Scott Stuber has signed on to produce the big screen adaptation of the hit video game franchise Gears of War. The movie is one step closer to actually becoming a reality. As of right now, there's no writer, director or any other talent attached to the project. However, Stuber will start developing the story with the video game's developer Epic Games. The film isn't set up at any studio yet either, but the producer has a first look deal with Universal Pictures.
The project was previously set up at New Line Cinema with a script written by Stuart Beattie, and Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was set to direct it. Due to creative differences with Epic Games, the movie ended up not going into production.
Epic Games wants to keep an eye on the movie as it goes forward, making sure that the story stays in line with the mythology that »
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Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save the Sera's inhabitants.
The first title debuted in November 2006 and sold over three million copies in just ten weeks. Three sequels have since been released and the series in total has sold around nineteen million copies. 'Gears' and "Halo" are often considered Microsoft's crown jewel 'exclusive' console series, as opposed to Sony's "Uncharted" and "God of War" franchises and Nintendo's "Super Mario" and "Zelda" games.
The film adaptation has been in development for several years after initially »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve heard about the possibility of a Gears of War movie since the first game was released, but previous attempts to get it on the big screen have fallen through. It’s now being reported that a new producer is on board and will be helping move this project forward.
According to Variety, Scott Stuber will not only be involved as a producer, but will also help develop the script with Epic Games. Stuber has been involved in a number of high profile projects at Universal, including The Wolfman, Ted, Safe House, and Battleship. The plan is to begin shopping the project to studios shortly, and Universal will definitely be among them.
Previously, New Line was going to make the movie with Underworld‘s Len Wiseman, but it fell through due to differences over the creative direction of the project. The first Gears of War game was released back »
- Jonathan James
"Battleship" producer Scott Stuber has won a hard-fought battle for the movie rights to popular video game "Gears of War," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Stuber and his Bluegrass Films banner will develop the project with video game publisher Epic. Michael Clear will oversee the project for Bluegrass, which has a first-look deal at Universal, though the studio is not currently involved with "Gears of War." Bluegrass' next step will be to hire a writer to adapt the property, which was chased by high-profile producers including Lorenzo di »
- Jeff Sneider
Hollywood has been trying to get a Gears of War movie off the ground for quite some time. While a number of studios, writers, and directors have thus far been unable to crack an adaptation of the popular video game series, there was renewed interest late last year when video game company Epic began taking meetings with producers to try and find a new home for the property. After a prolonged process, producer Scott Stuber has been tapped to produce the Gears of War movie, as development of the script will now begin with Epic. Hit the jump for more. For those unfamiliar, Gears of War is a military sci-fi third person shooter that centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad in their last-ditch efforts to save the human inhabitants of the planet Sera from unstoppable subterranean creatures known as the Locust Horde. Per Variety, Stuber has landed the gig of producing Gears of War, »
- Adam Chitwood
While Peter Berg has had some successes as a director, from the $200 million hit Hancock to the TV show-spawning Friday Night Lights, his last film was not one of them. Battleship cost Universal a reported $209 million to make and only managed to make $65 million domestically, and while it did fairly well overseas - pulling in $237 million - it was still considered a disappointment. But Berg hasn't let it get him down. He has already completed production on his next film, the Seal drama Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana, and while he's still preparing that project for it's November 15th release date it looks as though he's already found his next potential gig. Deadline has learned that the director is looking to teaming up with Focus Features to tell the tragic story of notable hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who played in the National Hockey League from »
In 20 years time, we’re probably not going to remember 84% of the film stars polluting Hollywood at the moment, let’s be honest. The Adam Sandlers and the Robert Downey Juniors are safe, they have a backing with many established films under their belts.
But there are numerous stars out there who are simply place holders, with nothing special marking them out. If you think about it, there are so many people out there with a pretty face or a good body, but only a small handful will be remembered. Most of them will die off in a couple of years.
