14 items from 2014
Paramount Pictures is moving forward with their plans for a third G.I. Joe movie, and they've hired Jonathan Lemkin to write the script. According to Variety, the story will focus on Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock, who was introduced in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Lemkin has previously worked on films such as Shooter with Mark Wahlberg, Devil's Advocate with Keanu Reeves, and Lethal Weapon 4. The studio is hoping to get the sequel into production in 2015 for a 2016 release. As big of a fan I am of the G.I. Joe franchise, the live-action movies that have been made sure have been a big letdown. This is one franchise I wouldn't mind seeing rebooted.
In other news, Disney has decided to dust off their plans for an Enchanted sequel and move it into development. The studio has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to take on the duties of writing the screenplay. »
- Joey Paur
When asked by ScreenCrush if the "G.I. Joe" franchise was in trouble following the decent, if not quite exceptional $375 million worldwide take for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (only about $70 million more than its predecessor), producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was candid: "I think the studio was very unsure about it. Look, you always wonder until they say yes, really," he said. Well, it looks like they're saying yes. With a 2016 date now eyed by Paramount, Variety reports that Jonathan Lemkin ("Shooter," "The Devil's Advocate") has been tasked to write the script. He presumably takes over for Evan Daughtery ("Snow White And The Huntsman") who was hired last fall, and we'd wager this screenplay will be the bait to snag a new director, as John Chu is not expected to return. That said, di Bonaventura is promising big, big things. "I honestly believe we have one of the best ideas we have ever come across for a sequel. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A new writer is hired to knock G.I. Joe 3 into shape, as it's confirmed that The Rock will be the focus this time...
The current plan from Paramount is to have the third G.I. Joe movie in cinemas in 2016, and the studio is currently looking for a director to take over the chair vacated by Jon M Chu.
As that search goes on, it's been revealed that it's hired Jonathan Lemkin to pen the screenplay for the film. Lemkin, who has a list of credits including Shooter, Lethal Weapon 4 and The Devil's Advocate, will be writing a script that shifts the focus onto Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock.
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"Shrek 2" and "The Smurfs" scribes J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been brought on to pen a sequel to Disney's 2007 musical fantasy tale "Enchanted". Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal," "The Guilt Trip") will helm this entry which had a previous draft written by Jessie Nelson.
Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel and Susan Sarandon starred in the first film about an animated Disney princess who crosses over into the real world. It went on to make $340 million at the worldwide box office.
In other sequel script news, Jonathan Lemkin ("Shooter," "Devil's Advocate") has been hired to pen the third "G.I. Joe" film for Paramount Pictures. The new installment is expected to revolve around Dwayne Johnson’s character Roadblock.
The film is aiming to get into production in the second quarter of 2015 ahead of a Summer 2016 release. Jon Chu was originally slated to return as director, that's no longer the case. »
- Garth Franklin
News has been relatively quiet on Paramount's G.I. Joe 3 lately, but now that the studio has brought screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin on board to pen the script, things should start moving right along. The last we heard from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, they were in early talks with directors for the threequel and were negotiating with a writer to lock down the story. Plot details are vague, but it's expected to center on Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock. Adrianne Palicki and most of the cast of G.I. Joe: Retaliation are also expected to return. Hit the jump for more on G.I. Joe 3. Variety reports that Lemkin has signed on to pen Paramount's G.I. Joe 3. The screenwriter has previously worked with di Bonaventura on 2007's Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg, and the two crossed paths at Warner Bros. where Lemkin wrote Devil's Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4. Now that a writer is in place, »
- Dave Trumbore
G.I. Joe 3 is set to hit theaters sometime in 2016, but its unclear if it will be a spring, summer or fall release. G.I. Joe Retaliation star Adrianne Palicki is expected to return as Lady Jaye, with other previous cast members also returning, though no other actors was mentioned by name. Its not believed that Channing Tatum will be making a return, though that has been discussed in the past. His Duke character was left for dead in the previous sequel, but his demise has never been confirmed.
