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Fantastic Four has been undergoing the reboot treatment for the past few years, with Fox keen to get the superhero quartet back on the big screen to shore up their comic book blockbuster franchises.
Exhibitor Relations also report that the studio will be releasing The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 3D, with each being converted to the format in post-production.
Trank made an immaculate debut with Chronicle this year, with the found-footage sci-fi film taking its $15m. budget and turning it into almost $130m. at the box office.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the director and what he’ll be bringing to the Fantastic Four franchise. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Exclusive:While 20th Century Fox isn’t banging the gong at Comic-Con this year, the studio has big developments on several geek-worthy projects. * Fox has officially set Chronicle helmer Josh Trank to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four, and the film will be the next Marvel property to be slated for production and dated for release by the studio. Fantastic Four, which will include a new cast, falls into line after The Wolverine sequel that starts production shortly, and the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class, which is also on a fast track. After Trank’s breakthrough with the Fox sleeper hit Chronicle he has been offered everything and attached himself to several projects. But I’m told that Fox expects Fantastic Four to be the next film he directs. It’s scripted by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who also wrote X-Men: First Class and Thor. Related: ‘Chronicle’ Helmer Josh Trank »
- MIKE FLEMING
In an interview with Empire magazine, producer Toby Jaffe (Total Recall, Blue Streak) confirmed that he's working on a "Starship Troopers" reboot, adding that the goal is to make the new movie less violent. "The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent," he explained. "With ['Total Recall'] in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like 'Minority Report.' It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way." But even though the goal will likely be to go for a PG-13 rating, Jaffe said that the bigger budget will allow the filmmakers to include a lot of the elements from Robert Heinlein's book. "We have the ability to do so much more now," he said. "We can do the Jump Suits [armored exoskeletons from Heinlein's novel], for example, which I don't think they could have done before. »
He's also voiced several superheroes, including Hawkeye and Captain America, and provides the voice of Iron Man in the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon and the upcoming Hulk And The Agents Of Smash animated project.
But not many people will know or remember that his first acting role was in the 1986 classic Top Gun, which is to get a 3D reissue in 2012. Director Tony Scott had been so impressed with 19-year-old Pasdar's audition that he wrote the part of Chipper especially for him.
A sequel is also in the works and Pasdar now says he would love to be part of such a project.
Speaking in a recent interview with the Press Association, Pasdar says: "It would be great to be in a sequel to that film if it's done and done well. »
- David Bentley
A Sequel to X-Men: First Class is beginning to evolve behind the scenes, leaving us to ponder where the story will go next and who will - or won't - be included.
Among those offering updates on the progress of the project is Michael Fassbender, who is set to return as Magneto.
Speaking to Red Carpet News at the Jameson Empire Awards 2012, Fassbender said: "We'll just try and pick up where we left off really - you'll have to stay tuned.
"I have sort of been chatting about it. I've seen James [McAvoy] for the first time in a long time and we have our own ideas and I've been talking to [screenwriter/co-producer] Simon Kinberg a couple of times when I get the chance to get out to Los Angeles, so [there are] some really cool ideas. And we have a bit more prep time this time round. I'm really excited and we'll see what happens. »
- David Bentley
Thanks in part to her previous collaborations with filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (especially Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class), screenwriter Jane Goldman has become an in-demand talent. However, due to her increasingly-hectic work schedule, there’s been some question as to whether or not Goldman would be lending a helping hand on the impending First Class sequel – which Vaughn is now officially set to direct.
Goldman was in attendance at the 2012 Empire Awards ceremony, where she confirmed that X-Men: First Class 2 (not the official title) is among the projects she’s developing with Vaughn. It’s probably safe to assume that means Goldman will also be directly contributing to the film’s script, in some capacity.
- Sandy Schaefer
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If you really want to go deep with Viggo Mortensen —- really, really deep —- ask him the seemingly general question, "Who were your heroes growing up as a child, and who are they today?" The "Lord of the Rings" star names around 230 of them in an interview with Vulture.
Things get intense when Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn work together. The Hollywood Reporter has the first look at a glaring Gosling in the "Drive" director's new thriller about a boxer-turned-gangster, "Only God Forgives."
