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Go 'Joe': 3 more join the action

20 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The G.I. Joe brigade is growing larger.

Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Said Taghmaoui will join Sienna Miller and Ray Park in Paramount's live action film "G.I. Joe".

Stephen Sommers is directing Stuart Beattie's latest screenplay draft based on the popular Hasbro action figures, comic book series and Saturday morning cartoon. That cartoon featured military soldiers fighting a terrorist group called Cobra, with characters like the mute ninja Snake Eyes (Park) on the side of the good guys.

This latest version centers on an international force of operatives.

Nichols will play Scarlett, a skilled martial artist who specializes in hand-to-hand combat and counterintelligence.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play ordnance expert Heavy Duty and Taghmaoui will play Breaker, the team's communications specialist.

Miller will play the Baroness, known for her espionage skills.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hasbro's Brian Goldner are producing with Sommers and Bob Ducsay. The film is scheduled for an August 2009 release.

Nichols recently was seen in the horror film "P2" for Summit Entertainment. »

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Beattie reporting for 'G.I. Joe' duty

31 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stuart Beattie is strapping on his helmet for writing duties on G.I. Joe, Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures.

The studio is moving fast on the project, having last week signed Stephen Sommers to direct the action movie. Paramount is prepping it as a pre-strike movie and eyeing a summer 2009 release.

"Joe" will be based on the toy line launched in the 1980s, which also was tied to a comic book series and Saturday morning cartoon. It is the cartoon version that saw soldiers from all branches of the military fighting a terrorist group called Cobra, led by the Cobra Commander and featuring such villains as the Baroness and metal-faced arms dealer Destro.

The strike force featured such heroes as the mute ninja Snake Eyes and the heroine Scarlett, who were led by a Joe named Duke.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hasbro's Brian Goldner are producing.

Beattie's credits include Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the upcoming horror movie 30 Days of Night.

Beattie is repped by CAA and attorney Joan Vento Hall. »

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'Gears' turning to film at New Line

21 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New Line Cinema has acquired the film rights to award-winning video game Gears of War, with writer Stuart Beattie attached to adapt the project and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment set to produce.

The game, developed by Epic Games, became an instant success when it debuted in November. It became the most popular game on the Xbox Live service, overtaking Halo 2, and sold more than 3 million units worldwide in its first 10 weeks. It also has received numerous awards, including Gamespot's Game of the Year and the Interactive Achievement Awards' Overall Game of the Year.

Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save the Sera's inhabitants.

Cliff Bleszinski, lead game designer for Gears, worked with Beattie to define a treatment, with the aim of crafting a movie that will appeal to the game's fans and moviegoers. »

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