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In 2007, I Am Legend, which starred Will Smith ("Six Degrees of Separation") as 'Dr. Robert Neville', earned Warner Bros. $586 million at the worldwide box office. Then in 2012, Warner Bros. decided that they wanted a follow-up and hired Grace of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel to pen a prequel, that would've featured Will Smith's 'Neville' just before the outbreak. That attempted failed to get a greenlight from WB, and it was scrapped. Fast forward to this past April, Warner Bros. purchased a the spec script A Garden At The End Of The World that was written by an unknown screenwriter, Gary Graham. The script has been described as a "sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers." WB noticed that Graham's script could work as a follow-up to I Am Legend with some tweaking and here and there. WB then approached the original I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter »
Are you ready for a new 'Tomorrow'? In anticipation of Annie debuting in theaters just in time for Christmas, we have a special music video that finds enthusiastic New Yorkers singing the iconic show tune. You can even record yourself singing 'Tomorrow' for a chance to be a part of the fan-cut version that is set to debut soon. Just record yourself singing along with Quvenzhané Wallis and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #AnnieMovie!
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations, Annie is a new, contemporary vision from Columbia Pictures and Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck. He teams with a star-studded ensemble of producers that include James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Jay-z, Laurence "Jay" Brown, and Tyran Smith for a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.
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For years, Warner Bros. has been exhausting itself trying to come up with ways to make a sequel to its 2007 hit I Am Legend, despite the unwillingness of star Will Smith to return for a follow-up. Now, it appears that the studio has finally found a way to turn the post-apocalyptic tale into a new franchise – thanks to a spec script written by a former Apple employee.
Gary Graham wrote A Garden At The End Of The World, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” while working at an Apple store in midtown Manhattan. After he posted the spec script on the Black List website, CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver came across it and promptly signed him, sending the script around Hollywood.
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros is planning an I Am Legend reboot.
When Warner Bros noticed the similarities to I Am Legend's themes and mythology, they decided to attempt a redraft.
Four films have been adapted from Matheson's 1954 novel, which centres around the lone survivor in a world overrun with creatures resembling vampires. »
Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to turn the Will Smith-led 2007 film adaptation of the classic horror story "I Am Legend" into a potential new franchise. This means rebooting the property sans Smith.
The studio has taken Gary Graham's spec script "A Garden At The End Of The World," a project described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne's "The Searchers," and have decided to retrofit it for the 'Legend' reboot. There is reportedly enough similarities Graham himself was brought in to do it.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has long tried to find a way to make I Am Legend 2 work, but could never quite crack the story. Now, they've completely given up on a sequel, and instead are rebooting the movie without Will Smith's involvement in the hopes of launching a whole new franchise.
Warner Bros. believes it has found a way to continue on using the I Am Legend brand without the star, who has been reluctant to commit to sequels outside of the Men In Black franchise. They plan to take a spec script they recently acquired titled A Garden at the End of the World and retrofit it so that it falls in line with the story of the last man on earth. The screenplay was bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at an Apple store in Manhattan when he published the script on the Black List website. »
Warner Bros. has long been keen to make another I Am Legend movie, but it proved a tough nut to crack and Will Smith is reluctant to return to the franchise. The studio may have found a way around all that. Deadline reports that WB will retrofit the spec script A Garden at the End of the World, written by Gary Graham, into an I Am Legend reboot. Graham worked at the Apple store when he submitted his script, described as a "sci-fi version of The Searchers," to the Black List website. Warner Bros. took notice and saw enough similarities that they recruited Graham to rewrite A Garden at the End of the World to fit the I Am Legend universe. It is not specified how Graham's new script will link to I Am Legend or when in relation to the apocalypse the new film is set, but there are »
- Brendan Bettinger
Exclusive: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Time to “stick out your chin and grin and say…” The new poster for Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Annie was revealed today.
Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, »
- Michelle McCue
Franklin will join Joe Roth and T D Jakes as producer on the faith-based sequel Heaven Changes Everything and joins Roth and his son Zack as producer on the inspirational sports film Unleash The Mules.
Franklin will continue to develop and produce mainstream commercial material, including projects that are geared towards the urban and faith-based markets and will work across film and television units at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In theaters December 19th, here’s the brand new trailer for Annie.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).
But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean »
- Michelle McCue
Focusing on an orphan adopted by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks (renamed Benjamin Stacks and a New York mayoral candidate in this updated version of the classical musical), it’s a heartwarming tale and boasts an impressive cast of actors which also includes Rose Byrne and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
This latest trailer features “A Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, along with a few modern day changes to some now very dated lines!
We also get to see a lot more of some of the cast members who weren’t featured that heavily in the original trailer, and while many continue to doubt the necessity of this remake, it does actually look a lot better than expected! »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures has released new Annie trailer. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. I want to be excited for this movie, it's got a good cast, and I enjoyed director Will Gluck's Easy A, but the trailers are falling flat for me. The jokes aren't landing, and it seems like it's trying too hard to update the classic musical. But with its holiday release date, I'm holding on to the hope that it will be a crowd-pleaser. Hit the jump to check out the new Annie trailer. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens on December 19th. Via Yahoo! »
- Matt Goldberg
At this point, you might be forgiven for feeling a serious case of remake-fatigue. It seems every other film these days is a re-boot or a re-imagining of some beloved classic or other, with very little in the way of originality on display. With the release of its new trailer, however, it seems that it would be inadvisable to dismiss the upcoming new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Annie, as one of those tedious revisits. This one actually looks kind of awesome.
Annie is a comic book character. Well, a comic strip character, to be exact. Created by Harold Gray in his ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip which debuted in August 1924, Annie was first adapted for radio in 1931, while David O Selznick produced a film adaptation for Rko in 1932. It was not until 1977 that Annie made her first ever appearance on Broadway, however – with its now iconic musical format »
- Sarah Myles
A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.
- Kellvin Chavez
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director Will Gluck’s new musical adaptation Annie. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. This international trailer has a few bits of new footage that show Foxx playing things a bit more comedic and loose than some of his past few roles, with one scene in particular evoking his In Living Color days. I’m still not crazy about the overly auto-tuned nature of the songs, but Gluck’s last two films (Easy A and Friends with Benefits) have been pleasantly surprising, so I’m interested to see how the full feature plays out. Hit the jump to watch the new Annie trailer. »
- Adam Chitwood
Eisner is repped by CAA and Management 360.
News was first reported on Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Set for publication in April, The Harlem Hellfighters tells the story of the U.S. Army's African American 369th infantry division, who fought with distinction across Europe during the First World War, only to face discrimination upon their return to home soil.
"The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author Max Brooks tells »
- Gary Collinson
Max Brooks' last adaptation to hit the screen - World War Z - ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars. Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they've picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters. Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit. Hit the jump for more. News of Sony's acquisition of The Harlem Hellfighters comes via Heat Vision. Overbrook Entertainment, founded by Will Smith and James Lassiter, will produce alongside Josh Bratman. Here's the synopsis from the upcoming graphic novel, illustrated by Caanan White, and due out April 1st (via Amazon): The Harlem Hellfighters is a »
- Dave Trumbore
Will Smith via his production company Overbrook Entertainment, along with partner James Lassiter, will produce an adaptation of the upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, which Sony Pictures picked up the rights to. The graphic novel, which won't be available for sale until April 1, 2014, is an interpretation of the real-life story of the 369th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. The 369th Infantry is known for being the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Force during World War I and was nicknamed "The Harlem Hellfighters" (hence the title of the graphic »
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