News Briefs: Sylvester Stallone Says Good-bye to ‘The Expendables’

The Expendables

The Expendables 4: Sylvester Stallone has decided to retire from The Expendables action-movie series (above). We heard last December that he would be joining Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the planned fourth installment, but the actor and filmmaker reportedly had creative differences on the selection of a director, the script and other issues with producer Avi Lerner, though Lerner says: “In my opinion, it’s not dead.” [Deadline]

Creature From the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon: Based on his own idea, Will Beall (Gangster Squad, Aquaman) will write the script for a new version of Creature from the Black Lagoon. The 1954 original (above) followed a group of scientists seeking to capture a prehistoric beast living in the Amazonian jungle. The project has been long in development at Universal and will now become part of the studio’s classic-monsters franchise reboot that kicks off with Tom Cruise in The Mummy on June 9. [Deadline]

Manchester By the Sea / Elvis & Nixon / Patriots Day

All the Money in the World: Director Ridley Scott is ready to begin casting his next movie, All the Money in the World. The thriller is based on the real-life kidnapping of oil heir John Paul Getty III and his mother’s desperate entreaties to convince her wealthy father to pay the ransom. Rumor has it that Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, above) and Kevin Spacey (Elvis & Nixon, above) are circling the roles of the young man’s mother and grandfather, respectively. Mark Wahlberg (Patriots Day, above) is in the casting mix as well. Production is expected to begin in May. [Deadline]

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation Trailer: The first trailer for Annabelle: Creation explores the origin of an evil doll that plagues a dollmaker, his wife and several orphaned girls they have welcomed into their home. Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman and Anthony LaPaglia star; the movie will open in theaters on August 11. [Movieclips]

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