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Twentieth Century Fox, looking to replace their coveted Lucasfilm "Star Wars" franchise continues to develop "Flash Gordon", the 1930's newspaper comics hero, that inspired the creation of "Star Wars" by George Lucas.
'Flash Gordon', a polo player and Yale University graduate and his companions 'Dale Arden' and 'Dr. Hans Zarkov' start their journey together as Earth is bombarded by fiery meteors. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space.
Half mad, Zarkov kidnaps Flash and Dale and the three travel to the planet 'Mongo', where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by 'Ming the Merciless', that planet's evil ruler.
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- Michael Stevens
Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) has come aboard to direct Sylvester Stallone in Scarpa. Written by Nicholas Pileggi (GoodFellas, Casino), the film will center on the story of real-life hitman Gregory Scarpa (Stallone), a man who murdered for the mob, suspected in the murders of his own biological family, then turned FBI informant. Avi Lerner's Millennium Films is producing with the hope of beginning production early 2015. Deadline Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) have apparently come provide on set production rewrites to the Ant-Man script on an "as needed" basis following Adam McKay's most recent draft. Filming begins next month in Atlanta, Georgia. Latino Review Even though I thought this had already been confirmed as I've had the spin-off from James Wan's The Conjuring, Annabelle in my database as an October 3 release for some time, apparently yesterday it was made official. So, do with that what you will. »
- Brad Brevet
The story is described as a supernatural version of Black Hawk Down, following a Special Ops unit who battles otherworldly creatures that have taken over a European city. Emily Mortimer is playing a CIA mission leader, with James Badge Dale playing a researcher who works with her. It seems that the story has been altered slightly, since our February report revealed that these creatures have attacked New York City, although now an unspecified European city will be the target.
Nic Mathieu is making his directorial debut on the project, working from a script by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and John Gatins (Need for Speed), based on an original story by Ian Fried (Gaslight). Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing for Legendary, with Jillian Share and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers. »
Though her last big screen role was in 2011′s Hugo, Emily Mortimer has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen, starring on two HBO series, The Newsroom and Doll & Em, the latter of which she created and wrote. Now, we’re hearing that the talented actress will be making her way back to the big screen with a starring role in Legendary’s upcoming supernatural military thriller, Spectral.
Mortimer is set to star as a CIA mission leader in the movie, which is described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down and focuses on “a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over a European city.” Dale, known for supporting roles in The Grey, Iron Man 3 and World War Z, boarded the project a few months back as a researcher.
It was previously reported that Spectral would find the special-ops team combatting a threat to New York City, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though she still has the final season of HBO’s “The Newsroom” to film, Emily Mortimer is making sure her film slate stays filled after the series ends, as she is in negotiations to co-star with James Badge Dale in Legendary’s “Spectral.”
Share and Sophie Sikora are overseeing the movie for Legendary.
- Justin Kroll
Emily Mortimer is in negotiations to star as the female lead in Spectral, Legendary’s supernatural action movie. James Badge Dale is starring in the project, which Nic Mathieu is directing. Described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, Spectral centers on a Special Ops team that fights supernatural beings who have taken over a European city. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Mortimer will be a CIA mission leader opposite Dale’s researcher. The script was written by George Nolfi and John Gatins. Ian Fried wrote the original treatment. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing, while Jillian Share and Guy Riedel executive
- Borys Kit
The story centers on a Special Ops team that fights supernatural beings who have taken over a European city.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
If a supernatural force takes over a European city, who are you gonna call? Well, the Ghostbusters are still stuck in development limbo, so for action thriller Spectral Legendary has decided to instead summon a team that includes James Badge Dale. And assuming she makes a deal, Emily Mortimer will be joining him.Based on a treatment by Ian Fried, which George Nolfi and John Gatins have since expanded into a full script, Spectral finds otherworldly creatures infesting somewhere in Europe – a switch from the American location mentioned when Dale was cast – and a special-ops team called in, Black Hawk Down-style, to sort out the problem. Dale is playing a researcher who specialises in strange happenings, whereas Mortimer is in line to be a CIA mission leader who takes charge.Nic Mathieu, who cut his teeth directing ads and music videos, is set to make the jump to films with this one, »
We’ve seen some heavy-duty modern warfare films over the past decade, but none of them featured ghosts as the enemy. That’s the twist in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming supernatural thriller Spectral, which is beginning to take shape now that another actor has joined the cast.
Deadline reports that Clayne Crawford (SundanceTV’s Rectify) has signed on to play the role of Sergeant Calvin Toll, “a focused but short-fused military lifer.” Crawford joins a cast that includes James Badge Dale (World War Z) in a lead role and actors Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles). Spectral, described as a “supernatural Black Hawk Down,” will be directed by first-timer Nic Mathieu and was originally written by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) based on a pitch by Ian Fried, before later receiving the rewrite treatment from John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel).
