Movie news: Shane Black will reboot ‘Predator,’ Stallone plans ‘Rambo V’

06/25/2014 4:10 PM

06/25/2014 4:10 PM

Alien attack

Maybe you remember Shane Black’s brief appearance in 1987’s “Predator” as crude jokester Rick Hawkins. No? Well, he’s about to get a much bigger role in the aliens vs. special forces franchise: director of a planned reboot, says The Hollywood Reporter. Black may be best known for creating “Lethal Weapon” and directing “Iron Man 3.” He’ll create an outline of the new “Predator” and then hand it off to his college buddy, screenwriter Fred Dekker (“Monster Squad”). We’re guessing Arnold Schwarzenegger will not star.

Again?

Speaking of relics, Sylvester Stallone is on board for “Rambo V” and has already written the screenplay, says ComingSoon.net. This time he’ll take on a Mexican drug cartel.

Render unto ‘Caesar’

The cast is filling out for Joel and Ethan Coen’s next movie, the period comedy “Hail, Caesar!” says DarkHorizons.com. George Clooney stars as a “fixer” for Hollywood studios in the 1950s, whose job is to protect the reputations of wayward stars. Coen favorite Josh Brolin will co-star. And now comes word that Tilda Swinton (Clooney’s “Michael Clayton” co-star) is in talks to play a gossip columnist, Channing Tatum would play a Gene Kelly-type star and Ralph Fiennes would be the studio director. So far so good.

Meanwhile, John Turturro is talking about creating a spin-off of the Coens’ “Big Lebowski,” featuring his character Jesus. So far so not convinced.

It’s a ‘Jungle’ out there

We’re not quite sure how this is going to look, but Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is a combo of live action people and animated talking creatures. And the list of voice actors for the animals who help and menace little orphan Mowgli continues to grow. This week, Ben Kingsley signed on to voice the avuncular panther Bagheera, says The Wrap. He joins Lupita Nyong’o as Rakcha, the wolf mother who adopts Mowgli; Scarlett Johansson as the villainousssss python Kaa; and Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the big bad tiger. No word yet on who plays the fun-loving bear Baloo. It’s due in theaters in October 2015.

See the ‘Stars’

When the three-hankie tearjerker “The Fault in Our Stars” opened earlier this month, the studio presented a live Q&A with stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, author John Green and director Joshua Boone. “The Night Before Our Stars” proved so popular that it will return for an encore presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday. The theaters: AMC Barrywoods, Independence, Studio 30 and Ward Parkway, and Cinemark Palace and Merriam.

Shows for Support

All summer long, all area AMC theaters will bring big movies back to the big screen at 9:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Proceeds from the $3 tickets will go to charity. Next week is “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” (But first, Google the eerie trailer for the next installment, “Mockingjay: Part I.”) The rest of the Shows for Support” lineup: “Non-Stop” July 7-9, “Robocop” July 14-16, “300: Rise of an Empire” July 21-23, “Pompeii” July 28-30, “Need for Speed” Aug. 4-6 and “Ride Along” Aug. 11-13. See amctheatres.com

| Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com

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