Friday, April 25, 2014

Box Office Preview: The Other Woman Hits The Bricks

This weekend at the cineplex Brick Mansions, (reviews) the U.S. remake of the French hit "Banlieue 13" (aka. "District B13") the final completed film starring actor Paul Walker who was killed last Fall in a tragic car crash... , , and Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton are out for revenge against 3-timer in the comedy The Other Woman (reviews). , , and encounter dark forces in The Quiet Ones (reviews).

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Nick Cassavetes' female-fueled comedy The Other Woman has a shot at winning the weekend box-office race with a North American debut as high as $20 million. The 20th Century Fox movie stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

The Other Woman's chief competitors for the No. 1 spot will be holdovers Captain America: The Winter Soldier, faith-based film Heaven Is For Real and Rio 2.

Brick Mansions, the late Paul Walker's second-to-last film before Fast & Furious 7, and horror movie The Quiet Ones are looking at much more modest openings.

From a script by Melissa Stack, The Other Woman is about a woman (Diaz) who discovers her boyfriend is married. When she accidentally meets the wife (Mann), they become fast friends and, with the help of another girlfriend of the husband's, set out to get revenge. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Kinney also star. The comedy cost $40 million to produce.

Brick Mansions, from Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and Transfilm International, is expecting to debut in the $8 million to $10 million range. Relativity, which is releasing the action movie in the U.S., worked closely with Walker's team and family during the marketing process. The film, written by Besson, was a passion project for Walker, who died in November 2013 in a fiery crash while on break from shooting Fast & Furious 7.

Costing $28 million to produce and set in a dystopian Detroit, Brick Mansions is an English-language remake of the French film Banlieue 13 and stars Walker as an undercover cop who teams with an ex-convict to save their city from destruction. David Belle reprises his role as the ex-convict.

In honor of Walker's memory, Relativity and EuropaCorp have made a donation to Walker's charity, Reach Out WorldWide.

Horror film The Quiet Ones, from Lionsgate and Exclusive Media, should open in the $6 million to $8 million range. The PG-13 release is tracking strongest among younger females and Hispanics.

Inspired by true events, Quiet Ones was directed by John Pogue and stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke. The movie, set in an estate outside of London, revolves around a university president and a team of students who conduct an experiment on a young girl with unspeakable secrets.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seyfried, Others Fly To "Pan"

The Hollywood Reporter says that Amanda Seyfried has joined the reimagining of J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" called “Pan”.

The project is described as Peter Pan (Newcomer  Levi Miller) by way of "Batman Begins" in a story exploring the origins of the character and how he came to be the boy who never grew up. In this incarnation, an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates. 

Seyfried is set to play Mary.

Hugh Jackman would play the evil pirate captain Blackbeard. The studio had gone to Javier Bardem for the role but the actor passed and then started courting Jackman shortly after that. Garrett Hedlund beat out Jack Huston and Ezra Miller for the role of Hook. In this version, Hook is one of Pan's allies who ultimately ends up turning against him - ultimately becoming the villain Captain Hook.

The studio had gone to Javier Bardem for the Blackbeard role but the actor passed and then started courting Jackman shortly after that.

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily. Mara beat out both 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) for the role.

"Four Lions" co-star Adeel Akhtar has been cast as Smee the pirate who serves as the right-hand man of Captain Hook.

Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier round out the cast.

Jason Fuchs ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") wrote the script from which "Atonement" and "Hanna" filmmaker Joe Wright is set to helm.

"Arrow" showrunner Greg Berlanti is producing the pic.

Principal photography begins April 28 in England.  Pan took Man Of Steel 2's original release date of July 17, 2015.

The project is not to be confused with various Pan-related film in the pipeline including the Channing Tatum-led Pan or "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross' "Peter And The Starcatchers".

"Jem and the Holograms" Leads Locked As Cameras Roll

THR reports that Nashville co-star Aubrey Peeples is set to play the title role in the upcoming live-action film version of the classic 1980s cartoon and Hasbro toys "Jem and the Holograms".

The original mid-late 1980s cartoon created by Christy Marx followed a musical superstar named Jem, who is actually a young woman named Jerrica Benton who uses a holographic computer to clandestinely perform rock concerts.

