Marvel Studios gets all the glamour with their movie series, but without a doubt, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment presently own the TV side of things. The upcoming television season will feature the return of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and iZombie, which will be joined by Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and eventually, Titans. Room to grow? Absolutely! In Hollywood, success breeds opportunity, so why would DC Entertainment stop at just seven series across four networks? To that end, some fascination news today. DC Entertainment has a pilot approved for production at NBC. The hook? It’s a single-camera, work-place comedy a la The Office. Color me intrigued… (more…)
Hello Nostalgia! Because someone, somewhere, might possibly want to see it, it seems like a third Conan movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger may still come to fruition. A sudden update the other day reports that the script is almost complete, and with fingers crossed and hopes high, the film itself could begin shooting as early as next year. The only thing standing in the production’s way? Studio approval. But the producer thinks that this will become a reality, and he seems to be already stoking the hype machine to make it so. (more…)
Transformers? Sure I can see that as a movie. G.I. Joe? Absolutely! Battleship? Okay, this is getting crazy… But Barbie? The toy aisle’s most well known doll is getting ready for her own solo film debut thanks to a new deal between Sony Pictures and Mattel announced today. Is it serious? Serious enough to have a screenwriter attached and commentary from corporate executives. Get ready world, here comes Barbie The Movie! (more…)
Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, Tom Hardy in Splinter Cell, and Michael Bay producing Ghost Recon… All sound like great movies based on Ubisoft Games, which the video game studio is producing in-house a la Marvel Studios and their film production slate. Too bad none of them have even been scheduled to start production yet, let alone have a release date set in stone. Still, despite the fact that none of these movies have hit theaters yet, that’s not stopping Ubisoft from developing more movies based on their video game properties.
The games in question are Far Cry, Rabbids and Watch Dogs, and Variety reports that all three are going into production under the supervision CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, who “will hire screenwriters, directors, cast and choose the production shingles and studios it wants to work with. Ubisoft will finance the development of the scripts.” However, no one’s yet been assigned to fill any of those roles yet, on any of those projects.
So what’s the attraction with these projects? Well, Far Cry might make a good straight-up action picture with its exotic locales and mercenaries versus warlords set-up, plus there’s the awful after taste of a Uwe Boll adaptation to wipe from the collective memory of video gamers and moviegoers.
Rabbids, a Rayman spin-off about zombie rabbits, was once supposed to be turned into a TV series in a collaboration with Wallace & Gromit producers Aardman, but it appears that any TV series idea is on the backburner or has been traded in for a more ambitious film project.
As for Watch Dogs, the actual game it’s to be based on isn’t even out yet, but it does sound like some crazy Tom Clancy meets William Gibson kind of concept. Scheduled for release this November, read the game description below:
The storyline of Watch Dogs game is built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected, and the world’s increasing use of technology—questioning who exactly runs the computers they depend on. The game is set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, Illinois, which is one of many cities to feature a supercomputer known as a “CtOS” (Central Operating System). The system controls almost every piece of technology in the city, and contains information on all of the city’s residents and activities which can be used for various purposes. In the game’s universe, the Northeast blackout of 2003 was found to be caused by a hacker, prompting the development of CtOS. The game will follow an antihero named Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker described as a person who uses both “fists and wits.
That’s certainly an ambitious slate. One hopes that Ubisoft isn’t biting off more than they can chew with some many projects in the pipe.
More news as it develops.
A recent Deadline article floated the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. may not be the only person getting a big payday from the upcoming The Avengers 2. Writer/director Joss Whedon, whom many credit at least a portion of the film’s success too, is supposedly going to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for the project. Not bad for the man that used to make his bread and butter at the WB.
But not so fast, says Whedon, I’m rich, but I’m not that rich. He went on his blog, Whedonesque, to explain:
I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been “reported” that people should take with a grain of salt:
That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.
That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I “can write.”
Well, that’s a load off. Sorry to get so personal — the whole thing’s a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I’m off for a nice juicy steak. There’s a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico — like a steak.
Now you’ll notice that Whedon clarified that he’s not “getting $100 mil on Avengers 2,” when in actuality Deadline reported that Whedon’s services for that pay check included writing and directing Avengers 2, consulting on the wide field of Marvel movie projects, and developing and executive producing the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC. That’s still a lot of scratch, but if it’s more multiple projects over three years, then it seems to make (a little) more sense. Either way, Whedon’s a rich man who even FOX would be hard pressed to treat like $#!% anymore. Way to go, Joss!
Source: Screen Rant
The short answer is maybe. Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic Park 4 was moving forward with a 2014 release date, which, working backwards, would mean that the film would have to go into production sometime this summer. But there’s still no word on who might be directing the film, and this even though there’s a “Now Hiring” sign outside the JP4 offices for everything on the side of either cast or crew.
So what’s the skinny? Is there some kind of big secret that prevents Universal from naming a director till they can cash in the news for maximum effect? And it must be a doozy if the studio feels confident enough that it can recruit top talent without naming a director.
According to HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny, those members of the crew hired to help bring this new Jurassic Park to life are being brought on without being told who they’re working for. McWeeney posits that Universal must be in negotiations with someone pretty high-profile to take the director’s chair, and he’s putting his money on Oblivion and TRON Legacy filmmaker Joseph Kosinski. But what if its even bigger than that? What if the big director being negotiated with is none other than Steven Spielberg?
