Universal Denies THR Report of Kristen Stewart Being Kicked Off the ‘Snow White’ Sequel

Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth

SHEEEEE’S BAAAAAACK!!! Well, maybe. Deadline is reporting that Universal is now denying The Hollywood Reporter report on Kristen Stewart being kicked off the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. This is why reporting on hearsay crap that other outlets are saying gets us into trouble. But this one was too juicy to pass up.

Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley: “We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

David Koepp is still not writing the sequel, which Universal still has not solidified any plans on how to go about creating. The Huntsman spin-off is one choice still on the table. As I said in my earlier article Chris Hemsworth is a rising star. In all honesty I think it’s the best move the studio has. Hemsworth will be a star and a box office draw at some point, while Stewart’s box office power is still somewhat in question.

And what of SWATH director Rupert Sanders? His job appears to be pretty safe with Universal buying the rights to a project about Dean Unkefer book 90 Church: The True Story Of The Narcotics Squad From Hell. Sanders will be working with SWATH producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel on this, so he’s already dug his boots in deep enough to save himself.

No word yet about this dispute on The Hollywood Reporter site.

Universal Shuffles Release Dates Again, We Get Jurassic Park 3D Now 3 Months Early!

Universal has decided a major shuffle of its release schedule next year, this all looks to accommodate the Keanu Reeves’ 47 Ronin. The Carl Rinsch (Ridley Scott’s son-in-law) directed samurai action flick has had some trouble with reshoots that originally pushed its November 2012 release date back to February 2013, and now it’s scheduled for a Christmas 2013 release.

Seth Gordon’s (Horrible Bosses) new comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief, will move into the February 8 spot vacated by 47 Ronin, and Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) sci-fi time travel comedy starring Rachel McAdams, About Time, will move from Christmas 2013 to May 10. Since there’s still no official synopsis of About Time I’m going to guess it’s not romantic, because if it were this switch up is a little silly. A romantic comedy with Rachel McAdams may play better in February, and a Horrible Bosses type comedy will probable fare better in summer. Especially considering McCarthy’s breakout Bridesmaids did gangbusters in its May release and likewise for McAdams The Vow on its February release. Of course I’ve seen neither of these films, but Universal has screwed up release dates before so who knows if there’s a good reason for their choices.

The Ryan Reynolds’ and Jeff Bridges’ action comedy R.I.P.D. is being nudged back three weeks to July 19 to make room for Kick-Ass 2 on June 28. Both good dates in my opinion. Mark Wahlberg’s second film with director Baltasar Kormakur after Contraband, 2 Guns, gets a release date of August 16. I’m not sure why, they must think it’s going to be good, but after Contraband did so well in the off season I’d expect this would do better as an early or late year release. Wahlberg just isn’t a huge summer draw, but maybe after Ted they want to keep the guy around.

The truly exciting new is the push up of Jurassic Park 3D from July to April 5, 2012. I can’t wait to see this in 3D, I’ve been a fan since it originally came out in theaters on June 9, 1993. I guess they were scared of other summer movies pushing this one out and decided an off season release would be better. Plus this is the weekend after Easter Sunday, and I’ve always thought Jurassic Park played well to the family crowd. I hope these 3D rereleases continue to do well as there are many more older films that today’s audiences haven’t seen on the big screen, and many more that I’d like to revisit.

Watch Joe Carnahan’s ‘Daredevil’ Pitch to Fox, Now Disney/Marvel Will Take Back the Rights

I’m not going to discuss this too much, as I think the videos below speak for themselves. I’m very intrigued by director Joe Carnahan’s ideas for the Daredevil reboot, and I understand Fox wanted to reboot Fantastic Four first, as it’s more of a family comic book movie. But after seeing this pitch I really want to watch this version of Daredevil. The 70’s crime scene is great, I like the grittiness and the energy of the cuts and music. I’m not so sure Disney would want to make this version though, which is worrisome as Fox is letting the rights expire and move back to Disney/Marvel. This just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Marvel brand as it stands now. Isn’t just like Hollywood to find something that works and then beat it to death. Family friendly super-hero movies are great, but look at what the last Batman movie is taking away from the box office. Hollywood, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, it’s gonna back-fire on you.

Check out the pitch videos below, they’re essentially a bunch of flicks, including the Ben Affleck Daredevil, with some voice over you’ll recognize (stollen from another flick) intercut with some Daredevil comic panels. The strange thing is, it gets the point across so easily of what Carnahan’s vision is. There’s an NC-17 one first, then a cut down PG-13 version below.

Kristen Stewart Removed From ‘Snow White’ Sequel, Planned Now as Just a ‘Huntsman’ Spin-off

Kristen Stewart / Chris Hemsworth

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Universal will not be asking Kristen Stewart to return to the role of Snow White in the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Instead they have plans to continue on with a spin-off movie starring Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Also of note an “insider” is saying director Rupert Sanders is likely to return (he should be canned as well, not for the affair, but just because the first flick is so mediocre). Screenwriter David Koepp is smart enough to get out of this one, he’s being bought out of his contract to pen the sequel. Smart move since he could barely handle writing the last one. Honestly was anyone truly impressed with Snow White and the Huntsman?

Snow White and the Hunstmans has racked up $154 million domestic and $389 million worldwide. Considering the film has a negative cost of $170 million to produce, that’s not a huge hit. But this is Universal, and anything that make $150 million domestic is considered ripe for a sequel and probably a franchise. Can Hemsworth carry the film without Stewart? You can probably guess what I think (yes, of course). And it seems as though Hollywood sees it the same.

