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Paramount’s Writing Room To Tackle G.I. Joe And Micronauts Movies

23 November 2015 12:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Eager to bring a fresh batch of talent aboard its lucrative, seemingly evergreen Transformers universe, Paramount and Hasbro hatched a plan earlier this year to form a dedicated writer’s room, recruiting some of the finest comic book writers in the business, including The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman. Ultimately, it’s an approach designed to ensure the longevity of the studio’s marquee franchise over the next few years, though a new report has emerged suggesting that Paramount has similar plans for not only the budding G.I. Joe series, but also the little-known toy line Micronauts.

Selecting producer and decorated screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee the newfound writers room, the driving force behind the initiative appears to be to not only breathe new life into the G.I. Joe franchise, but to also erect one based on Micronauts. Based on a science fiction toy line that dates back to the early 70s, »

- Michael Briers

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G.I. Joe movie universe next, Akiva Goldsman to lead writer's room

22 November 2015 10:16 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Akiva Goldsman steps back from Transformers 5, to head up writer's rooms for more G.I. Joe films, and Micronauts too.

Earlier in the year, Paramount Pictures hired writer and producer Akiva Goldsman to head up a writer's room for its series of Transformers movies. The idea was to borrow an approach used in TV, to get lots of writers in one room to work out ideas for future movies. It seemed to be a successful strategy, as Paramount now has plans for at least five new Transformers films.

Goldsman won't be writing one of them by the looks of it though, as the studio is now deploying the same approach for its G.I. Joe movies. And Goldsman is involved in that instead.

G.I. Joe 3 had been confirmed by Paramount, but appeared to be stuck in limbo without a fixed screenplay in place. Now, Goldsman »

- simonbrew

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Paramount and Hasbro launching writers rooms for G.I. Joe and Micronauts

22 November 2015 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this year Paramount and Habsro enlisted Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman to launch a “Writers Room” to generate ideas for the Transformers franchise. Well, it seems the two companies are so pleased with the results that they’re now looking to do the same for two other properties in G.I. Joe and Micronauts.

According to Deadline, this will prevent Goldsman from penning the script for Transformers 5, with Paramount now delving into their Transformers writers room to enlist scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down)  for the fifth movie in the blockbuster franchise.

The news leaves a big question mark hanging over G.I. Joe 3, which has D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) on board as director after G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu exited the project.


- Gary Collinson

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Paramount Moves Forward on ‘Transformers,’ ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Micronauts’

20 November 2015 7:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount and Hasbro are moving forward on selecting screenwriters for their “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” franchises along with launching a Micronauts movie.

The studio and the toymaker have selected Akiva Goldsman to supervise a writers room for the G.I. Joe franchise, which has spawned 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The first film grossed $678 million and the second took in $375 million.

Goldsman will also supervise a writers room and generate ideas based on the Hasbro property Micronauts, a series of interchangeable space toys that originated in Japan during the 1970s.

He will also supervise the fifth “Transformers” installment. Paramount is negotiating with writers room participants Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) along with Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) to write the script.

Paramount launched “Transformers,” based on the toy line, in 2007, followed by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon »

- Dave McNary

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'G.I. Joe' and 'Micronauts' Movies Get 'Transformers' Inspired Writers Rooms

20 November 2015 5:24 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a team of writers to come up with new ideas for the Transformers franchise, which yielded at least three new movies that are in development. Deadline reports that the studio is continuing this writers room experiment with two more franchises, G.I. Joe and the upcoming Micronauts. Akiva Goldsman, who supervised the Transformers writers room, is now set to come up with ideas and oversee both of these new writers' rooms as well.

This new development means that Akiva Goldsman won't be available to write Transformers 5, which he had originally planned to do. Now he will be supervising the writing process, with Paramount currently in negotiations with Transformers writers room participants Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to write the sequel. This change was approved by Paramount, Hasbro and producers Michael Bay, »

- MovieWeb

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"G.I. Joe," "Micronauts" Think Tanks Planned

20 November 2015 5:08 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following the writer's room experiment with the "Transformers" franchise, which has led to plans for more sequels and spin-offs in the series, Paramount and Hasbro are now planning a similar treatment for its other properties.

Akiva Goldsman led the "Transformers" writers room experiment which enlisted the help of a bunch of high-profile scribes including "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, "Daredevil" showrunner Steven DeKnight, "The Incredible Hulk" scribe Zak Penn, and numerous others.

The plan was to inject the collaborative exchange of ideas that happen in the development of TV shows to flesh out a cinematic universe and create a steady flow of product for the near future. From all reports, it seems to have been a great success.

Now, Goldsman is set to serve in the same capacity for both the "G.I. Joe" and "Micronauts" teams. Due to this change of duties, Goldsman will only supervise and not write the next "Transformers" installment. »

- Garth Franklin

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For Veteran Directors, Personal Style Never Compromises Fresh Approaches

17 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After 23 studio releases, master filmmaker Ridley Scott begins each new project the exact same way. The iconic director, whose fall blockbuster “The Martian” has earned Scott his best reviews in years, still sits down and sketches out every single shot in his movies the old-fashioned way — on paper.

