Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ridley Scott Will NOT Direct Blade Runner 2

Ridley Scott is no longer going to helm the in the pipeline Blade Runner Sequel.

While chatting with Variety, Scott confirmed he is still on board to produce the film with Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Production will take place sometime next year.

Original "Blade Runner" co-scribe Hampton Fancher had been at work on the script for new film. Scott Z. Burns was in talks to write the script at one point. Now Green Lantern co-writer Michael Green has been hired to take on the job of  reworking the script

Fancher and David Peoples adapted the script for the 1982 sci-fi classic based upon author Philip K. Dick's story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

 Recently Scott reportedly indicated that the script is done and  he confirms Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard character is a part of the action:

"We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act."

Scott is gearing up for cameras to roll on "The Martian" which will take up much of his time next year and he moves on to Prometheus 2 in late 2015/early 2016. "Blade Runner 2" is  also slated to film next year, the scheduling has always seemed a bit muddled --something had to give .

Christian Bale On Giving Up Batman

It's hard to believe that Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy started over 9 years ago-but it's true.

,is out on the stump for December 12th release of 's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" where he was asked about the next man to wear Batman's cape and the cowl - Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

Bale tells Empire (via CBM) that when he first heard the news of Warner Bros making another Batman film, he he admits that he was speechless:

"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another'. So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."

The studio is going with an older and more burned out Batman for Ben to play in the new film, coupled with the fact that it's an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe than the Dark Knight Films occupied. Even so, Bale still cares about the character and has already been in touch with Affleck to offer advice:

"I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman... I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven't spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did."

Box-Office Preview: How Horrible Will It Be?

The weekend box office race kicks off today due to the extended Thanksgiving holiday.

Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day Jason Sudeikis Jamie Foxx Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston are set to reprise their roles for the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 (reviews). Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Chris Pine are gonna play a father/son boss team.

In the new film Bateman, Day and Sudeikis launch their own business and then plan to get revenge on a rogue investor who has taken over their company.

The (reviews) are on the march in their first solo movie.

On Friday--The long-awaited awards contending biopic The Imitation Game (reviews) is here.

The film deals with Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the World War II. He was also one of the earliest to explore the biological process of morphogenesis.

Downton Abbey star Allen Leech plays a Scottish spy who worked with the Soviets to plot against Turing. Mark Strong Keira Knightley Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance also star.

Even with those trio of new wide releases--The start to the two film adaptation of the last book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (reviews) is expected to win again.

Pamela McClintock of THR:

There's something for (mostly) everyone at the Thanksgiving box office.

New Line and Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses 2 will go after younger adults and older teens looking for a laugh, while Penguins of Madagascar, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's popular Madagascar franchise, hopes to nab families. Both begin rolling out Tuesday night in North America before playing everywhere on Wednesday, a popular day for moviegoing.

The other main Thanksgiving attraction is a teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 88-second tease will begin playing Friday morning in 30 theaters across the country — before every showing of every movie.

In term of sheer might, holdover The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 should easily win the five-day turkey race with a gross in the $80 million range, including an estimated $50 million to $55 million for the weekend. Last Thanksgiving, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire likewise topped the holiday frame after opening the week before.

Jeffrey Katzenberg's DWA needs a box-office success, and while Penguins certainly won't match the $94.6 million grossed by Disney's Frozen last Thanksgiving, it should post a solid five-day gross in the $45 million-$47 million range, including a weekend take of $32 million to $34 million. (Disney's Big Hero 6 continues to hold well, however, and could take a bite out of Penguins.)

Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, Penguins is voiced by John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knights, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Peter Stormare, Ken Jeong and Annet Mahendru.

Horrible Bosses 2 is looking like a clear winner for New Line and Warner Bros. The sequel, one of the few R-rated comedies to ever dare opening on Thanksgiving, could gross $35 million to $40 million for the five days, if not more. For the weekend itself, it could gross $23 million to $25 million. The first Horrible Bosses opened to $28.2 million in summer 2011 on its way to earning a stellar $209.6 million worldwide.

