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11 items from 2015


Matthew Rhys Will Enter Jungle Book: Origins For Warner Bros.

2 April 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Disney undoubtedly has Warner Bros. licked in the studios’ race to get competing Jungle Book projects into theaters, the latter’s take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel certainly seems more interesting. Supposedly grittier than the more traditional Disney take, Jungle Book: Origins boasts Andy Serkis in the director’s chair and a starry voice cast. Now, the buzzy pic has taken another step forward, with word that The AmericansMatthew Rhys is in talks to star.

Rhys is set to play the human character John Lockwood, as opposed to lending his voice to an animal. He joins Bad Words breakout Rohan Chand, who is playing human boy Mowgli.

The voice cast includes Serkis (as Baloo the bear), Christian Bale (as panther Bagheera), Benedict Cumberbatch (as villainous tiger Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (as python Kaa), Naomie Harris (as she-wolf Nisha), Tom Hollander (as jackal Tabaqui, a jackal and crony »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Casting: Grimes, Whitaker, Rhys, Kendrick

1 April 2015 8:20 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Magnificent Seven Luke Grimes ("American Sniper," "Fifty Shades of Grey") is in negotiations to join the cast of Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven" at MGM and Sony Pictures. The story centers on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio star. John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto penned the script and production is expected to start within the next month. [Source: Variety]

Story of Your Life

Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama "Story of Your Life" at Paramount Pictures, FilmNation and Lava Bear Films. Eric Heisserer is penning the script.

In the story, alien craft land around the world and an expert linguist (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. »

- Garth Franklin

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Matthew Rhys In Talks To Join ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ For Warner Bros

1 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The Americans star Matthew Rhys is in talks to star in Andy SerkisJungle Book: Origins for Warner Bros. We hear he is set to play the human character of John Lockwood as opposed to voicing an animal. In addition to directing, Serkis also will produce with Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis' partner at his Imaginarium production company. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy… »

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Matt Smith Tipped For The Lead In Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

24 March 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Former Timelord Matt Smith is rumored to be in contention for the lead role in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. According to a report (via MTV News), the Doctor Who star is “tipped for the role” after Benedict Cumberbatch apparently turned it down. The two sources cited in MTV’s post – The Sun and the Irish Examiner – don’t boast the best track record when it comes to solid intel, but there is still the possibility that Smith may indeed be in talks.

Should this rumor bear any weight, then Smith will be tackling the role of Newt Scamander, an author whose work is heavily referenced throughout the Potterverse. J.K. Rowling penned the script for the upcoming movie based on her own story, which is set in the same wizarding world that first spawned Harry Potter. Those hoping for cheeky cameos from franchise favorites will be sorely disappointed, »

- Gem Seddon

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'Jungle Book' Begins Shooting with Director Andy Serkis

9 March 2015 6:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. Blending live action and performance capture, the film features an impressive roster of stars, including Oscar winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.

The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

The actors performing the roles of the story's »

- MovieWeb

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Filming Begins on Andy Serkis’ The Jungle Book – Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett

9 March 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Andy Serkis

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

Blending live action and performance capture, the film stars Oscar winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.

The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel: Author E.L. James Demands Control Over Script (Exclusive)

19 February 2015 1:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now that “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become an international box office phenomenon, author E.L. James is seeking more control over the sequel by writing the script herself. Universal Pictures, which had been resistant to the idea, is currently discussing the potential move with James, who wrote the bestselling erotic trilogy about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, Variety has learned.

Given the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has so far grossed more than $300 million worldwide, the next logical step would be for the studio to announce the greenlight to its sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker.”

According to insiders, the delay in the production of “Fifty Shades Darker” is related to the fact that Universal execs and James are still arguing over details. Unlike most successful franchises, which aim to retain the team behind the first film, it appears that “Fifty Shades” will undergo a dramatic creative reshuffling in the weeks to come. »

- Justin Kroll and Ramin Setoodeh

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'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Begins Casting

9 February 2015 4:30 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has started casting for their Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will start production this August in both New York City and at Warner Bros.' Leavesden Studios in southeastern England. The studio is holding open casting sessions for all lead and supporting roles, including the main character, 23-year-old "magizoologist" Newton Scamander, who would go on to write the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that was used at Hogwarts. No further character details were given, but the story will take place in the 1920s, 70 years before Harry Potter first set foot in Hogwarts. The story is described as "an extension of the wizarding world - rather than being prequels or sequels."

The casting notice also confirms a report from January, where producer David Heyman revealed that they are making Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a singular film, »

- MovieWeb

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'Harry Potter' Producer Talks Shooting 'Fantastic Beasts'

10 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After 8 movies, Warner Bros. is not ready to let go of the very lucrative Harry Potter franchise anytime soon. They are already planning a series of spinoffs, which begin in November 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As an added bonus, the screenplays are being written by creator of this universe herself, J.K. Rowling. In fact, quite a few franchise creatives are returning as well, including producer David Heymann. He recently spoke with Collider about shooting the Fantastic Beasts series, as production ramps up on the first film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts. And it follows Newt Scamander as he creates a textbook on his journeys around the globe, looking for new and unusual creatures. While it's not a direct sequel, it certainly should feel like a Harry Potter movie, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates returning. »

- MovieWeb

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Recruits Harry Potter Production Designer Stuart Craig

9 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the Harry Potter series made its final bow in 2011, it was almost a bygone conclusion that Warner Bros. would pursue new stories to tell within J.K. Rowling’s rich universe of witchcraft and wizardry. After all, the story of the boy wizard matured into the most successful film franchise in all of cinema, so when news of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff arrived, not many were too surprised.

And despite taking place in a different time period, the adjacent series has attracted a lot of Harry Potter alumni as it inches its way closer to release. With the likes of David Yates and producer David Heyman already onboard, fans can rest assured that the new-fangled franchise is in good hands. And today brings news of another of the Potter vanguard joining the ranks: production designer Stuart Craig.

In an interview with Collider, Heyman confirmed Craig’s place in the crew, »

- Michael Briers

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Producer David Heyman Reveals Production Designer Stuart Craig Is Returning for Fantastic Beasts; Aiming to Start Filming This Summer

8 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Harry Potter series is officially the most successful film franchise in history, and for good reason.  The adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant book series aren’t simply translations of the story from page to screen, they’re inventive, vivid, impeccably crafted films all their own.  And so it was with great pleasure that the news of a new trilogy of films set in the Potter universe was greeted, with Rowling penning the screenplay for the first film.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revolves around separate characters from Potter and takes place in a different time period and setting, but much of the team that brought Potter to life is involved, including director David Yates and producer David Heyman. Steve recently spoke with Heyman in anticipation of the release of Paddington, which is enjoying some pretty glowing reviews, and the producer spoke a bit about Fantastic Beasts. »

- Adam Chitwood

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