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Composer Marco Beltrami Scoring Marc Forster's 'World War Z' Movie

30 December 2011 6:18 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some interesting scoring news to wrap up this year, for a highly anticipated film that will arrive at the end of next year. Film Music Reporter (via Styd) is reporting that composer Marco Beltrami has signed on to do the score for Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, about the zombie apocalypse. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Bryan Cranston and finished shooting this year, but isn't slated for release until December next year. Beltrami most recently worked on Scream 4, The Thing remake and The Woman in Black, and also has a few other projects in the works besides this one. Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami is somewhat of a franchise guy, working on the Scream series and other genre flicks, including Live Free or Die Hard and now the upcoming A Good Day to Die Hard. Yea, remember this unnecessary sequel? »

- Alex Billington

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Bomback to adapt 'Art of Racing in the Rain'

16 December 2011 12:54 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mark Bomback will write the adaptation for Universal Pictures' screen version of the bestselling Garth Stein novel "The Art of Racing in the Rain."According to Variety, Patrick Dempsey will star in the film and produce with Original Film's Neal Moritz.The story is driven by the memories of Enzo, a family dog with a near-human soul and a philosopher's mind, who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, the race-car driver Denny Swift (Dempsey).Dempsey is an accomplished pro race car driver and car owner.Bomback's credits include "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Unstoppable." He recently signed on to rewrite 20th Century Fox's "The Wolverine," with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the mutant/X-Men member Wolverine. »

- Adnan Tezer

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Mark Bomback to Script ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ With Patrick Dempsey Starring

16 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Future 24 writer Mark Bomback has been tapped to pen The Art of Racing in the Rain for Universal. According to THR, Bomback will adapt the screenplay from Garth Stein‘s novel, with Patrick Dempsey set to star.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is “centered on a family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, a race-car driver named Denny Swift.” The novel spent upwards of 40 weeks on the New York Time’s bestseller list back in 2008. Dempsey will play Swift, and also produce with Original Film’s Neal Moritz. Tania Landau and Joannie Burstein will be executive producers.

Judging by Bomback‘s current writing history–which also include Live Free or Die Hard and the upcoming Wolverine movie–he’s definitely a hot commodity in Hollywood right now. Although his writing style isn’t quite my cup of tea, he »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Script News: Cristo, Bothered, Rain

15 December 2011 11:03 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Cristo

"Burn Notice" co-executive producer Craig O’Neill has been set to rewrite "Cristo", the latest adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Ian Shorr penned the script which is described as “a futuristic re-imagining” of the tale. [Source: Deadline]

The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered

Mandate Pictures has optioned Leah Rachel's coming-of-age comedy script "The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered".

The story deals with the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves. Dan Jinks will produce.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Mark Bomback ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Unstoppable") is set to pen the big-screen adaptation Garth Stein's 2008 novel "The Art of Racing in the Rain" for Universal Pictures.

Patrick Dempsey is attached to star in the adaptation of the novel by Garth Stein, which centers on a family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through »

- Garth Franklin

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Script News: Cristo, Bothered, Rain

15 December 2011 11:03 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Cristo

"Burn Notice" co-executive producer Craig O’Neill has been set to rewrite "Cristo", the latest adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Ian Shorr penned the script which is described as “a futuristic re-imagining” of the tale. [Source: Deadline]

The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered

Mandate Pictures has optioned Leah Rachel's coming-of-age comedy script "The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered".

The story deals with the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves. Dan Jinks will produce.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Mark Bomback ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Unstoppable") is set to pen the big-screen adaptation Garth Stein's 2008 novel "The Art of Racing in the Rain" for Universal Pictures.

Patrick Dempsey is attached to star in the adaptation of the novel by Garth Stein, which centers on a family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through »

- Garth Franklin

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'Jack the Giant Killer' Trailer Looks Like Just another CG Money Pit

15 December 2011 9:25 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I saw the trailer for Jack the Giant Killer in theaters a couple of days ago in front of my screening of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and I can't say I was impressed. Perhaps it was a bad move to show it after the trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island since both films look like they're CG money pits. As it played I had no idea what it was until the beanstalk sprout out of the ground and then my heart sort of sank as I thought to myself, This is what Bryan Singer has been working on? Don't get me wrong, it could be great, but all the CG and it looks like it's a bunch of giants that look like the bathroom troll from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in something that looks like a Lord of the Rings rip-off. Of course, there is »

- Brad Brevet

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Universal's 'Art of Racing in the Rain' With Patrick Dempsey Finds Writer

15 December 2011 12:23 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mark Bomback has been tapped to pen The Art of Racing in the Rain for Universal. Patrick Dempsey is attached to star in the adaptation of the novel by Garth Stein, which centered on a  family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, a race-car driver named Denny Swift (Dempsey). The book was published in 2008 by Harper. Dempsey is producing with Original Film’s Neal Moritz. Tania Landau and Joannie Burstein will  serve as executive producers.     Bomback got noticed for his work on Live Free or Die Hard and wrote

