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Paramount and MGM have set “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston to play the titular role in their biblical epic remake of “Ben-Hur,” an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap. The story follows childhood best friends Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who become enemies after Messala betrays Judah, a Jewish prince, allowing him to be sold into slavery. After years as a slave plotting his revenge, the two come to blows, culminating in the chariot race made iconic by the 1959 Charlton Heston film. Also read: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Join ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot at MGM and Paramount Sean Daniel and Joni. »
- Linda Ge
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Morgan Freeman is portraying Ildarin, the man who teaches the title character to become a champion chariot racer. The studios are reportedly close to finding the two main characters, Judah Ben-Hur and his former friend turned bitter rival Messalla. We reported last month that Tom Hiddleston was being courted to play Ben-Hur, but it remains unclear whether or not he will accept the role. It isn't known what other actors are in contention for these two main characters.
The reboot is said to stick closer to the original 1880 Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 movie Ben-Hur did. The focus is still on the feud between Ben-Hur and the treacherous Messalla, who betrays his longtime friend and frames him for an accident, causing Ben-Hur to be sold into slavery. »
Exclusive: Gearing up to start production in Europe early next year, MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov have made their first formal casting in Ben-Hur. They’ve set Morgan Freeman to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
The studios are getting close to finding their Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala. I’ve reported that Tom Hiddleston was one of those being courted, and at this point it’s not clear if he will take part. They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based more closely on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ – the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind — than the 1959 William Wyler-directed film that starred Charlton Heston. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Alcon Television Group has inked a deal with Legendary Global Television Distribution to handle international distribution rights for its Syfy series “The Expanse.”
This marks the first property to be sold through Legendary Television’s new worldwide distribution division that is run by recently appointed head, Michael Grindon.
“The Expanse,” which is based on a series of science fiction novels from James S.A. Corey, is set 200 years in the future and follows a detective (Steven Strait) and the captain of a rogue ship (Thomas Jane) as they travel across the galaxy to find a missing girl. In the process, they uncover an interstellar conspiracy. The series was developed by “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who serves as executive producers along with Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Sharon Hall, Naren Shankar, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown.
“We are very excited to be involved with »
- Kevin Noonan
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Witches of East End, General Hospital and Covert Affairs!
1 | Considering Doctor Who‘s Clara has met every incarnation of the Doctor, why did she have such a hard time accepting his latest regeneration? Also, isn’t the Doctor’s “girlfriend” Missy a little too much like River Song, his “wife?”
Related Doctor Who: 13 Best ‘Modern’ Episodes!
2 | Anyone else notice how much older than MTV’s target demo the Vma presenters (e. »
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »
- Marc Graser
Exclusive: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.
Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be one of the first one out of the gate, setting the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.
Plot details are still under wraps, but it was previously indicated that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. »
- Steve Barton
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
So much happened before Snow White dropped in.
Universal Pictures announced the release date for The Huntsman, a prequel of sorts to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles of the Huntsman Eric and evil queen Ravenna. The film, directed by Frank Darabont, will be released on Friday, April 22, 2016 and reveal how the two characters interacted before Snow White ever met a dwarf.
The Huntsman takes the date previously occupied by The Mummy, which will now be pushed back two months to Friday, June 24, 2016. The reboot of the action-adventure films written by »
- Jake Perlman
First it was Len Wiseman who left Universal's proposed reboot of The Mummy. Then it was Mama director Andres Muschietti who flew the Eqyptian coop. Now, producer Alex Kurtzman is throwing caution to the wind and directing the flick himself.
THR reports that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate, having a release date of April 22, 2016. The movie is important as it will set the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.
Plot details are being kept under wraps (*ahem*), but it’s understood »
- Steve Barton
After The Best Man Holiday, a star-studded follow-up to 1999′s The Best Man, became a huge hit last November, Universal must have realized what a hit it had on its hands. Now, the studio has set a third installment, titled The Best Man Wedding, for release on April 15th, 2016.
