ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in UK cinemas April 2016.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes