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This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up your mind if you’re going to see this film or not, you’re not anxiously waiting on the fence. You probably haven’t given a second thought to Hercules. But I have, and for the first time in a long time, I’m worried about The Rock.
When you really stop to think about it, The Rock has built a career becoming one of the most unlikely box office superstars. In 2013 Forbes named him the highest grossing actor of the year with his films that year bringing in $1.3 billion. But I say box office superstar with a caveat: He only smashes numbers when he’s part of an ensemble. Put the guy in »
- Dylan Griffin
Name: David Ellison Source Of Wealth: Family Bio: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. Marital Status: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. Hollywood Connections: His father once co-owned the 450-foot, $200 million yacht Rising Sun with fellow billionaire and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. David Ellison began career as an actor, appearing in and co-financing the 2006 MGM flop “Flyboys.” Founded Skydance Productions label, named for his love of flying. Raised $350 million to co-finance movies with studio partner Paramount Pictures. Re-upped co-financing pact with Paramount through 2018. Films Of Note: “True Grit,” “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Jack Reacher,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z.” Combined, those films have made more than $2.4 billion at the global box office—Deadline. Film Projects In The Work: *“Terminator: Genesis.” Director: Alan Taylor. »
- Robert W. Welkos
Dwayne Johnson has been instrumental in helping to round out ensemble casts for the Fast & Furious films, as well as G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Next Friday he's going pretty much solo in Brett Ratner's Hercules. While the director of X-men: The Last Stand hasn't exactly won over the hearts of fans, there's no question that Dwayne Johnson is pulling out all the stops on his end, including asking to be shackled in real steel to shoot one of the most iconic »
- Sean Wist
Thor and Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor’s hotly-anticipated reboot of the Terminator franchise has gained another cast member. According to Deadline, Big Love and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters alum Douglas Smith has just landed an as-yet-unidentified role.
With the film currently shooting in New Orleans, it’s likely that it won’t be a huge part, though I could easily see him playing a young John Connor. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see until the film opens on July 1, 2015 to find out.
Written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry), this film is a quasi-reboot/sequel/relaunch of the beloved Terminator property, and is meant to spark a new trilogy. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as the titular killing machine, and will be joined by new cast members. Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard »
- James Garcia
After graduating from the HBO series Big Love with roles in Ya adaptation Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and horror comedy Stage Fright, Douglas Smith is continuing to rise in Hollywood with news that he’s landed a supporting role in Paramount’s hotly anticipated franchise reboot Terminator: Genesis.
No information yet on who Smith is playing, but the film is currently rolling cameras in New Orleans, so I can’t imagine it’s an especially important part. Regardless, Smith is a talented young actor, and it’s exciting to see his star rise with a role in a tentpole as surely lucrative as Terminator: Genesis.
The movie, directed by Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor, is currently shooting. The script was written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) with an eye to igniting a new trilogy of Terminator movies for Paramount, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount Pictures is moving forward with their plans for a third G.I. Joe movie, and they've hired Jonathan Lemkin to write the script. According to Variety, the story will focus on Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock, who was introduced in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Lemkin has previously worked on films such as Shooter with Mark Wahlberg, Devil's Advocate with Keanu Reeves, and Lethal Weapon 4. The studio is hoping to get the sequel into production in 2015 for a 2016 release. As big of a fan I am of the G.I. Joe franchise, the live-action movies that have been made sure have been a big letdown. This is one franchise I wouldn't mind seeing rebooted.
In other news, Disney has decided to dust off their plans for an Enchanted sequel and move it into development. The studio has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to take on the duties of writing the screenplay. »
- Joey Paur
A pair of sequels have found new writers, the first of which is G.I. Joe 3, which will be written by Jonathan Lemkin (Shooter) with the expectation the film will center around Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock character. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is not expected to return as Paramount is planning a 2016 release. Then we come to Disney, who seems to have just remembered their now seven-year-old live-action/animated hybrid Enchanted was a hit and have brought in The Smurfs and Shrek 2 screenwriters, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, to write Enchanted 2 with Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) attached to direct. No word on which members of the original cast, which included Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden, will return. Variety / Deadline »
- Brad Brevet
Remember the days when G.I. Joe 3 had a writing and directing team in place, and wasn’t just drifting through production limbo like so much blockbusting flotsam? Not too long ago, Paramount had Jon M. Chu locked in to continue steering the Joe ship (following his efforts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and with Snow White and the Huntsman screenwriter Evan Daugherty putting pen to paper on the new film’s script; they made a fine franchising combo in the abstract. If nothing else, they put the movie on rails.