Directed this time out by Sean Anders (Sex Tape), Horrible Bosses 2 reteams most of the original cast, including Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, whose characters set out to start their own business, only to be swindled. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey also star.

As awards season heats up, there's a slew of offerings for adults at the specialty box office including Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which will be playing in roughly 700 theaters by Thanksgiving Day. Other awards contenders in the marketplace include holdovers Birdman, Foxcatcher, Whiplash and Boyhood, while The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash could also enjoy a boost this weekend after scoring key Independent Spirit Nominations (Birdman lead with six noms).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

First Peek: Joe Wright's "Pan"

The first trailer for the reimagining of J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" called “Pan” is here.

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.

Hugh Jackman will 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.

Warner Bros 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. Amanda Seyfried is set to play Mary.

Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Jack Charles, , Kurt Egyiawan and 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 took place in England.  Pan took took Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'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".

MUST WATCH:1st Peek "Jurassic World"

The first trailer for Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World" has been released a little early.

The events are said to take place Isla Nublar, the site of John Hammond's (the late Richard Attenborough) Jurassic Park theme park, rather than Isla Sorna of the two previous sequels. "Jurassic World" lays the groundwork of story arcs that could be carried into future installments of the film series.

Chris Pratt will play a rugged ex-military man, who spars with Bryce Dallas Howard's corporate scientist.  Melissa & Joey and The Kings of Summer star Nick Robinson is poised to play the older brother of Ty Simpkins, the 12-year-old actor that befriended Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 3".The boys are in turn Howard’s nephews. Josh Brolin was first in line for Pratt's role but a deal could not be reached. Vincent D'Onofrio will play the villain in the sequel. Irrfan Khan has landed an unspecified role in the project as well. Actor Bd Wong will reprise his role as Dr. Henry Wu."The Intouchables" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star Omar Sy Judy Greer Katie McGrath James DuMont and Lauren Lapkus also star.

"New Girl" and "Drinking Buddies" star Jake Johnson also may star. "Pacific Rim" and "Luther" star Idris Elba came up in a casting notice. Jason Schwartzman is rumored for a role in the sequel. David Oyelowo is said to had a meeting about the flick as well. There's nothing official on that though.

Originally slated for June 2014, the sequel was delayed due to further work being need on the super secret script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)--not to mention an already too tight schedule.

Trevorrow wrote the revised screenplay with Derek Connolly and directed the film

Steven Spielberg, who directed Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, will executive produce here. Jurassic Park III was brought to the screen by Joe Johnston.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley will produce the dino sequel set to hit theaters on June 12, 2015.

Captain America: Civil War: Grillo On Crossbones Prep

We know that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" co-star Frank Grillo is set to return in future Marvel films to reprise his role as S.H.I.E.L.D; operative Brock Rumlow, who becomes the villain Crossbones.

Earlier this month rumors suggested that we will see that transformation in "Captain America: Civil War" and that the character could also turn out to be the main villain in the solo "Black Panther" film.

Speaking with EW, he confirmed he recently received a call from the suits about their plans for the next film:

"[The Winter Soldier] was only a taste of what's to come with the next film, and I couldn't be more humbled and excited. They just kind of called and said, 'What kind of shape are you in? We're going to need a body scan.' They scan your body so that whatever you wear fits you like a glove."

He also says that  he's already making plans to beef up for the role ahead of filming which begins in a few months:

"He's a badass. He is just vicious. I like the idea that it's no holds barred. I was 15 pounds bigger when I did Cap 2, and I'll put another 15 pounds on to do Cap 3. I love the physicality. It changes the way you look; it changes the way you feel. We all know what Crossbones represents in his world, so when they called me and said we gotta do the body scan, I was like 'Okay!'"

The 3rd Cap film will be an adaptation of the Captain America: Civil War storyline that sees Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) at odds with Captain America (Chris Evans) over the Superhero Registration Act - a law that forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports the program, Rogers does not because it threatens civil liberties. As a result Rogers and various others go on the run to avoid arrest. The life of Cap's girlfriend, Agent 13  (Revenge star Emily VanCamp), is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. Elsewhere, a new villain emerges; the Red Skull begins to make himself known; and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) again comes face-to-face with Cap....

Badass Digest says that despite the presence of RDJ's in the film Stan's Winter Soldier is still a central figure in the action.

 Chadwick Boseman will also be playing Black Panther in the film before getting that solo flick all to himself. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow are also due to return.

The adapted script comes from Cap vets Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely from which Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo will call action.

Production on the next film is slated to begin next April in Atlanta, Georgia. The studio has targeted a May 6th 2016 release.

Bond 24: Christoph Waltz Tipped For Blofeld?

Earlier this month Baz Bamigboye had it that actor Christoph Waltz would be playing the villain in Bond 24. At the time, there was also noise that he might be playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the evil head of SPECTRE who was the main antagonist during the Sean Connery-era.

Now, The Daily Mail reports that they've heard the talk as well and have added some more to the story. The British tabby claims Waltz's casting will be confirmed at a press conference to be held in the first week of December. It will be announced that he will be playing Franz Oberhauser, the son of the late Hans Oberhauser who was Bond's ski instructor and something of a surrogate father figure.

However, their sources claim the casting is a double bluff and Waltz is actually playing Blofeld. The villain's return has long been awaited, but was never able to happen due to a decades-long legal dispute over the character's rights. That dispute was finally settled around this time last year.

This Blofeld will get a fresh start. The tone is said to be more sophisticated and along the lines of Telly Savalas' version in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and less like Donald Pleasence (still my favorite incarnation) big screen reveal in 1967's "You Only Live Twice" or Charles Gray's turn in "Diamonds Are Forever". 

The studio declined to comment on the story.

Sam Mendes is once again directing the film. Veteran James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have returned to perform rewrites. The duo have been the early writers on the film series since 1999's "The World is Not Enough,"and  they would often do the initial script drafts while other writers like Paul Haggis and John Logan would  polish. The pair were set to retire from the series after handing in their early drafts of "Skyfall," with Logan subsequently taking over the later drafts. Logan was writing the latest adventure solo.

Daniel Craig is back as Bond--we will also see the return of Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris reprising their roles from "Skyfall" as M, Q, and Moneypenny.

Casting for the film's key villain--This character is in line with the tall and imposing types from earlier films like Jaws (Richard Kiel) or Red Grant (Martin Shaw)--and the next Bond girl is now underway with announcements due over the next few months. Several Scandanavian actresses have tested for a secondary role, but the primary Bond girl in this film is said to likely be British.

Singer Rihanna is rumored to be making a cameo in the pic according to OK!Inglourious Basterds and Blue is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux is said to play a femme fatale in the sequel. Guardians of the Galaxy's Drax the Destroyer and WWE superstar Dave Bautista is tipped to play a henchman named Hinx.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce the new film.

Shooting begins on the pic December 6th, but prep is already underway on the Austria/Italy border in the tiny municipality of Obertilliach reports MI6. The Italian news agency ANSA (via THR) indicates that Rome will be the host for "no less than three key action scenes" in the film--with the Italy leg of the shoot expected to take place from February 19th to March 12th next year. Production will also take place in Morocco and at Pinewood Studios.

The sequel is still targeting a November 6th 2015 release

Monday, November 24, 2014

Michelle MacLaren Set To Chart "Wonder Woman" Movie

THR reports that Michelle MacLaren has officially signed on to direct Warner Bros/DC Entertainment's "Wonder Woman" solo movie. MacLaren will also be working closely with the as yet unknown screenwriters to develop the script

MacLaren has helmed episodes of "Breaking Bad" "The Walking Dead" "The Leftovers" and "Hell on Wheels". MacLaren came out ahead of two names- "Homeland" co-executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter and " The Babadook" helmer Jennifer Kent.

Names like  Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), Karyn Kusama ("Aeon Flux") Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe") and  Tricia Brock ("The Walking Dead") were also on the shortlist of potentials

"Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman in the pic. The character was created by William Moulton Marston, (aka 'Charles Moulton') who saw the educational potential of comic books and in 1941 was hired as a consultant for National Periodicals/All-Winner Comics which later became DC

Bleeding Cool suggests that pic will be set in the 1920s, making it a prequel to Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They add that the sequel to this film would be set during World War II and that she wouldn’t reunite with the Justice League until a third movie.

