The Only Living Boy in New York

Miles Teller is doing a movie with Marc Webb. The Amazing Spider-Man director has balanced a commitment to Fox Searchlight and the desire to do other indies with his work for Sony. Now he’s prepping a return to the indie scene with The Only Living Boy in New York, about a young man who gets involved with the same woman his father is having an affair with. The Whiplash star is going to rock the lead role. Read More »

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Disney’s Bob the Musical has been in the works for a full decade at this point, but it’s been slow going. One of the last updates we got on it was that 21 Jump Street‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were negotiating to direct, but even that ultimately amounted to nothing as they’ve since moved on. However, it finally seems to be gaining some fresh momentum as Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the musical comedy.

As for what’s inspired this sudden uptick in activity, well, we’re not privy to the conversations that took place. But if we had to guess, we’d say that Frozen‘s lasting success probably had a little something to do with it — Bob the Musical has long had Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write the tunes. Hit the jump for the latest on this long-gestating project.

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Damon Lindelof’s spent the years since Lost racking up high-profile movie credits like Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, and Star Trek 2, but the other Lost showrunner, Carlton Cuse, has kept a pretty low profile for the most part. That could be about to change, however, as he has a few different things brewing at the moment.

Among the projects Cuse has been working on are a movie set up at Fox with Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman attached and a Psycho-inspired TV series for A&E. Now we can add to that list San Andreas: 3D, the earthquake epic developing over at New Line. More details after the jump.

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Let me say one thing first: this is the sort of role I think Tom Cruise does well. A variation on the arrogant, overbearing personality with a core of self-doubt has served him well in a few films here and there. So I hoped that playing big-time rock star Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman‘s ’80s cock rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages might work, too. But based on this new full-length trailer, I don’t think anything really works in Rock of Ages. I know there will be people who dig this, and given that it took time and effort to create I hope someone digs it. Go forth and have a great time, please. But I can’t lie: this one made me cringe more than I would have expected to.

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For me, the best part of the trailer for Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages is the prominent display of the Motorhead logo in the first few seconds. After that it’s all downhill. The film adapts the stage ‘jukebox musical’ with Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough playing wide-eyed kids caught up in the mid-’80s LA rock scene. Well, they’re caught up in a vision of that scene, at least, as filtered through comedy, nostalgia and the parameters of the movie musical. Check out the trailer below, which holds the reveal of Tom Cruise‘s rocker Stacee Jaxx until the very end. Read More »

Considering what a big part of life earthquakes are in sunny Southern California, what big moneymakers disaster films can be, and how obsessed Hollywood is with 3D spectacle at the moment, I’m a little surprised San Andreas: 3D isn’t a thing that already exists. But no, New Line has just announced the new project, which as the title suggests revolves around a huge earthquake that hits the famed California fault line and causes widespread destruction in three action-packed dimensions.

Allan Loeb, whose previous works include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and 21, has written the script, with Beau Flynn (Journey to the Center of the Earth) on board to produce. More details after the jump.

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Columbia Pictures have announced that they have optioned the rights to Neil Strauss‘s non-fiction book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life. Strauss is probably best known for his bestselling pickup book The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists, which has also been in development for the past couple years (with Ari Sandel now working to bring it to the big screen, with Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel is rewriting Dan Weiss‘ script). Robert Downey Jr is producing the project as a possible starring vehicle with Allan Loeb (Wall Street 2, Dilemma) writing the screenplay.

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Escape From New York

A couple years back, New Line Cinema was trying to remake John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi actioner Escape from New York. They first hired Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman, who got replaced with Brett Ratner. I wasn’t excited about either of the two filmmakers rebooting Snake Plissken, although Wiseman’s production design background made him the better choice of the two. This is a time right after 300 made huge bank at the box office, resulting in the casting of Gerard Butler as the new Plissken. The project thankfully fell into the wayside, never to be heard from again… until now.

Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, has signed on to direct the remake of Escape from New York, set up with producer Neal H. Moritz‘s Original Films. HeatVision says they will be sticking with Allan Loeb‘s draft, which “tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.”

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