Quick Hits: Mike Myers Signs on for 'Austin Powers 4', Disney Cancels Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger' and More

Quick Hits: Mike Myers Signs on for 'Austin Powers 4', Disney Cancels Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger' and More

Aug 13, 2011

-- Late Friday night brought word that Mike Myers has decided to reunite with his popular Austin Powers character(s) for another sequel. No other details are available other than the fact that Myers has signed on to the film, but the move makes sense for Myers since he's found success with the franchise previously. The last Austin Powers movie, Austin Powers in Goldmember, scored almost $300 million worldwide. Meanwhile, the last live-action film headed up by Myers (The Love Guru) barely cracked $40 million worldwide. You do the math. (However if we were choosing, we'd rather see another Wayne's World movie. Check out their recent appearance on SNL below.) A release date hasn't been set. [Hitfix]

-- While one character makes his big-screen return, another is halted at the starting line. Disney has  pulled the plug on The Lone Ranger, which was set to pair up Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced blockbuster that came with a reported budget north of $230 million, which was ultimately its downfall. With two very expensive upcoming blockbusters on the way (John Carter and Oz: The Great and Powerful) -- both of which are over $200 million in budget -- the Mouse House didn't feel comfortable pouring even more money into a third blockbuster that, like the other two, is not a sure thing at the box office. Let's also remember that they're probably piecing together a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie and another TRON sequel. Apparently they'll now go back to the drawing board and see if they can't re-package this sucker so that it's less expensive. For comparison's sake, the recent True Grit remake came with a budget of $38 million. [Deadline]

-- While we await the ass-to-mouth magic that is Human Centipede 2, director Tom Six has announced that he's already working on Human Centipede 3, which, according to him, will make the banned-in-some-places Part 2 look "like a Disney film." He added, "We're going to shoot the third film entirely in America and it's going to be my favorite. It's going to upset a lot of people." [Twitch]

-- On the lighter side of planned trilogies, it was recently announced that, yes, Bridget Jones' Diary 3 is now officially a go. Paul Feig was rumored to be directing and we imagine Renee Zellweger will return because ... what else does she have to do? [EW]


-- Here's another image of Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar, due in theaters on November 9th. [EW]

-- Check out the latest trailer for the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray, featuring a brief glimpse of some never-before-seen footage. [Yahoo]

-- And finally, as sweet as this Comic-Con marriage proposal is, this dude receives multiple "FAIL" points for a) not being in costume, and b) getting down on one knee in some random corner of the busy convention floor. Really dude? This was your big, grand idea? [Neatorama]


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