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Kevin Smith / Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Kevin Smith says he wants to remake Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Set in London during World War II, the 1971 musical fantasy mixed live action and animation, much like Mary Poppins and Pete’s Dragon. With a remake of Pete’s Dragon already out and a Mary Poppins sequel on its way, Smith says the time is right for a new version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which followed three orphan children and a friendly witch (Angela Lansbury). [CinemaBlend]

Sicario

Soldado: Back in April, we heard that Soldado, a sequel to Sicario, was on its way, again based on an original screenplay by Taylor Sheridan. Since then, we learned that director Denis Villeneuve and star Emily Blunt would not be returning. Explaining Blunt’s absence, Sheridan now says: “I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for [her] somewhere else down the road.” Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin will star in the sequel. [The Wrap]

Eddie Murphy / Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: Back in 1995, Leonard Nimoy’s book I Am Spock revealed that Eddie Murphy was under consideration to appear in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Now cowriter Steve Meerson has revealed that Murphy would have played a key role as an astrophysicist at Berkeley. When things didn’t work out with Murphy, the part was rewritten as a marine biologist (Catherine Hicks) and love interest for Captain Kirk (William Shatner). [THR]

Fences

Fences Trailer: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in Fences as a longtime married couple living in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. A new trailer showcases their electrifying performances as they deal with domestic conflicts. Washington directed, based on August Wilson’s adaptation of his own prize-winning stage play. The movie will open in theaters on December 25. [Movieclips]

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