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The Nicholas Sparks juggernaut just keeps rolling along. Until, that is, the tragic-but-manly juggernaut meets its perfect match in a curvy, rich delivery truck and they drive off into the sunset together. But before that happens, the latest Sparks novel being turned into a film – 2009’s The Choice – has just cast more actors, with Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Tom Wilkinson joining the ensemble.Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’s Benjamin Walker and I Am Number Four’s Teresa Palmer are headlining this one, starring in the tale of Travis Parker, a man who would appear to be living the perfect live. He has a good job, great friends and the ideal living situation in a beautiful waterfront North Carolina home. Where women are concerned, he’s quite content to be the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Though there's initially more frustration than »
Benjamin Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") and Teresa Palmer ("I Am Number Four") have scored the lead roles in the upcoming film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Choice" for Lionsgate and Nicholas Sparks Productions.
Travis Parker (Walker) meets neighbor Gabby Holland (Palmer) in a small coastal town. The story spans a decade of their love affair, which is ultimately tested by life's most defining events.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
“The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint.
Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel took awhile to build up steam, but found its core audience by the weekend’s midpoint. It debuted to $32.5 million from 3,604 locations, in line with projections. That’s good news for the studio, which hopes to turn the story of a group of teenagers battling nasty creatures in a dangerous labyrinth into a franchise.
“All of the elements came together in accomplishing something that no one ever tried by launching a young adult film like this in September,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief. “We like to stand out whenever we can and we selected this release date in order to be the first event film of the fall.”
The unique opening date allowed “The Maze Runner” to jet ahead of »
- Brent Lang
We have a look at some of the more obscure comic book movie ideas which nearly made it to the big screen…
We've recently been investigating the pile of nearly-made-its in the ever-growing world of cinematic comic book adaptations. You could be forgiven for thinking Hollywood will strap wads of cash to any old comic book writer who stumbles past their door, but so far we’ve written approximately 5,000 words that say otherwise.
First, we delved into DC’s chequered past and found heaps of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman projects that we’ll sadly never get to see (and some other projects we’re quite glad we’ll never have to sit through). We then did the same for Marvel, unearthing plans for a Paul McCartney Silver Surfer rock opera, James Cameron’s bizarre Spider-Man script ideas and an amazingly-cast Dazzler animation from the 1980s.
Now, we turn our »
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
Exclusive: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year’s gothic thriller Stoker.
Simon & Simon and Major Dad star McRaney is hot off small-screen runs on Netflix’s House Of Cards and the recently cancelled Longmire. He also appears in the upcoming Relativity romance The Best Of Me and stars opposite Will Smith in Warner Bros’ February crime-romance Focus. The Disappointments Room began filming this month and also stars Lucas Till and Mel Raido. Geyer Kosinski is producing, while Robbie Brenner oversees for the studio. »
- Jen Yamato
Outside of the success of the musical comedy series "Glee," Dianna Agron hasn't really had much success on the big screen. The Family and I Am Number Four were both misfires and weren't loved by audiences or critics. So now she's doing something completely different than her previous big screen or small screen efforts with Headlock, an action thriller that marks the directorial debut of The Astronaut Farmer scribe Mark Polish. And now we have a first look photo that features Agron with her hair blown back, a sly smile on her face and a gun in her hand. Could this turn the actress into another female action star? Look below! Here's the first photo from Mark Polish's Headlock from International Film Trust: Headlock is written and directed by Mark Polish (writer of The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho, Stay Cool). After new CIA recruit, Kelley Chandler (Polish) is seriously injured during a mission, »
- Ethan Anderton
Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers,Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth. Kite will premiere exclusively on Directv on August 28th, followed by a theatrical/VOD release on October 10th. »
.I am no A-lister,. the Los Angeles-based McAuliffe, 19, told If today on a visit to Sydney as a national ambassador for Unicef promoting children.s rights. "I would rather be a working actor than a mega-famous star..
.I have to audition for every role but when you get the job, it.s very rewarding. I.ve been very fortunate, with a bit of luck and hard work. I have done some diverse movies, although some are not my type of movie. »
- Don Groves
Twilight was not the first so-called young-adult book to ever become a movie franchise, but it was most definitely a game changer. Once it started making money hand over sparkly fist, every studio in town started snapping up everything in the best seller section of the nearest Barnes & Noble, and the result has been a rash of movies like I Am Number Four, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, Vampire Academy, The Host and The Hunger Games. They're all about attractive teenagers with some kind of special talent that makes them a unique part of a world-changing story. Usually there is a love triangle, and a handful of supporting friends, and the bad guys are never singular villains, they're cogs in some larger, institutional structure...
- Peter Hall
Divergent and fellow young-adult series The Hunger Games have a few things in common—enough things to confuse Screen Junkies, creators of the always-amusing Honest Trailers, into thinking that Divergent actually is The Hunger Games.
In the new Honest Trailer for 2014’s Divergent, the narrator cuts his voiceover short to point out they’ve already made a trailer for The Hunger Games. “So it’s the same movie but without the actual games?” he says once he discovers it is, in fact, Divergent. “That sounds horrible!”
