Friday, February 26, 2010
"According to longtime media executive Fred Seibert, former head of Hanna-Barbera and current head of Frederator films, Genndy Tartakovsky’s popular animated show, Samurai Jack, is headed to the big screen with J.J. Abrams as a co-producer. The film, which is budgeted at $20 million, will combine traditional 2D animation with stereoscopic 3D. It is being produced by Fredarator Films and Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions.
Samurai Jack was a four-time Emmy award winning animated series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who was also the [developer] behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack revolved around.... a noble warrior who is cast into the future by the evil Aku, 'the shape-shifting Master of Darkness'. Each episode involved Jack’s attempts to return to the past to defeat Aku once and for all."
Okay, this has been around since November of last year but I just NOW got around to hearing it. This is extraordinary news!! I loved "Samurai Jack" and always felt that the audience who left "Samurai Jack" went to "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Both are similar in action (though "Avatar" is more light-hearted) and both feature Mako (in "Jack", he is the villainous Aku; in "Avatar", he is the kind-hearted Iroh, uncle to the antagonist Zuko). The only bad thing is, Mako won't be a part of the film having passed away in 2006 (his final film was TMNT).
"IESB has posted some interesting [rum]ors about DC Entertainment's upcoming slate. The site says it's all still unconfirmed, but these items could potentially be part of the announcements that the studio is expected to make soon.
Yesterday, the site reported that Greg Berlanti, co-producer and co-writer of Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, is the frontrunner to direct Warner Bros.' The Flash.
Earlier this week, it was reported that David Goyer will be writing the new Superman movie, The Man of Steel. What we didn't catch then is that Jonah Nolan, who together with Goyer is writing the script for Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie, is also on board to co-write the Superman film. Of course, this follows the news from earlier this month that Chris Nolan will play a 'godfather' role in getting The Man of Steel going.
Which brings us to the really interesting parts. IESB is saying that Chris Nolan is mentoring the movie because his brother Jonah Nolan may make his directorial debut on The Man of Steel.
Adding to that, the site says that there's a possibility that Chris Nolan will direct the Justice League movie after The Man of Steel and next Batman movie are released."
Wow. This looks to be really interesting. Two brothers, one who has directed the (now)-third highest-grossing movie ever and one who hasn't directed anything, could be the only thing to save the two greatest heroes that DC Comics has.
"Columbia Pictures has cast Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker and Dave Matthews in supporting roles for the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It (previously known as 'Pretend Wife').
Kidman is expected to take an uncredit role that Variety describes 'as similar in comedic scope to Tom Cruise's uncredited turn in Tropic Thunder.'
Decker, who's on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2010 swimsuit issue, will play Sandler's love interest, while Matthews is reteaming with Sandler for the third time.
Just Go With It involves Sandler recruiting Aniston to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife and her kids to pretend to be his fake family.
Dennis Dugan will direct from a script written by Allan Loeb, Tim Dowling, Tim Herlihy and Sandler. Filming starts next month in Los Angeles for a February 11, 2011 release."
Hmm. Interesting. Nicole Kidman in a role similar to Tom Cruise's brilliantly comedic portrayal of Les Grossman? I'm up for it. And Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston haven't worked together before. This'll be interesting.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux is reportedly in talks to direct a sequel to Zoolander at Paramount Pictures. He would write the script with star Ben Stiller.
There's no deal yet for Owen Wilson to return as Hansel, but the villain will likely be played by Jonah Hill, who is said to be in negotiations.
The original film on September 28, 2001 and earned $60.8 million worldwide. It carried a budget of about $28 million."
Great! One of Ben Stiller's funniest characters! "Peek-a-boo!"
"Last week, it was reported that Ben Stiller is working together with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux on a sequel to Zoolander at Paramount Pictures. Jonah Hill was said to be in negotiations to play the villain.
Speaking to MTV, Stiller confirmed sequel plans. 'We are in the process of getting a script written. It's in the early stages, but it's gonna happen.'
He added: 'We have a new story idea that we feel excited about and we're going to try to go forward. The beginning of the movie is [set]... 10 years later, and Derek & Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody even knows who they are, so they have to re-invent themselves.'
Stiller said that Will Ferrell's Mugatu would be back, if the actor is up for it. 'If Will says yes, he definitely has to be a part of it. To me, Mugatu is one of the classic screen villains of all time.'"
"DreamWorks Animation announced today that Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds will both star in its pre-historic themed 3D CG animated comedy adventure The Croods, Cage will play the leader and protector of his family, and Reynolds will portray an outsider whose new ideas challenge the patriarch's authority.
'We are thrilled that Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds are lending their considerable talents to The Croods and know that they will both bring a perfect blend of humor, enthusiasm and emotion to their lead roles,' said Bill Damaschke, Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation. 'Our filmmakers are creating an amazing world that is full of fascinating characters, creatures and stunning environments that is truly unlike anything we've done before at DreamWorks Animation.'
The Croods is written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, upcoming How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) based on a screenplay originally developed by John Cleese & Kirk DeMicco and produced by Kristine Belson & Jane Hartwell. The Croods is set for release on March 30, 2012.
Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug (Cage) gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family in tow, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home. The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug's family - but in particular his eldest daughter - become smitten with a nomad (Reynolds) they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger's search for 'tomorrow' is at odds with Grug's reliance on the traditions of yesterday."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
"Latino Review has broken the news that David Goyer will write the new Superman movie, to be titled The Man of Steel!
The site's scooper said that Goyer 'had an idea that actually takes the movies back to the John Byrne incarnation. Modern. Believable. FUN!'
The site adds that Brandon Routh will not star in the film and Bryan Singer is not expected to direct.
About the story, the scooper adds: 'I can tell you that Goyer's story involves Luthor and Brainiac. It is NOT an origin and assumes audiences already know about Lois, Clark, Jimmy and Perry. I know the Daily Planet is struggling due to the internet. And I know it sets up a huge Kryptonian mythology.'"
"Heat Vision is reporting that John Krasinski [(TV's 'The Office')], Michael Cassidy, Patrick Fluger, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel and Chace Crawford are contenders for Marvel Studios' The First Avenger: Captain America. Test screening is taking place this week for one of the actors to play Steve Rogers/Captain America in the comic book adaptation. The site says:
'Those known to be on the list with Krasinski include Michael Cassidy (who appeared in 'Smallvile' and who tested for the Superman movie when McG was going to direct it), Patrick Fluger (one of the stars of 'The 4400' who most recently appeared in the Tobey Maguire movie Brothers), Scott Porter (TV's 'Friday Night Lights', Speed Racer) and Mike Vogel (Cloverfield)
Chace Crawford is also in talks to screen test, although no deal has been made.
