Welcome back to Reel Weekly,

This week we sit down with director Ruben Alves to discuss his hit Parisian comedy The Gilded Cage (full interview HERE). In reviews we check out the filmic version of Tracy Letts play August: Osage County and David O. Russell’s excellent dance of 70‘s con-men and FBI agents in American Hustle.

Before we get into news, be sure you check out the nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, making sure to let us know in the comments how annoyed you are that X was snubbed when Y is getting all this undeserved praise.

Movie News


  • J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be joining series veteran Roberto Orci on writing duties for Star Trek 3. Still no word on who will be directing the next installment though, with Abrams unable to commit due to him directing Star Wars: Episode VII. Read more


  • It looks like Beverly Hills Cop 4 is a go. Eddie Murphy has closed a deal with Brett Ratner to direct the Detroit-set (!?) sequel. The film will be the first in a new deal between Paramount Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, recently finishing up his first look deal with Disney. Read more


  • Director Ridley Scott has optioned the screen rights to Fae, a best-selling young adult fantasy novel from sibling authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi. Fae tells the story of Caroline Ellis, pulled into an ancient battle between Light and Dark on her 16th birthday. She must discover herself and reconcile the power of the Dark within her love interest Devilyn Riley before….. yeah…you get the idea. Read more


  • Tom Cruise is looking to develop a sequel to Jack Reacher, last year’s thriller based on the book series by Lee Child. The sequel will be based on Never Go Back, the 18th and latest book in the series, which sees Reacher trying to clear his name after being charged with a crime from his past that he doesn’t remember committing. Read more


  • Actor turned director Dexter Fletcher is set to helm the long-gestating Queen biopic for GK films. Starring Ben Whishaw as the one-and-only Farrokh Bulsara, aka Freddie Mercury, the film will follow the legendary band’s rise to the top, culminating in their headlining performance in Live Aid 1985. Read more


  • Director of The Orphanage and The Impossible Juan Antonio Bayona has been chosen to direct a sequel to the surprise box-office hit World War Z. The news of a sequel is interesting given part of the highly publicized re-shoots and problems the film had, in favour of changing the ending to something more contained. Read more

Bad Boys

  • Sony is in talks with Safe House writer David Guggenheim to pen a script for Bad Boys 3 to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Obviously bringing the film to the light of day will largely be affected by whether they can bring back Will Smith, who is in a more mature stage of his career now, and Martin Lawrence, who is…well he’s probably free. Read more


  • Ari Folman, writer/director of the brilliant and haunting Waltz With Bashir, is set to make an animated film based on the life and diary of Anne Frank. Folman has expressed he feels new material is necessary to “keep the memory alive for younger generations”. With such a well-known historical figure and Folman’s deft hand in balancing drama and documentary, this is one to keep your eye on. Read more


  • Roadshow Films have announced they have secured the rights to distribute The Inbetweeners 2 for Australian audiences. They also released a first look at the cast on-set. Production for the comedy sequel began in Queensland last Saturday for an August 2014 release. Read more

sinister six

  • Sony have the cinematic rights to far less of Marvel’s characters than Fox and Marvel Studios, but that isn’t stopping them from doing some universe-expanding spinoffs with what they do have. Spinning out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony aims to build their filmic world with 2 spinoffs; Venom and The Sinister Six. Traditionally the most standout characters in superhero films have been the villains, so it’s about time the bad guys started getting a bit more of the spotlight. Read more

Casting Buzz


  • Don Cheadle is set to reprise his role as Colonel Rhodes aka. War Machine in the The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While plot details on the Avengers sequel are few and far between, War Machine is said to have a key role in the conflict and will join other Avenger new-comers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson). Read more


  • Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) has scored the role of Sarah O’Conner in the upcoming Terminator reboot to be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World). The new film trilogy will tie heavily into a new television series, with both narratives intersecting “in some surprising and dramatic ways”. Read more

TV News


  • Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard has been confirmed as the showrunner for Daredevil, the first of four new Marvel television series to be aired on Netflix. Working on such shows as Lost, Alias, Buffy and Angel, Goddard could be the perfect choice to steer the ship on the first wave of Marvel’s highly ambitious TV venture. Goddard will also write and direct the first episode. Read more


  • Showtime have announced that Californication’s upcoming seventh season will indeed be its last. The edgy sex-fueled comedy starring David Duchovny reached its highest ratings with season six, so it sounds like they are bringing the show to a natural ending. Especially with Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins saying that Hank’s final chapter has been carefully planned for a “beautiful and satisfying conclusion”. Read more


  • NBC will be adapting Rosemary’s Baby for a four-hour miniseries with production beginning in Paris January 2014. The series will draw inspiration from the 1967 novel by Ira Levin rather than Roman Polanski’s classic adaption, with screenwriters Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story) charged with bringing the story to the small screen. Read more


  • A new Disney Channel original movie has been announced that will follow the descendants of Disney’s various villains. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) will direct Descendents, set in the modern-day where all Disney’s villains have been exiled to a forbidden island along with their children, who are given an opportunity to leave their villainous roots behind by their new king. Read more

That’s it for news, but don’t forget to check out this week’s new trailers for Sherlock Season 3, Hours (which comes with a bonus featurette), Bad Words, Jupiter Ascending, Godzilla, Community Season 5, Edge of Tomorrow, Rio 2, Earth to Echo, House of Cards Season 2, Interstellar and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (international trailer).

And finally, Veronica Mars fans and Kickstarter contributors can quench their Rob Thomas thirst with this new clip from the film (revealed this week to be released March 14):

– Compiled by Zac Platt.