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After battling NBC for the privilege, Fox has ordered a pilot for a series based on the Lethal Weapon movies…
Another TV show based on a film is currently in development. This time, it’s a TV reboot of Lethal Weapon.
Fox has ordered a pilot for the show, from a pitch that came from Warner Bros. Television (Warner Bros. Pictures made the original films, if you were wondering).
The new show will recast Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs and Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh. Presumably, the actors are now officially considered to be too old for this shit by the Hollywood powers that be (there may be other reasons involved, too).
Sticking close to the source material, though, Fox and Warners will apparently keep the dynamic that Murtaugh has suffered a heart attack and must avoid stress, and that Riggs is a former Navy Seal.
Already boasting the acting skills of Lois Smith and recently Emmy winner (finally!) Jon Hamm, play adaptation Marjorie Prime is adding another great performer. Geena Davis will join the pair in the sci-fi story.Hamlet and Cymbeline director Michael Almereyda is in the director’s chair for this one, overseeing the adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated stage work that featured Smith in the lead role. She’s back here to play Marjorie, an 85-year-old violinist with concerns that her memory is failing her. She invests in a service that allows people to see holographic recreations of deceased loved ones as we’d want them to be remembered, which means she interacts with a younger version of her late husband, Walter (Hamm), who is not exactly how she recalls him. She also spends time with her (living) daughter Tess (Davis) and son-in-law Jon. Almereyda will start the cameras rolling in the Hamptons next month. »
In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at: Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story. Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2. Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2. Shaun the Sheep 2 in development. Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5. […]
- Peter Sciretta
Plot: A cheerful hit-man (Sam Rockwell) falls for an unlucky-in-love young woman (Anna Kendrick) but their relationship is threatened by his murderous former mentor (Tim Roth) and an army of contract killers looking to take him out. Review: The word is that Mr. Right was the screenplay that got Max Landis (Chronicle) noticed in Hollywood, with him having gone on to pen American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein.... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.
Though it gleefully identifies the obvious metaphor for its existence when presented, the self-aware Mr. Right is more analogous to a proposed super-treat mentioned in passing: fried whipped cream. This movie is pure confectionery. Sam Rockwell, playing an assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold, starts dancing within ten seconds of appearing on screen, and practically never stops. Anna Kendrick, as the disastrously rebounding gal swept up in his wake, is committedly deranged. And at its best, Max Landis’s genre-savvy dialogue crackles like Pop Rocks. These are all great things in moderation, but a dessert that’s all sweet, sweet froth, no base, doesn’t make for much of a dish at all.
Never quite as fun as it should be, Mr. Right is hard of vision, probably because one eye is fixed on the camera in a perpetual state of winking. »
- Sam Woolf
In the wake of the sickly box office figures for his last film, American Ultra, screenwriter Max Landis took to Twitter to have a little whinge. “Is trying to make original movies in a big way just not a valid career path anymore?”, he asked. “Are original ideas over?”
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- Henry Barnes
Read More: Tiff Review: 'Mr. Right' Starring Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth & The RZA Focus World has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the action romantic-comedy "Mr. Right," from director Paco Cabezas and "American Ultra" screenwriter Max Landis. The movie features a star-studded ensemble headed up by Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star. Kendrick stars as a single woman who has vowed to stop searching for love. Enter Rockwell's Mr. Right, who is charming, handsome and also happens to be a hitman. The action rom-com that follows answers the question of whether the two are crazy in love or just plain crazy. The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, Svp of Focus World, with Beth Lemberger, Focus Features’ Evp of Business Affairs, and Gene Kang, Focus Features’ VP of Business Affairs, on behalf of the studio, and »
- Zack Sharf
Paco Cabezas's action comedy Mr. Right has found a suitor. Focus World hooked up U.S. rights to the Toronto closing-night pic, which stars Anna Kendrick as an unlucky-in-love young woman who finds her soulmate, who just happens to be an on-the-lam international hitman (Sam Rockwell) — meaning their road to true love is paved with shell casings. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star in the pic written by Max Landis. Focus World will open the… »
Focus World did not indicate when it would release “Mr. Right,” in which Kendrick’s character falls in love with a perfect guy who turns out to be an international hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Production companies are Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion Production in association with 3311 Productions. OProducesr are Bradley Gallo, Michael Helfant, Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs. Executive producers include William Gallo, Allen Church, Mark Roberts, Jennifer Dana, Ross Jacobson, Sheldon Rabinowitz, Stephen Emery, Max Landis and Avram Butch Kaplan.
