Ben Affleck Films delayed

Warner Bros. has been in the Ben Affleck business for years, and that relationship only deepened after Affleck’s Argo won the Best Picture Oscar. But there’s a business that seemingly trumps the Ben Affleck biz, and that’s the superhero game. And so while WB has two Affleck films on the slate for the coming months — the already-shot The Accountant, and his next directorial effort Live By Night — the two films have been pushed back.

The supposition is that Warner Bros. is making room for more Batman, including the solo film to be co-written and directed by Affleck. Read More »

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Chris Pratt bootlegging movie

The Real McCoy is a pitch that casts Chris Pratt as a bootlegger, and the quickly developing film has just landed at Universal.  That’s bootlegging as in old-school rum running, not stealing movie content — Pratt would play famed rum runner William McCoy, who operated up and down the eastern seaboard during Prohibition. Read More »

Ben Affleck The Accountant

Ben Affleck is poised to enjoy big success with Gone Girl (above), which opens tomorrow night. Despite having a couple other projects on his plate he has now set a new starring role in another thriller. Affleck is in talks for The Accountant, about “an accountant who doubles as an assassin.” Assuming things go to plan, the film will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Jane Got a Gun). Read More »

After Earth Web 5

M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film and potential comeback After Earth has been moved up one week from June 7 to May 31. It’s a good move on Columbia’s part, as the Will Smith movie can very likely dominate that late May weekend, which is otherwise occupied by Now You See Me and The Purge.

After Earth has Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing a father/son duo who crash land on Earth long after humanity has fled the planet. In the race to signal for rescue, the two men face ferocious Earth-grown dangers and an alien creature that dogs his steps.

After the break, we’ve got info on two more potential Will Smith films. Read More »

Jose Padilha, Brotherhood

After the Elite Squad films, Brazilian director Jose Padilha seemed like a mold-breaking choice to direct the RoboCop remake for MGM. We have to wait to see how that worked out; while many photos have hit the web, we still haven’t seen any footage from the film.

Now Padilha is signing on to a film that sounds more directly in his wheelhouse: The Brotherhood, based on the book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia written by Guy Lawson and William Oldham. The story follows two corrupt cops, each of whom works for a different crime organization, and the third detective who tracks their activities. Read More »

Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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