Charles Roven Richard Suckle. Zack and Deborah Snyder. are producing the film that is slated for a June 23rd 2017 release.

Is This The Plot For The First Star Wars Spin-Off Film?

Sure the Net is all all a buzz about the 88-second teaser trailer release for J J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" in select theaters this weekend.

But a new rumor has surfaced over at Slashfilm that claims to have early details on what the storyline could be for the first stand alone/origin Star Wars feature that "Godzilla" reboot director Gareth Edwards is going to direct.

The source claims that the film is set during the era of the original 1977 "Star Wars" and is essentially a heist movie with a group of bounty hunters being hired by the Rebel Alliance to steal something vital - the plans for the first Death Star.

Their source also says the Millennium Falcon is somehow involved, but Han Solo is not a character in the film. Also a main character of this film will be introduced in 'The Force Awakens'. Secondary sources of theirs suggest their story has "a few strings of truth, but might not be the whole truth."

Oscar Isaac Is Apocalypse In Next "X-Men" Film

Variety reports that Oscar Isaac has inked a deal to play the coveted role of the bad guy in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse".

The younger actors introduced in "X-Men: First Class" James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Lucas Till (Alex “Havok” Summers), etc. are contracted for three films and are locked in to return.

This time the mutants will take on Apocalypse, aka. En Sabah Nur. In the comics, En Sabah Nur is the world's first mutant who was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and had access to advanced technology.

We were told that the studio originally wanted "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy to play the bad guy in the film. But he is also being courted to star in Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's film version of the DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book as well.  

The character was teased in the post-credits scene of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Played by Brendan Pedder).

Singer told the trade: "‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that 'X-Men' films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle."

 Chloe Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are all under consideration for the two key roles of  younger incarnations of Jean Grey and Cyclops in the 1980s-set film The adult incarnations of the characters were played by Famke Janssen and in various chapters of the film series.

Moretz and Fanning have reportedly met with Singer in recent weeks for the young Jean Grey part, but official test offers for the role have not been made yet. Singer is going with an established name for Jean because the role is expected to recur in future movies.

The trio of guys trying out for Cyclops aren't household names. Hardy is a UK soap star, Rowe is a regular on FOX's TV show "Red Band Society," and Chalamet landed a role in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film Interstellar.

A younger version of Storm () is also expected to appear in the film, but no word yet on who might be cast.

It is likely that Channing Tatum will debut as the X-Men mutant Gambit here before getting a solo film

"X2: X-Men United" and "Superman Returns" screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris as well as Simon Kinberg are writing the script for "Apocalypse" .

Production is slated to begin in the Spring. The film will hit theaters on May 27, 2016 opposite Alice in Wonderland 2

Andy Serkis Talks "Apes" Sequels

Speaking with MTV News, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis says that the rebooted franchise could expand beyond Fox's trilogy plans and become a four or five film saga:

"It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? The journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we're going to end up back at The Planet of the Apes, but whether it's this film or not, I don't know."

'Dawn' was a critical and commercial success making $707 million worldwide.Director Matt Reeves is currently writing the script for the next sequel with "Dawn" co-screenwriter Mark Bomback.

Since the script for the next film is not locked, Serkis isn't quite sure what to expect. Asked what he is most excited for in the next movie, he says:

"To be honest, it's very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it's being written as we speak. I know part of the desire for Matt [Reeves] to do this next movie about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve."

The next 'Apes' is currently scheduled for July 29th 2016.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Box Office Update: Mock-Ups And Downs

It's a mixed bag for those behind the start to the two film adaptation of the last book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I--The penultimate installment hit a film series low in the states but did better overseas.

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 blasted past Transformers: Age of Extinction to post the top opening of the year domestically, but trailed the first two installments in the YA franchise by a hefty margin.

Mockingjay grossed $23 million from 4,151 locations, down 22 percent from the $158.1 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a year ago and 19 percent from the $152.5 million launch of The Hunger Games in March 2012 (both those films shattered numerous records).

The reverse is true overseas, where Mockingjay outperformed the first two films, grossing $152 million for a worldwide bow of $275 million. That's four percent of Catching Fire's foreign take, which opened to $146 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $294.1 million.

Heading into the weekend, most tracking services showed Mockingjay opening to $145 million to $150 million in North America. There are several likely reasons why it didn't hit that mark.

Lionsgate decided to split Collins' final book into two films, and there is arguably less action in Mockingjay — Part 1. Director Frances Lawrence shot the movies back-to-back at a reported cost of $250 million, with Mockingjay — Part 2 is set to open Nov. 20, 2015.

Mockingjay — Part 1 also earned mixed reviews, and audiences gave it an A- CinemaScore, compared to an A for the previous two installments.

And Mockingjay is the first film in the series without an Imax berth (that's because Imax is still carrying Interstellar) but that equates to less than $5 million.

The movie again stars Lawrence opposite Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and introduces Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer to the series based on Suzanne Collins' blockbuster YA book series.

Elsewhere in North America, Disney's animated family film, Big Hero 6, came in No. 2 in its third weekend with an estimated $20.1 million for a domestic total $135.7 million. and early worldwide haul of $185.2 million.

Interstellar took in roughly $15 million in its third outing for a North American cume of $120 million-plus. Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar continued to enjoy nice holds.

After topping the domestic chart last weekend, Dumb and Dumber To fell a steep 62 percent in its second weekend, grossing $13.8 million for a domestic total of $57.5 million.

In its eighth week in release, David Fincher's box-office sensation Gone Girl rounded out the top five, ending Sunday with north of $156 million domestically.

Next Up: Things kick off on Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day Jason Sudeikis Jamie Foxx Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston are set to reprise their roles for the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Chris Pine are gonna play a father/son boss team.

In the new film Bateman, Day and Sudeikis launch their own business and then plan to get revenge on a rogue investor who has taken over their company.

The are on the march in their first solo movie.

On Friday--The long-awaited awards contending biopic The Imitation Game is here.

The film deals with Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the World War II. He was also one of the earliest to explore the biological process of morphogenesis.

Downton Abbey star Allen Leech plays a Scottish spy who worked with the Soviets to plot against Turing. Mark Strong Keira Knightley Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance also star.

Josh Boone's "The Stand" Adaptation Is A 4-Film Epic?!!

Josh Boone ("The Fault in Our Stars") appeared on Kevin Smith's podcast Hollywood Babble-On and talked about another film adaptation of a famous book he's been working on author Stephen King's "The Stand".

The 1152-page novel, first published in 1978 and then revised in 1990, is divided into three parts and begins with a pandemic that leads to the death of an estimated 99.4% of the world’s human population. The book chronicles the cross-country odysseys undertaken by survivors who are drawn to Boulder, Colo., and Las Vegas, where they end up fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

Boone re-wrote the initial movie script as one three hour, R-rated film that got Warner Bros very excited about the project.This is said to be the first script ever "approved" by King

According to Boone the suits were ready to sink more than $87 million bucks into the film...And then...

"They came back and said "would you do it as multiple films?" and I said "f**k yes!" I loved my script, and I was willing to drop it in an instant because you’re able to do an even truer version that way. So I think we are going to do like four movies. I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds."

Boone offered he following production update:

"We’ve already been talking to lots of people, and have people on board in certain roles that people don’t know about. We’re looking to go into production next year, maybe in the spring."

Boone is the latest to hover around the project after the departure of "Crazy Heart" and "Out Of The Furnace" director Scott Cooper. Cooper vacated the job over "creative differences," after conning on to re-write "The Invasion" and "Blood Creek" scribe David Kajganich's draft--and direct the project earlier this year after Ben Affleck dropped out. Kajganich has also worked on the screenplay for the long thought of-feature film adaptation of King's It. David Yates and Steve Kloves, who worked on the Potter series together attached to the project. Paul Greengrass was even rumored in the mix at one point to put the story on film.