The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, »
- Dave McNary
Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to Paco Cabezas’ romantic action comedy “Mr. Right,” which stars Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. The movie will make its world premiere as the Closing Night Gala Presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Focus World will release the film theatrically and on demand on a date to be determined. Written and executive produced by Max Landis, the film stars Rockwell and Kendrick as two people who are crazy about each other — and maybe just plain crazy. The challenge of dating is taken to new extremes in “Mr. Right,” in which the road. »
- Jeff Sneider
Max Landis has his own unique take on a “Man of Steel” sequel. A guest on the Screen Junkies YouTube show, “Movie Fights,” Landis revealed what he would like to see in a sequel, and his pitch included Lex Luthor, Batman, and some Justice League action as well. “In the wake of destruction of over half of Metropolis at the end of ‘Man of Steel,’ Superman is a universally reviled figure… and Clark has terrible Ptsd and has given up being Superman,” he said. He compares the destruction of Metropolis to that of 9/11. Also Read: 'Batman v Superman' Director Zack Snyder. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Batman may not have any powers, but he.s established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the DC universe. With a brilliant mind, amazing fighting skills and gadgets aplenty, he.s demonstrated many times that he can hold his own against not just supervillains, but occasionally his fellow Justice League teammates. While fans will continue to debate exactly how Batman would really fare in fights against powerful DC heroes (especially Superman), there.s one fight that most people probably haven.t pictured the Caped Crusader in: going up against Marvel.s Avengers. Well, screenwriter Max Landis has been thinking about it, and he has it all worked out how Batman would win. The Chronicle scribe went on Twitter Thursday to explain how he believes Batman would be able to take down all of Earth.s Mightiest Heroes in a metropolitan setting. Starting off, Batman would immediately use »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? The Warriors gets a new remake pitch, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials premiere is forced to move for a disgusting reason and the 80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, writer-director Max Landis offers his Man of Steel 2 pitch. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis has revealed a very interesting pitch for Man of Steel 2 for a Screen Junkies segment dubbed Dream Sequels. This pitch essentially ignores everything that will happen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's still a »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Dream Project of the Day: American Ultra writer Max Landis offers his pitch for Man of Steel 2 in this interview with Screen Junkies: Fan Art of the Day: Next time you see a balloon artist, ask if he can do the Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible. Magician Rob Driscoll did this and many more fun movie balloon art creations, which you can see at Mental_Floss. Movie Takedown of the Day: Screen Rant counts down the biggest plot holes in the biggest recent movies, including The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Interstellar and more: Movie Scene Reenactment of the Day: Here's a couple who recreated part of Disney's 101 Dalmatians for...
- Christopher Campbell
For most, “reformed hit man” suggests someone who used to kill people but doesn’t anymore. In the case of “Mr. Right,” however, the label has an altogether different meaning: Instead of bumping off the targets he’s hired to eliminate, Sam Rockwell’s born-again executioner kills the folks who contracted him instead. Not an especially sustainable work model, professionally speaking (it’s murder on word-of-mouth, for starters), but then, this fixer is ready to make some changes in his own life, maybe even find romance with an on-the-rebound Anna Kendrick — which is where Max Landis’ ultra-cutesy script picks up, asking whether a character like that can find and sustain love … or else die trying. For about a decade after “Pulp Fiction,” such quirky hit-man comedies were all the rage, though in the post-“Gigli” era, (the eerily similar) “Mr. Right” just feels wrong.
That’s not to say audiences »
- Peter Debruge
Thanks to deplorable direction by Paco Cabezas, and a childishly broad screenplay by Max Landis, "Mr. Right" ends up all wrong. Its one saving grace comes in the form of an efficient cast, headlined by Anna Kendrick and the always-fun-to-watch Sam Rockwell. Among the array of supporting players, Tim Roth does an okay job as the half-dimensional "seriously mean guy" (yes, a direct quote from the film) and Wu-Tang clan honcho the RZA makes a late appearance as hired gun Steven, nailing the film's funniest moment. The rest of the cast is, unfortunately, disposable thanks to a screenplay that sounds like it was written one late night in a hotboxed frat room. It's such a cool story bro, you can practically see the Doritos stains. Cabezas' last movie was the Nicholas Cage-starring "Rage," which, if you've deleted from memory is more than understandable. The picture featured tasteless D-movie action »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
In the video below, Max Landis reveals what his take would be on a Man of Steel sequel. It picks up straight after the first movie and obviously doesn't take Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into account, but it makes for a very interesting watch. Here's the gist of it though; the sequel would have picked up with a Clark Kent who has given up being Superman (now widely despised by the public) because he's suffering from Ptsd following his battle with General Zod. Before leaving Metropolis for good, Clark has one final assignment for The Daily Planet: interview Lex Luthor. Following the reveal that the billionaire knows that Clark Kent is Superman, Lex (Tom Hanks) would offer to repair his damaged reputation in return for the hero capturing the world's most dangerous metahumans. Despite warnings from Batman, Superman rounds up the likes of Wonder Woman, The Flash, »
The name Max Landis immediately inspires divided opinions. If you've ever wondered how the kid gets work, just watch him pitch. The screenwriter recently stopped by Screen Junkies, where he shared his idea for "Man Of Steel 2" —it's not hard to understand how he gets gigs, considering the enthusiasm and passion he puts forth in the video. Read More: Watch: Max Landis Criticizes Carnage In 'Man Of Steel,' Compares Movie To 'Transformers 3' & 'Avengers' For Landis' dream sequel, he would present a Superman fallen out of favor with the public, broken and suffering Ptsd following the events of "Man Of Steel" and ready to leave Metropolis altogether. But as Clark Kent, he gets one last assignment at the Daily Planet to interview Lex Luthor, who would be played by Tom Hanks. The Elon Musk-but-evil entrepreneur reveals he knows that Clark is Superman, and offers to repair »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four film was supposed to represent a defining turning point for the superhero quartet; to herald a time when Marvel’s First Family were accepted into the mainstream buzz and rub shoulders with the company’s other genre stalwarts. Alas, the much-touted reboot was, to put it mildly, a missed opportunity. But does that mean that Fox’s chastised franchise is beyond saving? Tommy Wiseau doesn’t believe so.
We’ve seen the fleeting signs of hope and potential buried beneath the film’s media circus, whether it’s the deleted sequences or Max Landis’ original script, but Wiseau is done looking at the botched blockbuster and is instead envisioning its planned sequel – a sequel he believes he could direct.
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- Michael Briers
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