It’s not that I’m bitter though. Sure, I’d like to look like Channing Tatum, or earn thousands of pennies for starring in a massive franchise like Twilight. It’s the truth. So many film stars in the movies nowadays are just your flavour of the month. »
- James Brown
Battleship director Peter Berg has been hired to produce and direct the pilot episode for Damon Lindelof's new HBO series The Leftovers. The series is an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel, which "revolves around the Rapture and follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the sudden and mysterious disappearance of more than 100 people."
This sounds like it will be an interesting series, and I'm excited to see how it turns out. Berg is hit and miss for me as a director. I'm sure Lindelof will deliver a great story and script, so I'm sure this new series is going to turn out just fine.
Here's the full description of the story from the book:
What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? »
- Joey Paur
Peter Berg, best known for showrunning Friday Night Lights and directing last year’s Battleship, will produce and direct an HBO pilot written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus), EW has confirmed. The show is an adaptation of 2011 novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, who is writing the pilot script along with Lindelof.
The Leftovers is a depiction of the Rapture (or the Sudden Departure, as the book calls it), focusing on the people of suburban Mapleton who are dealing with the disappearance of over a hundred people in their own small community. »
- Emily Rome
Update: The Nut Job isn't looking so squirrley anymore. Open Road Films, the folks behind The Host, has picked up the 3D animated film about a squirrel and a rat who plan to steal the nuts from a nut store. It will be in theaters Jan. 17 of next year. The voice cast includes Will Arnett ("30 Rock," "Up All Night"), Brendan Fraser (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Katherine Heigl (Life as We Know It), Liam Neeson (The Dark Knight Rises, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Battleship), Stephen Lang (Avatar), ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (Dinner with Schmucks) and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis).
Will Arnett has had Gobs of Vo jobs including as villainous Mr. Perkins in Despicable Me and The Missing Link in Monsters vs. Aliens. Fraser, who makes a point of starring in movies for kids, was the lead voice as Scorch Supernova in February's Escape from Planet Earth. »
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Vince Vaughn has starred in a lot of hilarious movies that, unfortunately for those 16 and under, are rated R. That's changing, though. Vaughn will star in an "untitled family comedy" for Universal written by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, the writing team behind Jonah Hill'sThe Sitter (which was Rated R although sort of a family comedy if that means about a comedy about a family). Uberproducer Scott Stuber will produce, he is behind Vaughn's upcoming film The Internship as well as a whole lot of other movies like Identity Thief, Ted, and Battleship. Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show will also produce the movie.
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In a typically astute essay written for the March edition of GQ, Mark Harris muses on the qualities that make and sustain a movie star in the current Hollywood climate, and hit upon the contrasting fates of Channing Tatum and Taylor Kitsch last year to prove his point. Both actors began 2012 on the brink of stardom, with multiple mainstream releases ahead of them poised to do the job. But only Tatum made good on the promise, with a series of well-chosen leads in overperforming mid-size projects, while Kitsch's vehicles ("Battleship," "John Carter," "Savages") were all high-profile clunkers that did little »
- Guy Lodge
Steve Jung has been a professional artist since he graduated in 2003. In that short period of time Steve has quickly risen up the ranks, going from video games to working on major motion pictures, like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Tron: Legacy. Below you will find artwork that he created for four recent films. For Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Steve created various environments like, the New York City set, Stark Tower and the Helicarrier interior. For Kenneth Branagh's Thor he illustrated environments like, Jotunheim, and Asgard. As for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters he worked on character designs for three unusual witches. Lastly, his work on Peter Berg's Battleship mainly focuses on the exterior and the interior of the alien's highly-advanced crafts. To see more of Steve's work, please visit his website, stevejung.net. You can also visit his blog, jungsketch.blogspot.com, for helpful tips and tutorials. »
