After Hours: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Phillip Noyce To Direct Hunter Killer, And More

After Hours, just what is After Hours, well it is a movie column named after one of my favorite Martin Scorsese films. After Hours will feature any news we might have missed during the day. After all we are human.

DisneyToon Studios have announced that they would be producing an expansion of the Cars world titled Planes.

Here is the official press release announcing the Cars spinoff.

The sky’s the limit as DisneyToon Studios proudly announces PLANES – a spectacular, full-length CG animated comedy action adventure movie for everyone set high above the world of CARS. PLANES will introduce an entirely original and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe and draws inspiration from the immensely popular Disney•Pixar’s CARS world. PLANES will arrive on Blu-ray™ and DVD in Spring 2013.

“We had such a great time exploring the world of ‘Cars’ over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters. By expanding the Cars world, ‘Planes’ gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters,” commented John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion. I know audiences are going to love taking off into the wild blue yonder with these daredevil characters, as they experience a whole new kind of animated adventure.”

PLANES takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure starring Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race … despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

Fasten your seatbelt as more information on PLANES will be arriving shortly.

Some scheduling news to report. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures will release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on March 2, 2012. Directed by Tommy Wirkola, the film is set to star Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Femke Jansen. Set 15 years after the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tale gingerbread house incident, Hansel and Gretel are now working as bounty hunters and tracking down supernatural beings.

Phillip Noyce has completed negotiations with Relativity Media to direct Hunter Killer, an adaptation of Don Keith and George Wallace’s book of the same name. X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Ross has penned the screenplay, which follows ” an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III.”

We have a trailer for the romantic comedy Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson. The adaptation of Emily Giffin’s novel of the same name is directed by Ginnifer Goodwin.

After having to go through bankruptcy, MGM is ready to roar once again with a set of projects they will be working on in the future. According to Variety, the five projects that MGM will be working on are:

– A reboot of “RoboCop.” Pic was being fast-tracked for a 2010 release as the first potential tentpole to come together under Parent’s regime, with director Darren Aronofsky attached at one point. Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy, who produced the original film for Orion in 1987, was on board as producer alongside Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites.

– A reboot of “Mr. Mom.” The 1983 original, directed by Stan Dragoti and written by John Hughes about a stay-at-home dad, starred Michael Keaton and Teri Garr.

– A remake of 1980’s “The Idolmaker.” Original was directed by Taylor Hackford and starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols.

– A “Hercules” project. Project has been in development at Spyglass with Peter Berg producing. Story centers on the mythical figure, having turned his back on the gods, becoming a mercenary and training a ruthless army.

– A fourth “Poltergeist.” The original was released in 1982, followed by sequels in 1986 and 1988.