Exhibit A: Spielberg’s always been close to the franchise, pushing for the development of a fourth film he though he stepped away from the director’s role after The Lost World. Exhibit B: Spielberg’s next project Robopocalypse has been delayed till the script issues have been resolved, and the only other project on his radar is the Tintin sequel, which Peter Jackson, not Spielberg, will be directing. It’s possible that Spielberg has the room in his schedule now and willingness to bang out a Jurassic Park sequel.
So when will we know? Well, the 3-D version of Jurassic Park comes out in theaters on April 5, so maybe Universal will time their announcement for maximum impact.
More news as it develops.
Source: Cinema Blend
It’s a good day for Steven Spielberg as his latest film, Lincoln, received 12 Academy Award nominations this morning. On the other hand, Spielberg’s encountered some drama on getting his next film project, Robopocalypse, off the ground. The film was already been delayed once, but it seems that script difficulties have stymied any potential progress on what might be Spielberg’s first foray into sci-fi since 2005’s War of the Worlds.
Here’s Spielberg’s statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
[The project is] too important and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what is possible.
Robopocalypse, based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson, is a pretty hot property. Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were already attached to star, and The Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard’s been working on the script.
Although it’s disconcerting, it’s still possible that we might see Robopocalypse in the near future. After all, it did take about ten years to get Lincoln in front of the cameras, so we might see it sometime sooner or later. In the meantime, I guess you can read the book.
Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.
The rumor of an Arrested Development movie has been one of the biggest cock teases in modern film development. When Netflix announced that is was resurrecting the series itself for a 10-episode run next year, the rumors then suggested that a movie would follow after the season four was over, but it never moved forward beyond being a rumor…
Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz, was interviewed by Vulture about what fans can expect from the new season, and how it relates to his AD movie plans.
“The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t ‘sold’ yet. The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family ‘fell apart’ and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems. I would give you a hint as to what those problems are, but, really, why rob the fans of being disappointed when they see it on Netflix.”
As for maybe more than 10 episodes coming out of season four, Hurwitz admits that they’re shooting the above average amount of material. Whether it’s one of scenes released as promo, or edited together to become additional episodes, he’s not saying (or not sure yet):
“Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them. […] We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show. [Netflix chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and I have really spent a lot of time finding the ideal way to tailor the show to their platform and I think we have something that embraces the new medium.”
The new season of Arrested Development will debut sometime next year on Netflix.
Source: Screen Rant
Recently, there was good news to get Daredevil fans excited as director Joe Carnahan (Narc) was said to be working on a street-wise, 70s cop movie version of The Man Without Fear. This was a good thing for fans, but it was better news for 20th Century Fox who are set to lose the rights to the character on October 10th, when they’ll revert back to Marvel (and ergo, Disney).
But now there’s this:
The “We shall see,” seems to indicate that Carnahan isn’t completely done with the project yet, but then again, I’m not sure how his vision for it can be rejected and he goes right back to the drawing board to come up with another vision on the fly.
Essentially, Carnahan (or someone else) has to get Daredevil in front of a camera by October 10th. A film has to be in production by then. (Remember, that’s how we got that first, awful Fantastic Four film from the 90s.) It was, however, recently reported that Disney and Fox were trying to work on an agreement wherein Fox would keep the Daredevil rights in exchange for other characters – like Galactus and the Silver Surfer – that Fox still holds the rights for, but that seemed to be quickly shouted down.
And if Carnahan is officially done with Daredevil now I see no way Fox can get something into production in less than two months, which means Daredevil, his friends and rogues gallery will be rejoining the main Marvel Film U later this year. And if that happens, how long will it be before Disney gets jewel shined up and on display?
More news as it develops.
Source: Bleeding Cool
One can’t help but get the feeling that this time, Ant Man is surely on its way to a big screen near you. Some test footage will be screened this weekend at San Diego Comic Con, and there’s the persistent rumor that Ant Man will be the tease at the end of Iron Man 3, that, with the success of The Avengers, seems to suggest that Ant Man is on the fast track to be the next big (little) Marvel hero to hit the multiplex.
So what’s the hold-up?
Just par for the course, says director Edgar Wright. Before going into Comic Con, Wright had a few words to say about the trouble with developing a major superhero franchise.
So where are we with development, Edgar?
WRIGHT: The development process is something that has so many elements to it and that doesn’t mean that you’re writing every day. In fact me and Joe Cornish wrote a script (for Ant-Man) last year and we haven’t done any work on it since, because they’re happy with it, we’re happy with it, we’re dealing with other elements of it now, so I might be doing another film first, y’know.
So if the script’s awesome, what’s delaying the production:
WRIGHT: It’s funny where its that thing in news stories where people say ‘Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright have been writing this film for yeeeears,’ and it’s true and not true, we’ve done like three drafts of the script and we’ve got to a place where we’re happy with it and so is everyone else, and now it’s a question of when is that slot to make it?”
What do you think of people thinking there’s issues with your script?:
WRIGHT: “People assume if something’s been in development for years there must be some kind of problem or something that we’re desperately trying to fix, and that’s not necessarily the case because you work on different things at different times.
“I think that what people don’t really understand in terms of movies — especially when film sites do hourly news — is how many years it can take for a film to come together. Even Shaun of the Dead took four years to reach the screen.”
He could be right. We will surely have more Ant Man news as Comic Con moves forward in the next couple of days.
Source: Comic Book Movie