“I start quick on pencil and then I fill in with these gray felt tips with a fine felt tip. I do the whole film,” Scott says. “ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ that was a nightmare, 11 cameras. I’d do each fragment of what I wanted. There were three cameras in each corner. So, I would just put my head down and sketch, ‘This, this, this, this.’”

Scott’s approach appears to be consistent over the years, but many of his peers, such as Todd Haynes and Danny Boyle, have their own perspective on tackling new films. Haynes took on the directing duties of »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tom Hardy: His best performances to date

16 November 2015 10:04 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It only took a few years, but once audiences got a good look at Tom Hardy, it was just a matter of time before he became a star. Now, he’s an A-lister hoping for his first Academy Award nomination this year, either for The Revenant or this week’s release, the gangster tale Legend. The former is a much more likely Oscar player than the latter, but anything is possible. With Hardy having a baity role to show us on Friday, I wanted to cite him a bit, list his best performances so far, and give him another quick moment in the sun here on the site… Legend is the story of British gangsters and identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Hardy), two of the country’s most notorious criminals. During the 1960’s, the Kray brothers developed a criminal empire on the East End of London. »

- Joey Magidson

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‘The Martian’: Ridley Scott May Buck Losing Trend at Oscars

11 November 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.

Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.

This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A »

- Patrick Shanley

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November 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bound To Vengeance, Self/Less, Terminator: Genisys

9 November 2015 7:04 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week, genre fans have an eclectic array of home entertainment titles to look forward to that feature both new and classic titles. Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up for the release of the revenge thriller Bound for Vengeance this Tuesday and for those of you Manimal fans out there (yes, I’m sure there are a few!), the entire series arrives on DVD tomorrow as well.

Several recent titles are also being released on November 10th, including Terminator: Genisys, Self/Less, and Pay the Ghost, and for those of you looking for something a bit older, we have Blu-rays of Play Misty for Me and Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. arriving on Tuesday. Additionally, Warner Bros. is dusting off a true cult classic this week, The Strangler—a film I highly recommend checking out if you’ve never seen it before.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Queen of Blood, »

- Heather Wixson

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Predict Best Editing Oscar: Is it no longer linked to Best Picture?

8 November 2015 11:57 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As we launch the Best Editing category in our Oscars predictions center, we must note that the category is known for its close correlation with Best Picture. Since 1981, every Best Picture winner has at least been nominated in this category -- except one. Last year "Birdman" became the first film in more than three decades to buck that trend; it was snubbed for Best Editing, but won Best Picture anyway. Does that mean the link between the categories is broken, or do you think last year's outcome was a fluke? -Break- Predict Best Cinematography Oscar: Emmanuel Lubezki ('Revenant') could win three in a row Because editing is a non-visual art, it is not as easy to identify trends among winners. Action-heavy and suspense-driven films often prevail, including "Gravity," "Argo," "The Hurt Locker," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Black Hawk Down," and "The Matrix." Lavish e...' »

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Contest: Win Bound To Vengeance on Blu-ray

7 November 2015 9:37 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Finally free from her prison, Eve looks to terrorize her tormentor in Bound to Vengeance, hitting home media on Tuesday from Scream Factory. Ahead of its November 10th release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of Bound to Vengeance to give away.

Bound to Vengeance Blu-ray / DVD: "Eve (Tina Ivlev) breaks free after being chained in a basement and abused for 9 months by a manipulative psychopath. Instead of fleeing, she discovers there are other girls just like her scattered around town. Now fueled with rage, she must force her captor to become the captive and lead her to the other girls… before it's too late.

This gritty, high-octane thriller also stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down) and Bianca Malinowski (Halt And Catch Fire)."


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Bound to Vengeance.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email with the »

- Derek Anderson

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Oscars: ‘Steve Jobs,’ ‘The Martian’ and More Hope to Cut It for Best Film Editing

6 November 2015 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The film editing branch of the Academy used to offer up adventurous options like “Basic Instinct,” “Hoop Dreams,” “Speed,” “Crimson Tide,” “Seven,” “Air Force One” and “Out of Sight,” best picture prospects be damned. Not so much anymore. Every now and then we’ll get a “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” here, a “United 93” there, but mostly — and perhaps even understandably, given the expanded top field of the last six seasons — this race has shifted to a place of mirroring the best picture category.

With that in mind, this year’s top contenders are sure to figure in as always. At the top of the list of anticipations is Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” cut by Oscar-winner Stephen Mirrione (“Traffic”). The film was shot in sequence, which is unique, particularly for a project of this scale and scope. The stitching technique employed on Iñárritu’s “Birdman” was brought into the equation as well. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Bound To Vengeance Blu-ray / DVD Clips & Trailer

6 November 2015 7:30 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will unleash the revenge film Bound to Vengeance on home media, and ahead of its release, we have clips and a trailer from the Blu-ray / DVD.

