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Critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 video game The Last of Us is getting the big screen treatment, with Screen Gems agreeing to distribute a live-action version of the already extremely cinematic story. Neil Druckmann, the creative director for the game, will write the script on behalf of developers Naughty Dog.
The Last of Us will be produced by Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, along with Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley. Interestingly, Sam Raimi is also set to produce the adaptation through his Ghost House Pictures banner. That makes sense due to the horror elements of the game that this movie is based on.
The Last of Us follows survivors Joel and Ellie on their journey through a radically transformed world, 20 years »
- Josh Wilding
The post-apocalyptic tale of Joel and Ellie will make the jump to live-action after all. According to Deadline, The Last of Us’ cinematic adaptation will be distributed by Screen Gems — the studio behind the company’s evergreen Resident Evil series — with production support from Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures.
“Our partnership with Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, and Screen Gems to develop a film based on The Last of Us universe is a perfect fit. Since our game released last June, we’ve talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn’t have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards.”
Having overseen development of The Last of Us, the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann will pen the script for the movie, with additional input from »
- Michael Briers
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Are you ready for some shocking news that’s about to blast you out of your damn seat? Hang on to the edge of your desk, chumps, because it’s about to get postively mind blowing up in here. Adam Sandler — get this — is starring in a new movie with – you’re not going to even guess this one, don’t even try — Kevin James. Still with me? I know it might take awhile to sink in. But the good news is that what they’re teaming up for is pretty exciting. The Happy Madison venture is called Pixels, an adaptation of a beloved short film by writer-director Patrick Jean in which famous 1980s video game characters come to life and wreak havoc on New York City. The now big-budgeted comedy is taking the small-scaled story and amping it up into something along the veins of Ghostbusters, reportedly — and with King of Kong director Seth Gordon on »
- Samantha Wilson
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler. If you need a refresher, here's the original, cool short film Pixels from Patrick Jean: Columbia Pictures is behind the film with a script from Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy) and rewritten by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in 2010, Patrick Jean scored a hefty blip on the awareness-o-meter with his short film Pixels (below), which saw ‘80s video game characters attacking the real New York City and turning the city’s actual blocks into virtual ones. Adam Sandler and Sony jumped on the idea for a feature film and now Sandler is set to star with Kevin James and Josh Gad also in talks to sign on.Unlike some of his cotemporaries, Jean didn’t actually win the chance to direct: that job is going to Chris Columbus, who has been considering the idea since last year. The feature-length version of the concept, written by Sandler veterans Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, starts with the idea of aliens using video game icons to attack humanity, and four champion arcade gamers (including Gad and James) are summoned back into action to help save the world. It all sounds »
Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Detmer will play the mother of the girl who disappeared. Tymberlee Hill (Drunk History) has been cast in NBC comedy pilot Marry Me. Written by David Caspe and directed by Seth Gordon, it centers on a young couple, Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino), who get engaged — something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Hill, repped by Talentworks and Odenkirk Provissiero, will play Kay, Annie’s neighbor and friend, reuniting with Wilson after recently appearing opposite her in Hulu’s Hotwives Of Orlando. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Actor-comedian-musician Nick Thune is set as the young male lead opposite Natasha Lyonne in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child, Nadia (Lyonne), who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Thune, repped by 3 Arts and Wme, will play Nadia’s roommate and friend who shares her offbeat sense of humor. Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows has been cast in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, centers on a young couple, Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino), who get engaged — something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Meadows, repped by Apa and Brillstein Entertainment, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
(Cbr) It’s a good week to be Seth Gordon. Just one day after it was announced that he’s stepping behind the lens for the long-developing "Uncharted" movie, it’s now been revealed that Gordon has another project on the horizon as well: "Queen of Hearts". Deadline reports that Gordon will direct the Black List script (not to be confused with "The Blacklist") about "Alice in Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll, and the brokenhearted affair that led him to write the legendary book. Stephanie Shannon wrote the script. If you’re worried that "Queen of Hearts" will stand between Gordon and "Uncharted", fear not: Deadline »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Following the recent news that Seth Gordon would be helming the upcoming, high-profile Uncharted movie, the director continues to enjoy his winning streak by taking the reins of Queen Of Hearts for Oddlot Entertainment.
Now one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood, Queen Of Hearts is written by Stephanie Shannon, and won her a 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting – the winners of which receive a prize of $35,000. As one of five projects selected from 7, 251 submissions, the quality of Shannon’s script was such that it also landed firmly on the 2013 Black List.
The story tells of a passionate love affair that leaves legendary writer Lewis Carroll heartbroken, and leads him to write his most famous novel, Alice In Wonderland. The popularity of the script undoubtedly benefits from the current trend in revisionist cinematic fairy tales – with Disney soon releasing Maleficent and Cinderella, and Snow White And The Huntsman 2 also looming on the horizon. »
- Sarah Myles
In case you haven’t heard, the Uncharted adaptation that David O. Russell was originally set to direct is now back in production and will be helmed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief). And while he is certainly an unorthodox selection to hold the reigns for what will assuredly be a massively-budgeted blockbuster action adventure film, the real success of the movie ultimately lies in appropriately casting everyone’s favourite wisecracking treasure hunter, Nathan Drake. And no, it isn’t Mark Wahlberg.
Casting Nathan Drake requires an actor that oozes charisma and has a knack for delivering amusingly sarcastic quips that put into perspective just how absurd the events unfolding around him are. It also requires an actor who can closely resemble the physical appearance in charming good looks to reel in the ladies, but more importantly someone who will look awesome pulling off death-defying leaps of »
- Robert Kojder
Sometimes all it takes to launch an unknown director into the big leagues is a single, solid indie hit. Such was the case with Seth Gordon, director of the compelling documentary The King of Kong, which took a look at the heart of the competitive arcade gaming community by following a showdown between the long-standing Donkey Kong champion and a bold new competitor.
