The Karate Kid sequel director hired

When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as quick. In 2012, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, was brought on to rewrite the sequel screenplay. Two years later and Sony has hired Breck Eisner to be the Karate Kid sequel director.

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Hansel and Gretel won’t be the only witch hunters headed to the multiplex in the near future. Vin Diesel has just entered talks to play the lead in the similarly themed The Last Witch Hunter, which has had The Crazies and Sahara helmer Breck Eisner signed on to direct since last year.

Hmm. On the one hand, Cory Goodman‘s screenplay landed on the 2010 Black List, and with some competent direction from Eisner and a likable performance from Diesel, this could end up being a fun bit of genre fluff. On the other, Goodman’s other credits include the critically derided Priest and Apollo 18. More after the jump.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the toy box. A film based on the old gel-filled elastic muscleman figure Stretch Armstrong was in development at Universal for a couple years, with Taylor Lautner (Twilight) notoriously attached to star. But like many of the other Universal films once in development based on Hasbro properties, Stretch didn’t make it to production.

Relativity made a pact with Hasbro to develop a different film based on the toy, and the latest move forward has been made public. Breck Eisner, who directed the remake of The Crazies, is now in talks to direct the film. Read More »

The fourth sequel to Die Hard — a movie I’m not convinced that anyone really wants to see — has gone through a few permutations, as Die Hard sequels tend to do. The last director was Noam Murro, who dropped out earlier this year when he was hired to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia. When he bailed, Max Payne director John Moore was quickly mentioned as a possibility, even as further shortlist options were said to include Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn. Reportedly, Gary Fleder, Paul McGuigan and Mikael Hafstrom were also approached.

John Moore has made basically his entire feature career at Fox with films including Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen and Max Payne. Now we’ve got confirmation that he’ll work with Tom Rothman once again to bring John McClane back to the big screen in Die Hard 5. Read More »

A year ago, almost to the day, Summit attached Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) to produce and possibly direct a new genre franchise kick-starter they’ve been setting up titled The Last Witch Hunter. (Guess what it’s about.) The film was one of many projects being stacked atop his very full roster, and as such, was more or less lost in the shuffle. Fast forward until now, and the director’s busy getting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter prepped for production, making it unlikely that any witch hunting would go down anytime soon. But Summit can’t wait around forever. Twilight has been a reliable cash cow to the studio, but the series’ end is imminent, and they’re looking to get their next big money maker off the ground. Enter The Crazies and Sahara director Breck Eisner, who the studio is eyeing to take over the project. Read More »

McG Vying Against Breck Eisner To Direct ‘Ouija’

If one were to use a Quija board to figure out who will be directing the big budget adaptation of the popular party game, the planchette might illuminate the letters M-C-G. McG, the director of Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation, recently wrapped shooting This Means War with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy and pitched his take on the project to Universal on Friday, according to Heat Vision. He’s up against Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies and Sahara, who presented his take on the Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, TRON: Legacy) scripted film the week prior.

All that’s known about the Platinum Dunes produced film is that it’s not the traditional supernatural take on the Quija board. Instead, it’s a big, adventure movie in the tone of Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean and several directors, such as Sylvain White (The Losers) and Pierre Morel (Taken), have pitched the studio to no avail.

With a November 9, 2012 release date already set in place, chances are a director will be named in the coming weeks. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Escape From New York

In April we learned that Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, had signed on to direct the remake of Escape from New York, set up with producer Neal H. Moritz‘s Original Films. The report claimed that Eisner would be developing based on Allan Loeb‘s draft, which sounded horrible.

Earlier this year we learned a bit about the rewrite by the 21/Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps scribe, which is a Snake Plissken origin story combined with some of the plot of the 1981 original. Vulture said the script “nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake’s rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient.” Sounds good right?

Well, they also found a much cheaper way to film the story, by changing destroyed Manhattan into a “geographically undesirable, but intact” privately run penal colony which was created “after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city.” Sounds a horrible idea to me. Much of the appeal of the original film was seeing a post apocalyptic New York City.

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Breck Eisner looks to be the new Len Wiseman or Stephen Sommers — he’s lining up one high concept tentpole after another in the wake of the reasonable opening of his remake of The Crazies. He’s got the Escape From New York remake up next, and is booked for the new Flash Gordon movie and there is still occasional talk about remaking David Cronenberg’s The Brood, though (fortunately) that seems unlikely to happen.

Now he also apparently has an adaptation of the mid-’80s ‘Dracula meets Jack the Ripper’ indie comic book series Blood of the Innocent, which could happen after Escape From New York. Read More »

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