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No doubt about it, DC and Warner Bros. were facing an uphill battle from the get-go when they decided to fully commit to the DC Extended Universe. They were not only following Marvel's lead, but they were doing so several years behind them. So they didn't have the luxury to take their time and play it film by film, as Marvel had. They needed to get this universe going -- and going quickly.
In order to expedite this universe, they enacted a very interesting method of screenwriting. Rather than commit to a single vision and move forward with that, they instead hired multiple writers from each of their projects. Then, they'd take the best bits and pieces from each screenplay and combine it into one Master Screenplay. We've discussed this interesting writing method before on the Los Fanboys Podcast, wherein Mario criticized them for this method, and I just shrugged »
- Joseph Medina
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that screenwriter Will Beall, best known for his work on Gangster Squad, has circled back to Warner Bros.’ big-screen rendition of Aquaman, this time working from a treatment penned by James Wan and DC stalwart Geoff Johns.
Much of that comes down to the studio’s decision to foster two versions of Aquaman simultaneously, drafting in Beall and Kurt Johnstad in the summer of 2014 to iron out one, while David Leslie Johnson – a frequent cohort of Wan’s following his contribution to horror sequel The Conjuring 2 – was welcomed aboard to pen another.
During his time away from Atlantis, Beall took point on CBS’ TV spinoff of Training Day, writing and even executive producing the upcoming pilot. That afforded Warner Bros. and, in particular, James Wan and Geoff Johns time to survey the scene and effectively outline the core premise of their Aquaman movie, bringing »
- Michael Briers
Aquaman is once again changing writers as Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been hired to write the script the Atlantean King, per The Hollywood Reporter. However, Beall will apparently be working off a very detailed treatment written by none other than director James Wan and DC Comcs scribe and executive Geoff Johns. Johns is currently overseeing all of the DC Extended Universe films with Jon Berg.
This is a bit of a funny twist given that in 2014 Beall was hired to write a competing draft to Aquaman as WB looked for multiple scripts to turn into a potential film. At the time, WB chose Kurt Johnstad’s script, which then got a rewrite from David Leslie Johnson once James Wan came onboard. Johnson wrote Wan’s Conjuring 2, but not it seems to have come full circle for Beall as he is again tasked with turning Wan and Johns’ treatment into a full script. »
- Ricky Church
Aquaman may have a release date (July 27th, 2018), but for some reason, it's become one of those movies many fans refuse to believe is happening until the cameras start rolling. James Wan is going to be at the helm, and now it has a writer in the form of Will Beall. If that name rings a bell, it's because he was hired to pen Justice League before Chris Terrio took over the project for Zack Snyder. It was revealed way back in 2014 that Warner Bros. were developing Aquaman on dual tracks, meaning they hired Beall and Kurt Johnstad to work on one script while David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) did another. Then, the plan was possibly to merge them, something which worried many fans. That didn't pan out anyway, and Beall moved on to work on the Training Day TV show. However, he's now been rehired to rewrite the screenplay by himself as, »
The sequel has grossed $101.4 million at the domestic box office so far and $204.5 million in 60 international markets with a few small territories yet to release.
New Line said 2013’s “The Conjuring,” which grossed nearly $320 million worldwide, and “The Conjuring 2,” are now the highest grossing horror films worldwide after 1973’s “The Exorcist.” It also said the “Conjuring” universe — consisting of “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring 2”— is now the third-highest grossing horror franchise worldwide, earning more than $882 million.
- Dave McNary
The project is being directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) from a script by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2), and will follow “a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.”
Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel has previously expressed an interest in joining the film, having been a fan of the game for twenty years, although his involvement is yet to be officially confirmed.
A Dungeons & Dragons movie was released in 2000, although it was ravaged by critics and failed miserably at the box office. Nevertheless, it did receive a made-for-tv sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God in 2005, along with a straight-to-video follow-up Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness in »
- Gary Collinson
Dungeons and Dragons: Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) is in early negotiations to star in Dungeons and Dragons, a big-screen adaptation of the role-playing board game. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) wrote the screenplay and Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct. The board game follows "a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure." [Deadline] The Book of Henry: The first official image from The Book of Henry features Jaeden Lieberher (above left) and Room star Jacob Tremblay (above right). Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX) is directing the movie, which follows a child prodigy and his younger brother as they get involved in a mysterious scheme...
- Peter Martin
Actor Ansel Elgort is currently in negotiations to headline Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy-epic, "Dungeons & Dragons.
The film project is based on the widely popular role-playing game, "Dungeons & Dragons", which was introduced in 1974 and has become a worldwide phenomenon. "Dungeons & Dragons" will be directed by Rob Letterman ("Goosebumps") with a script by David Leslie Johnson ("The Conjuring 2").
Elgort's filmography includes the "Carrie" reboot, the "Divergent" films, and the widely popular "The Fault In Our Stars." His upcoming films include Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" and"Billionaire Boys Club."
Source: Deadline »
- J.B. Casas
Ansel Elgort, who delighted in the superb adaptation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, is set to star in Warner Brothers’ new Dungeons & Dragons movie. Deadline is reporting that the young actor is in early negotiations for the project, which is based on the popular role-playing game which is being directed by Rob Letterman.
David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) has written the screenplay for the movie. Dungeons and Dragons was first conceived in 1974, and has grown in popularity over recent years, Vin Diesel being one of its biggest fans. Here’s a little more info about the game from the superb Wizards.com.
