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Three years ago, when Universal adapted Hasbro’s Battleship to the screen, critics understandably turned their nose up at the concept of transforming a board game into a fully-fledged feature film — and rightly so, given Peter Berg’s underwhelming end product. But does one bad apple really spoil the bunch? That’s the question Lionsgate will now ask of We’re the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who has signed on to helm the studio’s big-screen adaptation of strategy board game, Dust.
News first broke via The Hollywood Reporter, with Thurber revealing his excitement for the idiosyncratic project.
“It’s a cool spin on a genre that I’ve loved for a long time and it opens up narrative avenues that are just thrilling,” said Thurber. “It’s all my nine year-old fantasies wrapped in one thing, a World War Two mash-up.”
Essentially, Dust is a tabletop strategy game and, »
- Michael Briers
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Actual athletes and sporting fighters can make for great action movie stars, from Bruce Lee through to Gina Carano. Two of the better big-screen action performers to surface in recent years are Ronda Rousey, who was a touch underused in The Expendables 3, and Iko Uwais, who crossed over to great effect in The Raid and Raid 2.
The prospect of seeing both Rousey and Uwais jumping to it in the same film is promising, not least because they’ll bring different, yet complementary combat styles. Variety say they’ll be teaming up for Mile 22, the story of “a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer forced to work together,” much like all partners in these films are always forced into it.
Peter Berg is attached to produce the film, but no director has been named. Hopefully it will be somebody smart enough to also tap »
- Brendon Connelly
Iko Uwais is known for his outstanding martial arts abilities on The Raid and its sequel. Ronda Rousey is a Ufc veteran and has appeared in the likes of The Expendables 3 and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. When they met, it was moider! Wait, no, that’s the opening narration for Hart To Hart. Uwais and Rousey are meeting for an action thriller called Mile 22.Lone Survivor’s Peter Berg is on board to produce this one, which will see a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer thrown together to confront violent political corruption. And, given their respective skills, probably crack a few skulls as they do so. Graham Roland wrote the script and Berg will now be tracking down a director.“I am a huge fan of what Gareth Evans and Iko did on both Raid films, and I’m very excited at the possibility of »
There you were on Saturday night and you hardly had time to blink before Mma fighter and rising action star Ronda Rousey retained her bantamweight title. And it got you thinking, "Heck. I wonder what I have to do to watch Ronda Rousey fight just a little bit longer. Ideally longer than fourteen seconds". Well, lucky for all of us Peter Berg has a very good answer for your question. Variety has reported that Berg will produce a new action film, Mile 22, and Ronda Rousey will star in it. And if that were not good enough (Seriously? You would not be content with just Ronda? Okay then...) Iko Uwais, star of The Raid films, will co-star. The film explores the relationship between a CIA field officer...
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Peter Berg will produce the action movie
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- Christopher Campbell
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has picked her next project.
Rousey defeated Cat Zingano Saturday night and has always made it clear she doesn’t like any distractions during training until she has fought her next match. With the match behind her, Rousey can now set her sights on her other projects — namely, this movie, which will shoot in mid-May.
The film explores the relationship between a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer, forced to work together as they confront violent and extreme political corruption.
Wme Global is in talks to handle financing on the film. Graham Roland penned the script.
Berg showed his excitement for the project over Oscar weekend, teasing fans with a pic of him, Rousey and Uwais that suggested something was on the horizon. »
- Justin Kroll
The story explores the relationship between a CIA field officer (Rousey) and an Indonesian police officer (Uwais) forced to work together as they confront violent and extreme political corruption.
The project will mark Rousey's immediate next project with filming to begin mid-May. Berg is slated to produce, while Graham Roland penned the script.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The Important News John Wick 2 is in development from directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Neighbors 2 is in the works with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. More Hunger Games movies are being considered. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Wolfpack were among the big winners at Sundance. Felicity Jones will star in the stand-alone Star Wars spin-off. Peter Berg will direct the Deepwater Horizon movie. We got our first look at the new Frozen short film. And we got more images from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Big and small movies were announced for this year's SXSW Film Festival. The Stargate reboot is moving ahead. The Robotech movie is also moving ahead...
- Christopher Campbell
TNT/TBS prexy Kevin Reilly has unveiled his overhaul of the cablers’ programming teams, enlisting producer Sarah Aubrey to oversee TNT and promoting Turner vets Sandra Dewey and Brett Weitz to key posts.
Reilly, who formally took the reins at TNT and TBS last month, has established separate leadership structures for the drama-focused TNT under Aubrey (pictured left) and comedy-driven TBS under Weitz (right). Dewey (center) will lead an expanded in-house production unit, TNT and TBS Prods., in addition to serving as business affairs chief for both cablers and other channels in the Turner fold.
Aubrey will spearhead series for TNT as exec VP of original programming. She’s spent the past decade partnered with filmmaker Peter Berg in the Film 44 production banner. Reilly said his experience working with Aubrey on “Friday Night Lights” during his NBC days made him sure she was the right candidate to lead the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sundance Film Festival: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (above) won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film explores a friendship that develops between an awkward high school student and a lonely classmate with leukemia. The Wolfpack, about two impoverished brothers who make their own movies, won an award for U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, while World Cinema Grand Jury Prizes were given to Slow West (a drama set in the Old West, starring Michael Fassbender) and The Russian Woodpecker (a documentary about the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine). [Sundance] Deepwater Horizon: Peter Berg (Lone Survivor above, with Mark Wahlberg) is in "final negotiations" to direct Deepwater Horizon, based on the true...
