With a stretch of ever more-impressive films that includes Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and the excellent recent release Mud, director Jeff Nichols has been a sort of indie king. But he’s just made the jump to studio pictures, by selling a movie pitch to Warner Bros. Or he’s in the process of making the jump at least, as Deadline reports that Nichols has sold his next movie, which shoots early next year, to the studio.
Update: A new report says that Michael Shannon will star, and calls the film a “sci-fi chase film,” which pegs it as Midnight Special. More below.
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After years of anticipation, tomorrow we’ll get our first good look at Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuarón‘s space drama Gravity. A few seconds of footage hit the net on Tuesday and now, in anticipation of the trailer, the first poster for the film is out. It gives just a hint of the terror to come for two astronauts who are stranded in space when they’re separated from their ship. It opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 18. Read More »
After the success of the Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit and now Game of Thrones, Warner Bros. is looking to kick off another major fantasy franchise. They’ve just purchased the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, the incredibly famous tabletop role playing game in which players create characters and go on adventures through mystical worlds.
Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson is writing the film based on his own script, Chainmail, which was itself based on a fantasy game that predated D&D. Now that Warner Bros. owns the rights to the more popular brand though, Leslie Johnson is retrofitting his script to fit that game. One of this film’s producers, Courtney Soloman, actually directed a D&D film released by New Line 13 years ago. (There have also been two direct-to-DVD sequels.) That 2000 release was a financial and critical disaster, but WB is going to try again. Read More »
She’s not yet wearing a yellow jumpsuit, but Megan Fox does look like an intrepid news reporter in the latest set photos from Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fox is currently in New York City filming her role as April O’Neil, news reporter for Channel 6 News, and you can see some photos below.
UPDATE: Will Arnett‘s role has also been revealed. Read More »
It’s been six months since we heard that Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo would likely mark the filmmaker’s return to Boston, as he targeted Dennis Lehane‘s novel Live By Night. Now there’s an actual timetable for the film that Affleck will write, direct, and star in. Appian Way will produce with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s company Pearl Street. It’s Affleck’s second turn with Lehane, who also wrote the book that became Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.
Deadline reports that pre-production starts today. While Affleck is the only cast member at this point, things will likely pick up steam in a month or two as the film jogs towards a production start in August or September. The novel follows a police captains son, who becomes deeply involved in organized crime. The trick is that it’s a period piece, with the novel kicking off in the mid-’20s, and traveling eventually from Boston to Florida and Cuba.
Read a long synopsis of the book below. Read More »
Another day, another set of new posters for comic book adaptations. Tuesday brings brand new looks at both Robert Schwentke‘s R.I.P.D. starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as well as yet another banner for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
Both posters expand on previous ones, adding action and scope. In the case of R.I.P.D., that’s accomplished by adding a slew of new elements: vortexes, explosions, and hovering police cars. For Man of Steel, the task is simpler: pull back and fly away. Check out the posters below. Read More »
Director Paul Thomas Anderson will likely add an Oscar winner to the cast of his next film, Inherent Vice. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join the project which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a stoner private detective on the case of a missing girlfriend. Kevin J. O’Connor (There Will Be Blood, The Master) will also reportedly appear in the film.
Del Toro would play the small, but crucial role of Sportello’s lawyer friend; O’Connor’s role is yet to be determined. Read More »
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Christopher McQuarrie‘s most recent collaboration with Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow. Almost as if to publicize that fact, both director and star have announced new projects today. Cruise was confirmed for Mission: Impossible 5, which McQuarrie has been rumored to direct for some time. The director, meanwhile, was not part of the M:I 5 announcement, and was announced instead as the director for a remake of the late ’60s espionage thriller Ice Station Zebra. So what gives? Read More »