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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.
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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
Exclusive: Richie Keen is in talks to direct Ice Cube and Charlie Day in New Line’s Fist Fight, a comedy from scribes Van Robichaux and Evan Susser. The producers are 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen producing, with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield also involved in producing capacities. They’re planning to get in the ring on this one in September. It’s all moving fast as Deadline just broke news of the project last month with the actors’ attachments. The pic is in the… »
Cinematographer Will McCrabb just dropped a tweet with the following news about the famed "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" director - it seems he's ready to move on his follow-up film after "Interstellar".
McCrabb says Nolan has finished a "comprehensive draft" of the screenplay for the. Sadly there's no further details available. [Source: Twitter]
"The Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson may have gotten into trouble during an interview with Conan O'Brien last night. There have been rumors about Lionsgate potentially continuing the franchise beyond "Mockingjay Part 2" in some way, though it's not sure how.
O'Brien asked if they'd heard anything to which Hutchinson started saying: "There is..." before covering his mouth and then saying "I'm sorry, I can't say that. We'll see what happens" as a wide-eyed Jennifer Lawrence looked on. O'Brien pressed him further but nothing more came out. [Source: Team Coco]
The CW has taken over "Riverdale, »
- Garth Franklin
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Winona Ryder is Netflix’s newest star. Along with David Harbour, she’s just signed on to lead a supernatural drama series brewing at the company. Formerly titled Montauk, the show comes from Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines). Karl Gadjusek (Last Resort) serves as showrunner and Shawn Levy executive produces. Find all the details on the Winona […]
- Angie Han
The thriller, of which the streaming service has ordered eight episodes, will take place in the 1980s in a Long Island beach town. The action picks up when a young, two-year-old boy vanishes into thin air, leading to a huge investigation. As family members, friends and local police attempt to get to the bottom of the boy’s disappearance, they stumble across a web of government conspiracy, supernatural forces and a very strange young girl.
Ryder has signed on for the lead role of Joyce, the boy’s concerned mother, a working-class woman who must struggle to stay strong as she battles against powerful and mysterious enemies to rescue her boy. This will be the veteran actress’ first small-screen series regular gig.
Harbour, meanwhile, will take on the role of the local chief of police. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Winona Ryder will topline an untitled supernatural series for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
The eight-episode thriller, previously titled “Montauk,” is set in the 1980s in the Long Island beach town and follows a 2-year-old boy who mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends and cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance, which ends up involving top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Ryder will play Joyce, the working-class mother of the missing boy. She summons a strength she never she had before, while rescuing her son from terrifying forces.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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