Garret Hedlund was also on the list to test but has fallen off, at least for now, due to his reps and the studio's inability to make a deal.
The studio has put the actors on 30-day holds during the testing process.'
This does not necessarily mean that one of the actors will land the role, as it took the studio several rounds of tests before they found Chris Hemsworth for Thor. Joe Johnston will direct the film, which Paramount Pictures will distribute on July 22, 2011."
"New Line/Warner Bros. is developing a big screen version of Speedy Gonzales, to be voiced by George Lopez.
Garfield writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen will adapt the classic animated Looney Tunes character into a live-action/CG hybrid feature. The movie will reportedly take place in present day.
Lopez, Anne Lopez and Lynette Ramirez are producing for George Lopez Presents, along with Ocean's Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub, Tracy Ryerson and Jill Arthur.
Known as 'The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico', there have been 46 cartoons made either starring or featuring the character.
'Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do,' said Anne Lopez. 'He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at.'
That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver."
I wasn't expecting a movie on this character but George Lopez fits perfectly (if he can imitate Mel Blanc).
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld has been cast in the role of Mattie Rose in Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit at Paramount Pictures.
Scheduled for a December 25, 2010 release, the Western drama stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Filming is scheduled to begin next month in New Mexico.
The film is based on Charles Portis' novel, which is about a 14-year-old girl who, along with an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman, tracks her father's killer in hostile Indian territory. While the original film was a showcase for John Wayne, the Coens' version will tell the tale from the girl's point of view.
The original starred Kim Darby as the teen, Wayne and Glen Campbell as the lawmen, Jeff Corey as the killer and featured Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper as fellow outlaws."
Friday, February 19, 2010
"Steven Spielberg says there was only one reason to make his new The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn with the cutting-edge performance-capture technology that James Cameron used on Avatar.
'It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could,' says the director, referring to Tintin’s author-illustrator, who created the international blockbuster graphic novel series (200 million copies in print) starring intrepid cub reporter Tintin, and his irrepressible canine companion, Snowy, as they venture through the pre-WWII world.
'Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,' Spielberg said. 'It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.'
Tintin stars Jamie Bell (King Kong) as the title character, Andy Serkis (Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as his buddy Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig ('Bond. James Bond.') as the evil Red Rackham. Produced by Peter Jackson, with the animation done by Jackson’s Weta Workshop, the film is due in theaters in 2011.
Like Cameron, Spielberg shot the actors on a special performance-capture stage. The performers donned lycra suits, covered in reflective markers, and their every movement was tracked by more than 100 cameras. They also wore a head-rigging with a camera near their jawline that recorded intensely detailed data of their faces -- enough detail to avoid the 'dead eye' faces that had an unsettling lack of movement or emotion in many previous motion-capture films. Ultimately, all the camera data was fed into a computer to create a 3D replica of the actor. The digital document of the actor and the performance is so all-enveloping that the director, in this case Spielberg, can go back and change the 'camera' movement and orientation long after the actor has left the set.
For the director of such films as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, the new experience was transporting.
'I just adored it,' he says. 'It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don’t often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller.'
With that small monitor, Spielberg could look down and watch what the actors were doing -- in real time -- on a screen that showed them in the film universe. Working on the motion-capture stage -- which is called the volume -- Spielberg was routinely dazzled by the liberating artistic value of the new science.
'When Captain Haddock runs across the volume, the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves,' the director said. 'So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, there’s Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Not only are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.'
So though Jamie Bell will be digitally made to look exactly like Hergé's classic renderings of Tintin, 'it will be Jamie Bell’s complete physical and emotional performance,' Spielberg said. He added: 'If Tintin makes you feel something, it’s Jamie Bell’s soul you’re sensing.'"
Thursday, February 18, 2010
"Variety says that Disney, the studio behind the hit 'High School Musical' franchise, it developing Prom, which is described as 'a comedy that revolves around a group of teens prepping for the big dance.' It will not, however, be a musical.
The studio is reportedly exploring the idea of casting unknowns in the nine lead roles. The tone is said to be similar to the types of teen comedies directed by John Hughes or Cameron Crowe.
Joe Nussbaum (Sydney White) will helm direct the film, written by Katie Wech ('The Dead Zone'). Ted Griffin and Justin Springer will produce."
THANK GOODNESS IT'S NOT ANOTHER MUSICAL!!!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"Kevin Lima (Enchanted, Tarzan) will direct Hugh Jackman in the 20th Century Fox comedy Avon Man.
The film, written by Kevin Bisch (Hitch), follows men laid off from an auto dealership. One is reluctantly recruited into becoming an Avon salesman, and while the experience is initially emasculating, he uses his charm and good looks to become a top seller. The car salesman sets out to save his financially strapped family and town by conscripting his buddies into the makeup business to win a regional contest.
Filming is scheduled to start this April in Atlanta."
Funny! Hugh Jackman as a makeup salesman. "If you don't buy my product, I'm gonna cut you up, bub."
"Ben Stiller is in talks to star in Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's Trump Heist (it may change its name to Tower Heist), which 'is about a group of con-men who devise a plan to swindle the residents of New York's upscale Trump Tower, where they also work.'
The newspaper says that Eddie Murphy was previously attached to play the lead role, with Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker co-starring. A new draft of the script will be written now that Stiller is taking over the role and the project is heading into a new direction.
Brett Ratner has been attached to direct Heist. Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man), Rawson Marshall Thurber (writer/director of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) have all worked on the script.
Stiller can next be seen in Little Fockers."
Not a bad idea, but I think a lot of people were hoping on this being Eddie Murphy's chance to get back into edgy comedy not with something super-sweet or super-dumb (and in some cases both).
"Avatar producer Jon Landau revealed to MTV that director James Cameron is going to write a prequel novel that may hit stores by the end of the year.
'It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with — like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver's character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the of] Tommy, Jake's brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that,' Landau explained.
Landau added that other mediums could also be used to tell the stories that are set before the movie opens and after. 'There might be opportunities in publishing to tell some of the backstory, tell some of the Earth war stories, what went on in Jake's life before the movie. And we'd have that lead up to the sequel that might take place on Pandora several years after our movie closed.'"
