12 items from 2015
Paramount isn’t messing around with plans to evolve its mega-grossing Transformers franchise into an expansive cinematic universe. Today brings news that I, Robot scribe Akiva Goldsman, previously tasked by Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with assembling a writer’s room to pitch ideas for Transformers spinoffs and a multi-part sequel, has finalized his brain trust – and it’s a pretty stunning lineup.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 and The Incredible Hulk‘s Zak Penn, and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have all been recruited as four separate, creative teams that will work to transform Transformers from one franchise into a rich, diverse universe of films. Goldsman, who has known Bay since their college days, worked tirelessly to bring all these sci-fi heavy hitters into the fold, and though the ink isn’t yet dry on their deals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
The 1980s sci-fi movie Alien Nation looks like it's next to get the remake treatment...
The plans to bring Alien Nation back to the screen we thought had died a quiet death. The Sci-Fi Channel, as it was then known, was considering a reboot back in 2009, but since then, we've heard barely a whisper.
Given that everything else seems to have been remade and/or rebooted, that's something of a surprise. Not least because there are themes in the original movie and subsequent TV show that have hardly lost their relevance.
Perhaps that's why the remake is now back on, although it seems to be a cinema project this time around. 20th Century Fox has hired a pair of writers to come up with a screenplay for a new Alien Nation film, and it's recruited Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who co-penned the first Iron Man. They also worked on »
Since his turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, former wrestling star Dave Bautista is becoming highly sought after. While he's currently filming on the new James Bond movie, Spectre, reports have come in now that his next role will place him as the barbaric villain in the Highlander remake!
Frankly, I'm loving this choice. The original Highlander remains one of my favorite films and something that's stuck with me since I was younger. The Kurgan remains one of the best villains around and is an iconic role in my mind. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Dave Bautista is on an absolute roll lately. Following the huge success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor hopped on board the new James Bond film, Spectre. Now, he’s added another high profile gig to his resume, as Latino Review reports that he’ll be joining the Highlander reboot in the villainous role of The Kurgan.
Directed by visual effects artist turned director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the film will mark his directorial debut and is currently, still without a lead. However, now that Bautista has been cast, you can be sure that someone will step into the titular role quite shortly. Tom Cruise was once said to be in the studio’s crosshairs, but whether or not that actually turns out to be anything more than just talk remains to be seen.
Regardless, with Bautista playing the antagonist, who, for those that don’t know, is a »
- Matt Joseph
Visual effects supremo Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in early talks to take over from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to direct the upcoming prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont left the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the hit 2012 movie and shows how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) has been in talks to play a villain in the film.
Nicolas-Troyan has previously worked as a second-unit director on the first film and on Disney’s Maleficent, as well as working as visual effects supervisor on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring. In recent months, he has been linked to the upcoming Highlander remake.
- Scott J. Davis
Work on the sequel to Snow White And the Huntsman - which now goes by the name of The Huntsman - is set to get going in earnest later this year. But before it does, there's a change in director that we need to tell you about.
Earlier this week it was revealed that The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist helmer Frank Darabont had dropped out of directing The Huntsman. The reason? "Creative differences" is all we've been told thus far.
So who's going to be stepping into his shoes?
That'd be a man by the name of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Once mooted to helm the reboot of Highlander that Summit Entertainment is putting together, Nicolas-Troyan has thus far built a steady career as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor. On his CV? The likes of Maleficent, »
You get one job wrangling swords and fantastical elements, you apparently get them all. At least, that seems to be the case for VFX expert-turned-director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who is following winning the gig making the Highlander reboot with the big chair on The Huntsman.The Snow White And The Huntsman sequel hit the news a couple of days ago when it emerged that Frank Darabont, who had been hired to rewrite the script and direct, had bailed citing creative differences. That meant the film needed a director, and Universal have given Nicolas-Troyan the job despite his lack of previous shot-calling work. He does have a big advantage over other candidates though – he worked as visual effects supervisor on the first film.Plot details on The Huntsman remain sketchy and tough to pin down – previous stories pointed to Chris Hemsworth’s hero on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror »
Schmoes Know scored a nice scoop today, that was later verified by the trades. They reported that the next director of Universal's The Huntsman will be Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Who?! Wait, I'll get to that. He's replacing Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption"), who last week dropped out of the project. The reason given was "creative differences," but then again that is usual the go-to-line when you exit a project. As for who Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is, he has been serving as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor on various projects. He did so with Disney's Maleficent and even Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, so he is familiar with the look of the film. He was even nominated for an Oscar based on his work with the film's visual effects. At one point he was supposed to direct Summit's Highlander reboot. The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest »
Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in talks to take over from Frank Darabont as director of the upcoming prequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman". Darabont departed the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the 2012 movie and show how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt has been in talks to play a villain.
Nicolas-Troyan served as second unit director on the original movie and has been a visual effects man on some major blockbusters like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. The 'Huntsman' prequel would be his directorial debut, though he has been linked to other fantasy projects in recent times including the "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" sequel and the "Highlander" remake.
- Garth Franklin
Just four days after Frank Darabont dropped out of Universal Pictures' Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, The Huntsman, the studio has found a replacement director in VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Insiders claim that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was one of the top contenders to helm the sequel when the studio was first looking for a director, since he is very familiar with this story after serving as the visual effects supervisor on the 2012 original.
We reported last week that Emily Blunt is in talks to play the villain, and while Variety reveals that the actress is still in negotiations, her character has not been revealed. Snow White and the Huntsman stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles as The Huntsman and Ravenna, with the story to reveal how both characters' fates intertwined before they met Snow White.
Frank Darabont wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, »
Emily Blunt is also in talks with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing “The Huntsman.” Website Schmoes Know first reported that Nicolas-Troyan was the top choice to replace Darabont, who left due to creative differences late last week, and sources now confirm he is in talks.
Plot details are vague other than the film revealing how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White.
Insiders say Nicolas-Troyan was among the finalists when Uni first started looking for a director for the pic and the decision made sense to go back to him given how well he knows the world, having worked as the VFX supervisor on the first pic.
Darabont wrote the current draft of the screenplay, »
- Justin Kroll
12 items from 2015
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