Gangster Squad


The positive hype about Man of Steel doesn’t seem to be going away. In fact, as we approach the June 14 release date for the film, it seems that the hype is only increasing on this latest cinematic take on Superman. Of course it’s an understatement to say that a lot’s riding on Man of Steel’s success, and not just the reputations of the actors and filmmakers behind it, but once again their are rumblings that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is on the short list, or at the top of the short list, to get behind the camera on Justice League.

Today’s source is another filmmaker, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. And while talking to Screen Crush on the occasion of the DVD release of his latest film, Gangster Squad, Fleischer was asked if he might be in the running for the Justice League, to which he replied, “[T]hat’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.”

Really? How does Fleischer know? Well, he is good friends with Snyder, and his Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall wrote that infamously terrible draft of the Justice League script. More to the point though, what does Fleischer mean by saying Snyder’s “going to wind up” making the film? Is it a done deal? Is he just supposing? Maybe he’s giving his two cents and putting a plug in for an old friend? Either way, if the positive buzz on Man of Steel is legit, then Warner Bros is going to definitely be taking a good, hard look at putting Snyder to work on Justice League.

What do you Bastards think? Snyder on Justice League: Yay or Nay?

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With a lot riding on the finished film, it should come as little surprise that Warner Bros doesn’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the Justice League film? Still, is the studio willing to throw out the script and start again from scratch with just two-and-a-half years till the release date? Well the latest rumor de jour answers that question with a possible maybe.

Badass Digest is reporting from its sources that initial reaction to Will Beall‘s script was surprise. Surprise that it was so terrible. Credit Beall’s inexperience (he has one season on Castle and the script for Gangster Squad as his sole credits), or the pounding studio pressure and what’s sure to be unhelpful develop process for a film this big, and you might be able to see how this project’s gone off track. Indeed, those same sources are saying that the nature of the script is what’s keeping the film from signing a director, and considering the movie in question is Justice League, that fact is doubling surprising.

So what’s going to happen? Two options are apparent, option one: the studio can start again from scratch immediately and try to keep the film on target for a 2015 release date with a possible miss; or option two: it can push ahead with the current script, hopefully get a good re-write in the next couple of months and stay the course for 2015. I guess they could always call the whole thing off until they get their ducks in a row (or more of a row), but that depends on how stubborn Warners wants to be in making sure Marvel doesn’t stay too far ahead of them. I doubt they’ll want to let The Avengers 2 come and go without having their own super-team in the bullpen. But all this may also be predicated on the success of Man of Steel. If that flick tanks, all bets are off.

Beall’s script will have seen Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash team-up to protect the Earth against Darkseid. No word on what, if anything, of Beall’s draft will survive.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

Well that’s a bold statement from Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, recently minted director of the constantly in-development movie version of the video game Spy Hunter. Directors ranging in talent from John Woo to Paul W.S. Anderson have all had their turn, but Fleischer seems confident that he knows what to do to get this thing to the screen. Let’s go the quote from Coming Soon:

We’ll see what happens. If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie. I’ve always loved the genre but I don’t think they’ll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I’ve been told, so for me, ‘Spy Hunter’ is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there’s no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there’s a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.

He’s right about Americans not being hired to direct James Bond movies, which is one of the reasons why Steven Spielberg always called Indiana Jones his “James Bond.” But as for a straight up American James Bond, I think they tried that already and called it xXx starring Vin Diesel, and it sucked. Maybe Fleischer will have better luck though, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Geek Tyrant

As his Gangster Squad is in the shop to make it a little less current (meaning that they’re reshooting the climactic shootout in a movie theater because of real-life events this past July), director Ruben Fleischer is looking to his next project: Spy Hunter.

Based on the 1983 arcade game, which has been updated over the years, Spy Hunter’s initial iteration was a race game with firepower, like James Bond meets Grand Theft Auto. Updates in gaming technology saw subsequent games with more spy elements, which should make translating it to the screen that much easier, right? Well, just ask John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson. They’ve both been previously attached to the big screen version of Spy Hunter.

But Vulture is now reporting that Fleischer has signed on, and is aiming to achieve where Anderson and Woo could not. It’s also reported that he’s looking for new screenwriters to pen the script, so Fleischer, it seems, is pretty serious about getting down to work.

Fleischer is still perhaps best known for the 2009 horror/comedy hit Zombieland, which he followed up with the sophomore slump 30 Minutes or Less. The highly anticipated Gangster Squad is due in theaters on January 11, 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend



Warner Bros has cast Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) to star in 300: The Battle of Artemisia, which will be directed by Noam Murro for Warner Bros. Stapleton will play Themistokles, the Greek naval warlord, with whom the other key character, Xerxes, has a great rivalry.

There was some Internet talk that Stapleton might play Xerxes, but word is that the actor who originated that role in 300, Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to return to the role in this film. Stapleton was one of the terrific ensemble of Animal Kingdom, and he just completed a supporting role for the studio in Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed period crime film that stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Stapleton, who stars on the Cinemax series Strike Back, is repped by WME. ICM reps Santoro.

This looks like a smart casting move and a great opportunity for Stapleton. This NerdBastard hopes to see some great 300 style sea battles between Themistokles and Xerxes great war host.

Bryan Cranston in Talks for ‘World War Z’

Bryan Cranston used to be “that dad” from Malcom in The Middle, but since his star lit up with AMC’s Breaking Bad everyone wants a piece. Dudes got 5 films coming out this year, and even after being forced to drop out of Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad the stellar actor is in negotiations to join World War Z, Marc Forster‘s adaptation of Max Brooks‘ acclaimed novel.

While Cranston’s role has yet to be revealed, it has been described as a “small but flashy” role. If he does sign on (please do) Bryan will join fellow stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Brad Pitt, as United Nations employee Gerry Lane. Told as a series of series of first-person anecdotes collected by Pitt’s UN worker character. It’s a safe bet that Bryan will be part of one of these first-person stories, contributing a personal account.

Bryan already has a very big work schedule ahead of him, which includes Red Tails, John Carter, Rock of Ages, Total Recall, and Argo (the project he picked over Fleischer’s movie). On top of that he’s still working on the series that made him a household name in the past few years, a series that has earned him three Emmy awards. Does this man have Red Bull in his veins, it’s like he never stops for a breather. He just gets up, walks to make-up and comes out fresh as a daisy- like a boss.

Subtitled An Oral History of the Zombie War, the book takes place in an apocalyptic future in which mankind is fighting back against the zombie threat.

Via: /Film