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Solution Entertainment Group has released the first image from the Shia Labeouf-led psychological thriller "Man Down" which also Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Set in a savage post-apocalyptic America, Labeouf and Courtney play a pair who are in search of the former's family.
"Zhang Yimou's first English-language film, 'The Great Wall' at Legendary East, has seen a budget increase to $135 million with filming to begin in February. The period action spectacular with sci-fi elements is currently casting..." (full details)
"Ivanhoe Pictures has picked up the film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult action-adventure novel 'The Walled City'. The story follows three teenagers who are fighting to survive and escape a lawless, walled city..." (full details)
- Garth Franklin
"Zombieland" and "Gangster Squad" helmer Ruben Fleischer will direct an untitled drug drama that's in the works. Based on the recent New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule," the film tells the true story of "Leo Sharp, the Indiana man who this year was caught running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was sent to the slammer at age 90." No word yet on who will write the script. [Deadline] "Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur is going Ya with "Tiger's Curse." Based on the books by Colleen Houck, the story centers on "teenager Kelsey Hayes, who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an exotic adventure across the far reaches of the globe where »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer has been tapped to direct the story of Leo Sharp, the Indiana man who this year was caught running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was sent to the slammer at age 90. An award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies, Sharp was busted by the feds in 2011 while hauling $3 million in cocaine down the Michigan interstate in his Lincoln pickup truck. He had been one of the cartel’s most prolific drug couriers.
Imperative Entertainment acquired rights to Sam Dolnick’s Nyt Magazine article on Sharp, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule.” They’re looking for a writer to tell the story of how the ex-war hero was tracked down by DEA agents who only had the nickname Tata, or Grandfather, to work with. Sharp’s lawyers convinced a jury his dementia sent him on the wrong path and he got three years. »
- Jen Yamato
Imperative Entertainment — the production banner run by Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin and Zak Kadison — is partnering with director Ruben Fleischer to adapt New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule." The shingle has acquired the rights to the article, written by Sam Dolnick, with Fleischer attached to direct. See more Highly Paid Film Stars Published in the June 15 issue, the story told of Leo Sharp, an award-winning horticulturist, renowned for his prized daylilies, who secretly worked for years as one of the most prolific drug couriers for
- Borys Kit
NBC is looking to Bachelorette's Leslye Headland and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for its next comedy. The network has handed out a script commitment to an untitled comedy from the Bachelorette writer that's executive produced by Cosmo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy centers on a failed political blogger who restarts her life in New York as the "sex" editor for a prestigious and provocative women's magazine. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Headland will pen the script for the Universal Television, The District and Cosmopolitan comedy and exec produce alongside Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and
- Lesley Goldberg
Does Netflix have Eric Cartman’s Awesome-o working in their studios? You remember; he was the lovable robot who could invent Adam Sandler movies out of thin air, like “Adam Sandler falls in love with a Golden Retriever” or “Adam Sandler is stranded on an island and falls in love with a coconut.” If so, that robot has led them to sign a deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison productions to produce and distribute four films, all of which Sandler will star in and produce. Additionally, Netflix will bankroll each of the films, the budget of which on previous Sandler films have averaged roughly $80 million (though where that money goes in the budget is anyone’s guess). This comes days after news that Netflix’s first feature would be the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.
Sandler commented typically tastefully in a statement via THR, saying, “When these fine people came »
- Brian Welk
Zombieland came out and was met with better than expected reactions. The film exploded, and like most great movies, people wanted more. Well Sony has finally given in and is “urgently” making Zombieland 2! Check out the details after the jump.
Sony has already hired a writer, brought back the director, and has a producer for Zombieland 2. The writer is Dave Callaham, the writer behind Expendables and the recent Godzilla reboot. His recent film is titled Jackpot and it’s dark nature is what interested Sony in hiring him for Zombieland 2. As if Godzilla being a hit wasn’t big enough!
As for the cast? Well that hasn’t been secured just yet, and this is what is worrying. The entire crew behind Zombieland »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
(Cbr) After lying dead for years, the planned sequel to the 2009 comedy "Zombieland" is suddenly showing signs of life. Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired "Godzilla" screenwriter Dave Callaham to tackle the script under the supervision of Ruben Fleischer, who’s expected to return to direct (although studio insiders contend no deal is in place). Penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the original film starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of the Los Angeles amusement park Pacific Playland. It grossed more than $102 million worldwide. While Fleischer admitted in January that the odds of a "Zombieland 2" were “slim,” he said, “I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.” The director revealed the sequel would, of course, center on the same characters, but would up the stakes a bit. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Twilight: In November 2012, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 hit theaters, bringing the highly popular film series to a conclusion. Or did it? At least five new short films featuring characters from the Twilight universe will be made. All five will be directed by women and debut on Facebook as part of the Storytellers social media campaign. [Den of Geek] Zombieland 2: More than five years after the original Zombieland hit theaters, and more than a year after a pilot for a TV series version debuted on Amazon, a sequel is finally moving forward. Ruben Fleischer will return to direct Zombieland 2, and he will also supervise Dave Callahan (Godzilla), who has been hired to write the script. It's not clear if any of the original stars (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody...
- Peter Martin
Just like the macabre monsters they showcase, living dead films don’t die easily in film purgatory. In the wake of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ recent reanimation, the long-dormant sequel to Zombieland has awakened, risen, and is now lumbering through the early stages of development, as Sony Pictures has hired a writer to pen the sequel, and a familiar face is set to return to the director’s chair.
