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Stranger Things Director Shawn Levy in Talks To Helm a Sci-Fi Film Described as Stand By Me Set on The Moon

Stranger Things producer and director Shawn Levy is looking to team up with Fox on a new sci-fi film project called Crater. According to Variety, the film is a "coming-of-age story in the vein of Stand By Me, set on a moon colony." Color me intrigued!

The spec script, which was voted #1 on the Tracking Board’s 2015 Hit List and was #5 on the 2015 Black List, was written by John J. Griffin. This is the description of the story that was released:

After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

I love what I'm hearing and this seems like it would be an awesome project for Shawn Levy to take on! Sounds like the kind of film that he could also cast
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Stranger Things director Shawn Levy helming sci-fi Crater

Now that the Upside Down is temporarily closed, Stranger Things director Shawn Levy has a new project coming up. Tracking Board has reported 20th Century Fox has picked up the sci-fi film Crater with Levy producing and directing the film.

Crater is written by John J. Griffin, making his screenwriting debut. The film is described as a coming of age story set on the moon. It follows a young boy who lives in a lunar mining colony, but after the death of the boy’s father, he and his four best friends decide to make a trek to explore a mysterious crater before he is permanently relocated to a different planet.

Levy will produce Crater through his 21 Laps banner with Dan Levine and visual effects supervisor Rpin Suwannath. Suwannath also developed the idea with Griffin. In the meantime, Levy is developing a live action Uncharted film with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland
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Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec ‘Crater’ (Exclusive)

Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec ‘Crater’ (Exclusive)
Fox has bought the spec script “Crater” by John J. Griffin with Shawn Levy in talks to direct. Levy will produce along with 21 Laps’ Dan Levine.

Crater” is described as a coming-of-age story in the vein of “Stand By Me,” set on a moon colony. After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

VFX vet Rpin Suwannath, who will now exec produce, originally conceived the idea and was paired with Griffin by their Wme reps to construct the story. Once the script was solid, it wasn’t long before it was put in front of Levy and 21 Laps, who quickly signed on to produce and came to Fox with the idea that it would be developed as a directing vehicle for Levy.

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Gael Garcia Bernal Is the New Zorro

Gael Garcia Bernal Is the New Zorro
Back in February, we reported that Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron had come aboard to write and direct a new Zorro reboot, simply titled Z, which will be produced by Lantica Media and Sobini Films. Today, we have word that the filmmaker has found his leading man in Gael Garcia Bernal, who starred in the director's new film Desierto, slated for release sometime later this year. Production on Z is being eyed to start this fall at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.

Deadline reports that the project will be financed by Lantica Media and sold to international distributors by Pantelion Films at the upcoming Cannes film market. While no specific details were given, this report reveals that the story is set in the near future and offers a re-imagined take on the iconic character. Here's what producer Mark Amin had to say about the casting in a statement.

"I have always loved Gael for this role.
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Post-Apocalyptic Zorro Reborn Finds New Backing

Post-Apocalyptic Zorro Reborn Finds New Backing
Finding a new take on the Zorro story has been confounding Hollywood for a while now. Most recently, it looked like 20th Century Fox might have cracked it, but despite seemingly casting Gael Garcia Bernal as the masked hero, nothing really went forward. Now, the rights have switched to Lantica Media and Sobini Films, who are on the hunt for a new director.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan is still to set the film in an apocalyptic future (probably an even more dangerous place since Mad Max: Fury Road blew the competition out of the water), where Zorro is, as usual, helping the innocent and tackling tyrants, but with a sci-fi flavour. While such filmmakers as Bryan Singer, Ricardo de Montreuil, Rpin Suwannath, Gary Whitta and Justin Marks have tried to bring it to life, the new Zorro has remained steadfastly in limbo. Apparently the new producers, including Sobini boss Mark Amin,
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'Zorro' Post-Apocalyptic Reboot Begins Shooting in 2016

'Zorro' Post-Apocalyptic Reboot Begins Shooting in 2016
After languishing in development at 20th Century Fox for years, the post-apocalyptic project Zorro Reborn is moving forward once again, thanks to a new partnership with Lantica Media and Sobini Films. Lantica will provide the financing, with production to begin in March 2016 at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, with Mark Amin (Stonehearst Asylum) set to produce. Heat Vision Blog reports that the studios are currently searching for a filmmaker to take on this project.

Zorro Reborn was first in development at 20th Century Fox back in 2011, with pre-visualization specialist Rpin Suwannath then set to make his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who would go on to create the Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Gael Garc&#237a Bernal was in talks to star back in 2012, but a deal never materialized. Over the years, filmmakers such as Bryan Singer, Ricardo de Montreuil, Gary Whitta and Justin Marks were attached.
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That Post-Apocalyptic Zorro Movie Might Still Happen!

Here's something weird. Back in 2011 we reported that Zorro would be getting a post-apocalyptic reboot called "Zorro Reborn". That project was to be helmed by Rpin Suwannath, a previz guy who worked on X-Men, The Matrix and Chronicles of Narnia movies.