 The film's director Jon M. Chu announced the four lead roles today. Playing the Holograms are Stefanie Scott ("A.N.T. Farm") in the role of Kimber, Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars") as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko ("The Fosters") as Aja.

Ryan Landels wrote the adapted script for the film which follows an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.

Jason Blum and Scooter Braun are set to produce the film.

Production is already underway - just over a month after it was first announced.

Zombieland Writers Tasked To Pen "Watch Dogs" Flick

Deadline is reporting that "Zombieland" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will write the live-action film based on Ubisoft's highly anticipated video game "Watch Dogs".

Sony Pictures New Regency Enterprises and Ubisoft Motion Pictures Group are developing the film that will follow Aiden Pearce, a hacker who turns the city of Chicago into his personal stomping grounds to carry out his own brand of justice after a violent family tragedy. He's aided by his ability to tap into Chicago's ctOS, a centralized operating system that runs the entire city's infrastructure. This gives him control of everything including traffic lights, surveillance cameras, subway systems and power grids, along with access to people's personal information.

The game is set for release on  May 27, 2014

The project is one of three films that Sony, New Regency and Ubisoft are developing together - the other two being the Tom Hardy-led film version of the  video game "Splinter Cell" and the Michael Fassbender-led film adaptation of the acclaimed "Assassin's Creed" video game series.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Invades GMA

The stars of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 joined the director on Good Morning America today to promote the sequel.

Andrew Garfield will return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is gonna reprise her role as Gwen Stacy. Do these set pics confirm that the classic story The Night Gwen Stacy Died is part of the film? For the record Stone endorsed the idea in August 2012 when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in theaters...Stone was asked by Ryan Seacrest about her character's future to which she said: "I think the intention the whole time has been to tell Gwen's story as close to the comic as possible".

Stone told GMA co-host Robin Roberts:

I think Gwen’s entire arc is what really drew me to the story. It’s really tragic and beautiful what happens between Gwen and Peter and it makes such an impact on Peter’s life moving forward as Spider-Man,”--Thus confirming that Gwen dies in the film--much the same way her comics  counterpart did.

Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") has won the role of Harry Osborn Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously. Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro. Paul Giamatti plays the villain, the Rhino. Sally Field is back as Aunt May. Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn--who eventually becomes Spidey's number one foe--The Green Goblin--The character was played previously by Willem Dafoe Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), plays Norman's girlfriend in the film. Former Office star B.J. Novak plays Alistaire Smythe in the film. In the comics, Alistair is the son of 'Spider-Slayer' creator Spencer Smythe. Spider-Slayers are a series of robots that sought to destroy Spider-Man--Spencer died after prolonged exposure to the radioactive samples. Alistair inherited the legacy from his father and became a villain in his own right called the 'Ultimate Spider-Slayer'. He not only built more robots but also body armor that can enhance his strength. While there was speculation that actress Sarah Gadon ("Cosmopolis," "A Dangerous Method") was going to be the new Mary Jane Watson, given the fact that Shailene Woodley's performance as the character had been cut.  As it turns out though Gadon DOES appear in "Amazing 2" after all as an entirely different character. She is actually playing an android cop.

Here's the Sony Pictures' official synopsis:

"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp."

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner wrote the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

The new film is now ready to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 already have release dates--The writers of Amazing 2 are also set to return for the 3rd film. The series will grow from there to include other members of the extended Spidey family

Watch the full interview with Webb, Garfield, Stone, Field, Foxx, and DeHaan

Howard Charts "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair"

Deadline reports that Ron Howard is attached to direct and produce a film adaptation of author Joël Dicker's novel "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair".

The story follows a novelist who gets caught up in a scandal involving his beloved mentor, a heavyweight of American literature, when a 15-year-old girl is found dead in his backyard.

Howard, Brian Grazer, Claire Lundberg and Eugenie Grandval will produce.
Penguin will publish the novel in the U.S. next month following massive sales in Europe where it outsold author Dan Brown's novel "Inferno" (Howard is also working on turning that into a movie as well) and even challenged the erotic E L James book "Fifty Shades of Grey" on the charts.

 Howard is now in post-production on the adventure pic In the Heart of the Sea

Emily Browning Weds A Crime "Legend"

THR reports that Emily Browning is in talks to join the crime thriller biopic "Legend".

Tom Hardy plays both Ronald & Reginald Kray, the identical twins who became infamous for their criminal exploits in London during the 1950s and 1960s.

The film would focus on the life of Reggie Kray, older by 10 minutes, who sought to control the psychotic tendencies of his younger twin Ronnie who was both openly bisexual and likely had paranoid Schizophrenia. The brothers' gang was involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and several murders. As West End nightclub owners, they also mixed with prominent entertainers and politicians.

 Browning will play a young woman who tragically falls for Reggie and marries him, hoping to change his gangster ways.

Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential") is writing the script and directing the biopic.

Production begins in London later this spring and goes into summer.

Jessica Chastain Courted For "Mission: Impossible 5"

Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Help") is reportedly wanted to take a leading role in the action sequel Mission: Impossible 5.

The Schmoes Know crew says Chastain has received an offer. We don't know yet what the role will be.

 Chastain was due to work with Cruise on "Oblivion," but scheduling issues got in the way and Olga Kurylenko ultimately took her place.

Christopher McQuarrie ("Jack Reacher") is now confirmed to direct using a script by "Iron Man 3" scripter Drew Pearce.

Tom Cruise will star again as special operative Ethan Hunt in the sequel--which reunites Cruise with his "Reacher" writer/director.

 Simon Pegg is coming back as tech specialist Benji Dunn

The hope is to begin filming in August for a Christmas 2015 release.

Photo: "Pitch Perfect 2"

Actress Rebel Wilson used her Twitter account to post a photo of herself and some of the cast at their first day of rehearsals for the highly anticipated sequel."Pitch Perfect 2".

Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and Kelley Jakle are also in the shot.

The film will follow Becca and Fat Amy (Anna Kendrick and Wilson) through their senior year of college and graduation.

Banks is directing the sequel using a script by returning writer Kay Cannon.

Paul Brooks and Max Handelman will produce the sequel.

The first Pitch Perfect made $115 million worldwide from a $17 million budget, and was one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Gets Quick Peek

A 60 second teaser for the comic book sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has dropped.

The characters of Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), Hartigan (Bruce Willis) and Marv (Mickey Rourke) will indeed return, Nancy's mini-story will act as a bridge for both the other stories in this film as well as those in the first film-Rosario Dawson is back as well. The stories told in the sequel take place before and after the events in the first film.

Jaime King, who played Goldie and Wendy in Sin City, is officially set to reprise her role as Wendy. She will be joined by Jamie Chung, who will be taking over the role of deadly little Miho, previously played by Devon Aoki. Eva Green has been cast in the role of Ava Lord. Stacy Keach ("Prison Break," "The Bourne Legacy") has signed to play mob boss Wallenquist, described by Miller as "the one man who can't be redeemed in Sin City. He is pure evil."

Clive Owen was expected to come back. However, since his character undergoes a radical face change, Josh Brolin is playing Dwight Dennis Haysbert will play Manute in the film The role was previously played by Michael Clarke Duncan, who unfortunately passed away. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is poised to play a smooth talking gambler named Johnny, a role which was originally offered to Johnny Depp. Christopher Meloni plays a brutish cop. Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will play a young stripper opposite JGL's Johnny. Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven also star.

Robert Rodriguez is co-directing the film with Frank Miller using their adapted screenplay written with William Monahan.

The film will open on August 22nd 2014.

Johansson & Nyong'o Circle Disney's Jungle Book

THR reports that Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are in talks to join Disney's new live-action film adaptation of author Rudyard Kipling's classic India-set 1894 short story collection called The Jungle Book.

The majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera. They also encounter a tiger adversary named Shere Khan (Idris Elba will both mo-cap perform and provide the voice).

 Nyong'o would do the same playing Rakcha, the wolf who takes in the orphan Mogwli. ScarJo will portray the sling python Kaa.

Justin Marks will write the script for "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau.

Robert Legato ("Avatar") will oversee the motion capture elements in the film

Since the property is in the public domain, Warner Bros is developing its own version with Harry Potter film series writer Steve Kloves working on the script. Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu had been attached to direct, but he left over scheduling conflicts. Now motion capture actor Andy Serkis is set to direct that version

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Deschanel And Yelchin Occupy A "Driftless Area"

Zooey Deschanel and Anton Yelchin  will star in the dark comedy "Driftless Area" says Variety.

Based on author Tom Drury's novel , the story follows Pierre (Yelchin), a quiet bartender who goes back to his hometown after his parents die. There, he meets the mysterious Stella (Deschanel) and falls madly in love with her. Unfortunately for him, that means he’s unwittingly sucked into a circle of fate which ultimately pits him against a volatile criminal (John Hawkes).

 Ciaran Hinds and Alia Shawkat also star.

Zachary Sluser will direct using an adapted script he co-wrote with Drury.

Keith Kjarval and Aaron L. Gilbert will produce the film. Nicole Romano is exec producing. 

Principal photography is scheduled to begin on May 14 in Vancouver.

Felicity Jones Is A "Monster Calls" Mom

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-star Felicity Jones has joined the cast of the film adaptation of author Patrick Ness' award-winning children's fantasy novel "A Monster Calls" says Deadline.

The story follows a young boy who attempts to deal with the illness of his mother (Jones) and the bullying of classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales.

Liam Neeson is being courted to play the Monster--The young boy role is as yet uncast.

Ness is writing the adapted screenplay for Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona.

Belén Atienza will produce the project.

The film lands in theaters on October 14, 2016.

Scott Speedman Gets Caught In "October Gale"

Scott Speedman is set to star in the thriller October Gale says Deadline.

The action follows a mysterious man (Speedman) who, during a violent October storm, washes up on a remote island with a cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound. A recently widowed doctor named Helen Matthews (Patricia Clarkson) takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job, and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland.

Ruba Nadda directs the film using a script that she wrote. Clarkson and Nadda worked on Cairo Time together.

Daniel Iron will produce the the film. Christine Vachon will exec produce.

Production starts in Canada in June

"Goosebumps" Movie Gets Going; Adds Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee ("Super 8")  has joined the long in the works live-action film adaptation of Goosebumps says Variety.

Based upon author R.L. Stine's popular young-adult novel series is made up of more than 50 books that often pay homage to classic sci-fi/horror movies. After nabbing the rights to the book series in 2008, Sony Pictures has been trying to adapt the property. The "Goosebumps" series sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

In the film, Jack Black plays Mr. Shivers, a Stine-like author whose scary characters come alive. He's forced to hide from his own creations.

Odeya Rush ("We Are What We Are," "The Odd Life of Timothy Green") will play Black's quirky and mysterious niece, who teams up with her recently relocated young male neighbor (Dylan Minnette) to battle the monsters unleashed from Mr. Shivers' works. Amy Ryan will play Minnette's disbelieving mother, and Jillian Bell his ditzy aunt. Bad Milo star Ken Marino will play a high school sports coach

Darren Lemke ("Shrek Forever After") was at least the fourth writer to take  a shot at scripting the project. Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, and Carl Ellsworth have all taken a whack at it.

Rob Letterman is directing, he and Black having previously worked together on 2010's "Gulliver's Travels" and "Shark Tale".

Neal Moritz and Deborah Forte will produce.

The property has been adapted as a TV series in the 90's

This first film treatment is looked upon as a potential franchise launcher.

 Principal photography has begun.

Midnight Rider Loses William Hurt--Future In Doubt

William Hurt is withdrawing from his starring role in the music biopic Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story says  Deadline.

A film adaptation of Gregg Allman's memoir "My Cross to Bear" The All-American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter and Wyatt Russell will play The Allman Brothers The duo will perform vocals, guitar, piano and organ throughout the film about the Southern rock group who hit it big in the 1960s and 1970s, as it dealt with numerous tragedies.

27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones died during filming in February and the pic has been on hiatus since then.  Currently, there’s an investigation underway to determine the cause of the accident and if criminal charges should be filed.

Production was taking place in Atlanta, Georgia when, on February 20, when a train collided with film equipment in rural Doctortown, Ga, where the crew was setting up to shoot on a train trestle that overlooks the Altamaha River--seven other crew members were also injured

Hurt was on the bridge when the accident happened. He was set to play the older version of Gregg Allman in the film

Despite a source telling the trade that the filmmakers led by helmer  Randall Miller are now looking to recast several roles, the biopic’s future remains unclear.

