13 items from 2015
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker will steer the reworking of Ernest Cline's 2011 sci-fi novel of the same name.
The director will work with Warner Bros on the film, his first collaboration with the studio for 14 years.
Ready Player One tells the story of a gamer from 2044, who attempts to find a hidden Easter Egg in a virtual world that comes with a great prize. The gamer, named Wade Watts, must decipher a host of clues based on 1980s pop culture.
Spielberg re-teaming with Jurassic World director for new sci-fi film
Warner Bros' President of Creative »
On paper, Chris Weitz might seem like an unlikely choice to write a Star Wars movie. As a director, he’s best at realistic fare like About A Boy and A Better Life. He’s done bigger fantasy too, like The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but those are based on books. Even his latest film, […]
- Germain Lussier
Bloom will introduce “Jadotville” to foreign buyers at Berlin next week. Domestic rights are being repped by UTA Independent Film Group.
Smyth is directing from a script by Kevin Brodbin with Alan Moloney producing under his Parallel Films banner. “Jadotville” is an Irish-South African co-production, which will begin shooting in the spring in South Africa.
Dornan stars as Pat Qunlan, an Irish commandant who leads a stand-off with troops against French and Belgian mercenaries in the Congo during in 1961. Canet will portray a French commander.
Smyth is represented by UTA and Canet is represented by CAA/Ubba.
- Dave McNary
It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!
Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.
The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.
Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!
It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »
- Josh Wilding
A few weeks ago, we received word that Gary Whitta joined Michael Arndt on the "I used to be writing a Star Wars movie" unemployment line. He, like Arndt, was granted a gracious departure that both sides claimed was mutual and amicable. He turned in his first draft, and that was the end of that. The Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars spinoff has been searching for a replacement ever since, with the particulars being unclear (Is it for a page one rewrite? Is it to punch-up Whitta's script?). According to The Hollywood Reporter, they found their man.
Chris Weitz is something of a multi-talent. He's written several films. He's also directed several. His resumé as a writer includes an eclectic mix of films like Antz, About A Boy, Nutty Professor II, The Golden Compass, and Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella (which shows that the Mouse House didn't have to go too »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Following The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta’s departure from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spinoff, a new screenwriter has been recruited to explore the galaxy far, far away – About a Boy co-director/co-writer Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his work on that screenplay).
Whitta left the untitled project after working on and completing a first draft over the course of a year, but it’s unclear how much of his vision for the spinoff will actually make it to theaters. The prolific Simon Kinberg was rumored to have replaced him as scribe, but it now appears that Weitz has been tapped to pick up the pen and take a swing at the Star Wars spinoff.
- Isaac Feldberg
There’s a lot riding on the success of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens,” not the least of which is the launch of a larger cinematic universe with spin-offs. Earlier this month, the first spin-off – to be directed by “Monsters” and “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards – experienced a setback when screenwriter Gary Whitta dropped out of the project. While at the time it appeared that “X-Men” screenwriter Simon Kinberg would be taking over scripting duties, THR reports that another blockbuster vet will be taking over the reins. According to the trade, Academy Award-nominated writer-director Chris Weitz is officially joining the still-untitled project which is rumored to focus on bounty hunters’ efforts to steal the plans of the Death Star before the events of “A New Hope.” Although his last directorial outing was 2011’s great “A Better Life,” Wetiz’ last credited screenplay was 2007’s franchise non-starter “The Golden »
- Cain Rodriguez
Less than a month after the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off parted ways with screenwriter Gary Whitta, the project has found a new writer with Chris Weitz signing on to take over writing duties. Gary Whitta completed a first draft on the project, although no story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known if Chris Weitz will start over completely from scratch, or if he will use elements of Gary Whitta's first draft. We reported last week that the spinoff may feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo, which will be reportedly shot in Mexico.
While nothing official has been released about the plot, a rumor surfaced last month that claimed the story centers on space pirates trying to steal the plans to the original Death Star. Of course, even if those details were true, the script could change drastically with this new writer on board. »
After original writer Gary Whitta departed Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Spin-off movie (after completing a draft), the film has now found a new writer to complete the script. Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz, the writer and director of About A Boy, will now take over. He has a few other solid projects on his resume including directing A Better Life; his writing credits are pretty scattered over the years with his latest work being that of Kenneth Branagh's »
- Graham McMorrow
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, »
- Gary Collinson
Hitfix report that renowned Mexican actor Joaquín Cosío has joined season 2 of The Strain as Angel Guzman Hurtado, aka The Silver Angel. The character was at one time Mexico's most famous luchador (masked wrestler) who suffered an injury and found himself washed up and working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But when the vampire apocalypse kicks off he gets the opportunity to don the mask once more and fight alongside former gang leader Gus to battle the forces of darkness. Cosío is a three-time Arieles (Mexican Academy of Film Awards) nominee, and has appeared in the likes of Quantum of Solace, A Better Life, Savages and The Lone Ranger. The second season of FX's The Strain is currently shooting, and will première this summer. »
FX has filled one of the key new roles for the upcoming second season of "The Strain," casting a well-respected Mexican star of stage and screen to play a heroic former luchador. HitFix can report exclusively that Joaquín Cosío will join the Season 2 cast playing Angel Guzman Hurtado. As fans of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's books know, Hurtado is better known as Angel de la Plata, The Silver Angel. Angel de la Plata was a major masked wrestling star in Mexico, appearing both in the ring and in a series of movies in which his character battled all manner of foes including vampires, who he dispatched with an ultra-violent trademark move. A knee injury ended his career and his money and celebrity were soon gone. Now he's washing dishes at an Indian restaurant, beloved by the nostalgic, but seemingly forgotten to the world. As you might imagine, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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