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Hong Kong – Walt Disney Studios and China’s Shanghai Media Group have unveiled a pact to co-produce feature movies.
The deal will see U.S.-based writers team with Chinese writers and filmmakers to develop movie properties that are both Disney family-friendly and feature authentic Chinese elements.
“The combination of our media coverage and understanding of the China market and Disney’s longstanding success in telling magical stories will surely spark a brand new chemistry that transcends age and borders,” said Su Xiao, CEO of Smg Pictures.
The statement specifically refers to action, adventure and fantasy writers. But there was no announcement »
- Patrick Frater
It’s my new goal to see as much of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as I can without ever setting foot in a theatre. Sony has been most obliging in this endeavor, releasing a never-ending stream of trailers, teasers, featurettes, clips, and promotional ads. The latest of these puts the focus on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his relationship to the lovely and talented Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
While the featurette might not give away the whole plot, it certainly is making effort to do so. It contains brief clips of Garfield, Stone, producer Avi Arad, and even original creator Stan Lee discussing the complex relationship between Spider-Man and his best girl. The undeniable chemistry between Spidey and Gwen was arguably the best part of The Amazing Spider-Man and made huge strides away from the damsel-in-distress mentality that characterized the love interest in earlier Spider-Man flicks. Other than that, it’s still the old story, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
How’s about a little featurette for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for you this afternoon that focuses on the love story of Peter and Gwen? Aww. Too cute. This featurette includes interviews with producer Avi Arad, Emma Stone (Gwen), Andrew Garfield (Peter), executive producer Stan Lee, producer Matt Tolmach, and director Marc Webb.
Featurette: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Peter and Gwen
- Jess Orso
The amazing marketing machine for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" rolls on, and it seems like (for now) Sony is done with pumping out new trailers, and is instead turning their attention to featurettes, which include a smattering of previously unseen footage. The latest is a two-minute look at the relationship between between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy—played by real life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone—though don't expect any actual revelations. It's mostly lots of talking points by the actors, producer Avi Arad and the omnipresent Stan Lee. But hey, new footage! After that you can check out a couple of motion posters for the movie, which do their job of reminding you about the film for a few seconds each. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" arrives on May 2nd, and by the time it hits theaters, will probably feature about 68% new material. [Daily Mail/Empire] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gwen Stacy loves Spider-Man — but she loves Peter Parker even more. Midtown Science High School's valedictorian, and Spidey/Peter's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, admits as much in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," directed by Marc Webb. In the featurette, producers like Avi Arad and Stan Lee as well as stars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield swing into one of the central conflicts of the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel: The growing divide between Peter ...
By Josh Wigler »
We reported in October that the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner are returning to write the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, with Matthew Tolmach and Avi Arad producing.
Now that the creative team is set in stone, it will be interesting to see which cast members will be back for the third installment of this reboot trilogy. Andrew Garfield will surely be back as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and we reported in October that Paul Giamatti will be back as Aleksei Sytsevich a.k.a. The Rhino. Chris Cooper, who plays Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has also hinted that he will be back in the 2016 sequel, although no other cast members have been confirmed. »
New footage! More Rhino! Behind the scene glory is to be had in this featurette for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 including interviews with Emma Stone (who plays Gwen Stacy), Robert Mead (additional editing), Andy Armstrong (stunt coordinator), Paul Giamatti (as Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), producer Avi Arad, producer Matt Tolmach, director Mark Webb and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro.
Featurette: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Light, Camera, Action
- Jess Orso
Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation game series Uncharted hasn’t had the smoothest ride through the development process, but things appear to be moving forward once again now that the studio has hired a new director. Seth Gordon is the latest name attached to the project, replacing the long-departed David O. Russell. Gordon might not be a household name, but he has directed several high-profile films – including the much-loved video game documentary The King of Kong. Does this mean he’s ready to essentially helm an updated take on the Indiana Jones franchise? Only time will tell, but we like the hire. Movies based on video games still haven’t found their niche in Hollywood, but producer Avi Arad thinks Uncharted could change all of that...
- Mike Bracken
Seth Gordon has entered negotiations to direct the Uncharted film.
The Horrible Bosses director is in line to take on the video game adaptation, reports Deadline.
The Naughty Dog adventure game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune centres around Nate Drake, the descendant of Sir Francis Drake.
The treasure hunter discovers the location of the lost city of El Dorado and sets out to find it with a journalist and his mentor by his side.
Directors David O Russell and Neil Burger have both previously been attached to the project.
Gordon directed 2013's Identity Thief and previously explored the world of video games in his 2007 documentary King of Kong.
Watch a trailer for Uncharted 4, the latest instalment in the video game franchise, below: »
Gordon, who broke into the business with the videogame documentary “The King of Kong,” would be the latest high-profile director to come on board the project. “American Hustle” director David O. Russell and “Divergent” helmer Neil Burger have both been attached to “Uncharted” within the past three years.
