Arash Amel

wonder woman

So the amount of faith invested in Warner Bros.’ handling of its DC Comics properties can be measured in a thimble, but that’s not to say there’s no hope at all. As Warners gambles on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to establish its own expansive and interconnected universe in one ambitious movie, they also have several follow up projects scheduled for release in 2016 and beyond. One of them, of course, is Wonder Woman, who, as we already know, appears in Batman V. Superman. The solo Wonder Woman film based on the comic about the powerful Amazonian warrior now has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Michelle MacLaren), and a release date (June 2017), but what it still lacks is a script. Good thing then that the studio is reportedly working on six of them. (more…)

wargames

Some of you may remember a movie from way back when by the name of Wargames. Originally starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy and a host of second-stringers, it became a bit of a cult classic due to its statement on the 80s hot-button issue of nuclear war. Now, MGM is setting up to bring a new version of Wargames to the big screen. The first step in that process is, of course, to secure a writer and a director, which, sources say, has been accomplished. Read on to see what names MGM has gone with. (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?