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While the tortured creation of "World War Z" —which involved battles between the film's star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, budget overruns and extensive reshoots— will never be forgotten, Paramount were blessed with a happy ending to that story. The zombie blockbuster earned a whopping $540 million worldwide, proving that this was a newly minted franchise. While development on a followup has been moving in fits and starts, it looks like production will soon be steadily lurching forward. Variety reports that the studio has pegged the "World War Z" sequel to hit cinemas on June 9, 2017. As previously reported, J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct with Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") penning the script. But what's interesting to note is that Fox's sequel to "Fantastic Four" is also due the same day, so we'll see if they blink and move their superhero picture. But we'd wager the studio wants to know how. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paramount Pictures has set World War Z 2, a follow-up to the studio’s high-grossing June 2013 blockbuster, for June 9, 2017. The zombie apocalypse sequel, which does not yet have an official title, will find Brad Pitt again stepping into the role of Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator whose observations of the walking (and sprinting, and climbing) dead led to the pivotal discovery that zombies would not attack unhealthy humans.
After a troubled production period on the first film, Marc Forster vacated the director’s chair, leaving The Impossible‘s Juan Antonia Bayona to take the reins. Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) penned the script for the second installment, which will reportedly start with a “clean slate.” Paramount is keen to build a franchise around Pitt, especially one as zeitgeisty as World War Z, so it’s no surprise that Lane is returning, but it remains to be seen how »
- Isaac Feldberg
Not only did Brad Pitt not get along with director Marc Forster on the set of "World War Z," but Paramount Pictures ended up reshooting the entire third act, which was incredibly costly. All the issues created a negative image of the film. But when it was released, it surprisingly was able to earn over $540 million worldwide. And since it was always meant to be part of a franchise, it's not surprising that the studio is moving forward with a sequel. According to Variety, "World War Z" sequel is set to hit theaters on June 9th, 2017, the same date that "Fantastic Four 2" will be released. The new "World War Z" installment will be directed by Ja Bayona (The Impossible) from a script by Steven Knight. Story details are being kept a secret. »
Paramount and Skydance have scheduled a June 9th 2017 release date for a sequel to the zombie apocalypse thriller "World War Z" which managed to earn a stunning $540 million worldwide. Brad Pitt will return to star in and produce the project
This isn't the only sequel getting a release date today though as Universal has also slotted in a March 25th 2016 release date for a follow-up to the 2002 indie romantic comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". Kirk Jones directs the new film which Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce.
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- Garth Franklin
Given the swathe of negative press it had earned in the build-up to its release, World War Z actually turned out to be quite a decent film. Granted, it didn't have the most notable resemblance to Max Brooks' book, on which it was based. Yet the Brad Pitt-headlined feature overcame having its back third restructured late in the day, and went on to gross $540m at the box office in 2013.
It was revealed pretty soon after the movie's release that plans were afoot for a sequel, with Brad Pitt set to reprise his role as Gerry Lane. Director Marc Forster isn't returning, instead being replaced by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).
And we now learn that World War Z 2 has been confirmed for release on June 9th 2017 in the Us. »
Variety reported a year ago that the studio had hired Steven Knight to write the sequel, which is co-financed by Skydance. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie tentpole with Brad Pitt returning in the starring role.
The sequel is the second title dated for June 9, 2017. Fox has also set “Fantastic Four 2″ for the same date.
- Dave McNary
“He’s a filmmaker who has not made a film,” says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. “He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste.”
The two met while Klein was editing “The Thin Red Line” and Streitenfeld was assisting composer Hans Zimmer. By the time Klein was ready to make his own, “After the Fall,” Streitenfeld had begun composing on his own and Klein enlisted him while the film was still in the writing and prep stages.
“I think he really got to the soul of this man,” Klein says, referring to the lead character (Wes Bentley, as an unemployed family man who turns to crime). “There’s a lot going on inside this man who’s falling apart. The music almost illustrates the sadness, the tragedy of this man.”
Mike Knobloch, the president of music at »
- Jon Burlingame
“John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are attached to helm “The Coldest City” from Kurt Johnstad’s script. Theron plays a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.
Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.
Sierra/Affinity said Cannes has represented the strongest market in its history with sales of five other titles, including Marc Forster’s drama “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. “All Is See” sold to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.
- Dave McNary
“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.
Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.
The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.
Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The previewing of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, opening tomorrow and running through May 24, began last month as we posted notes on each of the films lined up in the Official Selection and the Classics program as well as for the Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week. We're collecting lists of the most anticipated films—and then there's the Market. Variety previews projects in the works coming from Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Terence Davies, Bruno Dumont, Tom Ford, Marc Forster, Rupert Friend, Florian Gallenberger, Bette Gordon, Werner Herzog, Ron Howard, John Krokidas, Claude Lelouch, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Steven Shainberg, Giuseppe Tornatore and many more. » - David Hudson »
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Marc Forster is directing the film, which centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives. Chatham will play a man who has a one night affair with the woman.
