13 items from 2015
Given the fact that almost two decades have lapsed since the release of Independence Day, Roland Emmerich’s long-gestating follow-up now joins an infamous list of productions that took years upon years to follow in the shadow of their predecessor — think Dumb and Dumber To, Tron: Legacy et cetera. More often than not, these long-in-development titles leverage their appeal on the existing popularity, which no doubt wanes as the window stretches.
But now that ID Forever has set its sights on The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth to fill the void left by Will Smith, the continuation is on course to arrive sooner rather than later, following a script rewrite by Spy Hunter‘s Carter Blanchard. In fact, the screenwriter has begun to attract the attention of an array of different studios in the industry, as Deadline has learned that DreamWorks has picked up one of his original ghost story pitches. »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: DreamWorks has pre-emptively purchased an original ghost-story pitch from Carter Blanchard, the scribe who most recently did a rewrite on Independence Day 2. I’m told that the pitch is best described as a full-on ghost story rooted in classic Amblin storytelling. Blanchard previously sold his time-travel story Glimmer to the studio in a heated bidding war.
Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner will produce with partner Robyn Meisinger and Madhouse’s Ryan Cunningham serving as executive producers. Blanchard separately is adapting the Mark Millar comic book Kindergarten Heroes for Fox and producer Simon Kinberg. He previously wrote Spy Hunter for Warner Bros, and his script Near Death was just picked up by Voltage, with Gabriele Muccino set to direct. Blanchard is repped by Paradigm, Madhouse and attorney Peter Grossman.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Last May it was announced that director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are set to reboot their 1994 sci-fi Stargate with a potential new trilogy, and now the duo have found their screenwriters for the new film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotiations to pen the reboot, having recently supplied the script for another of Emmerich and Devlin’s upcoming projects, Independence Day 2.
Released in 1994, Stargate grossed almost $200 million at the box office, and spawned an entire franchise, which includes the series Stargate Sg-1 and direct to video movies such as Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
- Gary Collinson
Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are said to be in "final negotiations" to write the first of a trilogy of Stargate films, accordingn to The Hollywood Reporter. Roland Emmerich is expected to direct it. He previously directed the 1994 film that kicked off the franchise. Dean Devlin will produce. He originally co-wrote the 1994 film. Writer and Woods recently worked on Devlin and Emmerich's Independence Day 2, and clearly left a good enough impression to be hired to work on their next project. A small group of Us troups and an Egyptologist use an ancient device found in 1920's Egypt to transport themselves to a distant planet where humans resemble ancient Egyptians. Actors: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson & Viveca Lindfors * Director: Roland Emmerich »
Devlin and Emmerich were so thrilled with the ID4:2 script that they just had to sign the duo to write the first of what their planning be a trilogy of Stargate films.
Emmerich will direct the film, with Devlin producing.
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
Looking back at the cinematic calendar for 1994 and the quantity of modern classics released within those 365 days is staggering. Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Forrest Gump… all mainstream hits that enraptured both audiences and critics. If you brush aside the popular chaff you’ll find a handful of genre gems; in particular, Roland Emmerich’s underrated sci-fi flick, Stargate.
Emmerich, currently gearing up to relaunch his blockbuster franchise Independence Day, is hard at work on simultaneously kickstarting the Stargate brand. The in-development movie – which is heralded as the beginning of a new trilogy – has now found its writers. According to a report from THR, Emmerich appears to be employing those with whom he’s already familiar. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, who helped ID2 land the greenlight thanks to their script, are now on board to pen the first Stargate instalment.
The duo have struck up a »
- Gem Seddon
The Lost City of Z: Charlie Hunnam (above in Pacific Rim), who was cast in the lead role for Fifty Shades of Grey before dropping out, now finds himself in the opposite situation: he's replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in a lead role in The Lost City of Z. Based on a true story about an explorer searching the Amazon, the adventure also stars Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, and will be directed by James Gray. [The Hollywood Reporter] Stargate: The proposed remake of 1994's Stargate is moving forward. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotiations to write a new screenplay; they previously worked with director Roland Emmerich on the upcoming sequel Independence Day 2. The Stargate remake is intended to be the first installment of a trilogy. [Heat...
- Peter Martin
Roland Emmerich’s new Stargate movie, a remake of his own 1994 film of the same name, has set its sights on a pair of writers. Meanwhile, Oculus director Mike Flanagan’s upcoming film Somnia now has a release date, and Vampirella fans have a new comic book to look forward to, including a cover drawn exclusively for Box of Dread subscribers.
Stargate Reboot: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are set to scribe Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Stargate reboot, the first in a projected trilogy that Emmerich will direct with Dean Devlin producing the projects. Wright and Woods both penned the screenplay for Emmerich’s Independence Day 2, scheduled for a June 24th, 2016 release.
- Derek Anderson
While Independence Day 2 is gearing up for production, with Liam Hemsworth being the latest potential addition to the cast of the sequel from director Roland Emmerich, one of the filmmaker's other properties getting the reboot treatment is making progress as well. As we learned last summer, Emmerich will be at the helm of a Stargate reboot, which is intended to be a trilogy, and now THR reports it will be Independence Day 2 writers Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods scripting the first film. The duo is relatively new to Hollywood, but it was their draft that got ID4-2 off the ground, so they must be doing something right. As of now, there are no details as to how this reboot will change things up, but the original film followed the discovery of a device that creates a wormhole to another world. Once activated, the government sends a military »
- Ethan Anderton
The plan remains for three new Stargate films - and a pair of writers have got the job of penning the first of them...
Roland Emmerich finally starts shooting Independence Day 2 this year, ahead of its release next summer. And after that, he and producer Dean Devlin look like they're going to be pressing ahead with the planned movie reboot of Stargate.
It was revealed last year that the pair were looking at a new film trilogy for the series, and the project appears to have moved forward with the news that writers have now been recruited. James A Woods and Nicolas Wright, who worked on the script for Independence Day 2, have been hired to have a crack at the new Stargate feature.
It's unclear at this stage what the focus of the new trio of Stargate films will be. Will they, for instance, tie closely to Emmerich's original film, »
Independence Day 2 screenwriters Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are reteaming with director Roland Emmerich to write the screenplay for his Stargate reboot. MGM announced back in May that Roland Emmerich will direct a whole new Stargate movie trilogy, that "reimagines" the original 1994 movie that starred Kurt Russell and James Spader. 20th Century Fox recently gave the green light for Independence Day 2, based on Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods' recent draft of the script.
The original Stargate centered on the discovery of a device that created a wormhole, which allows scientists and military personnel to enter a distant world. They discovered an enslaved race of people who are direct descendants of ancient Egyptians. No details were given on the reboot, but Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are writing the first in a proposed trilogy.
Stargate, the relaunch of the 1990s Roland Emmerich sci-fi film property from MGM and Warner Bros., has found its writers. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in final negotiations to pen the script of what is intended to be the first of a trilogy that Emmerich is slated to direct. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the original movie with Emmerich, is producing. The duo are relatively new writers and they recently worked with Emmerich writing on Fox’s Independence Day 2, with the studio greenlighting the movie off their draft. Emmerich warmed up to Wright and Woods when his
- Borys Kit
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- Christopher Campbell
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