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Production is now underway on location in Atlanta, Georgia, on New Line Cinema’s comedy Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. The film is being directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
- Michelle McCue
Agatha Christie is one of those authors whose work is always being adapted in some fashion or other. And 20th Century Fox is now the home for a long-in-the-making deal to turn her book And Then There Were None into a film. The Intimidation Game’s Morten Tyldum is aboard to call the shots. And probably the stabs. The Thing’s Eric Heisserer will work on the script after he and Tyldum helped Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company come up with a pitch that won the Christie estate over after years of the team trying to score the rights. Christie’s book sees 10 strangers lured to Soldier Island for different reasons, only to discover that they were gathered by false pretences. Turns out they’re all guilty of different crimes, but got away with the deeds, and now someone has decided to start meting out some vigilante justice by bumping them off. »
Tyldum, who was Oscar nominated for his work on The Imitation Game, is to work alongside Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps production company on the project. Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street) has been hired to adapt the 1939 story, which has sold over 100 million copies to become the best-selling mystery novel of all time.
The novel tells the story of “10 strangers who are tempted to come to Soldier Island for different reasons. They soon realize they were brought there under false pretenses and are trapped, and are being bumped off one by one for crimes we learn they committed but were never punished for. They begin to realize that the killer is one of the 10.”
The film is set »
- Scott J. Davis
20th Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to Agatha Christie’s mystery masterpiece “And Then There Were None,” the studio announced Friday. Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) is attached to direct from a script by Eric Heisserer, while Shawn Levy will produce the film after chasing the project for years. I can’t blame Levy for his persistence. “And Then There Were None” is considered the greatest mystery novel of all time, having sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and influenced countless films since its publication in 1939. “And Then There Were None” follows 10 strangers who are invited to a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Hendricks will play a drama teacher who has a crush on Cube’s character.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: 20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, and the studio has set The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum to direct. Eric Heisserer will adapt Christie’s 1939 novel, which has sold more than 100 million copies to establish itself as the all-time biggest-selling mystery novel. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen, along with Hilary Strong and the author’s… »
Still the best-selling novelist of all time with over two billion books sold (beaten only by the Bible and Shakespeare), Dame Agatha Christie's singularly most famous mystery is set to get another film adaptation.
Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5") has been hired to pen the script for the new version which Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Hilary Strong will produce. The new one which reportedly boasts a "take that got the Christie estate excited."
The story follows ten strangers who are invited to an isolated island for a dinner party at the behest of a mysterious host. It's soon revealed they have been cut off from the mainland, and one of the »
- Garth Franklin
Ice Cube and Charlie Day will star in New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight,” which TV director Richie Keen (“Shameless," “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) is to direct, from a script penned by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser which centers on a pair of high school teachers who challenge each other to a fight after one suspects the other of trying to get him fired. Cube and Day will play the teachers. Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell round out the starring cast for the film, which Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield. Production kicks off this month. Cube's been busy lining up acting projects for himself. In addition »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan may still be recovering from last year’s serious car crash which resulted in the death of his friend James McNair and left him with several injuries, but it looks like he’s ready to return to film. The Wrap reports that Morgan is in talks to join Ice Cube (21 Jump Street) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in New Line’s upcoming comedy Fist Fight. The role will be Morgan’s first since the June 2014 accident.
Fist Fight will tell the story of an amiable teacher, played by Day, who is challenged to a fist fight by a stronger co-worker, played by Cube. Richie Keen (Maron) will direct a cast that also includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) as the school’s principal and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) as a guidance counselor. Evan Susser and Van Robichaux have penned the script, while Shawn Levy, »
- Justin Cook
One of the big surprises at last night's 67th Primetime Emmy Awards was the return of Tracy Morgan, who presented the last award of the night. He received a standing ovation from the crowd for his surprise appearance, which came more than a year after he suffered severe injuries from a car accident last summer. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is in talks to join his first movie since the accident, New Line Cinema's Fist Fight.
We first reported on First Fight back in June, when Ice Cube and Charlie Day signed on to star. The plot has been compared to the 1987 cult classic comedy Three O'Clock High, where a new kid challenges a nerd to a fight after school gets out at 3 o'clock. Fist Fight takes that premise and switches it up with two adult teachers.
Charlie Day is playing an introverted »
Tracy Morgan is returning to acting 14 months after the tragic car accident that left his friend and comedian, James McNair, dead.
The film follows two teachers (Cube and Day) who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in a fist fight with each other. The script was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Morgan will play a coach at the high school.
- Justin Kroll
Fresh off an emotional appearance at the Emmy Awards where he received a standing ovation, Tracy Morgan is in negotiations to join Ice Cube and Charlie Day in New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight,” TheWrap has learned. “Fist Fight” will be Morgan’s first movie since he was seriously injured in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in June 2014, when a Walmart truck struck a limo carrying the comedian and several others. Richie Keen is directing “Fist Fight” from a script by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Shawn Levy is producing with Max Greenfield and John Rickard, while Day is executive. »
- Jeff Sneider
Sanderson’s trilogy of Ya novels “The Reckoners” was recently set up at 20th Century Fox through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps banner. “The Reckoners” taps into the current obsession with superheroes by positioning superpowered individuals as humanity’s oppressors in a post-apocalyptic landscape, with a group of rebel humans known as the Reckoners fighting back against them. The first book in the series, “Steelheart,” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list.
Sanderson is repped by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency and Matt Sugarman at Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman, »
- Mannie Holmes
Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
Bryan Cranston will star alongside James Franco in the 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps comedy “Why Him?” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. The film follows a Midwestern dad (Cranston) who travels to visit his daughter at college, only to find himself in conflict with her tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). John Hamburg is directing in addition to co-writing the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, while Ben Stiller is also attached as a producer through Red Hour Films. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Plays Blacklisted Screenwriter in 'Trumbo' First Trailer Cranston and Franco are. »
- Joe Otterson
John Hamburg is on board to direct, and will co-write the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, with Ben Stiller also attached to produce through his Red Hour Films shingle.
The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.
Franco and Cranston are already building chemistry on Franco’s next directing gig “In Dubious Battle,” in which he’ll star alongside Cranston.
Cranston’s “Trumbo” hits theaters on Nov. 6 following its September premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
He is also lending his voice to DreamWorks Animation »
- Variety Staff
After a worldwide search that featured thousands of young actors, Netflix has locked the young ensemble cast for its upcoming supernatural period drama series written and directed by young genre filmmakers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines) and executive produced by Shawn Levy. The series, which will be titled Stranger Things, has cast Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton, who will join… »
The first book was published in 2013 and sets up a society in which super-beings are called 'epics' and are essentially the bad guys. Receiving their powers in a freak natural event, these super villains use them to rule and enslave with the titular Steelheart being the most evil of all.
Resistance has emerged though in the form of Reckoners: ordinary humans dedicated to finding their weaknesses and assassinating them. The main protagonist is a Reckoner with a personal grudge against the Epics.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
If the Minecraft movie is even half as popular as the video game, then Mojang will have a true, ahem, blockbuster on its hands. As anticipation builds for Minecraft's silver screen debut, we've decided to dig around for some more information.
From potential release dates and budgets, to storylines, directors and producers, here's everything we know about the Minecraft movie so far.
What's the Minecraft movie all about?
Plot details are thin on the ground, but Mojang COO Vu Bui told The Guardian that it will tell one of the countless possible stories from Minecraft's build-it-yourself game world. "When coming up with a story, we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft," he said.
Elaborating on his comments, Bui said that the company doesn't want to discourage players by coming up with an official story of the Minecraft universe. »
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