Boone told THR recently that he's writing a part specifically for "Stars" co-star Nat Wolff, making this the third project the duo will have worked on together following "Stars" and the upcoming film adaptation of author John Green's book "Paper Towns

Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee are still slated to produce.

There was that six-hour mini-series adaptation in 1994 in which Jamey Sheridan played Flagg. Marvel produced an acclaimed Comic Book adaptation.

Boone is also linked to a film adaption of author Anne Rice best-selling novel series "The Vampire Chronicles" in development at Universal and Imagine Entertainment.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chadwick Boseman Talks "Black Panther"

We know that Get On Up's Chadwick Boseman will make his screen debut playing Black Panther in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War before getting a solo flick.

In a recent interview with EW, Boseman says the actual casting didn't happen until very recently - literally only a few weeks before the news was announced in late October:

"Not even a month. The real official conversations happened really quickly. I think there were rumors out there, but those were rumors. Maybe that's a form of conversation, but it wasn't an actual conversation, if that makes any sense."

Boseman also talked about the unconventional audition process and explained that he wasn't really looking to be a part of a comic book based movie:

"This was really the first. It wasn't really an audition process. It was more of a discussion about what they wanted to do and how I saw it and what I wanted to do. It was more of a feeling out process and they're really smart. I can't talk too much about it - the only thing I can say is that they are smarter than you think they are. They have a lot of it figured out. This is the part where I have to be quiet. Because the same way that surprise happened at the El Capitan Theatre I feel like it all has to happen like that. I just know they're really good at what they do. And it's not like, 'Oh, I can make a whole lot of a money playing a superhero, or anything like that.' For me, I've always been a person that says I'm not really looking to put on a suit and become a comic-book person. It's never really been something in my scope, as far as a goal of mine. I'm more the person that says, 'I want to do these really cool independent films with great characters with great directors, or studio films that have critical acclaim.' But I think with Marvel, you have the best of both worlds."

Asked about the project's current status and if there is a screenplay for the film:

"Honestly, I don't think so. All of that is being come up with right now. How do they say that: My pay grade doesn't reach that high."

"Captain America: Civil War" will open on May 6th 2016."Black Panther" is slated to hit cinemas on November 3rd 2017.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jason Reitman Charts "I Only Rob Banks..."

Jason Reitman will direct the true crime film "I Only Rob Banks For My Family" says THR.

Based upon Skip Hollandsworth's article for Texas Monthly the action follows the Catt family of Houston, who made a living robbing banks until their crimes caught up with them.

Author Nick Hornby will pen the adapted script

Ivan Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Ali Bell will produce.

The younger Reitman is not expected to work on the project until after he wraps his duties on the upcoming original Hulu series "Casual".

Jean-Marc Vallée Charts Janis Joplin Film

Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club","Wild") is in talks to direct Janis Joplin biopic called "Get It While You Can" says Variety.

As a hard-living singer, Joplin had numerous rock classics and became one of the faces of 1960's counterculture. She died of a heroin overdose in 1970.

Amy Adams has been attached to play the late singer for several years--Vallee  replaces Lee Daniels at the helm.

Vallee is bringing along his "Buyers Club" screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack to redraft Ron Terry and wife Teresa Kounin Terry's initial script.

Robert Katz will produce the film.

Production begins next Summer in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Austin Stowell Takes Key Role In Spielberg's Cold War Film

THR reports that Austin Stowell has joined the as yet Untitled Cold War set project that Steven Spielberg is tipped to direct.

Matt Charman wrote the true story inspired pitch that follows James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers (Stowell) after an incident in 1960. Joel and Ethan Coen penned the latest draft of the script.

Amy Ryan will play Donovan's wife. Stage actor Mark Rylance Eve Hewson, Alan Alda and Billy Magnussen also star in the film. 

Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi will exec produce.

This will be Spielberg's fourth collaboration with Hanks, following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. They also served as executive producers on HBO's World War II mini-series' Band of Brothers.

The project joins the ever growing list of films that Spielberg has in the pipeline--including the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara"

Channing Tatum Charts "Leonard Peacock" Adaptation

Channing Tatum is set to make his directorial debut on a film adaptation of author Matthew Quick's novel "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" says THR.

