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Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman to help develop new Transformers movies alongside franchise director Michael Bay. Deadline reports that Paramount's approach is similar to what director James Cameron did with his Avatar sequels, forming a "writers room" of sorts that will come up with ideas to develop a new multi-part sequel and spinoff movies. Akiva Goldsman isn't expected to write any of these movies himself, but he will find new writers to craft the scripts based on his ideas for the franchise.
The site also reports that Michael Bay would like to have Transformers 5 ready to start production once he wraps on his Benghazi thriller 13 Hours. It has long been believed that last year's Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was the only movie last year to cross $1 billion worldwide, was the last Transformers he planned on directing, but it seems he'll be on board to helm Transformers 5 as well. »
Simon Pegg has been chatting to our colleagues over at Den Of Geek Us about his new movie, Kill Me Three Times, and they've asked him a few more questions about the new Star Trek movie, that he's writing with Doug Jung.
He's confirmed that the screenplay that he and Jung are working on bears no relation to the earlier draft by Roberto Orci. "It's completely new. I haven't read Bob's script and they didn't want us to. So we went back to the drawing board", he said.
"We had creative meetings with Justin [Lin, director] and there were things he wanted in there. I haven't written like this before. I've never been a custodian of something, it's usually mine when I'm writing. Whereas with this, you're given a bunch of stuff. »
The buzz around Hollywood is that Idris Elba is in the running to be the main villain in "Star Trek 3." Variety reports that the "Luther" star is in "early talks" for the role, although there's no more info on what the role will be or who exactly the Big Bad of "Star Trek 3" will be.
In February, a rumor surfaced that Bryan Cranston was being eyed for the role of the villain, but maybe there's more than one villain? The more, the merrier! There are a ton of possible villains for "Star Trek 3," from Klingons to the Borg, so writers Simon Pegg (yes, that Simon Pegg) and Doug Jung have plenty to choose from.
"Star Trek 3" will star Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. There have been some interesting behind-the-scenes changes since the film was first announced a few years ago, »
- Jenni Miller
Fox has committed to more outings of its mystery-adventure series Sleepy Hollow, as today the network announced that the show has been granted a season 3 renewal. The third season has been earmarked for 18 episodes which are set to further explore Ichabod Crane’s relationship with Lieutenant Abbie Mills. It will also mark the introduction of new showrunner Clifton Campbell.
Campbell, creator of The Glades, takes over the position from Mark Groffman. The former showrunner is thought to have exited due to poor ratings during its second season, which saw a staggering 40% drop following a promising debut season.
With a fresh set of eyes serving the tale of Crane and his cohorts, Fox’s President of Entertainment David Madden is confident that the show will continue to break the mould:
‘Sleepy Hollow’ is truly inventive television. The talented producers -led by Alex, Bob, Len and Heather- along with the brilliant cast, »
- Gem Seddon
If you've been crossing your fingers for Fox to return to New York's supernatural-charged town of Sleepy Hollow, you can relax your hands, exhale, and settle comfortably back into your couch, because Fox has announced their renewal of Sleepy Hollow for an 18-episode third season, with the network also revealing the series' new showrunner (following Mark Goffman's departure earlier this month). Also included in our latest horror round-up is a trailer for the second episode of The CW's iZombie and details on the 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend that will feature special guest Alexandra Breckenridge from The Walking Dead (as well as many other great guests).
- Derek Anderson
Hold onto your heads — “Sleepy Hollow” is coming back for season three.
Fox has renewed the supernatural drama for an 18-episode third season, Variety has confirmed.
Clifton Campbell (“The Glades” creator) will take over as showrunner, stepping in for Mark Goffman, who exited the show after declining season-two ratings, signing an overall deal with CBS Studios earlier this month.
The series, co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman, stars Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills. Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman and Heather Kadin will serve as exec producers, along with Campbell, for the new season.
“‘Sleepy Hollow’ is truly inventive television,” said David Madden, Fox entertainment president. “The talented producers – led by Alex, Bob, Len and Heather – along with the brilliant cast, anchored by Nicole and Tom, have created a fantastic world that brings ‘history’ to life with compelling and vibrant storytelling.”
Of the new showrunner, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
For the first year of its on-air life, the El Rey Network has been about as Diy as any microbudget indie movie ever was, an apt trait, given the net’s origins.
Comcast gave filmmaker Robert Rodriguez a distribution commitment for the channel in the spring of 2013; El Rey snuck on the air with a soft launch in December, after Univision came onboard as a financing and operational partner. The Austin-based filmmaker and his team at FactoryMade Ventures effected some quick hires, and bought up as much programming as they could find — and afford — that focused on Rodriguez’s love for genre pics, 1970s pop culture (think “Starsky & Hutch”) and other cool stuff that would appeal to movie- and TV-loving millennials, particularly U.S.-born Hispanics. Rodriguez also reached out to friends including Quentin Tarantino and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to get a handful of original series off the ground quickly. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Here’s an interesting coincidence – Jake McDorman, who starred alongside Bradley Cooper in American Sniper (he played Biggles) will now take the lead in the TV version of Limitless, the Bradley Cooper vehicle from 2011.
Deadline describes this character as “the role Cooper originated in the Limitless movie.” However, as our commenters have pointed out before, Cooper’s character was an author called Eddie Morra. As far as we can remember, the FBI didn’t feature at all either.
It’s a bit of a mystery, then, whether the show will be linked to the film at all, or whether it will be a »
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Even more "Alien 5" news, our favorite supernatural horror remake gets a bump and what "Parks and Recreation" star is appearing in a movie about a pagan demon who murders children? See below for the full roundup. 1. Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blomkamp's "Alien" sequel will "break new ground" “I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.” On a related note, is Michael Biehn reprising his role as Hicks? Will there be more than one film? »
- Chris Eggertsen
"...there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a darkside." This underworld can now expect its first visitor, as the reboot of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside, a project that was recently given a pilot order from The CW, has now cast its lead.
