BUZZ News Shorts: Jack Reacher, Batman, The Hunger Games & More

••• As filming gets underway on the next Jack Reacher film, Paramount had revealed that it will be called Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Well, it is based on Lee Child’s 18th Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back, after all. Newly-announced additions to the cast are Holt McCallany (Blackhat, Run All Night) and Austin Hebert (The Answer). The film also stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger and will be directed by Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamonds). [via ComicBookResources]

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••• The original Batmobile from the ’60s Batman series is on sale again less than two years after it last changed hands for $4.62 million. It’s now on the market for $5 million. Not a bad price for a car bought from Ford for $1 by car customiser George Barris, who transformed it into the Batmobole in 15 days for a budget of $15,000. [via ComicBookResources]

••• Paramount has pushed back the release dates for two of its upcoming horror films. Rings, the belated third movie in The Ring franchise, moves from next month to a 1 April 2016 release date. The new Friday the 13th is moving from 13 May 2016 to 13 January, 2017. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Shatner Lee••• William Shatner has teamed up with LNL Partners, the publisher of his 2014 graphic novel Man O’ War, to create a new comic imprint, called Shatner Singularity, that will not only publish Shatner-“authored”* projects, but will also a new graphic novel by Stan Lee. More details will be released at Comicake Expo 2015 on 1 November. (*Probably ghost-written) [via ComicBookResources]

••• Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into The Woods, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) says that Disney’s new Mary Poppins film will not be a reboot, remake, prequel or sequel but an “extension”: “It is not a new Mary Poppins. PL Travers wrote eight books all together. [The original film] worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. This is an extension. I’m a huge fan of the original, and I’m a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe. There is all this new material — it was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure.” [via /Film]

••• Two new TV trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.


 

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