Jean-Marc Vallée Might Direct Big Little Lies

Any name actor probably wants to work with Jean-Marc Vallée right now. With Dallas Buyers Club, the director helped land Oscar wins for both Jared Leto (The Suicide Squad) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud). His followup film, Wild, scored Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Oscar nominations and plenty of acclaim. Jean-Marc Vallée might direct Big Little Lies next for HBO, reuniting with Witherspoon. Learn more after the jump.

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ghost in the shell writer

DreamWorks originally acquired the film rights to the popular Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell back in 2008 and the project has been a revolving door of writers ever since. However, it began to show signs of life when director Rupert Sanders became attached in early 2014, and it found some proper momentum when Scarlett Johansson accepted the lead role earlier this year. Now, with production set to begin early next year, screenwriter Jonathan Herman has been tasked with rewriting the screenplay.

Find more information on the new Ghost in the Shell writer after the jump.

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mary poppins sequel

A new Mary Poppins is coming from Disney, that much we know. But exactly what kind of a new Mary Poppins are we talking? Is it a remake? A sequel? A reimagining from a different perspective? One of those weird reboot-quel hybrids that spends the running time of an entire feature film explaining that technically, this reboot is actually a sequel? (Yes, Terminator: GenisysX-Men: Days of Future Past, I’m talking about you.)

Based on director Rob Marshall‘s comments, the answer appears to be “none of the above.” It’s definitely not a remake, but it’s not quite a sequel; either, instead, it’s what he calls an “extension.” Read his Mary Poppins remake comments after the jump.  Read More »

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits, we take a look at:

  • Jurassic World‘s really crazy Blu-ray and DVD promotion.
  • How Iron Sky 2 is defying typical distribution.
  • A Korean superstar joins Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
  • Paul Verhoeven teases a Showgirls 2.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back rounds out its cast.

And more, after the jump.

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Science vs Cinema

We all know that most of what we see in motion pictures isn’t the absolute truth. Even in grounded biopics and films inspired by true stories, there are plenty of liberties taken with stories to create drama and tension, or even just to speed up the story to fit in the timeframe of a motion picture.

But in the case of sci-fi blockbusters, there are also always liberties taken with science. And while Mythbusters tackles some of the more fun side of the wild and and crazy science of motion pictures and television, a new show called Science vs Cinema aims to dive even further in depth to determine the accuracy of science in the movies. Their first subject? It’s Ridley Scott‘s hit survival drama The Martian. Read More »

mafia movie trailer

You may know it as Mafia or you may know it as Werewolf, but chances are strong that you’ve played it. It’s one of the simplest and best known card games ever created. A group of people play as the citizens of a city. Most players are innocent bystanders. A few randomly selected players are villains out to kill off the good guys. These bad guys know who each other are, but the good guys know nothing. It’s a classic game of bluffing and mistrust and a great way to add flavor to a social gathering.

And it is now the inspiration for a not-inexpensive Russian science fiction action movie. Yes, not only has someone decided that adapting this simple game of social deduction into a movie was a good idea, but they’ve decided that it should look like Blade Runner, The Running Man, and Tron got tossed in a paint mixer. This is somehow crazier than Monopoly being transformed into a Goonies-esque family adventure. The creative minds behind Mafia had to take at least a dozen absurd left turns and leaps of judgment to arrive here. This movie sounds like a crazy joke. How does this exist? Who made it? What is man? Why are we here? Is there a God?

Prepare to have your brain boiled by the Mafia trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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del toro pet sematary

Guillermo del Toro likes to talk and if you’ve ever seen him in an interview or a Q&A, you understand why everyone always shuts up and listens. He’s smart, he’s hilarious, and he’s a natural raconteur. He has great taste and won’t hesitate to talk about superheroes, monsters, theme park attractions, ghost stories, and 19th century romantic literature. When he opens his mouth, he tends to say exciting things. Sometimes, this means he spitballs movie ideas in public and all we can do is sit back and watch as he picks and chooses which of his 87 potential projects he’ll make next.

Now, he’s started teasing us about wanting to make a movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary. The chances of this happening are slim to none, but the mere concept now lingers in the air. Of course the guy behind The Devil’s Backbone and Crimson Peak would make a great Pet Sematary.

Find more on the Guillermo del Toro Pet Sematary chatter after the jump.

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Richard Linklater Exits ‘The Rosie Project’

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Earlier this week Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) dropped out of The Rosie Project. Now Richard Linklater (Boyhood), has followed her lead, leaving the Sony project without a star or director. Learn why Linklater exited The Rosie Project after the jump.

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Alita Battle Angel

For several years now, James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. But he’s been tied up with the Avatar sequels, and has even suggested he might only direct Avatar movies from now on. So where does that leave Battle Angel Alita?

Well, as of today, in the capable hands of director Robert Rodriguez. The Machete director is confirmed to helm the manga adaptation, now going by the slightly different title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron remains on board as a producer, along with Jon Landau. Read all about the Alita Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez news after the jump.  Read More »