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Last year, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura announced that he was developing a feature adaptation of Mark Millar and Franke Quitely’s superhero comic book series Jupiter’s Legacy, which had Journey 2: The Mysterious Island screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn attached to pen the script. Now, in an interview with THR, di Bonaventura has suggested that the project may instead end up as a TV series due to its expansive story.
“Not for lack of interest,” said the producer when asked why he’s yet to work on a superhero movie. “As an executive, I oversaw some Batmans and tried to get Superman going. But that market is saturated now. I have a project with Mark Millar, who wrote [the comic that became] Kingsman: The Secret Service, that is a superhero project: Jupiter’s Legacy. What attracted me to it was it’s not repeating what everybody else has done. It’s not yet set up at a studio. »
- Gary Collinson
Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie this summer, New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to another popular mobile game, Fruit Ninja. The studio has brought on screenwriters J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani to write the script, with Tripp Vinson set to produce. Unlike The Angry Birds Movie, though, this project will be a live-action adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Tripp Vinson teamed up with Halfbrick Studios, the creators of the mobile game, to develop this live-action movie. The game centers on ninjas who slice and dice fruit at a rapid pace. This movie adaptation will center on a group of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in an effort to save the world.
Fruit Ninja was first released for the iPhone and iPod devices in April 2010, before rolling out to other Android and Windows devices later that year. The game has players »
Meet Maui and Moana – Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho, respectively – Disney’s brand new and seaworthy heroes. They’re poised to light up the silver screen in November, and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker currently have all hands on deck in anticipation of the film’s theatrical release.
But thankfully, we won’t have to wait until November to get a new look at Moana in action; Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter to not only unveil a vibrant new poster for the Disney adventure, but also to confirm that he’ll be dropping by Good Morning America on Thursday, September 15 with a new trailer in tow.
Arguably marking his first family-oriented feature since Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, it’ll be interesting to see how Johnson takes to working out of the voice booth. His character, Maui, is billed as a flamboyant demi-God, which sounds about as crowd-pleasing as they come. »
- Michael Briers
Perhaps being the world’s biggest and busiest movie star does come with a few problems after all, as a new report from Lrm confirms that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be the reason why Paramount has yet to take major moves forward with the third G.I. Joe installment.
Three years ago, Johnson joined the live-action G.I. Joe movie franchise, which stumbled right out of the gate with 2009’s poorly received G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a sequel that performed much better at the box office and with critics than the first offering. In fact, the film is one of many in The Rock’s catalog, along with Fast Five and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, that helped him earn the nickname of “franchise Viagra.”
- Justin Cook
I’d always get fascinated by the blind spots when I was young. Can I swim far enough in Pokemon to discover a whole new region? What happened in the episodes before Star Wars: A New Hope? (George Lucas answered that one unfortunately.) And what was it like inside Jumanji?
Joe Johnston’s 1995 adventure movie never revealed what lay beyond that mysterious dome. The traffic stampeded one way only – from the board game’s jungle to our reality.
The animated television series that ran between 1996-1999 offered a glimpse. On each turn, the player would be sucked into the jungle until they solved their clue. Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams in the film) was trapped in there because he didn’t know what his clue was.
Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson joined Sony Pictures’ new Jumanji project in April this year. Over the last month, he’s Instagrammed like crazy. »
- Oli Davis
James Gunn's brother and cousin, Brian and Mark respectively, are teaming to pen the film adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's comic book series "Jupiter Legacy" for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
The story follows a group of aging superheroes (the Union) who used their powers for the greater good of all. It follows the offspring kids who haven't really lived up to the legacy of the golden age of superheroes - more interested in fame and fortune.