The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the first fantasy roleplaying game, in which players are characters in an ongoing fantasy story. »
- Paul Heath
Ansel Elgort is in talks to take a lead role in the new Dungeons & Dragons movie…
With legal blockades removed, Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a new big screen take on Dungeon & Dragons, and the studio has hired Rob Letterman to direct the new feature. Letterman scored a hit with the very good Goosebumps last year (and he's set to take on Goosebumps 2 as well).
Now we have the first piece of casting news for the new movie, and it looks as if The Fault In Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort is about to land a major role in Dungeons & Dragons. He’s said to be in early talks to star in the movie, although in what exact role it’s thus far unconfirmed.
We do know that David Leslie Johnson has penned the screenplay for the new movie, and that Elgort is set to be »
Dungeons and Dragons: Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) is in early negotiations to star in Dungeons and Dragons, a big-screen adaptation of the role-playing board game. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) wrote the screenplay and Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct. The board game follows "a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure." [Deadline] The Book of Henry: The first official image...
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After missing out on the role of young Han Solo in the prequel Star Wars films, Ansel Elgort is reportedly in deep contract negotiations to play the lead in Warner Bros.' live-action Dungeons & Dragons film. Lets face it, with The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies mined for all their worth, there hasn't been a good fantasy film in a few years (though Warcraft wasn't as bad as critics made it out to be). Could Dungeons & Dragons fill that void? Fresh off Goosebumps, Rob Letterman is set to direct from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans). »
After finally settling a lengthy legal battle last year, Warner Bros., Hasbro's Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment finally teamed up for a feature film adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. Last month, it was confirmed that director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will take the helm on this fantasy adaptation, and now we have word that the first cast member is eyeing the project. Ansel Elgort (Divergent) is in early talks to star in the adaptation.
Deadline reports that if a deal is finalized, Ansel Elgort will have a "primo role" in the adaptation, although it isn't exactly clear which character he may be playing. While no story details have been revealed yet, producer Roy Lee revealed earlier this year that the story will be similar in tone to Guardians of the Galaxy, set in a "Tolkien-like universe." Warner Bros. hasn't issued an official release date for Dungeons & Dragons.
Rob Letterman is directing »
Elgort, who broke out in “The Fault in Our Stars,” is the first actor to emerge as a star for the project. “Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman came on board last month and will direct from a script written by David Leslie Johnson.
Producers are Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis; Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment; and Warner-based Roy Lee. Development began moving forward last year after Sweetpea and Hasbro reached a settlement over sequel rights litigation.
Hasbro owns the company that first published the Dungeons & Dragons game in 1974. Sweetpea Entertainment exercised an option on film rights in the ’90s and later sold those rights to Warner Bros.
- Dave McNary
Ansel Elgort is joining Warner Bros.’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. He’s looking to star in the studio’s long-simmering adaptation of the classic roleplaying game, which recently picked up director Rob Letterman. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) wrote the script. According to Deadline, Elgort is in early negotiations for the project. The story is described as “a fantasy adventure […]
The post ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Picks Up Ansel Elgort appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Ansel Elgort is in early negotiations to star in Warner Bros.' long-gestating Dungeons & Dragons movie. The Fault in Our Stars actor would star in the film based on the classic role-playing game, which will be directed by Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman from a script written by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will produce, along with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, as well as Roy Lee. The project endured some major hit points when the film rights were caught up in a legal battle. Hasbro, which now owns
- Mia Galuppo
In news that Vin Diesel is sure to have a strong opinion about, “The Fault in Our Stars” star Ansel Elgort is in negotiations to star in the long-awaited adaptation of everyone’s favorite tabletop role-playing game. Warner Bros. is developing “Dungeons & Dragons,” which is set to be directed by “Goosebumps” helmer Rob Letterman, in an attempt to level-up its tentpole stats.
Per Deadline, who first reported the news, WB is on a mystical quest for profitable franchises — a search that presumably won’t feature as many warlocks or stat points as its source material. Diesel, a longtime fan of the RPG, is said to be interested in a role in the film; one assumes that screenwriter David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2”) will be able to »
- Michael Nordine
Deadline is reporting today that Divergent star Ansel Elgort is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. to star in their long-gestating adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. Set to be helmed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman, the David Leslie Johnson-penned script will apparently take cues from both Guardians of the Galaxy and the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien as it tells an epic fantasy adventure tale, one which Elgort would be right at the heart of.
There’s no word yet on who the young actor might play, but he’d likely step into the shoes of a yet to be named warrior who, along with his band of mystical creatures, “embarks on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.” Vin Diesel was eyeing the project as well at one point, though it’s not known whether he’s still involved in any capacity.
Those who’ve seen Elgort in any »
- Mark Cassidy
The story follows a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure. Actor Vin Diesel has previously expressed interest in being part of the film as he has been a fan of and played the game for over two decades.
Rob Letterman directs the project from a script by David Leslie Johnson ("The Conjuring 2"). Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon, Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee are producing. Elgort most recently wrapped work on Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Conjuring 2, 2016.
Directed by James Wan.
Enfield, North London, 1977. The Hodgson family are plagued by a terrifying poltergeist, attracting the attention of American paranormal investigators, Ed & Lorraine Warren, who must take a leap of faith to help them…
If ever proof existed that ghosts and poltergeists are much more than just fiction, the Enfield haunting of 1977 is probably the closest we’ve ever gotten, making it ripe for big screen adaptation and a perfect choice when it comes to a sequel to The Conjuring. Arguably one of the most potent, stylish and ultimately scary horror movies of the last decade, James Wan’s original fictionalised the real-life work of legendary, God-fearing married American paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren, who anyone with even a passing interest in paranormal activity will probably have heard of. »
- Tony Black
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