‘Terminator 5′ Finds A New Leader And ‘Dark Shadows’ Snags A Release Date In Today’s Dailies

The biggest news to come out of Cannes today concerns our future: specifically, the post apocalyptic “Terminator” series is going indie.

Or, at least it’s been purchased by “indie savior” Megan Ellison, who Deadline is estimating spent around $20 million to acquire the rights to the “Terminator” franchise. Considering that Ellison’s Annapruna Films is behind Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Laden” and Paul T. Anderson’s next picture, her involvement is nothing but good news for the developing “Terminator” sequel.

In the news after the jump, “Dark Shadows” gets a release date, a major star stays on board for “Rock of Ages” and the first shot of Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson’s “Looper” hits the web.

“Dark Shadows” Gets Super Official
Consider this yet another great hurdle to prevent Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s planned “Dark Shadows” remake from being delayed anymore. Warner Bros has announced that the film’s release date will be May 11, 2012, right at the forefront of the 2012 summer blockbuster season.

“Legend” Gets A Director
CBS Films has found a director for their latest foray into the young adult franchise territory, “Legend,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The Wackness” and “50/50″ director Jonathan Levine has come on board to helm the flick, which is set 100 years in the future when North America is split into two warring nations. It’s up to a Robin Hood-style hero and a teenage prodigy to take down their totalitarian leaders. The movie has the backing of “The Twilight Saga’s” Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Alec Baldwin Still In For “Rock Of Ages”
After many back and forth rumors, Deadline is able to confirm that Alec Baldwin is in fact staying on board for “Rock of Ages.” He’ll join Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige and Malin Akerman, among others, on the flick.

“Monsters University” Logo Released
Some new information about Pixar’s latest, “Monsters University,” has hit the web, as well as the news that it will be released (unsurprisingly) in 3D and the premiere of its logo. According to Collider, Disney released a brief synopsis that says, “Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. ’Monsters University’ unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friend.” That pretty much stays true to what we heard when the project was first announced back in April.

Bruce Willis Burns Things In “Looper”
Or at least that’s what the first still from Rian Johnson’s latest film, “Looper,” is showing us. Empire landed the exclusive on the image. The magazine was able to embellish the plot of the flick, which is set in the near future where time travel is possible and where Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character Joe’s future self, played by Willis, comes to the past and all sorts of craziness breaks loose.

Rob Lowe Lays A Finger On Your Butterfinger
Finally, for our Friday the 13th-focused news, Butterfinger (yes, the candy bar) has tapped “Parks and Recreation” actor Rob Lowe to direct the first ever film produced by one of America’s “iconic candy brands.” The film, called “Butterfinger the 13th,” is described in a press release as comedy-horror, bringing to life the “Nobody’s Gonna Lay A Finger” tagline and warning fans that “You Can’t Scream With Your Mouth Full.” What does that mean? We’re not quite sure. But here’s the trailer, so watch and judge for yourselves.

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