"Amanda Bynes has joined Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly brothers comedy Hall Pass at New Line/Warner Bros.
Written and directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the film centers on a married couple (Wilson and Fischer) in which the wife gives her husband a 'hall pass', a free ticket to engage in extramarital encounters. Jason Sudeikis is on board as the guy's best friend, who also gets a free pass from his wife. Things get complicated when the wives also begin exercising their 'hall pass' power.
The brothers wrote the screenplay with Kevin Barnett and Pete Jones."
Good to see Amanda getting back on the big screen after hearing her on "Family Guy".
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"Helix Films, an independent production company, announced today that they have formed an exclusive partnership with Meccano Toy Company to develop an original 3D feature film based upon the iconic Erector Set brand of children's construction toys. The deal represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to their toys.
Helix is currently developing an original script with an eye towards creating a film franchise based on the Erector brand that could also expand to other entertainment platforms including television and video games. While details of the story are being kept under wraps, the film will be a family action/adventure.
'The three partners of Helix Films all grew up playing with Erector Set toys but in different countries--Kevin Foo in Australia, Gaukhar Noortas in Kazakhstan and me and my brother Robert in the U.S.--so our partnership with Meccano is very personal, as well as exciting,' said Steven-Charles Jaffe (Ghost, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) of Santa Monica-based Helix Films. 'We believe the iconic Erector brand offers generational appeal with global reach, providing a tremendous platform to create a thrilling film franchise that boys, girls and adults will all adore.'
'The very core of Meccano/Erector is about creating educational toys that enable children and [ad]ults to imagine and create completely new worlds,' said Michael Ingberg, CEO of Meccano Toy Company. 'It's perfect for a film franchise as it is certain to entertain but also stimulate creativity and imagination as the Erector toy system has done around the world for nearly a hundred years.'
Invented in England by Frank Hornby in 1901, Meccano was conceived as a model toy construction system comprising re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. The toy has sold under the "Erector Set" brand in the U.S. since 1913. Erector sets enable the building of working [mo]dels and mechanical devices and have inspired countless engineers, designers, architects and creative minds of all ages. Modern versions include new technologies to accelerate construction for even the youngest children. Meccano/Erector set toy products are currently sold in more than 80 countries."
Do kids actually buy Erector sets anymore? How is this going to be a movie?
"Avatar producer John Landau revealed to MTV that Marc Webb, director of new untitled Spider-Man film, met with James Cameron last week to discuss the movie in 3D. It was announced last week that the studio intends to go that route.
'Last [week] we met the director of [the next Spider-Man film],' Landau said. '[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3D, which they've announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible.'
Landau added that they want to support filmmakers who will shoot in 3D from the get-go.
'Other movies are turning to it now, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't agree with. Clash of The Titans is coming out in 3D; they're converting it very hastily into 3D. I'm not in favor of that,' Landau explained. 'If you want to shoot a 3D movie, shoot it in 3D.'"
"One of the most uninteresting parts of the Academy Awards are the boring speeches filled with 'thank yous' to agents and producers. This year’s producers of the Academy Awards... want to avoid these kind of speeches, and thus have asked this year’s Academy Award nominees to prepare not one, but two speeches. You might be confused — How can two speeches help solve the onslaught of 'thank yous'?
This year the Academy Awards will have a camera backstage called the 'Thank You cam', where winners will be able to list all the boring 'Thank yous' they want. And those videos will be posted online for everyone to see. And for the on stage, televised speeches, the nominees have been advised to make it more about what winning the Oscar means to them. Of course, a lot less people will probably watch the online hosted thank you speeches, and the nominees can say whatever they like."
Friday, February 12, 2010
"Producer Roy Conli just made the official announcement on Walt Disney Animation Studios' Facebook page that Rapunzel has been renamed Tangled:
'Hey everyone, I'm Roy Conli, producer of Disney's next animated film. I have some exciting news to share, and it was important to me that YOU guys – the Disney fans – hear it first. I want to tell you about Walt Disney Animation Studio's 2010 release, Tangled. It's a really fresh, smart take on the Rapunzel story. In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in the girl with the 70 feet of magical golden hair. We're having a lot of fun pairing Flynn, who's seen it all, with Rapunzel, who's been locked away in a tower for 18 years. I’m so proud of the crew working on this film – they’re doing a fantastic job creating an awesome story with great characters and a stunning world – and it's all going to look amazing in 3D. All of us here at the studio are incredibly excited for you to see Tangled when it comes out in theaters this November.'
Tangled, voiced by Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 24th."
Heck, this piece of concept art sold me (as sad as that sounds):
Think about this - she's never seen a man before. How many jokes can come from that?
From Jim Hill Media:
"As for the reason that Disney opted to change Rapunzel's title to Tangled … According to the Mouse’s market research, it would seem that – outside of the United States & Germany – the story of Rapunzel itself has very little name recognition. More to the point, even those among surveyed who actually recognized Rapunzel’s name, these people had little or no knowledge of what her fairy tale was actually about. They knew that this story featured a princess with long hair who was trapped in a tower. But beyond that … zippo.
So here was Disney’s marketing department trying to trade on Rapunzel’s name recognition only to then discover – outside of the U.S. & Germany – this fairy tale didn’t really have any name recognition. Which then forced the Studio to rethink how it was going to sell this particular animated feature.
As I understand it, in an effort to win over young men, to convince them that this Holiday 2011 release is far more male friendly that The Princess & the Frog, the posters, trailers and TV ads for this upcoming WDFA production will place a pretty heavy emphasis on Rapunzel’s love interest, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider."
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Now that Santa Barbara-based hedge fund Pacificor has gained the rights to the Terminator franchise, everyone is wondering what the future of the franchise might hold. William Wisher, the uncredited co-writer of The Terminator and credited co-writer of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (shared with James Cameron) has written a detailed 24-page treatment for Terminator 5, and a 4-page concept outline for Terminator 6. Mike Fleming, a self-confessed Terminator fanboy, has read both treatments and calls it a 'a satisfying conclusion' to the six-film storyline.
'Apparently the scripts follow the storylines set-up in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation but turns the focus back to the core characters (Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, and the T-800) and time travel storyline of the first two installments. Here is an excerpt from line:
'Wisher’s 2-picture construct takes place in a post-apocalyptic battleground, and factors in an element of time travel that allows for Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese to interact beyond their single fateful meeting when he traveled back in time to protect her in the original film.