A few things made a third installment in the series a near certainty. Firstly, The Best Man Holiday, budgeted at $17 million, had a terrific $30 million opening weekend and went on to bcome the fifth most successful R-rated romantic comedy of all time. Secondly, it received a stunning A+ CinemaScore across all quadrants. And finally, it starred an embarassment of in-demand stars including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall. All of those actors are expected to be back for The Best Man Wedding.
Plot details were scarce, as »
- Isaac Feldberg
Universal has announced that the third film, which follows 2013’s The Best Man Holiday and 1999’s The Best Man, is titled The Best Man Wedding and will be released on Friday, April 15, 2016. As the film’s description puts it, the gang returns to “celebrate the group’s most unexpected wedding to date.” Malcolm D. Lee will again write and direct, with Sean Daniel returning to produce. »
- Samantha Highfill
“The Best Man” series of films will definitely continue, and now its fans know exactly when to look forward to the next installment. Universal Pictures has announced “The Best Man Wedding” will be released on Friday, April 15, 2016. Also read: ‘Best Man Holiday's Nia Long Joins We TV's First Scripted Series “Malcolm D. Lee again writes and directs the third film in his signature hit series, and Sean Daniel (“The Best Man Holiday”) returns to produce “The Best Man Wedding” alongside Lee,” Universal said in a press release. The announcement also indicates that the cast will return as well. Also read: »
- Jason Hughes
Hot off the presses, straight from my email inbox... Universal Pictures’ The Best Man Wedding will be released on Friday, April 15, 2016 About The Best Man Wedding The cast of The Best Man series returns to celebrate the group’s most unexpected wedding to date. Malcolm D. Lee again writes and directs the third film in his signature hit series, and Sean Daniel ("The Best Man Holiday") returns to produce The Best Man Wedding alongside Lee. The Universal Pictures release date announcement didn't come with any specific casting info, but we can assume that those who made it to the end of the last film, will return for this third and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Universal Pictures is bringing back the guys from The Best Man series. The Best Man Wedding is set to be released April 15, 2016, with writer-director Malcolm D. Lee returning for the third installment and Sean Daniel producing. Photos 10 Highest Grossing Movie Sequels 1999's The Best Man earned $35.1 million domestically, while last year's The Best Man Holiday took $70.5 million. Universal says the cast will be back. The stars of the previous films include Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall. Lee is also
- Aaron Couch
(Cbr) Update: 7/15/204 11:04 Am Pt: Valiant has issued a press release about the current "Archer & Armstrong" film, with further details about its partnership with the Sean Daniel Company. The script by BenDavid Grabinski was fully funded by Valiant Entertainment, similar to Marvel Studios. The press release also included an official synopsis of the film, which follows below. Archer & Armstrong is an action-adventure/buddy comedy colliding a drunk, delinquent immortal who has given up on saving the world and the idealistic young man who needs him for a globetrotting quest to stop history’s oldest conspiracy from toppling modern civilization. The release also contains comments from Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "We couldn’t have more apt partners than Sean Daniel -- who, as an executive at Universal, shepherded the seminal movies in the genre in "Blues Brothers," "Midnight Run" and "Animal House" -- and BenDavid Grabinski, who »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
While Marvel and DC Comics are the top contenders in comic book movies, there are still some lesser known, but beloved, comic book titles that make their way to theaters every now and then. Now one more will make the journey as Valiant Comics has announced that they're adapting their series Archer & Armstrong to film. THR reports the comic book company commissioned a script themselves with friend of the site, BenDavid Grabinski, landing the job of writing it. The man has the perfect sensibility and love of buddy action movies to make this work. The film will also be produced by the Sean Daniel Company, which is also working on remakes of Ben-Hur and The Mummy right now. So what's this comic about? Read on! For those who may not be familiar, Archer & Armstrong is an action buddy comedy in which the young Obadiah Archer is confronted with the “Great »
- Ethan Anderton
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