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A further Robin Hood origin story is in development, and Leonardo DiCaprio is involved...
In what amounts to the third competing attempt to revive the adventures of Robin Hood into a new post-Avengers world, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joby Harold have joined forces to bring new life to the Princes of Thieves and his merry men. Sherwood Forest is getting awfully crowded these days…
As first broken by The Tracking Board, DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is teaming with Harold’s Safehouse Pictures production company to produce a spec script Harold has entitled Robin Hood: Origins. As you might expect, it is a new detailed origin story for the bandit of Sherwood that with its current title is just begging for franchising capabilities.
Yet another Hollywood star has been seduced by the creative freedoms of the small screen. Precious actress Paula Patton, who broke big with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, just signed on to star in ABC’s drug cartel drama pilot Runner, multiple sources confirm.
Adapted from the Turkish TV series Son, Runner will center on Lauren Marks (Patton), a seemingly ordinary woman who, after having her happy family shattered, follows a trail of lies into the shadowy world of cartels and gun-running between the U.S. and Mexico.
Lauren is described as “an architect, a caring wife and mother living peacefully with her husband, Adam, and their son, Jackson. ” When a plane Adam was on crashes, killing everyone on board, Lauren is distraught – until she learns that her husband never boarded the plane. Determined to discover the truth and find out what her husband has been hiding from her, Lauren winds »
- Isaac Feldberg
The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.
Paramount’s next home-grown release is Terminator: Genisys on July 1.
They have offered Goodman a producing deal and expect to find a successor within 60 days.
The studio also released the global hit World War Z on his watch, although the film was delayed and reconfigured due to budget issues. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Despite opening at Christmas in the States, we’ve still got six weeks to go until the UK release of the Keanu Reeves action thriller John Wick, and following last month’s trailer, a new UK one-sheet has arrived online, which we have for you here…
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”
See Also: John Wick directors in development on a sequel
Joining Keanu Reeves in the cast of John Wick are Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Daniel Bernhardt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones »
- Gary Collinson
Patton will play the lead Lauren Marks, a woman whose perfect life is torn apart by one twist of fate. To uncover the truth, Lauren must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.
Australian director Michael Offer (“How To Get Away With Murder,” “Longmire”) will direct the pilot from 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios. “Runner” was penned by Michael Cooney who will exec produce with Peter Horton, Ian Sander, Kim Moses and Jon Cowan, with Cowan as showrunner.
The project marks Patton’s first-ever TV series, as a regular. She co-starred in “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” with Tom Cruise, “Deja Vu” with Denzel Washington and “Precious.” Patton will also star in “Warcraft,” alongside Travis Fimmel and Dominic Cooper, set to »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A report landed over the weekend at The Hollywood Reporter, that suggested all was not well with this summer's Mission: Impossible 5. Specifically, that Paramount had apparently shut the film down for a week or so, in order to sort out the ending. That the ending as it stood was regarded as "unsatisfactory". As was pointed out in said report, this was a long way away from the reworking of World War Z's final 40 minutes. But it seemed a troubling report nonetheless.
"Director Christopher McQuarrie was given the extra time to work out a new and improved finale with a writer friend whose identity remains a mystery and who will neither be paid nor credited", read the piece.
Given that Mission: Impossible 5 has just been moved forward five »
It was just last month that we learned Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise and the rest of the Mission: Impossible 5 team were racing to finish the film that much more quickly as the release date had, in an unusual move, been shifted forward to this July from a planned December release. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, McQuarrie and co. halted production for a week in order to rewrite the finale.Such delays are not unheard of on big films, but with the ticking clock on the new Mission: Impossible – which is still in production, by the way – it’s somewhat surprising to learn of the break. Still, it allows for McQuarrie, Cruise and a reported unnamed third writer to make the big finale of the film that much better. While you place your bets on whom this shadowy third figure might be, McQuarrie, with typical wit, took to Twitter »
Yesterday, it was widely reported that production had halted on the set of Mission: Impossible 5 so that the big climactic finale could be reworked. It seems that report, which generated at The Hollywood Reporter, was a little late in its arrival. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed today that, while shooting did stop, it was just over the course of this past week, and everything was back up and running last night.
In fact, a number of photos have come in from the set, as Tom Cruise filmed a late night action sequence as Ethan Hunt, running through the streets of London. Entertainment Weekly reports that the ending of the film only needed to be slightly tweaked, and what we see in these images is the revised finale as it comes together. The initial THR report claims that director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise were working with a third unidentified writer »
When Mission: Impossible 5 is released later this year, it will have been nineteen years since the first instalment of the franchise hit the big screen. There has always been a gap between each one, as it took four years for the sequel, and then another six years for the third, and finally five more years for a fourth. Four years after the release of Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and fans are hungry to see more of Ethan Hunt’s adventures.
The role of the Impossible Missions Force operative helped to establish Tom Cruise as an action star and major box office draw, and while the faces surrounding him have changed over the past two decades or so, he’s remained a constant in the popular franchise.
