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Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Hey Tron fans, thought your days of bad news were finally over after Disney scuttled Tron 3? Think again. During a recent interview, Bruce Boxleitner, known as one of the sci-fi franchise’s most enduring champions, revealed that he has finally given up the ghost and moved on from the possibility of ever playing Alan Bradley/Tron again.
Talking to /Film, Boxleitner communicated his immense displeasure with Disney’s hot-and-cold treatment of the Tron movies and explained that he’s been fooled one too many times to get his hopes up again. The excerpt, below:
“I don’t really care anymore,” Bradley said when I asked him if he thought Tron 3 might get revived down the road. “I’m done with it. I’ve moved on. I hate to say that but it’s been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don’t »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in February, we reported that MGM has hired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Evan Daugherty to pen the script for their Tomb Raider reboot. Now it seems that script has been completed, with Heroic Hollywood reporting that the studio is sending out the Tomb Raider movie script in hopes of securing a female director for the project. The studio is looking for a "Michelle MacLaren-type." You may recall that Michelle MacLaren was initially attached to direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros., before she backed out in April, leading to Patty Jenkins taking over.
The reboot is said to be on the fast track to production, although it isn't known when the studio is wanting to start production. No plot details have been given, but the reboot is expected to feature a much younger version of the iconic Lara Croft character. MGM is teaming up with Warner Bros. to produce and distribute the Croft reboot. »
Earlier this week came a rumor that "Tron Legacy" and "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski was in early talks to direct the reboot of the "Tomb Raider" film franchise at MGM, Gk Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Evan Daugherty has reportedly finished the script which is currently out to directors, with the studio making a strong push to get the film moving due to their rights deal with game publisher Square Enix.
The new film is expected to be in line with the tone and feel of the 2013 video game reboot in which we follow a younger and more realistic 21-year-old version of British archaeologist Lara Croft. That game showcased how she started out as a frightened young woman »
- Garth Franklin
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Disney decided against moving ahead with the third instalment of the sci-fi series last month.
Writing on Twitter, Wilde quipped: "Tron fans! Don't trip. Now I don't have to live on seaweed juice and tofu dust for 6 months to fit into a rubber suit."
Tron fans! Don't trip. Now I don't have to live on seaweed juice and tofu dust for 6 months to fit into a rubber suit.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 2, 2015
Preparations for filming were already under way in Vancouver before Disney pulled the plug on the project.
2010's Tron: Legacy brought the franchise to a whole new generation of fans, taking roughly $400 million »
It looks like Tron 3 is officially off the grid... or release schedule, at least. Disney has decided to pull the plug on the Tron: Legacy follow-up only a couple of months after the film looked like it was officially happening. Both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to return alongside Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, with production to begin this fall. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film -- and franchise? -- has been scrapped, with no...
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Disney has decided not to move forward with Tron 3, a proposed third installment of the popular sci-fi franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to the project say the film was never officially greenlit, though prep work had already begun.
Joseph Kosinski, director of 2010's Tron: Legacy, previously signed on to helm the film, with co-stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund both set to reprise their roles. Production was planned to begin this fall, with Vancouver cited as a possible location. The change in plans comes as a shock for financial reasons, »
Disney made waves last Friday when it de-rezzed Tron 3, which had been all set to shoot this fall with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski back behind the camera and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde returning. The studio didn’t give a reason for pulling the plug, but many have speculated that the disappointing haul for Tomorrowland turned execs off pricey sci-fi, at least while they continue to plot more lucrative fairy-tale adaptations. Of course, fans aren’t just rolling over and taking this – it’s the Internet age, after all.
Fan Lucas Lowman has started a petition on Change.org to get Tron 3 back on schedule. More than 11,000 people have signed as of now, and Lowman’s goal is 15,000.
His official statement reads as follows:
Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It’s a shame »
- Isaac Feldberg
Late last week, it was reported that Disney had decided to axe the developing "Tron 3" aka "Tron: Ascension." Things had been moving along slowly over the past few months, with production aiming to gear up this fall in Vancouver, with director Joseph Kosinski, and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, all slated to return. But then, "Tomorrowland" underwhelmed both critically and commercially, and perhaps fearing sinking money into a sci-fi sequel which there might not be an audience for, Disney decided to yank the plug on "Tron 3." So, game over, right? Well, not so fast for some fans. A petition has started up to save the movie on Change.org, and it has already amassed 10,000 signatures, with a goal of 15,000. Here's what Lucas Lowman, who started the campaign, has to say about the push to keep the project alive: Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Word came Friday that Disney Pictures had cancelled "Tron: Ascension," the proposed third film in the "Tron" franchise. Despite the success of "Tron: Legacy", the studio had been seemingly reluctant on green lighting another one.
Then came reports a few months back that production was aiming to kick off in the Fall and at least three cast members along with director Joseph Kosinski would be returning. Sadly Disney's decision to axe it, not long after the underperformance of "Tomorrowland" at the U.S. box-office, has been met mostly with a reaction of bitter disappointment.
