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Director Tim Burton is preparing to go into production on his next film, which is an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City 2) is already set to play the title character, and now the director is looking to cast Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield as the other lead.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says, "Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he's Burton's choice for the coveted role."
The story follows a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them.
If Butterfield gets the part, he would play 16-year-old Jacob Portman, "who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a 'hollow,' a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. »
- Joey Paur
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is now accepting enrollment. Eva Green is already aboard, and now Asa Butterfield ("Hugo," "Ender's Game") is being eyed to join her. Based on the book by Ransom Rigg, the story follows "a teenager who must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them." Production will begin in February. [The Wrap] Liam Neeson is joining "Ted 2" because… why not. He'll join Morgan Freeman in Seth MacFarlane's sequel to his comedy smash that will hopefully be funnier than his Oscar gig and "A Million Ways To Die In The West." [EW] Michael Pena will join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in Ridley Scott's "The Martian." Based on the book by Andy Weir, the film centers on "an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Equalizer is going to be first among equals this weekend, even with that R rating, and even with those faltering reviews. It runs a bit over two hours, but it's a romp, and it should do fairly well with the menfolk. For precedent it seems like Two Guns is our best bet, that opened at $27 million about thirteen months ago. I don't have much imagination, so that's where I'm putting this one too. At a $55 million budget this one will come down to international dollars, but if you watch the trailers you'll quickly figure out not much of that money will be coming from Russia. The BoxTrolls is our next topic for discussion, it immediately brings to mind Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. Neither of those opened particularly strong, but there's some hope in late September, just last year Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs owned at the box office. That »
- Laremy Legel
The Ender's Game star has not been offered the role, but The Wrap reports that he will be imminently.
The story centres around Miss Peregrine and a group of supernaturally powered children she is fighting to protect.
Butterfield is in line for the role of 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who is thrown into the strange world after his grandfather is murdered by a monster.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will be released on March 4, 2016. »
If you're like me, then you have two thumbs, a beard that needs to be trimmed, and will see anything that Ben Kingsley is in, or at least you'll try to. A constant workaholic, this Oscar-winning actor has, I kid you not, 14 different films that are either awaiting release or in various stages of production and/or development. This is after appearing in six films last year, including big-budget affairs like Iron Man 3 and Ender's Game, along with indie titles such as Walking with the Enemy.
The iconic actor lends his voice to the villainous Archibald Snatcher in Laika and Focus Features' The Boxtrolls, but unlike many animated movies that depend on the recognition factor of celebrity voices, Ben Kingsley creates a much different voice in bringing this nefarious character to life. Based on the Alan Snow novel Here Be Monsters, The Boxtrolls is set in the peaceful town of Cheesebridge, »
Apparently they didn't have the make-up to turn Johnny Depp into a 16-year-old boarding school student, so "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield is Tim Burton's top choice for the lead in the upcoming "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Based on Ransom Riggs's best selling fantasy novel, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" follows 16-year-old boy Jacob as he investigates his grandfather's paranormal murder, meets a firestarter named Emma, and travels back in time to 1940 to miss the titular caretaker. The "peculiar children" are like a Hogwartsian spin on the X-Men, each with their own super-powered gifts. The Wrap reports that, if deals go down the way they're predicted to, Butterfield will take on the role of Jacob alongside Eva Green's Miss Peregrine. The disappointing returns of "Frankenweenie" and "Dark Shadows" aren't keeping Burton down. The gothic auteur's next film, "Big Eyes," is looking like »
- Matt Patches
The story focuses on an unprecedented global rabies pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species - violence-addicted predators. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt to find a cure. [Source: Deadline]
Liam Neeson has scored a role in Seth MacFarlane's upcoming sequel to his hit comedy "Ted". Both Neeson and his "Batman Begins" co-star Morgan Freeman have been on the set to film this week. MacFarlane is returning to helm, co-write the script and voice the ribald title character. [Source: Twitter]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
- Garth Franklin
With Eva Green already set to play the title character in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield is circling a pivotal role. The actor doesn't have an official offer at this time, but The Wrap reveals that he is director Tim Burton's choice for the role.
If his deal comes together, Asa Butterfield will play 16-year-old Jacob Portman. Jacob goes on a quest to seek the truth about his grandfather's past, after he is murdered by a "hollow," an evil creature that Jacob only thought to be imaginary. He meets up with a young girl named Emma, who has the ability to control fire, and introduces Jacob to Miss Peregrine and other children with extraordinary abilities.