But then Chu got caught up with directing an update on 80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms. At the time, this didn’t strike anyone as problematic, per se – the announcement came ...
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- Andy Crump
Paramount Pictures already announced that a slew of sequels would arrive in 2016, and one of them was G.I. Joe 3, the next installment of one the studio's toy-based franchises. And now the film has a writer on board as Variety reports Shooter and Lethal Weapon 4 scribe Jonathan Lemkin has been hired to tackle the script. There's no details on the story, but the sequel is expected to focus on Roadblock, the character played by Dwayne Johnson who was added to G.I. Joe: Retaliation and made the follow-up so much better than the first. We just wish there was some way for Channing Tatum to come back from the dead. Adrianne Palicki is expected to come back along with most of the other cast from the sequel, but it doesn't sound like any official deals are in place just yet. Production won't even begin until the second quarter of 2015. Here's »
- Ethan Anderton
When asked by ScreenCrush if the "G.I. Joe" franchise was in trouble following the decent, if not quite exceptional $375 million worldwide take for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (only about $70 million more than its predecessor), producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was candid: "I think the studio was very unsure about it. Look, you always wonder until they say yes, really," he said. Well, it looks like they're saying yes. With a 2016 date now eyed by Paramount, Variety reports that Jonathan Lemkin ("Shooter," "The Devil's Advocate") has been tasked to write the script. He presumably takes over for Evan Daughtery ("Snow White And The Huntsman") who was hired last fall, and we'd wager this screenplay will be the bait to snag a new director, as John Chu is not expected to return. That said, di Bonaventura is promising big, big things. "I honestly believe we have one of the best ideas we have ever come across for a sequel. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The next instalment in the G.I. Joe franchise finally has a writer, with Jonathan Lemkin set to pen the third entry in the popular franchise. He recently wrote The Longest Night for Paramount and director Frank Marshall, and previous credits include Shooter, Devil’s Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4.
Jon Chu was at one point expected to return to direct after helming 2013′s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the extremely successful sequel which grossed over $370 million worldwide.
However, he’s currently not attached to the movie, but with Paramount and Skydance hoping to begin shooting next year, they’ll likely find someone soon as they’re aiming for a 2016 release.
Most of the cast are set to return, with Variety naming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Adrianne Palicki as being set. However, the site goes on to add that G.I. Joe 3 will focus on The Rock’s character Roadblock, who was »
- Josh Wilding
Paramount hopes to release G.I. Joe 3 in 2016, and have found a new writer to pen the screenplay. According to Variety, Shooter and Red Planet scribe Jonathan Lemkin has been brought on to write the next installment in the franchise.
We don’t have any plot details yet to share, though the film will likely revolve around Dwayne Johnson’s character Roadblock, who first appeared in last year’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation and became an audience favorite.
Previous reports suggested that this third installment would mix new and returning cast members, with the option for Channing Tatum to reprise his role as Duke (though he seemingly bit the dust early on in Retaliation). Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce, and the studio will likely now focus on finding a director to replace Jon Chu, who dropped out in order to finish Jem and the Holograms and move on to his next project, »
- James Garcia
A new writer is hired to knock G.I. Joe 3 into shape, as it's confirmed that The Rock will be the focus this time...
The current plan from Paramount is to have the third G.I. Joe movie in cinemas in 2016, and the studio is currently looking for a director to take over the chair vacated by Jon M Chu.
As that search goes on, it's been revealed that it's hired Jonathan Lemkin to pen the screenplay for the film. Lemkin, who has a list of credits including Shooter, Lethal Weapon 4 and The Devil's Advocate, will be writing a script that shifts the focus onto Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock.
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After G.I. Joe: Retaliation scored at the box office and earned less scorn than its predecessor G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a third installment was almost inevitable. And now that Skydance and Paramount have set G.I. Joe 3 for release in 2016, the studios are working on putting together a team for the tentpole. Today brings news that Lethal Weapon 4 scribe Jonathan Lemkin has been tapped to pen the screenplay.
