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After several years in development, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with their Masters of the Universe. Sony executive DeVon Franklin revealed through his Twitter account in January that the script by Jeff Wadlow is now complete. During the week, the executive revealed what appears to be our first look at Battlecat in the movie.
Masters of the Universe is based on the animated TV series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which also spawned the 1987 live action feature Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. No story details have been confirmed at this time and it isn't known if casting is currently under way.
Jeff Wadlow signed on to rewrite the script, which was previously worked on by Alex Litvak & Michael Finch (Predators), Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer). Are you excited to see Battlecat in action »
Rupert Friend has run into some big trouble on the latest poster for Hitman: Agent 47. Based on the popular video game series, 20th Century Fox is rebooting the action-packed adventure, which hits theaters at the tail end of summer. And if this latest sneak peek is any indication, we're about to see some epic gunfire as Agent 47 goes to work!
Hitman: Agent 47 follows an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits 47 of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts. And this time, his number may be up.
Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal's position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]
Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel thriller "Sicario". Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.
Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]
Giant Under the Snow
- Garth Franklin
The spec was written by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak and was originally at New Regency and 20th Century Fox with Rob Cohen on board to direct. The option on the spec ran out, and it hit the market again, with several studios in the bidding before Sony finally landed it.
Cohen is no longer attached to direct. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.
Story is set in medieval times with a “Dirty Dozen” twist following a group of dishonored knights looking to seek redemption. Given the buzz for Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” which also deals with a group of antiheroes and villains seeking a second chance, it makes sense that this spec gained momentum again when it came back on to the market.
Also, with shows like “Game of Thrones »
- Justin Kroll
Breaking: Sony is negotiating a deal for Medieval, a script by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner, and I’m hearing it’s caught the fancy of Chad Stahelski, the John Wick helmer. David Leitch also will direct. If this project sounds familiar, it sold over five years ago as a spec to New Regency for high-six against low-seven figures. That company let it go and it was reintroduced on the spec market and kicked up a lot… »
"He's an engineered human being. Strong. Faster. And more intelligent than normal people." Imagine if The Bourne Identity was a mindless action movie. You should be picturing this first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, the latest attempt to bring the popular video game franchise to the big screen. This time, Rupert Friend plays the title assassin who starts to learn about his origins in the middle of a bunch of explosions and crazy action. This just looks like cookie-cutter silliness, but enough so that it might be fun. However, the script just sounds awful even from the little dialogue in the film, with one egregious theft form Watchmen. Here's the first trailer for Aleksander Bach's Hitman: Agent 47, originally from Apple: Hitman: Agent 47 is directed by Aleksander Bach, making his feature directorial debut with a script from Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), Skip Woods (The A-Team) and Michael Finch »
- Ethan Anderton
‘The filmmaker, who previously wrote and directed “Cry_Wolf,” took the script over in April. According to Sony producer DeVon Franklin, he finished the draft at some point over the holidays.
“@JeffWadlow is working [24-7],” Franklin tweeted on Dec. 24. “We’ll have a draft into the studio for the holidays. By the power of Grayskull, this will happen!”
Also read: Rip Saturday Morning Cartoons: 7 Animated Classics That Need a Reboot
Whether it came by »
- Travis Reilly
Several months ago, "Kick-Ass 2" director Jeff Wadlow signed on to rewrite the script and potentially even direct a cinematic reboot of the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" franchise over at Sony.
This weekend, Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President DeVon Franklin posted a photo on his Twitter account confirming that the latest screenplay draft (dated December 24th 2014) is finished. Whether further re-writes will be required or if the film is read to move on to a different stage of development remains to be seen.
Wadlow was one of numerous writers to have a go at the project and follows in the wake of "The Equalizer" scribe Richard Wenk, "Pirates of the Caribbean" series co-writer Terry Rossio, and "Predators" scribes Alex Litvak and Michael Finch.
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— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) January 2, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has turned in his script for the live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie according to film producer and Columbia Pictures Senior VP Devon Franklin. Hopefully, the second live-action He-Man movie fares better than the first attempt that starred Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Wadlow is also currently attacked to Fox's X-Force movie. Neither film has a confirmed release date meaning that Sony and Fox may soon find themselves competing for Wadlow's services if both films exit the development stage at similar times. Below, you can see a copy of the cover page of the script Wadlow turned in to Franklin. Of note, are the names of the writers who previously worked on the He-Man film including the team of Alex Litvak (Predators, The Three Musketeers) and MIchael Finch (Predators, Hitman: Agent 47); Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer), and Terry Rossio (Pirates of »
Back in April, we reported that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow had signed on to rewrite the script and possibly direct the gestating Masters of the Universe movie reboot. Today, Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President DeVon Franklin revealed that the latest screenplay is finished, posting an image of the script's cover page dated December 24, 2014 on his Twitter account. It remains to be seen how this script will be received by the studio, or if it will move past the scripting stage.
As you can see in the photo below, Jeff Wadlow is just the latest writer to tackle the Masters of the Universe script, alongside previous writers Alex Litvak & Michael Finch (Predators), Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer). No story details were given at this time, but the plot is based on the 1980s animated TV series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
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10 items from 2015
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