It looks like Fox is determined to remake John Carpenter’s classic Escape from New York. The studio has set its sights on Robert Rodriguez, of Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Machete to direct.
You may ask yourself, “Why on earth would Jennifer Connelly, of all people, sign on for a James Cameron-produced Robert Rodriguez film based on a manga?!” — in which case I assume you’ve forgotten all about the gloriously bonkers and delightfully terrible film A Winter’s Tale. Wacky Akiva Goldsman fever dreams aside, surely there’s a logical explanation, like maybe she looked at the cast list, which includes Christoph Waltz and recent awards season favorite Mahershala Ali. Maybe Jennifer Connelly loves Moonlight — see, there’s a silver lining to everything.
El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn adaptation has surprisingly kept up through three full seasons, but coffins may or may not close on a fourth year. The cast has apparently been let go from their contracts, though it’s possible a limited series might keep the Gecko brothers in business at least one more year.
Mahershala Ali might have caught the villain bug. Currently he plays Cottonmouth, the powerful and terrifying bad guy featured in the first season of Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage, and soon he might appear as another villain type in James Cameron’s live-action adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel.
Yep, that Alita: Battle Angel movie is still happening. With James Cameron set to produce, Robert Rodriguez at the helm, and Rosa Salazar on board to play the titular cyborg Alita from the manga series, all that’s left to do is to find the rest of the cast. And it looks like Christoph Waltz is in talks to play a pretty major role.
Before you get all worried about the Predator part of that headline, rest assured that it’s good news: Fox has actually moved Shane Black’s sequel up by almost an entire month, putting it in early February 2018, likely hoping to replicate the success of similar R-rated fare like Kingsman and Deadpool. The studio has also announced new release dates for two untitled Marvel projects and Robert Rodriguez’s Alita Battle Angel, as well as the spy thriller Red Sparrow.
A big bit of casting new for you before your holiday weekend: Collider reports that James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have found their star for their big-budget, live-action movie version of Battle Angel Alita. It’s Rosa Salazar from The Maze Runner franchise (and the upcoming movie version of CHiPs). Salazar beat out finalists Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) for the role.
James Cameron originally intended to direct Alita: Battle Angel himself, but a few years and plans for four more Avatar sequels later, and the director is just a bit too busy to helm the manga adaptation himself. As announced last year, Robert Rodriguez will now direct the project with Cameron executive producing, and it looks like things are picking up as a few talented young women are being eyed for the leading role.
Most of us can’t even plan ahead to what we’re having for dinner or what we’re doing this weekend, let alone make plans for, say, 100 years from now. But director Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich thought that far ahead for their new film project, which no one will get to see for 100 years — so basically no one who is currently living will ever see this movie, aside from the people who made it.
We haven’t kept up very much with Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey port of his and Quentin Tarantino’s iconic From Dusk Till Dawn, even as it heads into a second season finale this week, but the bloodsuckers aren’t going to be eating dust just yet. El Rey confirms a third season of the blood-soaked vampire drama will arrive in 2016, keeping the Gecko brothers in business.