Though most of Lemkin’s work has been on the small screen, with writing credits on series like Hill Street Blues and 21 Jump Street, the scribe previously penned The Devil’s Advocate and Shooter. Lemkin is also adapting survival drama The Longest Night from a GQ article of the same name for Frank Marshall to direct.
He’s certainly not experienced with the type of furious, effects-heavy action that will be employed for G.I. Joe 3, but the fact »
- Isaac Feldberg
News has been relatively quiet on Paramount's G.I. Joe 3 lately, but now that the studio has brought screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin on board to pen the script, things should start moving right along. The last we heard from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, they were in early talks with directors for the threequel and were negotiating with a writer to lock down the story. Plot details are vague, but it's expected to center on Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock. Adrianne Palicki and most of the cast of G.I. Joe: Retaliation are also expected to return. Hit the jump for more on G.I. Joe 3. Variety reports that Lemkin has signed on to pen Paramount's G.I. Joe 3. The screenwriter has previously worked with di Bonaventura on 2007's Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg, and the two crossed paths at Warner Bros. where Lemkin wrote Devil's Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4. Now that a writer is in place, »
- Dave Trumbore
According to Variety, Paramount and Skydance have chosen Jonathan Lemkin to write G.I. Joe 3 for a 2016 release. He's already written The Longest Night (which Frank Marshall is set to direct) for the studio, and past credits include Shooter, Devil's Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4. Jon Chu was at one point attached to return to direct G.I. Joe 3, but that isn't happening as of right now. The site goes on to reveal that Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki are expected to return with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and David Ellison producing. The focus will be on The Rock this time though, with Roadblock taking on an even larger role in proceedings. Production will likely begin in the second quarter of 2015, and after G.I. Joe: Retaliation took $370 million at the worldwide box office, they're obviously keen on establishing this as a new franchise. What do you guys think? »
With the next installment in the “G.I. Joe” series set to bow in 2016, Paramount and Skydance have now found the scribe who will pen the third entry in the popular franchise.
Jonathan Lemkin is set to write “G.I. Joe 3.” This marks the second deal Lemkin has closed for the studio as he is also set to pen “The Longest Night” for the studio, based on the GQ article, with Frank Marshall on board to direct.
Most of the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki, are expected to return with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and David Ellison producing. It was initially thought that Jon Chu would return to direct, but as of now he’s not attached to the pic.
Plot details are vague right now but sources say this installment is expected to revolve around Johnson’s character Roadblock, who was introduced in the last installment and soon became a fan favorite. »
- Justin Kroll
While G.I. Joe: Retaliation may have been a step in the right direction in bringing everyone's favorite Joes to the screen, it wasn't exactly the blockbuster studios were hoping for. Grossing about $122 million domestically (just shy of it's $130 million budget), international numbers kept the film out of the red, but it was by no means Transformers money. Before the arrival of a Transformers 5, we'll most likely see the Joes back on the big screen in what »
- Sean Wist
Transformers: Age of Extinction cleaned up at the global box office this past weekend, so it shouldn’t be long before we start to hear about Transformers 5 making forward progress. Before that film arrives, however, Paramount intends to release a different Hasbro property-based movie franchise installment, in the shape of G.I. Joe 3 – a film that already has a story idea in place, according to series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventure.
The third G.I. Joe live-action feature should have a new screenwriter in place soon, according to Bonaventura – who also recently confirmed that a search is underway, to find a replacement for director Jon M. Chu (who also helmed G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Bonanventura revealed to us ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
According to Ain’t It Cool News, Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis has undergone a title change, and will simply drop the “Genesis” subtitle and go by Terminator. Apparently, several of their sources claim that the film’s licensing, merchandise, and toys that tie into the film are being branded as Terminator tie-ins, with Genesis nowhere to be found.
Come to think of it, Genesis was never officially announced as the movie title, so perhaps it’s been called Terminator this whole time and we just didn’t know it. The change certainly brings attention to its reboot status, and implies that it will have close ties to the first film in the franchise, The Terminator.
AICN also suggests that we’ll be seeing a bit of the film at Comic-Con this year, and that “there’s a few groovy surprises they might spill. I know because people are keeping »
- James Garcia
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