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Ron Howard‘s latest film, Rush, isn’t even yet in theaters across most of the world, but the filmmaker is already making his next movie.

That movie is Heart of the Sea, a period adventure film based on a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick. It tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. Working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Avatar sequels) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Warcraft), production started two weeks ago in the UK but Warner Bros. just officially announced the shoot. Below, read the press release which has a ton of other information on the film. Read More »

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Legendary’s World of Warcraft adaptation is down a director, now that Sam Raimi‘s no longer attached, but don’t write it off just yet. The studio’s apparently determined to soldier on, and to that end has jump started its efforts by hiring screenwriter Charles Leavitt.

This marks the first bit of forward movement we’ve heard about since 2010, though with no one at the helm World of Warcraft is actually still a step behind where it was at that point. If all goes well with Leavitt, Legendary hopes to take the next step by picking a director in the next few months. Read more after the jump.

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Chris Hemsworth has been part of three major film releases this year: The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Cabin in the Woods, and he plays one of the lead roles in Ron Howard’s upcoming racing film Rush. But with a sequel to Thor shooting soon and a sequel to Huntsman likely happening next year, he hasn’t signed on to as many new project as some other hot young actors.

But now he’s attached to a film that could leverage some of the appeal he brought to Thor, in a slightly different way. In the Heart of the Sea is a book by Nathaniel Philbrick that recounts a two hundred year old whaling story, in which a whaling ship is attacked and destroyed by a sperm whale. The tale features classic heroism, a struggle for survival, and even cannibalism.

Now Hemsworth is attached to play the lead while the film looks for a studio home. The interesting bit is that (speaking of…) the voyage detailed in the book is the one that inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Read More »

Jeff Bridges trains an apprentice in the ways of dark magic to fight an evil witch played by Julianne Moore…and I’m sold. That’s the plot to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) and written by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight from the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It just went into production aimed at a February 8, 2013 release date and Legendary revealed a new piece of concept art from the film on the occasion of the launch of their new website.

Check it out in all its glory, as well as read the official plot description of the film – which also stars Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington – after the break. Read More »

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