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'Flash Gordon' Moves Forward at Fox with 'Star Trek 3' Writers

23 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last Week, FilmDivider reported that Flash Gordon, which had been stuck in development hell for years, was moving forward with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Today, THR confirms 20th Century Fox has finalized a deal to pick up the screen rights, with both writers attached.

John Davis will produce this sci-fi reboot, after the studio spent more than a year trying to lock down the rights from the Hearst Corporation. The veteran producer worked on Chronicle for Fox, and is behind The Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot. He used his own discretionary fund to secure the rights.

George Nolfi wrote the initial draft of the screenplay, which will be updated and reworked by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Nolfi will now be a producer on the project.

The original comic strip was created by Alex Raymond in 1934, and was turned into the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon. »

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Karate Kid 2 Kicks Into Gear (At Last!)

16 April 2014 3:58 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Back in 2010, Jaden Smith proved that The Karate Kid still had plenty of fight left in him. Four years later, we finally got some good news on the highly anticipated sequel!

Earlier this month, it was announced that Breck Eisner would take over as the director for The Karate Kid 2. Breck is known for directing movies like Matthew McConaughey's Sahara.

While there's no release date for The Karate Kid 2 just yet, it's been speculated for a while that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will both be returning in their roles from the 2010 movie, and we are okay with that!

Make sure you keep locked on to KidsPickFlicks for news on The Karate Kid 2 as it surfaces, and don't forget - we're the one stop you need for the latest on all of your favorite movies! »

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Liev Schreiber And Jaden Smith Will Topline Slavery Pic The Good Lord Bird

16 April 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The darkest chapter in American history has always been ripe for the Hollywood treatment, but after Steve McQueen’s searing 12 Years A Slave took Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year, it seems clearer than ever that there’s still a large appetite for movies about slavery. Luckily, the next star-studded movie about the subject won’t be quite as painful to watch as 12 Years A Slave. Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride’s satirical slavery novel The Good Lord Bird.

McBride’s novel, which won him the 2013 National Book Award, centers on a cross-dressing slave named Little Onion (Smith), a young boy mistaken for a girl when rescued from his master by famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Together, they set out on a journey across the country, encountering individuals like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass »

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'Flash Gordon' Reboot Moving Forward with 'Star Trek 3' Writers?

15 April 2014 7:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After original Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones made a brief appearance in the 2012 comedy Ted, many fans hoped it could revive the gestating Flash Gordon reboot that has been stuck in development hell for several years. Although nothing has been confirmed at this time, FilmDivider is reporting that Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are currently working on the script, with producer Jon Davis currently seeking a studio deal for the project.

This is the first we're hearing about the writers working on Flash Gordon, but a Mormon Artist interview with J.D. Payne also mentions the project briefly, although there are no quotes attributed to the screenwriter regarding Flash Gordon.

Their take is said to be similar to Breck Eisner's, who was attached to direct back in 2008, with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama writing the script. The story will go back to the original comic »

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"Trek" Scribes Pen "Flash Gordon" Reboot"?

15 April 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been reported online that scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are attached to a big screen reboot of "Flash Gordon".

Film Divider (via Screen Rant) reports the rumor, claiming the pair are working with a producer and are "in the process of making a studio deal."

Payne and McKay are best known for a work that hasn't been released yet - they're the guys collaborating with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on the script for the next installment of the "Star Trek" film franchise. The pair are also still attached to J.J. Abrams' graphic novel adaptation "Boilerplate".

"Flash Gordon" centers on an athlete who is kidnapped and taken to the distant planet Mongo, where he and companions Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov embark on a series of adventures fighting a ruler named Ming the Merciless.

Various film and TV adaptations of the property have happened over the years, »

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Flash Gordon Being Written By Star Trek 3 Writers

15 April 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A new big screen adaptation of Flash Gordon has been in and out of development for years. Back in 2008 Sony Pictures was moving forward with the project and even had Breck Eisner attached to direct it. For one reason or another the project fell apart and never happened. It seems like there's been no movement since. 

Now Film Divider is reporting that there's a fresh attempt to bring Flash Gordon to the big screen, and that Star Trek 3 writers Jd Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to pen the script. Nothing these two guys have written has made it to the big screen yet, but they did write a script for Bad Robot called Boilerplate, which hasn't been produced yet. Apparently these guys are supposed to be a couple of hot up-and-coming writers. 

They’ve apparently developed a new take on Flash with producer Jon Davis and are »

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Flash Gordon movie reboot might be back on the cards

14 April 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 15 Apr 2014 - 06:58

Flash Gordon sort-of-approaching again! A new big screen outing is in the early stages of development...

