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Warner and Team Downey are moving forward with Yucatan, an epic tale based on Steve McQueen’s detailed 1,700 page treatment that was envisioned as a star-vehicle for him in the 1960’s and have tapped Pirates of the Caribbean scribe, Terry Rossio, to update McQueen’s vision as a potential star vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr.
Deadline reports that Rossio will use McQueen’s treatment, which envisioned a renegade salvage’s expert search for Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula, as a starting point for an updated mind-bending adventure story. Additional details are being kept under wraps. Regarding the announcement, Downey said the following:
“To imbue a McQueen project with a sense of how he might have made it nowadays is a challenge and a thrill. Rossio is more than a great writer, he’s the perfect fit to embrace the existential nature of the project with the action, story and characters that drive Yucatan. »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Four years after the Warner Bros. heist adventure Yucatan was first announced, the project is moving forward with screenwriter Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) coming aboard to re-write the script. Anthony Peckham was first set to write the script when Robert Downey Jr. attached himself to star in 2010.
The story is based on a massive 1,700-page movie treatment written by legendary actor Steve McQueen in the 1960s, which he was developing as a starring vehicle for himself. The treatment was discovered in two leather-bound trunks by the actor's son Chad McQueen in 2005, 25 years after his death in 1980. The original treatment followed a salvage expert (Robert Downey Jr.) and his search for lost Mayan treasure in the Yucatan peninsula. No details have been given for the updated story, but Terry Rossio and actor/producer Robert Downey Jr. are using the original premise as a »
Oscar-nominated scribe Terry Rossio ("The Mask of Zorro," "Deja Vu," "Pirates of the Caribbean") has come onboard Warner Bros. Pictures and Team Downey's action adventure "Yucatan" which is being shaped as a potential Robert Downey Jr, star vehicle.
Rossio and Downey Jr. are said to be using the original premise as a jumping-off point for a mind-bending adventure story. Rossio takes over from Anthony Peckham who previously had a go at the script.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has brought Oscar-nominated writer Terry Rossio on board to pen Yucutan for Robert Downey Jr. The original 1700-page treatment was written by Steve McQueen back in the 1960s and was originally envisioned as a star vehicle for himself. Obviously, that didn’t pan out and now, the studio is hoping to update it.
The original treatment is said to be a “jumping-off point” for what is being described as a “mind-bending adventure story,” but there’s no word yet on what Rossio has planned for the update. We do know, though, that in McQueen’s version, the initial premise followed “a renegade salvage expert on a quest to find a Mayan treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula.”
So, kind of like Indiana Jones meets Inception? Sounds good to me.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more on this very intriguing project, but for now, tell us, what do you think of Yucutan? »
- Matt Joseph
The first project under Robert Downey Jr.’s production banner Team Downey, the drama The Judge, was released earlier this year, and now another Team Downey film is moving closer to fruition. Deadline reports that screenwriter Terry Rossio has been tapped to pen the script for the Warner Bros. treasure hunt film Yucatan, which is based on an original idea by iconic actor Steve McQueen and is being developed as a star vehicle for Downey Jr. Rossio’s credits include co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as the animated features Shrek and Aladdin, so he’s got plenty of experience in the adventure realm. More on Yucatan after the jump. Steve McQueen was developing Yucatan as a star vehicle for himself in the late 1960s, and after his death a 1700-page treatment for the film was discovered in two leather-bound trunks. The original vision follows »
- Adam Chitwood
It's a long while since we've heard anything about Robert Downey Jr.'s in-development Yucatan, based on an unfilmed treatment by the late Steve McQueen. There's news of further progress this morning, however, with reports that Pirates Of The Caribbean writer Terry Rossio has been brought in for a new draft of the screenplay.Yucatan was a film that McQueen was actively developing in the late 1960s, but he never got it going before his untimely death in 1980. He filled over 1500 pages in a dozen notebooks, with script notes and storyboards detailing an underwater heist thriller. He'd have played the lead role of "a renegade deep sea salvage expert", hired to uncover a mysterious treasure horde buried deep underwater in the titular Mayan ruins.Warners have wanted to get the project up and running again since it was unearthed by McQueen's sons in 2005. McG and David Heyman were involved with previous incarnations, »
Earlier this year we say the first film from Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey, The Judge. Now another film under the banner is moving ahead as screenwriter and adventure aficionado Terry Rossio (the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean movies) is set to pen the script for the Warner Bros. treasure hunt film Yucatan. The movie is based on an original idea by legendary actor Steve McQueen and is being developed for Downey Jr. to star. Back in the 1960s McQueen was developing Yucatan »
- Graham McMorrow
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »
- Max Molinaro
He was courted for the role of a pirate in the last year – that would be Blackbeard in Pan, which ultimately went to Hugh Jackman – but someone else clearly thinks Javier Bardem would make a malicious mariner. The actor is in talks to be the villain in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tells No Tales.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem’s only at an early stage of discussions for the role, so he may not end up taking it. The film itself is still cloudy, but he’s apparently circling the part of a ghostly pirate captain who holds Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow responsible for the death of his brother and is on the hunt for a supernatural McGuffin to help his quest.If Bardem takes the role, he'll be following his missus, Penelope Cruz, into the world of the pirates after her role in On Stranger Tides. »
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Sony’s Masters of the Universe remake is getting a rewrite. Jeff Wadlow, writer and director of Kick-Ass 2, has been brought on board to do a rewrite on the script based on the ‘80s animated series, which was awesome. Kick-Ass 2 was not so awesome, so I’m not sure how to take this news.
