Is Guy Ritchie Directing "300" Sequel "Xerxes?" What's Happening to Original Director Zack Snyder? 

Director Zack Snyder gave us the fantastic voyage known as "300" (and subsequently gave Gerard Butler his career), and was getting ready to direct his own script of the sequel, Frank Miller's "Xerxes." But now, Vulture is reporting that Warner Bros. offered the directing gig to "Sherlock Holmes" helmer, Guy Ritchie!

Theories abound as to why.

First, Vulture is saying that the studio needs Snyder to concentrate on his "Superman" version. Apparently, the upcoming Man of Steel movie has some major script problems, specifically its third act. Warner Bros. wants to move faster than a speeding bullet on the franchise because legally, production must move forward by 2013 or the studio loses its rights to the entire franchise.

But another theory that Vulture presupposes is more salacious!

Supposedly, the audience research screening of Snyder's upcoming "Sucker Punch" was HORRIBLE! It tested poorly. An insider revealed to Vulture that, “It was bad; like, really bad. They’re [Warners brass] really not happy with it over there.”

Is Warner's love for Snyder gone, gone, gone? His last two films for the studio namely "Watchmen" and "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" underperformed so there may be a kernel of truth to this rumor. (Check out my interview with Snyder for "The Legend of the Guardians" right here)

Let's wait and see if Ritchie is going to accept the job, and if he's going to overhaul Snyder's intended vision for "Xerxes."

Now this makes me want to see "Sucker Punch" more which opens March 25th!

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"Sherlock Holmes 2" Gets New Title, And It Will Be Called... 


E! Online first reported that the Guy Ritchie-directed sequel will bear that title. So what does it mean? We'll know what shadowy games are being played on December 16 when Warner Bros. releases the film starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris.

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I Love This! Michelle Pfeiffer May Join Tim Burton, Johnny Depp for "Dark Shadows!" 

Previously, in 1992, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tim Burton teamed up for "Batman Returns" where the actress memorably played Catwoman. Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Pfeiffer is in negotiations to return to the loving arms of the director for the big screen version of "Dark Shadows."

Based on the 1960s gothic vampire TV soap opera, the new version stars Johnny Depp as Barnaby Collins, a vampire living in Maine who is searching for his lost love.

The role Pfeiffer is in talks to play is Elizabeth Collins Stodard, the matriarch of the Collins family. She has an interesting arch -- she's reclusive, hidden in the Maine mansion since her husband disappeared a decade earlier.

It's all about love...and vampires...and werewolves. Hhhmmmm, echoes of "Twilight" anyone?

Burton is targeting an April start date and joining the cast are Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, and Bella Heathcote.


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"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Completes Its Cast! 

I loved "How to Train Your Dragon!" It was a fun and entertaining animated wonder from DreamWorks Animation that also possessed a really big heart.

So my heart went aflutter to note that the sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon" is shaping up! Dean DeBlois, one of the film's directors, told Empire Online:

"What I presented to them was the second act of a much larger story," says DeBlois. "So the film takes on much more breadth, it's really quite epic. We leave the first film with these Vikings on the backs of dragons, so the world just opens up and expands exponentially."

The main voice cast are scheduled to return such as Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Craig Ferguson (Belch), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), TJ Miller (Ruffnut) and Kristen Wiig (Tuffnut). Yes, even Gerald Butler has signed back on, and cinematographer Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). (Check out my fun one-on-one interviews with the "How to Train Your Dragon" cast by clicking here)

Check out Empire's interview with DeBlois below:

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Finally, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Gets New Distributor, Release Date 

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is finally seeing the light at the end of its bleak journey.

Produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes gets a new distributor according to the LA Times. Once upon a time, the film was set to open Jan. 21 until Disney sold Miramax to Colony Capital in a $660-million deal.

Now, FilmDistrict swooped in and acquired all U.S. rights to the film and has set the date for the movie's release. We'll all see Holmes' terrified heroine on Aug. 12. It will be released with its original R rating.

For now, let's check out the trailer which actually makes the film look interesting!

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