'Avengers' director Joss Whedon to helm a standalone 'Batgirl' movie for Warner Bros.
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‘Avengers’ director Joss Whedon to helm a standalone ‘Batgirl’ movie for Warner Bros.

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Joss Whedon, after writing and directing two Avengers films, decided to part ways with the beloved Marvel franchise and ultimately step away from the Hollywood spotlight for a little while for a number of different reasons. Fast forward to the present day and Whedon is now working on a historical fiction slash horror movie and is reportedly in talks to take on a new DC Comics adaptation.

According to a report from Variety, Joss Whedon is close to reaching an agreement with Warner Bros. executives to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl movie, a project which “originated in the past month” or so. The news comes on the heels of the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon last night where they previewed footage from Justice League and Wonder Woman, as well as concept art from James Wan’s highly anticipated Aquaman movie, all of which were met with much acclaim.

Variety noted that no other producers are attached to Batgirl but Toby Emmerich is overseeing the film along with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. Currently, it’s unclear as to how much creative control these three will have over the project, but here’s to hoping that this doesn’t turn into another “too many cooks in the kitchen” situation like The Batman did, which ultimately led to Ben Affleck stepping down as a director and Matt Reeves coming in to replace him.

Batgirl, whose real name is Barbara Gordon, is considered to be a staple in the DC Comics realm and made her first appearance in Batman #139 in 1961. When her overprotective father, Commissioner Gordon (who will appear in Justice League played by J.K. Simmons), stops her from joining the police force, her admiration of Batman leads her to pick up the mantle of the bat and take care of business the same way The Caped Crusader does.

A release date for the Batgirl movie has not been announced.

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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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