I used to watch the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe every year on Christmas Eve, but it’s been so long that all I remember is Skeletor falling at the end of the final battle. (I guess that was a spoiler. Sorry.) The animated series is more engrained in my memory, and I spent a lot of time playing He-Man and She-Ra when I was a kid. In other words, don’t eff up my childhood memories, Wadlow.
The most recent draft of the script was written by Terry Rossio, »
- Mily Dunbar
Sony looks to have kick-started movement on its proposed Masters Of The Universe reboot, with Jeff Wadlow signing up to write a new version of the script. Previously penned by Terry Rossio, the project has been in a state of flux ever since director Jon M. Chu jumped ship last year, but Sony looks to be keen to get things up and running once more. According to THR’s report, Wadlow has not been offered a deal to direct the film at this stage, but the possibility remains open further down the track. In the meantime, Sony will be...
- George Wales
Jeff Wadlow, coming off directing Kick-Ass 2 and writing an X-Force movie for 20th Century Fox is now taking up the chance to go to Eternia for Sony and work on the script for Masters of the Universe.
Previously, Jon Chu was attached to direct a Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) script, but Chu is very publicly tied up in another 80s toy cartoon adaptation Jem and the Holograms for Hasbro. This being a Mattel cartoon, well…
Prince Adam. I Have The Power! Seo out.
Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has […]
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- Russ Fischer
Ever since Jon M. Chu dropped out of directing Masters of the Universe back in October, Universal Pictures has been looking for the right filmmaker to take his place, with a number of directors reportedly in contention. Today, we have word that Jeff Wadlow, who wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, has signed on to rewrite the script and possibly direct.
The filmmaker was mentioned in February as one of the many contenders for this coveted job, including Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie but has never directed a feature before.
Jeff Wadlow's deal is only to write the script at this time, he could still end up directing the feature. While many are wondering who will direct Masters of the Universe, sources claim that the story is still far from ready, »
The story follows the warrior Prince Adam — who becomes He-Man and battles Skeletor, the main villain.
Wadlow is repped by Wme.
- Dave McNary
The Masters of the Universe movie still doesn’t have a director, but it does have a new writer. Sony has been developing a reboot of the Mattel adaptation for a few years now, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu previously attached to take the helm. Chu subsequently departed the project later last year as Pirates of the Caribbean co-writer Terry Rossio came aboard to rewrite the screenplay, but apparently the project still has a significant amount of development left to go, as Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow has now signed on to do another rewrite of the script. Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Wadlow taking the helm. Per THR, Wadlow does not have a deal to direct Masters of the Universe at this time, but it remains a possibility down the road. For now, he’ll focus on shaping the screenplay with »
- Adam Chitwood
Yesterday, a source for Schmoes Know.com reported that Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2") had signed on to direct Sony's He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe live-action reboot. Today, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Wadlow has been brought in, but only to rewrite the script, originally penned by Terry Rossio (“The Lone Ranger”). Jeff Wadlow has come aboard to rewrite Masters of the Universe, Columbia’s big-screen adaptation of the popular 1980s Mattel toyline. At this stage, Wadlow, who wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, does not have a deal to direct, although that remains a possibility down the road, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Wadlow, wrote and directed last year's Kick-Ass 2, and had been working on 20th Century Fox's X-Force film. This recent hiring may mean plans for an X-Force are being shelved. Wadlow may not be the director just yet, but Sony needs to find a replacement for Jon M. Chu, »
Jeff Wadlow has closed a deal to rewrite “Masters of the Universe” for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned. Wadlow recently directed “Kick-Ass 2” and is among the frontrunners to direct Sony's long-gestating He-Man movie along with Mike Cahill (“I Origins”), though no one is attached at this time. Also read: He-Man Film ‘Masters of the Universe’ Director Short-List Includes ‘Lego Movie’ Editor (Exclusive) Jon M. Chu was previously attached to direct the film, which is based on the classic 1980s animated TV series. Terry Rossio (“The Lone Ranger”) wrote the previous draft of “Masters of the Universe, »
- Jeff Sneider
According to Schmoes Know, Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow has taken on directing duties on Sony’s long-gestating live-action Masters of the Universe reboot, filling the space in the director’s chair vacated by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Wadlow has recently penned the script for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off X-Force, and should this He-Man rumour prove true, it would seem that Fox will need to find another director to bring Cable, Deadpool and company to the screen.
Sony has been developing Masters since 2009, and in 2010 the studio hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a script, which was entitled Greyskull. The script has subsequently been rewritten by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), while the likes of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Kirk DeMicco »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars Last week, rumors began circulating that J.J. Abrams might be revisiting some of the classic environments of the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII, namely the ice planet Hoth and the desert planet Tatooine. Now, THR is adding some weight to at least half of that rumor by reporting that a "source" inside the production has revealed that Abrams is building a "re-creation of Tatooine." Abrams is a self-avowed devotee of the original movies and the entire Skywalker storyline revolves around the desert planet so this seems like one slam-dunk of a rumor.
Far less certain is the recent rumor that a virtual unknown has landed a major role in the new trilogy. Again, THR is out in front of this rumor, placing Oxford-educated actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers "in line to nab" a key role, possibly as the Jedi daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. So far, the »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
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