- Peter Martin
Right before last weekend began, something truly unexpected happened. Yes, Clint Eastwood’s controversial but hugely popular and profitable war film American Sniper passed Steven Spielberg’s classic Saving Private Ryan to become the number one movie of its ilk of all time at the box office. In short, not only is it the top grossing film about the post 9/11 terrorism related wars, which have been iffy at the box office to date, it’s surpassed all the films about World War II and every other conflict as well, taking in an estimated $249 million, as of today (it also just had the second biggest Super Bowl weekend take ever). Just a month or so ago, no one would have ever dreamed about this. If you’re looking for the main reason why American Sniper is a dark horse in all of its Oscar categories, this is why. Money can talk. »
- Joey Magidson
You might have heard All Is Lost / A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor talking up his preparations for his most ambitious film yet, Deepwater Horizon, on the Empire podcast a couple of weeks ago (if not, find it below). Now, though it appears that creative differences have reared their heads and Chandor has manned the lifeboats before shooting has begun. According to Deadline, Lone Survivor’s Peter Berg is in talks to replace him. Summit Entertainment has been moving quickly to find a new shot-caller for the based-on-reality drama, which will star Mark Wahlberg as the second-in-command on the Bp oil rig in the 48 hours up leading up to the disaster and the day itself. The behind-the-scenes tale will highlight stories of real-life heroism around the incident, which were not made public at the time but appeared in the script’s source material, the New York Times article titled Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour. »
Deepwater Horizon is having a bit of difficulty right now. First, there were production delays as the script went into rewrites. Then, director Jc Chandor departed the project, which chronicles the 2010 Bp oil spill, citing apparent “creative differences.” Now, we are hearing that director Peter Berg might replace Chandor in the director’s chair.
Peter Berg sounds like he’ll be a good match for the production: he’s previously worked with star Mark Wahlberg on Lone Survivor and he also has experience with, uh, big ships, as he’s the man behind Battleship. You can take that piece of information about his filmography as you like.
Still, the loss of Chandor is a bit of a blow to the production. The director was responsible for efforts like All Is Lost and the recent A Most Violent Year; both films certainly a cut above Berg’s Battleship or Lone Survivor. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Peter Berg will reportedly replace Jc Chandor as director of the "Deepwater Horizon" movie at Summit Entertainment. The project re-teams Berg with his "Lone Survivor" star Mark Wahlberg and "The Kingdom" scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan.
The true-story account deals with the devastating 2010 Bp oil spill and the men on the rig. Wahlberg plays the No. 2 manager on the doomed platform in a story about what happened behind the scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster.
Berg is expected to be locked down shortly as the project has every intent of starting principal photography in April in order to meet the current September 2016 release date.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) is in talks to replace J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) at the helm of Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon. J.C. Chandor had been attached to the project for some time now, but he backed away from the adaptation due to creative differences. If Peter Berg's deal is finalized, Deepwater Horizon will reunite him with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg.
The Wrap reports that Liam Neeson, who starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, and Michael Keaton are being sought to co-star in Deepwater Horizon, although no deals are currently in place and it isn't known what characters they may portray. The project is based on a December 2010 New York Times article entitled Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, which chronicles the events leading up to the 2010 explosion on the Bp oil rig dubbed Deepwater Horizon.
J.C. Chandor, who raced from Margin Call to All Is Lost to A Most Violent Year, has left the director’s chair of the upcoming film Deepwater Horizon. The reason? Our old friend “creative differences,” at least as far as the official knowledge base goes. Now, coming in to replace him, is Peter Berg, whose most […]
- Russ Fischer
After directing Robert Redford in All is Lost, filmmaker J.C. Chandor was slated to return to sea with Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. However, The Wrap reports that Chandor has now been replaced by Peter Berg on the film that will star Mark Wahlberg, who last worked with the director on his military drama Lone Survivor. Reportedly, Chandor left the Lionsgate project due to creative differences. In addition, the trade reports Berg's Battleship star Liam Neeson and Michael Keaton are also being sought for roles in the film, but their specific characters have been revealed. Based on a New York Times article titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the most fascinating filmmaking voices of the moment, and certainly one of the most prolific, J.C. Chandor has been moving from project to project — "Margin Call," "All Is Lost," "A Most Violent Year" — shifting from one genre to the next with ease. He had been on track to get his biggest project yet going, "Deepwater Horizon" starring Mark Wahlberg, but the director's participation has sunk. Chandor has exited the movie over the standard "creative differences." Instead, Wahlberg's "Lone Survivor" bud Peter Berg has stepped in to help, and yeah, "creative differences" starts to make a whole lot of sense now. Penned by Matthew Sand and Matthew Carnahan, the film is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon has lost one director and found another. J.C. Chandor has fallen by the wayside with Peter Berg now in talks to replace the director who has A Most Violent Year in theaters, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Creative differences are being cited. The project was facing casting delays to due the lateness of Chandor's rewrite, according to sources, which was initially due before the Christmas holidays. Mark Wahlberg remains onboard to star in the project, whose story is set on Deepwater Horizon, Bp's oil rig in the Gulf. In April 2010, it caught fire and exploded,
- Borys Kit
While there are no deals in place, Berg’s “Battleship” star Liam Neeson and Oscar frontrunner Michael Keaton are being sought to co-star in the picture, which Chandor left due to creative differences.
Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the project, which is scheduled for for release on Sept. 30, 2016.
“Deepwater Horizon” chronicles the 2010 Bp oil spill. »
- Jeff Sneider
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