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The Crow Remake Begins Shooting This January with Jason Momoa

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The Crow Remake Begins Shooting This January with Jason Momoa
With Jason Momoa now locked in to play Eric Draven in the long-delayed reboot of The Crow, Relativity Media is eyeing a production start date for this coming January. The studio, which is rebounding from its bankruptcy proceedings, doesn't have a release date set at this time. However, if they can get production started on time this January, it will mark the end of a string of struggles for this project, which has been in various stages of development and/or pre-production for the past six years.

This Crow reboot first came to light back in February 2010, when filmmaker Stephen Norrington (Blade) came aboard to write the script and direct for producer Edward Pressman. Mark Wahlberg was being eyed to star, but Stephen Norrington left the project a few months later. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and star Bradley Cooper were later attached, followed by director F. Javier Gutierrez and star Luke Evans,
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Original 'Crow' Director Thinks the Remake Is a Bad Idea

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Original 'Crow' Director Thinks the Remake Is a Bad Idea
Back in November, it was revealed that the long-awaited remake of The Crow will finally start shooting this spring, after Relativity Media emerges from its bankruptcy proceedings. Director Corin Hardy is on board to direct, although the project still hasn't cast its lead character Eric Draven quite yet. While we wait for more updates on this project, Alex Proyas, who directed the original 1994 classic The Crow, chimed in with his thoughts on the reboot, while promoting his new movie Gods of Egypt with Collider. Here's what he had to say below.

"I personally feel like it's kind of unnecessary. I've said this many times, I've completed the original movie to honor Brandon and that's the sole reason I did it. I'm happy I did it for that reason. I sort of feel like it's his legacy and I personally don't have a lot of time for people trying to reignite that movie in other ways.
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Sony’s Descender adaptation finds a screenwriter

Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s comic book series Descender has found a screenwriter, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Jesse Wigutow has signed on to write the script. Wigutow has previously worked on the aborted Tron sequel, along with Relativity’s remake of The Crow, and is currently putting the finishing touches to another comic book adaptation, penning Universal’s adaptation of Brian Michael BendisFire.

Published by Image Comics, Descender “tells of a time where anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed. On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called Tim-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it’s believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy. Tim-21 bands with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions and goes on the run from one exotic planet to the next,
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Sony Hires Writer for Decender Film Adaptation

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter Jesse Wigutow to pen the script for "Decender", based on the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire. Josh Bratman from Immersive Pictures will produce the film with Lemire set as Executive Producer along with co-creator and artist of the series, David Nguyen. Sony Pictures picked up the rights to the graphic novel almost a year ago.

From The Hollywood Reporter, the plot for "Decender" reads:

"A space opera tells where in the distant future anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed. On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called Tim-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it’s believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy. Tim-21 bands with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions and goes on the run from one exotic planet to the next,
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Wigutow To Pen "Descender" Adaptation

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Jesse Wigutow has been tapped to pen the film adaptation of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's sci-fi comic "Descender" at Sony Pictures.

A space opera, the story is set in a time where anything android, robotic or with artificial intelligence is hunted down by bounty hunters and destroyed.

On a distant mining colony, one self-aware and extremely lifelike robot called Tim-21 becomes the target of a galaxy-wide pursuit when it's believed he may hold the key to the destruction of the galaxy.

Tim-21 joins a rag-tag group running from one exotic planet to the next. Lemire and Josh Bratman will produce the film.

Wigutow has become a much in demand scribe whose work really hasn't hit screens yet. In recent times he re-wrote the currently in production "Bad Santa 2," just finished adapting Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel "Fire," and previously did script work on the proposed "Tron: Legacy" sequel,
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Tron Scribe Jesse Wigutow Inks Deal With Sony To Adapt Sci-Fi Comic Descender

Sony Pictures has tapped Tron 3 scribe Jesse Wigutow to adapt acclaimed comic book series, Descender.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that after first acquiring the property almost exactly a year ago, the big-screen rendition of Jeff Lemire’s sci-fi tale is finally beginning to gain a sense of momentum. Indeed, Wigutow will be hoping for better luck with this current deal, given that he penned treatments for Relativity’s long-gestating The Crow remake along with Brian Michael BendisFire, neither of which have entered production in earnest.

