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Everyone keeps expected video game movies to take off the way superhero movies have, but that just hasn't happened yet, with most being critically derided and not very well received by fans. Hollywood is hoping to change that with two big 2016 releases, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed. If they are as successful as expected, more will surely follow. Including a movie based on the popular Deus Ex franchise. Square Enix, publisher of the title, arrived at E3 2015 with, not news of the movie, but news of an announcement for the movie. Yes, according to producer Adrian Askarieh, we'll definitely know more about the Deus Ex movie sometime this summer.
The new video game sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was being showcased at E3. It is a follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a title in the franchise that became so popular, it rejuvenated the series and was set up as a movie at CBS Films. »
Having produced the first "Hitman" film back in 2007, Adrian Askarieh is also behind the upcoming sequel/reboot "Hitman: Agent 47" which sees "Homeland" actor Rupert Friend take over the role. Askarieh's name has been linked to numerous game adaptations over the years, one of the most interesting being the film version of the beloved "Deus Ex" series.
That gaming franchise was on the wane until 2011's "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" effectively rebooted the series with a fascinating story of augmented humans in a divided society, along with boasting a distinctive aesthetic of humid squalor and high-tech all bathed in a golden hue.
Ahead of the release of 'Agent 47,' Askarieh sat down with Screen Rant to talk about several projects with the "Deus Ex" movie being briefly asked about. Askarieh says he and Lee are working closely with Square Enix and Eidos Montreal on the project and fans should expect a very big announcement soon. »
- Garth Franklin
Aw, hell yes! Let the reign of Noelle Stevenson commence. Fresh off the news that Lumberjanes is getting a live-action movie at 20th Century Fox, THR reports that Stevenson's solo comic Nimona is also headed for an adaptation. Pardon me while I pause for a happy dance. Patrick Osborne, director of the Oscar-winning short film Feast, is set to helm from a script by studio executive-turned-screenwriter Marc Haimes. Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Adam Stone are on board to produce. Set in a world of mashup sci-fi and fantasy tropes, Nimona centers on the spunky title heroine, a shape-shifting troublemaker and sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, a one-armed supervillain with a vendetta against the the Institution that spurned him. Together, the duo commits all kinds of acts of villainy against Ballister's nemesis Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics, who aren't the shiny heroes they seem. »
- Haleigh Foutch
In a competitive situation, Fox Animation has landed the rights to Nimona, the New York Times best-selling graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, for an adaptation to be directed by Patrick Osborne, the helmer behind the Oscar-winning animated short Feast. Studio exec-turned-screenwriter Marc Haimes is attached to pen the script for the project, which will be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and the company’s president of production Adam Stone. A mashup of genres, Nimona is set in a medieval future where knights go to night clubs riding hoverboards and carrying swords and tells of a young shape-shifter
- Borys Kit
The story is set in a medieval future where knights go to night clubs riding hover boards and carrying swords. The action follows a young shape-shifter who teams up with a disgraced knight in order to reclaim his honor and overthrow a corrupt regime.
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- Garth Franklin
Clocking in at over 1,100 pages, the unabridged edition of Stephen King's The Stand is massive. It's fitting, then, that an in-the-works eight-part miniseries could lead up to Josh Boone's upcoming three-hour film adaptation of King's epic work.
TheWrap reports that Warner Bros. and CBS Films are negotiating with Showtime in an effort to move forward with an eight-part miniseries adaptation of King's The Stand. Should it become a reality, the miniseries would lead up to filmmaker Boone's planned three-hour, R-rated feature film adaptation for Warner Bros.
As well as writing and directing the big screen version of The Stand, Boone—a die-hard King fan (see the It discussions and King's awesome phone call cameo in Boone's Stuck In Love)—is also set to pen and helm the miniseries, which is anticipated to begin filming in early 2016.
With 11+ potential hours of onscreen adaptation time, Boone could properly dig into »
- Derek Anderson
It seems The Stand will once again be adapted for television before it becomes that highly anticipated movie we've been hearing about. According to The Wrap, Warner Bros., CBS Films and writer-director Josh Boone are nearing a deal to produce an 8-part Showtime miniseries based on Stephen King's acclaimed novel, which will then find its way to the big screen at some point. Apparently King will be involved in some capacity, along with producers Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller. The original plan was to condense the 900-page novel into just one movie - quite an undertaking as anyone who's read it will attest to - but evidently those involved saw sense. You may remember the ABC miniseries back in 1994 with Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald among others? That ran over 6 hours and still didn't manage to cram near enough in. We had heard that The Fault In Our Stars »
While the two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" may be dead, the long-gestating adaptation of another classic King work has undergone a metamorphosis into something grander.
At last report, "The Fault In Our Stars" writer-director Josh Boone was at work on a three-hour film adaptation of King's magnum opus "The Stand". The story follows an epic battle between good and evil after the American population is all but wiped out by a deadly virus, with the narrative focusing on group of survivors who fight against an Antichrist-like figure named Randall Flagg.
Today, The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. Pictures, CBS Films and Boone are all in talks to develop and produce an eight-part TV mini-series adaptation of the work In Addition To the upcoming film.
The group is reportedly in talks with cable channel Showtime to mount this mini-series which will culminate in the big-budget feature film. Boone will »
- Garth Franklin
Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davidson sued Legendary and its president Jon Jashni in early 2013 over the production company taking them off “Godzilla,” accusing Legendary of trying to avoid paying the producers millions of dollars. The suit was filed after Legendary sought a declaratory judgment that the three producers had no claim over the project.
Terms of the settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court were not immediately disclosed.
Legendary said in its court filings that the trio’s efforts consisted only of introducing a screenwriter and providing contributing notes that were not used. Legendary asserted that the compensation for all three under the agreement was limited to a $25,000 development fee.
Lin, Lee and Davidson said in their counterclaim that the three »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Over two years after they started to take legal bites out of each other over the big lizard, Legendary Pictures and producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davison have come to a settlement. No details of the agreement were made public, but paperwork was filed today to dismiss the complaints filed by both sides in 2013. This all comes just over a month before the Godzilla case was to go to trial in L.A. Superior Court on July 7. The battle between Thomas Tull’s… »
Just weeks before a trial was scheduled to begin, Legendary Pictures has settled a lawsuit with three producers who were dumped from Godzilla. On Thursday, the parties filed papers to end the legal dispute, which began in January 2013 when the studio preemptively filed claims against Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison, aiming to get a declaration that under the terms of a contract, the studio was only required to use the three on Godzilla if they were "deemed to be engaged" to produce the film. Within days, the producers had filed counterclaims against Legendary for allegedly breaching an
- Eriq Gardner
Troubles with another big production. It was recently reported by The Wrap that New Line Cinema's new version of It, adapted from Stephen King's book about the evil clown, has been delayed indefinitely due to production troubles. Specifically, they say that director Cary Fukunaga is no longer attached and has left the project, which was nearing a June start date but was halted due to budget problems and other issues. The adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros, with Roy Lee and Dan Lin producing, but only recently shifted to New Line where they're a bit more stern about how much they're willing to spend. Now it's stuck. Director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, "True Detective", Beasts of No Nation) was working on developing a two-part adaptation of Stephen King's evil clown story It, and they were even close to securing Will Poulter for the lead role as Pennywise. »
- Alex Billington
The complex story involves a group of friends being terrorized by the sewer-dwelling harlequin, both as children and finally as adults when they reunite to battle the menace that tainted their lives.
Producers New Line were reportedly blocking Fukunaga’s wish to make two films based on the chunky tome. A lengthy TV version famously floated in during the early Nineties, starring Tim Curry as the floppy-shoed nemesis.
Rising star Will Poulter was being courted to play the new Pennywise. KatzSmith (Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg) are producing with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. They’ll be dealing with the fallout from the loss of Fukunaga, whose eerie visuals for HBO’s True Detective made him a strong choice to bring King’s world to life. »
- Steve Palace
Cary Fukunaga was going to film Pennywise the clown's Derry-based reign of terror this summer, but it's now been revealed that Fukunaga has left the director's chair of New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It, with principal photography delayed as a result.