If it does resume production, it could face union pressure, litigation and protests from sectors of the film industry.

Live Action "Barbie" Movie In The Works (Ugh!!)

Variety reports that Mattel and Sony Pictures are teaming up to produce a live action contemporary movie based on the most famous doll in the world -Barbie.

 Jenny Bicks ("Rio 2," "The Big C") is writing the script, though specific plot details are unknown.

Throughout her history the doll has had 150 careers, it's hard to say what will be included in the comedic film beyond her signature pink Malibu mansion and sturdy suitor Ken.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are set to produce the film.

Production is hoped to begin before the end of the year.

 Universal previously tried to get a "Barbie" movie off the ground in 2009 but it never happened.

Andy Fickman Charts "My Owner's Wedding"

Deadline reports Andy Fickman ("Parental Guidance," "The Game Plan") has signed to helm the rom-com My Owner's Wedding.

The story follows two eligible young women, the guy they both want, and his dog who will take any measure to make sure his owner winds up with the right girl.

Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins wrote the script.

Cary, Tolins and Mark Gill will produce the film

Avi Lerner Trevor Short , Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Alan Gasmer are serving as executive producers.

Avengers 2: RDJ Set Pic & Ferrigno Returns!

Robert Downey Jr.only recently joined Twitter and now he has obliged fan requests and has snapped his first 'selfie' from the set of Joss Whedon's superhero team up sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron".

It doesn't show much of anything aside from RDJ and executive producer Jeremy Latcham standing around on-set.

Meanwhile, TV's Hulk Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll return to do the voice of the big guy in the sequel. Ferrigno has said four words as the character so far - "Hulk Smash" in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and "Puny God" in "The Avengers".

The sequel DOES NOT follow the Age of Ultron comics storyline--in which the big bad Ultron was created by Hank Pym who becomes Ant-Man. James Spader will both voice Ultron, and he'll have to do some kind of motion-capture as well--This news puts to rest the most popular theory suggesting that Tony Stark's (RDJ,) robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) operating system from the Iron Man Films would turn into the villain.

Marvel vets RDJ, Chris Evans Chris Hemsworth Scarlett Johansson Samuel L. Jackson Jeremy Renner Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders are all expected back Two time Iron Man co-star Don Cheadle is involved this time out according to USA Today. Bettany will appear on screen as The Vision an android created by Ultron as a weapon to be used against the Avengers. Vision can fire beams of radiation and turn invisible--the character ultimately turned the tables on Ultron and became an Avengers member himself.

Thomas Kretschmann has landed the role of 2nd bad guy Baron von Strucker. In the comics, the seemingly immortal Strucker is one of the leaders of Hydra, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers He seemingly beat out rumored candidates Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott who were being considered for the BvS role. The character will have Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) apparently working for him in the sequel (American Horror Story favorite Evan Peters plays a different incarnation of the speedy superhero in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past"--now in post-production--that film hits screens May 23rd 2014.). Korean actress  will play a bad gal role.

Radar Online has an unidentified source that claims that RDJ is campaigning to get his pals Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster a role in the movie.

Some non principal filming took place in South Africa Production on the 'Avengers' sequel continues to meet a release date of May 1, 2015.

"Peeps" Get Their Own Movie (Ugh!!)

Deadline says that filmmaker Adam Rifkin ("Detroit Rock City") has purchased the film and TV rights to the popular chicken and bunny-shaped candy Peeps. Plans are to turn the property into a new animated franchise.

Rifkin's wants to make a family epic in the same vein as "The Lego Movie" and set the night before a Peeps diorama contest. A single Peep goes astray and must venture through a number of different adventure-themed dioramas before judging begins.

Rifkin, who penned such family films as "Zoom" and "Small Soldiers" will begin work on the script as soon he settles on certain story points.

Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin will produce the pic

Flash Gordon Remake A Go @ Fox

Heat Vision reports that Fox has closed a deal to pick up the screen rights for a big screen reboot of "Flash Gordon" character.

