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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. »
When it comes to adapting dystopian Young Adult sci-fi novels for the screen, Lionsgate currently rule the roost with two blockbuster franchises in The Hunger Games and Divergent. Fox, however, remain keen to get in on the act. They've already got The Maze Runner successfully underway, and are now looking to add Steelheart, based on the book series recently begun by Brandon Sanderson. Carter Blanchard (Independence Day 2) taking a crack at the screenplay, and Shawn Levy is producing and may direct (making it a Real Steelheart?).Sanderson is a prolific fantasy author, boasting any number of his own series, and the completion of The Wheel Of Time following the death of Robert Jordan. Steelheart was published in 2013, and sets up a society in which super-beings are the bad guys.These "Epics" received their superpowers in a freak natural event, but decided to use them to rule and enslave, creating a »
Exclusive: Fox has set Carter Blanchard to adapt Steelheart, the first leg of a three-book trilogy by Brandon Sanderson that is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Shawn Levy. Blanchard was tapped off his work on the Independence Day sequel and Glimmer, the latter of which is in preproduction. Fox bought the book in January — it is referred to as The Reckoners series — after the author had sketched out that first book and a follow-up, Firefight. Levy is… »
Swedish company hires Rob McElhenney, creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for film version of phenomenally successful franchise
Minecraft creators Mojang have crafted a director for the forthcoming film based on their popular video game.
Rob McElhenney, creator and star of the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, replaces Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy, whose vision of a ”Goonies-style” adventure was apparently rejected by the Swedish game company.
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- Henry Barnes
All had been quiet for a little while on the proposed Minecraft movie - but the project has just got a fresh boost, with the news that its director has been found.
Minecraft was, at one stage, set to be directed by Night At The Museum trilogy helmer Shawn Levy. He departed the project at the end of last year, and there had been no word on his replacement. However, it's been confirmed by Minecraft creators Mojang that a new director has been found.
Rob McElhenney, the creator, writer and star of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia has been given the job. It sounds like he's had the job for a few weeks too, as he was recently a visitor to the Minecon convention that took place in London.
Roy Lee and »
“The Gang Takes On A Video Game?”
In an unlikely turn of events, Rob McElhenney, star and co-creator of Fxx’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is set to direct a Minecraft movie, adapting from the popular Mojang video game.
There has been talk of a Minecraft movie for awhile now, but it seems like an odd choice to have McElhenney, who hasn’t directed anything out of It’s Always Sunny episodes so far, taking over the film. Night at the Museum and Real Steel director Shawn Levy was originally attached to the project for Warner Bros.
McElhenney has been making a slow move to features recently. There was news last year that the actor had sold a pitch to Legendary to write and direct Figment. Allegedly, he showed the producers a four-minute test reel as part of his pitch.
While McElhenney hasn’t showed up in features yet, »
- Zach Dennis
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator Rob McElhenney has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' Minecraft video game adaptation. The filmmaker replaces Shawn Levy, who backed out of directing Minecraft back in December, with screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney also parting ways with the project. It isn't known if Rob McElhenney will also take a crack at the script, or if the studio is seeking new writers. Here's what Vu Bui, CEO of Minecraft publisher Mojang, had to say in a statement.
Back in October, Rob McElhenney set up a project entitled Figment at Warner Bros., which was slated to be his directorial debut. Since it isn't known when either Figment or Minecraft will move forward first, »
It's happening. They're making an emoji movie. And this is on top of Lego movies galore, a Minecraft movie, and whatever this Pixels thing is. Deadline is reporting updates on both projects, at separate studios. The Minecraft movie has been in the works for a while, since the game is has been very successful for a while now. The big news is that Rob McElhenney, best known for co-creating and co-starring in the FX series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", will be directing the Minecraft movie for Warner Bros. Originally it had Shawn Levy attached, but that's no longer the case. As for the emoji movie, Sony Pictures Animation (Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) just won the auction for a pitch based on emoji. The emoji movie pitch included co-writers Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis on the script, with Leondis attached to direct. He has quite a bit of animation experience previously, »
- Alex Billington
With The Lego Movie as the current gold standard for turning products and games into movies, Warner Bros. was quick to nab the rights to massive property Minecraft. According to Mojang, the Swedish developers behind the game, the new director for the film version will be It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney. The game as you may know, allows you to create and shape an entire world, and has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other. There are also nocturnal monsters stalking the place, which you can choose to avoid or deal with.When Warners bought the rights back in February last year, Night At The Museum man Shawn Levy was quickly hired, and developed a take on »
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been toiling long and hard to turn world-building video game Minecraft into a feature film, and today brings word that the studio has finally tapped a new director for the high-profile project: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenney.
The multi-talented thesp is one of the driving creative forces behind the long-running FX comedy, serving as the show’s star, creator, developer and executive producer, as well as occasional writer and director. In addition to helming three episodes of It’s Always Sunny, McElhenney also shot a TV movie called Pariah that is still awaiting release.
Shawn Levy, who directed the Night at the Museum film, was previously attached to direct the Minecraft, but he left seven months back over creative differences, taking writers Kieran and Michelle Mulroney with him.
Mojang.com first reported news of McElhenney’s involvement, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Minecraft" creator Mojang announced the news on their official site, McElhenney replacing Shawn Levy who was previously attached a few months ago. Roy Lee and Jill Messick are attached to produce the film which currently doesn't have a release date.
The game, which deals with about breaking and placing blocks, passed 100 million registered users last year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
New Line set up “Fist Fight” in late 2013 with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen producing with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield. The script, written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, centers on a pair of high school teachers. Cube’s character challenges another instructor, played by Day, to a fight after suspecting his colleague is trying to get him fired.
Keen’s credits include Showtime’s “Shameless” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” which stars Day. He’s repped by CAA and Lonestar Entertainment.
Cube is producing and starring in MGM’s “Barbershop 3,” due out in February. »
- Dave McNary
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