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There's an awful lot to like in 2007's big hit blockbuster, I Am Legend. For the first two thirds of Francis Lawrence's film, before the special effects kick in, the movie works really very well, not least because of Will Smith at the heart of it. For much of the film, it's just him on the screen. When the CG arrives, though, the film suffers a lot.
On the Awards Chatter podcast, he said that "I’m obsessed with trying to put small character dramas into the middle of blockbuster packages. The most successful I’ve ever been with that concept »
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Wgn America has released a teaser of its new Underground Railroad historical TV series, Underground. Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski are executive producing, along with Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Joby Harold, and John Legend.
Slated to premiere in early in 2016, Underground stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica De Gouw, Marc Blucas, Adina Porter, Mykelti Williamson, Amirah Vann, Johnny Ray Gill, Chris Chalk, Reed Diamond, Theodus Crane, Renwick Scott, and Jussie Smollett.Read More… »
Eager to bring a fresh batch of talent aboard its lucrative, seemingly evergreen Transformers universe, Paramount and Hasbro hatched a plan earlier this year to form a dedicated writer’s room, recruiting some of the finest comic book writers in the business, including The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman. Ultimately, it’s an approach designed to ensure the longevity of the studio’s marquee franchise over the next few years, though a new report has emerged suggesting that Paramount has similar plans for not only the budding G.I. Joe series, but also the little-known toy line Micronauts.
Selecting producer and decorated screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee the newfound writers room, the driving force behind the initiative appears to be to not only breathe new life into the G.I. Joe franchise, but to also erect one based on Micronauts. Based on a science fiction toy line that dates back to the early 70s, »
- Michael Briers
Earlier this year, it was announced that Paramount created something of a "writer's room" for the next batch of films in the "Transformers" property. In a world of shared universes and spinoffs, big blockbuster productions seemed to be taking more and more of a hint from the land of television, where creating a long-lasting universe is more of a given. Heading up that writer's room was Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman, and joining him were tons of talented writers including Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Jeff Pinkner, and Steven DeKnight, among many others.
The jury is still out on whether or not this all will result in better "Transformers" films, but It seems like the folks over at Paramount are really liking the outcome of this experiment, and according to Deadline, they are now working to create writer's rooms for two other Hasbro properties: "G.I. Joe" and "Micronauts. »
- Joseph Medina
Earlier in the year, Paramount Pictures hired writer and producer Akiva Goldsman to head up a writer's room for its series of Transformers movies. The idea was to borrow an approach used in TV, to get lots of writers in one room to work out ideas for future movies. It seemed to be a successful strategy, as Paramount now has plans for at least five new Transformers films.
Goldsman won't be writing one of them by the looks of it though, as the studio is now deploying the same approach for its G.I. Joe movies. And Goldsman is involved in that instead.
G.I. Joe 3 had been confirmed by Paramount, but appeared to be stuck in limbo without a fixed screenplay in place. Now, Goldsman »
Fans of the G.I. Joe, in any of its various incarnations, may have some good news coming their way after an announcement by Paramount and Hasbro. Akiva Goldsman is going to do exactly what he did with the Transformers sequels, in order to create a more unified G.I. Joe gameplan. Deadline is reporting that after successfully leading the writing room for three potential Transformers sequels, writer and producer Goldsman will have a similar role for the G.I. Joe franchise. What exactly makes Goldsman the man to breathe new life into these films? His approach to the material is not only in-depth, it's fan friendly. Goldsman.s approach to film adaptations is by truly immersing himself, and the other writers, in all mediums of an existing franchise. For G.I. Joe, as he did with Transformers, this includes having the writers watch the cartoons, play with toys, and »
Earlier this year Paramount and Habsro enlisted Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman to launch a “Writers Room” to generate ideas for the Transformers franchise. Well, it seems the two companies are so pleased with the results that they’re now looking to do the same for two other properties in G.I. Joe and Micronauts.
According to Deadline, this will prevent Goldsman from penning the script for Transformers 5, with Paramount now delving into their Transformers writers room to enlist scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) for the fifth movie in the blockbuster franchise.
