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Lionsgate is looking to lock down its lead for the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins film.
Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst is set to take on the Robin Hood legend from a script by Joby Harold, the man who is also behind Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
The film has been likened to The Dark Knight as a "gritty origins tale" that sees Robin arrive back from the Crusades and recruit his band of Merry Men after finding corruption across Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.
Robin Hood: Origins will be produced by Harold, »
Hollywood currently has Robin Hood on the brain, with numerous competing projects in the works including Disney's "Nottingham & Hood," Sony's "Hood," and Warner Bros. untitled movie that has Will Beall ("Aquaman," "Gangster Squad") penning the script. And there's Lionsgate's "Robin Hood: Origins" which is leaping ahead as casting gets under way. Deadline reports that a crop of young actors — Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire"), Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age Of Extinction") and Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner") — are all on the shortlist to rob from the rich and give to the poor. The concept from this one comes from the pen of Joby Harold (Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur") and will find Robin returning from the Crusades to clean up Sherwood Forest which has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its "Batman Begins"-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled "Robin Hood: Origins".
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner"), Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.
Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst ("Peaky Blinders") and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year. »
- Garth Franklin
Have you met Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), the most contemptible Wes Anderson character to not star in a Wes Anderson filmc Well, she's the object of desire for one Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff), or "Q" as he's constantly referred to in Paper Towns, a film so easy to hate it's almost as if it was created for that specific purpose. Adapted from the novel by John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), the hope here is to mimic the success of the previous adaptation, but there isn't even an inkling of the humanity, romance or humor found in The Fault in Our Stars to save this film from its loathsome self. We meet Q at the tender age of nine-years-old as his 18-year-old self tells us he believes in miracles. Every one of us receives at least one miracle in our lifetime he says and for him it's when »
- Brad Brevet
It looks like Warner Bros. is taking another stab at its long-planned Logan’s Run remake, with the studio enlisting writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) to write a story and treatment, according to THR.
The remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie has passed through the hands of a number of filmmakers, with writers Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) all taking a crack at the script and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) both attached to direct at various points.
Based on William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel, Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who »
- Gary Collinson
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons may have canceled his planned trip to Skull Island, but the actor is still heading somewhere sunny for his next project. THR reports that Simmons is set to reteam with Damien Chazelle, the director who led Simmons to awards season glory with last year’s Whiplash, for musical La La Land, a romance set in Los Angeles.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (back in a romantic pairing after the explosive chemistry they displayed in Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Gangster Squad) are toplining the buzzy pic as two young lovers – a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, respectively – who find each other as both are struggling to advance their careers in the cutthroat world of Hollywood. As success finally appears, however, the two are faced with tough decisions that begin to tear them apart.
- Isaac Feldberg
The Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of musical La La Land, which focuses on the romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons will play a character known as The Boss.
Gosling and Stone previously worked together on 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013's Gangster Squad.
La La Land is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016. »
In the wake of DC Entertainment introducing 'Arthur Curry', aka 'Aquaman' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and hiring screenwriters Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") to write two separate screenplays for a solo "Aquaman" feature, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige clarified whether or not his studio controls screen rights to "Namor: The Sub-Mariner", the first Atlantean comic book anti-hero:
"Yes," said Feige about Marvel controlling screen rights to Namor, "but it’s slightly more complicated than that."
"Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.
"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that means we need to work things out before we move forward on it.
"...as opposed to an 'Iron Man' or any of the 'Avengers' or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in..."
Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, »
- Michael Stevens
Movin' on. Less than two weeks after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of Sean Penn and Charlize Theron's split, the Gangster Squad actor, 54, has found another potential leading lady: Minka Kelly. A source confirms to Us that Penn treated Kelly and a couple of friends to a "very pricey meal" at Thomas Keller's elite eatery The French Laundry in Napa, Calif., for the Almost Human actress' 35th birthday. (TMZ was first to report the outing, with photos of the pair at the restaurant.) The insider says [...] »
During a promotional interview for his new film Terminator Genisys, action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger offered up a few words on his next planned return to one of his former glories in The Legend of Conan, which was first announced back in 2012 and is currently undergoing a rewrite courtesy of Will Beall (Gangster Squad).
“I was hoping to do another one and I was hoping that the idea of Conan having been king for a long time, then just threw it all away and went into retirement and went off into the mountains,” said Schwarzenegger (via Nerd Report). “That whole idea always appealed to me. Then of course he gets asked back because of some hideous and unbelievable things that are happening to the kingdom. So that’s when the battle begins again.”
See Also: Chris Morgan talks The Legend of Conan: “Think Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian”
“The script [from Chris Morgan] turned out really great, »
- Gary Collinson
After remaining on the straight and narrow with a string of dramatic performance in recent years, including Gangster Squad and the Ben Stiller-fronted The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-winning actor is following in the footsteps of one Liam Nesson for Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.