In the last decade, there's already been an attempt to bring Flash Gordon back to the big screen, with director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) at one stage attached to the project. A relatively unsuccessful small screen series has happened in that time, but a new Flash Gordon movie has been stuck in limbo.

However, it's now being reported that a fresh attempt is being made to bring Flash Gordon back to the big screen. J D Payne and Patrick McKay, a pair of writers who also have the script for the next Star Trek film on their slate, have apparently put together a possible new direction on Flash Gordon in conjunction with producer Jon Davis, one that goes back to the core of Alex Raymond's original comics. »

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Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Karate Kid 2′, ‘The Martian’ and More

14 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

This Week:

Karate Kid 2 lands a director; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to reunite in a new movie; Jeremy Irvine will star in Stonewall; Matt Damon eyes The Martian; the Game of Thrones showrunners peg their next project; and Chloe Moretz joins The 5th Wave.


Sony Pictures has hired Breck Eisner to direct returning stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid 2.

Eisner is probably best known for delivering the 2010 horror film The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant. Not exactly a 1-to-1 comparison between that film and The Karate Kid, but apparently Sony thinks Eisner is a good fit to helm their sequel.

Since the first Karate Kid ...

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'Karate Kid 2' Is a Go, and Now It Has a Director

9 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jaden Smith's reboot of the "Karate Kid" franchise is officially getting a sequel, with director Breck Eisner reportedly signing on to helm the follow-up.

Deadline reports that "Karate Kid 2" is now a go, and original stars Smith and Chan are on board to return. Eisner, known for 2010 horror romp "The Crazies," replaces director Harald Zwart, who helmed the 2010 "Kid," itself a remake of the 1984 flick.

Eisner may seem like an eyebrow-raising choice for a kiddie film like "Karate Kid 2" (in addition to "The Crazies," he also directed 2005's Matthew McConaughey adventure flick "Sahara"), but studio Sony is banking on him to turn the film into a successful franchise. The 2010 "Kid" made over $300 million worldwide throughout its run; Sony's no doubt hoping the second installment will be even more lucrative.

Eisner will next direct the Vin Diesel-starring "The Last Witch Hunter." No word yet on how soon "Karate Kid 2" will start production. »

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Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith to return for Karate Kid 2

9 April 2014 3:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sahara's Breck Eisner to direct sequel to Karate Kid, which took $343m worldwide despite failing to contain karate

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will both return in a sequel to 2010's Karate Kid remake, reports Deadline.

The new film has just secured a director, Breck Eisner, who is best known for overseeing the Matthew McConaughey box office turkey Sahara in 2005. It will once again see Smith, 15, as kung fu student Dre Parker, with Chan as his teacher, Mr Han.

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The Karate Kid 2: Breck Eisner is Directing Sequel to Jackie Chan Film

8 April 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Breck Eisner is Directing The Karate Kid 2. The selection of Breck Eisner answers the question of who will direct the sequel to the 2010 The Karate Kid film. Both Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are set to reprise their respective roles. The original film’s director, Harald Zwart, does not [...]

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Breck Eisner Set to Direct Karate Kid 2

8 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Sony Pictures has hired The Crazies director Breck Eisner to direct Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in Karate Kid 2. I enjoyed the first movie. It turned out way better than I thought it would. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and I'm happy to see that the studio is finally moving forward with the sequel.

It can't be any worse then the sequel to the original film. It was on TV over the weekend, and wow… it was bad. It had been a long time since I've seen it, and that ending is laughable in the most ridiculous ways. I do hope they stick with a similar concept though, where Smith's character has to fight for his life outside of a tournament setting. I bet they could do something really cool with that.

Via: Deadline »

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Karate Kid Sequel Hired The Crazies Director Breck Eisner

8 April 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

It's a bit surprising that Sony Pictures didn't immediately move forward with a sequel to its 2010 "Karate Kid" reboot, after the film, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan," grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and went on to earn $343 million worldwide. But now comes word that the studio is fast-tracking the project and just hired Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct the follow-up. Both Smith and Chan will return to reprise their roles. Unless things changed greatly, the script for "Karate Kid 2" is still written by Cyrus Voris and Eithan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda). The plan has been to take the story back to the Us. »

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The Karate Kid 2 moving ahead, new director found

7 April 2014 10:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 8 Apr 2014 - 06:40

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are to reunite for The Karate Kid 2, with The Crazies' Breck Eisner directing.

Despised in the run-up to its release, director Harald Zwart's reboot of The Karate Kid series actually turned out to be pretty decent (if pretty long). It was also hugely successful, bringing home over $340m at the worldwide box office. Very soon after, Sony Pictures revealed that it was looking for a sequel, and then... nothing.

