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Elizabeth Banks to Direct ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ Guy Ritchie Plans ‘King Arthur’ Franchise

The week is off to a slow start, although Empire magazine has been busy revealing 25 collectible X-Men: Days of Future Past covers. I have all them in one post here. Meanwhile, here’s a recap of what’s happening today in the film world:

— In case you missed it, here’s the Maleficent sneak peek that aired during last night’s Grammy Awards show.

— The Quentin Tarantino leaked script saga continues with the director taking legal action over the alleged dissemination of copies of his unproduced script for The Hateful Eight. Last week, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script with the headline, Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script. Tarantino and his lawyers allege that “…Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.”

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— Elizabeth Banks will make her feature film directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2. Banks, who co-starred and produced the first film will also return to those same roles in this sequel as well. Though the cast has not been set yet, stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are expected to return for the sequel.

— If you thought three-picture movie franchises were a big deal, Guy Ritchie is looking to double that number. Ritchie is looking to kick off a six-movie franchise that focuses on King Arthur. Warner Bros. had tried to get a King Arthur project going a few years ago with Kit Harington (Jon Snow on Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (the new Robocop) attached as Arthur and Lancelot. That project was canned but the studio remains interested in the potential of launching a new franchise.

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