16 items from 2014
Earlier this week, we reported that director Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have parted ways with Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft, because video game publisher Mojang didn't spark to their take on the property. While promoting his new sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, arriving in theaters December 19, Shawn Levy offered more details about his exit in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Here's what he had to say, confirming that his story didn't sit quite well with Mojang.
"What happened simply is, Warners asked me to develop kind of how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it's not a narrative game. We came up with an approach that felt good to us and I discussed it with Mojang, the game makers who make Minecraft, and they were like, that doesn't sound like what we want »
Variety reports that their ideas for the project "didn't mesh with what the video game developers [Mojang] were looking for".
Levy begins promoting his most recent film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb this week.
Warner hopes to secure a new director for Minecraft by the new year. »
Minecraft, a videogame whose appeal continues to elude me, is currently in development at Warner Bros. In the game, the player builds whatever world they want using pixilated cubes, and can choose between a survival mode where they protect it from nocturnal monsters, or the player can go with a passive mode where they can build to their hearts' content without any risk of destruction. I guess it's just fun to build things in digital space, but it doesn't easily lend itself to a feature film, and the adaptation is looking for new writers and a director. Hit the jump for more. A couple months ago, we reported that Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) was in talks to direct Minecraft and Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney would be handling the script. According to Variety, Levy and the writers presented their idea to the studio last month, but the game's developers, »
- Matt Goldberg
Shawn Levy won't be building up any more blocks for Minecraft. The director has exited the Warner Bros. project based on the popular video game, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the game in late February, and brought on Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney to develop it, with Levy eyeing it as a directorial project. The game, which centers on players using blocks to create structures and worlds, allows for many interpretations for a film, and sources say Levy's vision wasn't aligning with the vision of others involved with the project.
- Rebecca Ford
Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft has lost director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), just two months after he signed on to direct and develop the project. Screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) have also left the project, after helping develop the adaptation. Both the director and writers presented their ideas to the studio, but their story, "didn't mesh with what the video game developers were looking for," and both sides thought it would be best to part ways.
The studio sees Minecraft as a very important property, and hopes to find a replacement director before year's end. Warner Bros. acquired rights to the video game back in February from Swedish company Mojang, with Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick set to produce. Minecraft is currently one of the most popular "open world" games, with over 100 million registered »
Last month it was reported that Real Steel/Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy would helm a big screen adaptation of the popular video game Minecraft. Now it turns out that Levy won’t direct the movie after all. Justin Kroll has learned that “Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave” after the […]
- Peter Sciretta
After working together to develop a take on the film adaptation of the video game “Minecraft,” director Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave the Warner Bros. project.
The three had been brought on to develop the film with Levy eyeing to direct. Levy and the Mulroney’s presented the new idea to the studio last month but it didn’t mesh with what the video game developers were looking for. Levy and the studio felt it was the best idea that the two move on and look in another direction.
The studio still views this as a very important property and hopes to land a new director by the start of the new year.
As for Levy, the director has not decided what his next project will be but sources say he is deciding between “40 Thieves,” a retelling of the “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves »
- Justin Kroll
The three were brought on to develop the film with Levy eyeing to direct. Levy and the Mulroney’s presented their idea to the studio last month but it didn't mesh with what the video game developers were looking for.
Rather than trying again, they've decided to part ways with the studio now set to look in another direction. They reportedly hope to land a new director by the start of the new year.
Levy, who is about to begin several weeks of promotional work for "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," isn't likely to set his next film until the new year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off »
- C. Molly Smith
The plot follows Jake (Gerard Butler), a satellite engineer who learns that all of the world's weather satellites are malfunctioning. He is sent into space to fix the satellites and stop a man-made storm from destroying the Earth, while his estranged brother (Jim Sturgess) discovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States (Andy Garcia).
Katheryn Winnick is playing Jake's ex-wife Olivia and mother to their daughter, Hannah. Ed Harris is also starring as the Secretary of State, while Abbie Cornish plays a Secret Service agent who is also dating Jake's brother.
Dean Devlin (Independence Day) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in New Orleans.
Katheryn Winnick is best known for »
Exclusive: Katheryn Winnick has joined the cast of Geostorm, the 2016 environmental disaster pic from Warner Bros. Gerard Butler stars as a man sent into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a cataclysmic storm capable of destroying the planet. Winnick will play Olivia, ex-wife to Jake (Butler) and mother of Hannah. Jim Sturgess, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, and Abbie Cornish are also starring in the Dean Devlin-helmed picture which Devlin, Skydance Productions, and Electric Entertainment are producing. Devlin has scripting credit with Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney and is gearing up to begin filming next month in New Orleans. Winnick’s recent films include Love And Other Drugs and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. She’ll reprise her role as the warrioress Lagertha on History’s Vikings and is repped by CAA. Geostorm is set to open on March 26, 2016.
- Jen Yamato
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
The absolutely bonkers-sounding Geostorm may be about to transform from a Gerard Butler sci-fi actioner into a star-studded sci-fi blockbuster. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind) and Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part III) are reportedly all in talks for major roles in the pic, which aims to blend elements of a political thriller and an effects-heavy disaster epic.
Butler stars as a gruff but likable satellite designer who, after the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, is forced to team up with his estranged brother (Sturgess) to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. However, as the designer heads into space, his brother discovers a nefarious plot to assassinate the president and plunge the world into even deeper chaos.
If they come aboard, Cornish will play a Secret Service agent, the girlfriend of Butler’s protagonist. Harris will play the secretary of »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
Gerard Butler stars as a satellite engineer who learns that the world's climate-control satellites are malfunctioning, forcing him to team up with his estranged brother (Jim Sturgess) to stop a man-made storm from destroying the Earth. While the engineer travels into space to fix the satellites, his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States (Andy Garcia). Abbie Cornish will play a Secret Service agent who is also the brother's girlfriend, while Ed Harris is portraying the Secretary of State.
Dean Devlin is directing Geostorm from a script he originally wrote, which is now being worked on by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Skydance's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg are producing alongside Dean Devlin »
I imagine most comic fans remember Warner Bros now abandoned Justice League movie that was written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and was to be directed by George Miller (Mad Max). Around this same time this film was getting going, director Christopher Nolan was developing (Also at Warner Bros) the sequel to the franchise rehabilitating Batman Begins with Christian Bale returning as Batman and featuring The Joker (Ledger was not cast yet) as the film's main villain. Which means we would have has 2 different actors playing Bruce Wayne/Batman as the same time. One of the many reasons that Nolan would go on to assist getting this movie cancelled. Though, the biggest reasons this film didn't get made was that the budget soared when Australia changed their film rebates, and because of the impending writer's strke, which would've eliminated the ability for script changes. »
16 items from 2014
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