••• Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about the future of the Star Wars films and the Marvel films, teasing plans for what is beyond the current-announced slate. “I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out — well, we reviewed — the Star Wars plans that we have ’til 2020. We have movies in development for Star Wars ’til then, and we started talking about what we’re going to do in 2021 and beyond… We had a similar meeting with Marvel a week-and-a-half ago to plot (those films) out, where we’ve got movies in either development or production — some nearing completion — through the end of this decade. (There) we too are beginning to talk about what do we do the next decade, and so on.” [via The Wrap]
••• British director Johannes Roberts (he made the Noel Clark-starring and -written Brit horror Storage 24) is making a film version of the title story from Stephen King’s 1999 anthology Hearts In Atlantis, which will simply be called Hearts. Confusingly, two other stories from the collection – Low Men In Yellow Coats and Heavenly Shades Of Night Are Falling – were previously made into the 2001 film Hearts In Atlantis, but anyway… Set in 1966, Hearts is a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a group of college boys and their first time away from home, their obsession and self-destruction, and what it means to be an adult in a world where, in the face of a devastating war no one understands, adults can no longer be trusted. [via Variety]
••• New poster for John Wick: Chapter 2.
••• Dreamworks has called a halt to horror film Haunted – an adaptation of Henry James’ classic story “The Turn of the Screw” –
just five weeks before shooting was due to begin, firing director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and writer Scott Z Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dreamworks was not happy that a script rewrite from the pair has drastically altered the film into something very different from what the company had given the green light too.
••• Chinese actress Jing Tian (soon to be seen in The Great Wall) has joined the cast of Legendary’s Pacific Rim sequel, joining John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny. Steven S DeKnight (Spartacus: Blood & Sand, Daredevil) will direct.