Despite rumors earlier this week that Channing Tatum was walking away from the negotiation table for his pet superhero project with 20th Century Fox, word is making the Internet rounds that Tatum has signed on the dotted line to star in Gambit. (more…)
Set your phasers to stun/heat/kill (depending on how you see fit) folks, as Paramount Pictures has finally found a new director to helm the third instalment of the mega-budgeted Star Trek reboot. With many directors in the running – including Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes – the list finally became a two-man race, fortunately this didn’t involve any souped up muscle cars, or fuel injected nitro kits. The search for a replacement director went into over-drive – when J.J. Abrams left for another galaxy far far away – with names as far-out as Edgar Wright popping up online. Now Paramount seem to have found the man for the job. (more…)
Even before the dust settled around the departure of Roberto Orci from the Star Trek 3 director’s chair, folks were speculating who might take his place. Some fans even started a petition to get Jonathan Frakes name added to the list. Earlier today Deadline had the Star Trek 3 directors short list at five names, now with the response from one, the list is down to four. (more…)
Yesterday the internet was a buzz with the seemingly written in stone fact that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was Paramount’s front-runner for the director’s chair for Star Trek 3. It was an interesting pick, but since Chu delivered with the G.I. Joe sequel, overcoming the lackluster reaction to the 2009 original, it might make sense for the studio to bring an energetic new voice into the series following the disappointing fan reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness.
But not so fast. Chu would make financial sense, but if you look at his filmography – dance movies (Step-Up), toy movies (G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe) and Justin Bieber – it seems unlikely that he would bring back the high-minded sci-fi tone that Trek fans might be looking for. So how about the guy that made Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Cinematallica is reporting that Rupert Wyatt, in reality, is Paramount’s front-runner for Trek 3. Why? Considering that he brought Rise, a movie with little buzz, to the screen on a small (by blockbuster standards) budget, and got people excited about a tired franchise in the waning days of summer and was praised not just for the technical, but the themes and story as well. Wyatt might end up being the ideal candidate to right the starship Enterprise and take it to strange new worlds as opposed to revisiting past successes.
As for Chu, his reps told Huffington Post that he has not been approached by anyone from Paramount. It’s also worth pointing out that there’s no word if J.J. Abrams is officially out of the running to direct Trek 3, but there is a presumption that Abrams won’t have time for both Star Wars Episode VII and Star Trek 3.
Expect the new Star Trek movie sometime in 2016, in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
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While nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet, it is a very real possibility that the captain of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ship will be abandoning ship. The fact that Fox has declined to make any comments makes it all the more real.
Rupert Wyatt may be pulling out of this installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise due to scheduling issues. The studio had announced a release date of May 23, 2014 and that may not have worked out too well with Wyatt’s own schedule.
Chances are the studio will continue with the money machine and churn out another movie by that date with another director if they can’t negotiate with Wyatt. They’ve already got a script, which Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver had written and everything seems to be moving smoothly beyond the lack of a cap’n. And it’s not like he’ll be too lost without this project; he’s got some others lined up and many other potential jobs in his future. I suppose it may take more than an apology BJ to get him to stick around.
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but with some of the top director’s in talks to direct it.
Variety is reporting that Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and Alfonso Cauron are the top names in a short list to direct an upcoming reboot of 1983’s The Twilight Zone. Director Rupert Wyatt is another name that’s also on the list, but when you’re up against the director of Batman and Transformers…well, better luck next time sucker.
While this does sound awesome, there will be no gremlins on the wings of planes or living dolls, the film is rumored to touch on elements of the original television series created by Rod Serling. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce through his Appian Way, along with Jennifer Killoran Davisson and George DiCaprio. Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg have already written a script to accompany the new .
Another change will be the how the film will be directed, using only one instead on the original’s use of four different directors. So while we won’t see a film combining all the styles of Nolan, Bay, Cauron and (ugh)Wyatt, but one is better then nothing.
And no matter who takes the director’s chair the very least they could do is get William Shatner to cameo, get on that Warner Bros.
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And it’s a thrilling shot of him sitting at a computer, typing. Awesome! Okay, I am actually excited for this movie. I grew up watching the original Planet of the Apes and was obsessed with Roddy McDowell’s portrayal of the scientist Cornelius and later Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The man played an engaging ape.
Incidentally the new Apes film will focus on, Caesar the first intelligent ape created by Franco’s character. The film’s plot is as follows,
RISE OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
The role of Caesar is being played by Andy Serkis in motion capturing, full-blown CGI. The apes will be handled by WETA Digital and will be using much of the same technology developed for Avatar. On one hand I’m really excited for Serkis, his acting for Gollum and the amazing animation job make that character so real, so believable I know they’ll bring that quality to Caesar. But I’m going to miss the great make-up and costume work of the apes of old. With their flappy mouths and emotive eyes. I loved it.
Rise of the Apes will be directed by Rupert Wyatt and is expected to be released in November. Keep you’re eyes peeled for a trailer, maybe in front of a summer blockbuster like X-Men: First Class.