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Exclusive: UTA has signed British helmer Simon West and his producing partner Jib Polhemus. West is in post-production on Wild Card, William Goldman’s adaptation of his book that stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, with Sierra/Affinity financing. This comes after West directed The Mechanic with Statham and Ben Foster, and The Expendables 2, with Statham and Sly Stallone leading the macho ensemble. West left Resolution, and became in play after the recent exits of Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter. West also directed Con Air, The General’s Daughter, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He was exec producer on Black Hawk Down, and is re-teaming with that writer, Ken Nolan, to direct the adaptation of the David Zucchino book Thunder Run. West also works in TV, producing Fox’s Keen Eddie, CBS’s Close to Home, Fox’s Human Target and NBC’s The Cape. West and Polhemus continue »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
When Michael Bay stated his intention to step away from the Transformers franchise after the third installment, many were interested to see what filmmaker would tackle next. After helming his smaller scale passion project Pain & Gain, however, the director did an about-face and decided he would return to the Transformers world one more time in order to set up a sort of franchise reboot. The result is the Mark Wahlberg-fronted Transformers: Age of Extinction, and with the film slated to open in theaters this summer, attention now turns to Bay’s next film—that is unless he just decides to keep making Transformers movies forever. Paramount Pictures has now picked up an untitled adventure pitch for Bay to produce, but the project is also being developed as potential directing vehicle for the filmmaker, making this a contender for Bay’s post-Transformers project. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, »
- Adam Chitwood
The project is being written by Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots, The Cape, Empire) and his colleague, Robbie Thompson (Supernatural), and is, as yet, untitled. Though the pitch in its entirety is tightly under wraps, The Hollywood Reporter states its premise as being a “science fiction adventure thriller with an undersea component.” Admit it – you’re thinking of The Abyss right now, aren’t you? Well, he does like his big budget behemoths, and if anyone were to tackle that kind of story again (other than James Cameron), it would be Bay.
On the other hand, there is almost a symmetry to this new film premise – since 2013’s Pacific Rim is clearly a direct descendant of Bay’s 2007 film, »
- Sarah Myles
The plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is being described as a "real science adventure thriller with an undersea component." Tom Wheeler and Robbie Thompson wrote the screenplay, with Tom Wheeler also serving as co-producer. The project is being eyed as a directorial vehicle for Michael Bay, although it hasn't been confirmed yet if he will take the helm or not.
Michael Bay is currently putting the finishing touches on his highly-anticipated sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is set for release on June 27. His Platinum Dunes company is also producing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Welcome to Yesterday, The Purge: Anarchy and Ouija.
Paramount has picked an untitled adventure pitch for Michael Bay to produce with his Platinum Dunes partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Tom Wheeler and Robbie Thompson are writing the project, which is a potential directing vehicle for Bay. Wheeler also will serve as a co-producer. Plot details are being kept secret but the movie is described as a real science adventure thriller with an undersea component. Video: 'Transformers 4' Unleashes New Trailer Wheeler was writer on Puss in Boots, DreamWorks Animation's popular Shrek spinoff, and wrote and created NBC's The Cape and ABC's Empire. He also wrote Dwa's B.
- Borys Kit
A mysterious new adventure thriller has been acquired by Paramount Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed today. Michael Bay is attached through his Platinum Dunes as one of the producers (alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) with the trade suggesting that Bay might wind up directing as well. Details on the film's plot are virtually nil, although the trade notes that the storyline is grounded in realistic science and that part of the adventure takes place under the sea. Robbie Thompson and Tom Wheeler, who previously worked together on the short-lived NBC superhero series "The Cape," are attached to provide the screenplay with the latter also signed on to produce. Bay's latest, Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters June 27. (Photo Credit: »
The Ghost in the Shell adaptation has been in various stages of development at DreamWorks for the last four years now, but it appears to have found a director in Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). Based on the 1989 manga by Masamune Shirow and adapted by screenwriter William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Cape), the futuristic police thriller follows "the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime." Hit the jump for more. News of Sanders' attachment to the Ghost in the Shell adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline. One issue with Sanders is his schedule; he's got a lot on his plate, including the narcotics enforcement thriller 90 Church set up at Universal, a Napoleon picture at Warner Bros., an adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth special forces thriller novel The Kill List, and The Juliet, an adaptation »
- Dave Trumbore
Enlisted is something of a throwback comedy that would have fit rather well in a lineup from the mid-80s. That shouldn’t be surprising considering recent trends, but this one also tries to blend elements of more recent, irreverent comedies, and while it has some solid moments, the combination makes it hard to predict how well it will be received.
Geoff Stults, fresh out of two sit-coms that should have been around longer, plays Pete Hill, a soldier who had a stellar career ahead of him, until he punched a superior. He now finds himself in Florida leading a Rear Detachment unit. Rear D is, according to the show, where those who can’t cut it as real soldiers end up, and where Pete’s two brothers spend their time in the military. Of course, Enlisted isn’t going to leave it at that, and will ultimately play up the importance of Rear D, »
- Marc Eastman
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