Sounds pretty cool eh? Sony and Lionsgate are both interested in producing the next film. And while everything appears to be done on spec thus far, it appears that Wisher has painted himself in the position of having a viable and interesting pitch which could quickly be crafted into the next film. James Cameron has seemed uninterested in the last couple films, but it would be interesting if Sony or Lionsgate could convince the filmmaker to come on board to produce. Cameron might be enticed with the possibility of concluding the series he created, especially considering that they will probably be filmed in 3D."
Sounds great!! A lot better than what ended up being Terminator Salvation.
"With Warner Bros. Pictures moving Clash of the Titans back a week to April 2nd so that the film can be released in 3D, the studio has now decided to move Sylvain White's comic book adaptation The Losers away from its previous April 9th date as well. The film will now be released on June 4th.
The move is interesting for several reasons. It now leaves Fox's comedy Date Night as the only wide release on April 9. Also, moving The Losers to June 4th puts the movie in theaters just one week before Fox's The A-Team, the movie to which The Losers has been compared to the most.
The other wide releases scheduled for June 4 right now are Get Him to the Greek, Killers and Marmaduke."
Sounds like one Owen Wilson-sounding dog is about to be put down. Put down hard! I didn't even remember that the Judd Apatow-produced, spirited sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek was coming out the same day. Also a movie with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl called Killers comes out that day as well (think diet-Knight & Day)
"Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures moved director Sylvain White's The Losers from April 9 to June 4 in order to get it away from Clash of the Titans' April 2 release and to fix some things from a recent test screening.
It sounds like the studio will be able to do this much quicker as they've now decided on an April 23 release date for the action-thriller, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Holt McCallany, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric and Peter Macdissi.
The other wide releases scheduled for April 23 are Universal's MacGruber and 20th Century Fox's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."
Well, this'll be a interesting series of events. Marmaduke is saved (for now. I saw that Get Me to the Greek trailer - which I WILL NOT post on this blog - and it looked interesting enough for fans of both Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Hangover). But what about this three-way race between a "Saturday Night Live" anti-hero and '80s-turned-'90s villain-turned-hero?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"While Marvel Studios is moving full steam ahead with Kenneth Branagh's Thor and Joe Johnston has been all over the place talking about his The First Avenger: Captain America this past weekend, there's still one very elusive missing piece to the Avengers puzzle, and that would be... Ant-Man!
A movie about the diminutive Avenger, Dr. Hank Pym, who is in fact one of the charter members of the team, has been in the works for some time. In fact, Edgar Wright was on hand at that very same Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel back in 2006 when Jon Favreau and Louis Letterier were first talking about their upcoming projects Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
When Disney bought Marvel, there were some [rum]ors Pixar might take over the project, but those were swiftly denied by John Lasseter, so that puts Ant-Man back into Wright's hands, having developed the project with Joe Cornish quite a bit before shifting his focus to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Apparently, Stan 'The Man' Lee, the co-creator of Ant-Man, met with Wright for lunch today, something that Lee proudly recapped on his Twitter feed with two intriguing tweets:
'To make up for my previous grievous error, here's a little item that may have escaped you. Marvel is prepping a movie starring-- Ant Man!'
'I had lunch with the cool, young director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the [UnD]ead) and, as you'd imagine, we had fun discussing the tiny hero'
Now of course, it could just be a coincidence that they were having lunch and talking about Ant-Man, but Lee stating that Marvel is prepping the movie seems to indicate they're finally moving forward now that Wright is putting the finishing touches on Scott Pilgrim.
Here's hoping Stan Lee isn't being the tease we've known him to be since he started writing Stan's Soap Box."
"Last October, Zombieland took a big, gory bite out of the box-office, debuting at number one and bringing in over $25 million in ticket sales. Immediately, there was talk of a sequel, and when we caught up with the hit film’s writers recently, they said the plans are moving forward.
'We want to stick with our dysfunctional family,' revealed Paul Wernick, who created the post-apocalyptic zombie world with writing partner Rhett Reese. 'But also introduce new characters.'
'There absolutely will be a sequel, and it will absolutely be in 3D,' Reese revealed. 'Now, it’s just a question of what that sequel will be. It’s not a question of having enough ideas, but almost having too many ideas. We have a lot of ideas!'
'We entirely want to write with 3-D in mind,' Wernick added, down the majority of filmmakers who these days claim to concentrate on the story first and the three-dimensional stuff later. 'We have the vision, and want to have fun with the technology.'
Could that mean a zombie head-bashing with a baseball bat, causing the eyes to fly off the screen and into our laps? How about brains splattering all over the movie theater? The writers wouldn’t rule anything out.
'We want you to be looking down at your popcorn to make sure there isn’t on it,' Reese said laughingly. 'There will be a lot of fluids flying!'
These guys have a lot of fun in the writing room, aren’t afraid to mess with the zombie canon, and plan to gleefully continue dragging George Romero’s vision into the 21st century with the sequel. 'We don’t discriminate when it comes to zombies,' laughed Reese. 'We like to think that a zombie’s character isn’t just about their profession, or what their personality was, but what were they doing at that moment they became a zombie.'
As for what else we can expect, Reese said he hopes to give Woody Harrelson’s character a female (we assume, unbitten) who can keep up with his high-adrenaline, zombie-killing ways 'There will be continuing romantic adventures,' he said. 'We haven’t decided on this, but it would be nice to have a love interest for Tallahassee.'
'I think that we like to think about the Zombieland characters in terms of how they survived, what qualities do they have that led them to survive?' Reese said of the defining factor in the new human characters they’ll introduce to fight alongside Tallahassee, Wichita and the rest. 'As long as they have some quality for survival, then they make sense for the movie.'
Finally, Reese said that he has big plans for Abigail Breslin’s tough-talking-tween character. 'I think that it’s going to continue to be about growing up in Zombieland,' he said of Little Rock’s development. 'Growing up in a world that’s not necessarily geared towards growing up; it’s a world that forces you to grow up much quicker than you would have otherwise.'
Zombieland 2 is in its development stages, and should hit the big screen sometime next year or in early 2012."
Wow. A sweetheart for Tallahassee? Who'da thunk it? I was perfectly willing to assume that Tallahassee would simply stay a "father figure" to Little Rock and when he dies, die alone. But then that wouldn't be any fun. It's much more interesting to me now to see Tallahassee slipping over himself to impress a woman (who might actually be more tough than he is).
