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Over 50 screenplays for Sony films have leaked online just three days after studio chief Michael Lynton‘s email inbox was uploaded to file sharing sites, according to media reports.
Also Read: Sony Hack: Hollywood Studios Rebuff MPAA Request to Publicly Support Sony
Reps for Sony have not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment.
Read the full list of leaked scripts:
“Hotel Transylvania 2″ [Third draft]
“The Black Phantom”
- Matt Donnelly
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman, Jr. isn't scared of North Korea and doesn't think Sony should be either ... and he thinks Sony screwed up by shelving 'The Interview.'Our D.C. photog felt Hunstman was the perfect person to ask, since he's North Korea adjacent, having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China.The former presidential hopeful had some friendly advice for Sony: Don't let anybody stand in the »
- TMZ Staff
Prepare to meet the people who gave life to Girls‘ Shoshanna.
Girls returns for Season 4 on Jan. 11.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Comedienne Sarah Silverman will star in a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO, our sister site Deadline reports. Written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a mid-life crisis.
Amy Pascal has led Sony Pictures for more than a decade. She’s endured activist investor Daniel Loeb’s calls for her head and the twin disasters that were “After Earth” and “White House Down.” She’s experienced the highs of the first “Spider-Man” trilogy and the lows of a Senate investigation into the torture depictions in “Zero Dark Thirty.” She’s developed a reputation for her shrewd creative sensibility, and has surprised people by her willingness to dispatch key lieutenants when it was expedient. She’s a survivor.
The hourglass may be running out on her time at Sony, however. The devastating hack attack has exposed emails that could jeopardize Pascal’s relationships with key talent throughout the industry. Most damaging from a public relations perspective is a series of racially-charged jokes Pascal made with producer Scott Rudin, during which the two suggested that President Barack Obama must enjoy “Django Unchained, »
- Brent Lang
Last week, Fox finally greenlit Independence Day 2, and has set the film for June 24, 2016 (which is just wrong; you can only place it on one weekend, competition be damned). When we spoke to director Roland Emmerich last year for White House Down, he said they were going to go with just one sequel rather than the previously announced back-to-back follow-ups for the 18-year-old blockbuster. In a recent interview, producer Dean Devlin confirmed that they were only going to do one sequel for now, and gave a very wise and prudent answer as to why. Hit the jump for what Devlin had to say along with his and Emmerich's plans for the Stargate reboot. When every studio is trying to stretch franchises as far as possible, it's refreshing to hear Devlin say that they're deciding to see how one sequel does before pushing further installments onto an audience that may no »
- Matt Goldberg
Ben-Hur: Nazanin Boniadi, who plays a CIA agent on TV drama Homeland (above), has been offered the lead female role in the upcoming new version of Ben-Hur. She would star opposite Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), who play best friends in a tale of betrayal, slavery and chariots; Morgan Freeman leads the supporting cast. [Deadline] Source Code: Anna Foerster will direct a sequel to 2011 suspense thriller Source Code. She'll make her feature debut after gaining considerable experience behind the camera, including stints as a cinematographer for director Roland Emmerich, most recently on White House Down (above). The original followed Jake Gyllenhaal as he continually relived eight minutes on a speeding train...
- Peter Martin
Director Duncan Jones (Warcraft) made a name for himself with a sci-fi movie called "Moon." He followed that up with another sci-fi film, called "Source Code," that starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. "Source Code" cost $30 million to make and earned $147 million worldwide. And now comes word that a sequel is in the works with "Source Code" writer Ben Ripley returning to write the script. The new movie will be directed by Anna Foerster, whose credits include the Starz cable series "Outlander." She's also a long-time collaborator of director Roland Emmerich, having worked as a director of photography on his "White House Down," "Anonymous," "10,000 BC," "The Day After Tomorrow and "Independence Day." "Source Code" was set on a Chicago commuter train in which Gyllenhaal's character experienced the last eight minutes of another person's life to save the passengers from a terrorist attack. No actor is currently attached to the sequel. »
It seems like Source Code 2 is one step closer to becoming a reality. Anna Foerster has signed on to direct the sequel to the 2011 sci-fi film. Ben Ripley, the screenwriter of Source Code, has returned to pen the script for the sequel.