The story centers on a troubled teenager who plans on killing his best friend and then himself. Tatum may star as the teacher who intervenes in the boy's plan.

The Magic Mike and Foxcatcher star will co-direct and produce the pic with longtime collaborator Reid Carolin.
A writer is currently being sought to pen the adapted script--an earlier draft of the screenplay by James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") is not being used.

Peter Kiernan is also producing the film..

Pirates 5: Regarding Henry

The Wrap says that Brenton Thwaites ("The Giver," "Maleficent") just landed the secondary male lead to appear in the upcoming sequel "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales".

Thwaites is in talks for the role of a British soldier named Henry in the film. He beat out Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, George Mackay ("Pride"), and Sam Keeley ("This Must Be the Place") for the part.

"Kon-Tiki" directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are due to call action and are reportedly working on the latest draft of the script after Jeff Nathanson (Men in Black 3) did a rewrite of his initial script.

Ronning and Espen Sandberg said that the new film will be a combination of a stand-alone story, and adding to the "overall mythology of the series" (Read not as stand-alone as "Stranger Tides " but not as mythology heavy as the first two sequels--Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End).

Franchise star Johnny Depp's nefarious do gooder Jack Sparrow will get a new female lead to play off of, a woman who will be accused of witchcraft though is actually a scientist. Rebecca Hall is said to be circling to play Carina.

 Javier Bardem ("Skyfall," "No Country for Old Men") is in early talks to play the villain in the film-- a ghost captain who blames Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him. Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds," "Django Unchained") took some interest in playing the role at one time. Bardem's wife, Penelope Cruz, played the female lead in"Tides".

seemingly retired from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series after the third film. He and Keira Knightley's characters were replaced by Sam Claflin and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" but the dynamic did not work as well. Now Bloom's character of Will Turner may return for Pirates 5

Jerry Bruckheimer returns to produce the sequel.

The myth of the Bermuda Triangle will factor in somehow.

Production begins next year in Australia for a July 7th, 2017 debut.

Bryce Dallas Howard Goes From Dinos To A Dragon

Variety reports that Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks for the female lead of the remake of the Disney family classic Pete's Dragon.

The new incarnation follows  Pete (Oakes Fegley) whose parents died in car crash. He has been subsequently raised by the dragon named Elliot in a forest now threatened by loggers.

Howard will play a park ranger who finds Pete and is a bit skeptical when he tells her about his parental circumstances. Pete befriends a mill owner's young daughter (Oona Laurence).

Robert Redford will play a local who tells tall-tales involving dragons that no one believes.

The original 1977 film combined an animated dragon character with a live-action cast including Sean Marshall, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters.

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks were hired last year to write the adapted script, from which Lowery will direct. The update reinvents the core of the original concept but won't feature songs. While the dragon in the original was traditionally animated, in the remake he will be a CG animated creation

Jim Whitaker will produce the update.

Production starts in New Zealand this January through April

Is Matt Smith "Patient Zero"?

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is set to join the action thriller "Patient Zero" says. Deadline.

The story focuses on an unprecedented global rabies pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species - violence-addicted predators. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt to find a cure.

No details on who Smith will be playing in the film but he will act opposite "Game of Thrones" and "Rush" co-star Natalie Dormer.

Mike Le penned the script from which Stefan Ruzowitzky's calling the shots.

Vincent Newman is producing the film.

Brad Pitt Options Rights To "Alpha"

THR reports that Brad Pitt will produce the film Alpha through his shingle Plan B Productions®.

The film's plot is unknown but is described as a sci-fi survivalist thriller

Anthony Scott Burns will make his feature directing debut on the pic using a script penned by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson.

It's unclear at this point whether we'll see Pitt go before the camera to star in the pic as well

Martin Freeman Could "Shuffle" With Fey

Martin Freeman is in talks to join the film adaptation of author Kim Barker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle" says THR.

The book recounts Barker's (Tina Fey) years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the  region in 2002. During her time there she filed stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.

Freeman will play Fey's unexpected love interest, a dedicated Scottish photojournalist. 

