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According to Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, who recently appeared on the “Meet the Movie Press” podcast, Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film will not be an origin story. Instead the film is supposedly “not going to be twenty-minutes of [Stephen Strange] being a doctor,” and will jump right into the character being the fully-formed Sorcerer Supreme.
Faraci states that at one point, the film was a traditional superhero origin story, but that’s all changed now that Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts is on board to rewrite the script previously penned by Sahara and Conan the Barbarian writer Joshua Oppenheimer.
“So, for Doctor Strange they’ve had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It’s got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So, Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. »
- James Garcia
Vin Diesel stars as the title character, who teams up with his natural enemy (Rose Leslie) to stop an evil coven of witches, one of whom is played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, from unleashing a supernatural plague upon New York City. Michael Caine and Elijah Wood also co-star in unspecified roles.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) is directing from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt), based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror Mirror) also worked on the script. It isn't known when production will begin.
The 'Lord Of The Rings' lead is set to star alongside Vin Diesel in the upcoming supernatural thriller.
The film follows an immortal witch hunter, played by Diesel, who must team up with – you guessed it – a witch (Leslie), in order to save all of New York City from being destroyed by a villainous coven.
The mismatched buddy-cop genre has been dwindling in recent years, and by replacing the cops with supernatural beings, it could infuse a new life into the motif.
No details have yet to be released about the nature of Wood's character in the film.
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• Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly will star opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming adaptation of American Pastoral. Phillip Noyce (The Giver) will direct the story based on Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of Swede Levov, a high school athlete who grows up to inherit his father’s business only to have his perfect life shattered when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Connelly will play Levov’s wife Dawn. Filming is set to begin in Pittsburgh in March with John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) adapting the book for film. [The Wrap]
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- Jake Perlman
Elijah Wood is set to take on his first major role in a live-action studio film in nearly a decade. The "Hobbit" star, who enjoyed a brief role in 2012's "An Unexpected Journey," has signed on to star opposite Vin Diesel in "The Last Witch Hunter" for Lionsgate Films' Summit Entertainment arm, the studio announced today. Also starring Rose Leslie and Michael Caine and directed by Breck Eisner ("The Crazies," "Sahara"), the film centers on an "immortal witch hunter" (Diesel) who must team up with a female witch to stop a group of New York City covens from unleashing an unholy plague on humanity. Wood's role is not being specified at this time. Wood has hewed mostly to independent movies since his "Lord of the Rings" breakout, with roles in such little-seen films as "Everything Is Illuminated," "Day Zero," "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and the gruesome 2012 horror remake "Maniac." Upcoming »
- Chris Eggertsen
Since making the wise and profitable move of returning to the Fast And Furious franchise, Vin Diesel has re-established a foothold on the box office following the disappointments of The Chronicles Of Riddick and, most notoriously, Babylon A.D. The third lower key Riddick instalment was played exactly right and with an upcoming voice role in Guardians Of The Galaxy Diesel is now in a position to branch out a bit. Could he fumble the ball again or might the dice tumble in his favour?
The Last Witch Hunter is a high profile project that could answer that question. Already featuring the pumped-up, Droopy-esque one and rising star Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, Utopia), the movie has added Michael Caine to the Satanic antics, or “Satantics” if you will. Details on Caine’s role are sketchy, but he will join Diesel’s immortal crone crusher in a fight to prevent the »
- Steve Palace
• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]
• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction »
- Jake Perlman
Diesel, who is also a producer, is set to star as the titular witch hunter who teams up with his enemy, a female witch played by Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), to stop a plague on humanity unleashed by the covens of New York City. It is unclear yet what role Caine will play in the film.
Directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara), the script is beingre-written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold), based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest). Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club) was also involved at one point.
- Scott Davis
After Vin Diesel teased that he was getting a new on-screen companion in The Last Witch Hunter this weekend, while doing press for Guardians of the Galaxy, Lionsgate has now confirmed that Michael Caine has officially joined the cast.
No character details were revealed for Michael Caine, who joins Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie, recently announced as the female lead, in this upcoming fantasy adventure. The story follows an immortal witch hunter living in modern day New York who teams up with his greatest enemy, a female witch, to banish a powerful coven looking to unleash a plague on humanity.
It has been a good long while since we’ve had a quality treasure hunt/heist movie coming out of Hollywood. Sure, there were The Mummy movies, the National Treasure flicks, and the ill-advised Matthew McConaughey vehicle Sahara (that was back before the McConaissance), but those hardly qualify as “quality” films. Hopefully that will change with The Secret of the Temple, which writer Dante Harper has been tapped to rewrite for Fox 2000.
The Secret of the Temple is based on an article written by Jake Halpern for New Yorker magazine. It examined the fight between thieves, radicals, and the royal family over treasure vaults supposedly worth over $20 billion dollars that are concealed beneath a temple in the jungles of India. The film itself will be an adventure/heist movie using the article as its basis. I think that means that we should not expect the film to be too true-to-life. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rose Leslie – who plays the Wildling warrior Ygritte in Game of Thrones – has signed on to appear alongside Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious) in director Breck Eisner’s (Sahara, The Crazies) new film, The Last Witch Hunter.
