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New Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos confirmed in an interview that David Fincher has in fact signed on to direct World War Z 2. We reported in April that the filmmaker had entered talks to direct, following months of rumors about the director's involvement in this long-gestating sequel. Brad Pitt will reprise his role as Gerry Lane from 2013's World War Z, although no other cast members have been confirmed at this time.
During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, his first since taking over as the head of Paramount Pictures, Jim Gianopulos revealed that, "We're in advanced development," although no further details were given. With David Fincher now confirmed, this marks his first film since 2014's Gone Girl, and also his fourth film with Brad Pitt, following Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). The studio hasn't announced a production schedule or release date, but this project has certainly turned itself around in just a few months.
Back in February, Paramount delayed World War Z 2 indefinitely, yanking the movie from its June 9, 2017 release date and not issuing a new date at this time. We reported in August 2016 that Brad Pitt, who also serves as a producer on the sequel, had been meeting with several directors, but he was "zeroing in" on David Fincher. While the director was reportedly hesitant about taking on the project, he entered talks to direct, and we reported in April that both the studio and director were close to finalizing their deal, which has now been closed. Director J.A. Bayona was at one point attached to direct, but he went on to make A Monster Calls, before eventually dropping the project.
World War Z 2 writer Steven Knight, who came aboard to write the script in 2014, revealed in early 2015 that this sequel "is not quite like the other," while teasing that this follow-up, "starts with a clean slate." The writer would not clarify those comments, and since no story details have been given yet, it remains to be seen how this sequel will wipe the slate clean from the original. The first movie centered around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The original movie featured a supporting cast that also included Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Elyes Gable and Peter Capaldi.
With the project still in "advanced development," it remains unclear if the studio is still working from Steven Knight's script for the World War Z sequel, or if other writers have been brought in for the project. Before taking on this movie, David Fincher had been keeping busy on the small screen, developing Mindhunter for Netflix, where he also directed the first two episodes, along with the season finale. He is also slated to executive produce Sony's The Girl In the Spider's Web, which reboots the Lizbeth Salander story. Hopefully we'll find out more about World War Z 2 soon. »
Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” is many things: an idiosyncratic mix of music, memory and theater magic; a female take on an infamous male intellectual; a Holocaust parable that manages to surprise; a lesbian love story both lyrical and consumed with lust; a provocative piece of found history that holds up an eerie mirror to our times. The Pulitzer-winning playwright, author of more than a dozen distinctive works, has been talking to countless audiences about her first show to land on Broadway human -- separately discovered the same censored story. Vogel spoke with me a few days before the Tonys, which she planned to attend as a Best Play nominee.
Is it strange to be where you are now? Are you surprised to be on Broadway?
I find it just a continuation of what I’ve been doing. It’s like going from Rhode Island to Texas -- the roads are the same, »
- Helen Eisenbach
Richard Donner‘s big heart — and bigger voice — commanded attention at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ tribute to the director-producer on Wednesday night in Beverly Hills.
“You have brought us such joy and we love you for it,” said AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the opening of the tribute.
The two-hour program at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater mixed anecdotes with heartfelt tributes and clips from 1978’s “Superman: The Movie,” along with “The Omen,” the “Lethal Weapon” films, ” “Radio Flyer,” “The Goonies,” “Scrooged,” “Ladyhawke,” “Inside Moves,” and “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.”
Jackie Chan Oscar Climaxes Warm Evening at the Governors Awards
- Dave McNary
The Academy will pay tribute to director-producer Richard Donner with an evening of personal anecdotes, film clips spanning his prolific career and special appearances by friends and colleagues on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Guests to take the stage with Donner include actors Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Jeff B. Cohen, Carol Kane, Joseph Mazzello, David Morse, Ke Huy Quan and John Savage; producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige; writer, president and chief creative officer at DC Entertainment Geoff Johns; writer Brian Helgeland; and Lauren Shuler Donner, producer and Donner’s wife for more than 30 years.
Donner’s work is wide-ranging, from small independents (“Inside Moves”) to cult classics (“The Goonies”), superhero epics (“Superman”) to medieval love stories (“Ladyhawke”), and mystery-suspense thrillers (“The Omen”) to blockbuster »
- Melissa Thompson
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In The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of the dramedy, the two play Maggie and Ben, middle-aged siblings who were given equal halves of their father's land upon his death. Though perpetual screw-up Ben sold his half years ago to his more responsible sister, he is now doing everything he can to get it back.
Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck, the film also stars David Morse, Julia Stiles, Jim Parrack and Brian d'Arcy James. Rebeck and Rachel Dengiz produced the film with Jaclyn Bashoff and Julie Buck. Wme is selling domestic rights with Gpm selling international »
- Ashley Lee
Vulture WatchWill the Farrells remain on Shay Mountain? Has the Outsiders TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Wgn America? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Outsiders season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Wgn America cable channel, the Outsiders TV show follows the Farrell clan. High in the rugged hills of Appalachian Kentucky, this tight-knit isolationist family of renegades has lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years. The Farrells are constantly at odds with those who live outside of their community. The cast includes Joe Anderson, David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Thomas M. Wright, and Christina Jackson.Read More… »
Author: Scott Davis
It seems that the long-gestating sequel to World War Z is happening after all with news today that the project has been revived by Paramount Pictures after the studio has initially taken it off of their release schedule a few months back, according to Variety.
But not it seems the studio’s new CEO and chairman Jim Gianopulos has reactivated the sequel with some very exciting news as to could be behind the camera. David Fincher, acclaimed director of Gone Girl and Fight Club, is set to direct the film which will see star Brad Pitt reprise his role from the first film. Mireille Enos, David Morse, and Matthew Fox co-starred and the film grossed $540million worldwide.
Fincher’s name had been linked to project for a while ever since the sequel was mooted but the previous regime at Paramount had decided against it when it removed »
- Scott Davis
Outsiders aired its series finale last night, but does that mean the show is over for good? Star Gillian Alexy recently spoke with Variety about a possible third season for the cancelled Wgn America TV show.The drama is set in the rugged hills of Appalachia and follows the Farrell clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who has lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years and are at odds with those who live outside of their community. The cast also includes Joe Anderson, David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner, Thomas M. Wright, and Christina Jackson.Read More… »
June 7 event features on-stage interview, screening of new film, Trouble.
The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) will honour Anjelica Huston with the Career Achievement In Acting Award at this year’s 43rd edition.
The event will take place on June 7 at the Siff Cinema Egyptian and begin with an on-stage interview with Huston, followed by be the world premiere of her new film Trouble.
Trouble also stars Bill Pullman and tells of a feuding brother and sister whose differences entangle the fate of an old friend, played by David Morse. Julia Stiles, Jim Parrack, Brian d’Arcy James, and Victor Williams also star.
In addition to the tribute event and screening, Siff will present »
Are you a fan of Outsiders? Wgn America just cancelled the TV series after two seasons. What do you think? Do you think it should have been renewed? Would you watch a third season on another channel?Airing on Tuesday nights, the Outsiders drama follows the Farrell clan, a tight-knit family who reside in the rugged hills of Appalachia and come into conflict with the surrounding population. The cast includes David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst, Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, Francie Swift, and Phyllis Somerville.Read More… »
Network: Wgn America Episodes: 23 (hour)Seasons: TwoTV show dates: January 26, 2016 -- April 25, 2017Series status: Cancelled Performers include: David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst, Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, Francie Swift, and Phyllis Somerville.TV show description: This drama series is set in the rugged hills of Appalachia and follows the Farrell clan. They are a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years. The Farrells live off the grid and above the law, enforcing their own set of long-held values and beliefs. They are governed by a simple but powerful tribal authority led by a Bren’in, or ruler, and a small council of elders. Notoriously secretive and unforgiving when crossed, the Farrells find »
Wgn America only has a few original drama series but that hasn't stopped the cable channel from cancelling their low-rated shows. Outsiders performed pretty well in the ratings in its first season. Will viewers return to watch season two? Will the Outsiders TV show be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.A drama series, Outsiders is set in the rugged hills of Appalachia and follows the Farrell clan. They are a tight-knit family of renegades who has lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years and are at odds with those who live outside of their community. The cast of this show includes Joe Anderson, David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Thomas M. Wright, and Christina Jackson.4/14 Update: Outsiders has been cancelled by Wgn America. Details here.Read More… »
Times are hard for the Farrells of Shay Mountain. Wgn America has cancelled its Outsiders TV show after just two seasons. That there will be no Outsiders season three comes as a bit of a surprise, because the (albeit low-rated) Appalachian family drama was the cable channel's top performer in the Nielsen ratings. The April 25th season two finale will now serve as an unintentional Outsiders TV series finale.Outsiders stars Joe Anderson, David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Thomas M. Wright, and Christina Jackson. The Wgn America drama follows the Farrell clan. This tight-knit isolationist family has lived atop Shay Mountain for over two hundred years. They are constantly at odds with those who live outside of their community. Read More… »
The Outsiders are on the hunt for a new home; Wgn America has cancelled the drama after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Set in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, Outsiders starred David Morse (St. Elsewhere), Joe Anderson (Hannibal) and Gillian Alexy (Damages) as members of the Farrell clan, a group of mountain dwellers who frequently clashed with citizens in the town of Blackburg.