Crated by Alex Raymond Flash is a sports hero who accidentally travels to the planet Mongo with his lady love, Dale Arden, and scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. There, they discover a world ruled by Ming the Merciless. Originally a science fiction newspaper comic strip in the 1930s, it was first adapted for the screen as very popular movie serials.

The 1980 film (pictured) was a total flop at first-but has since become a cult hit to many--myself included-, thanks to a well-known theme song by the band Queen-among other fun reasons.

SyFy's attempted TV series remake of a few years ago but thanks to drew poor reviews and low ratings, the show was cancelled.

Film director Stephen Sommers tried to mount another film four years ago, but it fell apart. After that fellow filmmaker Breck Eisner was attached to do the project that stalled out as well.

 "Star Trek 3" scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are set to pen the film's adapted script. George Nolfi ("The Bourne Ultimatum") did the story treatment from which Payne and McKay will concoct the script.

John Davis ("Chronicle") will serve as producer

It's a Small World Ride Becomes A Movie (Ugh!)

Deadline reports that "National Treasure" director Jon Turteltaub is set to helm a feature film based on the Disneyland ride "It's a Small World".

"The Lego Movie 2" scribe Jared Stern will write the screenplay after reportedly pitching a potential franchise-launcher ala the Pirates of the Caribbean film series to the suits at Disney.

The attraction has been around since the 1960s and consists of a boat ride past animated figures frolicking in miniature settings of many lands in what's called a "salute to the children of the world". It's also known for its catchy theme song of the same name sung by a choir of creepy looking animatronic children.

Dan Lin is producing the pic.

Doug Liman Will Chart "Railhead" Film

Heat Vision reports that Doug Liman is in talks to direct the film adaptation of British author Philip Reeve's upcoming children's book Railhead.

The novel is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals. A petty thief is hired to steal an object that happens to be more important than he was led to believe, setting off a potentially galaxy-changing adventure.

Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan will produce.

Reeve is best known for book series like the Larklight trilogy, Mortal Engines and the Fever Crumb series.

Yeun And Day Have A Taste For "Chew"

Heat Vision reports that The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and Supernatural guest star Felicia Day will lend their vocal talent to the animated film adaptation of the popular comic book called "Chew"

The story centers on a detective who is a "cibopath," a person who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It is also set in a world where bird meats are illegal after bird flu killed millions of Americans.

Yeun is voicing the detective, Tony Chu. Day is voicing his love interest, a food critic who can write about food so precisely the reader actually feels like they are tasting it.

Jeff Krelitz ("Torchwood: Web of Lies") is directing the project from a script by John Layman.

Krelitz and  David Boxenbaum are producing the motion picture.

The film is expected to get a digital broadcast and home entertainment release.

Jessica Chastain Tipped To Play Marilyn Monroe In "Blonde"

The Wrap reports that Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is in late stage talks to play actress Marilyn Monroe in the biopic Blonde.

Based on the imaginary Monroe memiors by author Joyce Carol Oates, the story is said to look at the "imagined inner life of the iconic actress".

Naomi Watts was previously attached to play Monroe at one point here

Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) will direct using his own adapted screenplay.

Brad Pitt will produce the movie.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Captain America 3 VS. Man of Steel 2: Did Disney Just Blink...?

Following his chat with Bloomberg News about  J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" Disney Chairman Alan Horn also talked about the studio's upcoming slate which included one surprising admission.

Horn was asked about the current release date stand-off between Marvel's "Captain America 3" and Warner Bros /DC Entertainment's Superman/Batman team-up Man of Steel Sequel." both of which are slated to open in theaters on May 6th 2016.

Variety reporter Brent Lang was on hand and tweeted the following quote from Horn about it:

The release of MOS 2 was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 is no longer doable. Thus, the studio picked the May 6th 2016 date--forcing the showdown. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot.

 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" helmers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are set to return to their post for part 3 using a script by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

MOS 2 will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman

"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that  Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script for director Zack Snyder.

Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

This is the first indication that one of the studios is considering changing the date. The stellar performance of 'Winter Soldier' this month prove that they can open a superhero sequel at any time and it would be a hit....

Stay Tuned...

