Stephen King the jaunt movie

Film adaptations of Stephen King stories are never a sure thing. On the one side there’s brilliant stuff like The Shining, Stand Be Me or The Shawshank Redemption. On the other side there’s disappointments such as Dreamcatcher, Thinner or 1408. Then, in the middle, there are dozens of films that have their fans, haters, and everything in between. Long story short, with the name “Stephen King” attached, you never know what you’re going to get.

Now, an old short story of King’s has been optioned for a film and it already has a pretty good start. The Jaunt, which is about a family who explores teleportation for travel to Mars, has been picked up by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B pictures. Mama director Andy Muschietti is eyed to direct. Read about The Jaunt movie. Read More »

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WISH I WAS HERE

Josh Gad‘s relationship with Disney will extend beyond Frozen and Olaf. The American actor has just been set to star in Bill Condon‘s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, joining Brits Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.

If you’ve seen Disney’s 1991 animated version of the tale, you can probably guess whom he’s playing. Get details on the Beauty and the Beast Josh Gad casting afer the jump.  Read More »

CINDERELLA

On paper, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella sounds like Disney’s laziest live-action fairy tale adaptation yet. Unlike Maleficent or Oz the Great and Powerful, it doesn’t claim to reveal some untold story; it doesn’t even offer a new ending, like Alice in Wonderland did. It’s simply a new telling of the same old story.

But that, it turns out, is exactly why it succeeds. By reminding us why we love this story so much in the first place, Disney manages to make the old feel fresh again.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Cersei Lannister and Meryn Trant

While it’s not quite accurate to say we’re nearing the end of Game of Thrones, it may be true that we have more episodes behind us than ahead of us. George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga has a definitive ending, even if he hasn’t written it down yet, and showrunners David Benioff and David Weiss have previously said they want to wrap up after “seven or eight” seasons.

But of course HBO isn’t going to give up its most popular show so easily. Programming president Michael Lombardo admits he’d “love” the show to run for longer, and wants to explore “all possible avenues” to make it happen. All possible avenues, that is, except a Game of Thrones movie. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Whether you’re into boxing, singing rodents, or BDSM, there’s something in here for you. After the jump:

  • Michael B. Jordan gets into fighting shape for Creed
  • The Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 cast continues to grow
  • The Sharknado labor strike rains down upon DC
  • Fifty Shades stars want bigger paychecks for the sequel
  • Spectre adds Stephanie Sigman as another Bond girl
  • A knife attack and an injury threaten Pirates 5
  • Nick Hornby shares his thoughts on a High Fidelity sequel
  • Neill Blomkamp has more stuff to say about Alien
  • Bradley Cooper did one day on the Wet Hot prequel

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Murder on the Orient Express remake

Over a year has passed since we last heard about the 20th Century Fox remake of Murder on the Orient Express. At that time several big name producers were attached – including Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg – but no one else. So it took a while, but now there’s a writer too. It’s Michael Green, the TV vet who wrote the 2011 Green Lantern and co-wrote the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. He’ll be tasked with putting a new spin on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie which has been adapted numerous times, most notable in 1974 by Sidney Lumet. Read more about the Murder on the Orient Express remake below. Read More »

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chris weitz Cinderella interview

“Write Cinderella.” On the surface it sounds like a pretty easy task. It’s a well-known story, all the characters are pre-packaged and every major story beat is already locked in. But then you break it down. The original Disney film is about 75 minutes long, the Prince hardly speaks, the mice talk, and we learn very little about the the characters themselves. In fact, writing Cinderella, especially in live-action for for a whole new generation, is much more difficult than you’d think.

For the new Cinderella, which hits theaters March 13, writing duties were entrusted to Chris Weitz. Weitz first hit the big time when he and his brother Paul made American Pie. He’s since gone on to direct The Golden Compass, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, About a Boy and most recently A Better Life. Currently, he’s writing the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards. But before that could happen, Weitz was tasked with simultaneously modernizing and keeping the heart of one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.

We spoke with Weitz about the difficulties in adapting such a well-known story, keeping it fresh, the fact he started the project with Mark Romanek and ended with Kenneth Branagh, as well as making changes to that beloved 1950s Disney cartoon. Then, of course, the conversation turned to Star Wars (which we published a few days back). Read our full Chris Weitz Cinderella interview below. Read More »

Guy Ritchie

Warner Bros. has lofty ambitions for Knights of the Round Table, with six films planned in all. But every gazillion-dollar franchise begins with a single shot.

Production has just begun on the first Knights of the Round Table film, with Guy Ritchie at the helm and Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur. Today we have our first look from the set, along with the official synopsis from the studio. Take a peek at the Guy Ritchie Knights of the Round Table movie after the jump. Read More »

Ben Foster inferno casting

Director Ron Howard is about to lock in the perfect actor to play the villain in Inferno, the latest film based on the works of Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown. Ben Foster is in talks to play Bertrand Zobrist, a super-rich scientist who comes up with a terrifying plan to deal with the world’s overpopulation. He’ll show down against Robert Langdon, once again played by Tom Hanks and Sienna Brooks, played by Felicity Jones. Inferno is set for release October 14, 2016 and will start shooting next month. Read more about the Inferno casting below. Read More »