News Bits: Deadpool 2, Hellboy, Aspern, Augmented

Deadpool 2
After months of Josh Brolin showing off his new physique for “Deadpool 2” on social media, Ryan Reynolds has decided to turn the tables and show off photo of himself posted by trainer Don Saladino on Thursday. “Deadpool 2” opens June 1st 2018. [Source: Instagram]

Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot of the “Hellboy” franchise has reportedly dropped its ‘Rise Of The Blood Queen’ subtitle and will now be called just “Hellboy”. The project, which stars David Harbour, is slated to go into production later this Fall. [Source: IGN]

The Aspern Papers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jon Kortajarena, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Alice Aufray, and Barbara Meier will join Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in Julien Landais’ period drama “The Aspern Papers”. Landais, Jean Pavans and Hannah Bhuiya co-wrote the script and filming is underway in Venice.

An adaptation of the Henry James novel, the Venice 1885 set novel follows a young writer (Rhys Meyers) fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern as he strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress Juliana. Decades later, Juliana (Redgrave) lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Richardson), whom Morton tries to seduce. [Source: Variety]

Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Mark Townend’s sci-fi thriller spec script “Augmented” with Margot Robbie and Denise Di Novi attached as producers. Carmen Lewis, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will also produce and the storyline is currently being kept under wraps. [Source: Heat Vision]