Screentalk: Fanboys fear star man's next move

Our contact at The Hollywood Reporter gives us the insider gossip from Tinseltown

Film-maker JJ Abrams set Hollywood abuzz with the likelihood of him swapping his next job spec from Trek to Wars. He's nearing a deal to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, a change of heart having said he wasn't interested. Fanboys are unhappy he's set to leave the world of Star Trek, as he finalizes Star Trek into Darkness.

Rolling in the aisles again

The original cast of the 1999 comedy The Best Man have been invited back to renew vows for a sequel. Taye Diggs, Nia Long (above), Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall will reprise their roles. Malcolm D Lee returns to direct.

Warriors fight for a franchise

Commercials director Nic Mathieu, whose ads are known for their inventive CG effects in the US, is in line to direct Robotech, a Warner Bros big-budget adaptation of a 1980s Japanese cartoon series featuring giant mechanical warriors (above). The alien-invasion drama is being eyed as a potential franchise for the studio.

Scream man's out of the shadows

But writer-producer Kevin Williamson (above), the man behind the Scream franchise, has sorted out relations with the Weinstein Co over rights to a film project called Shadows. The pair reached a confidential agreement that means Williamson maintains control over the destiny of his project.

Refugee film role attracts Reese

A movie based on the real life story of a refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the US with three other boys is coming together. Reese Witherspoon (above) is in talks to star in The Good Lie as the brash American helper. Philippe Falardeau is set to direct from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle.

Dickens given a gothic new twist

There are plans for an ultra-modern gothic future action project using Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (above) as the starting point. CBS Films has optioned the screenplay Olivia Twisted, by former Buffy the Vampire Slayer stuntman Michael Roberts. The story centres on a young woman named Olivia, part of a gang of street kids.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

    Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

    In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
    Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

    How has your club fared in summer sales?

    Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
    Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

    'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

    Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
    The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

    The best swim shorts for men

    Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
    Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

    Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

    Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
    Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

    Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

    Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
    Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

    Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

    When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
    5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

    In grandfather's footsteps

    5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
    Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

    Martha Stewart has flying robot

    The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
    Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

    Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

    Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
    A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

    A tale of two presidents

    George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

    The dining car makes a comeback

    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
    Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

    Gallery rage

    How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
    Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

    Eye on the prize

    Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
    Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

    Women's rugby

    Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup