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Back in October 2012, the news that Disney purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion, and that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was put into development, sent shock waves throughout the fanboy community around the world. For the next few years, details on the highly-anticipated project were incredibly hard to come by, but in just a few months, fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. One of the key players behind-the-scenes who helped put everything together is Simon Kinberg, who serves as an executive producer on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and is listed as a "creative consultant" on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The writer-producer recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he spoke about breaking the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Here's what he had to say about the writing »
Simon Kinberg has become something of a go to guy for major blockbusters in the past few years. The writer/producer has had his fingers in Fox's Marvel properties, he helped create and produce the animated "Star Wars Rebels" series, and he's involved in the live-action "Star Wars" films. In regards to the latter though, details about his role have been decidedly murky.
Today though, in a new interview with EW, he spoke about his involvement in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy and the 'Anthology' spin-off films. Surprisingly he reveals that he, along with writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, helped break the stories for the new films during a retreat.
"Like a TV writers room, we spent a week with a whiteboard and some pens and were in a conference room all day talking about [movies] VII, VIII, and IX. But it's a whiteboard covered in our notes. We had »
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood owes everything to The Lego Movie right now. A few years ago, we were all complaining about every branded item on the toy and game shelves being slated for movie adaptations. Then, just when everyone was like, "See, look how awful Battleship is!" (ps: I personally love Battleship), the brllliant chaos of Chris Miller and Phil Lord's Lego-brickapalooza had us going, "Wait, wait, wait, anything is possible." Now anytime a studio pitches the world on something like a Pez movie, they can say, "Just remember, you had little faith in a Lego movie, too, and look how that turned out." So, yes, there is reportedly now a Pez movie in the works. Pez is kind of a toy, but it's also more a candy. We've previously heard of...
- Christopher Campbell
Mere months after “The Lego Movie” demonstrated that audiences’ affection for the Danish construction toy could generate international bigscreen interest of blockbuster proportions, Oscar-blessed short-film helmers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson unveiled “Beyond the Brick” at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the time, the feature-length docu felt like little more than a glorified DVD extra, so shamelessly rapturous toward the brand that it may as well have been commissioned by the Lego Co. itself. By waiting more than a year to release it, however, Radius has given the tightly assembled, all-ages-appropriate film — theater-bound under its former subtitle, “A Lego Brickumentary” — a chance to entertain on its own merits.
Although loaded with details sure to thrill those who’ve just received their first Lego set (with an estimated 86 Lego bricks for every person on earth, odds are good that most kids will come in contact with the toy at some point »
- Peter Debruge
Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found a leading man for their new project. No, not the Han Solo spinoff — Son of Zorn, their live-action / animation hybrid series for Fox. Jason Sudeikis will play Zorn, an animated barbarian struggling to reconnect with his life-action family. Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, and Artemis Pebdani have also […]
- Angie Han
If you're getting confused about what's going on with the future of the Ghostbusters franchise, you're not in the minority. Apparently even the people behind the scenes aren't necessarily certain about what's happening with their property, as writer Drew Pearce says one thing, producer Ivan Reitman says another and then Dan Aykroyd continues his babble over at the far right corner. For some background, for years -- decades even -- Akyroyd's tried getting Ghostbusters 3 off to the races. There were a number of complications, but essentially it came down to Bill Murray not playing ball. Despite multiple rewrites and reformatting from Akyroyd and others, it never quite came together. Akyroyd even tried to make the movie around Murray's disapproval, having him either cameo briefly as a ghost or simply not show up at all. Those settlements didn't change anything either, and when Harold Ramis passed away last year, Akyroyd's »
- Will Ashton
Piece by piece, A Lego Brickumentary builds a cohesive look the history of the popular toy, and the current subcultures that have emerged around it. Technically the second "Lego" movie in so many years, this documentary should not be mistaken for a follow-up to the smart and super-successful family comedy The Lego Movie, from filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. That's not to say Brickumentary isn't entertaining or lacks appeal for the product's primary target age group. Indeed, A Lego Brickumentary is more colorful, engaging, and interesting than most things found in today's toy store. And it's also a pretty fun movie. Hosted by a personable Lego "mini-fig" with the hair of Harry Potter and the voice of Jason Bateman, we are taken on an educational tour...
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Sudeikis thus will lend his voice to Zorn, an animated fantasy warrior who upon returning home from “battle” discovers that reconnecting with his live-action son Alan (played by 21 Jump Street‘s Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife Edie (Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Cheryl Hines) while dealing with an office job and suburban life is harder than waging war in his homeland. »
Exclusive: The animated/live-action comedy Son Of Zorn (wt, previously Son Of Zahn) from The Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller has rounded out its cast. Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows (Marry Me) and Artemis Pebdani (Sex Tape) join previously announced Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street) in the comedy, which wrapped production this week for a presentation at Fox. In Son Of Zorn, an animated fantasy warrior finds that reconnecting with his estranged… »
Though she is only 24 years old, Jennifer Lawrence has already had the opportunity to work with some truly amazing directors - and for her next film, The Rosie Project, she may get the chance to add another esteemed name to that list. According to reports, the movie is now eying Boyhood filmmaker Richard Linklater to helm. Deadline has the news on this development, but there's no mention of whether or not an offer has been extended to the Austin-based director yet or if negotiations have begun in earnest yet. Should he sign on, Linklater will be replacing A-listers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who first became attached to The Rosie Project a little less than a year ago, and will be working with a script from duo Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (The Spectacular Now, (500) Days of Summer). Based on the novel of the same name by Graeme Simsion, The »
While The Rosie Project recently found its headlining star in Jennifer Lawrence, Sony has been in search of someone to fill the director's chair following the departure of directorial duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie). According to Deadline, Richard Linklater might be Sony's guy, or at least he is the studio's prime target. amz asin="1476729093" size="small"Adapted from Graeme Simsion's book of the same name, The Rosie Project tells the story of socially-awkward genetic professor Don Tillman, who comes up with a scientifically sound survey to find his perfect mate. Things get more complicated, however, when he meets Rosie Jarman (Lawrence), a woman who doesn't possess any of the qualities he's looking for yet becomes irresistible to him. For anyone who listens to Ted talks as much as I do, the Tillman character sounds an awful lot like a male version of Amy Webb, who »
- Jordan Benesh
The film “focuses on a genetics professor with limited social skills who thinks he has conjured a scientific survey to find a perfect mate. That goes awry when he meets Rosie (Lawrence), a mismatched woman who becomes irresistible to him.”
