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Wanted 2: the decision lies with Universal

15 April 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Timur Bekmambetov reveals that the story is in place for Wanted 2 - it just needs a green light from Universal...

The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.

In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.

In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »

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Wanted 2 Still Happening, Wants Angelina Jolie And James McAvoy Back

15 April 2015 4:22 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been close to seven years since Wanted smashed into cinemas in such gloriously over-the-top fashion that it instantly developed a fervent fan-base. Talk of a sequel has come and gone with every subsequent film that its rich ensemble and creative team have been involved in, and the subject of Wanted 2 has once again risen during a discussing with director Timur Bekmambetov - who insists that he.d love for it to happen and wants his original stars to return. During his chat with Collider, Bekmambetov admitted that he.s already been hard at work on Wanted 2. In fact, he.s already outlined the story for the film, got a team on-board to bring it to fruition, and he even teased that he wants to work with all of the original cast members from the original; even the ones who died in the film. Said the director, »

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Fate Of Wanted 2 Rests In The Hands Of Universal, Says Timur Bekmambetov

14 April 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With rising star James McAvoy starring opposite Hollywood starlet Angeline Jolie, a high-octane premise that kicks physics to the kerb, not to mention a respective box office haul of around $340 million, you’d be forgiven for believing that a direct sequel to Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted was set in stone. However, in the six years that have lapsed since the release of the original, there is still no concrete sign of a Wanted 2.

Granted, members of the cast and crew have been vocal about the follow-up’s chances in the past, even going so far as to hinting that a potential sequel could continue the bullet-bending action with those two aforementioned stars, McAvoy and Jolie. Couple this with Universal’s most recent statement citing that the studio was waiting on the right script and Wanted 2 showcases all the symptoms of a sequel that has irrefutably stalled during development for one reason or another. »

- Michael Briers

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Director Talks Chances Of A "Wanted 2"

14 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been quite a few years since the release of Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic "Wanted," yet potential sequel talk regarding the movie has often swirled around it.

At last report two years ago, Universal was said to be waiting for the right story to come along before proceeding with the sequel. This week, Collider spoke with Bekmambetov himself who revealed that said story is apparently ready and now it's up to the studio:

"For my part I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I’ve seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there are a lot of people waiting for the second part of the story we’ve made in 2008.

Unfortunately, Universal is still thinking about the possible dates of the pre-production start. I know that the movie should be released, »

- Garth Franklin

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Wanted 2: Timur Bekmambetov Says It’s Up to Universal

14 April 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's been more than two years since we last heard about Wanted 2, the long-gestating sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic Wanted. The 2008 film, which was most notable for it's over-the-top style and casual disregard of physics, followed Wesley (James McAvoy), a timid and frustrated man stuck in a cubicle who discovers he's the progeny of a legendary hitman in league with a clan of superhuman assassins (Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, CommonKonstantin Khabenskiy) called the Fraternity.  Back in 2013, McAvoy said that Universal was "doing the right thing" by waiting for the right story before moving forward with the sequel. According to Bekmambetov, that story is ready. [caption id="attachment_443023" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] Yesterday, our contributor Elizaveta Chalenko spoke with the director about the prospect of Wanted 2, and he's definitely still up for it. Not only is he still interested in making the sequel, he's got »

- Haleigh Foutch

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‘The Snow Queen 2’ heads to Us

13 April 2015 2:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.

eOne has picked up Us and Canadian rights to Wizart Animation’s popular 3D family feature The Snow Queen 2.

The sequel to Russian animation The Snow Queen (2012) includes a voice cast of Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Sharlto Copley (Maleficent), Bella Thorne (Blended) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games).

The film tells the story of the troll Orm who has become a hero after the victory over the evil Snow Queen. However, after grossly exaggerating his exploits in the Snow Queen’s downfall, Orm learns that friendship and happiness can’t be won through deceit.

Alexey Tsitsilin directs. Producers are Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev, Diana Yurinova and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).

eOne will release in winter 2015.

“We are thrilled to be handling the release of Snow Queen 2 in North America, building on the success of the first installment. We look forward to sharing this classic tale with family audiences »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Unfriended’ From Jason Blum, Timur Bekmambetov

12 April 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Unfriended” from horror producer Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge” and “Insidious” series) and visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”)!

Unfriended,” which opens on April 17, 2015 and is rated “R,” stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman from director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Unfriended” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases »

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Lorenzo Di Bonaventura To Produce Movie Of Mark Millar’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’

8 April 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Another week, another Mark Millar property being turned into a movie. Fresh off the huge success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, the comic book writer behind Kick-Ass, Wanted and Nemesis has teamed with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to work on a movie version of Jupiter’s Legacy. Not to be confused with Jupiter Ascending, the just-finished series centers […]

The post Lorenzo Di Bonaventura To Produce Movie Of Mark Millar’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Unfriended In St. Louis

8 April 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal PicturesUnfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.

After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, Unfriended is written by Nelson Greaves and produced by Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.

The film stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman.

Unfriended hits theaters April 17.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Unfriended on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm in the St. »

- Movie Geeks

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Transformers producer will bring Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy to theaters

8 April 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Hollywood and audiences alike have benefited from the works of Mark Millar's graphic novels, with Wanted, Kick-ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service becoming successful feature films. It looks like we're not slowing down on the Millar adaptations just yet as one of his more recent works, Jupiter's Legacy, is looking to get the feature-film treatment. Co-created with Frank Quitely, Legacy explores the generational conflict of a group of aging superheroes and their »

- Sean Wist

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[Media] - "Unfriended" New TV Spot and images

6 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a new TV Spot and new images for techno-thriller "Unfriended". Universal Pictures' "Unfriended" unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. The April 17 release stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman. After Universal executives saw a test screening of "Unfriended" terrify a test audice, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch", "Wanted", "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, »

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'Unfriended' TV Spot: Revenge Comes Online

6 April 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Jason Blum arrived at WonderCon over the weekend like a rock star, and was swarmed by a throng of fans. His Blumhouse Productions banner has gained a strong reputation as the next big voice in horror, delivering one hit after the next. While we saw the first sneak peeks from the convention center floor for Sinister 2 and Insidious Chapter 3 this past Saturday, we're now getting a TV spot for a completely new thriller experience with Unfriended.

Ushering in a possible new horror franchise, Universal Pictures' Unfriended unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, »

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10 Intriguing Casting Rumours About Upcoming Comic Book Movies

3 April 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel

There is going to come a time, not so long from now, when there aren’t any actors who haven’t played some part in a comic book movie. When once it was considered sacrilege to play multiple roles in the genre, some actors – like Ryan Reynolds – have appeared in four or five, and the power and financial draw of the genre is attracting actors of incredible stature.

Who would ever have guessed ten years ago that Robert Redford would play a villain, or Glenn Close an inter-galactic general?

Now as the genre grows even larger and actors come to the end of their contracts, there are rumours almost weekly of another star player pulling on spandex for either Marvel or DC, and some of the rumours are incredibly alluring. Others are just plain odd, but then you probably would have said the same thing about Heath Ledger playing The Joker… »

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Black Sea Coming To DVD/Blu-ray on May 5 – Stars Jude Law

30 March 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Black Sea is a gripping adventure that takes audiences to the depths of human greed in a suspenseful underwater search for sunken treasure that becomes a fight for survival. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), the suspenseful Focus Features thriller debuts on Digital HD on April 21, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand May 5, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel »

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Matthew McConaughey Attached to Star in 'The Billionaire's Vinegar'

27 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The value some people put in memorabilia is interesting. Sure, I like a good signed poster or what-have-you, but I would never spend $500,000 on something due to it possibly having collector's potential, even if they were bottles of wine from Thomas Jefferson's personal collection. Well, that is what billionaire Bill Koch did, and he spent twice as much to investigate whether the bottles were authentic or not. This is the kind of bullsh*t rich people do... Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar, which will be written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma, Wanted). There seems to be no stopping McConaughey with his role choices, and good for him. He's earned the right to do whatever he wants. I just wish this project sounded more appealing than it does. Here's the plot: Benjamin Wallace's "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery Of The World's »

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Matthew McConaughey To Drink 'The Billionaire’s Vinegar'

27 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With an Oscar on his shelf, having recently played a financial world mogul in "The Wolf Of Wall Street," not to mention his status as Hollywood's comeback kid golden boy, Matthew McConaughey knows a thing or two about glamor, and so taking on the role of a guy who spends way too much money on a bottle of wine, should be hand in glove. Deadline reports that McConaughey is attached to star in "The Billionaire's Vinegar." Based on the non-fiction book by Benjamin Wallace, with a script from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 To Yuma," "Chicago Fire"), the film tells the true story of a very wealthy man who spends a half-million on what is supposedly the most vintage of all wines, only to dig deeper and discover he may have been duped. Here's the book synopsis:  The Billionaire’s Vinegar, tells the true story of a 1787 Château »

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Matthew McConaughey to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar

27 March 2015 5:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery Of The World's Most Expensive Bottle Of Wine.

The actor is attached to appear in the film, which tells the story of a real-life scandal involving wine bottles thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson.

The film focuses on the case of a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux which was bought for $156,000 by billionaire Bill Koch, Deadline reports.

It's claimed that the wine was once owned by the American Founding Father, but was revealed to be a fake following a lengthy private investigation.

The script comes from Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who previously worked together on Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma and Chicago Fire.

Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith will produce the film.

It was previously announced that McConaughey will star in Born to Run, which is based on Christopher McDougall's novel. »

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McConaughey Drinks "Billionaire's Vinegar"

27 March 2015 5:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Matthew McConaughey us attached to star in "The Billionaire's Vinegar" for Sony Pictures, Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment.

Based on the novel by Benjamin Wallace, the story deals with the scandal that ensued when an auctioned cache of wine bottles purported to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson were called fakes.

Hardy Rodenstock was a music manager-turned-wine dealer who unearthed the bottles. Billionaire Bill Koch bought them for a half a million, spend double that investigating them, and then sued Rodenstock.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 To Yuma") penned the film which Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Billionaire’S Vinegar for Sony Pictures

26 March 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas  (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’

26 March 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey will star in Sony’s “The Billionaire's Vinegar,” with Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment producing.

The project is based on the Benjamin Wallace book, which traces the history of vintage Bordeaux bottles believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that were auctioned by wine company Christie’s for exorbitant prices. Many experts have concluded that the bottles were never Jefferson’s.

The film will be produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, whose credits include “3:10 to Yuma” and “Wanted,” are writing the adaptation.

The project has been in development since 2008, when the producers acquired rights to Wallace’s book before it was published.

The book centers on a Forbes family member paying $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s asserted was part of a Jefferson cache discovered in France. That »

- Dave McNary

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