As the American Film Market goes on, we see a lot of synopsis and sales art releases for upcoming films. A lot of times these aren’t all that illuminating, because the synopsis info just rehashes what we already know, and the sales art is created before anything is ever shot, so at best it can only get across the most basic idea of the film. (Comepare, for example, the sales art for Drive to the final posters.)

But Louis Leterrier has a movie shooting early next year called Now You See Me that might be worth highlighting once more. I’m interested in the film because it represents a break from the movies Leterrier has done in the past (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) and in part because it has a pretty impressive cast led by Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg. The sales art out of AFM positions the film, tonally, in Ocean’s Eleven territory, while the synopsis clarifies a few roles for some of the actors. Both are below. Read More »

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As far as Paramount is concerned, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol seems to have come off well and should be a promising lead-in to a new phase of the series in which Jeremy Renner can take over from Tom Cruise. So the architects of that fourth M:I film, screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, have been hired to tackle another big property that the studio wants to revitalize as a franchise: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read More »

Earlier this week the rather promising story cropped up that J.J. Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were pitching networks on a new show with comedy elements that would star Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn from Lost? Well, NBC has gone for the show. There’s no season order yet (way too early for that) but this is a step closer to the project hitting the air.

According to Vulture, NBC got the rights to the show and made a pilot commitment. The title we’d reported before, Odd Jobs, was the temp title, but has been left behind. As far as we know, this would still have Emerson and O’Quinn playing former black ops agents, possibly in a suburban setting. Appelbaum and Nemec are the writers and exec producers, with Abrams and Bryan Burk also exec producing. More on this one as we get it.

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Briefly: I’m convinced that J.J. Abrams has a closet packed with Abrams clones, as that is the only possible explanation for the steady stream of news we’ve had lately about new projects from the guy. The latest is a report of an Abrams pitch for a new TV show that would reunite Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, aka John Locke and Benjamin Linus, as ‘former black-ops agents.’

Vulture has the report, saying that Abrams and collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were pitching a ‘comedic drama’ tentatively called Odd Jobs, which would bring together Emerson and O’Quinn as the agents. This is just the latest news of a possible show featuring the two actors, which began in February when the pair said they were working on a possible post-Lost project. (One possibility mentioned then was a show that would feature the two as ‘suburban hit men,’ which could have become this setup.) At this point it is just a possibility, but it’s a ramping up of several months’ worth of rumor, so stay tuned…

Mission: Impossible 4 To Be Reworked?

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Last month it was reported that Alias‘ scribes Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec had turned in their script for the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible 4, but would the box office for Cruise’s action/comedy Knight and Day effect the upcoming spy action sequel? Knight and Day pulled in a mildly disappointing $61.8 million domestically after a month of release, and it now appears that Paramount might be reworking the script to introduce “a young operative” for Ethan Hunt to mentor (ie another, more bankable star, to put on the poster and sell in tv spots and trailers).

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We’re in speculation-ville here, so don’t take this all too seriously yet. The short answer to the headline’s question: probably not in a huge way. Mission: Impossible is an established franchise with an audience base and an appeal that goes beyond Tom Cruise, so even if Cruise’s action comedy Knight and Day doesn’t find an audience, the prospects for Mission: Impossible 4 shouldn’t be ruled out.

But with a new draft of the script in hand at Paramount and the final green light decision approaching, there’s a speculative report that Paramount is thinking hard about how to approach the fourth film in the super-spy franchise. Read More »

JJ Abrams Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible 3

When it was first announced that JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise were reteaming to co-produce a fourth Mission Impossible film, a lot of factors were unknown. Would it be a reboot, a spinoff? Would Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt? Would JJ Abrams also direct? Well now we finally have our answer — Paramount Pictures has signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in M:I-IV. The bad news is that JJ Abrams is sitting this one out.

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