- Dave McNary
Blake Lively, favorite of auteur directors? Don't laugh, because the "Gossip Girl" star has found her way onto the sets of some interesting filmmakers. Granted, "Savages" was awful, but it was directed Oliver Stone. She made those Gucci spots with Nicolas Winding Refn, soon she'll be teaming with Marc Forster on "All I See Is You," and her latest "Age Of Adaline" was helmed by rising indie filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind," "Celeste & Jesse Forever"). So perhaps the leap to Woody Allen isn't so drastic as you might think. Yep, the actress is joining the prolific filmmaker's next movie that already has Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Bruce Willis attached. Naturally, there are no plot details, but it will probably concern some kind of existential crisis, romance, and be either a drama or comedy. Production will begin this summer, you'll probably see it in 2016, and Sony Pictures Classics will. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
She’s been getting good reviews for her lead performance in immortal romance weepy The Age Of Adaline. And now it seems Blake Lively’s movie career is really taking off, with news she’s signed up for Woody Allen’s latest offering.
Untitled, as Allen projects usually are, the film sees the former Gossip Girl star appear alongside Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis in an as-yet-undisclosed plotline. Though the director’s output can vary in tone, he’s predominantly known for comedy. Heavier fare has been avoided in recent years – light confections such as Midnight In Paris and Magic In The Moonlight have been his staple, though he could be planning a drama this time round.
- Steve Palace
Panama – Panama City’s Casco Viejo, or old quarter, is at the heart of Iff Panama, with many of the festival activities and screenings scheduled to take place in the area. Hotels in the Casco Viejo, most notably the American Trade Hotel, will also host many of the festival guests.
Screening venues in the Casco Viejo include the Teatro Nacional, the Anita Villalaz Theater and the Parque Quinto Centenario. The Teatro Nacional, which stages most of the festival’s gala screenings and red-carpet events, was designed in 1904 by the Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri and opened in 1908; the Anita Villalaz Theater, named after the renowned Panamanian actress, was once home to the country’s Supreme Court before being developed as part of a cultural center and the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture). The Parque Quinto Centenario, on the Pacific shore, will offer free outdoor screenings for thousands of »
- Christopher Pickard
I’m a huge fan of Ryan Gosling as an actor, frankly considering him to be among the very best of this generation. As such, I was very interesting in his first foray behind the camera, which happens to be the dark fairy tale of sorts Lost River. He’s worked with some top notch directors in the past, so some interesting things had to have rubbed off on him. Well, he wears a number of influences on his sleeve in Lost River, oddly enough including David Lynch in a huge way. His debut film is a divisive one, but it’s a debut that I think suggests a bright future as a filmmaker. Gosling has a who’s who list of directors that he’s worked with in his career so far, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine and »
- Joey Magidson
Back in January, we reported that Joe Manganiello was up for the Deathstroke role in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, with Jason Clarke listed as another possible candidate. We haven't heard much on the Deathstroke front since then, but today we have two new reports that indicate Joe Manganiello may be very close to signing on. CinemaBlend's sources reveal the actor "has all but locked up the part," which falls in line with the January report that indicated director David Ayer wants to "get his own people" on Suicide Squad. Joe Manganiello worked with David Ayer on last year's action-thriller Sabotage.
While the site reports that Joe Manganiello's deal is not completed yet, they expect him to be confirmed very soon. January's report revealed that Deathstroke will be "a hired assassin competing with the Suicide Squad," which has now been backed up by a report from Latino Review's El Mayimbe. »
Ever wanted to trade in your car for Han Solo's ride? Though it's not a new model and doesn't exactly fit in with the glamrous side of George Lucas' galaxy that's far, far away, the Millennium Falcon is still one of the most desired spacecrafts among Star Wars fans and has been assembled here on Earth in countless physical models and CGI depictions. But despite not being the latest and greatest from a long time ago, the cost of building the Millennium Falcon is steeper than you might think, as shown in NeoMam Studios' new infographic. Also included in our sci-fi round-up are details on Bryan Singer taking on a big screen adaptation of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, one of Robert A. Heinlein's most beloved and thought-provoking novels, as well as news on who will write the screenplay adaptation of the yet-to-be-released dystopian Ya thriller, Stone Rider, »
- Derek Anderson
[Press Release] Seattle -- Amazon today announced Erykah Badu (Black Dynamite), Lance Bass (Hell & Back), Hunter Parrish (The Good Wife), Jon Tenney (Scandal) and Jacob Vargas (Sons of Anarchy) will guest star in the highly-anticipated dramatic series Hand of God. The series is currently shooting in the Los Angeles area and will premiere exclusively on Prime Instant Video this fall. Created by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), and marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (World War Z), Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to »
- Pietro Filipponi
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