The movie adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura’s beloved graphic novel I Kill Giants has a new poster. Madison Wolfe’s Barbara Thorson brandishes her hammer and defiantly stares down a giant in the poster for the film, which will open in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD on March 23 (see “Fantasy and Reality Collide in 'I Kill Giants' Trailer”).Coming Soon. Alita has been rescheduled from July 20 to December 21, putting it in competition with Aquaman and Bumblebee (see “Best in Shows--Q4 2018”). The Robert Rodriguez-directed film, which is based on the Battle Angel: Alita manga, stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson (see “First 'Alita: Battle Angel' Trailer”).
The Predator is also getting a new release date, according Coming Soon. The film from director Shane Black is moving from August 3 to September 14 (see “Best in Shows--Q3 2018”). Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Mann, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, and Edward James Olmos star in the reboot (see “'Dune,' 'Old Guard,' 'Hard Boiled,' 'Dark Tower,' 'Predator,' More”). Diamond Select Toys teased merchandise for the film at last week’s Toy Fair (see “'Batman,' 'Arrow,' 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' 'Predator'”).
Scott Cawthorn’s Five Nights at Freddy’s video game series is getting a movie with Chris Columbus attached to write and direct for Blumhouse (via The Hollywood Reporter). The film, which was at one point set up with Warner Bros., takes place at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a demented version of a certain real-world, kid-friendly pizza parlor in which the animatronic animal band turns murderous in the dark. To win, one just has to survive the night locked inside.
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Joker in the standalone film centered on the Gotham villain. Negotiations are not yet underway, but director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) has stated that he wants Phoenix for the role, reports Variety. Sources indicate that Phoenix has made a verbal agreement to take the role. Jared Leto, who played the Joker in Suicide Squad, has not been in the running for the standalone (see “'Joker' Movie in Development”). The film will reportedly fall under a new banner at DC that will allow expansion of canon without impacting the core cinematic universe.
David S. Goyer won’t be directing Masters of the Universe after all. Goyer will stay on as a writer and executive producer, reports THR. Goyer never made it past the in-talks stage for the director’s chair (see “'Detective Pikachu' Gets Date, Goyer on 'MOTU,' 'Shazam,' Patrick Stewart in Tarantino 'Star Trek'?”), and his departure is reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. The film is set to bow on December 18, 2019.