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-- X-Men: First Class was one of the biggest surprises of the summer movie season and has earned over $350 million in box office to date. With numbers like that, a sequel was inevitable – and now we’ve learned that a writer has been hired to pen the follow-up adventure.
Simon Kinberg has landed the coveted gig – and if you don’t know his name, we’re sure you know some of his work. Kinberg previously wrote Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He’s also producing Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated next film Elysium.
No word yet on whether Matthew Vaughn will return to the director’s chair, or where the story might go, but we’ll keep you updated. [via SuperHero Hype]
-- If you ever watched Ghostbusters and found yourself thinking “this is awesome, but how great it would be to see a movie treat this subject matter seriously?” then Spectral might be the film for you.
THR reports that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have acquired the rights to Ian Fried’s story, which finds a special ops force tasked with fighting supernatural monsters that have taken over Manhattan. Color us officially intrigued.
-- Earlier this week, we brought you the first set photos from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit – which is currently shooting in New Zealand. Today, we get our first video from the set. In this ten minute clip, viewers will get to see lots of footage from early soundstage shooting (how odd would it be to act like you’re walking through a forest surrounded by a bright green curtain?) and listen to Jackson talk extensively about 3D and how it will be utilized in his film. If you’re jonesing for The Hobbit, this clip should get the monkey off your back.
A two part story, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters next December. The second half, entitled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will debut in December of the following year. [via ComingSoon]