Until now anyway. Notwithstanding the fact that the last film came out in 2010, the studio has finally got things in place for The Karate Kid 2, and has hired a director to make it. The director in question? Breck Eisner, currently best known for his surprisingly good remake of The Crazies.

In front of the camera, both Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are set to return. No other details are known at this time, »

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Director Locked For ‘Karate Kid 2′

7 April 2014 9:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sony Pictures have announced the man who will direct Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid 2. Breck Eisner, who is responsible for The Crazies, Sahara and Thoughtcrimes, will pick up where the original’s director, Harald Zwart. The original version of The Karate Kid was released 30 years ago this year, but the remake became a worldwide box office sensation with a total haul of $343 million.

I still can’t take to the Chan and Smith reboot, but at least it changed things up enough to become its own picture. There’s no word yet on where the plot for the second film might go, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the original China set film to relocate to the Us, a reversal of the original series of films move from the Us to Japan for the sequel.

Source: Deadline

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Breck Eisner Helms "The Karate Kid 2"

7 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures has signed Breck Eisner ("Sahara," "The Crazies") to direct the sequel to 2010's reboot of "The Karate Kid" franchise.

Stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are expected to return for the follow-up. The first film grossed a whopping $343 million worldwide so a getting a sequel going is understandable.

Eisner is currently working on Summit's fantasy-action franchise launcher "The Last Witch Hunter" starring Vin Diesel.

Source: Variety »

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The Karate Kid Reboot Sequel Lands a Crazies Director

7 April 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Craaaaaaaazies. Ahem. Breck Eisner, director of “The Crazies” remake, will be helming the sequel to “The Karate Kid,” a remake of the ’80s movie starring Ralph Macchio, who had to learn how to paint a fence and wax cars so big bad bullies wouldn’t beat him up no mo. Or some such. The not-really-karate-but-kung-fu-kid, Jaden Smith, is expected back, though these days isn’t the more proper term the not-really-karate-but-kung-fu-teenager? Also due back to teach the finer points of kung fu fightin’ is Jackie Chan. The first “Karate Kid,” which found Smith’s character relocated to China with his mom (“Person of Interest’s” Taraji P. Henson), was a surprise hit, scoring over $300 million buckaroos for Sony Pictures. So it’s a bit surprising that it’s taken the franchise over four years to finally get a sequel together, especially since Jaden Smith has been sprouting like a tree in those four years. »

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Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan return for Karate Kid sequel

7 April 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will return for the sequel to 2010's The Karate Kid.

The duo starred in the update to the original 1980s classic, grossing $343 million worldwide with Harald Zwart directing.

Deadline reports that Sahara and The Crazies director Breck Eisner has been signed by Sony to work on the new movie.

Eisner is also attached to Summit's upcoming fantasy action film The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel.

The 1980s Karate Kid trilogy starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

Macchio has said that he has no interest in appearing in another Karate Kid movie.

Watch the trailer for 2010's The Karate Kid below: »

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Karate Kid 2 Has Found Its Director

7 April 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Hollywood is still trying to make Jaden Smith happen. So here comes Karate Kid 2, a sequel to the 2010 reboot fronted by Will Smith's son. It's been four years in development, and at long last Sony Pictures has snagged someone to climb into it's director's chair. Deadline reports Sony has selected Breck Eisner, director of the 2005 action-adventure Sahara and the 2010 horror remake The Crazies, to helm Karate Kid 2. The sequel will reunite the talents of Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. After Karate Kid made a whopping $343 million worldwide, Sony was hot to spin it into a new franchise (so it's somewhat strange it's taken so long for the movie to be made). We first got word of a potential Karate Kid 2 (not to be confused with 1986 Ralphio Macchio-fronted The Karate Kid: Part II) just four days after Smith's high-kicking drama hit theaters. News leaked that Sony was seeking pitches »

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'Crazies' director Breck Eisner signs to direct Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in 'Karate Kid' sequel

7 April 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

My children reached a major milestone in their life recently, when I screened the new film "Chinese Zodiac" for them on Blu-ray. The film isn't one of Jackie Chan's best, but it has several fun set pieces, and the closing credits are like a giant overview of Jackie's whole career, along with footage of his stunts going wrong, a long-time tradition for his movies. They have now both declared Jackie Chan The Coolest Person Alive and they're desperate to see more of his movies. I get it, because I know so many movie fans who have had that same lightning bolt moment with Jackie Chan movies over the years. You see him do something that defies logic and safety and the rules of physics, and next thing you know, you're in Chinatown trying to find an import Blu-ray of the uncut "Drunken Master 2." What really blew their minds, though, »

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