Now, an online petition at Change.org by fan Lucas Lowman has asked Disney to revive the project and has scored over 13,000 signatures so far and counting. The petition is seeking 15,000 signatures and states this:
"Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It's a shame »
- Garth Franklin
Disney has pulled the plug on Tron 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The follow-up to 2011's Tron: Legacy seemed to be taking shape as recently as April, when it was announced that both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde would return to reprise their roles, with Joseph Kosinski again directing. But sources tell THR that the film "was never officially greenlit" — though Disney was, apparently, interested in casting Jared Leto. Of course, the real tragedy is this means another Daft Punk soundtrack probably isn't happening anytime soon. We're sobbing underneath our masks, too. »
- Dee Lockett
Disneyland may be The Happiest Place on Earth but "Tron 3" is not getting a happy ending. It's not even getting a happy beginning, since it was killed before it got to live. But what destroyed, or at least tabled, "Tron 3" -- a crowded Disney movie slate; lack of real interest in another "Tron" movie, despite early buzz (and an angry fan petition, see below); or the disappointing box office for Disney's "Tomorrowland"?
Back in April, The Hollywood Reporter said the sequel to "Tron: Legacy" was a go, with Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund scheduled to pick up their roles. However, THR returned late on Friday, May 29 with a never-mind report, saying Disney had chosen not to move forward with the sequel. It was never official to begin with, but THR said prep had started on the third film, with production possibly beginning this fall in Vancouver with Joseph Kosinski returning to direct. »
- Gina Carbone
The grid is going dark again. Though there had seemingly been real movement on the third Tron film – which was rumoured to bear the title Tron: Ascension – The Hollywood Reporter uploads the news that Disney has decided to halt any forward movement for now, cancelling the current plans. While it had appeared that the film was gearing up into pre-production for a shoot in Vancouver later this year, with director Joseph Kosinski and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde back for more techno-action, the trade mag’s sources say there wasn’t an official greenlight for the movie, and despite thoughts towards trying to snag Jared Leto for a role, no offer had been made.Part of the decision seems to be simply that the studio’s schedule is full for at least the next couple of years, with Pixar and Marvel providing a full pipeline of movies alongside the likes of The Jungle Book, »
Everything was looking good on the Tron 3 front a few months back, with reports that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski would be returning to The Grid, along with stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, with production rumoured to begin later this year. But according to a new report from the Hollywood Reporter it seems the second sequel to Disney’s 1982 cult classic is officially no more, with Disney deciding to no longer move forward with the movie. Although not officially greenlit, Disney had been developing the sequel since Tron: Legacy, and prep had already begun on Tron 3, with Vancouver eyed as a shooting location. Though not officially confirmed, it is likely the underperformance of Tomorrowland, which debuted in the U.S. with a disappointing $33 million opening weekend haul, may have soured Disney on live action adventures, with their current trend of remaking their classic cartoons, with likes of Maleficent and Cinderella, »
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Well, it looks like Disney’s long awaited third trip into the Grid won’t be coming to theaters after all. Despite reports that filming would begin in the fall, the studio has officially put the kibosh on Tron 3.
The not all too surprising news comes from THR, who didn’t give a reason for the abrupt cancellation. Tron: Legacy had a tepid reception from both fans and critics when it arrived in 2010, 28 years after the original sci-fi classic. Disney appeared to be dragging its feet on getting the third entry off the ground, and though Tron: Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were expected to return – once again under the direction of Joseph Kosinski – the film never seemed like a sure bet.
THR cites that Tomorrowland‘s disappointing reception could be one of the reasons that Tron 3 got the axe, while the studio’s crowded slate »
- James Garcia
Trouble in paradise. Multiple sources are reporting that Disney has apparently cancelled Tron 3, or rather, the next sequel to follow Tron Legacy. Though they may not agree with that wording, as THR writes that "the project was never officially greenlit", but in the end Disney has "chosen not to move forward with a third installment in the sci-fi series". A few months ago we also reported that Vancouver was preparing for another Tron shoot later this year, and that it was happening, plans were in place, and things were heading towards that potential start. However, that's no longer the case. So what's to blame? Apparently the dismal opening of Tomorrowland, which scared them from making another futuristic sci-fi movie. Well this sucks. Disney's Tron Legacy was released in late 2010, and we've been waiting to see a follow-up ever since. Word is they finally had Joseph Kosinski back to direct, »
- Alex Billington
According to The Hollywood Reported Disney canceled the untitled Tron Legacy sequel, crushing the last glimmer of hope fans had for another film in that series. Despite Disney never really confirming a Tron 3, the wheels seemed to turn in the right direction for the film to finally happen. Director Joseph Kosinski and stars Olivia […]
Read Disney Pulls the Plug on Tron Legacy Sequel on Filmonic.
As quickly as Tron 3 (aka Tron: Ascension) popped up on the radar it's gone. In late March reports surfaced the Tron: Legacy follow-up would begin shooting in Vancouver from early October thru February, but now The Hollywood Reporter reports Disney has chosen not to move forward with a third installment in the sci-fi series. The decision comes following the lackluster performance of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, which was budgeted at $190 million and opened to a meager $33 million last weekend. Add to that the recent disappointments such as The Lone Ranger and John Carter and Disney has struggled with big budget blockbusters as of late... at least those that weren't already established properties (i.e. Marvel) and/or live action fairy tale adaptations. Tron 3 was expected to move forward with Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski returning along with stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund and THR reports Jared Leto »
- Brad Brevet
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