Beyond sharing a director, Morel’s latest feature also harbors similarities to Taken in that Penn’s former special forces soldier will be called out on one last job. That said, by having our grizzled protagonist suffering from Ptsd, The Gunman is arguably more visceral than its genre contemporaries, and with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca, you’ll search far and wide for an unashamed B-movie actioner with a bigger heart.
To celebrate The Gunman‘s arrival on Blu-Ray and DVD at the end of this month, We Got This Covered »
- Michael Briers
The Bourne Identity 5, Kojak, and X-Men: Apocalypse have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Arash Amel wrote the script
“Seducing Ingrid Bergman” chronicles the torrid, life-changing romance between the “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that ignited in Paris after WWII.
the first confirmed star beyond Matt Damon is Julia Stiles. She has closed a deal to reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons in Universal Pictures’ Untitled Next Bourne Chapter. Stiles appeared in the first three films, emerging as an ally for the amnesiac assassin title character Jason Bourne.
Greengrass is writing the screenplay with Christopher Rouse
- Rollo Tomasi
Sierra/Affinity sold “Shot Caller” at Cannes to Constantin for German-speaking Europe, Entertainment One for the U.K., Notorious Pictures for Italy, Sun Distribution for Latin America and Vvs for Canada. Relativity came on board last month for U.S. rights.
Coster-Waldau will play the lead in the film, which follows a gangster recently released from prison and forced to orchestrate a major crime on the streets of Southern California. Waugh, who broke into the business as a stuntman, went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research prison gangs for his script.
- Justin Kroll
Stone is used to supernatural action comedies thanks to her role in "Zombieland," while former Ghostbuster himself Bill Murray personally championed her for a role. Ultimately though Stone wasn't a part of filmmaker Paul Feig's ensemble which includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth.
In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal though, Stone reveals that she was offered a role but actually turned it down as she'd just come off from doing "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and wasn't prepared to make a huge commitment like that again right away:
"The script was really funny. It just didn't feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment - it's a whole thing. I »
- Garth Franklin
"We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers," Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman recently said. And while I would hesitate the use the phrase "master filmmaker" to describe James Wan, he's certainly a massively successful filmmaker who knows how to deliver on a grand scale. THR reports that Wan, the frontrunner to direct "Aquaman," has locked down a deal for the job. Wan will be overseeing the script being written by Kurt Johnstad ("300"), which means that Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") seems to have lost out, as he was penning a competing screenplay. But this not all that WB has planned for Wan. He has also been tapped to direct the long brewing "Robotech." This one has passed through the hands of a couple directors over the years. It's based on the Japanese anime and with shades of "Pacific. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in February, we heard that Will Beall (Gangster Squad) had taken over scriptwriting duties on The Legend of Conan, and now producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) has revealed to The Arnold Fans that the screenplay is complete, and that the film will be a direct sequel to John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian which will catch up with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cimmerian warrior some thirty years later.
“Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian. Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. »
- Gary Collinson
For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell? I’m “biast” (pro): love Rosamund Pike
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In my head I’m calling this film What Is This I Can’t Even: The Movie. It works at least as well as the blandly generic and not even really apropos Return to Sender, which describes a tiny section of the second act that then resolves itself and has no further bearing on the story. In fact, the bearing it does have on the story hardly makes any sense at all, not on the level of plot, character, or theme. Not that the plot, characters, or putative themes make any sense on a whole-movie level, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
J'adore! Josh Brolin and fiancee Kathryn Boyd brought the glamour to the red carpet on Tuesday, May 19, when they made their first appearance together since Us Weekly broke the news of their engagement. The Gangster Squad actor, 47, cut a dapper figure in his black tux as he squired a radiant Boyd to the premiere of his new movie Sicario at the Cannes Film Festival. In keeping with the formal dress code, she slated in a red-orange gown with ruffle detailing and a leg-baring slit. Accessory-wise, Boyd [...] »
Love is in the air! Josh Brolin is officially engaged to his assistant, Kathryn Boyd, the actor's rep confirms to to Us Weekly. Sources close to the site say the the "Labor Day" star popped the question to the blonde beauty just last month. Josh and Kathryn recently vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where they were spotted celebrating what looked like the next step in their relationship. "They were with two tables worth of people so it was a big group, more than eight people," the witness told Us. "They had a fixed menu and it seemed like they were celebrating something ... It looked like a party and it seemed celebratory." The cute couple first started dating back in March 2013 -- just one month after the "Gangster Squad" actor and ex-wife Diane Lane announced they were splitting. Their divorce was finalized in November of 2013, the same time Josh entered rehab for substance abuse problems. »
- tooFab Staff
He found love again! Josh Brolin is engaged to Kathryn Boyd, his rep confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. An insider close to Boyd first told Us that the Gangster Squad actor, 47, and Boyd got engaged sometime last month. In the weeks following that proposal, the couple went down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in mid-May where they were spotted celebrating at Bar Esquina with a group of pals. "They were with two tables worth of people so it was a big group, more than eight people," an observer told Us of [...] »
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