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Passengers: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are moving closer to starring together in the sci-fi romance Passengers. The project has not yet received an official "green light" to start production in September, but pre-production has begun. If it goes forward as expected, Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) would direct the big-budget film from an original screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) about two people on a years-long journey through space. [Heat Vision] Meg: Eli Roth is in talks to direct Meg, a thriller about a giant shark. It's based on the first in a series of novels by Steve Alten about a deep sea diver who discovers the modern-day existence of a Megaladon, a prehistoric, predatory sea creature that threatens California; in the movie, China...
- Peter Martin
He is riding high off of the huge success of Jurassic World, while she continues to be an international icon, and an altogether awesome human being. Yes, the hottest two actors in Hollywood, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are set to unite for the upcoming sci-fi/drama Passengers. The film has been in the works for quite some time, and now it looks like it will be fast-tracked with these two A-listers involved. Morten Tyldum will direct from a Jon Spaihts script, with shooting set to begin in September.
- Paul Heath
Passengers: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are moving closer to starring together in the sci-fi romance Passengers. The project has not yet received an official green light to start production in September, but If it goes forward as expected, Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) would direct the big-budget film from an original screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) about two people on a years-long journey through space. [Heat Vision] Meg: Eli Roth is in talks to direct Meg,...
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Hollywood loves to pair up their hottest stars almost as much as I like to state the obvious; Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were scooped up by Sony earlier in the year to star in Passengers but the film then encountered some resistance due to its budget. Passengers has been in development for quite some time, Jon Spaihts' script found itself on the 2007 Black List where it... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Passengers is a big budget sci-fi romance that has been bouncing around for years now, but with the massive box office success of Jurassic World, Sony Pictures has finally greenlighted the project with two newly massive stars: Jennifer Lawrence and Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt.
THR describes Passengers as Gravity with romance, and it’s a sci-fi set in the near future in which two cryogenic space travelers form a relationship on a spaceship when they are each awoken 90 years ahead of their destination. Morten Tyldum of last year’s Oscar nominated The Imitation Game will direct.
The film has reportedly been bouncing around for some time with numerous names attached, including Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, and Rachel McAdams. And the script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) is an original story that has likely met some resistance because it’s not based on a sequel a novel or anything of the sort. »
- Brian Welk
Sony's new studio head, Tom Rothman, may be fiscally responsible, but that doesn't mean he won't spend money where it makes sense. While there were rumblings that he was not cool with the potential expense of the developing sci-fi romance "Passengers," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, he's gotten over it. THR reports that Sony has given the thumbs up to the movie that will be directed by "The Imitation Game" helmer Morten Tyldum. And those salaries that were causing a problem? No more. Lawrence will get a staggering $20 million, against 30% of the film's profit if it breaks even, which puts her in the upper echelon of A-list stars. Meanwhile, Pratt, who headed up the record breaking "Jurassic World," will bag $12 million, a boost from the $10 million he was previously slated to get. Damn. Read More: Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Pratt Are 'Passengers' In Sci-Fi Romance The Jon Spaihts »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A lot of people have reason to be happy about the monstrous success of Jurassic World, and it appears that the film’s record-breaking box office may just be the boost needed to kick a developing sci-fi film called Passengers into production. Scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), Passengers has been in development for a long while, but it gained momentum earlier this year when Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence attached themselves to star with The Imitation Game director (and Oscar nominee) Morten Tyldum at the helm. But Sony Pictures began sweating the film’s hefty price tag, which was a result of nabbing top-tier talent at the peak of their respective popularities. Lawrence was getting $20 million for the pic, Pratt at least $10 million, and Tyldum was set to receive a salary in the mid seven figures—and that’s before taking into account the film’s visual effects. [caption id="attachment_469143" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal Pictures[/caption] However, »
- Adam Chitwood
Call it the Jurassic World halo effect. Sony has had science-fiction romantic drama Passengers sitting on the launch pad for a while now, debating whether to film it or ditch it over budget issues. But thanks to the huge smash success of Chris Pratt’s dino-outing, the green light is flashing on the film, which will co-star another in-demand actor in Jennifer Lawrence. The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum is still attached to direct the story of a spaceship transporting thousands of human colonists to a distant planet. The script, written by Jon Spaihts, chronicles what happens when a malfunction causes one of them (Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Lawrence).Sony’s new boss Tom Rothman had »
Doctor Strange will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, with Tilda Swinton said to be in talks to play the Ancient One. Written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange follows the story of the brilliant and arrogant neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who learns after a horrific car accident that his hands don’t hold the key to his powers. Instead, he discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The movie is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
Very slowly, the casting for the Doctor Strange movie is falling into place. The second of Marvel Studios' 2016 release, the film will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil, Sinister) directing.
A little while back, it was rumoured that Chiwetel Ejiofor was up for a role in the film. It increasingly seems like he's on board too, and Deadline has added a few more details.
Apparently, Ejiofor is in line to play Baron Mordo. The character was introduced as a villain originally in the comics, although Deadline notes that that may not be the case in the film. Rather, that Baron Mordo may be "an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange's mythology".