Source Code was directed by Ducan Jones (Moon) and starred Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role. It was a financial success, making $54 million domestically and $147 million internationally on an estimated budget of $30 million. To top it off it also received critical acclaim, a rare feat for a sci-fi thriller.
Foerster might be a name you’re unfamiliar with but you’ve seen her work. She’s collaborated with Roland Emmerich as his as director of photography for various films, from White House Down to The Day After Tomorrow. Along with that, she also worked in the visual effects camera unit for many of those films. It’s safe »
- Laura Frances
Variety reports that a sequel to the 2011 sci-fi sleeper success, Source Code, has been given the greenlight with Outlander helmer Anna Foerster attached to direct. Source Code 2 – its current imaginative title – will be once again produced by The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome, the two outfits responsible for the first outing. Original screenwriter Ben Ripley is also returning to the franchise to pen the new script for this latest offering.
The original flick, directed by Duncan Jones, cast Jake Gyllenhaal as an ex-Military man implanted into another person’s body for the final eight minutes of their existence. Working to stop a bomb from destroying a main train station in Chicago, Gyllenhaal is repeatedly sent back to the beginning of the eight minutes to figure out how to prevent the catastrophe. Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright and Vera Farmiga all co-starred in the flick, which raked in an impressive $147 million worldwide. »
- Gem Seddon
Prepare yourselves, time loop enthusiasts: a Source Code sequel is officially moving forward. Variety reports that The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures are returning to produce Source Code 2, with Anna Foerster (Outlander) set to take over the director’s chair from Duncan Jones, who helmed the first film. The original starred Gyllenhaal as a man trapped in a time loop in which he must identify the source of an explosion on a moving train, dying and resetting over and over again. Jones crafted a thrilling, twisty, and exciting entry into the sci-fi genre, so Foerster has some big shoes to fill on the follow-up. More on Source Code 2 after the jump. Per Variety, Source Code screenwriter Ben Ripley is returning to pen the script for the sequel, though no actor is currently attached so it’s unclear how the follow-up relates to the first feature. Of course the obvious »
- Adam Chitwood
Anna Foerster, a director on the recent Outlander series and director of photography on big flicks like Roland Emmerich's White House Down and Anonymous, has signed on to direct a sequel to Duncan Jones' science fiction thriller Source Code.
Original screenwriter Ben Ripley will pen the script for the next installment.
The original film, often jokingly (and unfairly) referred to as "Groundhog Day on a Train," followed an officer named Colter Stevens, who wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's been tasked to find a bomber in only 8 minutes.
The original films, which starred Jake Gyllenhal, hardly lit the box office, but earned $54 million domestically on an estimated $30 million budget.
Source Code 2 does not currently have a cast, but i [Continued ...] »
The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures are returning to produce, with Vendome again financing the project. “Source Code” screenwriter Ben Ripley is back to write the script for the new installment.
The original “Source Code,” which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Duncan Jones, was a respectable performer at the box office in 2011, earning $54 million domestically and $147 million worldwide on an estimated $30 million budget for Summit. No distributor or actor is currently attached to “Source Code 2.”
Gordon will produce alongside Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet. Michele Wolkoff and Drew Simon will oversee the project for the Mark Gordon Company, with Guy Stodel and Fabrice Gianfermi overseeing for Vendome.
Foerster first collaborated with Gordon when she served as the second unit director on the Gordon-produced films “10,000 B.C.” and “The Day After Tomorrow. »
- Dave McNary
It's taken many, many years to get to this stage, but finally, 20th Century Fox has given Independence Day 2 a formal greenlight.
Ever since the first Independence Day become a monster success back in the summer of 1996, there's been talk of follow-ups. For a while, it looked like there would be a pair of them, and at one stage, the title ID4Ever was being banded around. Fortunately, someone sobered up there just in time.
Deadline now reports though that Independence Day 2 is definitely happening, and that it's going to start shooting in May. Roland Emmerich will be returning to direct, and it'll be one single film, rather than a pair of sequels that we're getting. At least for now.
