Movie News: Marvel's 'Gambit' Needs a New Director; Emily Blunt Touted for 'Mary Poppins 2'

Movie News: Marvel's 'Gambit' Needs a New Director; Emily Blunt Touted for 'Mary Poppins 2'

Sep 17, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Gambit: Marvel's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (above in Jupiter Ascending) as a Southern cardshark and ladies' man with superpowers, now needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) has stepped aside, citing scheduling conflicts created when the start of production on the movie got pushed recently. It's not known what project Wyatt will be working on instead. Lea Seydoux is set to co-star with Tatum; filming is expected to begin in the early spring next year. [Deadline]

 

Into the Woods

Mary Poppins 2: We just heard that Disney is developing a sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins, and popular actresses are already being touted for the lead role. A new rumor suggests that Emily Blunt is "on Disney's radar" and "may even be the frontrunner." Rob Marshall, who directed Blunt in Into the Woods, is on board the project, but it's still very early in the process, so expect more casting possibilities to make the rounds before a final decision is made. [Den of Geek]

 

Mean Girls

Dork Diaries: Mark Waters, who enjoyed great success with Mean Girls (above with Lindsay Lohan), is in negotiations to direct Dork Diaries, based on a young adult book series by Rachel Renee Russell. The books have been translated into 36 languages worldwide; they revolve around a girl named Nikki Maxwell and her adventures in a private middle school. Lionsgate, the studio behind the Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent series, hopes that the first movie will launch a new franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

Saving Mr. Wu

Saving Mr. Wu Trailer: Inspired by a true story, Saving Mr. Wu follows a movie star in Hong Kong (Andy Lau) who is kidnapped by very unpredictable criminals. The first trailer teases the suspense and action; the movie opens in theaters on October 2. [Movieclips]

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