Oscar Winner Circling 'Spawn' Reboot, Rock 'Lobo' No Go and 'Toy Story 4' in 2015?

Toy Story 41.) More than one source out of Colombia is reporting Pixar has made Toy Story 4 official and has set a 2015 release date, also promising the rather obvious returns of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack. I've no idea why Colombia would receive the news before the rest of the world, but I'm sure we'll hear more soon enough if Pixar is making some sort of press event there this week. Then again, with Pete Docter's Inside Out targeting 2015 and Finding Nemo 2 expected for 2016 this is all likely very premature. [Terra, Jorge Luis Balaguera, via Bleeding Cool]

2.) Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty, "Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Stoker) and Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, A Good Day to Die Hard) will lead the cast of Showtime's Ridley Scott-directed pilot for "The Vatican." The potential series was created by Donnie Brasco writer Paul Attanasio and is said to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Catholic Church. [HitFix]

Spawn3.) Spawn comic writer Todd McFarlane is still teasing a reboot of his dark superhero franchise. "I continue writing pages here and there," he tells MTV. "I have a guy waiting in the sidelines, an Academy Award-winning actor." Any ideas who that actor might be?

4.) If it wasn't evident enough by his bevy of other in-development projects and his return to the WWE ring, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed the film adaptation of the DC Comics alien bounty hunter Lobo is no more. "For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away," The Rock says. It was announced about seven months ago the project would reunite Johnson with his Journey 2: The Mysterious Island helmer Brad Peyton, but The Rock seems to be focused on Brett Ratner's Hercules. Johnson says the project will be his next shoot, mentioning it has been a passion project of his since he started acting and that he has been preparing for the role for the good part of a year. [MTV]

5.) When Rupert Wyatt left the sequel to his massively successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes back in September, it was widely suggested to have something to do with the time constraints of meeting Fox's already-announced release date. The filmmaker has finally come out and given a (rather vague) explanation of why he left the project, offering "I had a take on the sequel which didn't marry with the studio's." Matt Reeves, who Wyatt speaks highly of, eventually replaced Wyatt, while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains on track for a May 23, 2014 release. Wyatt has since turned his attention to the WWI drama Birdsong. [What Culture!]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    While I understand it's sure profits for Disney / PIXAR, I really wish they weren't continuing the Toy Story franchise. The third one ended on such an amazing note (most I've teared up in a movie in a while).

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    - "Toy Story 4"?! Why ruin a perfect trilogy? It's disgusting how money hungry studios are.

    - I'm really excited about another Spawn movie; big fan of the comics and the original. If when McFarlane says, "Academy Award-winning actor" and is referring to the part of Spawn, I'm assuming he's talking about Jamie Foxx.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    My guess for the Academy Award Winning Actor it's Daniel Day-Lewis who is attached to Spawn. His kinda movie.

    • Yaz

      Haha... Ah. You know he would KILL it tho.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        Hahaha yeah, but... Wouldn't that be funny as hell? Him doing something like that?

        Wait, I'd actually be terrified... If he's a method actor, what would he do to prepare for his role..?

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

          1) Pixar might officially be jumping the shark if Toy Story 4 is official...

          3) OH DEAR LORD Daniel Day-Lewis haha

          • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

            Excuse me for being curious, but what's 2)?

          • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

            Oops never mind, don't answer my question. I just connected the dots. It's late where I live.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I wish they would leave Toy Story alone. The 3rd ending was incredibly good

  • Toy STory 3 (over rated)

    Pixar has had less than critical success with their originals lately so they'e been sequeling/prequeling the crap out of their successes. I've never seen a company jump on the sequel bandwagon with so many annouced in quite a while. Speaks Volumes. Toy Story 4 absolutely a waste of time. Nemo 2 (people have actually been wanting a sequel to this and The Incredibles for a long long time). but Monsters University (come on) Cars 2 (horrible)..

  • Watch out pixar FOX is on your tail (Bigtime)

    FOx & Dreamworks have proven they can makle pixar squirm and Dreamworks How to train your dragon was better than most pixar films (including the animation not just storyline) and RIO from Fox was absolutely beautiful and well received.. now they're bring us the movie EPIC which will make anything pixar has done seem like a comicstrip. The trailers alone for Epic are out of this world amazing. Really want people to stop waiting for a pixar so so film and start going to see the other animation.. many are better... much better.

  • Ooze33

    I don't think they'd be doing a new Toy Story unless they had something REALLY good to work with. Same thing goes for Finding Nemo 2. Hoping for the best!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    1) I think that both Toy Story 4 and Finding Nemo 2 are completely unessasary. Toy Story 3 ended the franchise perfectly and as for Nemo, what else could they do? I'm fine with Monsters University because it actually looks pretty good. One Pixar sequel I think could actually be good is The Incredibles 2. As for Inside Out, what the heck is that about? I've never even heard of it until now.

    2) The only Ridley Scott movies I've seen are Prometheus and Robin Hood and they were both awful so I don't really care about this at all.

    3) I hope this movie happens. I've never read any of the Spawn comics but it sounds interesting. As for who the Oscar winning actor would be, I have no idea.

    4) Don't Care, the movie sounded terrible anyway.

    5) The movie will be good no matter who directs it, so I don't care.

    • Jack

      So you're going to completely write off Ridley Scott, even though you never saw Blade Runner, Alien, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator, four of the best Hollywood films of all time?

      Go back to the imdb message boards.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        I actually have seen some of Gladiator and some of Alien, but I didn't watch all of either of them because what I saw was awful. I actually would kind of like to see Blade Runner and Black Hawk Down though because they both sound interesting.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kash/ kash

    Somehow that Toy Story 4 direction was inevitable, right? What does hollywood do with successful TRILOGIES? Make more, thats what! Lord of the Rings, Die Hard, Pirates of the Caribbean. Like i said, its just inevitable. The age of trilogies is over...the trend now is "franchises". Just keep churning them out till you hit a flop and people get sick and tired of watching...effectively ruining any potential for becoming a classic.