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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 15 pairs of guaranteed fast-pass virtual reality tickets (skip the lines!) up for grabs to the immersive 4D virtual reality experience “Insurgent: Shatter Reality” at Navy Pier in Chicago!
Note: Our winners can bypass the lines and go directly to the front!
“Insurgent: Shatter Reality” is set in the world of the film and immerses users into the role of “Divergent” members of society who have been captured by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Erudite faction. Users are subjected to a series of mental simulations in order to determine the full extent of their divergence.
You will experience two distinct, intensely gripping and realistic fearscapes that transport you from the frightening heights of a crumbling Chicago skyscraper to the intimidating challenge of a massive, fast-approaching locomotive. The 4D experience features a themed mobile environment including rumble chairs, computer-controlled fans and more. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Expanding its slate of original programming, Wgn America today announced casting and premiere info for its next straight-to-series order - the scripted drama "Underground," which will follow the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni and Jessica De Gouw have all been cast in the series, which is created by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”), who will also and exec produce with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures and Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway will direct the first two episodes (there will be 10 total), with production set to begin in the spring for a 2016 debut. "Wgn America has made a commitment to quality programming and we are happy that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Expanding its slate of original programming, Wgn America today announced casting and premiere info for its next straight-to-series order - the scripted drama "Underground," which will follow the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni and Jessica De Gouw have all been cast in the series, which is created by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”), who will also and exec produce with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures and Tory Tunnell and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Wgn America has given a series order to “Underground,” a slavery era-set drama revolving around the Underground Railroad.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Christopher Meloni star in the Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios production about a group of slaves who aim to travel 600 miles to escape from a Georgia plantation. Jessica De Gouw co-stars.
Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”) created the show and exec produce with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures and Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway, an alum of “The Wire” and “Treme,” will direct the first two episodes.
“Underground” is set to begin production on a 10-episode order in the spring for a 2016 debut.
- Cynthia Littleton
Wgn America is moving forward with its Akiva Goldsman-produced drama Underground, giving the Underground Railroad project a 10-episode straight-to-series order with Christopher Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw set to star. The pickup comes weeks after NBC at TCA announced Freedom Run, an eight-hour miniseries set against the background of the underground railroad, which was put on a fast track with Stevie Wonder executive producing and writing… »
Chris Meloni’s latest project is pointing him north.
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The Law & Order: Svu and True Blood vet has landed a lead role in Wgn America’s period drama Underground — which has been ordered straight to series.
The one-hour drama “follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad,” according to the network. To succeed, they’ll have to “evade »
Audience members would be forgiven for thinking that Insurgent had been released already – we have certainly been hearing about it for long enough. The second instalment in the film adaptation of the Divergent book series by Veronica Roth has been previewed and trailed and, now, Snapchatted for such a long time that it perhaps feels beyond familiar. It hasn’t been released, though. If it had, clumsy soundbites such as these would surely have generated more internet memes.
For it is the internet-dwelling, meme-creating young adult crowd that the Divergent series, and therefore Insurgent, is essentially aimed at – hence, the recent Snapchatting during Pretty Little Liars. Once neatly sewn back together, however, the clip reveals dialogue so cringe-worthy and clichéd that audiences would be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled into Fifty Shades Of Grey instead. The source material is adapted for the screen by Brian Duffield (R.I.P. »
- Sarah Myles
Warner Bros resurrects the Space Invaders: The Movie idea, and hires a writer to pen a screenplay...
And we thought this one had been entirely forgotten about. It's been a few years since we heard that plans were afoot to make a Space Invaders movie. We thought the plan had been safely filed next to the idea to make a film out of the boardgame Monopoly. But as it turns out, that is not the case at all.
Warner Bros has resurrected the Space Invaders idea, and has hired Dan Kunka, who penned 12 Rounds, to write a screenplay for it. The film is set to be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell.
No further details of Space Invaders: The Movie are known right now, but in truth, this is hardly one that upsets us. Given how simple the videogame's idea was, we can think of umpteen films »
Just seven months after Warner Bros. picked up the long-gestating video game adaptation Space Invaders, the studio has brought on screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds) to write the screenplay. No story details have been released, but Daniel Kunka seems like a prime candidate to craft a story based on a video game with no narrative. The writer landed on The Black List last year with his screenplay entitled Yellowstone Falls, a 52-page, dialogue-free script that follows a mother wolf who must defend her cubs against mutated humans, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.
Tory Tunnell (Trumbo) and Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) will produce through their Weed Road Pictures company, with Akiva Goldsman (Winter's Tale) slated to executive produce. The original video game centered on one lone gunman trying to stave off a massive alien invasion, although the archaic game did not include any back story as to why the »
The upcoming feature based on popular 70s video game Space Invaders has found a writer in popular Blacklist scribe, Dan Kunka. Touted as a live-action adaptation, the movie is set up over at Warner Bros., who are keen to get development moving after acquiring the rights back in 2010.
In terms of progress, today’s news signals the first movement on the project since 2011. Back then, Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was cooking up a version that seemingly never got off the ground. With Kunka sat at the keys, the future of Space Invaders is looking brighter than ever before.
