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I enjoyed several of this year's panels at Austin Film Festival, with my only complaint being how to choose between concurrent sessions. The quality and diversity of conversations and panels were superb.
My highlight was "Science Fiction versus Science Fact" on Friday, when Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion), Eric Heisserer (Hours, The Thing) and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) discussed the fictional future we see onscreen and how they've addressed unknown possibilities in their own screenwriting.
Burns spoke about preparing for Contagion by approaching it as if science fiction movie by asking experts, "Tell me what's possible? What hasn't happened yet?" He emphasized the importance of research first -- "it's a phenomenal procrastination tool, and you can get amazing gems for narrative" -- citing cell phone jammers as an example of how authorities plan to control the flow of information during crisis, which makes for a good dramatic point. »
- Debbie Cerda
The film is being scripted by X-men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz and although plot details have yet to emerge one cast member has been confirmed, well at least if he’s got anything to say about it. Jason David Frank played stayed with the Power Rangers longer than any other ranger, starring in several incarnations of the show. His character Tommy Oliver joined the show as the evil green ranger who was being controlled by Rita Repulsa before switching to the good side. His time as the green ranger with his trusty fan favourite Dragonzord was short-lived all thanks to a green candle. He later returned as the leader of the rangers as the white ranger, »
- Kat Smith
One of the original Power Rangers looks to be making a cameo in the upcoming cinematic revival of the franchise at Lionsgate.
Jason David Frank, who played Tommy Oliver a.k.a. The Green/White Ranger on the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," has revealed that he has already been having conversations with those behind the new film.
The actor and Mma fighter recently spoke with ComicBook.com at the Nashville Wizard World Comic Con where they asked about his possible return:
"I probably will be involved. They talked to me about it. I don’t know how much I am involved, but for sure cameos at least in the reboot movie."
He also adds that with everyone being very secretive about the film, he's not sure of the extent of his involvement in the project which "X-Men: First Class" scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning. »
- Garth Franklin
After the series wrapped he continued in the role, evolving to White Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger and Black Dino Thunder Ranger across several different Power Rangers shows and movies.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Frank revealed that he had met with studio Lionsgate to discuss playing the character on the big screen.
"I don't know how much I am involved, but for sure cameos at least in the reboot movie," Frank said.
What happened to the original Power Rangers cast? How they look now
Power Rangers movie producer open to original cast cameos
He continued: "They are so tight-lipped on that project, it's ridiculous. I don't even know my involvement into it. »
Roberto Orci has dropped out as the executive producer on the Power Rangers movie being developed by Lionsgate. Not because anything is wrong with the production, but because of his commitment to Star Trek 3, which he is writing and directing.
Regardless of the set back the studio is still moving forward with the movie and they are still planning to release it on July 22nd, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor) are currently writing the script. Haim Saban, creator of the Power Rangers franchise, is producing.
The movie will be a modern reinvention of the classic series which followed a group of ordinary high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who must harness those powers as a team to save the world from evil alien creatures.
I'm curious to see what this movie will be like. The series was so cheesy. I wonder if they'll bring that cheesiness along for the ride, »
- Joey Paur
Anyone out there excited about a Roberto Orci-led big screen reboot of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is about to be really sad. With all of the recent buzz surrounding production ramping up for his directorial debut, which happens to be Star Trek 3, Orci has now said that he can no longer exec-produce a new Power Rangers. Citing a schedule conflict, Orci is no longer attached to the project in any form.
But take heart, Power Ranger fans, because Haim Saban and Lionsgate are still adamant that there'll be a new film in theaters on July 22, 2016. As we speak, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor) are hard at work on the script. The story will once again center on a group of everyday teenagers, who are suddenly chosen by an extra-terrestrial being named Zordon to protect earth from evil, intergalactic forces. He bestows them with great powers, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The reasons behind Orci’s departure from executive producing the film and working on the screenplay alongside Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, is due to his commitments on writing and directing the third film in the current Star Trek series of movies, which is due in 2013. The official reason for the jumping of ship is due to ‘scheduling conflicts.’ The Power Rangers movie is also due out in 2016; July 22nd, 2016 to be exact.
Source: Deadline »
- Paul Heath
Given the rather busy slate of Roberto Orci, there was a sense that something had to give with regards his collection of upcoming projects. And something duly has: he's dropped out of his role in the Power Rangers movie reboot.
Orci had been down to executive produce the film, and to oversee the script being prepared by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. However, his commitments to the next Star Trek film have put an end to that. Orci, who has co-written the Star Trek sequel screenplay alongside Patrick McKay and J D Payne, is set to direct the movie. And that means no time for Power Rangers.
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Lionsgate’s forthcoming Power Rangers reboot has suffered a bit of a blow, with Roberto Orci stepping down from the project in order to concentrate on Star Trek 3. Orci had initially been set to executive produce the reboot, and was expected to have a certain degree of input into the screenwriting process, with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller currently drafting a script. However, Orci has only just completed a first draft of the Star Trek 3 script, alongside co-writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, and will be focusing on that project...
- George Wales
Less than two months after Roberto Orci signed on to executive produce Lionsgate's Power Rangers movie, Deadline reports that he had to pull out of the project, because of his commitment to direct Paramount's Star Trek 3.
This does not change Lionsgate's plans to release the film on July 22, 2016, although they still do not have a director attached at this time. The story is a reinvention of the hit TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which followed a group of high school kids who gain incredible powers, which they use to help save the world.