The show’s April 25 episode, previously billed as a season finale, will now serve as the series finale, should Sony Pictures Television »
“Outsiders” has been canceled after two seasons at WGN America, Variety has learned.
The drama series follows the exploits of the Farrell clan, a Kentucky family that has lived atop Shay Mountain for over 200 years. But their off-the-grid way of life is threatened when a coal company decides to strip mine the mountain, leading to serious confrontations between the Farrells and the world below.
“After three years of investing in marquee, brand-defining dramas, WGN America has successfully expanded its audience, its reach, and its presence in the minds of viewers. In our next phase, we intend to expand our original and unique content to continue growing our relevance and appeal to the widest possible audience. To achieve this, we will be reallocating our resources to a more diverse programming strategy and to new structures, enabling »
- Joe Otterson
Before he had the ear of the president, Steve Bannon tried his hand at Hollywood. As a producer, he was behind several small movies, but he really hit his movie-making stride writing and directing conservative documentaries aimed at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a complete list of every Hollywood project in which Bannon’s had a hand. “The Indian Runner” (1991) — Executive Producer Bannon’s first movie as an executive producer was, somewhat ironically, written and directed by famous Trump critic Sean Penn. “The Indian Runner” starred Viggo Mortensen and David Morse as brothers on the opposite sides of the law. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Big Foster is inching closer and closer to a battle with the Kinnah in this week’s “Outsiders.” In an exclusive clip of the upcoming episode obtained by TheWrap, Big Foster (David Morse) is furious to learn that the Kinnah have taken the generator from his home. When he confronts Moregon (Louise Barnes), he learns that G’winn (Gillian Alexy) gave the order to remove the generator, but he says it was all done to benefit the Kinnah. Also in this week’s show, Sally-Ann (Christina Jackson) and Hasil (Kyle Gallner) desperately attempt to figure out their financial plan for the baby. »
- Joe Otterson
“Outsiders” is about to welcome a brand new Farrell. Well, half a Farrell at least. In an exclusive clip of this week’s episode obtained by TheWrap, Sally Ann (Christina Jackson) arrives at the top of Shay Mountain to tell Hasil (Kyle Gallner) she is pregnant. Hasil is…less than ecstatic when he gets the news. Also in this week’s episode, G’Win (Gillian Alexy) decides to let Big Foster (David Morse) stay much to the dismay of the clan. Later, the Farrell men and Kinnah embark on the winter hunt and protests heat up against the coal company. »
- Joe Otterson
Following the revelation that the new Friday the 13th movie has been canceled after Paramount Pictures removed it from their release schedule, some are fearing that the World War Z sequel might suffer a similar fate after vacating its 2017 release slot, but it appears that director David Fincher is still interested in keeping the living dead project alive.
According to THR, David Fincher remains “very creatively interested in directing the movie” after Paramount took the sequel to 2013’s World War Z off of their release schedule, presumably to set it for a later release in 2018 or ’19. World War Z 2 was initially slated to come out on June 9th of this year.
Back in August, it was first reported that Finhcer was in early discussions with the film’s star and producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel after J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) departed the project. Fincher has previously worked with Pitt on Se7en, »
- Derek Anderson
“Outsiders” Season 2 is starting to look like the redemption of Big Foster (David Morse). In an exclusive clip of this week’s episode obtained by TheWrap, Foster gets the circle he requested at the end of Episode 2. Shockingly, rather than try to cover his misdeeds, he freely admits to killing his mother along with a range of other crimes against his fellow Farrells. He throws himself at the mercy of the clan and the new bren’in, G’winn (Gillian Alexy). The question remains though, will G’winn accept his sudden change of heart or cast him out? Also Read: »
- Joe Otterson
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