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13 items from 2014

"Prometheus 2" Gets Scribe, Release Date

24 March 2014 9:56 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Green Lantern" scribe and "Kings" creator Michael Green has signed on to rewrite the script by Jack Paglen ("Transcendence") for the "Prometheus" sequel at 20th Century Fox.

Several sources claim that this film is the "mystery Ridley Scott project" which 20th Century Fox scheduled for March 4th 2016 last week.

The first "Prometheus," originally penned by Jon Spaihts and heavily re-written by "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, was a sort-of prequel to Scott's 1979 "Alien" and left many unanswered questions.

This follow-up is said to have a "more terrifying tone", will include multiple versions of the android David (Michael Fassbender), and will be more akin to "Alien" than the grander sci-fi of the first "Prometheus". It's not known if the rumored title of "Paradise" will be used, but "Prometheus 2" is certain to be changed.

This marks the second script for Scott that Green is polishing, the scribe is currently polishing the script »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Prometheus’ Sequel Moving Forward With ‘Blade Runner’ Writer

24 March 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox and Ridley Scott are moving forward on a sequel to the 2012 sci-fi hit “Prometheus,” with Michael Green on board to script.

Green worked with Scott last year on a rewrite of the script for a reboot of “Blade Runner” from Alcon Entertainment. Green’s credits include “Smallville,” “Heroes” and “Green Lantern.”

Jack Paglen wrote a script for the “Prometheus” sequel last year.

Fox has not yet dated the sequel. Scott will produce through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown if he will direct.

Prometheus” starred Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The film was set in the late 21st Century and centered on the spaceship Prometheus seeking the origins of humanity.

Prometheus,” written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, grossed more than $400 million worldwide.

Green is repped by Wme, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Patti C. Felker.

The news was first reported by The Wrap. »

- Dave McNary

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Focus Features Looks to Save Keanu Reeves' Abandoned 'Passengers'

20 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Just last week we learned that The Weinstein Company had dropped the sci-fi romance Passengers that was meant to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams. Apparently they let the film go because McAdams dropped out of the project after production was pushed back. But now it looks like the film from "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk and Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts might have life again as The Wrap reports Focus Features is currently in talks to pick up the film for distribution in the United States. That sounds like the perfect home for a film that has an isolated story, but still has a big scope. More below! For those just joining us, the film follows a man (Reeves) who mistakenly awakens from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else during a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Keanu Reeves ‘Passengers’ Gets New Backing?

20 March 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn have a soft spot for the late Ninetie’s icon that is Keanu Reeves, and have the feature to prove it, so we’ve been following the devleopment of his latest venture Passengers closely.

The plot of the film which is being pitched as a Sci-fi Drama takes place in the future. Set aboard a spaceship, Jon Spaihts script centres on a male passenger who is pulled out of cryo-sleep 100 years early. Rather than face his situation alone he decides to ‘wake-up’ one of the females onboard. Reeves who is also producing the film will be playing the male however there seems to be a fair bit of musical chairs happening with regard to his female counterpart. Reese Witherspoon was first attached to the project but had to leave as the project clashed with something else, she was then swiftly replaced by Rachel McAdams.

McAdams left last week with The Weinstein Co. »

- Kat Smith

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Focus Features Looks To Pick Up Keanu Reeves’ Long-Delayed Sci-Fi Romance ‘Passengers’

20 March 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before “Prometheus” brought the name of Jon Spaihts to many people’s attention, Keanu Reeves was busy working with the writer on “Passengers” a 2007 Black List-approved project primed as a slice of smart, intimate sci-fi also starring Reeves. The space romance has since encountered many obstacles—first the swap of Rachel McAdams for Reese Witherspoon in the co-lead, and then McAdams’ exit just as The Weinstein Company also dropped its involvement—but at last a bit of optimistic news has arrived. Principal photography was slated to begin on “Passengers” in just a few weeks, with "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk at the helm, but McAdams’ departure has left producers (including Reeves) searching once more for their female lead. While that integral hunt continues though, The Wrap reports that at least distribution troubles may soon be sorted, as Focus Features looks to take the place of the Weinstein Company to »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Keanu Reeves’ Sci-Fi Drama ‘Passengers’ Heading for New Distributor

19 March 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features is in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers,” the indie sci-fi drama with Keanu Reeves starring.

