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Simon Kinberg has been part of Fox’s X-Men franchise for a few years now, serving as a producer on every film in the long-running franchise since 2011’s X-Men: First Class. But despite suggestions that he might have stepped in to help finish Josh Trank’s ill-fated Fantastic Four, Kinberg has never directed a movie of his own, superhero or otherwise
That might be about to change, with The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline both reporting that Kinberg is supposedly in ongoing talks to direct the next, still untitled, movie in the X-Men universe. Kinberg reportedly wrote a script for a new X-Men film last year, presumably as a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse. Given that Fox is focused on Logan at the minute, it’s still unclear what form this latest movie would take. Casting will certainly be an interesting hurdle, though, especially since Hugh Jackman is retiring from playing ...
- William Hughes
Simon Brew Feb 20, 2017
He’s wrapped production on the remake of Jumanji, that’s heading to screens at the end of the year. Baywatch and Fast & Furious 8 are in the can for release during the summer. And now Dwayne Johnson has turned his attention to his next project.
Of the many potential projects on his slate, it’s the adaptation of videogame Rampage that’s bubbled up to the top. It’s going to be loosely based around the 1980s game, although given the lack of plot to play with, there’s a fair amount of liberty that can easily be taken here.
Things we already know: the film is set to be released on April »
Simon Brew Feb 20, 2017
In the first sign that Disney’s new take on The Lion King is motoring forward since it was originally announced, director Jon Favreau has taken to his Twitter feed to start announcing the cast for the new movie.
Favreau will be using the same techniques he employed to bring The Jungle Book back to the big screen last year for The Lion King, and that means performance capture and a broad range of voice talent. In this case, Donald Glover is to take on the role of Simba this time around, taking on the part from Matthew Broderick. Meanwhile, Simba’s father, Mufasa, is set to »
Mike Cecchini Feb 20, 2017
Long deleted scenes from the original Ghostbusters might finally see the light of day.
There are so many reasons that the original Ghostbusters is a strong movie that it's silly to try and recount them here. But one thing that doesn't often make it into those discussions is that there's no waste in Ghostbusters. The film clocks in at an economical 105 minutes, which seems positively quaint in an era when summer blockbusters all seem to have a far longer minute minimum.
Would another 15 minutes genuinely make it a better movie? Almost certainly not. But that doesn't mean that we don't want to see what else was left on the cutting room floor. Whenever more Ghostbusters deleted scenes are discovered, we're going to watch them, even »
I went into the whole idea of a Power Rangers movie with some hard skepticism. It’s a film based on one of the campiest, cheesiest properties known to mankind — a property that doesn’t exactly hold up when actually looked at with a critical eye. This doesn’t make it the easiest thing to bring to the big screen. Heck, they tried doing that back in the 1990s, when the franchise was in its heyday, and despite the good ol’ college try they gave the film, it didn’t really do a whole lot of business.
So could they possibly succeed in this new Power Rangers adaptation? That certainly remains to be seen, but from the trailers Lionsgate has released thus far, it’s possible. Rather than try to deviate too far from the source material, or to stick to close to it, they seem to have found a solid middle ground. »
- Joseph Medina
Bron Studios in association with Creative Wealth Media has come on board to produce and finance European Film Market (EFM) sales title Fonzo, the latest addition to its ambitious stable of titles.
Bloom is selling international rights to the drama that will star Tom Hardy as Al Capone and is scheduled to shoot in the autumn.
Josh Trank, who broke out with Chronicle, will direct the profile of the gangster in his final years in prison, tormented by dementia and harrowing memories of his violent past. CAA and Wme represent North American rights.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
Since the internet erupted with praise concerning Adi Shankar's Power/Rangers short, rumours have persisted that the producer will eventually enter Saban's mighty morphin' fold officially.
Speaking to Polygon, Shankar has now revealed exactly how he wants to make that happen. He's working on scripts for an R-rated animated "retelling of the first three seasons" of Power Rangers, which will, in his words, be "really fucking dark."
Reiterating the point, Shankar promised that his vision is "Darker than any other Power Rangers series."
However, don't get your hopes up just yet, as Shankar still »
David Crow Feb 10, 2017
This weekend, The Lego Batman Movie will open as a kind of celebration for all things Batman. Yep, even those two less than loved Joel Schumacher Batman films will be getting tips of the hat. Still, before that movie even lands, THR is getting the Batman movie nostalgia started early with the revelation that rapper and sometime-actor Coolio almost played the Scarecrow in an unproduced fifth Batman movie.
Mike Cecchini Feb 10, 2017
It's the kind of multi-layered, family entertainment adventure that has been missing from lots of animated series over the last few years (although another Dreamworks/Netflix collaboration, Voltron: Legendary Defender is also making that case nicely) and we consider it a classic in the making.
So, as you might expect, we're excited to hear that Netflix is making Trollhunters season 2 a priority for later this year.
Guillermo del Toro described the renewal thusly to Entertainment Weekly...
"Well, we got very good news about how many people were watching the series, »
Nick Harley Feb 10, 2017
This review contains spoilers. To read a different, spoiler-free review of this episode, click here. Consider this review a continuation of the spoiler-free version.
1.1 Chapter One
I’m worried about Legion. Before you take this the wrong way, let me clarify; I’m over the moon in love with the pilot, but I’m worried with what other people will think. Not the critical reception, because as you’ve probably seen for yourself by now, the show is earning rave reviews. No, I’m worried about it finding an audience. As I’m »
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales and production shingle, Bloom, introduced the pic at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, and will continue sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. Wme Global is handling U.S. rights.
Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe topline the adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestseller in which a soprano (Moore) travels to perform at the concert of a Japanese business man (Watanabe) in South America. When the home is overtaken by guerrillas, demanding the release of their jailed comrades, a standoff begins that brings hostages and captors together.
International opera star Renee Fleming has also joined and will contribute vocals to the drama.
Principal photography begins in New York on Feb. 13.
- Variety Staff
Matthew Byrd Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
Konami's iconic vampire-stuffed gaming franchise Castlevania is becoming a Netflix series.
The streaming service released a statement earlier this week that included a brief rundown its upcoming original shows. Innocently tucked into the list was a reference to a program titled "Castlevania Season 1, Part 1" and a vague mention of a 2017 release date.
Reports suggested straight away that this project is being helmed by producer Adi Shankar - creator of this Power Rangers short - as it had previously been suggested that he was producing something for Konami. Now, a day later, Shankar's involvement has been confirmed.
He took »
The future of the Star Wars movie universe is big, bright and wide. Yes, Disney and Lucasfilm are going to make more saga movies, but given the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the playbook is pretty open now to explore other stories from the Star Wars universe. One character that could eventually make her way to the live-action side of a galaxy far, far away is Ahsoka Tano, and now it seems like Rosario Dawson might be interested in playing her.
Rosario Dawson recently had a Twitter exchange that definitely seems to indicate she would be interested in playing Anakin Skywalker's former apprentice in a live-action Star Wars movie in the future. A Twitter user by the name of John Kilker suggested to artist BossLogic, who is fairly well known for his fan art, to do Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano. Her response to that was very receptive. »
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
After years of anticipation, the sequel to 2008’s home invasion hit The Strangers is officially moving forward with Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door) directing from a screenplay co-written by Bryan Bertino, the director of the first film. Bloom has acquired international rights to the sequel, which is slated to start filming this summer and will feature the return of the killers from the first film:
Press Release: Berlin (February 4, 2017) –– Bloom has taken international rights to The Strangers 2, the sequel to the 2008 hit which grossed over $82 million worldwide. Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down) is on board to direct from a script written by Bryan Bertino, who wrote and directed the original, and Ben Ketai. The Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, The Survivalist), Robert Jones (Centurion, The Usual Suspects), Mark Lane & James Harris (47 Meters Down, I Am Not A Serial Killer) are producing, »
- Derek Anderson
Filmmakers often plan ahead, and many of the movies which come out each year are designed to be part of a multi-film series. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, the first sequel bombs and the third movie never gets made. Here are 6 short movie franchises that remained unfinished.
There have been many successful franchises over the years. Franchises are a very hot thing right now. However, for every Star Wars, Dark Knight or Captain America franchise, there is a failed film series. Often these intended series will start off with an excellent movie but the second film will derail any plans for a third movie or beyond.
In no particular order, here are six franchises that never got past a second film.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Academy Award® Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk). The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified Film Fund I slate, which is partnered with Look to the Sky Films. The fund, comprised of Victory Square Labs and its equity partner Fantasy 360 (Fys:cn)(Otc:fntyf)(6F6.F) along with The Fyzz Facility, was announced at the most recent Cannes. The film will also be produced by Zahler’s frequent collaborators, Dallas Sonnier under his new Cinestate banner, and Jack Heller of Assemble Media. Bloom will commence international sales on the thriller at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, with Wme Global representing the U.S. rights.
A stolid, old guard policeman, Ridgeman (Gibson) and his volatile younger partner, »
- Melissa Thompson
Academy Award Winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge, Wedding Crashers) will star in Dragged Across Concrete, written and to be directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk). The film will mark another production for Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and financed by the recently announced Unified Film Fund I slate, which is partnered with Look to the Sky Films. The fund, comprised of Victory Square Labs and its equity partner Fantasy 360 along with The Fyzz Facility, was announced at the most recent Cannes. The film will also be produced by Zahler's frequent collaborators, Dallas Sonnier under his new Cinestate banner, and Jack Heller of Assemble Media. Bloom will commence international sales on the thriller at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, with Wme Global representing the U.S. rights.
Kirsten Howard Jan 30, 2017
We've noticed that directors tend to get a bit wibbly when talking about actor Dane DeHaan, and Mr. Besson is no exception...
2017 looks set to finally be Dane DeHaan's time to shine.
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After starring in Josh Trank's 2012 sci-fi flick Chronicle as an abused lad driven mad with (super)power, and as a troubled soul in Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines in the same year, DeHaan became a hot ticket.
He's been incredibly picky since, with an appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Harry Osborn and a starring role in the indie rom-com Life After Beth his most prominent roles in the last five years, but »
While the X-Men may appear out of bounds given 20th Century Fox’s success with the franchise, there’s been a lot of speculation from fans as to whether Marvel’s First Family could find themselves back home at Marvel Studios at some point, particularly following 2015’s disastrous Fantastic Four reboot.
Seeing Mister Fantastic and company alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as part of the McU is something that is sure to appeal to many Marvel fans, and it looks like we can include Scott Derrickson in that list, with the Doctor Strange director telling Screen Rant:
“I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the McU because a lot of Doctor Strange – that’s the comment I read the most during that. I love those characters and I think that they still deserve another shot at finding a true home in the McU. I still have hope for that. »
- Gary Collinson
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