Dwayne Johnson alpha squad seven

Dwayne Johnson never stops. He’s got San Andreas later this month, a new HBO series called Ballers coming soon, he’s filming a comedy with Kevin Hart called Central Intelligence, is a voice in a new Disney movie Moana, was just in the biggest movie of the year, Furious 7, and will eventually be a super-villain in Shazam. Johnson’s star is rising so fast the only place left to go is space.

Now, Johnson is attached to a brand new sci-fi action comedy called Alpha Squad Seven which just sold to Dreamworks. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer are behind the pitch. They’re writing the sequel to the Jaden Smith Karate Kid film and created a Hollywood bidding war with this “four-quadrant action-comedy adventure set in space.” Read more about Alpha Squad Seven below. Read More »

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Bill Hader the bfg casting

The way the Internet reacts, you’d think Steven Spielberg was already behind the cameras on Ready Player One. However, the fact is he’s in post-production on October’s Bridge of Spies and pre-production for next year’s The BFG, both of which will be completed before he even thinks about that new sci-fi film.

Casting on The BFG continued this week and another one of the giants in the Roald Dahl film has found its human alter-ego. The human in question is Bill Hader. Read more about The BFG casting below. Read More »

john williams bridge of spies

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”

Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.

Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »

Joe Carnahan Joins DreamWorks’ ‘Motorcade’

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Following the straight-to-video Stretch and a string of TV episodes, Joe Carnahan is returning to studio features with DreamWorks’ Motorcade. While the project is new to Carnahan, it’s not new to the studio — it’s been brewing for over a decade there. Get all the details on the Joe Carnahan Motorcade movie after the jump.  Read More »

Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World, the new film from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, will be released on June 12. Now the director has his follow-up project set. Trevorrow will write the script for sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life with his creative partner Derek Connolly, and is attached to direct the film for Dreamworks.  Read More »

‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Adds a Second Director

Kung Fu Panda 3 director

Kung Fu Panda 3 has been coming together slowly and steadily for the past few years, but now DreamWorks Animation and director Jennifer Yuh are bringing on some help to pick up the pace. Alessandro Carloni, who worked on both previous Kung Fu Panda movies, will join Yuh as co-director of the upcoming sequel. More on the new Kung Fu Panda 3 director after the jump.  Read More »

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Making Of

Competition for the Best Animated Film Oscar this year is stiff. The big news early on was the exclusion of The Lego Movie, but the films that were nominated are certainly worthy. In fact, there all so worthy, there isn’t a clear cut favorite between the five nominees. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the slight favorite based on recognition and box office alone but the other films are close behind.

Which brings us to the reason you’re reading: How to Train Your Dragon 2. The DreamWorks Animated film has a real shot at doing what the first film didn’t, and that’s win the Oscar. To do so means campaigning and one new way they’ve done that is release an awesome one hour documentary on the making of the film. Watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 making of video below.  Read More »

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One of the casualties, and maybe even causes of the recent dissent at DreamWorks Animation is the hugely popular How To Train Your Dragon franchise. The second film was expected by many to be among the highest grossing films of the year. Despite the film being a worthy follow-up to the first movie, however, it disappointed financially. It was one of many recent disappointments for the studio, which in turn was forced to make some huge cutbacks. The third film was delayed one year, then pushed back another.

So the original 2016 release date has become a 2018 release date, which is just fine for writer and director Dean DeBlois. That gives him more time to get everything right with How to Train Your Dragon 3. In a new interview, he hinted at the structure of the film, some character stuff, once again discussed the ending and offered an update on the script. Read about the How to Train Your Dragon 3 plot and more below. Read More »

Dreamwork's Animation layoffs

The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.

Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »