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The Choose Your Own Adventure novels were best known for letting the reader decide how they wanted the story to unfold. Now, the three men who’ll be our decision makers when the brand hits the big screen have been revealed. Night at the Museum writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon will write the screenplay, while Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of We’re The Millers and Dodgeball, will be at the helm. Read More »

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Insurgent

Divergent won’t hit theaters for another couple of months, but with the sequel due out just a little over a year from now, Summit has no time to waste. The studio is busily getting the pieces together for Insurgent, and has just hired Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) to work on the script. Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) worked on an earlier draft.

The principal actors from the first film, including Shailene Woodley, are expected to return for the second. However, the film has no director at the moment, as Divergent helmer Neil Burger has opted not to return. More details on Insurgent after the jump.

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y: the last man

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K Vaughn revealed that New Line Cinema has only a few months left to get Y: The Last Man into production before they lose the rights to make the big screen adaptation.

It’s my understanding that the rights to “Y: The Last Man” will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some “Y” news in 2014 either way.

Last we heard, New Line was fast tracking the project to get the adaptation into production this year. But if they don’t act soon, New Line could lose the rights to make the film at all. The Warner Bros-owned company has been trying to bring the comic book series to the big screen for nearly a decade. I’ve been following and reporting on the developments of this adaptation for the last eight and a half years. Lets take a look back at the history of the development.

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Final Draft Box

Note from Editor Peter Sciretta: While I was once an aspiring screenwriter, its been many years since I’ve stared at that blank white page with the cursor blinking next to “FADE IN:”. So when Final Draft offered us the chance to review their latest software release, I asked my friend Zach Lipovsky if he would be interested putting it through a couple laps. Lipovsky is a Canadian-born writer/filmmaker who came to Hollywood as a contestant on the Spielberg-produced reality series On The Lot, and has since directed two films (Tasmanian Devils and the upcoming reboot Leprechaun: Origins) and produced Afflicted, a found footage hit at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, set to be released by CBS films. Zach also developed the popular movie/tv production iOS app Shot Lister, which makes him the perfect candidate for this software review.

Final Draft has the infamous title of being the industry’s standard screenwriting app. It has always suffered the burden of being the first to market, and slowest to adapt. Final Draft 9 has recently been released and I spent the last week playing with its new features.

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Harry Houdini has the subject of much interest in Hollywood for the past couple of years, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at your local theater listings. We’ve barely heard a peep about Summit’s Houdini spy film since Dean Parisot entered talks to direct last summer, and DreamWorks doesn’t seem to have done much with Voices From the Dead since buying it in 2011.

Sony’s competing project doesn’t seem to be very far along, either, but it is at least moving. Chronicle scribe Max Landis has reportedly been tapped to do yet another rewrite of the screenplay. Hit the jump for the latest on the film

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Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained

The title of Quentin Tarantino‘s next film might have just been revealed. Late last year, the Oscar-winning writer revealed his follow-up to Django Unchained would be an unrelated western and Deadline is reporting the working title to that film is The Hateful Eight. They also report Tarantino has begun to circulate an early draft of the script to some actors he’s interested in appearing in the film. The first is no surprise. It’s his Oscar-winning muse Christoph Waltz. The second is current Oscar-contender Bruce Dern. Filming might take place this summer. Read More »

Starship Troopers

Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
  • That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
  • Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
  • What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
  • The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has talked about the possibility of impending retirement from feature film directing, but that isn’t how things are going down. Instead, Smith seems to be moving into his most fertile period yet. When Red State bowed in 2011 Smith said he would follow it with his final film, the hockey story Hit Somebody. That mutated into a (possible) television series, and Smith had Clerks III on his plate, before announcing the strange horror film Tusk. That was announced this past fall and shot in November, with a bit of work still to do in January.

Indeed, Smith seems to have new directorial vigor, at least when it comes to getting things written and shot. Clerks III remains on the horizon — Smith says a May 2014 shoot window is open — but now there’s another project.

Helena Handbag will be written by Smith based on a a Smodcast story by he and longtime producer Scott Mosier. What’s the tale? In Smith’s own words, “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Read More »

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