NBA superstar Lebron James has been attempting to make his big screen debut since 2009. That’s when the reigning MVP first signed on to do a film called Fantasy Basketball Camp, however years have passed with little movement. Now there’s a major update that might finally get James into theaters. Comedian Kevin Hart has signed to co-write and eventually co-star in the film, which has been renamed Ballers. Brian Grazer will co-produce for Universal. Read More »
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The National Football League is known for a slew of iconic names, but only one has his name on the championship trophy. When a team wins the Super Bowl, they received the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary and innovative coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959-1967, a run during which they won both the first and second Super Bowls.
Now, writer/director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to write and potentially direct a film based on the most celebrated coach in NFL history. Read More »
Over the last few years, Quentin Tarantino‘s filmmaking process has accelerated just a bit. We’d grown accustomed to the guy taking a good bit of time between films, but his announcement of Inglourious Basterds was followed just a year later by the film’s first screening, and then Django Unchained came relatively hot on the heels of the war movie. (OK, it was a couple years, but that’s better than four or five years.)
Every round of promotional tours that takes place leads to Tarantino talking about possible new script ideas, and now we’ve got a new one. While making an appearance on The Tonight Show just hours ago, kind of as a 20th anniversary of his first time on the show, Tarantino said that the script he’s finishing now is a new western.
Update: Video of the segment has been added below.
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Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
Gran Turismo, one of the most celebrated racing franchises in video game history, is coming to the big screen. This we’ve known this for a while as Social Network/50 Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed onto the Sony franchise over the summer. The move makes sense, based both on the success of the Fast and Furious films and another popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, also heading into theaters.
Now, the next step in the film’s construction has taken place. Alex Tse, who adapted Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film and is rewriting Highlander, has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which is based on a real life competition that allows video game users to eventually build and race their own cars, just like in the game. Read More »
The first name attached to Marvel’s Netflix shows has been revealed. It’s Drew Goddard, director and co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods. He’s in negotiations to write the series based on the blind superhero Daredevil. Read More »
One of the highlights of each new Oscar season is the set of roundtable discussions created by THR. In each of these, the trade gathers a set of people involved in various films likely to be highlighted in the awards season, and just allows them to talk about making movies. They can be pretty great, especially since one byproduct of awards season is a tendency to talk about superficialities rather than substance, and these talks can really dig into the meat of making movies.
Here’s the new 50-minute screenwriting roundtable, featuring George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Monuments Men), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Jonas Cuaron (Gravity). Read More »
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Charlie Hunnam reportedly exited Fifty Shades of Grey after he got a little too hands-on with the script, but now Sam Taylor-Johnson and her producers have found a new scribe to wrestle it into submission. Mark Bomback, writer of The Wolverine and the Total Recall remake, has been hired to do a polish on Kelly Marcel‘s screenplay.
Meanwhile, though the producers were able to get back on track pretty quickly after Hunnam’s departure, they’re still feeling the consequences. The start date has been delayed by one month, throwing the planned summer opening into doubt. Hit the jump to get the latest updates on the project, or just to skip ahead to the comments so you can preemptively hate on it.
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