Directors: Ruben Fleischer Returning To Helm 'Zombieland 2' As Project Moves Ahead & More
Following the surprise smash success of "Zombieland," the wheels were turning hard for a sequel, or anything really that the folks behind the movie could spinoff. Indeed, you may have forgotten about the failed Amazon pilot for a TV series based on the show. Meanwhile, the past few years have seen a small amount of chatter about a sequel, though with hesitation and caveats from folks like Jesse Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischer. But it looks like a second kick at the can is happening. Deadline reports that Sony has just hired Dave Callaham ("Godzilla") to write the script for "Zombieland 2," with Fleischer overseeing everything. Why? Because Fleischer will be back to direct, and the timing couldn't be better. Ever since "Zombieland," Fleischer has whiffed with his big-screen efforts, the lackluster "30 Minutes Or Less" and star-studded misfire "Gangster Squad." That said, shooting on this is probably a long way off, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ben Affleck Targets Action Thriller 'The Accountant'
Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) is considered the studio's top choice to direct, although an official offer hasn't been made yet. The script was written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge), which follows a mild-mannered accountant who also moonlights as a deadly assassin.
The project has been floating in development for several years, with Warner Bros. first developing it as a directorial vehicle for Mel Gibson. Sony Pictures picked up the project, with Will Smith once attached to star, but it was put back into turnaround after the studio couldn't put together the right package to move forward. Sources indicate that Ben Affleck recently caught wind of the project and thought it would be a "nice change of pace »
The 'Twilight' Saga Will Continue With New Short Films, Kristen Stewart And More Will Oversee
“I even planned out where it would go for a couple more books," "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer teased a couple of years ago about the further adventures of Edward, Bella and the rest. "So I know exactly what would happen, I mean there are a lot of characters I think would have a voice in those other stories. I don’t know, maybe I’ll write it out someday for myself.” While Twihards will have to wait for more full-length movies, Meyer is passing the baton to aspiring filmmakers to put their spin on the franchise. Lionsgate announced “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” a "multiphase contest" (read: complicated) that will eventually see five female filmmakers direct shorts based on characters from "Twilight." A star-studded panel, including Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Bowen and Cathy Schulman, will select and help mentor the budding. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
September 2014 Box Office is Lowest in Six Years
After a welcome reprieve in August, the 2014 box office woes returned in September.Overall domestic box office totaled just $513 million, which is down 11 percent from last year. More importantly, this was the lowest-grossing month at the box office in six years (dating back to September 2008).The abnormally low total can be chalked up to a dearth of content early in the month. As Above/So Below and The November Man were weak late August releases, and the major studios entirely avoided the first weekend of September; the only movie to open wide on that date was Freestyle Releasing's The Identical, which has taken in less than $3 million total. By the time the studios got back in to the game on September 12th, the damage was already done.The month's top performer was The Maze Runner, which tallied $60.2 million through its first 12 days. The young-adult adaptation started with a strong $32.5 million, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Big Budget Hollywood Film Isis Has Started Using As Propaganda
Darren Aronofsky.s Noah was one of 2014.s most polarizing movies. Some embraced it as an art-house, biblical blockbuster that managed to tell one of the most famous stories ever told in a fresh and surprising manner. Others were simply offended that it ever got made. So much so in fact that Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Indonesia all banned it from being released because it violated Islamic law by depicting a prophet. But obviously Isis saw something they liked in the film, because they.re using images from it in their newsletter. Aronofksy made this revelation himself during a chat at New York City.s New Museum on Tuesday night, where he was being honored with the institution.s 2014 Stuart Regen Visionary award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director explained: "I don.t think anyone.s gonna use [Noah] to recruit people to become true »
Warner Bros. Developing I Am Legend Reboot from Spec Script Described as “Sci-Fi Version of The Searchers”
Warner Bros. has long been keen to make another I Am Legend movie, but it proved a tough nut to crack and Will Smith is reluctant to return to the franchise. The studio may have found a way around all that. Deadline reports that WB will retrofit the spec script A Garden at the End of the World, written by Gary Graham, into an I Am Legend reboot. Graham worked at the Apple store when he submitted his script, described as a "sci-fi version of The Searchers," to the Black List website. Warner Bros. took notice and saw enough similarities that they recruited Graham to rewrite A Garden at the End of the World to fit the I Am Legend universe. It is not specified how Graham's new script will link to I Am Legend or when in relation to the apocalypse the new film is set, but there are »
- Brendan Bettinger
Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang!’ to Play in Imax Format
“Bang Bang!,” the Indian action thriller starring Hrithik Roshan, will be released as Imax film, only the second Indian film to be remastered and released in the giant screen format.
