Schwarzenegger Back for New Conan Movie: Conan is confirmed to come back for one final hurrah! Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to reclaim the role that originally brought him to fame 30 years ago. The new film, to be entitled The Legend of Conan, will drag Arnie out of retirement from politics and relaunch his film career. The star, now in his mid-60s, said of the project, “I always loved the Conan character, and I’m honored to be asked to step into the role once again. I can’t wait to work with Universal and the great team of Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan to develop the next step of this truly epic story.”
The Conan franchise had some pretty disastrous sequels after the original Conan the Barbarian of 1982. Most recently, 2011’s Conan the Barbarian, which starred Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa in the lead role and made only $21 million at the box office. The Governator will return to his loincloth after an appearance in 2012’s The Expendables 2, and will return to our screens again in Ten, and in a sequel to 1988’s Twins (you know, the one with Danny Devito) which is to be entitled Triplets. This ought to be good.
Johnny Depp for Transcendence? Christopher Nolan’s longtime collaborator and cinematographer Wally Pfister is set to take the director’s post in a new film called Transcendence. Nolan and wife Emma Thomas will come onboard to produce, and like all Nolan projects in early production, details of the plot are being kept securely under wraps. The most we know is “It’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as Batman, but not independent,” Pfister has reported.
Depp is reportedly waiting to read the updated script by writer Jack Paglen before he officially commits. The story, said to be a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception, will see a man get sucked into a malevolent, self-aware computer that he created. Depp will next appear on our screens in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, alongside Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The film is set to begin production in early 2013.
Adam Sandler set to get ridiculous: Everyone’s favourite daft-but-loveable movie star, Adam Sandler, is set to light up the silver screen again in his latest comedy project entitled The Ridiculous Six. The title is reminiscent of 1960’s The Magnificent Seven starring Steve McQueen, about seven gunfighters drafted to protect a Mexican town. Sandler’s long-time collaborator, writer Tom Herlihy will step on board to co-write the script. The two have been collaborating on Sandler’s projects going back to his Saturday Night Live days back in the early 90s.
The 46-year-old star has had a couple disappointments of late, with his last two live-action films Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy both doing poorly at the box office. However, recent animated feature Hotel Transylvania starring Sandler was a hit with kids this year, so he’s not written off just yet. The comedian will next be seen alongside Kevin James and Chris Rock in 2013’s Grown Ups 2. The Ridiculous Six begins production next spring with a release date set for early 2014.