From MTV Movies Blog:
"You might not realize it, but long before there was a Zombieland hit movie, there was nearly a Zombieland TV series. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick originally envisioned the reality of a post-apocalyptic, zombie-heavy world as ideal for the television medium, had a pilot script that ended when Wichita and Little Rock drove off and left Tallahassee and Columbus behind, and only expanded it after the networks passed. Now, the flick is on DVD, sequels are on the way – and the writers are determined to still make a Zombieland TV series.
'We wrote it as a TV show almost five years ago – the summer of 2005 - and sold it to CBS,' said Paul Wernick, who conceived the project with his writing partner Rhett Reese as the first-ever zombie TV show. 'Ultimately, it just wasn’t the perfect fit at the right time for CBS, and they ended up not moving forward on it.'
'It was after 28 Days Later, but I think zombies and CBS were never necessarily the greatest of fits,' Reese said. 'Interestingly, we shopped it around everywhere else. Every single network and cable network in America said no, and we’re not sure why… for some reason, they didn’t trust it as a television show, and it ultimately became a movie.'
Asked if they still think Zombieland is a uniquely-suited for-TV idea, Wernick had a simple answer: '[Oh,] yes,' he said with a grin.
These days, the duo are hard at work working on their Zombieland 2 script, Deadpool and a sequel to G.I. Joe, amongst other things. But when they’re done with Zombieland sequels, the writers have every intention of taking the world of laughter and the living to TV.
'I think that’s what we would do probably is recast it - or at least, our four leads,' Reese said of the unlikely possibility that Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and the others would want to do weekly TV years from now. 'And then, beyond that, we can introduce any characters we want - and that was going to be the joy of the TV show, bringing in new people and them off, not them off, depending on how we felt about them. We really wanted to explore that.'
'It would have to be shot differently,' Wernick said of the -and-gore restrictions that would also need to be taken into consideration. 'It’s funny; you write action and you write gore and you write horror and it’s all how it's shot, how it’s presented. You can write it as graphic as you want, it’s just [up to the director] to cut away on the gory stuff on TV. Whereas, you would show it with the clown and the mallet in the movie, where the squirts all over the place.'
'We always thought [it should be a TV series],' Reese added, saying that the duo have pages of still-unused ideas at this point, waiting to be dusted off for future Zombieland storylines. 'If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution. [The movie’s ending] is just our guys driving off into the sunset for some new adventures. That’s because, that’s how the television pilot ended.'"
"Spider-Man will swing into theaters worldwide in 3D beginning July 3, 2012, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The new film which is still untitled, will begin production later this year directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, 'Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we're thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D. Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc's fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise.'"
As bad as this reboot for the fans of the TRUE Spider-Man films, I haven't heard any bad things yet. Let's hope they cast Logan Lerman.
"Penelope Cruz is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in... Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, reports Heat Vision.
Scheduled for a release on May 20, 2011, the fourth installment revolves around the Fountain of Youth. Depp is reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow and Cruz's character is expected to be 'Sparrow's foil and equal in many ways'.
The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film was written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot. will take place in Hawaii this summer."
That would be nice. "Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz". Though it's gonna be a stretch to make her as nuts as Captain Jack Sparrow is.
"Paramount Pictures announced today that it is making Mission: Impossible IV. The film, which will be produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Bad Robot Productions and will star Cruise, will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011 [officially May 27, 2011].
'Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise,' said Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey.
Screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are attached to write the script, from an original idea by Cruise and Abrams.
The studio, Cruise and Abrams are in now the process of identifying a director for the film. Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise has grossed over 1.4 billion globally.
Mission: Impossible IV will be co-financed by David Ellison's Skydance Productions.
The move puts the fourth installment up against The Hangover 2, while Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens a week earlier on May 20th."
Ooh. That'll be a photo finish. Who will win in a three-legged race between the gang from The Hangover, Tom Cruise (playing his most famous character) and J.J. Abrams (coming back to produce a sequel to his first film), and Johnny Depp (playing his most famous character)?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"In possibly one of the biggest superhero movie shockers since the last one--when was the Spider-Man reboot, three weeks ago?--Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that The Dark Knight and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan has been assigned the potentially thankless task of being the latest filmmaker assigned by Warner Bros. to try to save the Superman franchise, in this case in a mentoring capacity to figure out the best way to proceed.
Director Bryan Singer helmed the last installment Superman Returns three and a half years ago, which grossed $391 million worldwide, but wasn't seen as a hit due to its reported $270 million production budget. (Remember that the studio doesn't get 100% of those theatrical grosses.)
Since then, various names have been mentioned as possible candidates to get Superman back to the screen, most vocally comic book creator Mark Millar (Wanted), but nothing had been confirmed or definite.
This latest news seems to come out of two recent developments, the restructuring of Warner's relationship with DC Comics into a new company called DC Entertainment, headed by Diane Nelson, and the looming deadline of the estates of Superman creators Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster gaining back the entire copyright for the character in 2013. During a court hearing about the rights to Superman, Warners chairman Alan Horn said that he hoped to make another film for 2012 at the earliest but that no script was currently in development.
Some may remember that before Bryan Singer came on board, various versions of the Man of Steel were floundering in development, including one version starring Nicolas Cage to be directed by Tim Burton based on a screenplay by Kevin Smith. Even J.J. Abrams took a crack at writing a Superman screenplay with both Brett Ratner and McG attached to direct his version at one point.
It's unclear how far Nolan's role as a mentor might stretch and whether he'll just be offering some suggestions on the direction, or will be actively involved in picking the director, writers and casting for the reboot, as it's still very early in what is already being labeled 'Superman 3.0.'
You can read a lot more about what led to Warner Bros.' decision over at Deadline Hollywood, and we'll keep you posted as things develop.
Knowing how many fans of The Dark Knight there are, need we even ask what you think about Nolan being actively involved in another movie about a DC Comics character?"
"I’m sure quite a few people have called for something like this in discussions about what Warner Bros. should do to make Superman work on the big screen: the studio is reportedly turning to Christopher Nolan to act as a 'godfather' to help shepherd development of a new Superman film. Before we go further, at this point Nolan is not writing, and is not directing. Rather, Nolan would play more of a mentor’s role to help the film get moving. In other words, WB wants him to communicate some of the methods he used to reinvent Batman on film to help Superman get off the ground in time for Warners to exploit the character before the rights go back to the Siegel and Shuster families.
