Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Like so many actors before her, Kristin Wiig is making the leap into directing. Her first feature will be an untitled comedy for TriStar, which she’ll pen with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo. And as if they didn’t have enough to do already, Wiig and Mumolo are also set to star. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.
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There have been a lot of director rumors lately, mostly centering around Ant-Man. The biggest piece of Ant-Man talk was legit at first and then ended up being wrong when Adam McKay abruptly quit talks for the film. But there’s a related piece of info that will be of interest to many. Also on the shortlist of possible directors for Ant-Man was Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, and Gangster Squad.
A side note in that reporting is that Sony/Columbia, which distributed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, wants Fleischer for Ghostbusters 3. Read More »
When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as quick. In 2012, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, was brought on to rewrite the sequel screenplay. Two years later and Sony has hired Breck Eisner to be the Karate Kid sequel director.
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You know that little thing about Sony developing other characters related to Spider-Man? It’s far bigger than you thought. The studio just announced the Venom movie that has been rumored for years, and a Sinister Six film as well. That’s right — unlike some other studio approaches, when it comes to Spider-Man and Sony, the spin-off films are for the bad guys. That’s pretty wild.
To make these movies a creative “brain trust” has been formed, including Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. Together they will collaboratively develop these films as a linked set of projects.
More details are below.
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Briefly: Very little is know right now but Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and so many others, is making a secret movie with Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The project, currently set up at Sony and on the search for producers and a writer, is being kept under wraps so there’s no clue if it’s a superhero film or not. All Arad would say on the topic is “Some titles give away too much.” This is one we’ll definitely keep an eye on. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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With shots that last less than a second, it’s possible to pack an impressive amount of information into a fifteen-second clip. That’s the case with this preview of the new trailer for the RoboCop remake. The trailer hits tomorrow, and this advance look comes from Entertainment Tonight, but thankfully it is free of talking heads and intrusive voiceover.
Puzzle out what this is really telling us about Jose Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi satire by watching below.
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Michael Bay‘s production company, Platinum Dunes, has been all about low-budget genre films in recent months. The first, Almanac, is set for release in February, and the company has just signed to do another one. This time, though, they’ve recruited a first-time director with a dream resume.
Marvel Studios storyboard artist and animatics supervisor Federico D’Alessandro is in talks to direct Lockdown at Franklin High, a micro-budget monster movie written by Joe Ballarini and Greg Bishop. It follows a brother and sister who get locked in their high school when a monster begins to terrorize the school. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.
Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.
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Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether you’re depicting an ugly urban dystopia, or merely the end of the world as we know it, a lot of work goes into crafting scenes worthy of splashy summer releases. Today, we have two videos that show just what that labor entails.
A new featurette spotlights the special effects of Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, while 15 minutes of B-roll footage show what went on behind the scenes of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Hit the jump to check them out. Read More »