Currently referred to as Zombieland 2, the follow-up to 2009’s endearing zom-com is reported by Deadline to be heating up after a long stint on the back burner. Sony recently brought in Dave Callaham to pen the picture and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to oversee the script’s creation and return at the helm, though an official deal for the director’s chair has yet to be made. Callaham received a story credit for this year’s Godzilla »
- Derek Anderson
I don't rank my favorite movies very often, but if I were to do so, Zombieland would find a place on the list as one of my go-to comedies. I first saw the movie back in 2011, and I loved every minute of it. Perhaps that was due to my nonexistent expectations -- combined with the fact I purchased it blind from Best Buy during a $5 sale because I had just gone through a breakup and was in the mood for some laughs and, well, sitting on the shelf was a movie about zombies, and with Emma Stone on the cover I saw no reason not to grab it. What ensued was one hell of a riotous Friday night in with my brother. Suffice to say, there's been a spot in my heart for Zombieland ever since. Well, five years after the film hit theaters -- almost to the date actually »
- Jordan Benesh
Would you look at that! Sony Pictures is finally ready to move forward with Zombieland 2, and they've hired Dave Callaham to write the script. He is the writer who worked on screenplays for The Expendables films and also has a story credit on the most recent Godzilla movie. He will work alongside director Ruben Fleischer, who is expected to return to helm the sequel.
Back in 2013 there was an attempt made to adapt the original film into a series on Amazon, but it completely failed and never got past the pilot episode. It's one of those things that just didn't hit with audiences, and it wasn't vey good. I really enjoyed the first movie, and I think there's a lot of potential for a great sequel. Hopefully they can come up with another fun story to tell.
- Joey Paur
Following the surprise smash success of "Zombieland," the wheels were turning hard for a sequel, or anything really that the folks behind the movie could spinoff. Indeed, you may have forgotten about the failed Amazon pilot for a TV series based on the show. Meanwhile, the past few years have seen a small amount of chatter about a sequel, though with hesitation and caveats from folks like Jesse Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischer. But it looks like a second kick at the can is happening. Deadline reports that Sony has just hired Dave Callaham ("Godzilla") to write the script for "Zombieland 2," with Fleischer overseeing everything. Why? Because Fleischer will be back to direct, and the timing couldn't be better. Ever since "Zombieland," Fleischer has whiffed with his big-screen efforts, the lackluster "30 Minutes Or Less" and star-studded misfire "Gangster Squad." That said, shooting on this is probably a long way off, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've been hearing plans of a "Zombieland" sequel ever since the original film hit theaters in 2009 and grossed $102 million worldwide on a budget of $23 million. Now comes word that Sony Pictures is pushing forward with "Zombieland 2" by hiring Dave Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables, Doom) to write the script. Apparently his pitch for the sequel was strong enough to get the studio interested in revisiting the franchise. "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer will return to helm the sequel. No word if Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone or Abigail Bresling will return. »
After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things: they're making Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z it was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similarly successful second time around, »
Zombieland fans rejoice, because Sony Pictures is looking to put the ill-fated and terrible Amazon sequel series behind them and finally move forward with an actual sequel to the hit 2009 film. Not only that, but they’ve brought back original film director Ruben Fleischer to helm the new installment, and have brought on Godzilla and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham to write the script.
According to Deadline, it’s unclear if any of the original stars will return, as they’ve all become extremely big stars in the last five years. Jesse Eisenberg is of course working on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Lex Luthor, Woody Harrelson is hot on the heels of an Emmy nomination for True Detective and has projects like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Now You See Me 2 (which Eisenberg will also be in) on his slate. Emma Stone may have »
- James Garcia
Zombieland 2 has been motionless for some time now, but the corpse appears to be stirring with the appointment of a brand new writer to the project. Deadline reports that Sony has hired Dave Callaham to write a script for the sequel, having previously worked on the likes of Doom and The Expendables. Better still is the news that Ruben Fleischer is in place to return to the director’s chair, although the report does make it clear that no deal has been officially struck at this stage. Plot-wise, there are no official details...
- George Wales
Well, this has come out of the blue. For a long time, the planned sequel to Zombieland was missing, presumed dead. An Amazon TV pilot never took off, and there have been no murmurings about Zombieland 2 for a long time now.
However, it's suddenly a live project again.
Deadline has reported that Sony is re-recruiting helmer Ruben Fleischer, who helmed the original Zombieland, to direct. As for screenwriters, there appears to be no sign of original scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, with The Expendables' Dave Callaham hired to write the screenplay instead.
More news on the project as we hear it. »
There has been talks of a sequel to the superb zombie comedy Zombieland for many years now; almost since the original bound its way into cinemas and achieved instant cult status. Well, now it looks like plans for the film are coming along quite nicely, and the original movie’s helmer Ruben Fleischer, also looks like he might return to the director’s chair.
Sony Pictures has also hired Dave Callahamto (The Expendables) to come on board to write the piece, according to Deadline.
The news comes following a failed pilot for a potential TV Series which was set to run as an Amazon Original Series. Amazon released the pilot on their network back in 2013 amongst many other potential series starters, »
- Paul Heath
According to Deadline, the Godzilla writer will take on the script for the sequel to the 2009 movie.
Ruben Fleischer is also expected to serve as director once again.
A television series based on the film was almost developed by Amazon but its pilot failed to gain enough interest.
Speaking in 2011, Fleischer doubted a Zombieland sequel would happen, while Eisenberg said he would be interested in reprising his role as Columbus. »
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