Dark Tower movie

The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King‘s fantasy/western series of novels, has been in development for some time, with producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman and Erica Huggins conceiving an ambitious plan for interlocked series of films and TV episodes that would tell the sprawling story over a span of several years. Their plan bounced from Universal to Warner Bros. and has seemed dead. But now Sony and Media Rights Capital (MRC) have picked up the Dark Tower movie plan, and are planning to fast-track the first film. Read More »

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Marvel is doing it, DC is doing it, Lucasfilm is doing it, the Ghostbusters are doing it and now it looks like Transformers will be doing it too.

Deadline reports that Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of a A Beautiful Mind (and the writer of Batman and Robin, among other films) is in negotiations with Paramount to lead a brain trust of writers with the aim of upping the output of Transformers movies for the studio. Goldsman will join executive producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura in the hiring of a collection of writers to create “a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films.” Read more about this potential Transformers Cinematic Universe below. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson in Tooth Fairy

Because Dwayne Johnson doesn’t have enough action/adventure franchises already, he could find himself with yet another one on his hands. The actor has confirmed he’ll star in The Janson Directive, based on the book by Bourne author Robert Ludlum. Akiva Goldsman is writing the script.

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live-action Teen Titans TV series

The Teen Titans have been the stars of many comics stories and animated in a multiple TV series, but they’ve never made the leap to live-action. Akiva Goldsman was trying to make a movie at one point, but now he and TNT are near a pilot order for a show called simply Titans. The live-action Teen Titans series would probably be closer to the “New Titans” incarnation of the character set, with a 20-something Nightwing (formerly Batman’s sidekick Robin) leading a team of other heroes and former sidekicks.  Read More »

space invaders movie

Akiva Goldsman has signed on to develop and produce a Space Invaders movie based on the classic Taito video game. Goldsman, who is known for I Am Legend and Hancock, and who just directed Winter’s Tale, will produce with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. More details on the Space Invaders movie after the jump.

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Rio 2 and Muppets Most Wanted have some sweet V-Day messages for you. Also after the jump:

  • Jed Whedon explains why there hasn’t been a Dr. Horrible sequel.
  • Kurt Russell talks Fast & Furious 7 and the Expendables series.
  • Elizabeth Banks reveals a little detail about Pitch Perfect 2.
  • Speaking of which, Brittany Snow will also be back with the Bellas.
  • What would an I Am Legend follow-up have been about?
  • Check out the new toy line for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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Winter's Tale

Winter’s Tale doesn’t lack for sincerity. It’s genuinely invested in the idea of eternal love, and the notion that everything happens for a reason, and the possibility that miracles are happening around us every day, and it tries its very hardest to sell us on these pleasant beliefs. What Winter’s Tale lacks is sense.

Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut is thought-provoking in that it raises lots and lots of questions, but they aren’t of the deep, meaningful, existential variety. Rather, they range from the amusingly trivial (why is Satan wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt in 1915 Manhattan?) to the thoroughly confounding. (Seriously, what is the point of this supposedly epic battle between good and evil?) By the time it was all over, the magical flying horse-slash-guardian angel felt like the most comprehensible thing I’d seen in the past two hours.

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You can’t blame fans for being excited about the idea of a film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. The novel series is King’s biggest and weirdest project by a wide margin, for one. And while the team of Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer may not seem like the best choice to adapt the books (Howard’s more-adult-than-usual Rush notwithstanding) there’s no denying the audacity of their plan, which included at one point multiple films bridged by a couple TV mini-series.

But scoring financial backing for the plan hasn’t been easy, with multiple movie studios passing on the chance to make The Dark Tower, and possible indie financing taking a long time to come together. So is the tower being built, or not? Yes, says Goldsman, but slowly, and with no (publicly revealed) start date in sight. Read More »

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After decades spent writing and producing, Akiva Goldsman is finally trying his hand at feature directing. His first effort is Winter’s Tale, an epic fantasy romance based on Mark Helprin‘s novel of the same title.

Colin Farrell stars as Peter Lake, a thief attempting to rob a mansion in turn of the century New York. Once inside the home, however, he discovers a charming young woman named Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay) who is dying of consumption. The two develop a love powerful enough to span across the ages and maybe even overcome death.

Also starring are Jennifer Connelly as a modern-day woman who gets wrapped up in Peter’s tale, and Russell Crowe as a disgruntled gang boss who’s out to get Peter. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.

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