Fox sets Drew Goddard to write and direct the 'X-Men' spinoff 'X-Force' featuring Deadpool and Cable
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Fox sets Drew Goddard to write and direct the ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘X-Force’ featuring Deadpool and Cable

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Drew Goddard is still in pre-production mode on Bad Times at the El Royale, a 1960s period piece centering on a bunch of characters whose own shady agendas violently collide at a rundown hotel near Lake Taho, which will reportedly reunite Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges who, last we heard, were in talks to star.

20th Century Fox is looking to add a bit more to Goddard’s plate, though, as Deadline reports the studio has just hired the Cabin in the Woods helmer to write and direct X-Force, the highly anticipated X-Men spinoff that will follow Deadpool and Cable as they lead a lead a Black Ops force of ruthless super mutants on a dangerous mission.

Per the original report, Goddard “has been destined to spearhead a superhero franchise for a long time,” and will “roll right into X-Force when he is finished” working on Bad Times at the El Royale, so it’s sure to be a busy next year or two for the writer-director, who also previously wrote the script for Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

With Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Lauren Shuler Donner producing X-Force for Fox, the studio plans on introducing the mutant warriors in Deadpool 3, which still has yet to find a director, though there’s plenty of time for that as Deadpool 2 isn’t even close to being completed and still has a bit of shooting left to do.

Reynolds and Josh Brolin will star in X-Force as Deadpool and Cable, respectively, with additional casting details expected to come at a later date. While it’s unclear as to when we can expect to see the project hit theaters, 2018 will see the release of several other X-Men universe films including X-Men: New Mutants (April 13), Deadpool 2 (June 1), and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2).

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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