Spectral will follow a special forces unit »
- Derek Anderson
McGregor would play Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey whose ordinary life is disturbed by the chaos of the 1960s under Lyndon B Johnson's presidency. [Source: Digital Spy]
Former "Daily Show" head writer David Javerbaum is penning the screenplay which revolves around five United Nations delegates who embark on a road trip »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Rectify‘s Clayne Crawford has locked in a role in Legendary Pictures’ thriller Spectral. The project, described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, stars James Badge Dale and is being helmed by first-timer Nic Mathieu. Crawford’s film and TV credits include 24, HBO pilot All Signs of Death, The Baytown Outlaws, The Glades, Jericho, and Justified. He’ll play Sergeant Calvin Toll, a focused but short-fused military lifer. Earlier this month Max Martini also joined the cast. Project originated from a pitch by Ian Fried then was scripted by George Nolfi and rewritten by John Gatins. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and John […] »
“Star Trek” captain Bruce Greenwood has been cast alongside James Badge Dale in Legendary's supernatural thriller “Spectral,” TheWrap has learned. “Spectral” will mark the feature directorial debut of Nic Mathieu. The original treatment, which was described as a supernatural “Black Hawk Down,” was purchased from Ian Fried, though George Nolfi wrote the script with an assist from rewriter John Gatins. Also read: ‘Star Trek's’ Bruce Greenwood Joins ‘Endless Love’ Remake at Universal (Exclusive) Max Martini (“Pacific Rim”) and Cory Hardrict (“American Sniper”) will co-star in the film, which will find Greenwood playing a high-ranking military official who briefs the heroes on a new kind. »
- Jeff Sneider
Cory Hardrict has joined Legendary Pictures' sci-fi thriller Spectral, starring James Badge Dale. Nic Mathieu is directing the film, which centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings who've taken over New York City. Photos 10 Classic Sci-Fi Movies With Better Effects Than Modern Films Ian Fried wrote the original treatment, with the George Nolfi-penned screenplay getting a rewrite from John Gatins. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, with Jillian Share and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers. Sophia Sikora will also oversee the film for Legendary. Hardrict, who is married to actress Tia Mowry, recently
- Rebecca Ford
It was a mere three years ago we first reported that Spectral had been picked up by Legendary Pictures for development and today we’ve got further news of casting and a little more on this New York-based ghost thriller!
With the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary in full swing, it’s the perfect time for this announcement that’s described as a ‘grittier’ ghost-busting tale and ‘a supernatural Black Hawn Down‘ that’s been taken on by first-time feature director Nic Matthieu.
Max Martini of Pacific Rim, Saving Private Ryan and Captain Phillips fame is the second big name to be added, after James Badge Dale was already confirmed. The screenplay was by Ian Fried, with the script was by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) and now a rewrite by John Gatins.
We’re guessing that this is going to be exactly as they describe, with a possible mix of found-footage »
- Dan Bullock
Max Martini has closed a deal for Legendary Pictures‘ supernatural thriller Spectral, which stars James Badge Dale and is being directed by Nic Matthieu. The original treatment for the pic, which Legendary is calling “a supernatural Black Hawk Down,” was purchased from Ian Fried. The script was penned by George Nolfi with a rewrite by John Gatins. Martini, whose credits include Captain Phillips, Saving Private Ryan, Sabotage and Pacific Rim, is next up in Focus Features’ Fifty Shades Of Grey. He is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Nic Mathieu will direct with Universal distributing the project.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Universal Pictures is remaking iNumber Number, and David Digilio has been set to script the remake of the Donovan Marsh-directed South African thriller that premiered last fall at Toronto. Universal acquired those rights shortly after the fest. Pic is an action thriller centered on an undercover police detective who crosses over from cop to robber in order to orchestrate a major heist. (Check out the original’s trailer below.) Chris Morgan will produce for his Universal-based Chris Morgan Productions. Aram Tertzakian of Xyz Films is also producing and so is Emile Gladstone. Xyz partners Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer are exec producers. Digilio most recently wrote a TV series adaptation of the Tony Scott-directed Denzel Washington drama Man On Fire for 20th Century Fox TV and New Regency TV, and he sold a pitch based on the Robert Crais novel Suspect to Fox 2000 with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson producing. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Looks like the Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” is moving forward, with “The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi signing on to direct. Although “Birth of the Dragon” is a biopic of Lee, the story will be told from the perspective of the very Caucasian sounding Steve Macklin, “a young disciple” of the kung fu master. “Dragon” will be set in 1960s San Francisco’s Chinatown, and will find Lee battling Triad gangsters with the help of Macklin and fellow kung fu master (and awesomely named) Wong Jack Man. Yeah, I guess it’s safe to say they’re going to take a lot of liberties with Lee’s life on this one. I know that Lee eventually ended up playing the crimefighter Kato in “The Green Hornet” TV show, but I don’t quite remember all the times he went around beating up criminals ala Batman. Or, more appropriately in this case, »
A biopic about the life of mixed martial arts superstar Bruce Lee has been in development for a while, but now it’s moving full steam ahead with a very intriguing director. George Nolfi, who previously helmed the Matt Damon sci-fi romance The Adjustment Bureau, has climbed on board Birth of The Dragon.
This Bruce Lee biopic hails from Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, who previously penned two other terrific biopics, Nixon and Ali. It’s particularly encouraging that Wilkinson and Rivele wrote Ali, also about a famed athlete and fighter.
Birth of the Dragon is set to start filming next spring, once a cast has been locked into place, and today, an early synopsis emerged:
The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s historic 1965 duel with Wong Jack Man, China’s most famous Kung Fu Master at a time when San Francisco’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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