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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. »
Fan art by nebezial
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 […]
The post ‘Masters of the Universe:’ Jeff Wadlow Re-Writing the Script appeared first on /Film. »
- 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
Back in February , it was revealed that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu had stepped away from the big screen version of Masters of the Universe , and then the hunt began to find a replacement. One of the names originally linked after Chu's departure was Jeff Wadlow of Kick-Ass 2 , and now, according to TheWrap , Wadlow has reportedly signed on to rewrite the script originally penned by Terry Rossio, who co-wrote The Lone Ranger . A previous report from Schmoes Know had pegged Wadlow as the director for the film as well. TheWrap notes Wadlow is still in contention, along with I Origins director Mike Cahill, to helm the adaptation. Wadlow has also been tapped »
Jeff Wadlow is reported to have signed on for Masters of the Universe.
The Kick-Ass 2 director will take on Sony Pictures' He-Man film, according to Schmoes Know.
Wadlow was previously reported to be in the running for the Mattel adaptation.
Directors Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot) were also said to have been up for the project.
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
It is unclear how the film might affect Wadlow's involvement in 20th Century Fox's X-Force.
Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) is working on the script for the movie.
No details of Masters of the Universe's plot have been revealed. »
News Simon Brew 10 Apr 2014 - 06:21
The long in gestation big screen reboot of Masters Of The Universe might just be pressing ahead again, with news of a fresh director seemingly joining the project.
Previously, Masters Of The Universe had been set to be directed by Jon M Chu. However, the G.I. Joe 2 director dropped out last autumn, at around the time that Pirates Of The Caribbean co-scribe Terry Rossio came on to rework the screenplay.
Back in February, the shortlist of directors for the new Masters Of The Universe had apparently been whittled down to names such as Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid remake) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2). And now, Schmoes Know is reporting that Wadlow has got the job.
Wadlow had apparently been Fox's »
Update: THR has confirmed that Wadlow will be re-writing the film, and is not yet signed on to direct.
Sony has been trying to get a live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie made for quite a while now, but they hit a bit of a roadblock when Jon M. Chu exited the director’s chair to work on G.I. Joe 3 instead. He’s since turned his attention to another beloved animated series, Jem and the Holograms, leaving Sony no choice but to look for someone else to fill his shoes.
Back in February, a shortlist of directors emerged, which included The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones helmer Harald Zwart, Chris McKay (who will be directing the Lego Movie sequel), Another Earth director Make Cahill, and Jeff Wadlow, the man behind Kick-Ass 2.
According to Schmoes Know, the search is finally over as Sony has chosen Wadlow »
- James Garcia
According to The Schmoes' Phantom scooper, Jeff Wadlow has signed on to direct Sony's planned reboot of Masters Of The Universe. That's signed, sealed, delivered -- they reckon it's only a matter of time before this one hits the trades. Wadlow had been lined up by Fox to direct their X-Force movie, but obviously that doesn't look good if he's chosen to bring He-Man, Fisto, Ram-Man, and the rest of the slightly pornographically monikered heroes to the big screen. Previous versions of scripts have veered away from the original cartoon quite a bit, but we have no idea what type of story Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger) is currently working on. What do you think of this? Would you have preferred if Wadlow had stuck with X-Force? Is a Masters Of The Universe movie even a good idea in your opinion? »
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Sony Pictures and Escape Artists appear to be closing in on a director for their long-developing reboot of "Masters of the Universe". TheWrap reports the studio has narrowed the list of potential replacements for Jon M. Chu to just three candidates: Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid", "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), Chris McKay ("The Lego Movie" editor) and Mike Cahill ("Another Earth"). In development since at least 2003, the film is of course based on the popular Mattel toy line that’s served as a springboard for animated television series, comic books and the 1987 big-screen Dolph Lundgren vehicle. Terry Rossio ("Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Lone Ranger") wrote the most recent script. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
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