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USA Today has unveiled three new photos from Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" which opens June 17th. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team-up from the project as former classmates who reunite at their 20-year high school reunion - the once fat and nerdy Johnson is now a deadly CIA agent who has been framed and has to enlist the help of the once popular turned mild-mannered accountant Hart.
"Star Trek Beyond" co-scribe Doug Jung has been hired to pen a re-write of the modestly-budgeted, Julius Onah-directed, sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. Oren Uziel wrote the original screenplay which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship with disastrous results... full details
- Garth Franklin
Daniel Espinosa, coming off the flop Child 44 earlier this year, has boarded Life, a mystery project being developed at Skydance. What Life is about is being kept secret but the project has a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the duo who wrote the upcoming Deadpool movie. Ellison is producing with Dana Goldberg. Also producing are Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. Espinosa was part of the Scandinavian wave that hit Hollywood shores a few years ago, impressing with his crime movie Easy Money. He made a splash with his studio debut with 2012’s Safe House, which starred Denzel
- Borys Kit
He joins Doug Jones, Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount. The film recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Smith, Bonas and Laviscount. Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Jones).
Stacy Title is directing from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy is producing for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman are producing for Los Angeles Media Fund.
- Dave McNary
Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than an ‘on-the-run’ movie featuring mis-matched characters and a ticking clock. Presumably, this is the logic behind Hitman’s Bodyguard – an upcoming action movie that has just filled out its primary cast. It is an impressive cast, too – bringing together a trio of actors whose collective filmography includes many of the biggest, most successful films of the past two decades.
Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) will star as an infamous hitman who, it would seem, intends to turn himself over to the authorities and start singing like a proverbial canary. Ryan Reynolds (Safe House) will play the world’s best bodyguard, assigned to protect the hitman, with a 24 hour deadline to get him to the Hague. Matters are complicated by a lengthy history of deep-seated animosity between the two, in addition to the looming, sinister presence of the real villain of the piece, »
- Sarah Myles
Christopher Eccleston is attached to star in the BBC's new drama series The A Word.
The show focuses on The Hughes family, who must learn to communicate effectively after their son is diagnosed with autism.
Eccleston spoke about the project, saying: "I'm very proud to be reunited with writer Peter Bowker on The A Word. This is a special job for us all. We hope the audience take us to their hearts."
Bowker added: "We have the opportunity here to make something funny, tough, realistic and inventive about contemporary family life and autism.
"In a society where imperfection increasingly comes with blame attached it seems timely to look at how autism is regarded both within a family and the wider community – and to give some insight into how that experience »
Entertainment One has announced that the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s hit companion series to The Walking Dead, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 7th in the UK and is now available to pre-order via Amazon.
Fear The Walking Dead features an incredible cast including; Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) as high school guidance counsellor, Madison Clark; Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Last Knights) as English teacher and Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa; Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as 19-year-old drug addict and son of Madison, Nick Clark; Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into The Storm, The Devil’s Hand) as top student and daughter of Madison, Alicia Clark; Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek, Warrior Road) as rebellious teenager and son of Travis, Christopher Manawa; Elizabeth Rodriguez (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Vampire Diaries) as single mother, »
- Gary Collinson
Back in August, Sony Pictures announced release dates for 16 new movies hitting theaters between 2016 and 2019. Two of those were Bad Boys 3 (February 17, 2017) and Bad Boys 4 (July 3, 2019), although the studio has yet to confirm whether or not original franchise stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be back as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. While promoting his first new music single in 10 years, Will Smith appeared on Beats 1, where he was asked about Bad Boys 3 and gave a cryptic response, teasing that the sequel may actually arrive in 2016.
"There's a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a Bad Boys within the next 12-16 months."
