The highly anticipated, open world, next-gen video game Watch Dogs isn’t out until next month, but the movie is already chugging along. Last year, Sony Pictures signed on with Ubisoft to develop a film based on the game and now two writers have been hired to pen an adaptation.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of Zombieland, G.I. Joe Retaliation and Deadpool have been hired to write the Watch Dogs movie. The game, and likely movie, follows a man who has the ability to hack any kind of electronics and uses that skill to get justice for a family tragedy. Read more about the Watch Dogs movie below. Read More »
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These days, it’s easy to say you love Brad Bird. After The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like his work. But many of us were on board from the beginning with The Iron Giant.
In the summer of 1999, Bird was just another untapped talent from The Simpsons who went to college with lots of famous people. He was making his first feature. Unfortunately, the film was released on the same weekend as The Sixth Sense. Warner Bros. didn’t know what to do with the film, or how to market it, and it did not connect with audiences. From a reported $70 million production budget, The Iron Giant only grossed $23 million and was deemed a failure. However, the few people who actually saw the movie instantly fell in love with it. It was obvious the film had incredible heart and ambition, and was the work of someone with a bright future.
Despite the cult following that’s developed over the years, Warner Bros. has never released a The Iron Giant Blu-ray. Recently on Twitter, Bird admitted he’s been talking to them about it and they’re interested. They just don’t want to give the film the kind of release it deserves. He feels you can help. Read More »
J.K. Rowling and Time Warner have a pretty good relationship. Together, they helped make one of the most successful and impressively coherent film franchises in history with Harry Potter. So it’s of little surprise Rowling turned in their direction when looking for a place to air her follow up novel, The Casual Vacancy, as a miniseries.
BBC and HBO will co-produce a three episode miniseries of The Casual Vacancy, which will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US. Read more about The Casual Vacancy HBO below. Read More »
One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of Barbie. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of the year. Mattel agreed to the film based on a new pitch that would embrace Barbie’s multiple careers and turn her into a fashionable chameleon who can jump from job to job, helping people around the world. Read more about the Barbie movie below. Read More »
Everyone in Hollywood loves sequels. Except Disney Animation. While their partners at Pixar have had no trouble coming up with worthy follow-ups to some of their biggest films, most all of the classic Disney animated films never got theatrical sequels. Even with that fact stated, it’s still a bit of a surprise to hear Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn admit the company hasn’t even begun to think about a sequel to their biggest animated film of all time, Frozen. Read More »
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are taking on the Empire. Their upcoming film, The Nest, was just given the release date of December 18, 2015. That just so happens to be the day Star Wars Episode VII opens. Read More »
By now you’ve probably read a bit about plans for May 6, 2016. Marvel Studios first claimed the release date for an unspecified film, only to be challenged when Warner Bros. moved Batman vs. Superman to the same date. Kevin Feige said Marvel wouldn’t budge and officially named Captain America 3 as the film opening that day. The head of Warner Bros. then stood firm on the date and the company placed another movie in the classic DC late-July slot.
But no one in a million years thinks both Captain America 3 and Batman vs. Superman will open on the same date. Now, the chairman of Disney Studios said the company is “struggling” with the Captain America 3 release date. Read More »
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Someone gets to fly to London this week and talk to J.J. Abrams about Star Wars Episode VII. Unfortunately, it’s not someone you know. It’s Alan Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Horn offered that piece of news, as well as a few others, in a new interview.
The chairman also said the future films aren’t necessarily beholden to December release dates, and could come out in May. He confirmed there was filming in Abu Dhabi last week and casting is very close to complete. Then, he said George Lucas remains a consultant, a fact we’d heard at the beginning but hadn’t really talked about much since. Read more about these Star Wars 7 updates below. Read More »