The two Gunns previously penned "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". The first volume of the series is being offered to fans for free tomorrow for 24 hours only.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Six weeks into Summer 2016 and it has been over a month since the domestic box office last saw a $100+ million opener, but that trend stops this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory is looking to not only put a little jolt into the 2016 summer box office, it's also targeting a new opening weekend record for an animated feature. Also looking to make an impact this weekend is the new Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence while last weekend's top film, The Conjuring 2, looks to deliver a solid second weekend after a strong, $40+ million opening. »
- Brad Brevet
Last April it was announced that Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing a big screen adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy comic book series, and now Comic Book is reporting that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn are set to pen the script.
“We love that it’s a superhero story about families,” said the duo when asked about the appeal of the project. “How it takes big superhero iconography and makes it relatable to anyone who wrestles with their relationship to their mom or dad, or brother or sister, or son or daughter. It feels very human-sized. We ourselves grew up in a sprawling Irish-Catholic family that was sorta like a discount Midwest version of the Kennedys. Our parents and grandparents were political leaders, lawyers, judges, titans of industry. So when we were growing up we struggled with this family legacy »
- Gary Collinson
Numerous films are currently in development based on the works of "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman" comics author Mark Millar. Today, one of them has made some progress with "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" screenwriting cousins Brian and Mark Gunn (who are also relatives of James Gunn) coming onboard to pen the script for a film version of Millar's "Jupiter's Legacy".
Millar co-created the miniseries with Frank Quitely in 2013 with the story following the offspring of superheroes, a group of kids who haven't fully lived up to their families' hopes and dreams for them. Instead of fighting crime, they're more interested in partying and endorsement deals.
The film questions how much superheroes are responsible for protecting the world and how much power they should have. It joins the likes of other Millar works like "Chrononauts," "Starlight," "American Jesus," "Super Crooks" and "Empress" which all have film adaptations in early planning stages.
Source: ComicBook. »
- Garth Franklin
Chrononauts, Starlight, American Jesus, Super Crooks, Empress: The list of in-development adaptations of Mark Millar‘s work goes on and on. Hollywood just can’t get enough of the comic book writer behind Wanted and Kick-Ass. A year ago, it was reported an adaptation of another one of Millar’s properties, Jupiter’s Legacy, was in the works, with a little help from powerhouse producer […]
- Jack Giroux
Rob Leane Sep 12, 2016
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? He's got 20 movies that we know of on his slate, and counting...
Got a movie you’re trying to make? Why not put Dwayne Johnson in it? It’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and it’s bound to earn you a fervent flurry of publicity. The man who it may not be acceptable to call ‘The Rock’ anymore has a whopping 20 films on his slate at the moment, though, so he may struggle to fit you in. But is there a movie star who's working harder right now? Just check this lot out...
The Definites Baywatch
Currently in post-production, the cinematic Baywatch revival is another example of The Rock being injected in to bring new life to an established franchise (see: Fast & Furious, The Mummy, G.I. Joe and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. They »
After a fierce bidding war, Legendary has snapped up the rights to Skyscraper, a China-set action film which will reunite Central Intelligence star Dwayne Johnson with director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that while details are being kept under wraps, the project is “an adventure thriller that takes place in a mega-skyscraper set in China” and is said to have shades of Die Hard and The Towering Inferno.
Skyscraper is being produced by Beau Flynn, who has worked with Johnson on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas, as well as next year’s Baywatch movie, which has just recently wrapped filming.
The ever busy Johnson will next be seen in Central Intelligence, which opens next month, and he will also lend his voice to Disney’s animated November release Moana. His upcoming slate also includes San Andreas 2, Fast & Furious 8, Rampage, Jumanji and Shazam, along with »
- Gary Collinson
If you didn't already think that superstar Dwayne Johnson was busy enough, the A-list action icon just added yet another project to his growing slate. The actor has been attached to a new action-thriller entitled Skyscraper, which sparked a bidding war eventually won by Legendary Pictures. The actor is set to reunite with his Central Intelligence writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wrote the screenplay and direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary emerged victorious paying at least $3 million alone for Rawson Marshall Thurber's script. The writer is attached to direct, with Dwayne Johnson starring and producing alongside his longtime collaborator Beau Flynn, who he's worked with on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas, Hercules and next year's Baywatch, just to name a few. Legendary beat out bids from Universal, Sony and Paramount after this script hit the market earlier this week.