Hitching their wagon to Chris Hemsworth is a smart twist by Universal. Hemsworth is a hot property at the moment and will only get hotter. People love him as Thor, he definitely helped make Snow White bearable, and in many scenes simply over-shadowed Stewart. Just look at his upcoming slate, Red Dawn this November, Rush (with possible Oscar nods on this flick) in late 2013 followed by Thor 2 and then he’s rumored to be in Spielberg’s next popcorn flick Robopocalypse in 2014. Taking over the Snow White franchise will only make his star shine brighter, or at least it will look brighter.

Somewhere Robert Pattinson is smiling. What do you think about this new direction?

Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes Possible for ‘Expendables 3′

Expendables producer Avi Lerner recently spoke with Total Film and rambled off a few names they’ve already approached for Expendables 3.

We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys,” he tells the outlet. “We’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison… [W]e’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters]…And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars [will return]

Simon West will probably return as well, I imagine that’s why Cage is in this mix, as the two previously worked together on West’s directorial debut Con Air. I have to say though, that Expendables is kind of becoming an old man’s club. Snipes can probably still do some moves, but these other guys are not only pretty old, they’ve never really had any moves to begin with. Regardless of that, I would really like to see these guys make at least a cameo in the third flick.

Who do you want for the third installment?

First Official Pic of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Together in ‘The Tomb’

If you don’t know what Stallone’s and Schwarzenegger’s The Tomb is about yet, you’re obviously not a fan, but here ya go:

Ray Breslin (Stallone) is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He’s framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

I’m really looking forward to these two guys being in a movie with each other that’s not an ensemble pic. I grew up watching their flicks, so this is right up my alley. Although I’m a little worried about director Mikael Håfström, whose past work I’m not very fond of (The Rite, 1408, Derailed). I don’t think Schwarzenneger or Stallone will allow the guy to mess up, hell if anything they’ll be running the production and giving Håfström an ulcer. No word yet on a release date.

Mon Update: Box Office: Renner Rejuvenates ‘Bourne’ Franchise for #1, Ferrell’s and Galifianakis’ ‘Campaign’ a Success at #2, ‘Dark Knight’ #3, ‘Hope Springs’ #4, ‘Total Recall’ Crashes to #5

Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy

Monday Actuals Update: Mon @ 2:15pm.

All numbers below are actuals.

Box Office estimates for the August 10-12, 2012 weekend are coming in hot for Universal and their Bourne re-boot sans the title character and substituted with another actor in the lead role. While I’m still not convinced Jeremy Renner has much weight in the box office, he does seem to be choosing the right roles. With $38M this is far over our predictions of $22-$27M and, while under the last two installments (Supremacy $52.5M, Ultimatum $69M), this isn’t a horrible opening considering it’s a reboot. Universal will more than likely try to continue the franchise.

Editorial: From Timothy Dalton to Jeremy Renner, ‘Bond’ is ‘Bourne’ Again

The Campaign proves to be another hit for Will Ferrell and nudges Zack Galifianakis closer to being somewhat of a box office draw. It’s $26.6M puts it just under Jason’s $28M prediction, but a bit off my $32M. Depending on word of mouth this could go over $100M, but it’s too soon to assume a multiplier over 3x for this.

Both CinemaScores for The Campaign (B-) and The Bourne Legacy (B) put them in the ‘ok’ range, just as we’ve been seeing most of the year. Don’t expect word of mouth to be huge helpers for these in coming weeks, it’s luke warm at best.

Hope Springs opened on Wednesday giving it a 2 day lead earning $4.3M going into this weekend’s box office. Seems to have paid off for Sony, considering I feel like this is targeting the same generation as Bourne, although obviously a different sex. It’s $14.7M is less than our predicted $17-$20M, but with the Wednesday and Thursday grosses it falls right in line.

The most interesting fight this weekend was over 5th place as Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days proved a worthy adversary for Total Recall. In the end though, Recall won by a measly $100k and with what’s being reported as the total, it’s no wonder Sony didn’t post numbers for the big sci-fi action movie over the weekend. Recall has completely faltered in its second weekend with only $8M after posting a decent opening weekend in line with previous Len Wiseman (produced) and Kate Beckinsale flick Underworld Awakening. That movie only fell 50% in its second weekend though, but had weaker weekday numbers than Recall which puts them neck and neck out of this weekend. Recall is looking at about a 70% drop and it’s all due to horrible word of mouth. Sad to say that Underworld Awakening will likely gross more than Total Recall. The one thing this film would like to forget is its $125M budget.

View Our 2012 Box Office Predictions Here

#1 The Bourne Legacy (NEW)
Fri $13.9M     Sat $14.5M     Sun $9.7M     Weekend $38.1M
CinemaScore: B

#2 The Campaign (NEW)
Fri $10.2M     Sat $9.5M     Sun $6.9M     Weekend $26.6M
CinemaScore: B-

#3 The Dark Knight Rises
Fri $5.6M     Sat $7.8M     Sun $5.5M     Weekend $19M     Total: $389.6M

#4 Hope Springs (NEW)
Fri $4.6M     Sat $6.1M     Sun $3.9M     Weekend $14.7M

#5 Total Recall
Fri $2.5M     Sat $3.2M     Sun $2.3     Weekend $8.01M     Total: $44.1M

#6 Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Fri $2.9M     Sat $3.1M     Sun $2M     Weekend $8M     Total: $31M