Akiva Goldsman

Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts.  (more…)

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Contrary to popular belief, the first four Transformers movies had scripts. I know, I know, sounds unlikely. It’s like ancient aliens, Nessie and an honest politician, a rumor too impossible to be believed. However, with the notably exception of Revenge of the Fallen, which was mostly plotted through pre-visualization thanks to the 2007-08 Writers Strike, every Transformers movie has begun with a script. Well now they’re going to begin with a team of writers deciding on a story for that script. As per recent reporting, Paramount Pictures has put Akiva Goldsman in charge to oversee a writers room for all upcoming Transformers movies, and some familiar names are amongst the first roster of Transformers’ writing staff. (more…)

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It’s almost as if DC Comics and their parent studio Warner Bros. are ceding movie screens to Marvel Studios because today comes word of yet another DC-based TV project. Following quickly on the heels of the announcement of a Supergirl series being in development, and coming in advance of the premiere of four new DC Comics-based series and the third season premiere of Arrow, comes news that the Teen Titans might also be coming to TV screens everywhere. A pilot called Titans, which is based on the long-running superhero team that first appeared in the 1960s, is being developed for TNT, and if they like what they see, it could lead to an ongoing series about the team. But that’s the good news… (more…)

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Here’s something that has bad idea written all over it, but it’s being developed regardless. Nearly 25 years after its theatrical release, Paramount is talking about bringing Ghost to the small screen in a new series. Yes, that Ghost. The one with Patrick Swayze, pot making, the Righteous Brothers, and Academy Award winning acting by Whoopi Goldberg. (more…)

It’s been almost five years since Warner Bros.’ 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend hit the big screens, but now Deadline is reporting that the studio has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to make another film in the franchise. The original, made for about $150 million, earned a massive $585.3 million worldwide.

According to the site:

“the intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population.”

Arash Amel (upcoming The Expatriate – completed and waiting on release date, and Grace of Monaco – in pre-production) has been hired to write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, so it will be interesting what story they will tell considering the events already covered that took place in I Am Legend. There’s no word yet if director Francis Lawrence will return.

Will Smith said this was the idea about three years ago:

“It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It’s a really cool idea trying to figure it out…there’s a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to get into D.C. So we have to make our way from New York to D.C. and then back to New York.”

The thought of getting a good look at what brought us to the opening scene in I Am Legend is an intriguing one. There would be a lot more action once things get going and then there is the safe house setup that Smith’s character builds.

What do you think, is this “Not a Prequel” worth a look?

Hollywood has just given the thumbs up to another novel for film adaptation. Winter’s Tale written by Mark Halprin was first released in 1983. The premise of the story takes place in a future New York with hints of mysticism, and allure that adds a unique quality to an already captivating, and original story.  Of course, if Halpring should thank anyone in Hollywood for the resurgence of his book it definitely has to be a certain screenwriter along with the help of two big name stars in the film industry.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, he man who wrote well known films I Am Legend and  Batman and Robin, has had the script for Winter’s Tale floating around the purgatory that is “film development”. With his involvement in other projects such as:  I Am LegendHancock  I, Robot, and a A Beautiful Mind. We can definately understand why he would reach out to the big star’s in both of these films to help him out, and lending their names and talents to this film.

So, with the help of Russel Crowe and Will Smith he has been able to their top notch acting to lend more interest to the film, while managing to shave 20 million dollars off of a 75 million dollar budget. This allows for the film company to take a step towards filming possibly starting in the Fall. Film adaptation of  Helprin’s novel will be Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, and should hopefully be a hit in the box office. With so many books being adapted into film in the next year or two, it seems that I’ve definitely started a reading list to last me past summer vacation and a little into the Fall.

 

 

Attention Dark Tower fans. As you may or may not know, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer television and film (yea they’re doing both) adaptation of Stephen King’s magum opus has hit a bit of a snag. Basically, Universal Studios looked at the budgetary scope of ‘The Dark Tower’ and said “Fuck off, you don’t get to play with that much money”. So, budget was cut and script rewrites are currently in progress. To accommodate these changes plans to begin shooting the first film have been pushed back to the fall. Or, at least that’s what we last heard. Recent news says it’s now being pushed back to the spring.

Ron Howard spoke with EW, saying

We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward… We’re thinking of starting in early spring now.

Honestly, I think if they axed this stupid planned structure of mixing movies with TV series. Make several movies, or make a TV series. One or the other.

Oh, what of Javier Bardem. He’s been said to be the top choice for the gunslinger. Howard gave an update on this too, saying:

I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.

I don’t know why they like Bardem so much. Yea, he’s a fine actor and all, but he’s not what most would envision for the role. Nerd consensus leads towards Timothy Olyphant. Shit kid, have you seen him in ‘Justified’. He’s the epitome of the gunslinger.

Anyway, when I see that budget cuts have been made and look at some of the creative talent involved (Ron Howard is not that good), I’m inclined to think TV or film adaptations are less and less likely to happen. And, if they do, they’re are most certainly gonna suck. Dark Tower is epic and it needs to be treated as such. Universal is sitting on a potential gold mine. They’re fucking it up already.