- Gary Collinson
While Paramount doesn't have any Marvel or DC properties under their roof, and they completely bungled the "Terminator" franchise, all is not lost. Tom Cruise anchors two of their franchises in "Mission: Impossible" and "Jack Reacher," but the most valuable brand in the building is Hasbro. The "Transformers" franchise has raked in billions, and as we already know, Akiva Goldsman has put together a writer's room to spin out as much as they can, with more sequels and animated movies in the works. And now Paramount wants him to work his magic on a couple more toys. Read More: Paramount Assembling Brain Trust To Develop More 'Transformers' Sequels And Spinoffs Deadline reports that Goldsman has been tasked with getting writing teams together for "G.I. Joe." and "Micronauts." As he did with "Transformers," he'll choose and supervise the team of scribes to come together to spin new stories of real American heroes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paramount and Hasbro are moving forward on selecting screenwriters for their “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises along with launching a Micronauts movie.
The studio and the toymaker have selected Akiva Goldsman to supervise a writers room for the G.I. Joe franchise, which has spawned 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The first film grossed $678 million and the second took in $375 million.
Goldsman will also supervise a writers room and generate ideas based on the Hasbro property Micronauts, a series of interchangeable space toys that originated in Japan during the 1970s.
He will also supervise the fifth “Transformers” installment. Paramount is negotiating with writers room participants Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) along with Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) to write the script.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: After their Akiva Goldsman-led Writers Room experiment led to at least three movie ideas to extend Transformers, Hasbro and Paramount have set Goldsman to supervise a Writers Room for their G.I. Joe movie series. And they will go the same route with Goldsman to draft ideas for the Hasbro property Micronauts, with Goldsman supervising that as well. This change of duties means Goldsman will supervise but won’t write the next Transformers installment. Paramount… »
This summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a team of writers to come up with new ideas for the Transformers franchise, which yielded at least three new movies that are in development. Deadline reports that the studio is continuing this writers room experiment with two more franchises, G.I. Joe and the upcoming Micronauts. Akiva Goldsman, who supervised the Transformers writers room, is now set to come up with ideas and oversee both of these new writers' rooms as well.
This new development means that Akiva Goldsman won't be available to write Transformers 5, which he had originally planned to do. Now he will be supervising the writing process, with Paramount currently in negotiations with Transformers writers room participants Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to write the sequel. This change was approved by Paramount, Hasbro and producers Michael Bay, »
Following the writer's room experiment with the "Transformers" franchise, which has led to plans for more sequels and spin-offs in the series, Paramount and Hasbro are now planning a similar treatment for its other properties.
Akiva Goldsman led the "Transformers" writers room experiment which enlisted the help of a bunch of high-profile scribes including "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Daredevil" showrunner Steven DeKnight, "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn, and numerous others.
The plan was to inject the collaborative exchange of ideas that happen in the development of TV shows to flesh out a cinematic universe and create a steady flow of product for the near future. From all reports, it seems to have been a great success.
Now, Goldsman is set to serve in the same capacity for both the "G.I. Joe" and "Micronauts" teams. Due to this change of duties, Goldsman will only supervise and not write the next "Transformers" installment. »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap is reporting that Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is being courted to star in director Nikolaj Arcel’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” for Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
The site reveals that McConaughey has been offered the role of the lead protagonist, gunslinger Roland Deschain, or the villain of the series known as the Man in Black; no negotiations have started, but both parties are having preliminary discussions and a deal may be made soon. Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner wrote the recent script, which is based on the first book in King’s series, “The Gunslinger.”
