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"We’ve gotta get out of here and fast." It looks like we finally have some forward movement on the Jonny Quest live-action movie, which has been in development for years and years. We posted extensively back in 2007-2011 about a Jonny Quest movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with rumors of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson teaming up for the lead roles, but nothing ever came together. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros has hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie, and he'll also rewrite the script with Terry Rossio (of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), that was originally written by Dan Mazeau. No word if Dwayne Johnson is back (he seems like the better fit, in all honesty) but at least they have a director. The show, which originally debuted in the 1960s and was reinvented in the 1980s and 1990s. The franchise revolves around »
- Alex Billington
Robert Rodriguez may be best known for his violent action/crime flicks like Sin City and Desperado, but he's also directed some successful children's adventure movies such as Spy Kids and Sharkboy and Lavagirl, making him a good fit for Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of '60s Hanna-Barbera animated series, Jonny Quest. According to THR, he'll direct and co-write with Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The show focused on the globe-trotting adventures of young Jonny Quest and his father. They were accompanied by Jonny's dog Bandit, a Kolkatan orphan named Hadji, and government agent/bodyguard Race Bannon. It originally ran for only one season, but has since spawned '90s cartoon revivals and comic books. Rodriguez and Rossio are rewriting Dan Mazeau's original script, with Dan Lin and Adrian Askarieh on board as producers. »
It is not clear yet what this new storyline for kid adventurer Jonny Quest's big screen adventure will be, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hanna-Barbera originally aired the animated series for a single season in 1964, but syndication kept the series popular in the ensuing decades.
The original series followed Jonny, his father Dr Benton Quest and a small crew on adventures around the world as they battled evildoers.
Jonny Quest was later revived in New Adventures »
A project that has been knocking around Warner Bros. for years, the live action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera adventure cartoon "Jonny Quest" now has a new lease of life, courtesy of a director who certainly knows how to do family entertainment with panache. Robert Rodriguez will co-write and direct the movie, his first major studio project in quite some time as he's mostly spent the last several years in the independent world, making the likes of "Spy Kids," "Machete" and "Sin City." But the former franchise has certainly proven that he makes kids fare on a dime, which is likely an asset at the always budget conscious studio level. He'll be teaming with Terry Rossio (the last few "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, "The Lone Ranger") on the script, and they'll be refashioning an initial draft by Dan Mazeau. So hooray, another property beloved by aging fanboys goosed up for a new generation! »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After making borderline-animated films for the past few years, Robert Rodriguez is taking on a live-action adaptation of an actual cartoon. THR is reporting that the Sin City director is set to adapt Hanna-Barbera’s Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. with Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47) and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) producing. Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who penned the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger with writing partner Ted Elliott, but who's been going out on his own as of late. Rodriguez and Elliott will be working from a previous draft written by Dan Mazeu. For those who are unfamiliar with the Johnny Quest series, Wikipedia says the cartoon was in the vein of “Doc Savage, Tom Swift, and John Carter of Mars.” The eponymous character was a young boy who went on adventures with his father Dr. Benton Quest, »
- Matt Goldberg
Many of you will know that before he returned to the iconic Mad Max franchise with this year's immensely popular Fury Road, Aussie director George Miller was working on an even bigger project for Warner Bros. Miller's now-cancelled Justice League: Mortal once looked set to "unite the seven" as early as 2009, but production location issues and the writer's strike derailed the project. By 2013, Miller's superhero flick was but a mere memory, with WB opting instead to re-build the Dccu, beginning with Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. However, there was a time that this project genuinely looked like it was going ahead, with a cast attached. Notable members of Miller's ensemble include The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer as Batman and 'Immortan Joe' himself (Hugh Keays-Byrne) as the Martian Manhunter. So what really went wrong? A new documentary looking into the cancelled feature has been proposed by director Ryan Unicomb, »
The project made it as far as pre-production, with a a cast that was set to include Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as Batman, D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Superman, Megan Gale (Stealth) as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody (The O.C.) as Barry Allen, Anton Yelchin (Hearts in Atlantis) as Wally West, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max) as Martian Manhunter, Santiago Cabrera (Heroes) as Aquaman and Common (American Gangster) as Green Lantern, before Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug on the superhero ensemble.
Well, it looks like filmmakers Ryan Unicomb, Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell are set to delve into behind-the-scenes story of the aborted film, with the trio planning a new documentary entitled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, »
- Gary Collinson
Do some films get made as secret sequels to unconnected earlier films, turning those older films into prequels? It may just be random coincidence, but some movies seems to work perfectly as continuations of earlier, unrelated films. The earlier films may not be official prequels, and they weren’t made by the same people—or even the same studio—but there are hints, if you look for them, which indicate that later filmmakers possibly looked at earlier projects and secretly wrote their newer films as informal sequels to those prior hits. Or maybe this is all just unplanned happenstance. Look at our list and see what you think.
Fight Club is a prequel to the Dark Knight: The theory is that the unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) of Fight Club goes on to become the Joker (Heath Ledger) in the Dark Knight. The evidence for this…The narrator of Fight Club »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Remember when Christina Ricci starred opposite a computer-generated array of ghosts in Casper and Mel Gibson donned medieval garb in Braveheart? Those were the two big openers of the 1995 Memorial Day weekend frame 20 years ago – and also the last time this oft-bustling moviegoing weekend failed to see a film hit the $40 million mark. Despite no strong opener over the holiday weekend, making this the lowest-grossing Memorial Day frame since 2001, moviegoers still came out to see a variety of thrilling films, five of which earned more than $20 million over the three days.