The "16 months" he mentioned matches up almost perfectly with Sony's previously-announced February 17, 2017. If it arrived in 12 months, we'd see it arrive early in October, 2016. It's also worth noting that he never mentions anything about returning to play Mike Lowery. Shortly »
When Sony blew the lid off its release schedule, penciling in launch dates for the likes of Underworld 5, The Dark Tower and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the studio also showed some love to its dormant 90s action series by slating both Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4 for arrival in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Seems Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey are coming back in a major way, right? Not so fast. Will Smith cast doubt over the possibility of him returning as the latter narcotics detective for the long-rumored sequel. Although, during an interview with Zane Low for Beats 1 Radio, the actor appeared much more optimistic about the actioner, even going so far as to say that fans could expect Bad Boys 3 at some point within the “next 12 to 16 months.”
“There is a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a Bad Boys within the next 12 to 16 months. »
- Michael Briers
The actor spoke about the long-awaited sequel - which has been pencilled in for a February 17, 2017 release by Sony - during an interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio yesterday (October 5). Watch Smith's comments from 18:30 below.
Smith said: "There is a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a Bad Boys within the next 12 to 16 months."
Elsewhere, producer Jerry Bruckheimer told Digital Spy last year that »
Cannes– Japan’s leading pay TV channel has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to U.S. hit TV series “The Player” (pictured above) from Sony Pictures Television” and “Zoo” from CBS Studios International.
Penned by John Rogers,”The Player” stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”, “Flyboys”, “Camelot”) as Alex Kane, a former FBI agent Alex Kane who becomes a reluctant player in a secret society’s perverse game of chance, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives.
- Elsa Keslassy
The film, produced by Los Angeles Media Fund and Intrepid Pictures, is in pre-production now for a Nov. 2 start of principal photography in Cleveland. Trevor Macy is producing for Intrepid and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman are producing for Lamf.
The film recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, to be played by Smith, Bonas and Laviscount, who are the leads. Jones will play the title character.
Jones has been in the Hellboy franchise, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “The Strain” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Smith is currently shooting “Vinyl” for HBO and was seen in “Terminator Genisys” and “Ouija. »
- Dave McNary
It's clearly a morning for Netflix casting news. Following stories about Luke Cage and Bloodline, here's some Daredevil. Stephen Rider (Safe House, The Butler) will be joining the cast for the second season of the street-level Marvel vigilante show. He's playing District Attorney Blake Tower.Tower comes straight from the comics, although as is par for the course, he'll certainly have been adapted for purpose here. The character made his debut in a 1968 Marv Wolfman issue ("Man-Bull In A China-Town!") and has been a sporadic returning character - in Daredevil and other titles - ever since. In more recent years he was instrumental in She-Hulk's law career.Deadline's intel pegs Tower as a regular character and an ally for Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock, feeding him the information that helps him catch bad guys. Rider joins other new cast members including Elodie Yung as Elektra and Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, »
Sony Pictures announced a slew of release dates for projects that have been previously announced, and some that are just being revealed. Among these new release dates are the long-awaited Bad Boys 3, set for release on February 17, 2017, and another sequel, Bad Boys 4, arriving on July 3, 2019. In total, the studio set release dates for 16 movies between 2016 and 2019, which represent big franchise movies like these sequels and brand new projects as well.
Bad Boys 3 will go up against the final Maze Runner movie, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure on February 17, 2017. It also comes a week after three more high-profile projects, Universal's Fifty Shades Darker, 20th Century Fox's The Mountain Between Us and Warner Bros.' The Lego Batman Movie. The project has been in development for several years, with the last installment, Bad Boys II, debuting in 2003.