“The Dark Tower” is based on author Stephen King’s series of novels and follows the lead protagonist, Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order known as the 'gunslingers' as he journeys through the land of Mid-World in »
- J.B. Casas
Matthew McConaughey is in talks to star in 'The Dark Tower'. The 'Dallas Buyers Club' actor is reportedly being eyed to take on a lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's series of novels of the same name. Although the deal is in its early stages, preliminary discussions are said to have taken place and both parties are interested, according to TheWrap. McConaughey is initially thought to have been offered the role of gunslinger Rolan Deschain but is now said to be considering exploring his dark side by instead playing the villainous Man in Black. Writer and filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel is already on board to direct from a script written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker and primarily based on the first book in King's 'The Dark Tower' series, 'The Gunslinger'. The novel is mixture of horror and fantasy and tells the story of »
The Wrap and Variety state that the film will be based on The Gunslinger, the first volume in King’s series, but both sources provide different information about the part McConaughey is up for in the much-delayed film. The Wrap suggests that the actor has been offered the role of gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Variety says he’s wanted to play demonic sorcerer and main antagonist Walter Padick, otherwise known as the Man in Black. The former also pointed out that neither the studio nor McConaughey are committed as of now, but both are interested in “striking a deal.”
Over the past couple of years, the actor has been on a major winning streak, starring in such »
- Justin Cook
With director Nikolaj Arcel set to take the helm, and Sony issuing a January 13, 2017 release date for their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Dark Tower, casting is now under way. The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the studio is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to star, with the actor being offered two roles, the main character Roland Deschain and the villainous Randall Flagg, a.k.a. The Man in Black. The Wrap claims that the actor is "leaning" towards the Randall Flagg role, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Back in 2011, when the project was set up at Universal Pictures, Javier Bardem was eyed to play Roland Deschain, but the studio ended up dropping the ambitious project just a few months later. The plan was to make a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films. Warner Bros. was then eyeing the project, »
Sources tell Variety that Sony wants McConaughey to play Walter Padick — aka the Man in Black — in Sony and Mrc’s adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” franchise. McConaughey has just received the script and has not yet decided whether he will star.
Sony and Mrc declined to comment.
Padick is a demonic sorcerer who Roland “the gunslinger” pursues in the first book. The character first appears in “The Stand” and goes by the name of Randall Flagg, a character that McConaughey was also offered to play. “The Gunslinger” will be the first in a series of films.
Nikolaj Arcel is directing the movie, which is currently set to bow on Jan. 13, 2017.
- Justin Kroll
The Wrap says McConaughey is wanted for the part of the film's lead Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger. THR on the other hand is said to be offered the film's villain Randall Flagg aka The Man in Black.
Nikolaj Arcel ("A Royal Affair") helms the film which also has a tie-in television series in-development simultaneously. Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker have penned the script for the film which will be based primarily on the first book in the seven volume series.
King says: "I'm excited that ‘The Dark Tower’ is finally going to appear on the screen. Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. »
- Garth Franklin
For all of the hushed excitement swirling around Paramount’s mission to realign its lucrative Transformers universe – the studio has mapped out franchise plans for the next decade after assembling a starry writing room – fans and moviegoers alike have long called for the series to ditch the human element and instead focus on the titular robots in disguise, exploring more of Cybertron and the dynamic between the alien creations.
Indeed, it was one of the more vocal complaints levelled at Age of Extinction, with the familial relationship of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) materializing as a fluffy and overly forgettable strand in the film itself. Going forward, though, that human element will remain a permanent fixture of the budding Transformers universe, and writer Akiva Goldsman – who is a core member of the aforementioned writing room – recently touched base on the status of the series in an interview with IGN.
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- Michael Briers
“Breakthrough” is hardly a breakthrough, rather representing the latest permutation on an increasingly popular trend: adding sizzle to documentary, science or do-gooder programming by involving celebrities, just as Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously” did. While that was a single-topic endeavor devoted to climate change, this six-part enterprise, produced by Imagine Entertainment in concert with Ge, turns filmmakers loose on different topics, with varying degrees of success. Give the talent credit for trying to help viewers eat their vegetables, though it’s a disheartening sign of the times that there’s a perceived need for star sauce to flavor them.
The underlying idea for the series — other than offering producer Brian Grazer a chance to stroke the egos of his friends and collaborators, billed as “visionary” in the press notes — is to take a dive into cutting-edge technology that offers hope for improving our lives or addressing serious ills. So »
- Brian Lowry
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