It is being reported that as a follow-up to what has now been deemed his live-action bomb John Carter, Andrew Stanton will be going back to animation and directing a sequel to Finding Nemo. Stanton has proven in the past to be gold for the genre, with the first Finding Nemo and Wall-E. Both were a box office success and brought in an Academy Award. However, I'm not sure that I like the idea of Finding Nemo getting in to the sequel game. It was a brilliant movie with a perfect story and ending. I like leaving it at that. However, Pixar did prove with the Toy Story franchise that they would hold out for a great concept before proceeding with a sequel. So perhaps it will be worth the wait. If the movie goes in to production now, it is likely it will not be released until 2018, which will give us a lot of time to decide if we like this concept…or not.
When you think of Wes Anderson movies, you usually think of a staple of known actors. It is likely in any of his films you will find Bill Murray, one of the Wilson Brothers, Jason Schwartzman and some of the best actors working in film right now. He will now be broadening that spectrum even farther as he will be collaborating with Johnny Depp for the first time on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Still no word on the plot of the film beyond a "European story", but with the creative stride Anderson hit recently with Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, this is one to look forward to. It will also be interesting to see if Depp will bring a little bit of a broader appeal to an Anderson flick.
Over the weekend at Comic-Con it was revealed that the Captain America sequel now has a title, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While the plot details are officially being kept under raps, fans of the comic book might assume that this alludes to the storyline with Captain America's Bucky Barnes who becomes a brainwashed assassin known as the Winter Solider. Sebastian Stan, who played the role in the first film, is presumed to return. Then today it has been reported that Anthony Mackie is in talks with Marvel studios to presumably play the Falcon in this film. The character who was one of the first African American superheroes is also known as Sam Wilson. Oftentimes he was Captain America's partner, who derives his powers from a suit that allows him to fly while enhancing his strength and communication with birds. Mackie is best known for his brilliant turn as a solider in the war film The Hurt Locker but is also in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the upcoming Gangster Squad.
Thor 2 also now has an official name and that is Thor: The Dark World. Your guess is as good as mine as to what that means in terms of the story. Anybody have any insight?