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Trailer Debut for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

A trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ has been released, it shows Spidey fighting not only Rhino and Electro, but also the Green Goblin. There are lots of hints about the story element here, and Sony seems to want to impress with lots of action and visuals. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone continue the romance and good chemistry as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, however some of the visuals fell flat, especially the big Electro set piece at the end. Overall it looks worth a visit to the theatre, if only because I’m a huge Spider-Man fan.

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  • David Magee Steps into Narnia
  • Bryan Singer Announces New ‘X-Men’ Movie for 2016
  • ‘Terminator’ TV Series in Development with ‘X-Men’ Writers
  • Disney Takes Over Rights to ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise
  • Fox Tweaks Schedule Plans for ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Following’


David Magee Steps into Narnia

Variety reports that “Life of Pi” writer David Magee has signed on to write the fourth “Chronicles of Narnia” film.

The hiring of Magee comes two months after Mark Gordon reached a deal with the C.S. Lewis Co. to jointly develop and produce “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.” The three “Narnia” films have grossed a combined $1.6 billion worldwide. Magee received an Oscar nomination for the his “LIfe of Pi” adaptation and for his 2004 “Finding Neverland” screenplay.

‘The Silver Chair’ is set primarily in the Narnia world, decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there but less than a year later in England. King Caspian X is now an old man but his son and only heir Prince Rilian is missing. Aslan the lion sends two children from England to Narnia on a mission to resolve the mystery: Eustace Scrubb, from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Jill Pole. In the frame story Eustace and Jill are students at a horrible boarding school.


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Bryan Singer Announces New ‘X-Men’ Movie for 2016

Another “X-Men” movie is coming to a theater near you, according to director Bryan Singer. On Thursday, Singer announced via Twitter that “X-Men: Apocalypse” would arrive in 2016.

Fox later confirmed that the movie will be released Memorial Day weekend on May 27, 2016. Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland 2″ will arrive that same day. Singer recently wrapped filming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which features stars from the X-Men original films and the prequel, “X-Men: First Class.” No word on whether “X-Men: Apocalypse” will follow the same pattern.

‘X-Men: Age of Apocalypse’ is set in a world where Professor Xavier is killed before he can form the X-Men, Magneto leads the X-Men in a dystopian world ruled by Apocalypse. Created and reverted via time travel.

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‘Terminator’ TV Series in Development with ‘X-Men’ Writers

“Terminator” continues to make good on its “I’ll be back” promise — this time, with a new TV show. Skydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures — the shingles behind Paramount’s 2015 “Terminator” reboot — have teamed to develop a fresh “Terminator” television series, hiring “X-Men: First Class” scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and exec produce.

TV project is said to follow a critical moment from the first “Terminator” film — where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming television show will take that same moment in a completely different direction. Skydance and Annapurna expect the new “Terminator” TV series and rebooted “Terminator” film franchise to have intersecting narratives, as well.

Megan Ellison of Annapurna will produce the “Terminator” TV series with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross of Skydance. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier are on board as exec producers.


Disney Takes Over Rights to ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise

The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise. Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm.

Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released. Disney also had to buy the rights from Paramount to market and release “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” which earned Paramount a considerable sum in return.


Fox Tweaks Schedule Plans for ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Following’

Fox has made a slight scheduling change in the comings and goings of its Monday dramas, and will now give rookie “Sleepy Hollow” a two-hour finale.

The net said Friday that “Sleepy Hollow,” which was originally scheduled for a one-hour finale on Jan. 20, will now get a two-hour sendoff on that night.

Kevin Bacon drama “The Following” is still getting a second-season premiere on Sunday, Jan. 19 (following Fox Sports’ coverage of the NFC Championship) but will now not start on its regular night of Monday until Jan. 27.

The moves allow Fox to make “Sleepy Hollow,” which has been one of the highest-rated new shows of the season in adults 18-49, more of an event. It also means that Fox can stretch out “The Following” one more week, meaning it will get to wrap in the May sweep. As previously announced, “The Following” will be paired on Mondays with “Almost Human,” which has been leading into “Sleepy Hollow.”

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