Proving that scripts written on spec are still ocassionally currency in Hollywood, the horror thriller Bed Rest has just come out of practically nowhere to get the studios excited. Lori Evans Taylor is the writer, and MGM the company that grabbed the rights, making a preemptive deal for a cool six figures. Chris Sparling (Buried) will produce.Sounding like a meaty one-woman show for the right actress, Bed Rest revolves around an expectant woman, you guessed it, confined to her duvet due to complications with her pregnancy. And while she's there, "bad things happen". Films like Disturbia (and by association Rear Window) are being thrown around as comparisons, but we'd suggest there's a bit of Stephen King's Gerald's Game in that set-up too.Spec scripts were big business back in the '80s and '90s, with writers like Shane Black and Joe Eszterhas coining it before the bubble burst. »
After making the international hit Easy Money, director Daniel Espinosa made his American film debut with 2012's Safe House. The filmmaker followed up that action-thriller with this year's Child 44, which is currently available on Digital HD before the Blu-ray and DVD release on August 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Today we have an exclusive preview which highlights the directorial style of the Child 44 filmmaker. And it proves he's certainly a filmmaker to watch in the future.
Tom Hardy, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace star in the riveting and politically charged serial-killer drama Child 44, which made waves when it hit theaters earlier this year. Based on the first novel of the international best-selling trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and produced by the acclaimed Ridley Scott, the nail-biting story is written for the screen by Richard Price. The film features a stellar supporting cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, »
This particular project, set up at Lionsgate, is set to tell the story of Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors of the attack who lost lost both his legs in the attacks. In Stronger, co-written by himself and Bret Whitter, Bauman told of his experiences and his rehabilitation after the bombings, where he was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line. John Pollono and Scott Silver have adapted the book and written the script.
Patriot’s Day, CBS Films’ version of events set to star Mark Wahlberg, and Boston Strong, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), are two of the other projects about the bombings which set to go into production soon.
- Scott J. Davis
Clear will oversee day-to-day operations at Atomic Monster, where Wan has a first-look deal with New Line. He was a VP for Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass.
Wan said the hire will lead to increased activity at Atomic Monster: “Michael is a savvy decision-maker and a dynamic executive. He and I have a similar taste in films, and I’m looking forward to working with him to jump start our production slate.”
- Dave McNary
Unless you’re talking about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters or Toy Story 3, it’s usually not a good sign to hear of a sequel to a long retired franchise, least of all from a new, upstart director (just ask Jurassic World). This week however a director started a project that might even be an improvement on the original.
Deadline exclusively reported Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey) possible involvement in Bad Boys 3. David Guggenheim (Safe House) penned a screenplay for the sequel to Michael Bay’s 1995 and 2003 films, and the studio is hoping to move negotiations along quickly, as they plan to approach both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return.
We talked recently about Brad Pitt‘s involvement on a new project just bought by Netflix, but their top competitor Amazon has signed another major name: Terry Gilliam. Indiewire spoke with the cult director and Monty Python alum, »
- Brian Welk
For pretty much a decade, Sony has been trying to get Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return and make "Bad Boys 3." In 2009, the studio hired Peter Craig ("The Town") to write a script, and when that one didn't take, David Guggenheim ("Safe House," "Stolen") was tapped to give it a whirl. And it seems more work needs to be done, and another high profile name is being brought into the fold. Joe Carnahan ("The Grey," "The A-Team," "Smokin' Aces") has been hired to rewrite the script with an eye to possibly direct the movie as well. So, time to start popping the champagne? Not quite. The most important cog in this machine, the picky Will Smith, hasn't agreed to anything just yet and Deadline notes that Sony is racing to get a new script done so the actor can "consider" the movie for his next project once he's finished with "Suicide Squad. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deadline is reporting that a new Bad Boys film, the third in the franchise, is still in active development and may have found itself a director.
Smokin’ Aces and Narc helmer Joe Carnahan has been linked to the film, with early talks between the director and Sony rumoured to have already taken place. David Guggenheim (Safe House) has written the new film, which Sony is hoping will go into production within the next year after star Will Smith has completed his work on Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC adaptation, Suicide Squad. As yet, there’s no word on whether fellow co-star Martin Lawrence will feature.
Bad Boys was released in 1995, with its sequel arriving in 2003, and together the two films grossed over $410 million worldwide.
- Scott J. Davis
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