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12 items from 2017

Jared Leto Poised To Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With Hostage Thriller 77

16 February 2017 8:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After amassing an array of directing credits on music videos, commercials and documentaries in the vein of Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon, Jared Leto is now poised to take the reins on his first feature film.

It’s called 77, a brutal hostage thriller adapted from James Ellroy’s novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has appointed screenwriter David Matthews (Narcos) to hash out a script, with Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films on board to produce. Much like his involvement in the aforementioned doc Into the Wild, Leto will also hold a producing role on the project.

Set against the politically volatile landscape of 1974 Los Angeles, 77 tells the story of “two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. They uncover not only relentless corruption and crime, »

- Michael Briers

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Mel Gibson Is Reportedly First Choice For Suicide Squad Sequel As Director Likens Talks To A “First Date”

16 February 2017 7:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Undeterred by scathing reviews and a less-than-stellar box office haul, Warner Bros. has officially jump-started pre-production on Suicide Squad 2, effectively sending the Internet into a tailspin in the process.

Amid last night’s hullabaloo, Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson emerged as an early frontrunner to take the reins, with additional reports revealing that the likes of Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Daniel Espinosa (Life) have also cropped up on the studio’s preliminary shortlist. It’s early, early days, but Variety reporter Justin Kroll has provided some context to the ongoing situation, noting that, as of now, Gibson is Warner’s first choice to helm Suicide Squad 2, and that the sequel is essentially his, should he sign along the dotted line.

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The Aussie actor-director-writer later confirmed his interest (via Batman-News »

- Michael Briers

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Mel Gibson Confirms Talks For ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ Plus 3 Times He Dissed Superhero Movies

16 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Barring anything else crazy happening by the end of Friday, this week’s winner in the category of “Wtf News” belongs to yesterday’s reports that Mel Gibson is in early talks to direct “Suicide Squad 2.” It’s not a done deal and there are other contenders in the mix — Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” the upcoming sci-fi “Life“), Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “Gangster Squad“), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “50/50“) — but that Gibson is even at the table is surprising.

Continue reading Mel Gibson Confirms Talks For ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ Plus 3 Times He Dissed Superhero Movies at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Suicide Squad 2’: Mel Gibson Being Courted to Direct Superhero Sequel — Report

16 February 2017 7:11 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson may soon be joining the DC Extended Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor and filmmaker is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct “Suicide Squad 2.” However, there has not being an official offer made to the “Hacksaw Ridge” director as of yet.

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Sources tell THR that talks are still in the early stages and Gibson is currently reviewing the material to familiarize himself with the franchise. Gibson previously picked up two Oscars for his “Braveheart” and it currently in contention for Best Picture for this year’s nominated “Hacksaw Ridge.”

But Gibson is not the only one being considered to helm the superhero sequel. According to Variety, Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “The Night Before”) and Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) are also among the contenders to sit in the director’s chair. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Mel Gibson in early talks to direct 'Suicide Squad 2'

16 February 2017 12:34 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Warner Bros. talking to Gibson about replacing David Ayer, according to reports.

Mel Gibson is in early talks to direct Suicide Squad 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Other directors reportedly in the frame to replace David Ayer for the DC sequel include Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies).

The first Suicide Squad received mostly negative reviews, but still made $745m at the global box office and has been fast-tracked for a sequel.

Mel Gibson, beset by personal problems in the last decade, has made a comeback with his new film Hacksaw Ridge, which has been nominated for six Oscars and made $164m worldwide.

He has several upcoming projects including a starring role in police thriller Dragged Across Concrete alongside Vince Vaughn, with Bloom launching pre-sales on the film at this year’s Efm.

As Screen reported, Mexican producer-financier Gaston Pavlovich is backing another upcoming Gibson film, The Professor And The Madman co-starring »

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Suicide Squad 2: Warner Bros eyes Mel Gibson to direct

15 February 2017 10:07 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Warner Bros has Mel Gibson on a shortlist of directors to put together Suicide Squad 2...

Might the rehabilitation of Mel Gibson back into Hollywood be complete? His most recent film as director, Hacksaw Ridge, has proved a success, and earned Gibson another Best Director Oscar nomination. And now it’s being reported that Warner Bros has him on the shortlist to direct Suicide Squad 2.

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With the director of the first Suicide Squad, David Ayer, set to focus on Gotham City Sirens instead (the movie that brings together female foes such as Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn), that leaves a vacancy for Suicide Squad 2. The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Warner Bros is “courting” Gibson to direct the new film. »

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Update: Suicide Squad 2 - Mel Gibson In The Running To Direct DC Supervillain Sequel?