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- Borys Kit

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Tom Cruise Wants ‘Top Gun 2’ To Be Exactly Like 'Top Gun'

8 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When a filmmaker or actor wants to revisit a franchise many years later, it’s usually done for what is (at least to them) a good reason: Bruce Willis appeared in “Live Free or Die Hard” for the money, “The Godfather Part III” was a thinly veiled attempt to get Sofia Coppola to move out of the house, and before the dawn of the 21st century, George Lucas never had the means to turn Yoda into the cracked out Pokémon he was always intended to be. In an interview with MTV promoting “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Tom Cruise stated that he really wants to make the much talked about sequel to “Top Gun,” explaining that “we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot ‘Top Gun.’” We're not exactly thrilled »

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’24′ Movie to Start Shooting Next Spring, Script Nears Completion

6 December 2011 9:54 PM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Tick, tock, tick, tock…. Get ready to hear those familiar chimes in a movie theater near you as you gobble copious amounts of popcorn. That’s right, the previously elusive 24 feature film is finally graduating to pre-production status. Deadline reports screenwriter Mark Bomback is being tapped to tweak the script that was penned by Billy Ray. Bomback is no stranger to action films having written adrenaline-fests Live Free or Die Hard and Unstoppable. He’s also working on the scripts to two other well-known action franchises, The Wolverine and Total Recall. At this time, there’s no director attached to the project, though Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox are said to be considering five helmers. It’s also worth noting that there is no mention of plot at this point, though it’s safe to say that Jack Bauer will once again save the world from a terrorist threat »

- Sean B.

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Kiefer Sutherland Will Return For 24 Movie This April

6 December 2011 4:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox will finally put into production a big screen adaptation of their popular t.v. action series 24 in the first half of 2012, reports Deadline.

Kiefer Sutherland will return as the tough counter terrorism secret agent who will no doubt become the target of some kind of personal vendetta against him, alongside a global threat.

Fox and producers Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland himself have been trying to crack a movie version of 24 ever since it began airing a decade ago and became an instant hit. One problem they always ran into was figuring out how to tackle the ‘real time’ thriller aspect of the show that always represented an hour of the story told over a 60 minute episode, the unique and clever concept that elevated the material from other action genre shows. It’s never quite been stated how they plan to tackle this but most likely a »

- Matt Holmes

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Feature-Film Continuation of ’24′ Could Shoot Spring 2012

5 December 2011 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every couple months there seems to be an incremental update on the feature film version of 24. Most of these updates amount to saying that the project isn't dead yet, but that it isn't really moving full steam ahead, either. Now Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) is about to turn in a new draft that would put Kiefer Sutherland back in the Jack Bauer role, and Deadline [1] says that Fox has a director shortlist with about five names. Yeah, there's always a director shortlist when a project is at this stage, and even the most notable fact of this update, that Tony Scott is no longer attached and isn't part of that shortlist, isn't really a surprise given the fact that his attachment always seemed very loose at best. The site says Kiefer Sutherland is available starting in April 2012, and that's when Fox wants to shoot the movie. »

- Russ Fischer

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Maggie Q Breaks Fingers In Ladder Fall

2 December 2011 3:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Live Free Or Die Hard star Maggie Q is recovering after breaking two fingers on her left hand.

The all-action actress split open her knuckle last month after falling from a ladder and she has only just had the bandaging removed.

She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "The knuckle was split open completely... My splints just came off last week." »

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New Regency Signs Len Wiseman’s Sketch Films To First-Look Producing Pact

1 December 2011 5:03 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: New Regency has signed a two-year first look producing deal with Len Wiseman and David Bernardi’s Sketch Films. The deal was made by New Regency CEO Brad Weston, whose mandate under Arnon Milchan is to turn New Regency into a director-driven enterprise. Wiseman is no stranger to New Regency’s distribution partner 20th Century Fox; he revived the Die Hard franchise with 2007′s Live Free Or Die Hard, which grossed $383 million worldwide. Wiseman just directed Colin Farrell in the Sony Pictures remake Total Recall, which will be released next August. Wiseman’s breakthrough came in the Underworld film franchise, cowriting and directing the first two films. He’s a producer and writer on the upcoming Underworld Awakening, which gets release in January. Wiseman formed Sketch Flms with Bernardi, who is a former president of Scott Rudin Productions, and before that was a producer and exec at Imagine Entertainment. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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A Good Day To Die Hard John McClane Jr Shortlist Includes Liam Hemsworth

