11 items from 2016
Fox has signed “Maze Runner” director Wes Ball to a three-year first-look producing deal through his new company OddBall Entertainment.
Ball and partner Joe Hartwick, Jr., will operate the company on the Fox lot, which is home to more than 20 other first-look deals including producing pacts with directors James Cameron, Paul Feig, Shawn Levy and Ridley Scott
OddBall will focus on genre titles.
Ball broke into the business four years ago with “Ruin,” an eight-minute short that Fox acquired. He was subsequently attached to direct sci-fi actioner “Maze Runner,” based on the James Dashner book and released in 2013.
Ball also directed the 2015 sequel “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and is working on “The Death Cure,” the third and final film in the Fox franchise.
“The Maze Runner” was a solid performer in cinemas, »
- Dave McNary
You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.
This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films. (A whopping 21 by our count.)
Although it wadsn’t the first movie of this kind, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – and its worldwide gross of over a billion dollars – can surely take the credit for kick-starting this trend. Here are all the in-development movies trying to repeat its success, »
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
As for new shows, Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch,” Winona Ryder’s supernatural series and Will Arnett’s comedy are all on the slate, plus Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated music drama “The Get Down,” which will premiere this summer with the first half of its first season.
Premiere dates for a group of children’s shows were also announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 — Friday, April 15, 2016
The Emmy-nominated comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper returns to Netflix for its second season, as the streaming service picked “Kimmy” up for two rounds when it bought the sitcom from NBC (the network that passed on the show »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The story centers on a down-to-earth Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire played by Franco.
Franco first joined the project early last year, Variety reported.
Cranston came on board a few months later. He starred in Franco’s drama “In Dubious Battle,” which is in post-production, and has received strong »
- Dave McNary
More than any filmmaker I know personally, Guillermo Del Toro understands the need to always be developing more projects than you could ever reasonably actually make. He's had periods where he got derailed completely when things didn't come together, and there are several years in his filmography that are defined purely by things that didn't happen instead of things that did. That is not uncommon in Hollywood, but Guillermo is so full of ideas that it seems almost criminal for him to get sidelined by development cycles. Now comes word that with Pacific Rim 2 shelved for the moment, Guillermo is moving on and possibly signing to direct Fantastic Voyage for Fox. 20th Century Fox has been trying to get a new Fantastic Voyage off the ground for at least the last decade, but the desire to follow-up the 1966 original really started in 1987 when Isaac Asimov published Fantastic Voyage II as a novel. »
- Drew McWeeny
20th Century Fox's long-gestating Fantastic Voyage remake has been given new life, with Guillermo del Toro entering talks to develop and direct. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the director will work with writers David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes on the screenplay. The project is being eyed as a massive tentpole project for the studio, but an official release date has not yet been given.
James Cameron has been developing the project for several years now, and he will continue to produce with his Lightstorm Entertainment partners Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, with David S. Goyer set to executive produce. We reported in May 2014 that David S. Goyer was writing a new treatment for the project, and now he is set to co-write the script with Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers).
The original Fantastic Voyage hit theaters in 1966, centering on a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and »
Outside of his gothic passion project, Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro struggled to garner much luck in 2015. Not only was Pacific Rim 2 shelved indefinitely, but the filmmaker’s collaboration with decorated video game developer Hideo Kojima for the now-canned Silent Hills reboot quickly unravelled after Kojima’s much-touted fallout with Konami.
As such, the passionate Mexican director is actively casting the net in search of a new project, and it appears del Toro has settled on his next venture: a remake of classic 60s sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that the celebrated filmmaker has opened talks to helm the modern retelling that’s in the works over at Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.
- Michael Briers
Considering how his version of The Hobbit never saw the light of day and intriguing projects like At the Mountains of Madness never came to fruition, it was a bit disappointing when Guillermo del Toro‘s latest film, the entertaining gothic horror/romance Crimson Peak, failed to truly connect with audiences. Perhaps as a response, with Pacific Rim 2 shelved, he’s now looking to direct something with a wider appeal.
According to THR, he’s in talks to helm a James Cameron-produced remake of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. The original revolved around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. The story then followed the biological adventures the team encounters in trying to save the scientist and themselves.
It’s quite the long-gestating project, having been in the hands of Paul Greengrass, »
- Leonard Pearce
For years and years now, James Cameron has been shepherding and developing a remake of of the 1966 sci-fi Fantastic Voyage. Shawn Levy ("Night At The Museum," "The Internship") was attached to direct at one point, and a couple years back, David S. Goyer was hired to pen a treatment. Then things went quiet. But now the project is back to life with a pretty exciting name attached to helm. Guillermo del Toro will now direct the flick about a group of scientists who are miniaturized and sent into a human body in a submarine to remove a blood clot from a colleague’s brain. Goyer, who last worked with del Toro on "Blade 2," is now writing the script, and will develop the story with del Toro, with the movie aimed to be tentpole sized, because obviously. Meanwhile, Cameron, who was behind del Toro's efforts to make "At The Mountains Of Madness, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
11 items from 2016
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners