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Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too. The original version of the project had Keanu Reeves attached to star, and along the way bounced between studios like The Weinstein Company for the most time, with Focus Features »
- Alex Billington
Earlier this year, Focus Features had been in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers” with Keanu Reeves starring. “Passengers” went back on the market after the Weinstein Co. ditched the project after acquiring the rights with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.
Spaihts’ script is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else, then awakens a female passenger.
- Dave McNary
AMC, the home of "Mad Men", "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead", have given a production 'greenlight' to a TV pilot adapting the Vertigo comic book series "Preacher", by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry.
The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad") with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.
"...'Jesse Custer', a preacher in the small Texas town of 'Annville', was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named 'Genesis' in an incident which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.
"Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, »
- Michael Stevens
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been given the green light from AMC for their adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s acclaimed comic book series Preacher, albeit as a pilot rather than a straight-to-series order.
“Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg, with the This Is the End and The Interview duo also attached to direct. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it.”
“Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip,” states Joel Stillerman, AMC »
- Gary Collinson
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have written a TV series adaptation of of the comic book series Preacher, and AMC just ordered a pilot episode. This is definitely a different and interesting project for the comedic filmmaking duo, but I think they’ll deliver something awesome. The two are also attached to direct the pilot.
The comic was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon in the '90s. It tells the story of Texas reverend Jesse Custer who, after merging with the escaped offspring of a demon and an angel, finds himself imbued with the word of God, the power to command anyone to do his bidding. Teamed with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip O'Hare, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the Almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.
Rogen and Goldberg released the following statement:
“Preacher has »
- Joey Paur
After kicking around in development for some time, AMC has officially ordered a pilot for "Preacher," an adaptation of the 1990s cult classic comic shepherded by "This Is the End" directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Rogen and Goldberg had been looking to bring "Preacher" to the small screen for some time, and will direct the pilot, which is being written by Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad"). Catlin will also serve as showrunner.
The synopsis, per Deadline:
Preacher is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
"'Preacher' has been our favorite comic since it first came out," Rogen and Goldberg said in a statement. »
- Katie Roberts
Jesse Custer is coming...to television. AMC has ordered a pilot episode for "Preacher," a Sam Catlin-scripted ("Breaking Bad") adaptation of the Garth Ennis-Steve Dillon comic-book franchise of the same name that will be directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("This is the End"), the network announced today. “Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With ‘Preacher,’ it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip,” said AMC executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman in a statement. “Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in Neal Moritz, the Original Film team and our good friends at Sony Pictures Television, »
- Chris Eggertsen
AMC has been developing a series based on the Garth Ennis comic Preacher with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Neal Moritz for about a year now. Tonight, the network officially ordered a Preacher pilot. Rogen and Goldberg remarked: "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out. Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script and plan to direct the pilot. Catlin is the showrunner. They will shoot the pilot in 2015 for series consideration in 2016. For more on Preacher, check out Evan's primer on the story, the characters, and the controversy and our interviews with Rogen and Goldberg. Hit the jump for the press release. AMC Orders Pilot For Famed Comic Book Franchise "Preacher" New York, NY »
- Brendan Bettinger
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End) will executive-produce the project, which is an adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic. Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as showrunner.
Preacher follows Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted Texas minister who merges with a spiritual force called Genesis — making him more mighty than the Almighty. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard-drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, Custer begins a violent journey across »
After multiple attempts to adapt Preacher over the years, we’re one big step closer to seeing Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s world brought to life on the small screen. We knew that AMC was interested in a Preacher TV series from Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg, but now it has been announced that they’ve officially ordered the pilot episode:
Press Release: “AMC today announced that it has ordered a pilot for a series based on the popular comic book franchise “Preacher.” The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (“This Is The End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”). Rogen & Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen & Goldberg are attached to direct.
“Every once in a while you find »
- Jonathan James
AMC today announced that it has ordered a pilot for a series based on the popular comic book franchise Preacher. The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen & Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal H. Moritz's Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen & Goldberg are attached to direct.
"Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip. »
The project, a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios, was a hot property when it was shopped to cable buyers earlier this year. There had been talk of a straight-to-series order but at present it is a pilot.
“’Preacher’ has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” said Rogen and Goldberg, who are also attached to direct. “Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it. »
- Cynthia Littleton
AMC have given a pilot order to Preacher, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's take on the beloved comic book. The duo wrote the episode together and are producing alongside Neal Moritz. Despite the controversial nature of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon series, Sony and AMC are both keen to move ahead on the project, but this is a pilot order rather than the previously talked about straight to series order. "’Preacher’ has been our favorite comic since it first came out," said Rogen and Goldberg, who are attached to direct. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." For those of you unfamiliar with the property, it focuses on Jesse Custer, a preacher in a Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped »
Dwayne Johnson was rumored to be involved in 2005 when the project was originally set with Neal Moritz. Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper had been reported as attached to the project in 2010. No actors are currently attached.
In 2010, Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”) had worked on a script for the film, in which a pair of San Francisco police officers are forced to work on a case with their fathers, who were partners on the Sfpd.
- Dave McNary
Generations of horror hounds were ushered into the genre via R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. Siting atop the shelves of libraries around the world with their vibrantly colored spines just waiting to be grabbed by young readers, the influential series is being brought to the big screen by Columbia Pictures next summer, and a meme maker for the upcoming feature reveals familiar faces from the page that will create scares onscreen.
The Goosebumps meme maker is now available for fans to use. The online workshop allows users to take official images from the film and write original captions to display in memes. Many of the images show monsters from the film that fans will recognize from several Goosebumps series. We knew that Slappy the Dummy, a recurring core villain from the series, will be featured in the film, but as the movie’s official images below show, the tiny terror »
- Derek Anderson
Summit Entertainment is courting Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming Highlander reboot as Juan Ramirez, the character played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander. Ramirez served as a mentor to Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the 1986 film that spawned the long-running Highlander franchise.
The Wrap reports that it isn't exactly known if Tom Cruise is even interested in the role, since he is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 and he isn't focusing on future projects at the moment. A rep for the actor acknowledged that he has been approached for the remake, although they are "far from talks" on the project. A rep for Summit made it clear that negotiations are not under way yet, but didn't deny that Tom Cruise was their top choice.
VFX supervisor and second-unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is set to make his feature directorial debut on the big-budget project. The reboot is expected to go back to the original 1986 film which starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor Juan Ramirez. Summit is said to be keen on Cruise playing the role Connery did.
The story followed an immortal Scottish swordsman on a quest for revenge against a barbarian who has chased him across time as they battle for 'The Prize'. The franchise that spawned ultimately consisted of five films, two TV series, several novels and various animated projects.
A Cruise representative says the project one of many on offer to him and he is "far from talks". Another insider says Summit is not in negotiations with Cruise, »
- Garth Franklin
The site notes that, while Cruise is very much on the studio’s radar for the part, “the interest appears to be one-sided.” Cruise, who starred in this year’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, is often offered big projects,is “far from talks” for this Highlander film, and isn’t focused on future films right now, as he’s busy working on Mission: Impossible 5.
TheWrap notes that the role could very well be beefed up to accommodate a bigger star like Cruise, who doesn’t take smaller, supporting roles very often.
- James Garcia
Summit has been developing a Highlander reboot for years now but there were a few bumps in the road. Last year, the studio hired visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make Highlander his feature directorial debut. Now Summit has set their sights on their dream casting centerpiece: Tom Cruise. The Wrap reports the studio is courting Cruise to play the mentor role that Sean Connery took on in the 1986 film. Cruise is busy shooting crazy stunts for Mission: Impossible 5, so it's unclear if the in-demand actor is interested. A Cruise representative is direct that the actor is "far from talks" for Highlander: "He is offered tons of projects." At the very least, this suggests Summit has higher aspirations for the property than I would have guessed. If they do land Cruise, I picture the rest of the casting falling into place sooner than later so Summit can rachet up the development process. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The project emerged first as a spec script by Joe Gazzam, which became the object of a financial tug of war between studios last February. Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti have been tasked with handling the film for Sony, and they’ll work alongside producers Neal H. Moritz and Hernany Perla.
Plot details are scarce at the moment, but Anderson’s involvement indicates that the script impressed the well-respected director. His past projects include Halle Berry thriller The Call, star-studded period mystery-thriller Stonehearst Asylum and episodes of acclaimed series like The Killing, Boardwalk Empire, Fringe, The Wire and Treme.
No casting has yet been announced, though Sony will likely be searching for a bankable, already established action star who can carry the pic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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