With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, Jacob meets a girl names Emma who can control fire, and takes him through some kind of time loop where he encounters a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live »
- Ethan Anderton
This week on The Collision, Perri and I talk about this past weekend's big hit, The Maze Runner. We talk about why it works as a movie, how it differs from the book, how greater fidelity to the source material might have improved the film, how the picture fits into the larger Ya movie landscape, and more. As always, we finish up with recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Good, the Bad, and the Oscar-Worthy of Tiff 2014"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @PNemiroff. Perri's Recommendation: Ender's Game Matt's Recommendation: Cube
The post The Collision: Episode 104 – The Maze Runner appeared first on Collider. »
- Matt Goldberg
Ever since "Twilight," the studios keep making adaptations of Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic-future novel series, but for every "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" that scores, there are several that fail ("Percy Jackson," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments," "The Giver"). This weekend's "The Maze Runner," however, seems to have figured out a way to beat the curse, as it debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $32.5 million, enjoying the sixth biggest September premiere ever.
What did "Maze Runner" do right that allowed it to find its way to box office success? Here are a few things.
Go with a guy. Unlike "Hunger Games" and "Divergent," the hero of "Maze Runner" is a young man, leading a predominantly male cast. That's no guarantee of success (look at the "Percy Jackson" movies, "Ender's Game," and "The Giver"), but it does help attract young male viewers as well as young female viewers.
Play up the action. »
- Gary Susman
The Maze Runner sprinted to the front of the pack with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong international sales, and a new young-adult franchise was born this weekend.Meanwhile, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell short of modest expectations.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner opened to $32.5 million this weekend. That's nowhere close to Divergent, though it is bigger than Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($31.2 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million).What separates The Maze Runner from those comparisons is its relatively modest budget*it cost just $34 million, or less than half of those movies*and its strong international prospects. Full international details can be found below in the Around-the-World Roundup.As is always the case with young-adult adaptations, The Maze Runner's success can be attributed in part to the strong fanbase that's developed around author James Dashner's book series. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Matt Damon just agreed to be the A-lister in Kenneth Lonergan's third film, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two will reunite for the first time since Margaret, Lonergan's second feature which was shot in 2005 but released until 2011.
Also written by Lonergan, Manchester-by-the-Sea tells the story of a Boston plumber (Damon) who is forced to return home after he learns that his brother has passed away. There he finds himself trust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.
The project is being financed by OddLot Entertainment (Draft Day, Ender's Game). Sources say that the film will be tonally similar to You Can Count On Me, Lonergan's critically acclaimed directorial debut, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.
Most recently, Lonergan's play This Is Out Youth has gotten a revival on Broadway. (A decade a go, Damon starred in the play, »
- Laura Frances
Size definitely mattered for the teenage stars of "Ender's Game" ... who had a mine's-bigger-than-yours attitude on the set ... at least as far as their dressing room trailers were concerned. Both Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld made sure they didn't get stuck with a dinky or crappy trailer ... by including specific language in their minor's contracts. Studios are required to file these with the court for all actors under 18. According to the legal docs obtained by »
- TMZ Staff
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator and The Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman & Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck). The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
The first trailer for X+Y has premiered ahead of its upcoming world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morgan Matthews, the film stars Asa Buttefield (Ender's Game, Hugo) as Nathan, a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, particularly the unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang). Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan co-star. The film heads into the festival without a distributor so it will definitely be looking to turn some heads and gain some attention. Give the trailer a watch below and let me know if it looks like one to keep an eye on. sb id="979749" height="267" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
One of the key reasons that prognosticators under-estimated the performance of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is because modern audiences haven't always proven to be up for big space adventures that aren't already part of their own established cinematic brand. In the last couple of years we have seen big budget epics like John Carter and Ender's Game completely fail to capture attention, perhaps because people weren't interested in keeping track of the special terminology and following the progression of new world building. As it turns out, studios were paranoid about this kind of reaction to complex sci-fi dating all the way back to 1984, as evidenced by these Dune "glossaries" that have found their way online. What you see above and below are two full pages of definitions that were handed out to patrons paying to see director David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous sci-fi »
Children and grown-ups alike flocked to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its first weekend of release, and now Hollywood is betting the the '90s nostalgia wave will last least two more years - on Wenesday, Lionsgate announced that its Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot will hit theaters on Jully 22, 2016. The studio has signed the the writers of Thor, to produce a script off a story by Star Trek's Robert Orci. There are no plot details yet, but knowing that Lionsgate was the studio behind Ender's Game, The Hunger Games and I, Frankenstein, it's likely the Power Rangers movie »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The film version of The Giver, based on Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning 1993 novel, moves at the speed of syrup. Make that the speed of syrup from a clogged spout. That's no way to carry a philosophical message to young adults. But what is? The current onslaught of movies excreted from dystopian teen fiction would make any Ya yak. So far, The Hunger Games franchise is working. But catch Divergent, The Host, Ender's Game, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and see if you don't hear yourself scream: Make. »
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