Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
After securing an Oscar nomination for his work on Captain Phillips, writer Billy Ray has booked himself another fact-based drama. Ray is teaming with fellow 2014 Academy Award nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Get all the latest details after the jump.
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Little is know about how producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt will tackle Neil Gaiman’s classic comic Sandman, but now we know who’ll write it. Jack Thorne, who wrote the upcoming Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Walk Down, has signed on to adapt the screenplay from Gaiman’s work, based on a pitch by fellow producer David Goyer. The hope – though it’s not set – is for Gordon-Levitt to star and direct. Read More »
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]
Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bret Easton Ellis‘s last film, The Canyons, didn’t get much in the way of critical acclaim, but it nevertheless received a lot of attention for a splashy cast that included Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Now, for his next project, he’s joining forces with another tabloid-friendly celebrity: Kanye West.
According to Ellis, it was West who approached him about the project, and West’s new album Yeezus that inspired Ellis to accept. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Two years ago, if someone said a sequel to Magic Mike would be in the works, they’d have been laughed at. Before the film’s release, most thought Steven Soderbergh‘s tale of male stripping in Florida was nothing but Striptease with dudes, nothing but ninety minutes of Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey dancing with their shirts off.
Then the film was released and it was seen to be an entertaining, provocative look at the American working class. Yes, there was stripping, and lots of shirtless men, but the script, performances and direction made it much more than that. Magic Mike was a surprise hit, grossing almost $115 million in the U.S. Producer/star Channing Tatum said he’d eventually make a sequel.
The film also helped catapult Tatum to superstar status so he’s been pretty busy as of late. White House Down, Side Effects, Jupiter Ascending, Foxcatcher and 22 Jump Street are just some of the film’s he’s shot since. But now, almost two years since the release, Tatum has sat down to write Magic Mike 2. And he announced it in the most peculiar of ways. Read More »
Universal spent $1 million to purchase a spec script this weekend and has already set marquee director Ron Howard to helm it. The script is called Mena and was written by Gary Spinelli. It tells the true story of Barry Seal, a 300-pound pilot who illegally transported guns, drugs and other contraband for both the CIA and multiple drug cartels. (He transported, among many other things, loads of Quaaludes, the now-discontinued depressant used heavily by characters in The Wolf of Wall Street.)
Several studios were interested in the piece, including Sony, but ultimately Universal took home the prize. Read More »
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie opens this weekend and it is awesome. We’ll have more later this week on the film, including an interview with the directors. Even though the film isn’t out yet, Warner Bros. is already celebrating. The studio has reportedly hired Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) to begin work on a sequel. Read More »
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Briefly: There’s little info on this one at this point, but just one day after Marvel started to confirm plans for a third Captain America movie, a third Thor film is going into motion. One of the first key players is chosen from within Marvel’s offices.
Craig Kyle, writer and producer for many of Marvel’s animated efforts, a producer on both previous Thor films, and who has been a VP of Production and Development at Marvel, will co-wrote Thor 3. His partner will be Christopher Yost, who did a polish on the Thor: The Dark World script.
There’s no information on their story approach, nor of a possible director. That said, Kyle has teased the potential of Ragnarok in interviews given over the past year, so that could be something to look forward to. [Variety]