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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 »
The writing duo behind X-Men: First Class Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have reportedly been hired by Warner Bros. to work on their script for Acme, a live action/CGI hybrid based on the company made famous by Looney Tunes.
The Hollywood Reporter are also saying that Crazy Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are also in discussions to helm the project with Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) in line to star. The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee (The Lego Movie).
Acme is the fictional company that features prominent in Looney Tunes cartoons, used frequently by Wile E. Coyote in his mishaps while trying to get the Road Runner. They also played a big part in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The plot for Acme is currently unknown, but the movie will not focus on the Looney Tunes characters but will most likely feature them. The »
- Luke Owen
Way back in 2010, Warner Bros. was developing a live-action/CGI hyrbid spin-off of their iconic "Looney Tunes" cartoon short franchise. The film was said to focus on the fictional Acme Corporation, the company responsible for making a lot of the crazy (and often times faulty) products that pop up in "Looney Tunes" cartoons from time to time. Originally Kevin & Dan Hageman were hired to write the script after coming up with an idea similar to the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s, but now X-Men: First Class and Thor writing duo Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will be tackling the script. But that's not all. THR reports Crazy Stupid Love directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are circling the project, simply called Acme, and now in early talks with the studio to make it official. And the project will be a bit of a reunion because Steve Carell is also attached »
- Ethan Anderton
Since Hollywood is fresh out of unique and original ideas, and has been for some time now, it’s time to start turning to classic properties again and next on the list are the Looney Tunes. Titled Acme, the film will be scripted by X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, with Steve Carell attached to star and Crazy, Stupid, Love helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in talks to direct.
Given that the project is still in the early stages of development, plot details are being kept under wraps. That being said, from what we’re hearing, the film will not focus on any of the “familiar Looney Tunes characters” and is leaning more towards being a spinoff. I’m not sure exactly what that means for the direction of Acme, or how it will tie into the already established universe, but it should be interesting to »
- Matt Joseph
Actor Steve Carell and "X-Men: First Class" scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are teaming for an untitled movie at Warner Bros. Pictures about the Acme Corporation, the famed fictional manufacturer of crazy and dangerous products in the various "Looney Tunes" cartoons.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Carell is attached to star and Dan Lin and Roy Lee ("The Lego Movie") will produce. "Crazy Stupid Love" directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are also in early negotiations to direct the project which has its roots in the classic cartoons like "Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner" and "Daffy Duck".
The project will be a CG/live-action hybrid and is reportedly being envisioned as an event movie that will also possibly launch a franchise. It will not, however, center on the Looney Tunes characters.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape. Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct. The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything. Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie. Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it's unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort. Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.
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- Adam Chitwood
With Warner Bros. still trying to bring the Looney Tunes crew back to cinemas in some fashion, it appears the current project has evolved considerably. In development since at least 2010, the film now seems focused on the Acme Company seen most often in the Road Runner cartoons, has Steve Carell attached to star and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on board to crank out the script.Unless this is somehow a divergent movie from the one we last checked in on back in 2012 – when Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate was hired to write a script for a story that appeared more closely focused on the actual Looney Tunes team a la 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action – the drive here is to create something that blends CG and live-action but instead explores the Acme factory and its products.How Carell fits into that, and indeed »
It was nearly four years ago that word first broke of a Warner Bros. live action/CGI project that would be set in the world of the studio's hit "Looney Tunes" franchise and take place inside a warehouse belonging to the Acme corporation. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the project is moving forward with Steve Carell set to star, X-Men: First Class's Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz set to script and Crazy Stupid Love helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in talks to direct. »
With every other classic property making its way to the big screen, you didn’t think Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes would get left out, did you? A new Looney Tunes movie called Acme is in the works, with Steve Carell already attached to star. X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script, and Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, […]
- Angie Han
The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes-based feature film “Acme” looks to be gaining speed, as the studio has set “X-Men: First Class” scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen the script. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, helmers of “Crazy Stupid Love” and the upcoming “Focus,” are in early talks to direct.
After the success of “The Lego Movie,” which Lin produced, the studio is looking to fill the pipeline with animated properties that appeal to several demographics. »
- Justin Kroll
No top billing for you, Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck, prepare to play second banana. Elmer Fudd? Fuh-fuh-fuh-fuggedaboutit!
According to The Hollywood Report, Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead on bringing the classic cartoon "Looney Tunes" to the big screen. They've hired writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("X-Men: First Class"), and Steve Carell is attached to star. He may reunite with his "Crazy Stupid Love" directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, too.
And while the movie will be a mix of live action and CGI, the actual "Looney Tunes" characters will not be the focus of it.
Rather, the movie is kind of spinoff centering on the Acme Corporation, which manufactures "crazy and sometimes dangerous products" used by Looney Tunes characters (like Wile E. Coyote in his futile quest to catch Road Runner).
- Kelly Woo
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