Passengers” went back on the market after The Weinstein Co. ditched the project. TWC had acquired the domestic rights during Cannes last year with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.

Brian Kirk, whose TV credits include “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” is attached to direct in what will be his feature debut.

Ben Browning had been on board to finance and produce through his Wayfare Entertainment, which has been re-named Start Motion Pictures, along with Reeves’ producing partner Stephen Hamel of Company Films.

Jon Spaihts wrote the script, which is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else, »

- Dave McNary

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Focus Features in Talks to Distribute Keanu Reeves' Passengers

19 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Keanu Reeves' outer space romantic drama Passengers , written by Jon Spaihts ( Prometheus ), was seemingly languishing in development hell for many years until last year when things started moving forward on the project. Reese Witherspoon joined the project last May but she dropped out and a few months later, Rachel McAdams joined the project . Having already picked up the project at Cannes, The Weinstein Company set a April 3, 2015 release date shortly after Rachel McAdams joined with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk at the helm. Less than a week ago, McAdams dropped out of the project and The Weinstein Company followed suit by dropping the movie altogether, making it seem like Passengers may never happen. Now TheWrap is claiming that the new Focus »

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Literary Agent Trevor Astbury Exits Paradigm; Expected to Join CAA (Exclusive)

18 March 2014 11:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Literary agent Trevor Astbury has left Paradigm and is expected to join CAA, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap. Representatives for CAA and Paradigm did not immediately respond to TheWrap's late-night requests for comment. Also read: Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Join Paradigm; Clients to Follow From Resolution It remains unclear which clients would follow Astbury to his next agency. At Paradigm, the well-respected dealmaker represented screenwriters Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”), Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”), Ernie Cline (“Ready Player One”), Bert Royal (“Easy A”), Jamie Linden (“Dear John”), Patrick Lussier (“Terminator: Genesis”) and David McKenna (“American History X”) as well as “Hitman” director. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Uh-Oh: Weinsteins Drop 'Passengers' & Lose Co-Star Rachel McAdams

14 March 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well, here's some severely bad news for what seemed to be a promising sci-fi romance. Passengers was slated to begin production in Germany next month with Keanu Reeves playing a man who mistakenly awakens from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else during a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman to spend time with, and that love interest was supposed to be played by Rachel McAdams. But THR reports The Weinstein Company has dropped the film and The Notebook star is no longer on board. The film was slated to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2015, but now that The Weinstein Company isn't distributing the project due to a production delay that has "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk waiting another few weeks to begin shooting the script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Rachel McAdams Exits 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves, The Weinstein Company Drops Film

14 March 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” was resuscitated last year when TV vet Brian Kirk and The Weinstein Company aligned themselves with the Keanu Reeves-starring and produced sci-fi film and a release date was set for April 2015. Of course, just as quickly as a deal can come together in Hollywood, it can fall apart. THR reports the Jon Spaihts-penned “space romance” has lost its female lead, Rachel McAdams -- who replaced the originally-cast Reese Witherspoon -- and consequently the film’s release date has been postponed, with The Weinstein Company no longer involved. Shooting was set to start in a few weeks but the trade’s sources have optimistically said “the start date has been pushed back by at least several weeks, if not more.” It’s a shame that the project has hit another obstacle as it’s one of the few original sci-fi films that’s been »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Sundance Announces 2014 Award Winners

26 January 2014 12:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).

Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.

Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:

Park City, »

- Paul Heath

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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

9 January 2014 1:30 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Sundance: Bryan Singer, Leonard Maltin Among Jurors

9 January 2014 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2014 festival. Exclusive: Capital Cities to Headline Sayers Club Gig at Sundance Director Bryan Singer, film critic Leonard Maltin and 20 Feet From Stardom helmer Morgan Neville are among the group that will select winners in various categories including the U.S. Dramatic top prize. Singer and Maltin will be part of a team that selects the U.S. Dramtic winner, while Neville will be on the U.S. Documentary jury, where he will be joined by musician Tracy Chapman. Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is

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