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At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the world was transfixed by Marvel’s typically-grandiose Hall H presentation. However, they weren’t the only studio on hand to deliver bombshells to the film industry in attendance. During their spot in the limelight, Legendary Studios revealed plans for a King Kong prequel titled Skull Island.
While news has been on the slow side, there are a few elements firmly in place. From the offset, Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein was brought on board to work on the script, which seemed to have satisfied the studio as they granted the pic a 2016 release date. Moving on a few months and news landed that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, had signed on to take the leading role under the direction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Today’s news, which Deadline broke earlier, now reveals that Borenstein is off the project as he’s busy penning the sequel to Godzilla. »
- Gem Seddon
We have some casting news for you today. First up, Sean Bean has signed on to Ridley Scott's The Martian. Scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough for Nasa to rescue him. According to THR, Bean will play a Nasa flight director. It seems like a safe job, but I'm sure Bean's character will find some way to die. He'll probably choke on a donut or something. The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig. The Martian opens November 25, 2015. Bean currently stars on the TNT series Legends and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and Pixels. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ron Livingston (Office Space »
- Matt Goldberg
Jurassic World is a sequel to the previous Jurassic Park films. Not much is know about the plot of Jurassic World but we do know that the story picks up years after the previous movies, with the park up and running until something goes wrong…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) directing a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black »
- Thomas Roach
During the New York Comic Con, it has been announced that Universal and The Lego Group are partnering up to release a selection of lego sets based upon next year’s hotly-anticipated fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise Jurassic World.
“Jurassic Park defined dinosaurs for an entire generation 20 years ago, and Jurassic World will do the same in 2015,” said Universal exec Stephanie Sperber. “Working with Lego Group to bring this classic into the present in dynamic and exciting ways is truly thrilling.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series,” adds Lego’s Jill Wilfert. “The film’s imagery and branding are iconic, with a rich array of landscapes, vehicles and dinosaurs that are perfect for inspiring a line of building sets that will encourage hours of creative play.”
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with a cast that includes stars »
- Gary Collinson
London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.
Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.
“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.
The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”
The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our »
- Leo Barraclough
• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] • Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another Ya trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O'Brien. »
- Jake Perlman
Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week’s 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.
Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they’re gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and more niche-oriented films such as American Experience/PBS Films’ doc Last Days In Vietnam and Oscilloscope’s Art And Craft. Starz Media also scored a robust gross for the second week of Not Cool, featuring YouTube star Shane Dawson, as it migrated east to New York and was also profiled on a Starz channel doc series.
CBS Films’ Pride can be proud of scoring the weekend’s highest average among new titles. »
- Brian Brooks
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is »
- Brian Brooks
As is becoming habit, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guarenteed) has taken to Twitter to drop another tease from Jurassic World, the long-awaited fourth instalemnt in the blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise. Not much to get excited about, but it’s better than nothing…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black).
- Gary Collinson
It wasn't a huge surprise when Legendary Pictures announced Godzilla 2 at Comic-Con. Godzilla had a huge opening weekend, and it recently crossed $200 million domestic. What was nice about the Comic-Con announcement was that it revealed three monsters that would be taking on Godzilla: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. According to Deadline, Max Borenstein, who wrote the first movie, is being brought back for the sequel, so he's probably got a good handle on how to wrangle these three classic monsters against Godzilla. Also, as we reported a few days ago, Borenstein is handling the script on the King Kong reboot Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer). I'm not going to hold up Godzilla as a masterwork of character and story, but it's great as a Godzilla movie, and it's good to know that Legendary is sticking with a guy who knows not only his genre, »
- Matt Goldberg
One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.
Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.