Dean Devlin is returning to produce, and he and Emmerich put together the first draft of the screenplay. »
The studio is hoping to start production next May. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down) is in talks to helm the movie, and according to Deadline, is close to signing a deal. As was previously reported, Will Smith is not coming back for the sequel. Other casting will begin as soon as Emmerich is officially signed on.
The sequel will hit theaters nearly 20 years after the original. It'll be interested to see how the studio and director give this old story a new spin, and without Smith as the star. »
- Laura Frances
Just one month after 20th Century Fox moved Independence Day 2 from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016, the studio has finally given the green light for this sequel to move forward. Production is scheduled to begin in May 2015, with the studio now trying to close director Roland Emmerich's deal. We reported in February that Independence Day star Will Smith is not returning as Stephen Hiller.
There had previously been speculation that there may actually be two sequels shot back-to-back, but that isn't happening any more, with 20th Century Fox only giving the green light for one film. Casting will begin after the studio finalizes Roland Emmerich's directing deal, although no story details have been given. Original Independence Day star Jeff Goldblum revealed last month that his character David Levinson is in the most recent script.
Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said in a Friday afternoon notice to Sony staff, “Charlie Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future.”
No immediate replacement has been set yet.
Sipkins had joined Sony in August 2013 after working as a managing director at crisis PR specialist Sard Verbinnen. He had repped Peter Chernin, Yahoo, News Corp. and Groupon.
Sources at the studio told Variety that they were not surprised about Sipkins’ departure, noting that he had not worked at a studio prior to taking the Sony post.
Sipkins reported to Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal. When he came on board, the studio had been through a tough summer at the box office with »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that Svp Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future,” the memo said.
Sipkins, whom I always found to be an effective, stand up guy, came aboard in August 2013 after working with several media companies in his role at crisis PR firm Sard Verbinnen, including advising for Yahoo and Peter Chernin. He oversaw all aspects of the company’s corporate communications and the existing Spe team, and joined during that summer where Sony was in the news a lot as it fended off Third Point hedge fund CEO Daniel Loeb, who criticized the studio for poor box office performances from such titles as After Earth and White House Down among other things and wanted parent Sony to spin off its entertainment assets. Sony didn’t budge, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
22 Jump Street is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Having defied everybody's low expectations by making their original reboot one of the funniest films of 2012, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have upped the ante again with their even more self-referential sequel.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to relive just a few of the best in-jokes, callbacks and pop culture references that undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) come out with this time around.
1. "It looks like a giant cube of ice," Schmidt breathes in awe when he and Jenko clap eyes on their new, big-budget digs at 22 Jump Street… just as Ice Cube himself reappears as the (ironically hot-tempered) Captain Dickson.
2. Proving that Channing Tatum is more than game for making fun of his own career, it's suggested at one point that partners go to work for the President as secret service agents, »
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When Foxcatcher arrives in theaters this weekend — the dark, true-life drama about the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) — it may leave you with a looming question, “Wait, is that really Channing Tatum?” No, not just because Tatum — like his co-star Steve Carell (who plays eccentric millionaire and Schultz’s murderer, John du Pont) — is virtually unrecognizable due to the film’s stunning physical transformations. It’s because Tatum, as the tortured Olympic wrestler (and Dave’s brother) Mark Schultz, reaches staggering new heights as an actor.
The star of Step Up, White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike, among others, not only turns out one of this year’s most harrowing performances, but one of the very best. Even Tatum’s biggest naysayers (yes, they exist) will be blown away by the actor’s emotionally and physically daunting work in Foxcatcher. »
One of the fastest ways to pitch a movie to somebody is to mash together two different things. White House Down is "Die Hard in the White House." You're Next is "A grown-up Home Alone meets The Strangers." These pitches aren't always accurate, but the movie reference points just need to be intriguing enough that people can fill in the blanks on their own. So here's the simple pitch for a new movie called Found Footage 3D: It wants to do for found-footage movies what Scream did for slashers. There. That's all you need to instantly understand where the movie's head is at. Though it certainly helps that the pitch video for the movie is one of the most polished, clever and entertaining we've ever seen for a crowdsourced movie. Found...
- Peter Hall
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