15 February 2017 7:58 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »


While attending a screening of Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson confirmed that the talks with Warner Bros regarding Suicide Squad 2 were indeed happening, but as of this writing, they are no where near any sort of deal.

"It's kind of a first date," he told the moderator. You can take a look at the video below, though be warned that the audio is very low.

Also of note from Variety reporter Justin Kroll:

Couple updates on the Suicide Squad director search since I posted after a few calls. First if Mel wants it, it's his.

Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 16, 2017

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Whether or not you liked Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, there is no doubt that the DC Extended Universe is off to a bit of a rocky start. Yes, there are plenty out there who liked those movies — and rest assured, they made plenty of cash — but the narrative »

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Ruben Fleischer And Jonathan Levine Also Being Eyed For Suicide Squad 2

15 February 2017 4:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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After much uncertainty, it seems as if we’ll definitely be getting a Suicide Squad 2. Those box office numbers proved to be strong enough to justify a sequel and now, Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a director. Earlier today, we heard that Mel Gibson was in talks, along with Daniel Espinosa and tonight, Variety is reporting that Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer and Warm BodiesJonathan Levine are also being eyed by the studio to take the helm.

From what we understand, there’s no clear frontrunner at the moment, given that it’s so early on in the search, and it’s expected that additional names will be added to the shortlist before a decision is made. When WB will settle on someone is unknown, but the project is definitely a priority »

- Mark Cassidy

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Mel Gibson, Jonathan Levine and Ruben Fleischer Among Directors Being Considered for ‘Suicide Squad 2’

15 February 2017 3:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has begun the search for the director who will take over the reins for the sequel to box office hit “Suicide Squad.” Mel Gibson is perhaps the most surprising of the handful of possibilities.

Sources tell Variety that in addition to Gibson, Warners has met with — or is planning to meet with — Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”).

Warner Bros. had no comment.


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Insiders say the list could grow and that there is no front-runner at the moment.

David Ayer wrote and directed the original pic that starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. The pic followed a group of villains and antiheroes — including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang, and Killer Croc — who are forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences. »

- Justin Kroll

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Mel Gibson In Early Talks To Direct Suicide Squad 2 For Warner Bros.

15 February 2017 1:59 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Suicide Squad may not have fared particularly well with critics, but it was a box office success, so you probably won't be too surprised to learn that a sequel is in the early stages in development. However, in a very unexpected twist, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Mel Gibson is in early talks to take the helm of the movie!  He's a long way off signing up to direct, and the trade adds that he's currently familiarising himself with the comic books to see if it's a property he would be interested in working on. Warner Bros. is hedging their bets, though, as Daniel Espinosa (Safe) is also being considered along with a number of others that Variety lists as being Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies).  With Suicide Squad's David Ayer busy working on Gotham City Sirens, it makes sense that he's not returning, and Gibson »

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‘Superstore’ Renewed for Season 3 at NBC

14 February 2017 1:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Superstore” has been renewed for a third season at NBC, and the comedy landed a supersized order of 22 episodes.

NBC announced the renewal for the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday afternoon.

Starring America Ferrera, “Superstore” centers around a group of employees at a big-box store, “Cloud 9.” Ben Feldman stars opposite Ferrera, along with Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom, Mark McKinney and Lauren Ash.

“We are extremely proud of ‘Superstore,’ which is one of the smartest and funniest comedies on television today,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “Through the show’s expertly drawn characters, our producers and cast do a remarkable job touching on many issues in which audiences can relate. To its credit, not only does ‘Superstore’ make us laugh, but it makes us think as well.”

The early renewal is no surprise, as “Superstore” is a favorite among NBC execs. The comedy is a solid performer in its second season. Thirteen »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Freeform Greenlights Cosmopolitan Magazine Inspired Series ‘The Bold Type’

10 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform has greenlit “The Bold Type,” a scripted series inspired by Cosmopolitan and its editor Joanna Coles, Variety has learned.

The show, which was previously titled “Issues,” will air in summer 2017.

“The Bold Type” stars Melora Hardin and Katie Stevens, and follows the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. While the show is heavily inspired by Coles’ experiences, the series won’t directly name Cosmopolitan and instead centers around a fictional publication, Scarlet Magazine.

Hardin (“Transparent,” Amazon) stars as the magazine editor in chief, Jacqueline, while Stevens (“Faking It,” MTV) will star as a writer who has just been promoted to her dream job. Jacqueline is described as quietly tough and confident and someone who can intimidate without saying a word, but »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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