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J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” may just now be filming, but some big news has come out about “Episode VIII”. Rian Johnson (“Looper”) will direct the installment!

Johnson joins Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) as the other directors joining the universe.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Chronicle” was one of the surprise hits of last year. Since then director Josh Trank has been busy, most notably taking the “Fantastic Four” reboot. But now comes news that Trank and screenwriter Max Landis won’t be involved in the sequel! That’s bad news for the film. I would have loved to see their vision continue.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Much like “Watchmen”, Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is turing out to be a polarizing film. Critics didn’t care for it, fans seemed to like it. Count “Chronicle” Max Landis in the hate it camp. Here’s what he had to say about the film.

These are some harsh words. Here’s an excerpt:

“What’s special about Superman, is that his parents didn’t f*cking die. He’s not a selfish, post-traumatic sissy who needed to have his parents shot to death in front of him to understand that maybe you should help people and that crime is wrong and murder is bad. His Uncle Ben didn’t need to be killed in front of him basically by his own hand to drive the point home that if you have superpowers you should use them to help people…

He’s just a guy from Kansas who has the best superpowers. And instead of absolute power corrupting absolutely, it has absolved him from fear, and greed, and hate, and all of the weaknesses that stem from human insecurity. What’s special about Superman is that he will always make the right choice.”

What do you think?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Chris Evans is busy as Marvel’s Captain America, but it wasn’t so long ago he was Johnny Storm/The human torch in “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”. Now the reboot is coming from “Chronicle” director Josh Trank. And we may have our Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, played by Jessica Alba in the previous films. Allison Williams, who stars on HBO’s “Girls” is apparently in the early stages of negotiations. What do you think of the choice?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Potter stars lining up new projects

It’s a good day for a few “Harry Potter” vets. Gary Oldman is in as a leader of a human colony in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. And reports are that Daniel Radcliffe will be playing Igor in a new take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, which will tell the tale from Igor’s perspective. “Chronicle” writer Max Landis penned the script. And finally Emma Watson is set to star in a live action version of “Cinderella”. Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) is directing the film and Cate Blanchett is also in as the evil step mother.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

News on “Fantastic Four” reboot

Here’s some news on the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot coming from “Chronicle” director Josh Trank. According to The Hollywood Reporter the film will have 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.”

Looks like we’re getting an expanded universe in the FF too. The original films starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and more. Hopefully they get Doom right.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

So Matthew Vaughn’s surprising departure from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past” led many to believe it was he who would direct “Star Wars Episode VII”. That gig went to J.J. Abrams. But now news comes that Vaughn has joined the “Fantastic Four” reboot as a producer and will work with Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) as the film preps for a 2015 release. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as the one with Jessica Alba. And with Trank, a talented young director, Mark Millar and Vaughn in the same corner, this one has a lot of talent behind it. Speaking of X-Men, Bryan Singer teased that Jean Grey and Cyclops could be back, despite dying in “X-Men: The Last Stand”.

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It looks like that’s what Fox’s consultant Mark Millar wants you to think. In an interview with SciFiNow, Millar had this to say about the upcoming reboot, which is being directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”):

“Chronicle, if you think about it, was similar to Fantastic Four in that it was a bunch of people who were transformed into something more than human – that turned out almost his calling card to come and do something like Fantastic Four.

“What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen – I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know? The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There’s some moments in this – not to be specific – that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven’t seen in a superhero movie before.”

No word on casting yet. The first two “Fantastic Four” movies, which starred Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and more were painfully corny and a wasted opportunity, Hopefully Trank is up to the task for a big budget adaptation.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“FF” reboot gets release date

Josh Trank’s (“Chronicle”) “Fantastic Four” reboot will hit theaters March 6, 2015. Mark Millar is overseeing all of Fox’s properties when it comes to comics. No casting has been announced. Though, just throwing a name out there, I’d love to see Mark Strong as Dr. Doom.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Harry Osborn cast!

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has its Harry Osborn. Dane DeHaan has been cast in the role in the upcoming sequel from director Marc Webb. DeHaan is probably best known for his work in this year’s “Chronicle” and will join Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and newcomers Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley. Obviously they’re looking for a “darker” take on Osborn than James Franco’s version in Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.