The 21 Rounds writer has built a solid stockpile of screenplays that are in varying stages of development, including the wildly inventive Yellowstone Falls. A relatively dialogue-free script, it involves wolves… that battle zombies! How is this movie not already in cinemas? It’s on its way, thankfully, with Qed having snapped »
- Gem Seddon
It has been several months since the news that Akiva Goldsman would produce an adaptation of iconic video game Space Invaders. Usually, silence means the project has died in development, but now we have news that screenwriter Dan Kunka has been brought on board to write the script. Kunka's name may not be familiar, but having been a popular name on the industry's Black List for the wolves versus zombies movie Yellowstone Falls, the writer has also sold a TV series to SyFy alongside producer »
- Alex Maidy
Variety report that Guy Ritchie has cast Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon, father of the future King Arthur, in his big-screen Knights Of The Round Table adaptation for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Apparently they were also looking at Liam Neeson for the role, who actually played one of Arthur's Knights (Gawain) in John Boorman's Excalibur back in the '80s. Bana joins Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey playing Guinevere, and Jude Law still in talks for the villainous uncle role. Idris Elba was at one time up for the "Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur", but now Djimon Hounsou is the man they want for that character. The film is being envisioned as the first of a six-part saga, with Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell producing, and Joby Harold (Awake, Edge Of Tomorrow) on script duty. Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur is »
Liam Neeson was originally considered for the role but passed. The film will be the first of a proposed six-film series with the first to open on July 22nd 2016.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The studio hopes the film can kick-start another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.
For Bana, the role isn’t the biggest, but the studio and Ritchie were always looking for a big name for the part to make a splash for the time he is onscreen, »
- Justin Kroll
Eric Bana has signed on to star in Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure Knights of the Round Table, playing Uther, the father of Charlie Hunnam's King Arthur. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is also set to star as Guinevere, with Jude Law in talks to play the villain and Djimon Hounsou in negotiations to play a character named Bedivere, who is described as a Merlin-eseque mentor to Arthur.
Warner Bros. is hoping to turn this project into their next franchise, with this first film expected to kick off a six-movie series, if all goes according to plan. Guy Ritchie is directing from a screenplay by Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow), although no story details have been revealed at this time. It isn't known when production may begin, but Warner Bros. has already issued a July 22, 2016 release date for Knights of the Round Table.
"You are living proof that the Divergent problem has grown beyond all control." Following the Super Bowl spot where literally everything was falling apart, this time a short new trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent explains that Erudite (led by Kate Winslet) is super concerned about the Divergent uprising, and they will stop at nothing to eradicate the rebels led by Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James). The role Ansel Elgort plays in this sequel seems to be more significant, and part of me wonders if he's actually taking Erudite's side now, creating a rift in the family (or what's left of them). Watch below! Here's the new trailer for Robert Schwentke's The Divergent Series: Insurgent from Facebook: You can still watch the full theatrical trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent right here. The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and written by Brian Duffield »
- Ethan Anderton
The anime series Robotech may finally be heading to the movies - and not at the first attempt...
80s anime series Robotech has long been linked with a Hollywood film adaptation. Over the years there's certainly been no shortage of people linked with the project. That said, the last we heard of a possible feature though was back in 2013, when Nic Mathieu was apparently in talks to direct the film.
Back then, other people involved were Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold and Matthew Plouffe. But it seemed to come to nothing, and from what we can gleam, the assorted personnel have now moved on.
Moving forward to now, though, and there appears to have been progress on a Robotech movie.
New producers are attached to the project, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton now trying to shepherd Robotech to the big screen. And they've already hired Michael Gordon to pen a screenplay for them. »
The original 1985 show was actually a combination of three different Japanese television shows - footage from "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross," "Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross," and "Genesis Climber Mospeada" was cobbled together and redubbed to create an original 85-episode animated series that could be syndicated across U.S. markets.
As a result, a lot of rewriting and editing had to be done to stitch together three unrelated series to portray it as one cohesive storyline that spans three generations. To this day, the first season (based on the 'Macross' series) remains the most well-regarded.
Various people have tried to adapt »
- Garth Franklin
I suppose as long as we are bringing back Astro Boy, there's room for a live-action Robotech movie. I have only seen a few episodes of the series that debuted in the 1980s, but for true fans I’m sure this has to have them more than a little curious. The idea for a big-screen version of the show has been floating around for years with Tobey Maguire attached to produce and possibly star at one point. Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes »
- Graham McMorrow
Not much has happened since the series’ initial announcement back in September, but we finally have an exciting update about TNT’s Titans, an upcoming live-action DC Comics adaptation of the popular Teen Titans. According to Nerdist, we can now begin fan-casting the show, as the initial team roster has (potentially) been revealed.
The site claims that six heroes will make up the titular team: Robin, Barbara Gordon, Raven, Starfire and the crime fighting duo Hawk & Dove.
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We knew that Dick Grayson, Batman’s famous sidekick, would lead the series, but did not know that he’d be showing up as Robin instead of his grown-up alter ego, Nightwing. According to the new report, he’ll initially appear as Robin in the pilot, but deal with his recent falling out with Batman by moving to Boston to become a P.I., and then go by his new moniker. »
- James Garcia
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