CATEGORIES Movie NewsJustin Lin is so hot right now, coming off the success of 'Fast Five,' that he's turning down projects. Case in point: The director -- who's lining up another edition of the fast car franchise and possibly a new Terminator movie -- had to take his name off the Summit Entertainment remake of 1986's 'Highlander.' The reason: Summit is anxious to get the ball rolling on a new franchise now that 'Twilight' is fading out, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lin's timetable didn't sync up with Summit's desire to move sooner rather than later on the film, which already has a script ready to go. So Summit is out there looking for a new director. Any thoughts?
Those pesky 'Madagascar' penguins are back -- with a movie all their own. Back in March, DreamWorks announced that they were going to develop a spin-off for the quartet, hiring Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the scribes behind 'Megamind,' to write the script focusing on the paramilitary parables of plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Now the studio has announced that Simon Smith, who co-directed DreamWorks' 'Bee Movie,' has been tapped to direct the untitled film. The penguins already have made it to TV, where 'The Penguins of Madagascar' CGI series finished 2010 as the second most-watched animated show on Nickelodeon behind 'SpongeBob SquarePants' among ages 2-11. 'Madagascar 3' is scheduled for a June 8, 2012 release.
Scott Glenn is one of those evergreen actors who never wants for work, spreading his screen time between mainstream and indie films and TV. Lately he's graced such big-screen projects as 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' 'W,' 'Secretariat' and 'Sucker Punch,' and now he's joined the cast of Lee Daniels' high-profile drama 'The Paperboy,' starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman, as well as returning as CIA director Ezra Kramer in Universal's 'The Bourne Legacy.' In 'The Paperboy,' a reporter (McConaughey) returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate; Glenn will play W.W. James, who runs the local newspaper. Glenn is the latest returning 'Bourne' cast member: Joan Allen and Albert Finney are set to return for the fourth installment in the series, which stars Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac and Stacy Keach. [Variety]