Welcome back to Reel Weekly,

This week on the site we review James Wan’s new horror flick Insidious: Chapter 2 and Ridley Scott’s new film written by author Cormac McCarthy The Counselor.

Movie News


  • Following the success of The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold are in negotiations for another solo adventure for everyone’s favourite X-Man. The Wolverine did a lot to repair the reputation of the franchise after some very average instalments, so here’s hoping Mangold can do it again. Read more


  • Disney is in talks with Jon Favreau to direct a new live-action adaption of The Jungle Book. Favreau, who has previously worked with Disney on the first two Iron Man films, says “there is an interesting take that could be very cool and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements.” Read more


  • Filming has begun on Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to 2011’s comedy staring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. While the first movie followed their misadventures after trying to have their bosses killed, this time the three scheme to kidnap the son of an investor that tries to take control of their new company. Read more


Casting Buzz


  • Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, who worked together previously in Adventureland, are set to star in American Ultra. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), the action comedy will follow Eisenberg as a stoner whose past makes him and his girlfriend a target of the government. Read more


  • Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack have been cast in the adaption of Cell, which will be the second film the two have been in based on a Stephen King novel. Under director Tod Williams, Jackson and Cusack will play two men escaping from Boston
    “after a mysterious cell phone-transmitted pulse spreads like a virus through the human population.” Read more

TV News


  • The leads have been cast in the upcoming small screen adaption of Robert Rodriquez’s cult horror film From Dusk Till Dawn. The ten episode series will star DJ Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the on-the-run criminals Seth and Richie, previously played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. Jesse Garcia will play Freddie, a Texas Ranger in their pursuit, and Don Johnson will take Michael Parks’ role of Sheriff Earl McGraw. Read more



  • A massive deal has been signed between Marvel TV and Netflix to produce four 13 episode series based on popular Marvel comic characters, leading to a Defenders “mini-series programming event” that will bring the heroes together à la Marvel’s The Avengers. The four heroes getting the TV treatment are Daredevil, Jessica Jones (who scored a spot on our list of top ten comic movies we wanted to see ), Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Read more


  • As if four new Marvel series wasn’t enough this week, another comic series is being put into development for television with Chris Roberson and Michael Alred’s iZombie. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas will reunite with Diane Ruggiero (who co-wrote the Veronica Mars film) for the series which will focus on an undead med-student who works in a coroners office. She is forced to eat brains in order to stay human, but she then inherits the memories of whoever’s grey-matter she consumes. More at Deadline


That’s it for news. In new trailers this week we have Charlie Countryman, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which comes free with a sneak peek of the film), Go for Sisters, Antboy, Winter’s TaleRoboCop, and a teaser for The Raid 2: Berandal.

Only one featurette this week with Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man.

Also worth checking out are these new character posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and two new clips from Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of Oldboy.

That’s everything this week. But before you go make sure you check out Virgin Atlantic’s ridiculous new musical in-flight video as realised by Step Up 2 and 3D director Jon M. Chu.

– Compiled by Zac Platt.