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Deadline reported Wednesday that Steven Spielberg’s next film would be an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult sci-fi novel, Ready Player One. Spielberg will make the film at Warner Bros. following his work on The Bfg, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel.
The book is about a person entering a virtual world called Oasis full of pop culture references and in-game Easter eggs that, if mastered, will grant control of the entire world to the player. Spielberg’s film is imagined to be a technological feat of wizardry and creativity if done correctly, and though landing one of the biggest directors in the world to helm this project is a big boon, the adaptation faces some big challenges lying ahead. Here’s the full synopsis of Ready Player One via Amazon:
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive »
- Brian Welk
Of the division’s three remaining staffers, two will now report to newly appointed president of production Marc Evans. Powell will now answer to Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and focus on TV and digital projects, with one other staffer moving with her. Powell is currently overseeing four pilots including “School of Rock” at Nickelodeon (which was ordered at right to series), “Minority Report” at Fox and “Shooter” at USA. New hire Dina Hillier will join Powell as an exec focused on scripted comedy.
On March 13, Variety asked Paramount whether the studio was shuttering Insurge, and Par spokeswoman Katie »
- Justin Kroll
Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.
Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.
This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »
Sony’s planned narrative adaptation of the 2014 documentary The Seven Five just took a big step closer to realisation, with the news that the studio is approaching screenwriter Scott Frank to undertake scripting duties. Frank is the scribe behind such titles as Malice, Get Shorty, Out Of Sight, Minority Report and The Wolverine, and his potential involvement brings huge momentum to the project.
The documentary The Seven Five had its premiere at Doc NYC last year, and Sony snapped up the rights to remake it soon after. It details the devastating police corruption case that shook the New York Police Department to its core in the early 1990s, when 75th precinct officer Michael Dowd was tried and convicted of a raft of terrible crimes. Dowd established a network of illegal activities, recruiting his fellow officers to extort money from drug dealers for protection, and also sell drugs of their own. »
- Sarah Myles
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is eyeing Scott Frank to write The Seven Five, the feature film adaptation of the hard-hitting ’80s NYPD corrupt-cop documentary that the studio grabbed in a big auction in December amidst the hacking scandal. If the deal makes, it will be a whopper and will pair Frank with already attached helmer Yann Demange. That would be some tie-up: Frank is one of the best writers in Hollywood — his credits range from Get Shorty to Minority Report to The Wolv… »
Read More: 10 Cool and Crazy Must-See Films at SXSW 2015 The 15th Annual Texas Film Awards unofficially kicked off South By Southwest last night by honoring Texans who contribute to film. Animator and filmmaker Mike Judge hosted the ceremony, which honored the 2015 inductees into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, including Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson, Bonnie Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson. During producer Bonnie Curtis' segment, her 17-year partner Stephen Spielberg popped up on the screen to offer her congratulations and many thanks for her hard work over the years. "We've shared some of the greatest moments of our careers together," said Spielberg. Curtis has worked with Spielberg on his films "Saving Private Ryan," A.I," "Minority Report" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Take a look at Spielberg's touching tribute above. Is it us, or does he give himself a little pause after saying. »
- Casey Cipriani
The Austin Film Society, organizers of the Texas Film Awards, have more than a few milestones to celebrate this year. Not only the 30th anniversary of the Society and the 15th anniversary of the Awards themselves, it’s also the capper on a banner year for Texans in film, with Lone Star natives Wes Anderson and Society cofounder Richard Linklater both nominated for director at last month’s Oscars.
As part of the Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted by Mike Judge, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present a creative achievement award to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” along with posthumous honors to Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson.
Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award
- Andrew Barker
Trejo appeared in the film franchise, as Razor Charlie, but won’t be reprising his original role — he’s set to play the Regulator, a horrifying evil agent who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand.
Briana Evigan (“Step Up 2″) has also joined the cast for Season 2. She’ll play Sonja, an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist in a Mexican mercado, who has a sideline gig forging papers and passports out of her back room.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As network TV pilot production goes into full swing this month, Los Angeles is once again light on action for drama projects compared to the totals for New York, Vancouver and other locales. But city and state officials hope the tide will turn next year now that the state’s tax incentive program has been greatly expanded.
As of this week, of the 42 pilot and straight-to-series orders from the five broadcast nets that have settled on shooting locations, Los Angeles has landed eight projects, compared to seven for New York, according to data compiled by Variety Insight.
Vancouver has seven pilots setting up shop. Chicago is home to four, counting the “Chicago Med” planted spinoff episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” franchise. Atlanta and Toronto both have three projects. Other far-flung shooting sites include Rome, Ga.; Salt Lake City; Puerto Rico; and South Africa.
Network drama series are the most »
- Cynthia Littleton
Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net, here is the Toronto Film Production Update for March 2015, including "Bravo 14" (aka "Suicide Squad"), a TV pilot for "Minority Report", "The Strain" Season 2 and the new TV series "Time Vampire":
Bravo 14 (aka Suicide Squad)
Apr 15 - Aug 30/15
Damien Season 1
Mar 16 - June 23/15
Dark Matter Season 1
Jan 7 – May 15/15
Defiance Season 3
Feb 2 - Jun 11/15
Hannibal Season 3
Oct 20/14 - Apr 02/15
Hemlock Grove Season 3
Dec 08/14 - Apr 30/15
Make It Pop Season 1
Dec 8/14 – Mar 13/15
TV Series Pilot
Mar 15 – Mar 30/15
Reign Season 2
Jul 07 - Apr 13/15
Rogue Season 3
Feb 9 – Sept 14/15
Oct 28/14 - Mar 27/15
The Girlfriend Experience Season 1
Mar 9 - Jun 19/15
The Strain Season 2
Nov. 17/14 – Apr. 30/15
Oct-14/14 – Mar. 3/15
Mar 02 - Mar 16/15 »
- Michael Stevens
Wilmer Valderrama has been cast opposite Stark Sands and Meagan Good in Fox's drama pilot Minority Report, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash (Sands), struggles to lead a "normal" human life but remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who's haunted by her past and just might help him find a purpose to his gift. Valderrama will play Will… »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) has secured the lead role in Fox’s upcoming TV sequel to the 2002 sci-fi Minority Report, with Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) has also signed on to the cast.