The supernatural actioner will take place in modern New York and sees Diesel as a semi-immortal witch hunter who is forced to partner with a female witch (Leslie) in order to stop an evil witch queen from unleashing a plague upon humanity.
The Last Witch Hunter is due to start shooting next month, and a release date is yet to be announced.
- Gary Collinson
Rose Leslie, best known for playing the wild warrior Ygritte on HBO's hit drama series Game of Thrones, isn't straying too far with her next role, taking on the female lead in the fantasy epic The Last Witch Hunter. She will star opposite Vin Diesel, who has long been attached to the supernatural action thriller.
Directed by Breck Eisner, known for the cult hit remake The Crazies and the action adventure Sahara, The Last Witch Hunter will follow a semi-immortal witch killer who roams the streets of modern day New York, partnered with his natural enemy, a witch looking to stop a much more powerful witch queen from obtaining an ancient relic that will unleash a deadly plague on the earth's populace.
Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are reprising their roles for the sequel, although no story details have been released at this time. Eisner remains attached to direct both "The Last Witch Hunter" with Vin Diesel, and the thriller "Blood of the Innocent".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this month, Marvel picked Scott Derrickson as the director of Doctor Strange. The project about a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer and protecter of Earth is wasting no time picking up steam, as Marvel has announced the writer they want to craft the Doctor’s first big screen adventure.
According to Deadline, Marvel has set their sights on Jon Spaihts to work on the screenplay for Doctor Strange. A first draft of the movie’s screenplay, written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Sahara) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Sahara), already exists. It’s likely that Spaihts would be brought on to do a script re-write. Spaihts has some key recent writing credits: he wrote The Mummy reboot for Universal and was the first writer to work on the Prometheus screenplay. Though Marvel and Spaihts are still in negotiations, expect an official announcement soon. Stay »
- Derek Anderson
One of the many movies currently on the Marvel burner is Dr. Strange with Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister) directing and a screenplay written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara, that awful Conan remake) and Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing). While Marvel has yet to officially announce the film or even recognize Derrickson as its director, likely as they're waiting to settle on a star, things continue to move forward and the latest addition to the team is screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) whose been brought on to rewrite the screenplay. Dr. Strange was character born of the 1960s and is a surgeon that suffers a life-changing car accident and eventually heads to the Himalayas, gains psychic powers and saves the day, protecting the Earth against magical and mystical threats. As for who might play the character, right now Deadline reports it's the three previous names mentioned, those being Tom Hardy, »
- Brad Brevet
While there's no release date for The Karate Kid 2 just yet, it's been speculated for a while that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will both be returning in their roles from the 2010 movie, and we are okay with that!
Make sure you keep locked on to KidsPickFlicks for news on The Karate Kid 2 as it surfaces, and don't forget - we're the one stop you need for the latest on all of your favorite movies! »
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Film Divider (via Screen Rant) reports the rumor, claiming the pair are working with a producer and are "in the process of making a studio deal."
Payne and McKay are best known for a work that hasn't been released yet - they're the guys collaborating with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on the script for the next installment of the "Star Trek" film franchise. The pair are also still attached to J.J. Abrams' graphic novel adaptation "Boilerplate".
"Flash Gordon" centers on an athlete who is kidnapped and taken to the distant planet Mongo, where he and companions Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov embark on a series of adventures fighting a ruler named Ming the Merciless.
Various film and TV adaptations of the property have happened over the years, »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline reports that "Karate Kid 2" is now a go, and original stars Smith and Chan are on board to return. Eisner, known for 2010 horror romp "The Crazies," replaces director Harald Zwart, who helmed the 2010 "Kid," itself a remake of the 1984 flick.
Eisner may seem like an eyebrow-raising choice for a kiddie film like "Karate Kid 2" (in addition to "The Crazies," he also directed 2005's Matthew McConaughey adventure flick "Sahara"), but studio Sony is banking on him to turn the film into a successful franchise. The 2010 "Kid" made over $300 million worldwide throughout its run; Sony's no doubt hoping the second installment will be even more lucrative.
Eisner will next direct the Vin Diesel-starring "The Last Witch Hunter." No word yet on how soon "Karate Kid 2" will start production. »
- Katie Roberts
Producer Mace Neufeld, who’s overseen the Jack Ryan franchise and “Omen” films, is ramping up development of WWII thriller “Pursuit.”
The script, penned by the team of Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, is set in 1944 when the Nazi high command — knowing that the war is all but lost — launch a desperate attempt to crush the Allies’ morale and turn the tide by springing a German assassin from a Pow camp in Washington state with the target of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Neufeld says the project marks the beginning of finance and development relationship with Hason.
Nfi has also come on board to finance James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” which recently wrapped production in Princeton, N.J., following shoots in Mississippi in the fall and Los Angeles in the winter. »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures have announced the man who will direct Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid 2. Breck Eisner, who is responsible for The Crazies, Sahara and Thoughtcrimes, will pick up where the original’s director, Harald Zwart. The original version of The Karate Kid was released 30 years ago this year, but the remake became a worldwide box office sensation with a total haul of $343 million.
I still can’t take to the Chan and Smith reboot, but at least it changed things up enough to become its own picture. There’s no word yet on where the plot for the second film might go, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the original China set film to relocate to the Us, a reversal of the original series of films move from the Us to Japan for the sequel.
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