Deadline Hollywood has the report, which doesn’t have many details on what we can actually expect to see. No surprise there, as Nolan has a movie to finish right now, and Deadline’s Finke and Fleming insist that a new Superman is in very early stages of development. The only sourced quote that will matter to most readers is, 'It would definitely not be a follow-up to Superman Returns'.
Finke and Fleming also reiterate that Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer are actively working on a Batman 3 script right now; they say that Christopher Nolan came up with a story idea and that they’ll write a draft while he finishes Inception."
"Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman, is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline has come to investigate."
"The story of how an archer in the service of King Richard the Lionheart became to be known as Robin Hood, the famous archer and outlaw of English Folklore."
Alice in Wonderland
"19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror."
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
"Set in medieval Persia, the story of an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it's up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time."
The Last Airbender
"Water. Earth. Fire. Air. In the old days, there was peace between the four nations of the world. The Avatar -- Master of all four elements -- kept peace between the the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Only the Avatar has the ability to Bend all four elements, but one day, he Vanished. Then the Fire Nation attacked, forcing a war on the other three nations for one hundred years. Now, for the good of the world, it's up to 12-year-old Aang, the new Avatar, to return peace and balance by putting an end to the war and mastering all four elements. Aang must accept his destiny by stopping the Fire Nation's war and defeating the Fire Lord for good."
Sunday, February 7, 2010
"Joe Johnston, director of the forthcoming The First Avenger: Captain America, has been doing press all day out in Los Angeles for his new movie The Wolfman and ShockTillYouDrop.com Managing Editor Ryan Rotten had a chance to talk with Johnston about the movie and what to expect.
Johnston confirmed that the Red Skull will indeed be the villain of the first movie and told Ryan a bit more about why they decided to set the majority of the movie during WWII:
'Virtually the entire story except the bookends are in World War II because we all recognize we have one chance to tell the origin story of how he became Captain America, you can't tell a modern story and then go back and tell the origin story. If you're going to do it, let's do it. Let's do it first. Everyone wanted to tell an origin story. There was a version where it was a modern story and it didn't work.'
Johnston did say that they definitely are going for an American actor, preferably an unknown, and they hope to have that person by the end of February.
The First Avenger: Captain America is currently scheduled for release on July 22, 2011."
"On Saturday, we got a chance to talk to The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston about the anticipated film and the Los Angeles Times got some more costume, story and casting details from the helmer (Spoilers ahead!).
'The costume is a flag, but the way we're getting around that is we have Steve Rogers forced into the USO circuit,' Johnston said. 'After he's made into this super-soldier, they decide they can't send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He's the only one and they can't make more. So they say, 'You're going to be in this USO show' and they give him a flag suit. He can't wait to get out of it.'
He added that 'When he does go AWOL, he covers up the suit but then, after a few things happen, he realizes that this uniform allows him to lead. By then, he's become a star in the public mind and a symbol. The guys get behind him because he embodies something special.'
Which leads to a new costume: 'In the first USO sequences, the frustrated patriot will be wearing a version that is closer to the classic Jack Kirby-designed costume, but then later as the super-soldier hits the war zone he will be wearing a sturdier, more muted version that he makes himself that is more like battle togs. The stripes across his mid-section, for instance, will be straps, not colored fabric.'"
"Universal Pictures has announced the The Twilight Saga star Taylor Lautner will will play the title character in Stretch Armstrong, which will be made in 3D, while the studio has moved back Battleship to Memorial Day Weekend in 2012:
'Universal Pictures announced breaking news about two of its upcoming event films based on popular Hasbro brands, Stretch Armstrong and Battleship. The announcements were made today by Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley.
Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga) will play the title character in the upcoming 3-D superhero adventure Stretch Armstrong, to be released in 2012.
The epic action-adventure Battleship has moved its release to May 25, anchoring the Memorial Day weekend of 2012.
'Universal has put all the elements in place to successfully launch two of our classic Hasbro brands on the big screen,' said Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, Inc. 'The addition of Taylor Lautner and the 3-D twist to Stretch Armstrong, in addition to giving Pete Berg and the filmmakers the extra time and resources to make Battleship an even bigger summer blockbuster, is sure to pay dividends when the film is released in 2012.'
Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) came aboard in Fall 2009 to produce and direct Battleship, which will unfold as a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Originally slated for release in July 2011, the film was moved to give it the time and resources to thoroughly realize its huge-scale ambitions and position it for Memorial Day weekend in 2012. Scott Stuber (The Wolfman, Couples Retreat) is producing Battleship through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures, and Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom, upcoming Dune) is producing with Berg for Film 44. Brian Goldner and Bennet Schneir are producing for Hasbro.
'We believe in Pete Berg and the incredible vision that he and the Battleship team have for this film,' said Fogelson. 'We're honored that Hasbro is partnering with us to turn one of its landmark properties into a huge summer box-office hit.'
Stretch Armstrong is moving to 2012 to allot time to shape the project into a 3-D superhero adventure and to accommodate Lautner's existing commitments.
'In the past two years, Taylor has emerged as a real star at the global box office. He brings the perfect balance of energy and athleticism to the role of an unlikely super hero with a fantastic super power,' said Langley. 'We couldn't be more pleased that he has agreed to be our Stretch.'
Stretch Armstrong is based on the iconic action figure made popular around the world beginning in the 1970s and re-launched in the 1990s. Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, American Gangster) will team with Hasbro to bring Stretch Armstrong to life. Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty) has written the screenplay, and Hasbro's Goldner and Schneir also produce."
You know what this means, don't you? Girls will now be able to purchase their own stretchable Taylor Lautner. Know what I mean? Let's just hope they don't rip whatever's in Stretch Armstrong all over themselves.
"Universal Pictures announced on Friday that the Peter Berg-directed Battleship was moving from July 29, 2011 to May 25, 2012. That would have left the July 29 spot to only Sony's The Smurfs, but Universal now also says that the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys & Aliens will be coming to theaters that weekend.
The DreamWorks project, based on the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, will star Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof wrote the script.
The sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies -- cowboys and Native Americans -- found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona."
Friday, February 5, 2010
"McG is in negotiations to direct romantic comedy This Means War for Twentieth Century Fox.
Bradley Cooper and Reese Witherspoon are attached to star in the story of two best friends, inseparable since childhood, who fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon). The two men's bond disintegrates and their ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.
Robert Simonds is producing."
Sorta sounds like Keeping the Faith mixed with Die Hard (but without the religious aspects and Bruce Willis).
