Movie Production Status Changes For The Week of April 18th, 2012

by on April 18, 2012

in Entertainment

Movie Production News and NotesThis week I saw some tidbits from a professional services account I hold, showing some production status changes for a few movies that are on the near to distant (within a year?) horizon of seeing their theatrical releases.

Amongst the titles in this list are movies like Anchorman 2, Transformers 4, Akira, a new Jack Ryan movie, the Total Recall remake and The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking*. (*Working title)

Aside from the news we heard the other week about Anchorman 2, anything in script phase or is noted has treatment/outline, is stuff I consider to be vaporware until real news starts hitting the street about those projects.  So stay calm if you see something that gets you wound up!

I’ve sorted the list from vaporware to movies actually getting ready to be released…

The movies are:

MovieFilming Start DateStatus Changed To
The Girl Who Played with FireScript
Anchorman 2Treatment/Outline
Untitled Transformers SequelTreatment/Outline
Grown Ups 2Pre-production
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters16-Apr-12Pre-production
Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForPre-production
The ApocalypsePre-production
The CounselorJun-12Pre-production
The Mortal Instruments15-Aug-12Pre-production
Untitled Jack Ryan ProjectPre-production
Out of the FurnaceFilming
Pain and GainFilming
The Bitter PillFilming
Cloud Atlas16-Sep-11Post-production
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days8-Aug-11Post-production
Now You See Me16-Jan-12Post-production
Only God ForgivesFeb-12Post-production
Spring Breakers5-Mar-12Post-production
This Is 40Post-production
Total Recall30-May-11Post-production
Chronicles of Riddick Sequel23-Jan-12Post-production


Let’s start with the movies in post production, being as those will be hitting theaters sooner than the rest, in theory:

Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff in the sequel that takes place after the events in Pitch Black.  It’s due out in theaters sometime in 2013, but I have to wonder why so long of a wait if they’re this close to completing the film?


Total Recall is a remake of the 1990 movie, and this 2012 version has a fascinating cast, with Colin Farrell playing Quaid/Hauser, and he’s supported by Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Ethan Hawke.

'Total Recall' movie remake The story/summary:

“As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.”

It’s due out in theaters on 8/3/12



This is 40 is a sequel to the movie, Knocked Up, as we take a look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of that first movie.  The cast includes Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd and more.

This movie’s release date is set for 12/21/12. (Whoa… that’s a visually confusing looking date!)


Spring Breakers is due out in 2013 and the cast includes Selena Gomez, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ahsley Benson and Heather Morris in a movie about “Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring break vacation but then find themselves bailed out by a drug dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.


Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling in a movie where a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.   It’s supposed to be released sometime this year, in 2012.


Now You See Me has a good cast, which includes Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent & Common.

I can only imagine how exciting the dynamics will be between these actors as the story goes,  “FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money

It’s due out 1/18/13


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is due out 8/3/12 and is a third movie of the franchise coming to theaters on August 3rd, 2012.   The last few movies were great family hits and I can only assume this one will tread well with the family outings too.


Cloud Atlas looks interesting, where it has six different stories set in different times and places and how these different stories relate to each other.  The cast includes Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and more…

It’s slated for an October 2012 release.


Movies Now Filming

Hitchcock, stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, and he’s joined by Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, & Toni Collette.  Oh my.. it has Anthony Hopkins in it… How can I not go see this?

Lawless is set against the music scene in Texas and stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett.  No release date is set yet.

Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana, with Casey Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard in a movie about an ex-con who finds himself haunted by his past.  No release date noted yet.

Pain and Gain stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong and is being directed by the action king himself, Michael Bay!  The film story/summary says it’s about “A pair of bodybuilders get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

It started filming first week of April and I don’t see a release date associated with it yet.

There are some open casting calls for Pain And Gain, so check out the link!!!

Snowpiercer has Avengers veteran Chris Evans, with Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill and others in a story about a train full of travelers struggling to exist in a world covered in snow and ice.  (It’s got Evans in it so I know this can’t be, but man, this sounds like a Syfy channel movie.)  It’s due date is sometime in 2013… probably the early part of the year.

The Bitter Pill stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones in a story about “A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband’s upcoming release from prison.

It’s being directed by Steven Soderbergh (Haywire, Contagion, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and is due out on February 8th, 2013.


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