He may now be in his early 50s, but that’s showing no signs of changing. After a string of moderately successful films, »
- Josh Wilding
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, might involve fixing the ending of Tom Cruise.s Mission: Impossible 5. which may self-destruct in 30 seconds. When Paramount agreed to move the release date of the next Mission: Impossible movie from December to July, many of us assumed it meant that the production was ahead of schedule and the sequel had come together better than the studio could have hoped. Not so much. not yet, anyway. THR now is going on record to claim that the production has shut down "for a week or so" and that director Christopher McQuarrie could work with an unidentified writer to perfect what they deem as a good ending -- just not a great one. The source quoted by the trade says: Chris, Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a »
Production on the upcoming fifth film in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise was reportedly shut down for a week in London recently. The reason? The film's ending was deemed unsatisfactory according to THR.
Director Christopher McQuarrie has reportedly been given this extra time to work out a new and improved finale with a writer friend whom will be neither paid nor credited and is a mystery for now.
A Paramount insider says: "Chris, Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place," though other sources tell the trade McQuarrie was scrambling to come up with an ending that would work.
Whatever the case, it seems something was settled on as the Paramount insider says if the had been really concerned, it would not have moved up the release date to July from Christmas where the »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking: Paramount Pictures has reupped Jj Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions banner through July 2018. It continues to be a first look deal. This comes as Bad Robot is in production on Mission: Impossible 5, which Christopher McQuarrie is directing and Tom Cruise is reprising his Ethan Hunt role. It was Abrams and Cruise which got the M:i franchise back on track as producers on Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol, which has been by far the biggest grossing film Bad… »
Bad Robot and Paramount’s first-look partnership began in 2006. Since then, Bad Robot’s films for Paramount have included 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” 2011’s “Super 8,” 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
“Ghost Protocol” was the top performer among the Bad Robot titles with nearly $700 million in global box office.
Bad Robot is currently shooting “Mission: Impossible V,” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and Tom Cruise returning in his starring role. Cruise is also producing the franchise film, co-financed by Skydance Productions and set for a July 31 release.
Paramount decided last month to move “Mission: Impossible V” forward from Christmas — thus avoiding a clash with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which Abrams directed. The seventh Star Wars movie opens Dec. »
- Dave McNary
Even though J.J. Abrams is busy working on the post-production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that doesn't mean his Bad Robot production banner isn't busy developing other projects. The Wrap reports the company behind the recent installments of Star Trek and Mission: Impossible is developing a movie about Thomas Edison, the inventor responsible for creating items such as the long-lasting lightbulb and the phonograph, not to mention having a hand in creating cinema as the inventor of the motion picture camera, making movies possible. Edison was known as The Wizard of Menlo Park, holding over 1,000 U.S. patents. However, it sounds like the movie is in early development since there's no writer or director attached. There could be a battle to bring Edison to the big screen eventually since The Weinstein Company is also working on The Current War, about the battle the inventor had with George Westinghouse »
- Ethan Anderton
Tom Cruise reprises his role in the action thriller and the studio has set a July 31 release date.
Bad Robot is in post on thriller The Cellar starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman and is in pre-production on the next Star Trek feature that Justin Lin will shoot this summer for a July 2016 release.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The U.K. and U.S. have had a long showbiz partnership going back to the early part of the 20th century. With that collaboration growing tighter, Blighty launched its Great (as in Great Britain) campaign.
This year, as the U.K. celebrates a landmark 37 Oscar nominees, the Great campaign will hold a reception to salute them at the London Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 20. Clare Risman, head of marketing for U.K. Trade and Investment as well as Great, says: “We want to celebrate the success of British nominees in awards season, especially in Oscar. They are all amazing films — I support all of them; if I had to vote for one I wouldn’t know which one.”
The reception is similar to other events the Brits have hosted in the past, she says. “It’s a really nice celebration of all things British. The (hotel’s) name »
- Shalini Dore
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.
Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.
Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson
As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV. »
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot, and IMAX Corporation today announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theaters worldwide beginning July 31st. The new film is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. The newest installment reunites Cruise with stars from 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. “IMAX is so important in giving the audience »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Paramount Pictures revealed today that Mission: Impossible 5 - the fifth installment in the hugely-popular action franchise – will be granted a simultaneous IMAX release this summer. The last M.I. caper, Ghost Protocol, featured several mind-blowing sequences shot specifically with IMAX cameras to capture the sheer scale of the scenes, so it’s no surprise that the studio is going the same route with this one.
However, this time around, director Christopher McQuarrie hasn’t been tasked with that responsibility, as the new flick has been “digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX Dmr® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.” While it might not offer that same pop as Ghost, judging by the glimpses we’ve seen at the flick – Tom Cruise dangling from a plane at 5,000 feet – there’s no doubt it’ll still be a killer ride. You can read the rest of »
- Gem Seddon
When the film moved from Christmas to the summer it seemed to be a swerve to get out of Star Wars way, but more so on the limited IMAX circuit than in general. There’s more than enough ‘little screens’ for Impossible to come along a week or so after Wars, but the multi-storey IMAX affairs are rarer.
And Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is probably the most effective IMAX release to date, going right for the easy-press button on anybody who is at all scared of heights. I guess they’re looking to recapture a bit of that magic here, likely with the big set piece where Tom Cruise walks around on the outside of a plane. »
- Brendon Connelly
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