Once that’s settled, the narrator launches into his description: “Enter a world inspired »
- Ariana Bacle
“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn has yet another adaptation in the pipeline. Her debut novel “Sharp Objects” is being developed as a one-hour serialized drama with Marti Noxon on board as showrunner and writer and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Charles Layton to executive produce.
“Sharp Objects” follows a reporter who has to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown following a brief stint in a psych hospital. The novel has won two of Britain’s Dagger Awards and was an Edgar Award finalist.
- Alex Stedman
In 2013, the country responded to the provocative concept that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal. Audiences turned The Purge into a surprise summer hit as the film debuted at No. 1 with an astonishing $34.1 million weekend at the domestic box office.
After witnessing the response to the film and listening to the conversations that it provoked, James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge and writer of The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13) quickly returned to the explosive universe that he created with an even more arresting idea for a sequel: placing the audience outside on the streets during the annual Purge.
A speculative thriller that shows us what occurs during The Purge outside of the confines of a suburban neighborhood, The Purge: Anarchy returns us to a dystopic future. Our government, now re-engineered by the New Founders of America (Nfa), has sanctioned its annual 12-hour »
- Movie Geeks
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake. Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone. Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls. Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Teresa Palmer is in talks to join director Ericson Core’s (Invincible) Point Break remake. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey are already set in the leads, »
- Adam Chitwood
After getting caught up with superpowered aliens in I Am Number Four and recovering zombies in Warm Bodies, the lovely Australian actress Teresa Palmer is heading into remake territory. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Palmer is taking the female lead in their remake of the action thriller Point Break starring Edgar Ramirez (who replaced the departed Gerard Butler) in the role of Bodhi, originated by Patrick Swayze, and Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah, the role played by Keanu Reeves. It's not clear how pivotal of a role Palmer will have, but if it follows suit of the original, she won't have a large amount of screentime. Our best guess is that Palmer will play Utah's significant other in the film, but maybe the remake changes the story a bit and allows for a female role to get more involved in the story. Palmer is currently busy shooting Triple Nine with director John Hillcoat, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Point Break remake has certainly sparked plenty of debate – namely as to whether or not one is needed. Gerard Butler was cast, then he left. Now, having finally set on Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey who will play Bodhi and Johnny Utah respectively, it’s time to add a female to the cast list and Teresa Palmer might be just the woman.
A final decision on Palmer’s casting is likely to be made soon as principal photography is set to start at the end this month. The film will be directed by Ericson Core and follows an undercover police officer who goes undercover as a surfer in order to infiltrate a group of bank thieves. »
- Amanda Keats
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have certainly not been resting on their laurels since their phenomenally successful show Smallville came to an end in 2011. Having written the film I Am Number Four, and penned several episodes of the 2011 series Charlie’s Angels, they have now sold a script to Columbia Pictures that features one of the most enduring characters in literature – Captain Nemo.
As the creation of French author Jules Verne, Captain Nemo made his first appearance in the classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea in 1870. A mysterious and enigmatic character, he is revealed to be the scientific genius son of an Indian Raja and, as such, is also known as Prince Dakkar. Obsessed with marine exploration and discovery, he invents a deep-sea submarine named the Nautilus, and embarks on incredible adventures. A main feature of the character is his extensive loathing of Imperialism – particularly as perpetrated by the British Empire. »
- Sarah Myles
Writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar may be best known for their writing on the hit Superman show Smallville, but the duo responsible for the screenplays of Shangahi Noon and I Am Number Four are returning to the big screen with Captain Nemo. Their latest spec script has just been bought by Sony and will give us a new take on the classic Jules Verne character of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea fame.
Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing, which should give the project a lot of momentum given the fact they currently have the box office success Maleficent in cinemas and are now working on the sequel to Tim Burton’s billion dollar success Alice In Wonderland, titled Through The Looking Glass. Gough and Millar will also take on executive producer roles.
Sony may wish to act quickly on their recent acquisition as Disney are also working »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jules Verne’s driven, mercurial hero Captain Nemo has been a fascination for filmmakers for ages. His adventures in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea have been adapted several times for screens big and small, but that isn’t stopping new writers and studios throwing their hats into the ring, with Sony buying up a script from Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.The co-writers, who more recently worked on films such as I Am Number Four and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, won producer Joe Roth’s eye with their spec script, which boasts a new take on the antihero explorer and scientific genius who builds a sub called the Nautilus. Roth, in turn, sent the script to Sony.Though Roth has a close relationship with Disney – he’s helped make Alice In Wonderland and this year’s Maleficent happen – the Mouse House already has a Nemo update drifting through development. »
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo has been long gestating in Hollywood, but it looks like the Jules Verne 1870 fantasy novel will finally hit the big screen courtesy of Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
The film will follow iconic antihero Nemo, a scientific genius who roams the depths of the sea in his submarine The Nautilus, which he built on a desert island.
Sony Pictures and Columbia had no comment about the acquisition. Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing Captain Nemo. They previously produced Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and the Alice in Wonderland live-action movie for Disney. They are also currently in production on the sequel to that later film, Through the Looking Glass.
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