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Fox 2000 Pictures has released a new trailer for Paper Towns, the new mystery romantic drama following a young man and his friends who go on the “road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.” I’m mainly interested in this film because it was written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters behind (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now. I also enjoyed director Jake Schreier‘s first feature Robot & Frank when I caught it at Sundance a few years back.

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I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.

Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).

Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.

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The Dark Tower

After many years of difficult development, The Dark Tower is about to take a big step forward. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo co-writer Nikolaj Arcel has reportedly emerged as the top choice to direct the Stephen King adaptation. Ron Howard and Stephen King are producing. Get details on the potential Dark Tower Nikolaj Arcel hire, as well as all the other latest updates on the project, after the jump.  Read More »

Black Angel

As Star Wars prepares to mount a big-screen comeback, so does Black Angel, the “lost” short that debuted in front of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. A Black Angel feature film is now in the works, with Roger Christian back to write and direct and Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies set to star. Learn all about the Black Angel feature film after the jump.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts star

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.

The Harry Potter film series had the opportunity to find young new talent to fill the major roles the series followed for years, but for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the casting choices are a bit different. Well-established actor and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been a top choice among several actors to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in author JK Rowling‘s book set in the Harry Potter world. Now the actor is in talks for the film, likely putting to rest speculation about who’ll lead the film.
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Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The first chapter of Ernie Cline’s Armada is now online for you to preview. Find out more after the jump. Germain’s original story from February 25th 2015 follows:

Considering this site is called “Slashfilm,” we don’t cover a lot of books. But most books aren’t written by Ernie Cline. Cline first hit our radar as the writer of Fanboys, the Star Wars fan story directed by Kyle Newman. He then truly hit a home run with Ready Player One, a massive sci-fi adventure influenced by movies, music, video games and more. It’s currently being developed into a movie by Warner Bros. That’s why Cline’s work fits so well on this site. Those who live and breathe pop culture will truly appreciate it.

His second novel, Armada, sounds like it further explores some of the concepts he’s played with before. The movie rights were picked up last year and, finally, Random House has announced an official release date for the book: July 14. Along with that, we now have the cover and a full synopsis. However, in that synopsis is something very odd. It seems Cline is drawing heavily from The Last Starfighter. Could that actually be? Read the Armada synopsis below. Read More »

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Mockingjay Teaser Poster

The Hunger Games series has, so far, used logos that are flashy and polished, but the Mockingjay pin logo now has a very different look. What we see now is truly a symbol of fury and resistance, rather than a slick promo for a system meant to keep a populace under control. The Capitol will have to face the wrath of a populace that has finally been pushed too far, in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and the latest Mockingjay teaser poster leaves no questions about what fate may be in store for the nation’s leader President Snow. Read More »

Layer Cake

In Spy, Jason Statham plays a parody version of the over-the-top badasses he plays in most of his other films. But now it sounds like he’s ready to return to playing it straight.

Statham confirms he’s still set to star in Viva La Madness, the sequel to 2004’s Layer Cake, for which he’s also a producer. In fact, he says it’s aiming to shoot in 2016. Get his Layer Cake sequel update after the jump.  Read More »

‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Goes to TV

Talented Mr. Ripley TV series

The Ripley character created by Patricia Highsmith has been the center of many films. The best-known now is probably The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella with Matt Damon (above) in the lead role. And Rene Clement’s Purple Noon is a standout that should be better known. There are actually five films all told, with five different actors in the lead. (Which is kind of appropriate in its own way.)

Now producers plan to mine Highsmith’s novels once more, this time for a Talented Mr. Ripley TV series. (There’s no affiliation with the Matt Damon film; we’ve used that image as a convenient reference point.) Read More »