The topic of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" also came up, to that Horn says "we haven't seen a screenplay yet that I've been able to sign off on [it]... There's a lot of variables that effect the final outcome once it leaves the studio lot, so we are very careful".

This would mean the rumored 2016 release is likely the earliest we would see the film.

Horn also mentioned a sequel to "Frozen" hasn't even been discussed--despite the fact that the film is the highest grossing animated film of all time, and the third highest grossing film of 2013, with a tally of $399 million domestically and over a billion dollars worldwide.

Kurtzman And Orci Decide To Split

Heat Vision reports that screenwriting duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have decided to professionally separate.

The pair got started writing on TV with "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Alias" before transitioning to film a decade ago. On screen they've mostly been known for their collaborations with J.J. Abrams and Michael Bay.

While most of the films they have written have been big box-office winners, quality wise they've varied considerably. Their strongest work to date has included the "Star Trek" reboot, the first "Transformers"film and TV series like "Fringe" the Hawaii Five-0 update and "Sleepy Hollow".

They also wrote "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Island," "Cowboys & Aliens" "The Legend of Zorro," "Mission: Impossible III " and served as producers on movies like "Now You See Me," "Eagle Eye" "The Proposal" and "Ender's Game".

The split is said to be amicable and the TV side of their production company K/O Paper Products remains intact.

Each one has now begun focusing on separate franchises, with Orci sticking with "Trek" and may even direct Star Trek 3.

Kurtzman, who penned the script for r Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is sticking with the  the Spidey film series and is attached to direct the spin-off villain film "Venom".

Len Wiseman Charts A "Black Chapter"

Heat Vision reports that "Underworld" and "Total Recall" director Len Wiseman is set to call action on the sci-fi thriller "Black Chapter".

Zak Penn ("X-Men: The Last Stand," "The Incredible Hulk") wrote the script which follows an FBI agent drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.

The pic sets out to reimagine the spy genre mixing in supernatural elements.

 David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce the pic

Weisz And Hardwicke Say "Miss You Already"

Screen Daily reports that director Catherine Hardwicke and Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz have joined the comedy-drama Miss You Already.

In the pic Weisz and Toni Collette star as vivacious best friends, inseparable since childhood, whose relationship is tested when one becomes pregnant and the other sick.

Morwenna Banks wrote the script.from which Hardwicke will call the shots. Hardwicke is replacing Paul Andrew Williams who developed the script with Banks. Jennifer Aniston was tipped to play the Weisz role.

Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen will produce the film.

Production is set to start this September in the UK.

Star Wars: Kinberg Talks Expanded Universe & Canon

Attending WonderCon to promote "X-Men Days of Future Past" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" writer and producer Simon Kinberg spoke a bit to IGN about J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" .

Kinberg was asked if either the new trilogy or the spinoff flicks would use material from the "Expanded Universe" (the non-canon, post-Ep VI set novels, games, etc.).

 Kinberg says that material has inspired them, but hasn't necessarily been incorporated:

"For me – and I know this was true for J.J.and Larry Kasdan, obviously, and Kathy Kennedy, and Michael Arndt, it was all about honoring the original movies and yet wanting to take a step forward, too, and tell a new story. [The Expanded Universe] is not off limits. It's certainly inspiring, and I'm working on a new animated show for them as well –Star Wars Rebels- that will take inspiration from everywhere. I know for the movies, the canon is the canon and the canon is the six films that exist."

The script Abrams wrote with Lawrence Kasdan for the film is complete. Oscar winner Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") vacated his job scripting the next film--after disagreements over which characters the film will focus on.

The script is said to include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo in their later years. No official word yet if Mark Hamill could be tempted to return as Luke Skywalker but he is interested... Carrie Fisher had all but confirmed that she would be back in the role of Princess Leia--but then her rep told CNN that she 'was joking' . At first Harrison Ford was interested...but had since walked that back--Now his deal to appear as Han Solo is not only done but seemingly goes beyond Ep VII.