One of the few true surprises at this year's Comic-Con was the unexpected reveal that Legendary, makers of the likes of Batman Begins and Godzilla, would be making a King Kong prequel called Skull Island. There was a bit of jungle-shaking teaser footage, which was created exclusively to announce the project's release date of November 4, 2016, but that was all the info we had. Well now we at least know two names involved with the project: Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Tom Hiddleston. You may not recognize that first name, and that's totally fair because so far Vogt-Roberts hasn't directed any projects as high profile as Skull Island. However, he did direct the Sundance hit The Kings of Summer, which seemed to kick his career to the next level. Since then, he's done...
- Peter Hall
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Skull Island as seen in the 1933 original
After a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has announced a director and leading actor for the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The film, set to be released in November 2016, will be directed by The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director recently directed several episodes of FX’s dark romantic comedy You’re the Worst and is attached to direct the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will star Thor and The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in Only Lovers Left Alive and will appear in next year’s Guillermo del Toro horror film Crimson Peak, which will also be produced by Legendary.
- Max Molinaro
Hiddleston will reportedly play the lead role in the project, though no further details about his character are available at this point.
At the same time, "The Kings of Summer" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is confirmed to be directing the film which will deal with the many monsters occupying the mysterious, remote and harsh Skull Island.
Vogt-Roberts, who is also slated to direct the upcoming film based on the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise, confirmed his recruitment via Twitter.
The project, which was announced at this year's Comic Con, is currently targeting a late 2016 release.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The British star and Comic-Con deity has signed on to Legendary Entertainment’s 2016 release with Jordan Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.
Legendary chief Thomas Tull announced the project and showed teaser footage at Comic-Con in July.
Vogt-Roberts directed and served as executive producer on the Sundance 2013 entry The Kings Of Summer.
Hiddleston famously stars as Loki for Marvel Studios and his upcoming releases include Legendary’s gothic horror Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J G Ballard’s socially minded thriller High-Rise and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
At San Diego’s Comic-Con this past July, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement that King Kong reboot featuring the origin story of the colossal beast would be heading our way. Now we finally have a name attached to the movie: Tom Hiddleston.
According to a studio press release, the Only Lovers Left Alive and Thor star will head up Skull Island’s cast in a yet-to-be-announced role. No plot details have been released at this time, but we do know that the film will be primarily set on Skull Island, King Long’s jungle home.
We’ll have to wait just over two years until we can see the charismatic Hiddleston’s adventure on Skull Islandsince the film’s targeted release date is set for November 4, 2016 with production expected to begin next year. »
- Rachel West
At Comic-Con, we were all surprised when Legendary Pictures ended its panel with a teaser for a new King Kong movie. There was no information but a title, Skull Island, which is the name of King Kong's home; it has only been shown briefly in previous movies in the franchise. Today Legendary filled in the most important details: The film will star Tom Hiddleston, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directing. Max Borenstein, who wrote the most recent Godzilla reboot, wrote the first draft of the script. The film is scheduled for a November 4, 2016 release because Legendary does not want anyone to dress as King Kong for Halloween. »
- Jesse David Fox
Britain’s own Tom Hiddleston is to star in Legendary’s Skull Island, according to reports this afternoon. The news comes via Legendary and their new studio partner Universal Pictures. The film, which was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, will focus on the cinematic origins of the King Kong character, and the mystical world in which he originates. Expect dinosaurs.
The Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts has also been officially announced as the director of the film, which the studio will release in North American territories on November 4th, 2016. Max Borenstein, who scripted this year’s Godzilla remake, will write the screenplay for the film.
What a gig for Hiddleston, whose biggest hit to date is the collossal Avengers movie. We’re so pleased for the guy. We tip our hat sir.
- Paul Heath
Announced at this years San Diego Comic-Con, King Kong is being taken back to his roots with Skull Island, which plans to expand on the origins of the 8th Wonder of the World and mysterious and dangerous island he calls. Details on the movie have been very thin on the ground up until now, but now we have news of the first star to join the movie with Tom Hiddleston boarding the movie in what we can only assume is the lead. There is also the official announcement of director, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) taking the helm. The film is set for release on November 4th 2016, and no doubt we will hear more in the coming months as production moves forward. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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