“Uncharted” is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production and producers are Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. The game — centered on treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake — was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Jonathan Kadin and Hannah Minghella are overseeing for the studio. »
- Dave McNary
Uncharted, Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, has found a new director: Seth Gordon. Gordon, known for the comedies Horrible Bossies and Identity Thief, is in final negotiations to direct Uncharted, which has been without a helmer ever since David O. Russell parted ways with the studio in 2011 and before Neil Burger was attached to direct.
- Borys Kit
While comic book movie adaptations currently reign supreme, video game adaptations may be the next big thing. One highly anticipated live-action feature film that takes inspiration from the world of interactive gaming is Sony's action-adventure picture Uncharted. Though the project has had such directors as David O. Russell involved, the helm remains vacant. That could all be about to change, as new reports have director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) in negotiations with the studio. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Gordon is in negotiations to direct Uncharted, an adaptation of the bestselling PlayStation game series that began with "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune." The game follows protagonist Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter descended from the famed explorer, Sir Francis Drake. With the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor Sullivan, Drake searches for the lost treasure of El Dorado. Although Gordon's last two feature films landed squarely in the R-rated comedy department, »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Entertainment is negotiating with Seth Gordon to direct Uncharted, the live-action adaptation of the top-selling PlayStation vidgame series Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This brings the Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief helmer back to his origins, where he helmed the celebrated documentary The King Of Kong and immersed himself in video game culture. The film is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, produced by Chuck Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. The most recent script of Uncharted is by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, and the studio was hot enough on that draft that they set him to write Bad Boys 3. The project has had several prominent filmmakers involved over the years, most recently David O Russell, before he left to helm the Roven-produced American Hustle, a Best Picture Oscar contender. Next step is to find a protagonist to play Nathan Drake, the treasure and antiquities »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It was way back in 2008 that DreamWorks acquired the rights to Ghost in the Shell, intent on producing a live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga series. Six years later, a director has finally come on board. Read on for details!
Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989 by Kodansha, one of the largest publishing companies in Japan. The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
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- John Squires
With the live-action adaptations of Akira and Bleach still pretty much stuck in limbo, those interested in seeing a Hollywood blockbuster version of the Japanese art form can now turn their sights on Ghost in the Shell.
Deadline reports that Rupert Sanders has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation for DreamWorks.
The studio acquired the project back in 2008, fuelled by the passion of Steven Spielberg. Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was originally to pen the script, before Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) replaced him. But now it looks like the studio has started over, with a new script from William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).
The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
The long-running franchise began life as a manga series back in 1989, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. Since then, there have been two further manga volumes, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Japanese comic was famously adapted as an anime film in 1995, and later as the acclaimed Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television series.
It centres around a cyborg police officer living in the near future and explores the concept of consciousness and humanity.
Sanders is also involved with 90 Church, Juliet and The Kill List.
Watch a trailer for the Ghost in the Shell anime film below: »
With the popularity of Marvel and DC comic book adaptations, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a big push to get manga and anime adaptations on the big screen. One project that has been in the works for a number of years is a live-action film based on Ghost in the Shell, and a director is now on board.
According to Deadline, DreamWorks has hired Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders to direct the movie. The script has been written by William Wheeler and will be produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul. For those who aren’t familiar with Ghost in the Shell, here’s a little background info on the anime release:
“2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”, a mysterious and threatening computer »
- Jonathan James
A live-action Hollywood version of Masamune Shirow's acclaimed manga Ghost in the Shell has been in development at DreamWorks since 2008, when the studio acquired the rights at the behest of Steven Spielberg.
Since then, there's been little real movement on the movie, but the adaptation now finally seems to be pushing ahead with Deadline revealing that director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to helm the project.
While screenwriters Jamie Moss (Street Kings) and Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator: Genesis) had both previously worked on the project, Sanders will instead utilise a new script from William Wheeler (Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) while Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will serve as producer. »
- Gary Collinson
The adaptation has long been a passion project for DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg, who acquired the property in 2008 and set Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to write the script. We reported in 2009 that Laeta Kalogridis signed on to write the adapted script, although that was the last we heard about the project. At the time, the studio made ambitious plans to shoot it in 3D, although it isn't known if they are still considering that approach.
The project is based on Masamune Shirow's original 1989 manga, which centers on a covert unit within the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, who fight tech-related crimes. The manga was adapted into the anime movies Ghost In The Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, »
Masamune Shirow created the futuristic police thriller in 1989 in the form of a manga. It went on to generate two more manga editions, three anime films, an anime TV series and several video games.
The story follows a member of a covert ops unit which specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
William Wheeler ("The Reluctant Fundamentalist") has penned a new script adaptation which Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul will produce. The film is said to be a personal passion project of Steven Spielberg.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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