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As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Over the years, American novelist and screenwriter Richard Price has seen many of his works make smooth transitions from the page to the screen. His book The Wanderers was adapted by Philip Kaufman into a now-iconic coming-of-age film, and Spike Lee’s take on Clockers earned strong reviews. Additionally, Price’s work as a screenwriter has been highly successful – among his accolades are an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (for The Color of Money) and a Writers Guild of America Award (for HBO’s The Wire, on which he served as a writer). Now, Sony is betting on Price’s ability to deliver another strong drama by entering talks to adapt his upcoming work The Whites.
- Isaac Feldberg
Art by Lee Weeks
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has signed on to direct a film project for Sony Pictures called The Destroyer, which is based on an adventure book series. Black also recently signed on to direct a Predator sequel for Fox, Doc Savage for Columbia Pictures, and also a film at Warner Bros. called Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The director is definitely keeping himself busy. The movie will be written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, who is the author of the books. Here's a description of the story and characters:
Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out »
- Joey Paur
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to "clean up" and take out those who oppose America’s interests. The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school »
- Kellvin Chavez
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is negotiating with Jeremy Lovering to direct The Bringing, the horror script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy based on actual events. Matt Tolmach and Daniela Cretu are producing. This has been top priority at Sony, and at one time had Nicolas Winding Refn circling. The pic is based on Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That’s the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one time or another, and where suicides have occurred. Footage of Lam’s bizarre, inexplicable behavior in an elevator before her death became a massive Internet sensation, and this has been turned into the story of the man investigating her death, and the nightmare he stumbles into. Cretu’s First Born Films developed the script that was brought in by Mtp’s Kate Checchi and Brad Zimmerman. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Almost 30 years after Fred Ward starred as the title character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Sony Pictures is bringing this New Jersey cop back to life with a new adaptation of The Destroyer, which will be directed by Shane Black. Take a look at Sony's official press release below, then read on for more details.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney. Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steve Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. »
The Iron Man 3 director is on board the adaptation of the novels about a former police officer who gets signed up to a secret government arm.
Chasman is Jason Statham’s manager however there was no word on casting at time of writing.
Black is currently attached to co-write and direct the pulp crime adaptation Doc Savage. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The series centers on a New Jersey cop who’s framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution in order to serve as enforcement for a top-secret arm of the U.S. government.
Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer on “The Destroyer” books until the series’ end in 2008.
Black is currently attached to co-write and direct “Doc Savage” for Sony. »
- Dave McNary
In the long-running paperback series, which was last adapted into a 1985 film starring Fred Ward, Newark cop Remo Williams is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death. However, instead of executing Williams, the government fakes his death so as to train him as an assassin. Going to work for the clandestine U.S. agency Cure, Williams teams with Asian assassin Chiun and begins a long career of taking down evildoers across the globe.
Between The Destroyer and the recently announced Mack Bolan, men’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Shane Black is gearing up to direct Sony Pictures’ adaptation of adventure book series The Destroyer, the studio said on Thursday. “The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” Columbia’s president of production Michael De Luca said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.” The film will be adapted from a 1970s-era action book series that focuses on police officer Remo Williams. The director, who previously helmed Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, has a busy slate ahead of
- Erik Hayden
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of "The Destroyer" until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment. »
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls’ scripted adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that will give framed New Jersey cop Remo Williams another shot at a movie franchise. Uhls wrote the script with James Mullaney, who co-authored books in the series and became the sole writer of The Destroyer series until it ended in 2008. The film will be produced by Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Williams was a Newark cop until he was framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. He is given a second lease on life serving in the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency Cure. Williams teams with the Asian assassin Chiun and together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America’s interests. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Sony is in negotiations to option Richard Price’s upcoming crime novel The Whites, with Scott Rudin set to produce. For Price, The Whites is his debut under the pen name Harry Brandt. The book is slated to hit stores Feb. 17, 2015, via Henry Holt. The novel harkens back to some of Price's signature themes and settings, including cops, criminals and New York City. The story follows detective Billy Graves, whose tainted past comes back to haunt him when he takes on a harrowing case during one of his graveyard shifts. Michael De Luca will oversee the project for Sony, which had
- Rebecca Ford
The CW's "The Flash" goes to air in 52 days, a number being familiar to DC fans due to the current 'New 52' continuity. To celebrate, the network has posted a new photo of star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in his The Flash costume. [Source: Twitter]
FX has announced that "American Horror Story: Freak Show," the upcoming fourth season in the hit horror series, will premiere on Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm.
