Not so fast there, guys! On the one year anniversary of its announcement at last year's Comic Con, the King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island has suffered a mild set back today. The film loses two of it's three leads, with both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons bowing out due to scheduling conflicts. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is staying on board, as is Thor star Tom Hiddleston.
Kong: Skull Island was originally supposed to begin shooting this fall, but Legendary Pictures pushed the start date closer to the end of the year. The project is also said to be a very demanding shoot in terms of time. The schedule simply could not be aligned with either actor's current commitments. The studio is furiously seeking two more leads to replace the actors. They do not envision any delays. The movie already has a release date set for March 10, 2017.Read More
After portraying a washed up actor known for playing a superhero in Best Picture winner Birdman, Michael Keaton is returning to the comic book genre, starring and producing in Imagine Agents, an adaptation of the Boom! comic for 20th Century Fox. The studio is currently seeking screenwriters to tackle the adaptation of this comic book movie, created by Brian Joines and artist Bachan. The story is being compared to the Men In Black franchise, set in a clandestine organization that puts a new spin on your childhood imaginary friend.
The plot is set in a world where imaginary friends are in fact real, centering on an agency known as I.M.A.G.I.N.E., which monitors these specters and intervenes when things get out of hand. Michael Keaton is playing a 20-year I.M.A.G.I.N.E. veteran agent, who is tasked with training a young archivist when their seemingly routine day is turned upside down. Boom! published the first issue of Imagine Agents back in October 2013.Read More
Coming off his success in the hit Birdman, Michael Keaton hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend. His monologue was memorably interrupted by cast members Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, who asked the legendary actor to reprise his roles as Batman and Beetlejuice. Unfortunately for them, their song-and-dance didn't go quite as planned, when Jay Pharoah interrupts dressed as characters from both of those hit movies.
While Michael Keaton ultimately declines to play both Batman and Beetlejuice, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan took the liberty of shooting their own Batman and Beetlejuice parodies, using backstage footage of Michael Keaton and crude special effects. When the entire cast comes on stage, dressed in either Batman or Beetlejuice t-shirts, Michael Keaton finally gives the fans what they want.Read More
Fresh off his Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for Birdman, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in The Founder for FilmNation. We first reported on this project back in December, when John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) signed on to direct. This biopic charts the origins of the fast food empire McDonald's.
Michael Keaton is in talks to play Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman who discovered a Southern California hamburger restaurant in the 1950s, run by Mac and Dick McDonald. Impressed with their speedy and efficient methods, and seeing franchise potential, Ray Kroc eventually pulled the company out from under the McDonald brothers, creating a massive fast food empire. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Michael Keaton met with John Lee Hancock on Monday, received an offer earlier this week, and is now in talks to star.Read More
Kong: Skull Island is continuing to round out its main cast, with Michael Keaton finalizing his deal to co-star in the movie. He will join previously announced cast mates J.K. Simmons and Tom Hiddleston. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for his indie hit The Kings of Summer, will direct this King Kong prequel.
There is no character information for Michael Keaton at this time. The screenplay is coming from John Gatins and Max Borenstein. The story will take audiences back to the homeland of Kong, where they will be immersed in the mysteries and dangers that his island has to offer, which includes giant reptiles and dinosaurs. A team of explorers will venture to Skull Island, where they will face many primordial threats. It is believed that J.K. Simmons, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Keaton will make up the core of this group.Read More
After the success of Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992, star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton were set to return for a third Batman adventure, although it didn't quite work out. Warner Bros. wasn't a fan of Tim Burton's darker approach to the iconic character, and his version was discarded in favor of a lighter approach, which resulted in Joel Schumacher's 1995 adventure Batman Forever. More than 20 years later, images have surfaced from what may have been Michael Keaton's new Batsuit from Batman 3, although they may also just be unused designs from Batman Returns.
TheMovies.za found these images on the Brotherhood of the Bat forums, which reportedly came from Jose Fernandez, who sculpted "small armatures" of Michael Keaton in his new costume when he was still attached to the film. While the grey designs are much different than the all-black Batsuit in Batman and Batman Returns, it's possible these early costumes may have been painted black later on, but we don't know for sure. However, io9 reveals that these images may not have been from Tim Burton's unmade Batman movie after all.Read More