At that time, the script for "Zorro Reborn" was penned by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the guys behind the Dracula reboot "Harker".

Well here we are again! THR are reporting that Zorro Reborn has found new life with a partnership between Lantica Media and Sobini Films.

Lantica has come [Continued ...]
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'Hook' Star Dante Basco Developing Prequel on His Character Rufio?!

Since the Steven Spielberg adventure Hook was already a sequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan, you might expect that a return to Neverland over 20 years later with Robin Williams and maybe even Dustin Hoffman reprising their roles would be in the cards. Instead, Crave Online has word from actor Dante Basco, who played the lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude, Rufio, is in the middle of developing a prequel that follows that very character. Basco, who is now 36-years old, will not be reprising his role, but as a producer he's already locked down Rpin Suwannath, who was once rebooting Zorro, lined up to direct. Basco told Crave briefly: "Actually there’s a film in development, the Rufio film, where a hotshot group of kids from the East Coast graduated and they wrote this whole script, the prequel to Hook and it’s the Rufio story.
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Gael Garcia Bernal is Zorro in Zorro Reborn Reboot

About a year ago, we learned that 20th Century Fox was planning to reboot the "Zorro" franchise with a film called "Zorro Reborn." Now comes word that the studio has hired Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel) to star as the title character. The new movie will take Zorro out of his California or Mexico setting, and place him into a desolate and post-apocalyptic future. He will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that's similar in tone to "No Country for Old Men." Glenn Gers (Fracture) wrote the script for "Zorro Reborn," which is now seeing a director. Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization specialist who worked on a number of the "X-Men," "Matrix" and "Chronicles of Narnia" movies, was set to helm, but has since dropped out.
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Casting notes: Gael Garcia Bernal to star in Zorro Reborn, Smallville's Kristin Kreuk in Beauty and the Beast

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is to star in 20th Century Fox's reboot Zorro Reborn, set this time in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

As we previously reported, the project will see Zorro as a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge - rather than a masked crusader fighting for justice - in a tale that will have echoes of Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men.

Bernal appears with Will Ferrell in the upcoming Spanish comedy Casa de mi Padre and with Kate Hudson in A Little Bit of Heaven.

Glenn Gers wrote the script with Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Variety's report says no director has yet been hired, despite earlier suggestions that concept artist Rpin Suwannath was to make his debut in the hotseat.

Sony, which released two Zorro films starring Antonio Banderas, is developing its own origin story about the swashbuckling hero based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel Zorro.
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Gael Garcia Bernal Lands Title Role in Post-Apocalyptic Reboot Zorro Reborn

20th Century Fox has found it's lead for the upcoming, futuristic revenge tale that will retool the longstanding Spanish hero recently played on screen by Antonio Banderas. Rpin Suwannath, known for performing the pre-visualization work on such film series as X-Men, The Matrix, and The Chronicles of Narnia, was previously direct the tentatively titled Zorro Reborn but has since left the project. The studio is still seeking a director. It's now been revealed that Gael Garcia Bernal is Fox's choice to play the masked vigilante in the film which will take the classic Spanish hero and re-imagine it as a post-apocalyptic story that won't be set in either. California or Mexico Green Lantern director Martin Campbell was the last to give a cinematic try at the franchise with 2005's The Legend of...
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Gael Garcia Bernal Is "Zorro Reborn"

Gael Garcia Bernal ("Y Tu Mama Tambien," "The Motorcycle Diaries") is looking like the actor set to star in the sci-fi re-imagining "Zorro Reborn" for 20th Century Fox reports Variety.

This rather different take on the legend of Zorro shifts him out of the Spanish colonial era of California in which he was set and into a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland. The character will be fuelled more by vengeance than justice.

Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy ("Harker") are penning the script. Pre-viz whiz Rpin Suwannath was linked to direct but no longer. Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff and David Higgins will produce.

The project is not to be confused with the "Zorro" reboot over at Sony Pictures based on Chilean author Isabel Allende's 2005 novel.
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Gael Garcia Bernal is ‘Zorro Reborn’ in Futurstic Reboot of the Masked Avenger

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will lead “Zorro Reborn”, 20th Century Fox’s futuristic reboot of the famed masked sword-wielding Spanish avenger.

The B-movie style adaptation will surprisingly not be set in Mexico or California and will instead adopt a desolate & post-apocalyptic setting as a ‘one-man vigilante force bent on revenge seeking’. Revenge on who or what or even what the catalyst was for Armageddon is anyone’s guess but we are told the proposed movie would be part Sergio Leone Western/part No Country For Old Men.