In first place was Tomorrowland, an original (and pricey) sci-fi adventure from Disney, which finished with an estimated $32.2 million over its first three days. (The projected four-day estimate is $40.7 million.) That would be a fine start for an original film in summer, but with a $180 million budget, as well as mixed reviews and audience reception (a B CinemaScore), the »
- Jordan Adler
Thanks to the latest issue of Empire, we’ve got a batch of images from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming spy caper The Man from U.N.C.L.E, which stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger)…
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set for release on August 14th, »
- Gary Collinson
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. In the movie, Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) as Illya Kuryakin. They’re joined by a cast which includes Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), with Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows), and Hugh Grant as Waverly. »
Four years after the greatly entertaining Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird tackles the live action dimension for a second time with Tomorrowland, a massive sci-fi production intended for the whole family. Despite a rather enjoyable first part and Bird's undeniable visual talent, the film unfortunately sinks into over-cheesiness and sacrifices its ending for some damaging Disney propaganda, which is more reminiscent of what the company used to do in the past rather than of the better and riskier productions (John Carter, The Lone Ranger) that they've been doing recently. Although the original story is penned by Jeff Jensen, Damon Lindelhof and Bird himself, Tomorrowland got its inspiration from the homonymous themed land of the Disney parks that were conceived in the 1950s and 1960s....
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Armie Hammer has largely been seen in bigger dramas or action adventures such as J. Edgar or The Lone Ranger, so it’s nice to see him taking a crack at other things too. He’s signed on for a role in Stanley Tucci’s The Final Portrait opposite Geoffrey Rush.Tucci is once more on writing and directing duty for the film, which will chronicle the friendship between American art critic James Lord (Hammer) who agrees to sit for a portrait by his friend, noted Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti (Rush). Unfortunately, though the two knew each other socially, Lord wasn’t quite prepared for the demanding nature of the artist at work and the experience tests their relationship to the limit.The script has been adapted from Lord’s writing on the experience, A Giacometti Portrait. Tucci’s producers are still rounding up the funding, and he should be shooting this year. »
Armie Hammer is the latest cast member to be added to Final Portrait, the upcoming biopic from Stanley Tucci in his first major feature as director since 2007’s Blind Date. The Lone Ranger star with join Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, who will take the lead as Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Tucci is working from his own script based on the novel A Giacometti Portrait by the artist’s friend, the American critic James Lord, who in 1960s Paris sat down for 18 days, studying Giacometti as he painted his picture using oils. Gail Egan, Potboiler Productions, Ilann Girard, Fred
- Alex Ritman
The latest podcast has come your way, and in between the usual movie banter, Vic is proven right about his theory on why Joss Whedon parted ways with Marvel Studios, and Tom goes full nerd when talking about how Warner Bros. could separate their DC Comics movies from their t.v. shows. All that, and Tom’s Trivia Three – Another triple serving of awesome movie trivia, from Fantastic Mr. Fox to Minority Report, by way of The Lone Ranger. Reviews – Big Game A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Snakes on a Plane News – Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Avengers 2.5 (otherwise known as Captain America: Civil War), and we speculate on what Tom Hardy’s mystery DC Comics role could be. Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Elizabeth Chambers is finally ditching something she's held near and dear to her -- her maiden name. Chambers and Armie Hammer were married back in 2010 ... but she never took his name, choosing instead to go by Elizabeth Crawley Buntin Chambers (no Downton Abbey relation). The Lone Ranger's wife has filed docs in La -- asking to legally become Elizabeth Chambers Hammer. Several benefits ... being a Hammer's a good thing, it's easier to write, plus »
- TMZ Staff
Johnny Depp is a tremendous actor. No one is going to argue that point. And yet we can also all agree that people don't get as excited for his movies as they once did. After a string of oddballs like Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and Mortdecai, it's understandable that many fans aren't so quick to fall for yet another movie where Depp plays a cooky weirdo with a strange wardrobe. Black Mass, however, looks like it will realign everyone's expectations for Depp movies back to the likes of Blow, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Directed by Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace), Black Mass tells the true story of notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, and as you can see from the intense first trailer for the movie...
- Peter Hall
They may be dead-eyed, gray-skinned and determinedly brain-hungry, but zombies have feelings too in “Maggie,” an improbably bred but surprisingly humane hybrid of flesh-eater horror and young-adult weepie. Though Henry Hobson’s hugely promising debut feature is generating buzz from the casting of a fine, low-key Arnold Schwarzenegger as the anguished father of a semi-zombified teen, it’s Abigail Breslin’s gutsy, nuanced turn as the reluctantly undead title character — at once a heroine to be protected and a mutant threat to be destroyed — that makes the film unique within its grisly canon, lending this Roadside Attractions release potential crossover appeal beyond the genre crowd. “Let’s enjoy the time we have with her” is perhaps the most ironic line in a nervy, relentlessly solemn exercise; formula-resistant auds, however, should gladly spend 90-odd minutes in “Maggie’s” company.
Having been amply covered by A-list studio productions and bargain-basement exploitation fare alike, »
- Guy Lodge
We hit the red carpet prior to Warner Bros. Cinemacon presentation yesterday and talked to a slew of stars that were out promoting their latest flick for the studio, not least of all The Lone Ranger and Superman, aka Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill. The stars were on hand to talk about their roles in director Guy Ritchie's latest actioner The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and were forthcoming in their involvement with the project. We braved the rough wind and a hot mic (sorry for overmodulation) »
- Paul Shirey
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