Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest Netflix revivals. This week brought us of plenty of Tinsel Town gossip, including the latest speculation on two separate upcoming superhero blockbusters, Gambit and the Ant–Man sequel. Below, check out of 5 of the biggest Hollywood rumors this week.
1. Gambit’s search for a director may be down to 3 final contenders
After Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie lost original director Rupert Wyatt in September, Fox has been scrambling to find another filmmaker to take his place. According to new reports, the studio is now deciding between these three final contenders for the project: Doug Liman, who’s best known for action flicks like The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Edge of Tomorrow; Joe Cornish, who wrote the original draft of Ant-Man and directed 2011’s Attack the Block; and Shane Black, who helmed 2013’s Iron Man 3 and is also in charge of the upcoming Predator reboot.
Fox has yet to comment on its hunt for a new filmmaker, so we still aren’t sure if one of these guys really get the job. But fans can likely expect an answer sooner rather than later, as the film is currently still scheduled for an October 2016 premiere date.
2. Gilmore Girls might be coming back
Gilmore Girls fans flew into a happy frenzy earlier this week after it was revealed that Netflix is planning a revival of the much-loved comedy drama. The company seems to be making a trend of bringing back old favorites lately, as it has with next year’s Fuller House. TVLine broke the news, stating that Netflix is planning to produce four 90-minute episodes of the show that will feature all the show’s major players, like Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, and Scott Patterson.
So is the Stars Hollow gang really getting back together? There’s a good chance that the answer is yes, but no one is talking…for now. Netflix hasn’t made any comment. Meanwhile star Graham sent out a cryptic tweet, saying, “DUDES. I can’t confirm this. But I also can’t deny this…”
3. Peyton Reed may return to direct Ant-Man sequel
We have a long way to go before the Ant-Man sequel hits theaters, but rumor has it that the movie may have already nailed down its director – and it’s somebody who is very familiar with the franchise. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is currently in negotiations to bring back Reed, who helmed this year’s origin flick, as a director for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The news comes less than two weeks after the studio confirmed the sequel release date for 2018.
While nothing’s a done deal yet, THR suggests that Reed is close to finalizing a contract to return to the franchise – which should come as good news to fans of the original Ant-Man. So far, Marvel or Reed has yet to comment.
4. Maroon 5: the new Super Bowl Halftime Show headliners?
According to a new report from E! News, Maroon 5 is the “current front-runner” to take the stage at halftime during this year’s Superbowl. Per E!, Coldplay was previously serious contention for the show, but the band fronted by Adam Levine has since surged ahead and has recently been in “extensive talks” about performing at the high profile event. The speculation comes a little over a month after it was rumored that Bruno Mars would return to the show, only two years after he first performed at the event.
As of now, no acts have actually been confirmed for the Superbowl performance, so it remains to be seen whether Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, or someone entirely different will take the stage. Another possibility is that more than one group will perform as there’s been some speculation that the NFL will want to go big for the 50th Superbowl.
5. Is CeeLo Green returning to The Voice?
Green is looking to repair his career after facing charges in a felony drug case – and he wants to start by reclaiming his big red chair. The artist recently expressed interest in returning to the singing competition show, which he served as a coach for during its first four seasons. “I’ve talked very possibly about doing The Voice again,” Green said in an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday. “So I just kind of put that out there, wishful thinking, kind of willing it. Because I would love to do it again.”
The Voice‘s coach panel is already pretty full with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharell currently in the chairs and Christina Aguilera set to return (in Stefani’s place) for season 10. Whether the show will make room for Green again at some point in the future remains to be seen