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The studio is hoping to start production next May. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down) is in talks to helm the movie, and according to Deadline, is close to signing a deal. As was previously reported, Will Smith is not coming back for the sequel. Other casting will begin as soon as Emmerich is officially signed on.
The sequel will hit theaters nearly 20 years after the original. It'll be interested to see how the studio and director give this old story a new spin, and without Smith as the star. »
- Laura Frances
Folks, we have good news and bad news. Independence Day 2 is definitely going to happen. Yeah! But Will Smith isn.t going to return. Boo. Deadline have confirmed that the head-honchos over at 20th Century Fox have finally given the go-ahead to the blockbuster disaster sequel. In fact they have even earmarked when production on the film will finally get under way too. They want shooting to start in May. But who is going to return for the action extravaganza then? Roland Emmerich will once again be directing. He even gave the first draft of the screenplay a whirl alongside Dean Devlin. It was then handed to James Vanderbilt who sprinkled in some of the screenwriting genius that made Zodiac and The Amazing Spider-Man so compelling. However 20th Century Fox still had some issues; so, Carter Blanchard did another draft, which was finally approved by the studio. Other than that »
Just one month after 20th Century Fox moved Independence Day 2 from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016, the studio has finally given the green light for this sequel to move forward. Production is scheduled to begin in May 2015, with the studio now trying to close director Roland Emmerich's deal. We reported in February that Independence Day star Will Smith is not returning as Stephen Hiller.
There had previously been speculation that there may actually be two sequels shot back-to-back, but that isn't happening any more, with 20th Century Fox only giving the green light for one film. Casting will begin after the studio finalizes Roland Emmerich's directing deal, although no story details have been given. Original Independence Day star Jeff Goldblum revealed last month that his character David Levinson is in the most recent script.
Ever since Independence Day owned the summer box office in 1996 fans of the film have been wondering when a sequel might happen, and today, Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has finally given the green light to Independence Day 2. The studio still has to hash out the details before director Roland Emmerich is officially onboard, but that's probably just a formality. Production on the sequel will begin in May. It'll give the film a good shot of making its pre-announced June 24, 2016 release date, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the original film. An inside source has told Deadline that Fox only gave a green light for a single film. That may surprise some as Emmerich has previously mentioned doing a trilogy and shooting two films back-to-back. The screenplay was written by Carter Blanchard, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, and screenwriter James Vanderbilt provided the final polish. Over the »
Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of »
- Brad Brevet
Based on Saroo Brierley's "A Long Way Home," the story follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia. Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake") is attached to helm the film while Luke Davies penned the script. [Source: THR]
Zeta-Jones stars as the late Griselda Blanco, who instigated and fueled many of the Miami drug wars that took place during the late 70s and 80s. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »
- C. Molly Smith
Bruce Greenwood has joined the cast of Truth, James Vanderbilt's story of Dan Rather’s fall from grace. The movie stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather’s producer, and is currently shooting in Australia. Vanderbilt wrote the script and is making his directorial debut. Greenwood will play Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, the man who ultimately fires Mapes. The movie is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. It tells of the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush
- Borys Kit
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and director James Vanderbilt have hit Sydney for the start of production on the “Rathergate” biopic Truth, which is scheduled for eight week shoot here over the Australian spring. Nsw arts minister Troy Grant said the film is expected to spend more than $9.6 million (Aus $11 million) in direct production expenditure in the state and create 208 jobs both in front of and behind the camera. The Nsw state government has provided incentives to Truth producers through its Nsw Trade & Investment's State Investment Attraction Scheme. In Truth, based on Mary Mapes’ memoir, Truth
- Pip Bulbeck
The decision to shoot in Sydney, New South Wales, for eight weeks was announced by Nsw deputy premier and minister for the arts Troy Grant.
The Nsw government helped secure the production with finance from its Nsw Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
A substantial amount of post- production work will also be conducted in the state, and Grant said that the movie would benefit the state to the tune of more than A$11 million.