TheWrap reports the news of Fukunaga's departure from It, revealing that the True Detective director felt creatively compromised as the film approached the start of filming in mid-June. Production on the It movie is now postponed and it's not certain how soon Fukunaga will be replaced or when production on the project will move forward.
Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema (which took on the It film last May) recently requested budget cuts on the adaptation of Stephen King's It (initially approved for a $30 million budget) and are strongly considering trimming the project down to one film, which conflicted with Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's ambitious two-movie screenplay adaptation of the epic 1986 novel. »
- Derek Anderson
It terrible news, acclaimed "True Detective" and "Jane Eyre" helmer Cary Fukunaga has dropped out of his proposed two-film adaptation of Stephen King's horror tale "It" after being attached to the project for three years.
Fukunaga was adamant that this adaptation of King's 1986 novel, which clocks in at a whopping 1,138 pages, had to be told across two films. The story follows a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on a monster killing people in their town.
Studio New Line was said to be considering making only one movie due to financial concerns. As they could not agree on a budget, he and the studio clashed which ultimately led to him departing the project this holiday weekend.
Filming was slated to begin this Summer but that has now stalled. What this means for Fukunaga and Chase Palmer's script is unknown, or the already »
- Garth Franklin
New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has lost its director.
“It” was set to be split up into two films, and sources say New Line was considering making only one movie due to budget concerns. Fukunaga, however, was adamant about making two pics. They could not agree on a budget, causing Fukunaga to clash with the studio.
Production was originally set to move forward this summer, but is now stalled.
Fukunaga came on board to the project in 2012, when it was set up at Warner Bros. before moving to New Line. »
- Alex Stedman
Director Gil Kenan's work on "Poltergeist" is, like his work on "City Of Ember" and "Monster House," smart and focused and technically adept. He has done about as good a job as anyone would have done with David Lindsay-Abaire's screenplay based on the 1982 film, and the same is true of the cast. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams are all very good at what they do. The various visual effects houses and tech departments on the film all did what they were hired to do, and taken as a whole, "Poltergeist" is professional and slick and entirely fine. It's also unnecessary in every way. There are a few moments here and there where Kenan pieces together a few images or a few new ideas, and in those moments, we get a glimpse of the potential for doing a new "Poltergeist." For the most part, though, »
- Drew McWeeny
The new facility, dubbed Animal Logic Vancouver, will initially be launched as an exclusive partnership to produce three animated movies — starting with “The Lego Movie Sequel.” The Canadian studio will begin operations in September at 45,000 square foot facility in the Yaletown area and is expected to create 300 new jobs with launch of production on the sequel in January.
Animal Logic is already working on a pair of Warner Bros. animated films — Lego spinoff “Ninjago” (set for Sept. 22, 2017) and “Lego Batman” (set for Feb. 10, 2017) — at its headquarters in Sydney. It did not disclose which titles it will be producing in Vancouver after “The Lego Movie Sequel,” which is set for release on May 18, 2018.
- Dave McNary
The giant lizard usually brings death and destruction and of late lawsuits too. With the long festering battle between Legendary Pictures and ejected producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davison over the 2014 blockbuster scheduled to head to trial this summer, a new legal clash has erupted today on the Croisette. This time it is Godzilla rights holders Toho going after Voltage Pictures Tuesday in federal court for copyright infringement over the Nacho Vigalondo helmed and A… »
Actor Will Poulter is in negotiations to play the evil clown Pennywise in New Line Cinema's highly-anticipated remake of Stephen King's It. It has already been confirmed that the adaptation will be split into two feature films, with Will Poulter set to star in both movies. Stephen King's original novel was previously adapted into a three-hour mini-series, which starred Tim Curry as Pennywise.
The original novel follows a group of young friends known as The Losers Club in the 1950s, who manage to fight off an evil demon, posing as a nefarious, child-killing clown known as Pennywise. 30 years later, they are forced to join forces once again when Pennywise re-emerges. The first movie will center on the children's battles with Pennywise, while the second follows the same characters as adults. The production had been considering older actors such as Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn for the Pennywise role, »
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