Descender very much acts as a new platform for the scribe, then, and the original source material imagines a “sprawling, science-fiction space opera full of mystery and adventure. For those unfamiliar, Descender tells the heart-felt cosmic odyssey about “a little boy looking for home in a universe that hates and fears him. The incredibly lifelike artificial boy, Tim-21, may
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'The Crow' Remake Starts Shooting in Spring 2016

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'The Crow' Remake Starts Shooting in Spring 2016
After several years of languishing in development and production delays, The Crow reboot is finally getting ready to spread its wings. The Wrap reports that director Corin Hardy has signed a new holding deal with Relativity Media, with The Crow set to become the company's first project after it emerges from its bankruptcy proceedings. Principal photography is now scheduled to begin in March 2016.

Shortly after Relativity filed for bankruptcy in July, the production company claimed that they were still moving ahead with a fall production start on The Crow, but that never happened. Just a few weeks earlier, star Jack Huston became the latest in a long line of stars to back out of the Eric Draven role, following Luke Evans, James McAvoy and Bradley Cooper. The studio still hasn't found a replacement for Jack Huston yet, with Jessica Brown Findlay currently the only cast member attached as Shelly Webster,
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'Crow' Remake Still Happening Swears Creator James O'Barr

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'Crow' Remake Still Happening Swears Creator James O'Barr
Fans of The Crow desperately awaiting the reboot haven't had the best of luck over the past few years. Earlier this month, the project's studio home, Relativity Media, filed for bankruptcy, stalling it yet again, despite reports that the studio still planned on starting production this fall. James O'Barr, who created the comic book the original movie and the reboot is based on, revealed at the Twin Tiers Comic Con in Elmira, NY last weekend that the movie will still happen, once they find a new studio. Here's what he had to say at the Twin Tiers panel, hosted by ComicBook.com.

"It's still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like a hundred bad movies and lost money so now they're in financial trouble. So the producers are just
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Relativity Files Bankruptcy, 'Crow' Remake Still Shooting This Fall

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After trying to stay afloat for several weeks, Relativity Media officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier today. The company's film and TV divisions will be sold off at an auction, according to Variety, but the separate units Relativity Sports, Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution and Relativity Education will not be a part of the proceedings. Relativity recently laid of 75 of its 350 employees, but the company still plans to move forward with its remake of The Crow this fall. Production on the movie remake was originally scheduled to begin this spring, but now it seems shooting will begin in a few months.

The Crow currently has Jessica Brown Findlay attached to star as Shelly, the fiancee of rocker Eric Draven. She is currently the only cast member on board, after Jack Huston dropped out of playing Eric Draven last month. Corin Hardy is attached to direct from a script by Jesse Wigutow and Alex Tse,
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Attention, Filmmakers: Submit Your Script for The Black List Fall Screenwriters Mini-Labs

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Attention, Filmmakers: Submit Your Script for The Black List Fall Screenwriters Mini-Labs
Read More: 7 Best Screenwriting Apps to Make Life Easier The Black List has just revealed plans to host four Screenwriters Mini-Labs, scheduled to take place this fall in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each Mini-Lab will bring together four writers for a weekend-long intensive where writers will receive feedback from their peers, as well as professional mentors. Previous mentors include Kiwi Smith, Billy Ray, Max Borenstein, Jessica Bendinger, Beau Willimon, Leslye Headland, Brian Koppelman, Michael Mitnick, Jesse Wigutow and Scott Myers. The lab format of professional development is not a new venture for The Black List -- the company previously hosted two week-long labs in Las Vegas, Nv and one Mini-Lab in New York, NY. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and deadlines for the Mini-Labs click here. Make sure to read the fine print. Bear in mind that travel and accommodations are only provided for participants of the Los Angeles.
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'Tron 3' Gets Titled 'Tron: Ascension'?

