10 items from 2015
Did you ever get the sense that Warner Bros. couldn’t wait for Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” series to end? Sure, it made them a mint and will stand as an all-time classic in comic-book movie adaptations, but in many ways, it was an obstruction to the interconnected universe plan they wanted to copy from Marvel. Because of the "Dark Knight" series, they hadn’t been able to get it off the ground, especially since “Green Lantern” bombed the year previously. Before “The Dark Knight Rises” had even come out in the summer of 2012, Warner Bros. was looking ahead to their future without a Nolan-lead Batman world. They hired Will Beall to write a “Justice League” script, and they knew the following year would feature a “Man Of Steel” movie. Aside from producing “Man Of Steel,” Nolan was never really interested in the Marvel-connected world. Hence, when they drove those plans forward aggressively, »
- Edward Davis
Following his work in the horror genre, The Conjuring man James Wan has made a slightly successful jump into the action realm pulling off the supremely difficult task of making Fast & Furious 7, which has now powered past $800 million at the global box office. That huge hit means he’s naturally in demand and Warners is seriously considering him to direct one of its DC Comics movies, holding early talks for him to tackle Aquaman.Jason Momoa is still set to star in the film as the watery hero, who is reportedly cameoing in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and will naturally be a part of the Justice League films. But Wan is wanted to handle the stand-alone Aquaman adventure, which Warners wants in cinemas for 2018. Currently, the studio has two scripts on track in development, with Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad both beavering away on stories that will »
James Wan stepped away from horror to direct "Furious 7." The film ended up a big hit and has the best reviews out of all franchise installments. Now comes word that Warner Bros is also interested in working with the helmer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wan is the frontrunner to direct "Aquaman," the superhero movie that already has Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian) on board to star. At this point, it's just been meetings and discussions. An official offer has yet to be made. Aquaman will first make an appearance in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and will be part of both "Justice League" installments. The solo ilm is currently being separately written by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad. The studio will then pick the best script. "Aquaman" is set to hit theaters on July 27th, 2018. »
Just a few days after a rumor surfaced that John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are being considered for a DC Comics movie that may be Aquaman, Heat Vision Blog reports that Furious 7 director James Wan is actually Warner Bros.' top choice to direct that particular DC movie, which has Jason Momoa set to star. The studio has not issued an official offer, but they have had preliminary talks with the filmmaker. The news comes just one week after Furious 7 hit theaters, taking in a whopping $143.6 million in its first weekend.
The site also reports that Warner Bros. are currently developing two separate scripts for Aquaman, with one written by Kurt Johnstad (300) and the other by Will Beall (Gangster Squad). The big issue standing in the way of James Wan signing on is the impending Furious 7 sequel, Fast & Furious 8. While the sequel doesn't have a director officially attached yet, »
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that James Wan has emerged as the frontrunner to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros. The filmmaker has become a hot commodity following the release of Furious 7 (which is closing in on $400 million), and he does have an option for the eighth instalment if Universal decides to exercise that or he simply decides he wants to return the world of fast cars, beautiful women, and insane stunts. There are those who believe he won't for whatever reason. Regardless, he's the frontrunner with Warner Bros. and some talks have already taken place between Wan and the studio. As of right now, Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad are still writing separate scripts for the project. Wan will next shoot the sequel The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, and does have some time before he would need to start work on Aquaman (which is set to be released on July 27th, »
When the movie you directed opens to a $384 million worldwide weekend, Hollywood brings its choicest projects to the table, and it looks like that's just what's happening with James Wan. It has been one week since "Furious 7" drove full throttle through the box office, and now Warner Bros. wants to bring Wan's magic touch to their DC universe. THR reports that the filmmaker is the frontrunner to helm the Jason Momoa-starring "Aquaman." There have been conversations but no offer, and this is far from a done deal. The biggest problem might be "Furious 8." While Wan isn't expected to return to direct, Universal technically has him on contract, and could put him behind the camera anyway. The other thing is that there still isn't a finished script, with Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") writing competing screenplays. And then there is the property itself which is viewed as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Wan has no offer at this stage but he is said to be the studio's choice and some early talks have taken place. Scheduling may be an issue however due to his commitments to the "Fast and Furious" franchise.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
With Arnold Schwarzenegger set to return to his signature role as the T-800 this summer in Terminator: Genysis, development continues on a sequel to another of his past glories in Legend of Conan. Speaking to Empire, producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) has provided an update on the project, revealing that Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has penned a new draft of the script.
“I’m super excited! And Arnold is super excited too. It’s the perfect movie for him, because it plays into his own journey. Andrea Berloff [Straight Outta Compton] did a draft [of the script] and then we had Will Beall step on. I approached him early on in the process, but at the time he was unavailable and couldn’t do it. But then a couple of weeks after he passed on the project I got this package from him in the mail, and I opened it and it was a Conan sword, »
- Gary Collinson
With all eyes currently on Terminator: Genisys as Arnold Schwarzenegger's most imminent revisit of former glories, there's been less word lately on the also developing Legend Of Conan. Empire recently had cause to speak to producer Chris Morgan, however, so we took the opportunity to grab an update. "I'm super excited!" he tells us. "And Arnold is super excited too. It's the perfect movie for him, because it plays into his own journey."Perhaps the most significant development since last we heard anything is the arrival of a new screenwriter. Vaguely rumoured a while ago to be on a shortlist of possible wordsmiths, Morgan confirms that the latest draft of the script is by Will Beall (Gangster Squad)."Andrea Berloff [Straight Outta Compton] did a draft," Morgan reminds us, "and then we had Will step on. I approached him early on in the process, but at the time he was unavailable and couldn’t do it. »
He’s part of Warners and DC’s big push to get the Justice League and others on to screens to start competing with Marvel, and from the sounds of new rumours, Aquaman will be a big event for the studio. Warners is reportedly hoping to score Karl Urban’s services in an unspecified role, though one that could see him going up against Jason Momoa’s hero.The new information comes from Latino Review’s sources, which means that it has to stay in the rumour decompression chamber for now, despite the site’s increasing reputation for superhero scoops. We already know that both Gangster Squad’s Will Beall and 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Kurt Johnstad have been working on different script concepts and now there’s another link to the latter film, with its director Noam Murro joining Mud's Jeff Nichols on the list of potential megaphone folk. »
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