After handling successful studio comedies Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, Gordon will next be returning to the world of video games with an adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise, which is in development at Sony Pictures. The games are similar in tone to the Indiana Jones ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Seth Gordon is racking up the future projects this week. Having just been attached to direct the long-in-the-works Uncharted movie, he's now also developing Queen Of Hearts from the Black List debut screenplay by Stephanie Shannon.The title obviously refers to Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, but Queen Of Hearts is more along the lines of Marc Forster's 2004 film Finding Neverland (centered on Peter Pan's J. M. Barrie) than those of Tim Burton's Alice and its incoming sequel by James Bobin.This story will centre on Lewis Carroll - a pen-name for Charles Dodgson - and the "passionate affair" that leaves him broken-hearted and leads him to write his most famous work.From that description it seems unlikely that the relationship in focus is that of Dodgson and Alice Liddell, so we'd assume his affair in the story is with Alice's mother Lorina, with whom he's known to have been close. »
A day after it was announced that he's attached to direct the "Uncharted" film adaptation for Sony Pictures, filmmaker Seth Gordon ("The King of Kong," "Identity Thief") has been linked with another project.
The story details the failed love affair that led to his most famous story. Shannon and Gordon are tied together through David McIlvain - his manager and a man she was an assistant to.
'Queen' is said to still be in early development and "Uncharted" will definitely "go first" as such.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Am I the only one who still likes to enjoy stories for the sake of the story? Though it.s not a new fad, Hollywood continues to create films that go into the background of how a great work was created, with the Mary Poppins-centered Saving Mr. Banks as the most recent example. Now audiences can look forward to seeing the events that inspired Lewis Carroll to create Alice.s Adventures in Wonderland, as OddLot Entertainment has acquired Stephanie Shannon.s Queen of Hearts script, which will one day see Identity Thief.s Seth Gordon as its director. Those hoping for a two-hour movie of Carroll dropping acid while putting a pen to paper will almost certainly be disappointed with the reality of this project. Queen of Hearts will delve into Carroll.s life, according to Deadline, focusing on a failed relationship that leaves him brokenhearted and apparently in »
Just one day after signing on to direct the video game adaptation Uncharted, Seth Gordon has become attached to direct and develop Queen of Hearts, a biopic on Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll.
The script was written by Stephanie Shannon, which landed on the 2013 Black List and also won the 2013 Niccol Fellowship in Screenwriting. The story centers on an Oxford professor (Lewis Carroll) who tells stories to the dean's daughter Alice while engaging in an affair with the dean's wife. Brokenhearted after the affair ended, he was inspired to write the classic tale Alice in Wonderland.
Seth Gordon's manager, David McIlvain, is producing alongside OddLott Entertainment and the Brillstein Entertainment Group. Stephanie Shannon wrote the script while working as an assistant to David McIlvain.
Seth Gordon's current priority is Uncharted, with Queen of Hearts to follow after that production wraps up. »
Just yesterday, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon was said to be heading into a completely different genre by being at the helm of the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Now Deadline has word of Gordon taking on another non-comedy project with OddLot Entertainment picking up Queen of Hearts, the script from debut writer Stephanie Shannon which made the Black List last year. Not unlike Finding Neverland or last year's Saving Mr.Banks, the film chronicles a passionate affair that ended in heartbreak, prompting Lewis Carroll to write the book Alice in Wonderland. It's not quite the same as some other revisionist fairytale adaptations like Maleficent and Cinderella coming from Disney soon, and it actually sounds like a very intriguing story. Shannon has been poised to make a splash after winning the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition. It's another very different project for Gordon who launched »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Seth Gordon just signed on to take charge of the long-in-development Uncharted video game adaptation, and now it appears that he’s adding yet another promising project to his docket. Deadline reports that OddLot Entertainment has picked up the Black List script Queen of Hearts and has attached Gordon to take the helm. Penned by Stephanie Shannon, the film tells the story of how a love affair inspires a brokenhearted Lewis Carroll to create and write Alice in Wonderland. Obviously it’s early days and Uncharted is likely Gordon’s priority at the moment, but Queen of Hearts is certainly a promising prospect. Though Gordon has most recently helmed the comedies Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, the filmmaker got his start in the documentary world with the critical darling King of Kong. He's appeared keen to branch out further with a thriller and a heist film currently in the works, »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: OddLot Entertainment has acquired the Black List script Queen Of Hearts, and has set Seth Gordon to develop the project as a directing vehicle. OddLot will produce with Brillstein Entertainment Group, with Gordon’s manager David McIlvain to be one of the producers. It’s the first script by Stephanie Shannon, who worked as an assistant to McIlvain and wrote her script while holding that job. She won the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition, and hit the 2013 Black List with her script. At a time when studios are looking everywhere for revisionist fairy tales, Shannon’s script seems to hit the mark. The script is about how a passionate affair that leaves author Lewis Carroll brokenhearted prompts him to craft Alice In Wonderland. Gordon, who’s coming off Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses, just got set to direct Uncharted, the Sony Pictures tentpole that will be his first priority. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
According to Deadline.com, Seth Gordon is negotiating with Sony Pictures Entertainment to helm the live-action adaptation of the popular game series, Uncharted. Is he a good choice? Well, Sony thinks he is and looking back at his past projects, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, Seth Gordon can definitely bring the comedy. But it’s not just […]
Read Seth Gordon in Talks With Sony to Direct Uncharted Movie on Filmonic.
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