Bound to Vengeance Blu-ray / DVD: "Eve (Tina Ivlev) breaks free after being chained in a basement and abused for 9 months by a manipulative psychopath. Instead of fleeing, she discovers there are other girls just like her scattered around town. Now fueled with rage, she must force her captor to become the captive and lead her to the other girls… before it's too late.

This gritty, high-octane thriller also stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down) and Bianca Malinowski (Halt And Catch Fire)."

The post Bound To Vengeance Blu-ray / DVD Clips & Trailer appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Justin Kurzel to adapt The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel

6 November 2015 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) appears to have lined up his next project, with Deadline reporting that he’s set to helm an adaptation of Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark’s book The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel.

The book recounts the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack and in particular the siege of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel by a group of Pakistani militants. The film is said to be in the vein of Captain Phillips and Black Hawk Down, and will “offer a 360-degree look at those tragic few days as we follow ordinary tourists enjoying what they thought would be the holiday of a lifetime, the under-siege employees of the grand hotel, as well as the terrorists themselves.”

Kurzel is currently shooting the Assassin’s Creed movie, which reunites him with Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.


- Gary Collinson

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Xavier Dolan Confirms Cast For ‘John F. Donovan,’ Kevin Spacey Joins ‘Baby Driver,’ and More

4 November 2015 1:14 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In case the endlessly busy 25-year-old prodigy Xavier Dolan didn’t already make you feel lazy, he’s already moved on to the casting of his next film after finishing production on next year’s star studded melodrama, It’s Only the End of the World. According to Screen Daily, Dolan is preparing to move forward with his first English language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with the equally prolific Jessica Chastain, and Kit Harrington, who’s making continued inroads into film after his memorably brooding turn on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have also been confirmed for the film, set to shoot in spring 2016, which reportedly delves into themes of identity and fame in showbiz, and focuses on a young actor reminiscing on a past pen pal relationship with his American TV idol. Describing the film, Dolan said, “It is »

- Michael Snydel

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Round-Up: Uncanny Q&A with Lucy Griffiths, Emelie, One Eyed Girl Blu-ray / DVD, Vault Of The MacAbre II

3 November 2015 8:56 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Uncanny star Lucy Griffiths was kind enough to answer some questions for us, and the Q&A we conducted with her kicks off the round-up. Also: domestic acquisition news for Emelie, details for One Eyed Girl on Blu-ray / DVD, and Vault of the Macabre II video.

Uncanny: "Rlj Entertainment will be releasing Uncanny on November 3rd, 2015.

Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), David Clayton Rogers (Bloody Sunday), Lucy Griffiths (TV’s “True Blood”) and director Matthew Leutwyler are available for interviews on behalf of the film’s release.

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits an emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds »

- Tamika Jones

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s ‘Higher Power’ Backed by Content, Defy

29 October 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Content Media and Defy Media, a leading producer and programmer of digital content, have inked a deal to finance “Higher Power,” a sci-fi movie from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is best known for the “Transformer” and “G.I. Joe” franchises.

The movie tells the story of an ordinary guy who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his wildest imagination.

International distributors will get their first glimpse of “Higher Power” at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, where Content’s film president, Jamie Carmichael, and its head of sales, Harry White, will debut the first footage. CAA co-represents U.S. distribution rights with Content.

The film is directed by Matthew Santoro, the visual effects artist for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “300,” from a script by Julia Fair (“Alien Raiders”). It stars Ron Eldard (“Sleepers, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ridley Scott and 'The Martian' Head for Multiple Oscars (Exclusive Video)

27 October 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ridley Scott has been at the top of Hollywood's filmmaker A-list for decades because he can deliver anything. With a deep background in commercial directing, from his debut "The Duelist" to his classics "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise" and "Gladiator," Scott has always featured strong women and sumptuous visuals. With "The Martian" Scott delivers his best effort since "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. (That was the year "Gladiator" took home Best Picture.) At age 77, he's been nominated three times (Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down") and never won.  I interviewed him on the flipcam. Read More: How Drew Goddard Made 'The Martian' Smart and Why It Needed Two F-Words While Fox was expecting “The Martian” to score at the box office, the movie continues to perform so well ($386 million worldwide) that it's knocking out rivals like "Steve »

- Anne Thompson

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Hollywood’s New Leaders: The Creatives

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

John Boyega, 23


Boyega, who started out in the U.K. with a background in theater rather than film, is about to become a household name on movie marquees, thanks to his starring role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The pic will no doubt open many doors for him, and he’s thrilled with the turn of events. “I’ve had this dream for a long time and it feels great to be able to accomplish it and make it a reality,” he says.

Dan Fogelman, 39

ScreeNwriter, producer, director

Known for his writing and producing successes — “Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Tangled” — Fogelman made his directorial debut this year with “Danny Collins,” a comedy-drama he wrote. Fogelman »

- Variety Staff

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