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Rapace On 'Prometheus 2', Binoche Up for 'Godzilla' and Polishing 'Fantastic Four'

And James McAvoy is rumored to star in The Crow remake

Juliette Binoche1.) Juliette Binoche is in negotiations to join Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot, based on the classic Toho original for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. No word exactly on the story, but it's expected to return to the classic roots rather than the awful Roland Emmerich version from 1998. Oh, and it will most likely be in 3-D. [Variety]

2.) Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter screenplay didn't exactly invite legions of fans and neither did his screenplay for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, but he's not giving up and the studios aren't giving up on him. Fox hired Grahame-Smith to do a polish on Jeremy Slater's screenplay for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot to be directed by Chronicle helmer Josh Trank. The story is based on the 1960s comic centering on a "family" of superheroes including Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, the Human Torch and the Thing and word is the new reboot is taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology, which featured not just the better-known villains such as Doctor Doom and Galactus but also alien races the Kree and the Skrull, and the anti-matter universe known as the Negative Zone. [THR]

Noomi Rapace in Prometheus3.) Noomi Rapace was asked about the status of Prometheus 2 while doing press rounds for her upcoming film Dead Man Down and says development is underway, telling The Playlist, "They're working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It's just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will."

4.) At one point Bradley Cooper was going to star in a remake of The Crow, but the project fell apart before it could happen. Now the new rumor has James McAvoy starring as Eric Draven and F. Javier Gutierrez directing. We'll see how this latest iteration pans out. [BD]

5.) Featured below is concept art from Iron Man 3 and folks that know more about comics than me are calling it Iron Man's "Heartbreaker" armor and apparently it will be seen at some point in the new film. In addition to that, DarkHorizons has a quote from Robert Downey Jr. talking about whether or not he would like to continue to play Tony Stark beyond The Avengers 2. He said:

"It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. Sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let's see what happens. I take the audience very seriously - I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, 'Don't do that anymore.' I don't have to overstay my welcome… I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry!"

Now here's that armor:

Iron Man 3 Heartbreaker Armor Concept Art
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I have to ask..do we really need Prometheus 2? It's not exactly nessasary. The first one did a good job wrapping up the story. I mean, really, what else could they do? Plus, the first one was one of the worst movies of last year in my opinion and the second one would probably be even worse.

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

      So they shouldn't make a sequel because YOU didn't enjoy Prometheus? It made a fair bit of money and was well received by critics and audiences.

      Also they didn't wrap up the story at all. That movie was unique in the way that it asked so many question but answered almost none of them.

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

        Well I didn't really find any questions that they didn't answer. Other than maybe the question of who created the engineers.

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

          With that seemingly sudden realization you just had, wouldn't that be the perfect question to base the sequel on? THAT question became the main focus halfway through the movie, that Ridley seems to want to explore in more detail, and it sounds like a pretty good science fiction premise, to me. I also think it will finally take the conversation that movies like "Contact" only attempted to pursue; in reference to "Heaven" and "God" and what it would mean if the answer happened to be trivially disappointing, as David pointed out so coyly to Charlie.

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

            Yes, I suppose that would be a good idea for the sequel..

  • http://www.custodianfilmcritic.com Timbo

    James McAvoy does know how cursed that role is, right? I mean...Brandon Lee died, then Eddie Furlong played the crow in Wicked Prayer in 2005...

  • Dale

    Juliette Binoche is one of my favorite actresses, and I'd much prefer to see her in something more worthy of her considerable talents.