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THR reports that Christian Bale has stepped down from the lead role in the Danny Boyle helmed Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin.

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.

While Bale’s exit is probably a blow to the film, you have to respect the guy for taking a long look at it, realizing he wasn’t right, and hitting the eject button at the beginning of the process before the process got too far along. It’s something I wish actors would do more often. There’s such a drive among studios, performers, etc. to create a “personal brand” that people seem reticent to say no to things as often as they probably should.

No doubt Bale will find another great project to work on and you have to to imagine with Boyle and Sorkin on board a new Steve Jobs will be found soon enough.

Dumb alternate titles for this article: iQuit, Steve Job(less)

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Happy Halloween folks!

In the spirit of the season Variety is reporting a new collaboration between Sam Raimi and Fede Alvarez, the men behind the original 1981 Evil Dead and the 2013 psuedo remake respectively.

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There were lots of rumours floating around about both a sequel to the 2013 remake as well  as Army of Darkness 2. But instead it looks like they’ve decided to put their heads together on an all new IP.

The new film, entitled A Man in the Dark, is described as such:

The story centers on a trio of teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies and have targeted a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath.

I was actually a big fan of the 2013 Evil Dead and even though the concept for this new film is something we have seen before, I am optimistic that Raimi and Alvarez can do something fun with it.

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45 minutes!

EW spoke with Peter Jackson last week about The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final entry in the Hobbit film trilogy. It mentions that the titular battle at the climax of the film will last 45 minutes. Even assuming the film run time is in the 3 hour range, that’s still nearly a third of the movie just for one battle sequence. That’s massive.

The original description of the battle in question is less than 1500 words. You could probably read it in less time that in takes to get through the trailer at the bottom of this post if you really tried.

I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising considering that The Hobbit is a 320 page novel that has now been expanded into 3 films with a running time closing in on close to 9 hours of screen time.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is released on December 17th in the US.

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In this HitFix interview, Grieg Fraser (DP on Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly) talks about being tapped to film the Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) helmed Star Wars spin off.

With all of the talk the last few days about future plans for Marvel and DC cinematic universes, it’s interesting to think about the future of the Star War intellectual property. Only a few leaked photos/concept art pieces and zero footage of the first JJ Abrams Star Wars film has been seen and yet there are already multiple sequels and spin offs in the works. With at least a three movie trilogy and rumoured Han Solo and Boba Fett spin offs in the works, we’re talking about no less than five films over the next several years.

Can the market sustain another massive genre specific cinematic franchise. One could reasonably argue that folk who are interested in Marvel or DC or Star Wars would probably be interested in two or more likely all three of those properties in some way. Let’s take a look at 2017 in this lovely infographic put together by Comics Alliance.

There are 10 (10!) movies scheduled between Marvel and DC in 2017. Save Lego Batman all of these will probably have budgets in the $150-$200 million range including marketing. Possibly even more for Justice League which will necessitate a huge cast. Now add in two or maybe even three Star Wars movies. Things get bloated very fast. Even assuming one or two of those Marvel/DC movies is delayed, it’s still a rough schedule to wrap your head around. We are quickly approaching a state of having one or more “event” movies every single month.

How many times can the planet (or a planet in the case of Star Wars/GotG) be endangered before audiences start tuning it all out?

But hey, I don’t blame Disney/Marvel or WB/DC one bit. In poker they say to put your chips on the table when you know you have the best hand. These movies are selling right now and it makes complete sense for these companies to be going all in. I just have to wonder about the saturation point and how much is too much.

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