Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Film News: Avatar Preview Rush Crashes Site; McAvoy Picks Next Role; Spidey 4, 5 & 6?

- After crashing on Monday from the overwhelming number of people logging onto the site, AvatarMovie.com is back up for those looking to secure tickets to see advance footage from the upcoming James Cameron film. As we reported from San Diego Comic-Con last month, fans who secure the free tickets through the Avatar website will be able to see 15 minutes of the film in IMAX 3D on August 21. While many locations have already sold out of their allotment of tickets, some locations and showtimes are still available. [AvatarMovie.com]

- James McAvoy will star in a comedy co-produced by Seth Rogen and based on the real-life story of a screenwriter who was diagnosed with cancer in his mid-twenties and battled it successfully for the next several years.  The untitled project will be McAvoy's first project since starring in the hit 2008 action movie Wanted with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. [Hollywood Reporter]

- With Spider-Man 4 in the pipeline for a May 2011 release, Sony Pictures Entertainment has begun prepping for two more installments in the Spider-Man story. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt has been hired to write Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6.  Director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are not currently signed beyond the fourth film, but that does not rule out any or all of their returns for future movies. [Variety]

- 20th Century Fox has brought scribe Christopher McQuarrie onboard to pen the sequel to this summer's Wolverine.  The project marks a return to the franchise for McQuarrie, who did uncredited work on Bryan Singer's first X-Men film. [Variety]

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