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Earlier tonight, screenwriter Max Landis made his Comic-Con debut to promote his upcoming series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which will debut on BBC America on October 22. This will be Max Landis' first foray into television, after making a name for himself as the writer of movies such as Chronicle, American Ultra, and many more, but, during the panel, he revealed a very unique movie project that he's working on for Warner Bros. The writer revealed during his Comic-Con panel that he's also writing an animated movie based on the beloved character Pepe Le Pew.
Very little is known about the project, but Deadline reports that Warner Bros. enjoyed Max Landis' pitch on the material. It isn't known if any producers are attached to the project, or if the studio has a director in mind to tackle this project. If this does move forward into production, it »
DeHaan, who made his breakout in Josh Trank’s Chronicle before continuing that superhero streak in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise, will take point as the title character in Besson’s ambitious adaptation, one that mines inspiration from the eponymous comic book series.
Valerian is one half of a pair of special time-travelling operatives, a title DeHaan’s lead shares with Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), who is on board in the role of Laureline. Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, 10 Cloverfield Lane star John Goodman and Rutger Hauer currently line the supporting roles.
While there’s no question that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets harbors truckloads of promise, big-budget, fantastical science fiction that plays well with the »
- Michael Briers
EuropaCorp has released a new image for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in anticipation of San Diego Comic Con! Here, we get to see Dane DeHaan inside one of the sleek spaceships in this epic sci-fi adventure. The movie also stars Cara Delevingne. It comes from the mind of acclaimed director Luc Besson, who returns to the genre he helped redefine for a new generation with The Fifth Element way back in 1997.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, visionary maestro writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The film is coming to San Diego Comic-Con today for a can't miss panel that promise to bring the first exciting trailer. The fun kicks off at 1pm in Hall H.
"Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, »
Hollywood has been circling the live-action movie rights for several months now, with bidding intensifying following the smash hit release of Pokemon Go.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Legendary Entertainment had emerged as front-runner for the rights, and now Legendary and The Pokemon Company have announced that they have reached a deal to launch a live-action franchise, which will be built around Detective Pikachu, a new character introduced through the recent Japanese video game Great Detective Pikachu.
See Also: Nintendo is now worth more than Sony following Pokemon Go’s release
Further details on the live-action project are being kept under wraps, although it is expected that production will get underway next year. As yet, there’s no word on a creative team, although Max Landis (Chronicle) has been mentioned as a potential screenwriter.
- Gary Collinson
Over at Entertainment Weekly the very first image of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has been revealed. We’ve finally caught a glimpse of Samuel Barnett (The History Boys, Twenty Twelve) as the Holistic Detective who always follows the path of interconnectedness and also Elijah Wood as Dirk’s “Side-Kick” Todd.
Written by both Max Landis (Chronicle), the show also has on board as one of the executive producers Arvind Ethan David [read our interview with Arvind here], who recently helmed the run of excellent Dirk Gently comic books for Idw Publishing.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was originally penned by the late Douglas Adams, who was also the genius behind science-fiction comedy The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy. Originally two books were released revolving around Dirk and his investigative adventures, with the third and final book A Salmon of Doubt being posthumously released, still unfinished. There have also been radio plays about the »
The Rita Repulsa Elizabeth Banks image debuts online via Entertainment Weekly.
Power Rangers (2017)
Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) and Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks)
Just yesterday we got ourselves a look at a ton of new character posters from the upcoming Power Rangers movie, and now we can bring you a new look at the villain from the movie, Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. More on the Rita Repulsa Power Rangers news below.
Entertainment Weekly provide our new look at Repulsa in the movie, along with the Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G. Power Rangers will open in March, although Becky spoke with the magazine about her role in the forthcoming flick.
“Rita tries to make Trini feel like she’s the weakest link of the Power Rangers,” Becky G said. »
- Paul Heath
Max Landis is best known for writing films such as “Chronicle,” “American Ultra,” and “Victor Frankenstein,” but he’s also well known for freely sharing his opinions about the film industry. In a series of tweets, Landis provided his opinion about Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot and shared the story of his own pitch for the movie that eventually fell through.
Landis first says that the film is “pretty whatever,” and that though there are “very funny parts,” the third act “gets really horribly dumb” and that the “racist stereotype character,” i.e. Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan, “is as advertised.” He expands further criticizing the film’s lack of internal consistency as to “how the ghosts work,” the inclusion of a “big sassy yelling black woman,” and the weirdness of »
- Vikram Murthi
Ghostbusters has been something of a lost opportunity that screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra,” “Victor Frankenstein“) has openly talked about for a while now. Back in 2014, he shared details of his ultimately unmade pitch for a new “Ghostbusters” movie, which starts in the 1920s with Ivo Shandor (the character was briefly mentioned in the original […]
The post Max Landis Shares His Thoughts On “Pretty Bland” ‘Ghostbusters,’ Explains How He Lost The Writing Gig For The Movie appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At the moment, unless you live under a rock- a rock that's at the bottom of the ocean, under a sunken ship...a sunken ship that was stepped on by Godzilla, effectively burying it deep under the sea floor- you know that the mobile game "Pokemon Go" is taking over the earth. Well, you're not the only person who's noticed. The folks at Legendary Pictures, who have been wanting to make a Pokemon movie for some time, see what's going on and have found renewed interest in adapting the game series to the big screen.
A new rumor from Hey U Guys claims that the man they're currently trying to nab to write the thing is none other than Chronicle's Max Landis. The site states that the writer, who's also responsible for last year's Victor Frankenstein, is who they'd love to get at the moment, but that a deal has yet to be signed. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Last week the wildly popular Pokemon Go app launched, which has been so successful that Nintendo's stock jumped a massive 25%. The big boost added more than $9 billion in revenue to the company, even though it only has a 1/3 stake in the Pokemon company. Over the span of just a few short days, Pokemon fever is certainly sweeping the world, and now we have word that a new Pokemon movie may be coming from Legendary Pictures. While nothing is finalized yet, a new report claims that Legendary is moving towards a deal for a new live-action video game adaptation.
Deadline reports that a deal may be finalized soon, which would be a huge project for Legendary and its new owners, the Chinese company Wanda Group, which purchased the studio for $3.5 billion last year. While no details about the impending deal have been given, this report claims that it could be the »
Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters reboot and to tell the story of how he once pitched a Ghostbusters movie to Sony. Hit the jump to read the story and find out how you can see the pitch for yourself. It all started yesterday when Landis posted […]
- Peter Sciretta
In 1971, the 300-or-so people pawing through cardboard boxes of dusty comic books couldn't have possibly imagined that they were standing in what would become the cradle of nerd civilization. From a small meetup for diehard geeks, San Diego Comic-Con has grown into one of the largest and most feverishly anticipated pop-cultural events of the year. Thousands upon thousands of industry types, journalists, the devout faithful (and the suckers they've handsomely paid to stand in line as proxies) and cosplaying fans of all stripes will descend upon the city from July »
EuropaCorp has just announced they'll be attending Comic-Con and will present
Exclusive footage of their upcoming epic sci-fi film, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets!
Get ready to join Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns), moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and potential surprise guests in Hall H for the first public sneak peek at the film onTHURSDAY, July 21st.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that Max Landis (Chronicle, Superman: American Alien) is teaming up with penciler Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man), inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and letterer Pat Brosseau for the all-new miniseries Green Valley, which is set for release in October. Check out a first look preview here…
“Green Valley was an idea I had when I was a very little kid,” said Landis. “As I got older, most of my ideas from when I was small sounded stupider and stupider. But Green Valley persisted in my mind, and grew. I’m glad to see it finally come to life so beautifully.”
The knights of Kelodia are the finest in the land, but they’ve never faced a power like the one that resides in Green Valley. This new nine-issue miniseries will welcome readers into a world where nothing is as it seems.
Green Valley »
- Gary Collinson
Fox’s treatment of Marvel properties is unacceptable. There, I’ve established how I feel. Now, let’s run down why it’s so exciting that one day we may see them work with Marvel in a capacity similar to Sony. To put it bluntly, it feels like Fox is just in it for the money. I’m aware of how capitalism works, but the difference between someone who cares about what they are doing and someone rifling through your pockets is glaringly obvious. Many of you will disagree, but let’s take a peek back in time. We’ll begin with X-Men.
In 2000, a time before Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, X-Men was a triumph. Not many people cared about the fact that Hugh Jackman looked nothing like the comic book version of Wolverine. It was just cool to see a man with claws tearing through stuff. But, »
- Tyler Richardson
Max Landis is releasing another comic book.
Landis, who is known for penning “Chronicle,” “American Ultra” and the upcoming TV series “Dirk Gently,” is turning back to comics for a new limited, nine-issue series called “Green Valley,” Skybound’s newest book through publisher Image Comics. The story follows a group of four knights, once close friends, who are given one last shot at redemption with a quest to kill a wizard and slay his dragons. The only problem is that dragons and wizards don’t exist.
“’Green Valley’ was an idea I had when I was a very little kid,” Landis said. “As I got older, most of my ideas from when I was small sounded stupider and stupider. But ‘Green Valley’ persisted in my mind, and grew. I’m glad to see it finally come to life so beautifully.”
This won’t be Landis’ first foray into the comic space. »
- Jacob Bryant
Veteran casting director Ronna Kress has been named executive VP of casting for Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Kress will report directly to Emma Watts, president of production.
“We have worked with Ronna many times over the years and are excited to officially bring her into the Fox family,” said Watts. “She has a truly unique ability to identify talent and is a real actor’s champion.”
Kress began her career working in extras casting in New York on Woody Allen films. She moved to Los Angeles and worked for three years as the associate at Warner Bros. for casting director Marion Dougherty, then worked as the associate for David Rubin, casting with him such films as “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.”
- Dave McNary
Principal photography begins next week on the film, based on the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain hotshots who lost 19 members as they fought one of deadliest wildfires in Arizona history.
The Rockhampton native got his break in Wa feature Wasted on the Young in 2010.
- Staff Writer
The film is based on the real-life of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “an elite group of 20 firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians. Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides.”
In addition to Ben Hardy, it’s also being reported that Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) have signed on to appear, with the trio joining a stellar A-list cast that includes Josh Brolin (Sicario), Jeff Bridges (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Jennifer Connolly (Shelter), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Taylor Kitsch »
- Scott J. Davis
There has been a lot of talk about how Batman V Superman is somehow a box office bomb, but it hasn't even been a year since Fox's Fantastic Four reboot reminded us what a true box office bomb actually is. It is one thing to not quite meet very lofty expectations, but it is another to have a huge superhero movie with a huge cast and marketing to barely make back its production budget even with international box office factored in.
A lot has been made of the failure that was the Fantastic Four reboot, which was absolutely panned by critics and currently sits at an abysmal 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, actor Toby Kebbell who played Doctor Doom in the film, claims that a much better version of the film actually exists. Here is what he had to say.
"I tell you, »
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