The film is being distributed and marketed by Fox Star Studios, the joint venture between 20th Century Fox and pay-tv player Star India. Release is set for Oct. 2 in three different languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Fip India (Fox Intl. Productions) will be releasing “Bang Bang!” on more than 4,000 screens in India, with more than 800 screens outside of India across 46 countries, including 250-plus screens in the U.S., making it the widest release ever for a Bollywood film.
Directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, and starring Roshan and Katrina Kaif, “Bang Bang!” is a remake of the Fox film “Knight and Day,” which starred Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and which grossed $3.3 million at the Indian box office in 2010.
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- Patrick Frater
First Look: Bradley Cooper in ‘American Sniper’
The next film from Clint Eastwood is American Sniper, based on the book of the same name by the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper plays Kyle and also acts as producer for the December 25 release. The film’s first trailer hits tomorrow, but in the meantime we have the American Sniper first look via […]
- Russ Fischer
Daniel Racliffe Plays Michael Caine’s Son in Now You See Me 2; Catherine Zeta-Jones Is The Godmother; William Hurt Joins Jesse Owens Biopic Race
A few casting stories to report: Michael Caine revealed that Daniel Radcliffe will play his son in Now You See Me 2. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman are set to return for the sequel. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, also known as La Madrina (translation: Black Widow) and the Godmother of Cocaine, in the biopic The Godmother. William Hurt signed on to star opposite Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Carice van Houten in the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Hit the jump for more on each project. Caine shared the following with Hey U Guys: “There’s a sequel to Now You See Me and we’re shooting in London. I shoot in December, the whole of December in London, and my son is Harry Potter. I thought it’d be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son. »
- Brendan Bettinger
‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle’ in Dead Heat at Weekend Box Office
Summer popcorn season seems like a distant memory.
After flooding multiplexes with cinematic confections pegged at teenagers, studios are finally offering up more substantive fare geared at adults. “Gone Girl” and “Annabelle,” two R-rated films designed to attract mature audiences, barrel into theaters this weekend in a neck-in-neck race for first place.
Look for “Gone Girl” to maintain a slight edge over the competition with a debut of $25 million from roughly 3,013 locations, while “Annabelle” should bow to $23 million from 3,155 venues. The studios behind the two films are being more conservative and predicting premieres in the $20 million range, while analysts are more bullish on “Gone Girl’s” prospects, projecting a debut of $30 million.