The site reports that the series “takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington, D.C., and centers on one of the three Precogs who struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective (Meagan Good) haunted by her past, who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.”
Sands is set to portray the dual role of the precogs Dashiell and Arthur, who were played by Michael Dickman and Matthew Dickman in the film. Also featuring in the cast are Li Jun Li and Laura Regan, along with Daniel London who reprises the role of Wally the Caretaker. »
- Gary Collinson
Back in January, we reported that Fox had given a pilot order to their small-screen Minority Report sequel and over the past week, with production expected to begin soon, Fox has finalized its main cast for the upcoming sci-fi series. Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Meagan Good (Think Like A Man) have landed the lead roles with Sands playing the dual roles of Dash and Arthur, the two male Precogs, and Good playing Lara Vega, a detective haunted by her past, who will work with Dash to help him find a purpose for his gift. Laura Regan (Mad Men), Li Jun Li (Damages), and Daniel London (Minority Report) round out the rest of the cast with Regan playing Agatha, the Precog played by Samantha Morton in the original film, Li will play a CSI technician named Akeela, and London will reprise his role as Wally the Caretaker from the original 2002 film. »
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed. Leading up this week is Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell finding themselves having to answer to a TMZ report. Plus: Kanye West issues and apology to Beck, record releases now have an global day of release, Meagan Good heads to "Minority Report," a Bruce Lee biopic is in the works, "Supergirl" casting gets a Superman, CBS sets big premiere for "Under the Dome" and more, "How to Get Away With Murder" will return, Thom Yorke releases a soundtrack for free, Joseph Kahn slams Saban over "Power Rangers" issues and more. What was on your radar this week? What in the news excited you? Live long and prosper. »
- Katie Hasty
Just hours after the female lead role in Fox's Minority Report TV series went to Meagan Good, Stark Sands has landed the male lead, playing the dual roles of precog twins Dash and Arthur. Those roles were played by Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman in the original Minority Report movie, directed by Steven Spielberg. The actor joins a growing cast that also includes Daniel London, Li Jun Li and Laura Regan.
The story is set 10 years after the Minority Report movie, where the Precrime experiment in Washington D.C. came to an end. Meagan Good is portraying Lara Vega, a detective with a troubled past who encounters Dash (Stark Sands), a former precog who is struggling to live a normal life as he continues to be plagued by haunting visions of the future. They team up as Dash is given a new sense of purpose for his incredible abilities. Daniel London »
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In Lucifer, the Welsh actor — best known stateside for his role as Once Upon a Time’s first Robin Hood and as the star of USA Network’s short-lived medical series Rush — will play the Lord of Hell, who abdicates his throne and kingdom to make camp in Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals. »
We recently heard that Daniel London would appear in the Minority Report series, reprising his role from the film as Wally the caretaker for the TV series set ten years after Tom Cruise brought the whole PreCrime system crashing down.
Now, we know who the two lead characters will be played by. They look a bit like this…
The lead role has long been listed as Detective Lara Vega, who we now know will be played by Meagan Good of Think Like A Man, Anchorman 2 and Brick. Her character is a detective who’s ‘not afraid to break a few rules.’ The action of the series will see her helping a former Precog Dash, who still needs help reintegrating into society ten years after the events of film. »
Rather than spread the casting net a little wider in search for some actual twins, Fox have found a fella to play both for the upcoming Minority Report TV show, that will follow on from the 2002 film. EW have got the skinny that Stark Sands, through a good amount of camera work and clever jiggery-pokery will be taking the precognitive roles of twin brothers Arthur, and lead character, Dash.
Set ten years after the first film, Minority Report: The TV Show (definitely not the title), will see one party of the precognitives, Dash, struggle to block out his dark visions of the future. The burden will come as a blessing to a female detective that crosses paths with the gifted gent and will use him to find answers to her past, as well as crack a case every week or so.
Considering that Stark (no relation to the iron-clad »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Stark Sands ("Inside Llewyn Davis," "NYC 22") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man," "Anchorman: The Legend Continues") have scored the leading roles in Fox's TV series follow-up to the 2002 Spielberg sci-fi film "Minority Report". The series is set ten years after the end of the Precrime Division in the nation's capital.
Sands plays Dash, one of the three Precogs who struggles to lead a "normal" human life yet remains haunted by visions the future. He soon meets a detective (Good) haunted by her past who helps him find a purpose for his gift.
- Garth Franklin
Like a flatline that finally goes “bloop,” American Idol‘s Top 12 Girls telecast sprang to life just when I was about to give up, start folding laundry and write an intro to this recap along the lines of “Season 14 officially belongs to the dudes.”
Hail Sarina-Joi! Hail Jax! Hail Tyanna! (And medium tip-a-hat to Maddie!)
Also: Why do the show’s producers insist on front-loading the telecast with weak links — thereby encouraging viewers to check their DVRs and determine whether they merely dreamed that CBS had launched NCIS: Bangor.
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