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Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too. The original version of the project had Keanu Reeves attached to star, and along the way bounced between studios like The Weinstein Company for the most time, with Focus Features »
- Alex Billington
It's finally official! After rumors and more rumors, Marvel confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange. It was back at the end of October that when we shared with you reports that Cumberbatch was in final negotiations to play the Sorceror Supreme and now we know it's the real deal. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) writing the screenplay, follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific »
- Graham McMorrow
Tom Hiddleston as Ben-Hur? MGM and Paramount are hoping to make that happen. With a release date of February 26, 2016 already set for the studios' forthcoming adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, the "Avengers" star is being eyed to take on the title role in the film for director Timur Bekmambetov ("The Darkest Hour"), according to Deadline. If Hiddleston were to take on the part, he would be the fifth actor to play the iconic character after Herman Rottger (1907), Ramon Novarro (1925), Charlton Heston (1959) and Joseph Morgan (2010). Set in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" tells the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his rivalry with childhood friend Messala, a Roman commanding officer who has him falsely convicted for an alleged assassination attempt on the Roman governor. After being condemned to the Roman galleys, Judah later returns to Jerusalem to seek revenge on »
- Chris Eggertsen
It hasn’t been all that long since it was announced that the master of magic himself, Doctor Strange, had been added to Marvel’s cinematic roster. Make no mistake, over here at Thn we’re more than glad about it and you should be too. However, following the recent news that Stephen Strange will be heading to our screens with Scott Derrickson at the helm, Deadline are now reporting (though, as always, take these things with a pinch of salt) that Doctor Strange may have its writer and protagonist.
The word on the crime-filled streets is that Prometheus’ own Jon Spaihts is taking up the pen and quill to re-pen the first draft of the script, which came from the likes of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Now, aside from Prometheus, Spaihts’ resume is relatively short when it comes to the silver screen. Whilst he is attached to the 2016 reboot of The Mummy, »
- Matthew Ceo
Writer Jon Spaihts has a couple of screenwriting credits to his name, the alien invasion flick “The Darkest Hour” and the “Aliens” prequel/sequel/whatever “Prometheus.” Both movies were pretty lacking, but the Hollywood machine being what it is, it’s hard to know what he contributed and what others added/took out. So yeah, it’s hard to tell if Spaihts’ hiring by Marvel to write their upcoming “Doctor Strange” is good or bad. I know this, though: the guy is apparently a hot name, and has not just “Dr. Strange” but the “Mummy” reboot along with the “Black Hole” reboot on his resume. So apparently someone in Hollywood thinks he’s talented. Either that or he’s got great agents. Of course, this is a Marvel movie, and unless the guy directing is named Joss Whedon, you can pretty much bet there will be a lot of other »
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Marvel Studios is looking to hire screenwriter Jon Spaihts to write the script for Doctor Strange, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson. He's currently in negotiations with the studio. Spaihts previously worked on the script for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, but none of the other projects he has worked on have come out yet.
The site also reignites a previous rumor that Jared Leto is on the short list of actors to possibly take on the role of Strange. The other two actors on the list are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. I actually really like the idea of Leto playing Strange. He definitely has the look and the talent. I would have to say he's my number one choice at this point, and Cumberbatch is a close second. I'm not even sure why Hardy is on the list. The more »
- Joey Paur
"Doctor Strange" is one step closer to casting a spell on the big screen. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus," "The Darkest Hour") has signed on to pen the script for the forthcoming Marvel superhero entry, according to Deadline, with director Scott Derrickson ("Sinister," "Deliver Us from Evil") having signed on to helm the film earlier this month. Spaihts will be working off an earlier draft of the script written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the early 1960s, Strange is a former neurosurgeon who becomes schooled in the mystical arts and is eventually deemed Sorcerer Supreme - the primary protector of Earth against supernatural threats. Actors said to be in the running for the role include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and 2014 Oscar winner Jared Leto. No release date has been set for the film, which will unroll as »
- Chris Eggertsen
Some possible news is coming in for Scott Derrickson's adaptation of Doctor Strange for Marvel as Deadline is reporting that Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Mummy reboot) is in negotiations to write the script for the franchise launching film.
Created in 1963, Doctor Strange is the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe. Using his magical powers, Strange protects the Earth from attacks from other realms.
The first draft of the script was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, and currently the short list of actors being pursued for the lead role includes Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and recent Oscar winner Jared Leto.
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- Steve Barton
Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts has entered negotiations with Marvel Studios to write the screenplay for Doctor Strange. The news comes just weeks after the studio hired Scott Derrickson to direct the Marvel Phase Three adventure.
The new report from Deadline also backs up earlier rumors that Marvel has Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto on their short list of contenders to play the title character. However, we reported yesterday that Jared Leto is also in early talks to replace Will Smith in Legedary's Brilliance.
The original Doctor Strange script was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian, Uncharted), although it isn't known if Jon Spaihts is starting over from scratch, or if he is rewriting the earlier draft.
Doctor Strange, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, debuted in Marvel's "Strange Tales" #110 in 1963. Steven Strange was a renowned neurosurgeon whose hands were badly damaged in a horrific car accident, »
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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