The story will take place in China, »
Yesterday, we reported that several studios, including Legendary, Universal, Sony, and Paramount, were in the middle of a bidding war for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's latest project with director Rawson Marshall Thurber. The project was described as a Die Hard in China, and was reportedly getting several seven-figure offers.
According to THR, Legendary has won that bidding war, paying "at least $3 million for the script alone." The film is entitled Skyscraper, and in addition to Die Hard, the project has also been compared to 1974's The Towering Inferno. As far as what the actual logline for the film is...that remains a secret, but as the project nears production, we'll undoubtedly hear more.
Skyscraper is set to be written and directed by Central Intelligence's Rawson Marshall Thurber, and produced by Beau Flynn. The film has Johnson attached to star, and as such, this will the umpteenth time he and »
- Joseph Medina
Of the studios competing to clinch a deal for Dwayne Johnson and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s new, China-set action movie – yesterday we learned the roster included Legendary, Universal, Sony and Paramount – The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that Legendary has emerged victorious from the intense bidding war, landing a seven-figure deal for Skyscraper.
That’s the title of the piping hot package, reuniting Johnson with his Central Intelligence director Marshall Thurber for an original, balls-to-the-walls actioner that has been likened to “Die Hard in China.” There’s also word of producer Beau Flynn inking a deal to oversee production, continuing a streak with Dwayne Johnson following Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, New Line’s San Andreas and next year’s Baywatch.
As the second biggest movie market on the planet, the pull of China and its promise of lucrative box office returns grows stronger by the year, and now that »
- Michael Briers
Johnson will headline a Skyscraper movie set in China, which will be written and directed by his Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Mitchell Thurber. Said to e a cross between Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, the film is an adventure thriller that takes place in a mega-skyscraper set in China.
The Hollywood Reporter says that ‘the planned project also is said to have shades of Die Hard, the classic Bruce Willis action movie set in an office building, as well as Towering Inferno, the 1974 disaster movie that starred Paul Newman and Steve McQueen and featured a gargantuan office building engulfed in flames.’
Okay, we’re in.
No idea as to when shooting will star as Johnson is currently at work »
- Paul Heath
In a major seven-figure deal, Legendary has won the furious bidding war for the China-set action movie Skyscraper that has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attached to star. The package also includes Rawson Marshall Thurber as director and writer (he directed Johnson in June’s New Line comedy Central Intelligence) and producer Beau Flynn, who has worked with Johnson on several major projects, among them Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas and the recently wrapped Baywatch. Skyscraper hit the town earlier this week and immediately caused a sensation, with bids quickly hitting the seven-figure mark as Universal, Sony
- Borys Kit
Universal Pictures will distribute, which will star Johnson in a storyline that the producers are keeping under wraps.
Thurber will write and direct the package, which according to reports sparked a studio bidding war when it landed earlier this week.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
With Gareth Edwards exiting Godzilla 2, Warner Bros. currently needs to fill the director's chair, and there are some really great candidates who may be up to the challenge. Last week, Warner Bros. announced that they were bumping back the release date for Godzilla 2 nine months from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019. And very shortly after the date shifted, the studio announced that director Gareth Edwards would be exiting the project as a result. The split with Edwards and the studio was reportedly mutual and there are no bad feelings on either side of the table. Edwards went from working on Godzilla to directing the first Star Wars anthology film, the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One and has other offers on the table that are clearly too hard to pass up.
Though not everyone loved 2010's American Godzilla, the general feeling from fans and critics was that the movie was »
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star in New Line Cinema’s action comedy Keanu. The two play Clarence and Rell, cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.
Peter Atencio (“Key and Peele,” “The Last Man on Earth”) directed the film from a script written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens (“Key and Peele,” “Community”). Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, and Joel Zadak produced the film, with Ben Ormand serving as executive producer.
Peele’s character, »
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