This guy definitely has a thing for 19th-century heroes having swashbuckling adventures on Mars! io9 speaks with Michael Chabon about his unproduced screenplay, "The Martian Agent," and his work on rewriting the "John Carter" script.
- Bryan Enk
Momentum has been building behind a potential Top Gun sequel for quite some time now, but up until this point the only news about the project has been rumor and hypotheticals. What’s clear is that every time Tom Cruise talks about the project he sounds enthused to get it started, and he very much wants Tony Scott to come back and direct again. But, despite that enthusiasm, no concrete moves have been made to get the film in production. There were rumors at one point that X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz had been hired to come up with a script, but nothing seems to have come of that, because now THR is reporting that The Town writer Peter Craig is the guy coming on board to take a crack at getting things started. If that’s true and Craig does actually start and finish a Top Gun script that gets used, then »
- Nathan Adams
There are likely many out there who aren't feeling the need for speed for a sequel to 1986's Top Gun, but with Tom Cruise poised to return as Maverick and director Tony Scott set to helm, the sequel seems destined for take off. Last December, Cruise said all the sequel needed was Scott, Cruise, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to "find a story that suits, that we all want to do." Looks like they must have, as THR reports that The Town screenwriter Peter Craig is set to write the screenplay.
While his hiring shows how serious Paramount is about making the sequel, Craig is not the first writer hired for the gig. Shortly after the sequel was announced to be in the works last October, Scott said the script would be written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). However, McQuarrie is also the director of the upcoming Cruise thriller One Shot and, »
- Ryan Gowland
Perhaps it’s due to the financial success of the pro-military film “Act of Valor” or that after “Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol” megastar Tom Cruise has shed his years-long negative public image to become a top box office draw all over again, but something has gotten the wheels turning over at Paramount for “Top Gun 2." News on the sequel to the 1986 hit has been few and far apart, with original helmer Tony Scott confirmed to return back in October of 2010, followed by a flurry of news about a 3D revamp of the original and word of Cruise's desire for the sequel to stay true to the tone of the first movie. Then this past October word came that “X-Men: First Class” writing duo Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were going to pen the script, but what interested us about that news was that it had no mention of »
- Benjamin Wright
Peter Craig, who wrote the 2010 Boston heist thriller The Town, is the most recent writer to tackle a Top Gun sequel, according to Variety. Paramount had no comment on the report, but the trade newspaper said that Craig will be starting from scratch. Two years ago, Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) was tapped to bring Tom Cruise’s Maverick back to the screen, and last year, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) reportedly took a shot.
- Jeff Labrecque
Perhaps sensing that hiring X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz would render the homoerotic subtext as blaring as a Kenny Loggins arena rock song, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has instead handed the screenplay to Peter Craig, whose screenplay for The Town captured the ineffable, co-dependent love between men as they handle a lot of firepower without being all obvious about it. As has been reported since about two years ago, Bruckheimer is expected to reunite on the project with both director Tony Scott and Tom Cruise (in some capacity), and the story—which has also passed through the »
Second verse, same as the first: the producers of 'Top Gun 2' have found a writer. Again. Peter Craig -- who co-wrote the Ben Affleck heist thriller, "The Town" -- has been hired as "Top Gun 2" screenwriter by Paramount and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Craig replaces the hired-in-October duo of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("X-Men: First Class"), who were apparently too busy working on other projects to actually write anything "Top Gun" related in the last four months; Craig's script will be his own, reports Variety. (Fun fact: he's the son of Sally Field.) Whether Tom Cruise will be involved in any "Top Gun" sequel remains unclear, but Cruise himself certainly sounds game. "I said to Tony [Scott, 'Top Gun's' director] I want to make another movie with him. He and I haven't made a film since 'Days of Thunder,'" Cruise told MTV during press »
- Christopher Rosen
Paramount celebrates their 100th anniversary this year, and the studio is looking to its past to help usher in its future. They'll be re-releasing James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and are also planning a re-release of their 1986 action classic Top Gun in the same format. There have been rumors of a Top Gun sequel since 2008, with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz hired to write at various points. However, none of these scribes actually wrote anything. Now, Variety reports that The Town co-writer Peter Craig will take us back to the danger zone for the sequel. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but Tony Scott has already announced he'll be returning to the director's chair for the project. The story was once leaning toward the idea of modern day fighter pilots controlling remote drones and was said »
- Ben Pearson
Peter Craig has been hired to write Top Gun 2. The scribe, who previously penned the screenplay for The Town with Ben Affleck, will start from scratch on the highly-anticipated project, Variety reports. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were reportedly commissioned to write Top Gun 2 last year, but it is believed that they had not in fact started work on the movie. Original star Tom Cruise and (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
Even when Paramount expressed legitimate interest in Top Gun 2 at the end of 2011, something inside me said “that’s never happening.” Perhaps it was the lengthy period of time since Top Gun came out, maybe Tom Cruise and Tony Scott would be too busy, it’s possible that the budget would balloon out of control — I don’t know. It just didn’t add up.