“It’s a tough weekend to call,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “['Gone Girl'] is going to gain momentum after it starts screening Thursday and the conversation blows up on Twitter and Facebook. People »
- Brent Lang
Warner Bros Connects With iPhone Salesman/Scribe’s Pitch For ‘I Am Legend’ Reboot
Exclusive: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
One Guardian Of The Galaxy Wasn't Even Supposed To Be In The Film
Rocket Raccoon.s stunning cinematic debut in Guardians Of The Galaxy this summer saw him instantly become one of the superhero genre.s most beloved characters. But, as it turns out, it almost never happened. According to Nicole Perlman, the co-writer of the huge summer smash-hit, Rocket wasn.t included in the film.s first draft, and it took some convincing to actually add him to the final version. Perlman made the revelation during her appearance on John August and Craig Mazin.s Scriptnotes, an integral podcast that all bona-fide film aficionados should listen to. When discussing why the angriest raccoon to ever grace the galaxy wasn.t always such an integral member of Marvel.s script, Perlman declared, "There were versions that didn.t have Rocket, early on. There was a fear that Rocket . would come across as too cartoony. But it all worked out." It.s now basically »
Fox Chief On 20th’s Biblical Oscar Contender: ‘You Don’t See Movies On This Scale Anymore’
Earlier today Deadline debuted the new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s big Christmas picture Exodus: Gods And Kings. The large-scale biblical drama looks Big. Epic. The kind of movie studios used to thrive on but are simply cost-prohibitive these days. Well, they seem to be making a comeback. Ben-Hur, which took 11 Academy Awards in 1959 including Best Picture, is now being remade. Of course Paramount released Darren Aronofsky’s Noah early in the year. But Gladiator in 2000 was the last big-scale epic of this period to wow Academy voters into giving up their Best Picture vote. It’s no coincidence that Ridley Scott directed that one, which also brought Russell Crowe an Oscar for Best Actor. Now Scott is back doing the impossible for Fox with Exodus.
In a brief conversation before the studio’s special press presentation Tuesday evening at the Zanuck Theatre on its lot, Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos »
- Pete Hammond
Robert Downey Jr. May Keep Playing Iron Man Longer Than We Thought
Poor Robert Downey Jr. All the dude wants to do is talk about The Judge. But because he.s a leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe . perhaps The founding father of what has become a massive wave of cinematic endeavors . he has to field questions about his most popular character, Tony Stark, and his alter ego, Iron Man. Right now, we know that Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Iron Man in Joss Whedon.s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in theaters in May 2015. He.s contractually obligated for The Avengers 3, though Marvel hasn.t announced when that movie might open. And there has been talk . mostly from hopeful fans . that Downey would return for a possible Iron Man 4. Today, in a conversation with THR, Robert Downey Jr. kept that door slightly ajar with a bizarre wave metaphor to describe the current state of his Iron Man status. Rdj »
‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ to Shoot in Queensland, Australia
The fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise will set sail from Queensland, Australia, with production casting off in February. The Disney-backed film is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. It is expected to be theatrically released in 2017. The confirmation came Thursday from Australia’s Attorney General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis, who said it would be the largest international film ever to shoot in the country. Pre-production will start early this month with principal photography anticipated to begin in February. The film will shoot on location and at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast. “The Australian government is delighted to have secured the high profile fifth installment in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of A$21.6 million ($18.8 million). This is a landmark deal with Walt Disney Studios,” Brandis said. »
- Patrick Frater
Superhero Bits: Batman v Superman, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Agents of Shield
Where can you get that amazing Guardians of the Galaxy steel book? Does Ben Affleck know the origin of the Star Wars Episode VII/Batman v Superman rivalry? How is Fantastic Four different from other comic book films, according to Miles Teller? What did Hugh Jackman almost lose on the set of X-Men: Days of Future […]
- Germain Lussier
Catherine Zeta-Jones To Play Colombian Drug Lord In ‘The Godmother’
Exclusive: Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000’s Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic The Godmother. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel.
Blanco was a fearsome figure at the center of the Miami drug wars of the 1970s and ’80s depicted in the 2006 Magnolia Pictures-released documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Her reign of terror, in which she’s suspected to have ordered hundreds of assassinations to stay in money and power, was so vicious and violent that it earned her the nicknames La Madrina, Black Widow, and the Cocaine Godmother.
Blanco was also one of the biggest success stories »
- Jen Yamato
Cool Stuff: “Otaku Obscura” – Joshua Budich’s Show of Anime Art
If you’re in the continental Us, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new […]
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- Germain Lussier
Casting Net: William Hurt joins ensemble of Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'
• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as Osu »
- Jake Perlman
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