"The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "Tarzan" star Margot Robbie is set as a blonde, competitive on-air news anchor that becomes friends with Baker, yet turns out to be ruthless in finding a story that will make her career. 

Robert Carlock penned the adapted screenplay from which "Crazy, Stupid, Love" writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will call action on "Shuffle"

Fey and Lorne Michaels will produce the pic.

Box-Office Preview: How Much Will "Mockingjay Part I" Make?

The start to the two film adaptation of the last book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (reviews) arrives.

Jennifer Lawrence , Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Lenny Kravitz have returned.

Multi-award-winning "Game Change" and "The Butler" writer Danny Strong  and Peter Craig adapted the two-part finale that Francis Lawrence directed.

Pamela McClintock of THR:

If Katniss Everdeen aims her arrow just right, The Hunger Games could become the first film franchise in Hollywood history to have three installments open to $150 million or more in North America, not accounting for inflation.

Based on prerelease tracking, most box-office observers believe The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 will open to at least $150 million this weekend, although Lionsgate is being more cautious, suggesting a range of $130 million-$150 million.

Without a doubt, Mockingjay will score the top opening of the year so far in a much-needed boost for the domestic box office as the year-end holidays get underway, easily eclipsing the $100 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction this summer. Moreover, it will be the biggest three-day opening since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire launched to $158.1 million the same weekend a year ago.

The first installment, The Hunger Games, debuted to $152.5 million in March 2013, catapulting Jennifer Lawrence to stardom and shattering records.

Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence reprises his duties for Mockingjay, which again stars Lawrence opposite Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and introduces Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer to the series based on Suzanne Collins' blockbuster YA book series.

Lionsgate decided to split Collins' final book into two films. Director Lawrence shot them back-to-back at a reported cost of $250 million. Mockingjay — Part 2 is set to open Nov. 20, 2015.

The franchise is also a huge performer overseas. Catching Fire took in $864.6 million worldwide last year, including $439.9 million internationally and $424.7 million in North America. Mockingjay — Part 1 opens in most major foreign markets this weekend, although it won't be released in China until next year.

If Lionsgate is being cautious in terms of the threequel's North American opening, it's because the movie won't have the benefit of playing in Imax, as did the first two films, since Imax is still carrying Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.

Interstellar and Big Hero 6, opening earlier this month, have enjoyed strong holds thus far, but Mockingjay is sure to dampen returns for a number of titles, which explains why it is the only new release this weekend.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Andrew Garfield May Climb "Hacksaw Ridge"

Deadline reports that Andrew Garfield is tipped to star in the World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge".

The film will be based on the life of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic. He received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

Randall Wallace co-wrote the script with Robert Schenkkan. Mel Gibson is in talks to take the helm here--his first time doing so since Apocalypto in 2006 .

David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson  are producing.

"The Goldfinch" Movie Gets A Writer

Peter Straughan is set to write the adapted script for the film version of author Donna Tartt's award-winning novel "The Goldfinch" says Variety.

The story takes place over two decades and follows a thirteen-year-old boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He survives the explosion, steals the Carel Fabritius painting the Goldfinch, gets taken in by an Upper East Side family and eventually reunites with his alcoholic gambling addict father.

Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brett Ratner are producing

Paul Greengrass Charts A "1984" Redux

Deadline has it that "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Captain Phillips" helmer Paul Greengrass is attached to direct the new film adaptation of author George Orwell's dystopian literary classic"1984".

Set in a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control, the story centers on Winston Smith who works for the Ministry of Truth which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. Because of the childhood trauma of the destruction of his family — the disappearances of his parents and sister — Winston Smith secretly hates the ruling Party, and dreams of rebellion against them and their deified Party leader - Big Brother.

Almost since its first publication in 1948 the novel has had major influences in the artistic, cultural and even political arenas over the past few decades with concepts from it becoming synonymous with denoting totalitarian authority.

 James Graham will pen the adapted script.

.Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing the film.

The project is still in early development

The book has been adapted for the screen several times before - most notably in the year 1984 in a film written /directed by Michael Radford and starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.