5 November 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Plot details recently revealed that the action movie icon's son would be prominently featured in the hit franchise's fifth entry. Along with The Hunger Games actor, Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, and D.J. Cotrona are reportedly up for the role. Even though it began over a decade ago, the Die Hard franchise still has legs with its last installment in 2007, Live Free or Die Hard, grossing $384 million world wide. Bruce Willis will return to the role that rocketed him to action movie stardom and director John Moore (Max Payne, The Omen, Flight of the Phoenix and Behind Enemy Lines) has been chosen to helm the fifth installment. Not much has been revealed about the new movie's script but it has been stated that John McClane may be spending time in Russia. Tom Rothman, co-chairman and Chief »

- Eric Whitman

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‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Narrows Down Search for John McClane Jr. to Four Actors

4 November 2011 5:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Ever since it was revealed that the fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, would include one new major character in the form of John McClane's son, rumors have been circulating about who might be up for the gig. Now a new report has surfaced claiming that the studio and director John Moore are getting closer to casting the role. They've apparently narrowed down their options to just four actors: Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, D.J. Cotrona, and (because no casting search is complete without him, apparently) Liam Hemsworth. More details after the jump. The news comes courtesy of Deadline [2], who notes that Fox has not commented on the story. As we recently learned [3], A Good Day to Die Hard will see John McClane (Bruce Willis) trekking to Moscow to convince some cops to let his "apparently wayward" son John McClane Jr., out of prison. »

- Angie Han

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James Mangold on His Plans for Wolverine 2

30 October 2011 3:11 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) spoke about the upcoming "Wolverine" sequel, saying that the reason he signed on for the project was because he liked the idea of making a film about a unique character in a really unique environment. "The fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese," he elaborated. "This is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film." Mangold went on to say he and Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard) decided to re-write the script that Darren Aronofsky and Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) previously handed in. The new version, he said, compares to such classics as "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Chinatown." "[It's] much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Attached to Star in Qed Action Movie Black Sands

29 October 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

As mentioned, time is not on his side and Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently saying yes to most offers that come his way. Like John McClane says in Live Free or Die Hard ‘I’m getting too old to jump out of cars.’ Seriously, the 64-year old ex-Governor is currently shooting Kim Ji-Woon‘s gritty thriller The Last Stand [...]

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- Nick Martin

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Nycc: 'Underworld Awakening' Proves Len Wiseman Is Officially A Hack

16 October 2011 5:39 PM, PDT | Filmology | See recent Filmology news »

Len Wiseman sucks. There's no way around it anymore. Sony debuted the 3D trailer for Underworld Awakening (which Wiseman produced) at New York Comic Con yesterday, as well as poppin' fresh footage from the Total Recall remake (which Wiseman directed), and both offerings proved immensely underwhelming. Underworld Awakening is indistinguishable from the other entries in Mr. Wiseman's vampires 'n lycans series, aka blue-as-f*ck and in super slow motion. And Total Recall looks exactly like Underworld, albeit slightly less blue.

Len, buddy, it is not 2003. This is not The Matrix Reloaded. That sh*t was lame then, and it's lame now. You're not impressing anyone by frenetically swirling your camera around a fight scene. Now, bear in mind, I'm no hater of remakes, reboots, reimaginings or the like. I thought the new Thing ruled. And I'm neither expecting nor insisting your Total Recall be similar to the original in tone or execution. »

- Benny Gammerman

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A Good Day To Die Hard – Hunt On For John Jr.

15 October 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Many remain ambivalent regarding the news of another Die Hard entry being officially greenlit. I have sincerely got nothing but love for the franchise and although I think Die Hard 4.0 / Live Free or Die Hard suffered from being artificially squeezed into a more “friendly” rating/certificate, it was still a welcome and commendable addition to the canon.

Now that A Good Day to Die Hard has a writer and director and release date (John Moore, Skip Woods, 14th February 2013), casting is apparently beginning in earnest for the key role of McClane junior.

Having had Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lucy McClane in the last entry, John’s son is to be a key character this time around. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be a teenager or a younger child, given that the McClane progeny are all grown up now, so we are apparently looking at people like Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, »

- Dave Roper

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Hypderdrive Spec Script Acquired by Paramount

13 October 2011 3:39 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, someone should make a movie that crosses 48 Hours with The Fifth Element,” look no further than Paramount’s new acquisition, Hyperdrive. The sci-fi script by Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) and David Daniels (a pseudonym for Alex Ankeles, VP of Panay Films at Disney) is part murder mystery and part space opera. The plot details of Hyperdrive focus on a hardened detective who, with the help of a nerdy sci-fi author, searches for a key witness to a murder. While on Earth, the duo get caught up in a battle of interstellar forces. In the aim of keeping the Bruce Willis theme, I’d peg it more as The Fifth Element meets Live Free or Die Hard. Hit the jump for more info on Hyperdrive. The acquisition of Hyperdrive, via THR, was won by Paramount after a few other studios showed a strong interest. »

- Dave Trumbore

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