 Just recently folks like Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher were said to be circling an unspecified yet probable Jedi role in the pic

Abrams also confirmed that Plemons had indeed auditioned for a role but Plemons is actually

pegged for another film. Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver were in the mix around the same time. AICN said "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" and and "What Richard Did" star Jack Reynor had reportedly landed a part. Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver were in the mix around the same time. AICN said "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" and and "What Richard Did" star Jack Reynor had reportedly landed a part

Additionally Total Film suggests that legendary actress Dame Judi Dench is up for role of the elderly version of Mon Mothma, the senator who co-ordinates the Rebel Alliance briefing in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi". Caroline Blakiston played the role in the original, a 30-second scene, while Genevieve O'Reilly played a young version of the character in a small role in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith". The character has had a larger presence in non-canon books, cartoons and comics.

Actor Gary Oldman told  Sky Movies recently that he has been contacted about doing the film in an unspecified role. Also
recently folks like Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher were said to be circling an unspecified yet probable Jedi role in the pic. 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actress  Lupita Nyong'o is reportedly also tipped to feel the force

Franchise creator George Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek that he begun talks with original stars to have them return to for its new films -- before he had even begun the process of the ultimately $2 billion deal between Disney/Lucasfilm. It's been said that Lucas' actually spent about a year planning the franchise's future  before handing the reigns of Lucasfilm over to Disney.

Fellow Original cast mates Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels say that they are keen on returning to that "galaxy far, far, away". Earlier in July actor Ray Park said that he would be interested in playing Darth Maul again as well. Back in May LR said that "The Tudors" and future Dracula TV series star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was having his "name thrown around a lot" in connection with the movie. The actor says the talk is not true. David Oyelowo has seemingly been tagged for a role, while Michael B. Jordan reportedly met with Abrams personally about the film. Sullivan Stapleton and Daniel Day Lewis were hovering around the film as well

It's rumored that Ewan McGregor will return as the Force Ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi McGregor played the Jedi Master in The Prequel Trilogy while Alec Guinness portrayed the Force Ghost version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Original Trilogy. The Force Ghost is much the same way that actor Ian McDiarmid  could return as Emperor Palpatine. The character met his end in the final reel of "Return of the Jedi"...

This photo indicates that Astro-Droid R2 D2 is in the film. Yahoo reported that the film's crew has constructed a full scale Millennium Falcon to be used during the filming. An inside source for JediNews hints that the film may take us to the Sith home world of Korriban At the same time the site also suggests that that Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Alexis Dziena (Fool's Gold) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) are up for roles in the film.

Peter Mayhew who played the legendary Wookiee Chewbacca in 4 of the previous films is apparently set to return--a report surfaced a few weeks ago that a recent canceled convention appearance in late May was "due to filming" was because of 'Episode VII'. Now, sources for The Hollywood Reporter have seemingly confirmed the news. The suits had no comment.

It was rumored recently that Alex Pettyfer ("Magic Mike," "I Am Number Four) likely auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son. Rachel Hurd-Wood reportedly went in for an audition to play the daughter of Princess Leia in the sequel. Latino Review claims they "got it confirmed via representation and other solid sources". Noise that Sherlock and "Star Trek Into Darkness" star Benedict Cumberbatch was poised to reunite with JJ were squashed but persist nonetheless. Saoirse Ronan is in there too. She even confirmed to Sky News that she auditioned for the film, but added "so has everyone". Former "Spartacus" star Liam McIntyre has reportedly read for the part of a Jedi role, while Ksenia Solo ("Black Swan") is apparently in contention for the role of Leia and Han Solo's daughter.
Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling were rumored to be in the running for the eagerly awaited next film with Gosling in particular being talked about for the role of Luke Skywalker's son. Zac told MTV that "I just went and met with [producers]. So I don't know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but... who knows?" Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have passed on an offer to appear. Pretty wild...

Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") and Simon Kinberg ("Sherlock Holmes," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") have reportedly closed deals to pen the final two installments of the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Kasdan and Kinberg are also indeed developing stand alone/origin  Star Wars features. Current franchise chief, Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Yahoo about the stand-alone films saying that they will NOT affect the main narrative of the Episodes.

The series MVP composer John Williams is set to score Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Kasdan and Kinberg would also join the projects as producers with Kennedy.

Production is scheduled to run from now until September, an official press release outlining who will be in the movie is expected to drop in the coming weeks in time for
'Star Wars Day' on May 4th, ten days out from the original production start date

The film now has a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015