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'Tron 3' Gets Titled 'Tron: Ascension'?
Earlier this month, we reported that Disney's Tron 3 is set to start shooting this fall, with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski confirmed to be back at the helm for this long-awaited follow-up. Today, Production Weekly is reporting that the sequel is now titled Tron: Ascension, with production scheduled to begin in Vancouver this October 2015 to February 2016. Disney has not confirmed the title or the production schedule at this time, but Production Weekly was the first to reveal the Terminator Genisys title for the first time back in December 2013, so it's certainly possible that Tron: Ascension is the actual title.

Garrett Hedlund, who played Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy, is the only actor currently confirmed for Tron: Ascension at this time. With production said to begin later this year, hopefully we'll start hearing about whether or not Tron: Legacy cast members Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra) or Bruce Boxleitner
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'Tron 3' Reportedly Shooting This Fall With Joseph Kosinski And Garrett Hedlund Returning

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While the box office return on "Tron: Legacy" wasn't stellar — $400 million on a $170 million budget — it was enough to encourage Disney to keep the franchise going. In 2012, Jesse Wigutow ("It Runs In The Family," "The Crow" reboot) was hired to write the script, and Joseph Kosinski was attached to direct. And before the year was out, Garrett Hedlund himself confirmed he would be returning for the followup. And that was the last anyone heard for a couple of years, but it would appear things are ramping up. Local outlet Vancity Buzz is reporting that "Tron 3" will start shooting in Vancouver starting on October 5th, with Kosinski directing and Hedlund as the only confirmed cast member returning (for now). The green light has apparently already been given to the movie, and it hasn't taken long for more chatter to surface. Badass Digest has a source that also confirms the sequel
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'Tron 3' Begins Shooting in Fall 2015

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'Tron 3' Begins Shooting in Fall 2015
Back in December 2012, two years after Tron: Legacy hit theaters, Garrett Hedlund confirmed that he will return to play Sam Flynn in Disney's Tron 3, but we haven't heard much about the sequel since then. Today, VanCity Buzz reports that production is scheduled to begin on October 5, with Garrett Hedlund currently the only confirmed star at this time. Sources from Badass Digest and /Film confirm the report, while adding that Joseph Kosinski is coming back to direct.

Joseph Kosinski revealed back in October 2013 that the script was still being written by Jesse Wigutow (The Crow reboot), who rewrote the original script by David Digilio (Eight Below). While the director insisted at the time that the project was still moving forward, this is the first we've heard about production getting under way this year. It remains to be seen if Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra) or Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley
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The Crow Will Remain Faithful to the Original Comic Book Promises Luke Evans

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The Crow Will Remain Faithful to the Original Comic Book Promises Luke Evans
With pre-production currently under way for Relativity Media's remake of The Crow, star Luke Evans revealed in a recent interview that this version will be more faithful to the original comic book by James O'Barr, hinting that it will be much different than the 1994 adaptation The Crow.

"Well, we just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible, and that means the story will be different. It'll be different from what people are expecting. It's not about us ripping off the Brandon Lee movie, that stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance, but we're going back to the book, the original book. And that's exciting because we're bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never really told. So yeah, it's our chance to do it, to do it differently, but to be
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Frank Grillo Leads 'The Purge 2,' Zac Efron Catches 'Fire,' Imogen Poots Visits 'A Country Called Home' & More

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cast roundup 12/12/13 One of the surprise hits of the year was this summer’s cheap Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie “The Purge,” and with the $3 million-budgeted film making nearly $90 million worldwide, you better believe Universal wants a re-up. Deadline reports the studio’s reteaming with Blumhouse Productions—the production company behind other horror cheapies like the “Paranormal Activity” series—for “The Purge 2” with Frank Grillo subbing in for Ethan Hawke and the original film’s director—James DeMonaco—returning to helm and write the sequel. As is the case with low-budget horror fare, the film’s already scheduled for release next year on June 20th. For now, plot details are being kept secret. With development on the follow-up to “Tron: Legacy” stalled, the sequel’s writer, Jesse Wigutow, has found new work in the form of the graphic novel adaptation “Fire.” Per Deadline, Wigutow has signed on to script the film,
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4 Awesome Comics You Must Read This Week (11 December)