Yet Variety reports that screenwriter Peter Craig (The Town) has been chosen by the studio to fashion something for a follow-up, which Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, and Tony Scott are said to be returning for in their respective roles. (Tom Skerritt could not be reached for comment.) Even stranger is the mention that Craig wasn’t the first to get hired; superhero scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were approached in October, only to be stopped by prior obligations.
This creates so, so many questions, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
When last we reported on the status of Top Gun 2, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor) were supposedly set to draft the sequel. Apparently that never happened and now Peter Craig (The Town) will be starting from scratch. Not to worry, Mr. Craig, because Tom Cruise has thoughts on what the sequel could be about and just how big a role Maverick would play in it. Concrete plot details are non-existent at the moment, but it does seem likely that Cruise will return along with original director, Tony Scott. Top Gun 2 is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison's Skydance Productions for Paramount. Hit the jump to see what Cruise and Scott's take would be on the sequel's plot. Variety reported on Craig's recent attachment to the project. He seems like a decent prospect to resurrect the now twenty-five year old property, having drafted the critically and financially successful, »
- Dave Trumbore
Like a maverick pilot buzzing the news tower, nuggets of info about the long-gestating Top Gun sequel sometimes come unexpectedly soaring out of the sky to blip the ol’ radar. Last October, it was reported that X-Men: First Class contributors Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz had won the gig to write the latest script. But now Variety brings word that The Town’s Peter Craig will write a new draft.Actually, he’s kicking off with a completely blank page, since Miller and Stentz apparently never wrote a word. We like to imagine them making hundreds of paper aeroplanes and re-enacting favourite dog fights from the first film, then taking handfuls of them to Bruckheimer's office before being marched out the door. Sadly, we're pretty sure it was all more professional than that.What that also means is there are exactly zero details about the plot, though we do have »
Chicago – Writer/Director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to direct the sequel to “X-Men: First Class,” according to a report about Fox. Vaughn, who directed “First Class” (which did not gross a major profit, but received high critical and fan praise), is said to be onboard to direct a sequel that does not yet have a setting, synopsis, or definite writers.
Bryan Singer, who produced “First Class,” has also signed on to produce the new film. Simon Kinberg was hired on last fall to write the screenplay for the sequel, much to the discomfort of fans who hated his work on “X-Men: The Last Stand.” No word has been given on whether Kinberg’s script will continue to be the work of the sequel, or if Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, or Vaughn (the screenplay writers for “First Class”) will be rewriting the screenplay.
The news of Vaughn returning »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When it was announced last summer that Marvel would be handing script duties to Don Payne for Thor 2, I was seriously confused. In addition to the fact that the first movie had Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who wrote the awesome X-Men: First Class), Payne's previous work includes dreck like Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. With so many talented writers in Hollywood, it didn't make sense that the studio would go to someone who has such a poor track record. Lucky for us, they have realized what they did and have made a move to fix it. Deadline reports that Robert Rodat has been brought in to do rewrites on the script for Thor 2. While the project will be the first time that Rodat has ventured into the superhero world, his name carries clout because he was the Oscar nominated screenwriter on »
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