Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Universal’s last attempt to turn toys into movies was not a success. Battleship turned out to be a massive flop, and the studio wound up spending millions of dollars to not adapt all the other Hasbro properties they’d acquired. But now, apparently, they’re ready to try, try again.
Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have signed on for the studio’s live-action adaptation Monster High, based on Mattel’s popular line of dolls. The central conceit is that the teenaged characters — who look, basically, like Bratz girls gone goth — are the offspring of iconic monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Mummy. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.
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Briefly: For his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, comic actor Chris Pratt did some serious working out, and the aftereffect of his physical work is that other producers are looking at Pratt as a leading man. (OK, being chosen to lead what may be Marvel Studios’ biggest film yet probably didn’t hurt.) Now there’s a good chance that Pratt will end up in the central role in Jurassic World, to be directed by Colin Trevorrow.
The Wrap says the deal isn’t done, but that Pratt is being sought for the role that Josh Brolin was once lined up for. Brolin’s talks didn’t work out, and before Pratt can commit he’ll have to figure out a couple of stumbling blocks, including any potential schedule issues with Parks and Recreation, assuming the show continues. He may be a great choice for the film; if nothing else he can bring a type of vulnerability to the picture that Brolin wouldn’t have had.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are also set for the film, and this report also says Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) is in contention for a supporting role. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley are producing. The film is set for June 12, 2015.
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are experts at riffing on other people’s movies for their Comedy Central show Key & Peele, whether they’re playing valets obsessed with “Liam Neesons,” satirizing Django Unchained‘s fight scenes, or singing over each other in homage to Les Mis. But soon, they’ll get the chance to make a film of their own.
The comic pair are teaming up with comedy king Judd Apatow for a new comedy at Universal. Surprisingly, it’ll mark only their second movie together. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.
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In a year’s time, when I’m looking at the films of 2015 and crafting my most anticipated lost, a lot of pretty obvious ones will be on there. One that’s a little less obvious is Pitch Perfect 2. The 2012 original was a deep breath of fresh air, with its pop culture specificity, nearly gross out humor, and aca-awesome acapella singing. It grossed $113 million worldwide against a $17 million budget and Universal is expecting a sequel in 2015.
One of the film’s stars is also its producer, and that’s Elizabeth Banks. The versatile actress will soon appear in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and when I talked with her about her expanded role in that film, I simply had to ask her about the latest with the 2015 sequel. She didn’t offer up much, but when there’s so little information out there at all, something is better than nothing. Read More »
Here’s the second full trailer for the true war story Lone Survivor, which is based on the book by Navy SEAL Marcus Littrell, who was part of a small group of SEALs that found itself ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Peter Berg directs stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster & Eric Bana. Check it out below. Read More »
Briefly: Colin Trevorrow has been very busy prepping Jurassic World for release June 12, 2015. He’s assembled a solid young cast (Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins) with a few recognizable names (Josh Brolin, Bryce Dallas Howard) and now he might be adding another.
Hypable is reporting Jason Schwartzman, star of Rushmore and next month’s Saving Mr. Banks, is in talks to join the film in an yet-to-be-revealed role. His representation had no comment, which is generally a good thing (Idris Elba’s reps said he was not in the film when he was rumored). When there’s more to report, we’ll let you know, but for now lets just imagine how Schwartzman could fit into this sequel.
Bryce Dallas Howard, meanwhile, just said to USA Today, “they’re relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise, so I’ll be chasing dinosaurs. That’s going to happen next year.” [Hypable]
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Universal put a second The Purge film in motion almost the moment the first one opened, because that’s the kind of thing a studio does when a $3 million horror flick rakes in ten times that on opening weekend alone. But progress has been pretty quiet since then, until now.
Original writer/director James DeMonaco is set to return for the sequel, which is once again set up at Universal with Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes producing. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.
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In June 2011, I traveled to London to visit the set of director Carl Erik Rinsch‘s big screen adaptation of 47 Ronin. (You can watch my video blog about the experience here.) While on set, Rinsch gave us a passionate plea to explain why the 47 Ronin story was an important one to bring to the big screen, and why and how he was trying to make it look and feel like nothing you had ever seen before.
He called it “Kurosawa On Meth,” and explained his choices to shoot the tale in 3D and be more aggressive about the dimensionality than previous Hollywood releases had at the time. He also talked to us about the historical importance of this story in Japan, how he planned to honor the story’s less-than-Hollywood ending, and even about falling asleep watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Read the entire roundtable interview after the jump.
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