Briefly: One of the biggest box office surprises of 2013 had to be Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s We’re The Millers. Made for just under $40 million, the comedy grossed $150 million in the U.S. and $270 million worldwide. That’s a huge number, so it’s no surprise a sequel is in the works. Stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts are all expected to come back, but no deals are set, and New Line has hired Adam Sztykiel to write the sequel. Sztykiel wrote Due Date and Maid of Honor. Marshall Thurber is also expected to return to direct. No release date has been set. [THR]
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Rest assured that when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray on April 8, there will be hours of behind the scenes footage to illustrate in exhaustive detail the process of creating the film. But of all the possible views on the process of building The Desolation of Smaug, the one we’re perhaps most keen to learn about is the process of bringing its titular dragon to life.
A new featurette shows a bit of that process, including just a bit of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in a mo-cap suit doing some all-in physical performance for Smaug. Oh, and in case you need some size reference for Smaug, one of his creators explains that he’s twice the size of a jumbo jet. Check out the video after the break. Read More »
Briefly: The Hangover films made Bradley Cooper a star, and two films with David O. Russell made him into an awards contender. That puts Cooper in a rare position, where he can go from voicing an animated raccoon in a Marvel movie to having his pick of potential prestige pictures. One of the latter is American Blood, which will be based on a forthcoming novel from the young New Zealand author Ben Sanders.
The book will be Sanders’ fourth and the first to get a major push in the US. In fact, it doesn’t even exist yet; Warner Bros. has bought in and attached Cooper to star based on a 50-page proposal by Sanders. The adaptation will be written by Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan). THR reports the book is about “The story follows Marshall Grade, an NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.” The novel is seen as one with franchise potential, and that’s likely why Warner Bros. is interested. Whether Cooper will remain on board is probably a 50/50 proposition at this point.
One of the biggest questions during production of Gareth Edwards‘ remake of Godzilla was the look and sound of the creature himself. Would Edwards stay true to the classic, original look of the Japanese monster or try something new? The answer, not surprisingly, is a little of both. We have yet to see a clear, full image of the beast but a special cover of the latest issue of Empire has the best look yet. In addition, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures – which will release the film on May 16 — has officially released audio of Godzilla’s mighty roar. Look and listen, below.
UPDATE: A visual version of the roar has been released, as well as a tease of the trailer, which hits 10 a.m. February 25. Read More »
When Michael Jordan was at the top of his game in the NBA, no one was bigger. He was everywhere: TV, commercials and even the movies. In 1996, Jordan starred in Space Jam, a blockbuster family comedy where he was recruited by the Looney Tunes to help them beat a bunch of bad guys in a basketball game. It blended live action, animation and featured cameos from dozens of prominent NBA players as well as stars like Bill Murray and Wayne Knight.
These days, the closest thing we have to Michael Jordan is the two-time reigning NBA Champion Lebron James. He’s just started to dip his toes into films and now he’s lining up his own battle with the Looney Tunes. This isn’t a joke, the sons of legendary sportscaster Dick Ebersol have just come onboard to develop a sequel to Space Jam as a starring vehicle for James. Willie Ebersol will write the screenplay and his brother, Charlie Ebersol, will produce.
Update: After Deadline published its story, Brian Windhorst at ESPN reported that reps for James denied that any project is in development. A film could still be in development at Warner Bros., but not with James. James also commented.
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Briefly: The Entourage movie is finally filming and, as fans of the show know, Ari Gold’s (Jeremy Piven) old assistant Lloyd (Rex Lee) has long been an agent. That leaves an opening and, Deadline reports, that role will be filled by none other than Kid Cudi, also known as Scott Mescudi. Mescudi will next appear in Need for Speed alongside Aaron Paul. [Deadline]
Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]
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Here’s a new poster for Legendary’s latest version of Godzilla. The film opens on May 16, and with luck we’ll see new footage soon, but for the time being this poster is great. Sure, it recaps a moment from the first trailer, but that moment was very quietly impressive, and represents a sequence we’re all curious to see play out on film. Check out the one-sheet below. Read More »