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
- Patrick Frater
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
He may have missed that Oscar nomination in January for "Bob on a Boat" — aka, "All is Lost" — but Robert Redford will be collecting some more hardware this year after all. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the 77-year-old industry legend will be honored at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala. The event, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, will celebrate Redford's long and distinguished filmmaking career, as well as his work as an environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute. Notable recipients of the award — which was first presented in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin — include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese. "The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award," Fslc Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum said. "Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Longtime 20th Century Fox exec Chris Goldberg is joining Sony Pictures’ Studio 8 as a development executive. Also officially coming aboard is Jon Silk, formerly of James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis’ Mythology Entertainment. Goldberg will report to boss Jeff Robinov and he and Silk are the second and third creative hires at the new shingle joining Robert Brassel, the former WB exec who became the new outfit’s first hire.
Goldberg was Director Of Literary Affairs at Fox and worked in the New York office scouting books for the feature film divisions including Gone Girl and The Fault In Our Stars and the upcoming The Martian being directed by Ridley Scott. Goldberg moved to La last year.
- The Deadline Team
The long-awaited sequel Independence Day 2 is finally be coming to fruition, with actor Jeff Goldblum revealing that his Independence Day character David Levinson has been written into the script, with a draft finally being turned in to the studio.
"I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they've been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon."
The actor revealed in February that he was excited for the project and anxious to see what they put together in the screenplay. We also reported earlier in February that original Independence Day star Will Smith passed on the project, »
Last year at this time, 20th Century Fox decided to set a July 1st, 2015 release date for Independence Day 2. At the time, it seemed a bit optimistic seeing as though the sequel's script was still being being worked on by screenwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"). He was actually working on two scripts, one that included Will Smith's character and one that did not. We would later find out that Will Smith officially passed on the sequel. At least the original director, Roland Emmerich, and his producing partner, Dean Devlin, are back, and it sounds like Jeff Goldblum ("The Fly") we'll be back as tech savvy and irritating environmentalist 'David Levinson.' Time: It seems like there’s been a lot going around in the last few months about potential sequels for Jurassic Park and Independence Day, so I was wondering whether those were things that you’d »
“Talking Tom and Friends” may soon be chatting away at the multiplex.
Mythology Entertainment (“White House Down”) has inked a deal with developer Outfit7 to adapt its popular mobile apps into a movie. The film could take the form of a fully animated or live action-animated hybrid.
Introduced four years ago, the first app, “Talking Tom,” featured a cat that responded to gestures made on smartphone or tablet screens, and could animate voice recordings.
Since then, the app has expanded to offer up different animals, and spun off an animated web series, “Taking Friends,” that streams on Disney’s YouTube channel and other networks, as well as launched a merchandise line.
The family friendly app has encouraged users to upload more than 1.8 million individual interactions with the characters, generating more than 35 million views each month on YouTube. The franchise’s official YouTube channels have 1.7 million subscribers combined.
The expansion onto »
- Marc Graser
"Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden has signed on to join Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos in James Watkins' action-thriller "Bastille Day" at Focus Features. No word on which character he will play.
The story follows a rogue CIA agent who sets out to apprehend and quietly dispatch an American man in Paris, a man linked to an attack on the metro system. The agent soon discovers the American is innocent and he may be the only link to the actual person responsible. [Source: Variety]
The true story tale follows the developing relationship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. [Source: Allocine]
- Garth Franklin
• Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the true story crime biopic The Godmother about Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes) is directing the Oscar winner as one of the most fearsome figures in the Miami drug wars of the '70s and '80s who was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012 after serving 18 years in prison. Filming will begin early next year with a script by Frank Baldwin. [Deadline] • Erica Bana has joined the ensemble of Disney's The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm). Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected Coast »
- Jake Perlman
Tony Award winner and Emmy nominee John Benjamin Hickey has joined the high-profile cast of Truth, the story of Dan Rather’s fall from grace. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his directorial debut with the film, which stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather’s producer. Truth is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. It tells of the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam
- Borys Kit
EW has confirmed that Dennis Quaid has been cast in Truth, the drama pic that depicts Dan Rather's fall from grace at CBS when he infamously reported a damaging report on George W. Bush that turned out to be false. Deadline first reported the news of Quaid's casting. Quaid will play Colonel Roger Charles and joins a cast that includes Robert Redford, who will be playing Dan Rather; Cate Blanchett, who will be playing 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes; and Elisabeth Moss. James Vanderbilt will direct and write the project, which is currently in pre-production. »
- Teresa Jue
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