Deadpool screenwriters in talks to reboot Pirates of the Caribbean

Despite Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales grossing almost $800 million at the worldwide box office, it looks like Disney is looking to shake up its swashbuckling fantasy adventure series with a reboot.

According to Deadline, Disney has met with Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and the duo are now in early talks about penning the script for a new instalment in the franchise.

The site goes on to report that Jerry Bruckheimer will remain on board as a producer on the next chapter, although it’s unclear whether any of the cast – including leading man Johnny Depp – will be back for the sixth outing.

An earlier rumour had claimed that Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning would be returning to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 6 from a script by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Jeff Nathanson, although given the Reese and Wernick
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Pirates of the Caribbean 6 rumoured to be in development

Despite Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales coming up some $250 million short of its predecessor On Stranger Tides, the fifth instalment of the swashbuckling fantasy series still managed to pull in a hefty $795 million worldwide, and it seems that may be enough to convince Disney to give the go ahead to a sixth film.

According to Geeks Worldwide, Disney is said to be eyeing Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning to return to the director’s chair for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, while Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Jeff Nathanson are reportedly working on a script.

The site goes on to speculate whether Disney will stand by Johnny Depp in the wake of James Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, given Depp’s previous domestic abuse allegations and other erratic behaviour such as allegedly punching a crew member on the
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Pirates of the Caribbean 6 Is Happening, Will Johnny Depp Return?

Disney is reportedly in the early stages of working on Pirates of the Caribbean 6. This comes after the release of last year's latest entry in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. While the movie was not as commercially successful as its predecessor, 2011's On Stranger Tides, it was still a big hit worldwide and Disney isn't one to shut something down when there is money to be made. However, this does raise questions about Johnny Depp and his potential involvement, in light of recent events.

Before digging into that, here's what is being reported. Writers Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson, who were all credited on Dead Men Tell No Tales, are said to be working on the script for a potential sixth movie in the Disney franchise. It's also expected that Joachim Ronning, who co-directed the last movie and is currently shooting Maleficent 2,
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The behind the scenes battles of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Mark Harrison May 25, 2017

The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies have not been easy films to make....

As Michael Bolton once belted out: “This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow.” The Pirates Of The Caribbean film was a surprise sleeper hit in 2003, astounding the higher-ups at Disney who had long been sceptical of how a pirate movie, based on a ride at Disneyland, would appeal to audiences.

Off the back of this success, the sequels only got more ambitious and expensive in scale, with their use of practical effects and convoluted character dynamics serving to complicate the adventure format, with mixed results. It shouldn't shock you then, to hear that each of the movies released so far had some serious behind-the-scenes battles to make them shipshape.

The fifth and apparently final instalment, Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales), has had some very public battles before it has even been released,
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Keira Knightley Returns in New Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Trailer

Back in December, a rumor surfaced that claimed Keira Knightley would return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in the next installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales. That report was never confirmed, but it did make sense, since it had been confirmed that Dead Men Tell No Tales will in fact bring back Elizabeth's husband Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Today we finally have confirmation of Elizabeth Swann's return with a new Japanese trailer that gives fans their first look at the character in a decade, since 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

This international trailer, which surfaced on YouTube earlier today, features a tiny scene at the 1:05 mark, where we can see Elizabeth Swann, directly after a shot of Orlando Bloom's Will Turner. The original report from December claimed that Keira Knightley shot all of her scenes in secret, which feature both Will Turning and
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Zorro Reboot 'Z' To Be A Decidedly Latino Affair With Cuarón and Bernal Officially Attached

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Zorro, the iconic character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, has always been an American property about a Mexican character named Don Diego de la Vega- who dons a mask and fights crime. Over the years, we've seen him played by Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Notice a trend? The Hopkins film (The Mask Of Zorro), where he played a retired version of the character who passes the torch to Antonio Banderas's Alejandro Murrieta, attempted to hand the role to an actor more befitting the role. But even that flick was written and directed by guys who were decidedly non-latino (Martin Campbell, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and John Eskow).

Well, that won't be the case with the reboot, Z.

Deadline is reporting that Mexican filmmaker Jonas Cuarón, who announced the film in Berlin earlier this year, has cast Gael García Bernal as the titular hero. Cuarón,
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Special La Screening Celebrates Upcoming Diamond Edition Release of Aladdin

In celebration of the upcoming Aladdin: Diamond Edition release, Scott Weinger, the voice of Aladdin, hosted a special screening of the film at the Walt Disney Studios lot and Wamg was there for Sunday’s fun events.

There was a host of fun activities for kids – a coloring table, ring toss, belly dancing lessons and a nice pre-movie breakfast. Youngsters in attendance also left with gifts such as Disney action figures, the iconic fairy wings, and a special Golden Books edition of Aladdin.

For many of the kids in the audience, this was their first time seeing Aladdin, including star Scott Weinger’s own son and his delighted friends, further confirming that this Disney classic holds up through generations.

Disney’s beloved masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar.

Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' One of Most Enjoyable Summer Blockbusters of Early 21st Century

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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Robert Rodriguez to Direct Jonny Quest Movie

After making borderline-animated films for the past few years, Robert Rodriguez is taking on a live-action adaptation of an actual cartoon. THR is reporting that the Sin City director is set to adapt Hanna-Barbera’s Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. with Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47) and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) producing. Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who penned the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger with writing partner Ted Elliott, but who's been going out on his own as of late. Rodriguez and Elliott will be working from a previous draft written by Dan Mazeu. For those who are unfamiliar with the Johnny Quest series, Wikipedia says the cartoon was in the vein of “Doc Savage, Tom Swift, and John Carter of Mars.” The eponymous character was a young boy who went on adventures with his father Dr. Benton Quest,
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Bryan Singer Tackling The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Adaptation For Fox

Keeping one of its most lucrative directors in-house, Fox has set X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer to tackle an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, to be titled Uprising.

Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has come aboard to adapt the book, which centers on a lunar colony’s revolt against rulers stationed back on Earth, echoing the historical conflict between the United States and the British Empire. It was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, honoring the best American writing in fantasy and science fiction, and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.

Two previous attempts to adapt Heinlein’s novel – one at DreamWorks with a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and another by Phoenix Pictures involving Harry Potter producer David Heyman – failed, with the rights reverting to the author’s estate.

Singer is also attached in a producing capacity,
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Bryan Singer Adapting The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Bryan Singer Adapting The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
He might be deep in pre-production on his latest foray into the mutant world of the X-Men with Apocalypse but Bryan Singer is keeping one eye out for potential other projects. He’s now attached to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science-fiction tome The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.Marc Guggenheim, best known at the moment for working on shows such as Arrow and The Flash, will write the script drawn from Heinlein’s 1966 novel.The plot finds a lunar colony deciding that it really doesn’t want to be ruled by Earth and the political/military fallout that comes with the choice to revolt. Heinlein was nominated for the Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.And given how popular his work has been as fodder for screen adaptations – think The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers – this is a
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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
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20 actors who almost got the part: Katniss, Loki, Bond, Batman

20 actors who almost got the part: Katniss, Loki, Bond, Batman
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.

You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...

Al Pacino - Star Wars

Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t,
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Razzies 2014: After Earth and Movie 43 dominate the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards

Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.

While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.

Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....

Worst Picture

After Earth

Grown Ups 2

The Lone Ranger

A Madea Christmas

Movie 43

Worst Director

Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups 2

Tyler Perry,
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34th Annual 'Razzie Awards' Winners!

34th Annual 'Razzie Awards' Winners!
The results are in, the envelopes have been opened, and the "winners" of the 34th Razzie Awards have been unveiled in ceremonies held at Hollywood's coolest new venue - just down the street from Sunday night's Oscars - IgnitedSpaces. The hour long show handed out at least one statuette to four of the five Worst Picture nominees, but Adam Sandler and his unfunny follow up Grown Ups 2 went home empty-handed.

Taking three of the top awards was the star-studded, snicker-free sketch comedy Movie 43, which "won" for Worst Screenplay (written by at least 19 people), Worst Director ("credited" to 13 people), and Worst Picture. Tying with 43, and also "winning" 3 gold spray-painted trophies, was the Will Smith and Jaden Smith sci-fi fiasco After Earth. Dad Will Smith took Worst Supporting Actor, son Jaden Smith was named Worst Lead Actor, and the combination of father & son, described in the ceremony as being "stranded
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The Razzies: Which bad movies should and will win

The Razzies: Which bad movies should and will win
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)

There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.
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Warner Bros has found their writer for the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'

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Warner Bros has found their writer for the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'
I'll bet Neil Gaiman was a fan of "The Fades." I would bet an equal amount that Jack Thorne is a big fan of "Sandman." Well, Warner Bros just got all "You got my chocolate in my peanut butter!" when they hired Jack Thorne to write the screenplay for the in-development feature film version of one of the greatest comic stories ever told. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in the film, and he's producing the movie with David Goyer. According to Deadline, Goyer's pitch for the film is what Thorne will be working from as he tries to crack a project that any number of writers have failed at for over 15 years now. If you want to read the second draft of the Terry Rossio/Ted Elliott approach to the film, it's online at their website, complete with an intro about their time working on the film. If you
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Hi-Yo CGI, Away! New VFX The Lone Ranger Breakdown

"Led by VFX Supervisor Gary Brozenich, Mpc completed more than 550 shots for Disney's The Lone Ranger, ranging from full CG canyons, caves and Comanche attacks to CG trains, horses, birds, arrows, fire and scorpions." - mpcvfx From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the team behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski, from a screenplay written by Ted Elliott,
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'The Lone Ranger' joins list of movies nominated for both Razzies and Oscars

'The Lone Ranger' joins list of movies nominated for both Razzies and Oscars
On Wednesday, The Lone Ranger received multiple Razzie nominations, including the notorious Worst Picture nod. The next day, The Lone Ranger was nominated for an Oscar, for best makeup.

This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:

The Competition

Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur
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