The rather desperate sounding tentpole comes from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the writers behind the Dracula re-imagining movie Harker at WB which Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra is to helm; a King Arthur reboot titled Pendragon; and a re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo that would be set in the London underworld titled Once Upon A Time In Hell and it
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Gael Garcia Bernal Is Fox’s ‘Zorro’

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Remember Fox’s futuristic reboot of Zorro? Well, in that case: Fox is doing a futuristic reboot of Zorro, entitled Zorro Reborn, which takes the classic character and places him in a post-apocalyptic setting, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Harker writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy fashioned the script with Glenn Gers (Fracture), one that casts Zorro as “less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge.” We learned this ten months ago; we now have a major development.

Variety now tells us that Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También star Gael García Bernal will be taking up the sword, cape and mask for Fox as the studio seeks a director. (Back in April, visual effects artist Rpin Suwannath was wanted for the job. That must have not panned out.) But, although not having someone behind the camera is obviously an issue
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Gael Garcia Bernal to Play Zorro in Futuristic 'Zorro Reborn' Reboot

Back in April of last year the Los Angeles Times report 20th Century Fox was looking to bring back Zorro after Antonio Banderas played the character in two films for Columbia Pictures. The only thing was, this wasn't the Zorro we're used to. The film is titled Zorro Reborn and apparently instead of a period piece the film will remain a western, but will be set in a desolate and post-apocalyptic future with echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men. At the time that news surfaced the film was expected to be directed by pre-vis specialist Rpin Suwannath (X-Men, The Matrix) with a script from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Now, Suwannath is no longer attached, Glenn Gers (Fracture) did a rewrite of the script and Variety reports Gael Garcia Bernal will suit up in the lead role. Fox did not confirm the news and has
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Gael Garcia Bernal Makes His Mark as New 'Zorro'

Gael Garcia Bernal better start practicing making a "Z" with a sword.

The "Science of Sleep" star will play the legendary masked avenger in 20th Century Fox's futuristic take on the character, "Zorro Reborn," according to Variety.

"Zorro Reborn" was first announced in April of last year, with Fox moving the action to some place other than California or Mexico -- and to some other time as well, as this Zorro will be a masked vigilante hell-bent on revenge as he traverses a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

"Mad Zorro," anyone?

Fox's "Reborn" is not related in any way to Sony's double-bill of "Zorro" films starring Antonio Banderas, "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) and "The Legend of Zorro" (2005). Sony is reportedly planning its own new "Zorro" project, which will be -- not surprisingly -- a prequel/origin story.

"Zorro Reborn" was originally going to be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization specialist who worked
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Gael Garcia Bernal Is Your New Zorro

Gael Garcia Bernal Is Your New Zorro
Last April, rumours began to spread that 20th Century Fox had its eye on an ambitious new take on the Zorro legend, with post-apocalyptic version Zorro Reborn bubbling away in development. Now it’s closer to reality, with Gael Garcia Bernal anointed to take over the trademark sword-swishing duties.Since it’s set in The World Of Tomorrow, it’ll be a change from the usual Californian / Mexican setting, though the ruined world concept does suggest that a lot of desert will still be involved. Still, Bernal’s Zorro will still be a masked vigilante out for revenge.Against whom? That is still shrouded – or perhaps that should be cloaked, given the character – in mystery. What we do know is that Glenn Gers has taken a pass at the script originally written by Harker scribes Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.But though pre-vis specialist and spellcheck nemesis Rpin Suwannath was
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Another Zorro Reboot in the Works

Looks like Zorro is heading back to the big screen, and this time around, it will not be Antonio Banderas behind the mask. According to Deadline, Sony is in the process of setting up another re-imagining of the Spanish outlaw based on the 2005 novel Zorro by Isabel Allende. The book is an origin story that is also written as a mock biography, apparently treating the character as a real historical figure, and even making reference to many existing stories including the last feature film The Mask of Zorro. Does this mean the movie will be shot as a mockumentary? Probably not, but it might be a cool idea. At any rate, Sony is insisting that since it is based on this book, it will Not be a remake. Of course it won't. Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to pen the script, taking them out of their
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New Zorro reboot to take place in a post apocalyptic future

Well here's some weird news. The La Times's 24Frames blog is reporting that everyone's favourite masked avenger, Zorro, will be heading to "a desolate and post-apocalyptic future" near you.

According to "a person familiar with the film" the the new film, called Zorro Reborn, "will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men.

The Zorro reboot is to be the feature film debut of Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization guy who's apparently worked on X-Men, The Matrix and Chronicles of Narnia movies.

The script for "Zorro Reborn" is done and was penned by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the guys behind the Dracula reboot "Harker".

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

Interesting no?
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Zorro to go to the future in Zorro Reborn

Zorro to go to the future in Zorro Reborn
Here’s some interesting news: according to The Los Angeles Times, Twentieth Century Fox is developing a new “Zorro” film that will take the character out of his historical Mexico or California setting called “Zorro Reborn”. “Zorro Reborn” will have the character living in the future. But not any future–he’ll be living in a desolate, dystopian future in which he’ll be the lone vigilante fueled by revenge in western story that has tinges of both “No Country for Old Men” and Sergio Leone films. The movie will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization specialist who has worked on films such as the “X-Men”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and “Matrix” films....
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