The concept's okay, a bit weird for McG (who just got kicked out of Disney before he had a chance to do 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo) (and considering his previous directing efforts - both Charlie's Angels films, We Are Marshall and Terminator Salvation) but with the right cast, the right director and the right effects, this could be a genre-bending romantic comedy (not just a cookie-cutter one). Apparently this film was once written for Martin Lawrence.
"Entertainment Weekly reports that Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, upcoming The A-Team) has dropped out of the McG-directed romantic comedy This Means War. He was set to star with Reese Witherspoon.
The magazine says that 20th Century Fox was hoping to shoot the film in July.
This Means War is the story of two best friends, inseparable since childhood, who fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon). The two men's bond disintegrates and their ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.
Cooper is expected to film The Hangover 2 this fall for a May 26, 2011 release."
"They’re both in demand actors right now, so it’s only logical that the producers of 20th Century Fox’s Reese Witherspoon comedy This Means War would be targeting both Seth Rogen and Chris Pine to co-star with her.
McG, probably hoping for less of a rant-filled shoot than he experienced on Terminator Salvation, is behind the camera for the film, which sees a pair of best-friend roommates battle over a woman (Witherspoon) who rents the spare bedroom in their New York apartment. Thing is, it’s no ordinary squabble, since one of the friends is a secret agent, and the fight starts getting increasingly destructive.
Fox has been trying to wrangle this thing into shape since buying the script back in 1998, and has been through several casting choices looking for the right team. The Wrap reports that James Franco passed and while Bradley Cooper signed on, he then ditched the flick, either for scheduling reasons or that he just didn’t like it.
Role Models co-writer Tim Dowling is trying to get the screenplay sorted and Fox will have it shooting just as soon as a few good leading men can actually be convinced to stay on board."
Oh, that's a threesome (no bad pun intended) that I'd love to see in a movie together!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
"Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman revealed to Access Hollywood that he is in early talks with Sony Pictures to play Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot.
'There have been a few discussions, it's definitely something I'm looking into,' the 18-year-old Lerman said. 'It's one of my favorite characters ever and I'm a huge fan of the series. I'd love to have more conversations about it. I'm definitely very interested in it.'
Access Hollywood adds that Logan said the interest in him playing Spider-Man was 'vice versa' from both him and the studio.
'It's just, you know, conversations are starting. It's a long process with the studio and the producers and everything. But it's definitely a project that I'm really interested in, of course. I'd love to focus on the human element a little bit more. It'd be such a fun experience.'"
Wow. That's really not a bad idea. He was great in Gamer, but in Gamer he was a bit of a jerk. But he had heart, and it showed especially near the end. If Percy Jackson is a success (which is gonna be a tough job, considering the movie has almost no promotion going on - and The Wolfman comes out the same weekend; however, kids movies almost always do better than horror movies so this may work), I can only imagine Sony banging Logan's door down begging him to play Peter Parker.
Not so fast, Logan.
"Heat Vision reports that both Sony and the actor's reps say that Lerman is not the frontrunner just yet and that no actual 'business discussions' have been made with Lerman."
"Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb and Carrie Underwood, in her big screen debut, will star in the independent drama Soul Surfer, about teen surfing champ and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. Being directed by Sean McNamara, the project marks country music star Underwood's big screen debut.
The biopic, which started this week in Hawaii, centers on the surf icon (Robb) who defied all odds to compete and win professional championships after losing her arm in a shark attack at age 13. Quaid and Hunt play Hamilton's parents, and Underwood has taken on the role of a church youth leader.
McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk wrote the screenplay. Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo round out the cast."
Wow, this sounds like a good movie! Right cast, right true story, right elements of spirituality (ESPECIALLY YOU, MR. DENNIS QUAID, AFTER SAYING YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD DURING Legion!).
"Universal Pictures is putting a fifth installment of its Fast and Furious franchise, with the working title of Fast Five, on the fast track. Variety says the studio has closed deals with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz to return.
Last year's fourth installment was the highest-grossing Fast and Furious film and Universal's top grosser of 2009, making $343 million worldwide.
Chris Morgan is writing Fast Five, in which Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) are fugitives being pursued by relentless lawmen.
Filming is scheduled to begin later this year for a 2011 release."
From what Vin Diesel has been saying on Facebook, this looks to be good! And a sixth film is also supposedly on the way!
"Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to Enchanted that will be written by Jessie Nelson and directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses). Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld will again produce.
The original, made for about $85 million, earned an impressive $340.5 million worldwide. $127.8 million of that came from North America and $212.7 million from overseas. Kevin Lima directed the movie from a script by Bill Kelly. It starred Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey and Susan Sarandon.
The studio may be looking at a 2011 release."
Why did the first film need a sequel?
"Heat Vision reports that DreamWorks Studios is looking to make a movie out of website http://www.musunahi.com/ (aka The Museum of SuperNatural History).
The site's creator, Ernest Lupinacci, says it's designed to 'be to the paranormal world what National Geographic is to the real world... a multimedia brand whose purpose is to study, protect, explore and explain the unexplainable.'
DreamWorks is talking to writers about how best to turn the material into a screenplay, which would center on the curator of a covert organization known as the Museum of SuperNatural History who must seek out and protect the world's best-kept secrets.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the feature."
Why not a comedy? Maybe do it for parents because Night at the Museum was mainly for kids (though I liked it).
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"In an article at Variety talking about films getting converted into 3D, the trade says it is still a possibility that Transformers III might add a dimension:
'Bay's next project is Transformers III and there have been discussions among Bay, Paramount and Industrial Light & Magic about going 3D with the pic. The big stumbling block is the extra time required to do production and visual effects in 3D, as the movie's release date is already set. Having the pic post-converted could alleviate that problem.'
The third installment is scheduled for a July 1, 2011 release."
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
"The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced a couple hours ago. Although Star Trek picked up four technical nominations, it didn’t get a nod for Best Picture. Although not considered a shoe-in, the film had received a lot of buzz and many are already calling 'snub', especially due to one of the films that did make it in.
Going into the nominations, Star Trek had shown up on a number of industry watcher lists for a nomination for Best Picture, including Entertainment Weekly’s and USA Today. The film was also nominated by the Producers Guild, which usually is a good gauge of the Oscar nods. However, Star Trek and Clint Eastwood’s Invictus were the only films that didn’t make both lists, replaced by The Blind Side and A Serious Man.