The story centers around one of the last remaining freak shows in existence in Florida in the 1950s. The world's smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, has also joined the cast. [Source: FX]
Syfy has ordered a six-hour miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's famed sci-fi novel "Childhood’s End". "Doctor Who" helmer Nick Hurran and scribe Matthew Graham will direct and pen the project respectively, while Michael De Luca and Akiva Goldsman will produce. »
- Garth Franklin
Admittedly, Childhood’s End is another alien invasion/post apocalyptic kind of tale, of which we currently have a glut in our television schedules. But, if Syfy is going to insist on churning these stories out, it may as well be from the pen of the master – Arthur C. Clarke. In fact, since it was first published in 1954, it could be argued that Syfy has actually landed one of the original, and best.
When mysterious Overlords arrive and peacefully invade Earth, they end all war, eradicate poverty, and help humanity to form a world government – the planet becomes a near-utopia. However, the Overlords remain hidden, distant and mysterious until, years later, their unveiling heralds the dawn of a new age. The story has previously been adapted for a two-hour BBC radio presentation by writer Tony Mulholland, but it has never reached our screens – big or small – making this something quite special for Syfy. »
- Sarah Myles
No longer the erotic haven for soccer moms across America, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is now a full-blown pop-culture phenomenon that Universal hopes will boost its Q1 earnings. Yes, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" motion picture trailer has landed. Aside from observing the ways it might be reworked into a mock trailer about a serial killer luring a young woman, the material looks awfully bland, speaking for both Sam Taylor-Johnson’s drab aesthetics and the chemistry (or lack thereof) between Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele. One hopes the movie itself, produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti and written by Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks") is not as timid as this. Have a look below, previewing what the studio will release this Valentine’s Day (har har har): »
- Nick Newman
How ’bout it Fifty Shades fans – is the this what you were hoping for? Let us know in our comments section below.
Fifty Shades Of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.
- Michelle McCue
The trailer, featuring a remix of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” starts off very innocently before teasing a few sex and bondage scenes at the end, including the image above of Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) blindfolded and naked.
The film, directed by Sam Taylor Johnson, has not been rated but it would be surprising if the MPAA gave it anything below an R-rating, given the graphic sex in the novels.
See Also: Five Sexy Secrets from the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer
The two-and-a-half minute trailer was exclusively unveiled on NBC’s “Today” Thursday morning.
- Ramin Setoodeh
The first trailer for the highly anticipated film version of El James’ best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey debuted on Thursday morning. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the Universal Pictures/Focus Features movie that’s set to hit theaters on Feb. 13, 2015. The film is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and the production team includes Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca. Kelly Marcel adapted the book for the big screen.
- Hilary Lewis
Turmoil continues to envelop Sony Pictures’ top executive ranks, begging the question of when and if the current administration can turn around the struggling studio and put an end to the upheaval that has been plaguing its Culver City lot for months.
Sony’s worldwide marketing and distribution chief Jeff Blake, who agreed Tuesday to “step aside” and leave the studio after 22 years, joins the exodus of executives who have spun through the studio’s dizzying revolving door over the past year. Several division heads were fired, including worldwide marketing president Marc Weinstock; home entertainment chief David Bishop; senior VP of media relations Steve Elzer and Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies. Matt Brown, executive VP, worldwide commercial for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; executive VP of global communications Ann Boyd; VP of global communications Jason Allen and home entertainment and acquisitions public relations head Fritz Friedman also left.
- Alexandra Cheney
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