Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just a movie, but the beginning of a new trilogy of films. How does a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams balance worrying about this film versus setting up ideas and characters for the rest of the arc? Did he create a treatment for the sequel trilogy with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt? Did he work with Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson and Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow?
At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I sat down with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to learn how the future of the Star Wars saga is being created.
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Continuing my coverage from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens junket, today I bring you Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who helps to explain how the Star Wars anthology movies (i.e., the “A Star Wars Story” films) will be different from the Star Wars Saga movies. Along the way we might even learn something about the rumored Boba Fett movie. Hit the jump and learn how the Star Wars standalone movies will be different.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ant-Man and the Wasp may not be a heist movie, but it’s currently in the “getting the gang back together” phase of any good heist movie. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly were basically confirmed to return the second the film was announced (those are their character’s names in the title, after all). Director Peyton Reed soon followed, and so, it seems, has writer Adam McKay. Now scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are set to come back as well.
More about the Ant-Man and the Wasp writers after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Someone in Hollywood is going to make an Evel Knievel movie and one of our great living filmmakers is going to be sucked into the project. For awhile, it looked like that would be Darren Aronofksy, with Channing Tatum putting on that famous jacket for Sony. But Aronofksy then departed the project to make a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and an Arnold Schwarzenegger revenge film.
Now, Paramount is prepping a rival Evel Knievel biopic and they’re pulling out all the stops. They don’t have star with Tatum’s clout attached, but they do have Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan. Oh, and they have the attention of director Martin Scorsese.
Hit the jump for more on the Scorsese Evel Knievel movie.
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Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Any movie franchise with a 53-year history is going to have some stories of things that never happened and what could have been. Fans of the James Bond films always like to play the “What If?” game. What if George Lazenby had hung around for more movies after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? What if The Spy Who Loved Me could have actually seen the return of Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E., as originally intended? And now we have a new one to ponder: What if Peter Morgan‘s concept for the film that would eventually become Skyfall was filmed?
Morgan, a two-time Oscar nominee for penning The Queen and Frost/Nixon, contributed a treatment titled Once Upon a Spy, which was ultimately rejected by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. And we can see why – this lost James Bond movie would have taken 007 into territory that would’ve been a little too dark, even for Daniel Craig‘s morally gray run with the character.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Earlier this year, screenwriter Doug Jung joined Simon Pegg aboard the Enterprise to finally get that Star Trek Beyond script into shooting shape. Though it’ll be some time before we see how their efforts turned out, Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, at least, seem pleased with the results so far. They’ve re-teaming with Jung to get the ball rolling on another of their projects, the low-budget sci-fi God Particle. Read More »
Hollywood has been trying to remake the science fiction film Logan’s Run for a long time now. So long that we’ve written about it over 20 times on /Film over the past 10 years.
X-Men series helmer Bryan Singer was originally on board to reboot the concept in 2005 , before dropping out for Superman Returns. Commercial director Joseph Kosinski briefly entertained the idea of directing the film before finding Tron Legacy over at Disney. Carl Erik Rinsch was developing the remake with Sunshine/28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, but moved on to 47 Ronin. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn developed the project as a Ryan Gosling vehicle for a year and a half with two writers (Andrew Baldwin and Will Beall). After Gosling and Refn dropped out, Bioshock creator Ken Levine was hired to get the long-in-the-works reboot on track.
In July, Simon Kinberg was the latest person to be brought on board to try to get the project going again. Kinberg, who already has his hands pretty full with the Star Wars and X-Men universes, is writing a treatment for the sci-fi remake, which he hopes to produce alongside Joel Silver (who has been on the project from the beginning of this whole development cycle). Kinberg reveals his vision for a Logan’s Run franchise and gives an update on the search for a director, after the jump.
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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.
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Okay, so today ends the abundance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news breaks as the Entertainment Weekly cover story has been released. After the jump you can find a round-up of all the new information we haven’t previously covered, including the final Force Awakens running time, the answer to if Starkiller base is another Death Star, Lawrence Kasdan talkimg about “starting from scratch” when he came on to rework Michael Arndt’s script, details on Kylo Ren and General Hux’s relationship and motivations, Daisy Ridley’s funny Harrison Ford story and much more. We also have a 47 second preview that aired on Disney XD in the UK which features a bunch of new footage.
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Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
James Wan‘s Aquaman went fishing and caught itself another new writer. David Leslie Johnson has been brought on board to pen the DC superhero movie, which already has Jason Momoa attached to play the lead. Johnson recently worked with Wan on The Conjuring 2: The Entfield Poltergeist, which is shooting now. More on the new Aquaman writer after the jump. Read More »