Damon Lindelof's HBO adaptation of Tom Perrotta's rapture novel The Leftovers has tapped Friday Night Lights, Hancock, and Rihanna's Battleship director Peter Berg for the pilot. Filming is set to begin in New York in June, with a 2014 premiere eyed. "The pilot will introduce characters and storylines not in the book. It has to," Lindelof told Vulture last summer. "The book is so rich in characters and details ... and opens so many creative doors. But it probably only has enough content for two or three episodes." »
- Zach Dionne
Last summer, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof talked about his collaboration with Tom Perrotta (Election) in adapting Perrotta's 2011 post-Rapture novel The Leftovers for HBO, which the premium network picked up in February. It was announced today (via Production Weekly) that Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock, Battleship) is now on board to direct the pilot, continuing a trend of movie directors making a move to the small screen. Filming will take place in New York and should start in mid-June, so expect a 2014 premiere date should HBO pick the pilot up to series. The Leftovers marks Lindelof's first return to television since the end of Lost (however you feel about that), but as has been pointed out, him being so in demand for big-screen projects may see him reduce his involvement with the series a tad, although he did co-write the Leftovers pilot with Perrotta and appears to be on-track to serve as showrunner. »
- Allison Keene
South African Neill Blomkamp made quite an impression with relatively low-budget social commentary sci-fi thriller, District 9. It was quite staggering what he was able to accomplish with only $30 million at his disposable. Especially when you consider a number of familiar fare fail miserably in telling a genuinely refreshing story, with some that only seem interested in throwing money at the screen. Peter Berg’s Battleship, we’re looking at you.
Blomkamp was due follow-up with a big-screen adaptation of hit video-game, Halo, before the project petered out. He then moved on to Elysium, which is set in the year 2159, and features Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and District 9′s lead Sharlto Copley in a world where the wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. Damon makes it his mission to bring equality to the polarized worlds.
- Craig Hunter
The last time we saw Homeland's Nicholas Brody he was being ferreted by his lover, Carrie Mathison, into a foreign land where not even the American intelligence agencies' finest minds could find him. Canada.
Back home, the CIA's headquarters in Langley had been devastated by a car bomb, with more than 200 dead. Brody, the kidnapped Us marine who returned home a national hero only to cut short his political career by murdering the vice president, was the No 1 suspect. Again.
The first series met with almost universal critical acclaim but the second, with its extravagant twists and turns, put a strain on viewers' ability to suspend their disbelief, »
- John Plunkett
G.I. Joe sequel tops global box office, boasting the year's no. 1 debut around the globe Here's definitive proof that audiences the world over have an insatiable thirst for Good Movies, Good Stories, and Good Acting: director Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "2013's first blockbuster" in the words of distributor Paramount, opened with a remarkable $132 million at the worldwide box office -- the year's top weekend debut. (Pictured above in all their glory: six-packed D.J. Cotrona shirtless, Top Hunk Channing Tatum, and Big Bear Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock in the Magic Mike sequel, huh, in Gay I Joe -- er, in G.I. Joe: Retaliation) As found in The Hollywood Reporter, studio vice chairman Rob Moore remarked that the $130 million-budgeted action flick's 3D conversion and reshot sequences got it "to a great place," which helps to explain the film's international success. Said "great place" has a worse-than-mediocre 21% approval »
- Zac Gille
This February, I watched all 76 episodes of Friday Night Lights.
Somehow—despite the facts that I live in Texas and loved the movie and care about sports and am obsessed with small-town culture—I never got it together enough to watch it when it was actually on the air. I’m part of the problem of why the critically-acclaimed show long struggled in the ratings and for that I must find a way to forgive myself.
But then there came that one insomnia-ridden night in February when, adrift on Netflix, I clicked on the pilot episode. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Kyle Chandler »
- Karen Valby
From TorontoCatWoman.Com, Sneak Peek singer, actress Rihanna as 'Catwoman' from the pages of the April 2013 issue of "Elle" Magazine, photographed by Mariano Vivanco:
Playing numerous roles in her chart-topping music videos, the 3-time Grammy Award winning singer starred as 'Petty Officer Cora Raikes' in her first theatrical feature "Battleship", based on the Hasbro game of the same name.
"That’s a part I play," said Rihanna about the different looks she sports in her videos. "Its like a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Rihanna"...
- Michael Stevens
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