The Magicians TV show is finally taking shape. Just after the third and final book in author Lev Grossman’s phenomenal The Magicians trilogy debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller list, THR reports that Another Earth and I Origins filmmaker Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm the pilot for Syfy’s TV series adaptation. Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the books revolve around a group of twentysomethings who, after graduating from a secret magician school hidden away in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses a grave danger. The books—The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land—are tremendous, and essentially tackle the premise with a realistic “what would really happen” bent, delving deep into issues of depression, loss, love, and friendship. Seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough. Hit the jump for »
- Adam Chitwood
While Bugs Bunny fans eagerly await news about whether Space Jam 2 will ever happen, another movie based on the Looney Tunes world is moving forward with a pair of writers and one of its leads.
EW can confirm The Hollywood Reporter’s original report that the writers behind 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, have signed on to write the untitled Acme film. Not much is known about the project’s plot, though it is expected to be a hybrid of live action and animation with Steve Carell in a starring role. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
It’s an unusual one to be pushing but it seems Warner Bros are continuing to collect all the right materials for their Looney Tunes ‘Acme‘ project – which is currently a work-in-progress title.
There have been numerous rumours and plans announced over recent years but now bigger developments are happening with X-men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on-board. There’s also a likelihood that John Requa and Glenn Ficarra may join in a directorial capacity, they wrote I Love You Philip Morris and have just finished directing Margot Robbie and Will Smith in Focus and they previously gave us Crazy Stupid Love.
The idea behind this movie would be delving into the classic Looney Tunes cartoons from Warner Bros. Steve Carell is attached with Dan Lin and Roy Lee on the production side. Those latter two most recently brought to life The Lego Movie but we’re »
- Dan Bullock
The last time we saw Warner Bros' golden age animated characters on the silver screen, it was courtesy of Joe Dante and his 2003 film, Looney Tunes: Back In Action. It wasn't a box office success, unfortunately, but it offered lots to enjoy, with Dante's anarchic sense of humour perfectly suited to the antics of character such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil.
A little over a decade later, and it's been revealed that a new Looney Tunes movie is in the offing. Currently going by the short, snappy title Acme, it's being written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz - the duo who brought us the thoroughly entertaining X-Men: First Class. The pair also wrote the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra »
"X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have signed on to the untitled "Acme" movie project that's based on the popular "Looney Tunes" cartoons. The film will be a CG/live-action hybrid and will not center on "Looney Tunes" characters. The movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who directed "Crazy Stupid Love." And one of the stars of that movie, Steve Carell, is in talks to star. Plot details are being kept a secret, but the Acme Corporation is a fictional manufacturer of crazy and sometimes dangerous products that are used by many "Looney Tunes" characters. The company's products are most commonly used by Wile E. Coyote in his never-ending quest to capture the Road Runner. »
(Cbr) Warner Bros. is at last ready to open its order from the Acme Corporation. According to Variety, the studio has hired "X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen its "Looney Tunes" spinoff "Acme." Steve Carell is attached to star, while Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors of "Crazy Stupid Love" and the upcoming "Focus," are in early talks to helm. As longtime viewers of "Looney Tunes" well know, Acme is a fictional mail-order company that features prominently in the Road Runner cartoons, supplying Wile E. Coyote with all kinds of improbable products, from a rocket sled to dehydrated boulders to earthquake pills. Acme also played a role in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Tiny Toon Adventures." Warner Bros. bought the "Acme" pitch in 2010 from "Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu" writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, who had a hand in developing the stories for "Hotel Transylvania" and "The Lego Movie. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Steve Carell has been tipped to star in a live-action spinoff of Looney Tunes.
Warner Bros Studios is developing a film that will blend live-action and CGI in a movie that explores Looney Tunes's fictional Acme Corporation, known for making dangerous products.
No Looney Tunes characters are expected to be the main focus of the movie.
No release date has been set yet. »
Well, here's a name we didn't expect to see in the "Vacation" reboot: Chris Hemsworth. Yep, Thor is throwing down the hammer, joining the comedy that stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, along with Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins, who were also recently added. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will make cameos, too, and the movie follows "the grown-up son of Clark Griswold who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young." John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone") wrote the script and will direct. [THR/Variety] Steve Carell is keeping busy as an Oscar campaign surely builds for his turn in "Foxcatcher." Firstly, he'll be in the brewing Looney Tunes movie being penned by "X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz , with "Crazy Stupid Love" directors Glenn Ficarra and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just because you don't hear about a certain in-development movie for a number of years doesn't actually mean that the project will never end up on the silver screen. Some are just destined to spend a bit of time in what has been dubbed "Development Hell." Take, for example, the Looney Tunes Acme factory film. We first wrote about the feature all the way back in October 2010, but haven't heard a peep about it since. That is, until now. It turns out that Warner Bros. has been actively developing the new Looney Tunes feature for a while now, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've already assembled a number of interesting names to work together on making it real. Sources say that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, two of the screenwriters behind Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, have been hired to write a script for the "untitled Acme movie project. »
No specific plot details have been revealed, but the Acme Corporation's products are used in the Looney Tunes shorts, most often by Wile E. Coyote, in his pursuit of the Road Runner. This movie will not focus on any of the Looney Tunes characters, and is being planned as a CGI/live-action hybrid. The project has been in development since 2010, when Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie) sold their original pitch to Warner Bros.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) have signed on to write the screenplay, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in talks to direct. If a deal is finalized, the directors will reunite with Steve Carell, who starred in their 2011 romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love. They also directed »
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