The film is based on Graeme Simsion’s novel of the same name, which originally had The Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. They’ve now found another project, so they’ve left the film, but Linklater is an exciting prospect.
Sony Pictures are financing and distributing.
- Paul Heath
Like Bob: The Musical (more on that one here), it appears the job of directing book adaptation The Rosie Project is now an open assignment, since Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who had been developing it, are now throwing their full concentration towards a Han Solo film. So who could take over the job of directing Jennifer Lawrence in the lead? Sony wants Boyhood’s Richard Linklater to do it.Written by Graham Simison, the book tells the story of professor Don Tillman, a genetics expert on the Asperger’s scale who never seems to be able to land a second date. He starts The Wife Project, working up a questionnaire to find the perfect partner, but is instead entranced by the free-spirited Rosie (Lawrence), who matches none of his criteria but might just be his soul mate. The book has been big both here and in Australia where it's set, »
While Richard Linklater has always bounced back and forth between studio projects and indie movies, you have to go back to 2005's "Bad News Bears" to find his last full-fledged picture for a major Hollywood outlet (not counting indie arms). However, in the wake of the success of "Boyhood," it is interesting to see how the studios are coming back to Linklater. Paramount is distributing this next movie, which was just dated for spring 2016, and now Sony is eyeballing the filmmaker. Deadline reports that Linklater is the frontrunner to direct "The Rosie Project" starring Jennifer Lawrence. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally attached before they got too busy conquering Hollywood, and I have to say, this seems a little safe and dull for Linklater. Based on Graeme Simsion's bestselling book, with a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("The Spectacular Now," "The Fault In Our »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
Discussions are just getting under way, but Linklater’s schedule is currently open and the studio has been looking to attract a big name for the gig ever since The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project for a Star Wars spinoff focusing on a young Han Solo.
The adaptation of Graeme Simison’s novel centers on a genetics professor who’s more adept at navigating complex scientific data collections than his social life. When he comes up with a scientific survey designed to find him his perfect mate, the professor believes he’s sidestepped the risks that come with dating. His world gets shaken up, however, when he falls hard for a woman named Rosie »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater is the frontrunner for the job of directing Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project, I hear. That is the Sony Pictures adaptation of the Graeme Simison novel that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller just exited to helm the young Han Solo Star Wars movie. The film's being produced by Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan. Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber wrote the script. The book focuses on a genetics professor with limited social skills… »
An adaptation of the Graeme Simison novel, the story follows a genetics professor with limited social skills who thinks he has conjured a scientific survey to find a perfect mate. That goes awry when he meets Rosie (Lawrence), a mismatched woman who becomes irresistible to him.
Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber wrote the script while Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan produced. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller were slated to direct but opted out for a young Han Solo movie at Disney.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
One of Jennifer Lawrence's next films may have set its sights on an Oscar-nominated director.
According to Deadline, "Boyhood"'s Richard Linklater is the top choice to helm "The Rosie Project," in which Lawrence plays the titular object of the protagonist's affections. Linklater would replace previous "Rosie" helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the flick after striking a deal to make the recently-announced Han Solo-centric "Star Wars" prequel.
"Rosie," based on the novel by Graeme Simsion, focuses on an eccentric genetics professor who creates a scientific survey to make up for his lack of social skills and find the perfect love match. He then meets Rosie (Lawrence), who doesn't meet any of his qualifications, but bewitches him nonetheless.
Fresh off the success of "Boyhood," Linklater has been busy lately, working on a comedy about baseball players that's been described as a spiritual successor to his early classic, »
- Katie Roberts
Sony Pictures Animation must certainly be enjoying how people are taking in the Pac-Man-heavy marketing for this weeks' Pixels (and, to the film's mild credit, he is the best part of it), because the suits in charge have ponied up the near seven figures to have some other yellow-faced friends transition to the big screen. In a heated three-studio audition, Sony won the right to have their banner placed in front of an Emoji movie. With Warner Bros and Paramount reported to be the other two studios vying to get the expressive, social media/text message-based personalities their cinematic due, it's apparently a ripe opportunity to take this property (c) to the next level, as the Japan-hatched ideograms don't subside themselves to any pesky rights, making them essentially free-reign when it comes to marketing, promoting and all that jazz. Does it matter that they'll have to take the extra route »
- Will Ashton
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