In comics news this week, there are rumours that Khal Drogo himself, Jason Momoa, is going to be in Man of Steel 2 aka Batman Vs Superman, though there’s no official word yet on his actual role. But with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman cast, and with rumours of the Flash also featuring, the movie looks more and more like the Justice League movie – and who better to fight the Justice League than one of their biggest foes, Darkseid? Momoa would make a great Darkseid or Martian Manhunter, either way I think he could definitely pull off a super-powerful alien character brilliantly.

Bryan Singer, director of the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, announced a sequel was already being prepped to his latest film, with the title revealed as X-Men: Apocalypse. Singer confirmed he would return as director and that the movie will feature the X-Men: First Class characters
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Tron Writer Catches Fire

Tron Writer Catches Fire
We haven't heard a great deal about the follow-up to Tron Legacy since we spoke to its director Joseph Kosinski back in April. While it continues to light-bike around the 90 degree corners of development, its writer Jesse Wigutow has found time for another gig. He's adapting Brian Michael Bendis' indie graphic novel Fire, for a film being set up by Bendis himself and Zac Efron.Efron is already attached to star as a college student CIA recruit who stumbles on the unfortunate truth that he's being set up as cannon fodder. One of Bendis' first big works before the days of Daredevil, Alias, The New Avengers and so on, it was loosely based on facts uncovered about the Reagan administration. Bendis and Efron sold the project to Universal at Sundance in 2010.Wigutow is one of those high-profile hot young screenwriters who haven't actually had much produced yet. Alongside Tron Legacy,
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Fire Graphic Novel Adaptation Gets Writer Jesse Wigutow

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Fire Graphic Novel Adaptation Gets Writer Jesse Wigutow
The long-gestating adaptation Fire is moving forward with screenwriter Jesse Wigutow signing on to provide the screenplay.

The project has been in development at Universal Pictures since January 2010, when Zac Efron signed on to star. The story, based on Brian Bendis' graphic novel, follows a college student who gets recruited by the CIA, only to discover that this program trains expendable spies. Brian Bendis was originally set to write the script after selling his graphic novel to Universal at Sundance in 2010.

Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing through their Original Film company, along with Circle of Confusion's David Engel. Zac Efron and Jason Barrett will serve as executive producers. No production schedule was given.

Jesse Wigutow's writing credits include It Runs in the Family, Peter and the Starcatchers, Irreparable Harm and the upcoming Tron 3, The Crow and The Osterman Weekend.

Fire was released in 2012 and stars Zac Efron.
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Tron Legacy sequel writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt Brian Bendis' Fire starring Zac Efron

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Universal has hired Tron: Legacy sequel writer Jesse Wigutow to script the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Fire. The project has been one that actor Zac Efron has been attached to for some time. Bendis' graphic novel centers on: A college student who is recruited by the CIA only to find out he is being trained for a program that churns out expendable spies. Bendis and Efron sold the project three years ago during Sundance with the intention that Efron would star and Bendis would...
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Tron: Legacy Sequel Writer Adapting Brian Michael Bendis' Fire With Zac Efron

According to Deadline, Jesse Wigutow - who is currently writing the sequel to Tron: Legacy for Disney - has closed a deal with Universal to pen the big screen adaptation of Fire. The graphic novel was published by Icon Comics and was sold to the studio by writer Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men) and Zac Efron during Sundance three years ago. The Liberal Arts star has been attached to the project ever since and still hopes to take on the lead role in it. Below is the official description of the Fire graphic novel. What do you guys think of this project? Sound off below! Imagine that you are a shy, quiet college student. Just an average guy trying to get through each day as best he can. Then your government contacts you. They want you to be part of an experiment in the art of human covert operations. Instead
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