The exclusion of Star Trek has got some notice (and even riled some up):
'Ten f–king slots for Best Picture, and not a-one of ‘em for JJ’s STAR TREK? That list can’t have TWO giant sci-fi movie’s on it?' - Director Kevin Smith (via Twitter)'
'In a 10-movie Best Picture field that had room for box office hits as well as indie darlings, I was surprised Golden Globe winner The Hangover, Star Trek, or (500) Days of Summer didn’t sneak in.' - Entertainment Weekly'
'Star Trek – Did the Academy learn nothing from its egregious omission of The Dark Knight last year? The fact that the Best Picture field was expanded to 10 films and included another sci fi film, District 9 makes Star Trek’s snub that much more painful. The clever and entertaining reboot of the popular franchise was crafted well. It deserved better than its handful of technical nominations.' - Zap2it'"
Avatar (20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determined
District 9 (TriStar), A Block/Hanson Production, Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), A Voltage Pictures Production, Nominees to be determined
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte lsberg Production, Lawrence Bender, Producer
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate), A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production, Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
A Serious Man (Focus Features), A Working Title Films Production, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
Up (Disney•Pixar), A Pixar Production, Jonas Rivera, Producer
Up in the Air (Paramount), A Montecito Picture Company Production, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers
James Cameron - Avatar (20th Century Fox)
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)
George Clooney - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Colin Firth - A Single Man (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman - Invictus (Warner Bros.)
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side (Warner Bros.)
Helen Mirren - The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classics)
Carey Mulligan - An Education (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures)
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Matt Damon - Invictus (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger (Oscilloscope)
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones (Paramount)
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Penelope Cruz - Nine (The Weinstein Company)
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air (Paramount)
Mo'Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
District 9 (TriStar), Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), Screenplay by Nick Hornby
In the Loop (IFC Films), Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate), Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air (Paramount), Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Written by Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Written by Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger (Oscilloscope), Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
A Serious Man (Focus Features), Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Up (Disney•Pixar), Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ajami (Kino International), An Inosan Production, Israel
El Secreto de sus Ojos (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haddock Films Production, Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow, A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production, Peru
Une Prophéte (Sony Pictures Classics), A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production, France
The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics), An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production, Germany
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Coraline (Focus Features), Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight), Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of the Kells (GDKIDS), Tomm Moore
Up (Disney•Pixar), Pete Docter
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics), Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
Nine (The Weinstein Company), Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria (Apparition), Art Direction: Patrice Vermette, Set Decoration: Maggie Gray
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Mauro Fiore
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.), Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics), Christian Berger
Bright Star (Apparition), Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel (Sony Pictures Classics), Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics), Monique Prudhomme
Nine (The Weinstein Company), Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria (Apparition), Sandy Powell
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
District 9 (TriStar), Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate), Joe Klotz
Burma VJ (Oscilloscope Laboratories), A Magic Hour Films Production, Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
The Cove (Roadside Attractions), An Oceanic Preservation Society Production, Nominees to be determined
Food, Inc. (Magnolia Pictures), A Robert Kenner Films Production, Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (First Run Features ), A Kovno Communications Production, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home, A Mr. Mudd Production, Rebecca Cammisa
Il Divo (MPI Media Group through Music Box), Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
The Young Victoria (Apparition), Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore
Avatar (20th Century Fox), James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight), Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer
Up (Disney•Pixar), Michael Giacchino
"Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from Paris 36 (Sony Pictures Classics), Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas
"Take It All" from Nine (The Weinstein Company), Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount), Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), Paul N.J. Ottosson
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company), Wylie Stateman
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up (Disney•Pixar), Michael Silvers and Tom Myers
Avatar (20th Century Fox), Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
District 9 (TriStar), Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment), Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton
China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, A Downtown Community Television Center Production, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, A Just Media Production, Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, A Community Media Production, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Music by Prudence, An iThemba Production, Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
Rabbit à la Berlin (Deckert Distribution), An MS Films Production, Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra
ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
French Roast, A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production, Fabrice O. Joubert
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (Brown Bag Films), A Brown Bag Films Production, Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production, Javier Recio Gracia
Logorama (Autour de Minuit), An Autour de Minuit Production, Nicolas Schmerkin
A Matter of Loaf and (Aardman Animations), An Aardman Animations Production, Nick Park"
WHAT SURPRISED ME:
The Blind Side for Best Picture (you know Memphis is gonna squeeze everything they can outta this; I am proud, however, for the Touhys though I do not know them personally)
District 9 for Best Picture
Up for Best Picture (it is not only the 2nd animated film in history to be nominated in the Best Picture category, but it is also the 1st completely computer-animated film to be nominated for Best Picture; also the first Pixar film to be nominated for Best Picture)
WHAT ANGERED ME:
No Star Trek for Best Picture, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay (based on the TV series "Star Trek" created by Gene Roddenberry) or Costume Design? (I guess that was a false dream)
How did a Harry Potter movie get Best Cinematography?
No Robert Downey Jr. nomination for Sherlock Holmes (even though the man won the Golden Globe for it; though it was in "Comedy" which we all know the Academy loathes.)
Speaking of the Academy loathing comedy, not a single nomination for The Hangover which is the highest-grossing comedy of all time.
"Olivia Wilde (upcoming Tron Legacy) is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Craig in the graphic novel adaptation Cowboys & Aliens, to be directed by Jon Favreau for DreamWorks.
Based on the Platinum Studios title written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, the sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies -- cowboys and Native Americans -- found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.
Wilde will play a character named Ella who joins up with the mysterious slinger [Zeke Jackson] (Craig).
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing and wrote the script with 'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also producing along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Favreau and Denis Stewart are serving as executive producers."
Seriously, am I the only who came up with the bad (but funny) pun, "Wilde Wilde West"? (Her name is pronounced "Wild" but spelled "Wilde" like Oscar Wilde).
Monday, February 1, 2010
"Star Trek and 'Heroes' star Zachary Quinto will play famed composer and pianist George Gershwin in a biopic at DreamWorks Pictures, says Deadline Hollywood, which adds that it is one of three projects that Steven Spielberg is looking at to direct next.
The site says that the studio is supplying accent and dialogue coaches for Quinto, and shooting could begin as soon as April. Doug Wright wrote the script, and Marc Platt and singer/pianist Michael Feinstein are producing.
Gershwin, who passed away at the age of 38 in 1937, composed music for both Broadway and the classical concert hall, as well as popular songs. His compositions have been used in numerous films and on television."
One of those numerous films was Disney's Fantasia 2000.