We already know that Tilda Swinton is playing The Ancient One, »
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character, a brilliant and arrogant neurosurgeon who learns after a horrific car accident that his hands don’t hold the key to his powers. Instead, he discovers the hidden world of magic.
The film version of Mordo isn't expected to be the straight up villain of the comics, rather an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange‘s mythology. In the comics Mordo and Strange are mentored by The Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton in the film) with Mordo ultimately trying to kill his teacher.
Jon Spaihts penned the script for the film which opens November 4th next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel’s Doctor Strange already boasts one of the more interesting casts in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of the Sorcerer Supreme and Tilda Swinton playing a regendered version of The Ancient One. Now, it’s been revealed which character 12 Years a Slave Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor will be portraying – and as expected, it’s one with extensive roots in comic mythology.
As rumored, Ejiofor will take on the role of Baron Mordo, a long-time enemy of Doctor Strange who first made his comic debut in Strange Tales back in 1963. Interestingly, Deadline reports that Mordo isn’t necessarily an out-and-out villain in this new film but rather an “amalgation” of characters pulled from the pages of the Doctor Strange comics.
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Mordo’s backstory in the comics is that he was mentored by the Ancient »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline has revealed that Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to play Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange. The villain first appeared in Strange Tales in 1963, and is an accomplished user of magic who was trained by the Ancient One. He's a long time foe of Dr. Strange who sided with Dormammu. However, the site adds that while the 12 Years A Slave star is playing Mordo, he may not be a full baddie. Instead, he's going to be "an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange‘s mythology." Written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange follows the story of the brilliant and arrogant neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who learns after a horrific car accident that his hands don’t hold the key to his powers. Instead, he discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The movie is currently set to be released on November 4th, 2016. »
While Tilda Swinton has acted alongside a number of Marvel universe folk in recent years – Chris Evans in Snowpiercer and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive to name but two – she’s never set foot inside the actual McU. All that is set to change, as she’s in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.Sinister’s Scott Derrickson is calling the shots on this one, working from a script by Jon Spaihts. They will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as the Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, »
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is in talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” TheWrap has learned. The role up for grabs is of The Ancient One, a Tibetan sage who serves as mentor for Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange. The character is male in the comic book universe, but at present it’s unclear if Swinton would play the part as such. Scott Derrickson will direct from a script by Jon Spaihts, and the film will hit theaters on Nov. 4, 2016. Also Read: Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive) Cumberbatch will star as neurosurgeon Strange, »
- Matt Donnelly
There are only a select few actors in the entire world who can command $20 million for a movie role simply by being in front of the cameras when they start to roll, but that exclusive club gained a new member recently. Her name, you askc Jennifer Lawrence, of course. Didn't you read the headlinec According to a report at The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence is set to pull in twenty rocks for her role opposite Chris Pratt (who's getting $10 million) in Passengers, a long-gestating sci-fi feature that ultimately landed at Sony. Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon were once attached to star, then Reeves and Rachel McAdams, and now hot commodities Lawrence and Pratt are locked in as the leads, with Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) set to direct. Lawrence's negotiation strength has grown exponentially since picking up her first Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone and starring in both the X-Men and Hunger Games franchises. »
- Jordan Benesh
Movie news - Channing Tatum is to star in the film adaptation of Joe Haldeman's sci-fi classic 'The Forever War'. The 35-year-old actor has signed up to appear in the Jon Spaihts-scripted movie, which has been the focus of a bidding war between Warner Bros. and Sony. The film is based on the 1974 book, considered to be a classic for the sci-fi genre, and there is scope for Haldeman's books to be turned into a fully-fledged franchise, Deadline reports. Channing's casting comes shortly after it was revealed that a 'Jump Street' and 'Men In Black' crossover is in the works, which would most likely see the Hollywood actor reunite with his co-star Jonah Hill, though it's unclear whether Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones or Josh Brolin will reprise their roles from the earlier movies. Details of the eagerly-awaited new film were revealed in a series of leaked Sony emails, »
Empire reports the story follows soldiers fighting aliens called Taurans who are attacking human colonies.
Sent through wormholes for fights, the soldiers return to find decades or hundreds of years passed on Earth and societies and countries changed, having only been away for weeks.
Ridley Scott has long wanted to produce the project, which had been stuck in development hell at 20th Century Fox for years.
Lionsgate is reportedly readying a remake of the cult 1997 Canadian sci-fi film Cube.
Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is on-board as one of the producers, with director Saman Kesh, whose short Controller has turned some heads in Hollywood, set to make his feature debut with the film, which will be entitled Cubed. Philip Gawthorne, who has cut his teeth on British shows such as Eastenders and Holby City, is set to pen the screenplay.
The original film, directed by Vincenzo Natali, sees seven complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
- Scott J. Davis
But many failed attempts later, Warner will now attempt to resuscitate the project, with Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) attached to star and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) set to try his luck at scripting in what the studio is hoping could prove to be a new franchise.
- Scott J. Davis
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