Deadline reports that Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) has signed on for the central role in The CW's pilot for the Tales From the Darkside reboot. The original series was episodic and featured a new set of characters in each installment, but in the reboot, we can expect to see one character appear in every episode, one who has ties to The Darkside. This character, named Newman, will be played by Lemche. Newman is "a weathered and tortured young man... the guide »
- Derek Anderson
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A remake of the iconic ’80s anthology horror series, Darkside follows a troubled young man named Newman (Lemche) who experiences horrifying events connected to a plane of existence known as The Darkside.
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Kris Lemche has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot Tales From The Darkside, a remake of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series that hails from writer Joe Hill and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The anthology series will feature only one regular character, Newman (Lemche). A weathered and tortured young man, Newman is the guide to the unsuspecting who come across The Darkside. Newman – a man with his own desperate, wrenching secrets – knows… »
Further details about the specifics of Marvel and Sony's massive deal on Monday night are still trickling out and the latest seems to indicate that despite the arrangement, not much has actually changed when it comes to Sony's handling of its "Spider-Man" franchise.
First up, Variety reports that while "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" is officially and completely cancelled, the previously announced spin-off films including "The Sinister Six," "Venom" and the untitled film about female characters of the "Spider-Man" universe are still in active development.
Marvel's Kevin Feige is producing the new "Spider-Man" standalone movie aiming for a July 2017 release, but he is Not involved in any of the previously announced spinoffs. It's unclear if Drew Goddard or Alex Kurtzman are still onboard "Sinister Six" and "Venom" respectively, but "Sinister Six" will Not be released in November 2016 as previously reported.
Also revealed is just how much money has changed hands regarding »
- Garth Franklin
Even more details have surfaced in the aftermath of Marvel and Sony's massive announcement that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A report from earlier today revealed that Sony's Spider-Man spinoff The Sinister Six is still happening, but now another report from Variety has confirmed the previous story, while adding that the studio's other spinoffs, Venom and an untitled movie featuring the female characters in the Spider-Man universe, are still in the works. However, Marvel's Kevin Feige will not be involved in these spinoffs.
The deal announced last night revealed that Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal will produce Sony's new Spider-Man standalone movie, which is set for release on July 28, 2017, but it was not ultimately clear if Kevin Feige will be involved in any potential sequels, or the previously announced spinoffs. It's not entirely surprising that Kevin Feige won't be involved in the spinoffs, since he has an ambitious »
It's official: Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel film, before continuing his own adventures in 2017...
There's been no shortage of speculation as to the future of Spider-Man on the big screen, but now, that future has been confirmed. The news is good: Spider-Man is to join the Marvel cinematic universe, and Marvel is to be involved in the character's screen future.
Under the terms of a deal struck by Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, a new Spider-Man will debut in a thus-far unspecified movie within the Marvel cinematic universe. After that, Sony will release the next installment in its own Spider-Man series.
Furthermore, Sony's next Spider-Man movie now has an official release date - July 28th 2017.
Lest you be in any doubt that this is an about turn for the screen adventures of Spider-Man, the official press statement declares that "together, [Marvel and Sony] will collaborate on a new creative direction for the »
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series rounding up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: America's favorite netlet revives a classic anthology series, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves sign on for some supermodel mayhem, the daughter of two Hollywood legends joins Ryan Murphy's new comedy-horror series (the first ever!) and the remake of a beloved Steven Spielberg Tobe Hooper-directed classic gets its first trailer. See below for the full roundup. #1 The CW is reviving "Tales from the Darkside" The '80s anthology series, known for adapting the works of such legendary horror authors as Stephen King and Clive Barker, is being piloted by the youth-skewing network for a possible airing in the 2015-16 TV cycle. Along with King's son Joe Hill ("Horns"), who wrote the pilot script for the series, "Darkside" will be executive-produced by »
- Chris Eggertsen
Webb will take over from Neil Burger, director of the original movie, who has had to drop out of helming the pilot due to scheduling issues with another drama pilot in Showtime’s Billions. Burger remains involved as executive producer alongside Bradley Cooper, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium), the hourlong will follow Brian Sinclair, a character who discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and finds himself coerced into using his new abilities to help the FBI solve cases.
- Gary Collinson
It looks like the cult 80s horror anthology series Tales from the Darkside could be heading back to the small screen, with The CW ordering a pilot for a new hourlong series.
The project is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, with writer Joe Hill (Horns) penning the screenplay for the pilot. The trio have previously worked on a pilot for Locke & Key, which was based upon Hill’s own graphic novel.
Created by horror master George A. Romero, Tales from the Darkside launched in 1984 and ran for four seasons and 90 episodes in total, including the original pilot. It also spawned a movie, the appropriately-titled Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, which saw Hill’s dad Stephen King contributing a short story.
- Gary Collinson
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 forthcoming show has seen a switch in directors very close to its production start date. Originally, Divergent helmer Neil Burger – who also directed the 2011 movie – had been locked in for a stint in the director’s chair. He recently dropped out of that particular duty after he signed on to lens the pilot for Showtime’s upcoming financial drama, Billions. However, he will still act as producer alongside Bradley Cooper, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
A joint production between CBS TV Studios, K/O Paper Products and Relativity Media, Limitless the show will in part be based on the 2011 film starring Cooper and Robert De Niro. Written and executive produced by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium), the show will pick up exactly where the movie left off. »
- Gem Seddon
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