According to Variety, Paramount and Skydance have chosen Jonathan Lemkin to write G.I. Joe 3 for a 2016 release. He's already written The Longest Night (which Frank Marshall is set to direct) for the studio, and past credits include Shooter, Devil's Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4. Jon Chu was at one point attached to return to direct G.I. Joe 3, but that isn't happening as of right now. The site goes on to reveal that Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki are expected to return with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and David Ellison producing. The focus will be on The Rock this time though, with Roadblock taking on an even larger role in proceedings. Production will likely begin in the second quarter of 2015, and after G.I. Joe: Retaliation took $370 million at the worldwide box office, they're obviously keen on establishing this as a new franchise. What do you guys think? »
Daniel Craig was set to star in a courtroom drama called The Whole Truth, but unexpectedly had to drop out four days before shooting began. Deadline is now reporting that Keanu Reeves has come in to take his place. This will be quite a different role for Reeves than the kinds of films we're used to seeing him in. Lately he's been doing a lot of genre films dealing mostly with martial arts, which is something he obviously has had a passion for since The Matrix.
The actor will play a defense attorney who "fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father." He will join the previously cast Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (Super 8, Kings of Summer).
This isn't the first time Reeves has played an attorney, he also played one in The Devil's Advocate. I really do like Reeves as an actor, »
- Joey Paur
This episode of The Bloodcast features a menagerie of topics. Hosts Ryan and Clarke begin by recapping their night at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery where Fox held a special Sleepy Hollow event for both seasons 1 and 2. They also discuss some of the films they saw over the last week (such as The Devil's Advocate and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) and touch on the topic of the chilling true life attempted murder of a 12-year-old girl that reportedly carried a tie to the urban legend "Slender Man." Then it's on to...Sleepaway Camp!
The post The Bloodcast Episode 77: Sleepaway Camp & Spoiler Culture appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Frank Marshall is best known as a producer, having served as such on such beloved films as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Goonies and Back to the Future. Though he's helmed a number of feature films, he is far less distinguished as a director. That's because he's responsible for Arachnophobia, Alive, Congo and most recently the 2011 sled-dog adventure Eight Below. But the lack of prestige pics hasn't deterred Paramount Pictures from picking Marshall to helm their upcoming shipwreck drama The Longest Night. THR reports Marshall has signed on to helm The Longest Night and will be working with a screenplay penned by Jonathan Lemkin, the screenwriter behind The Devil's Advocate and the Mark Wahlberg-fronted crime-drama Shooter. The new drama will be based on a 2008 GQ article by Sean Flynn. Here's the first paragraph of the piece that inspired the film: "One Easter Sunday, the Alaska »
In a strange turn of events, Reher has released his script for his remake to the web and tweeted it out to his followers not too long ago. The move was to convince fans of the darker tone of the remake and to convince producers that Pin was not just another PG-13 slasher flick, but a thoughtful and creepy R-rated horror movie in the vein of slow boiler flicks like Psycho.
Still, it’s a strange move for a screenwriter to take (leaking his own screenplay) especially when we consider the recent backlash from writer/director Quentin Tarantino when his own script got leaked. »
- Gary Collinson
Zachary Leeman: Before we get to your upcoming movie Endangered, let's talk about screenwriting in general. Walk me through the moment you went from aspiring writer to a paid screenwriter with people like Billy Bob Thornton reading your work...
Jack Reher: Man, that's a hole and the white rabbit got pretty damned bloody while stumbling down it. I was doing my undergrad at the University of Minnesota. Business. I had that career plan. You know? Always stayed grounded. On a whim, I signed up for a screenwriting class taught by Thomas Pope who did fairly well early on in his career - fresh out of USC, he was hired to draft Dune with Ridley Scott directing. Scott left, as did Pope, then Lynch came on. He also did work »
- Gary Collinson
The devil. He does have a way of showing up at the worst possible time and throwing a wrench into even the best laid plans. In celebration of the release of Devil's Due on January 17th, we bring you our Top 5 Antichrist Films.
For honorable mentions we've got to include Michael Langdon (spawn of Tate and Vivien) from "American Horror Story: Murder House," the original season. Of course Hellboy holds at least some claim to the throne as well.
Research gave us the unforgettable name of Randall Flagg, who appears across many of the works of Stephen King as another possible antichrist. But the most amusing has to be Alan Moore's depiction of Harry Potter (although never named outright, it's quite clear whom he's referring to) in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as the true son of Satan (click here if you're unfamiliar with the reference).
Unfortunately we »
- Scott Hallam
Washington, Dec 2: Charlize Theron is preparing to adopt a second child, it has been revealed.
According to National Enquirer magazine, a source said that the 38-year-old actress admits that it is a lot to go through but she definitely wants her 2-year-old son Jackson to have a sibling, who isn't four or five years younger than him.
The source added that the 'Devil's Advocate' star is starting the process all over again right after the New Year but has not yet decided which country to adopt the child from, even though she is eyeing the possibility of adopting a child from South Africa this time. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
14 items from 2014
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