10 items from 2015
ABC Family is developing Sketchy, a drama series based on Olivia Samms’ young-adult novels The Bea Catcher Chronicles. Samms will write the TV adaptation for Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. A crime procedural with a supernatural twist, Sketchy follows Bea Washington, an edgy, rebellious 18-year-old with a “skill” in which she can draw the truth out of people — literally. Shocked by what she sketches while observing the latest victim of a series of assaults on young… »
Just seven months after Warner Bros. picked up the long-gestating video game adaptation Space Invaders, the studio has brought on screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds) to write the screenplay. No story details have been released, but Daniel Kunka seems like a prime candidate to craft a story based on a video game with no narrative. The writer landed on The Black List last year with his screenplay entitled Yellowstone Falls, a 52-page, dialogue-free script that follows a mother wolf who must defend her cubs against mutated humans, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.
Tory Tunnell (Trumbo) and Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) will produce through their Weed Road Pictures company, with Akiva Goldsman (Winter's Tale) slated to executive produce. The original video game centered on one lone gunman trying to stave off a massive alien invasion, although the archaic game did not include any back story as to why the »
Based on the DC comicbook, the story centers on the team of supervillains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.
Hardy fell out in January for unknown reasons, and Warners worked quickly to find his replacement in order to meet the start of production. The studio has long viewed this project as the “Ocean’s Eleven” of comicbook movies and has been looking to load up the roster with top-tier talent.
The film is set to bow Aug. 5, 2016.
Kinnaman beat out several actors for the role, which »
- Justin Kroll
It could take several months at the minimum before the post-Pascal priorities come into focus. And of course much depends on who her successor turns out to be. If Pascal’s top lieutenant, SPE Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad, gets the gig as many expect, there could be minimal changes to the line-up.
Pascal will remain in place through May, at which point she will segue to a producing deal at Sony. Besides Belgrad, other possible replacements from within are former Fox studio chief Tom Rothman, who runs TriStar Pictures; and Columbia Pictures Production President Michael De Luca, who »
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
As the European Film Market approaches, Atlas Independent has set Noam Murro to helm Blink, the 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Murro, who recently directed Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire, is gearing up for a summer production start. Highland Film Group is launching international sales next week in Berlin.
Perla’s story centers on a man left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. Years later, he is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he must outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Jake Kurily of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment.
An eight-time DGA Award nominated commercials director, Murro made his feature debut with 2009’s Smart People. He is repped by CAA and Management 360. Perla is exec producing Sony’s action thriller Shadow Run and »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Chances of survival are slim for the team of villains known as the Suicide Squad in the upcoming film of the same name. They have already lost one of their own, though it’s not due to the story’s high stakes. It’s been revealed that Tom Hardy has departed from Suicide Squad, with another big name rumored to replace him. And on the Marvel movie news front, Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed for Captain America: Civil War.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hardy will no longer co-star in Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts. Hardy was lined up to play Rick Flag, the Suicide Squad team leader with a military background. It’s believed that Jake Gyllenhaal has been offered the chance to play the vacated role, but no official deals have been made. As shown below, the movie still retains a star-studded lineup:
Jared Leto as The Joker, »
- Derek Anderson
Hardy’s departure was due to a tight schedule. He’s currently shooting Western drama “The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with Leonardo DiCaprio also starring, and he’s committed to a publicity tour for Warner’s upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which opens May 15.
- Dave McNary
Jake Gyllenhaal may not have received an Oscar nomination for “Nightcrawler” on Thursday but he could still end the day with a win, as David Ayer is courting his “End of Watch” star to replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in “Suicide Squad,” multiple individuals familiar with the comic book project have told TheWrap.
Warner Bros. had no comment, while a representative for Gyllenhaal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Jeff Sneider
Sneak Peek more new teaser posters, plus the 'orc' named 'Orgrim', from writer/director Duncan Jones' upcoming 3D fantasy feature "Warcraft", based on the Blizzard Entertainment "World Of Warcraft" video game series:
"...'Warcraft' follows the origins of the of the initial encounters between humans and 'orcs', with an emphasis on the 'Alliance' and the 'Horde' sides of their conflict...
"...including characters 'Durotan' and 'Lothar', set in a variety of locations first established in the video game series..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Warcraft" ...
- Michael Stevens
Two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis is nearing a multi-picture deal to play Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics Universe, starting with a key supporting role in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap, which reported on Dec. 2 that the actress was being considered for the coveted role.
Warner Bros. had no comment, while representatives for Davis did not respond to multiple requests for comment over the past week.
- Jeff Sneider
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