World of Warcraft

Over the weekend I was in San Francisco doing interviews at the junket for Pacific Rim. At the roundtable interviews we were graced with the presence of Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, and he was asked if the World of Warcraft movie was going to begin production in early 2014 as producer Charles Roven told us last month, and explained their plan to finally make a video game movie that doesnt suck.

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Snyder Roven

Christopher Nolan and David Goyer aren’t the only people involved with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel. Producer Charles Roven has been along for the long superhero ride, too. Roven, who produced all those films along with Three Kings, Twelve Monkeys and others, is one of the unheralded architects of Warner Bros. DC line-up.

We sat down with the producer (center, with director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder) on the occasion of the Man of Steel release to talk about the film’s moral dilemmas, the level of destruction, challenges in effects, what the name “Christopher Nolan” meant to the marketing, as well as updates on films he’s attached to from Warcraft to Voltron and Uncharted. Read More »

Justice League by Alex Ross (header size)

As superhero nation flocks to theaters this weekend to see Man of Steel, everyone is going to be talking about what’s next. How is Warner Bros. going to continue expanding the DC Universe? What bits of this film foreshadow that expansion? And what steps will be taken to eventually get to the Justice League?

None of those questions can be fully answered yet, but screenwriter David Goyer has provided some clues. The writer of Batman Begins, Man of Steel, the upcoming Man of Steel 2 and probably even Justice League revealed that not only does Man of Steel set up that larger DC Universe in theaters, Superman’s revelations in the film will directly influence characters in that world. Read his quotes, as well as a updates on Wonder Wonder, Aquaman and The Flash. Read More »

World of Warcraft

Briefly: Late in January of this year, Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) was announced as director of the long-in-development film based on Blizzard’s game world seen in titles like World of Warcraft. Unsurprisingly, news on further developments has been slow in coming as Jones and the films producers craft a plan for the film. At the time Jones was announced, a late 2013 shoot was theorized, with hopes for a 2015 release.

That 2015 release may still be in the cards, but today producer Charles Roven told us that Warcraft is currently planned to shoot in early 2014. “First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie,” Roven told Germain while discussing Legendary’s plans. “We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.”

We’re still in the dark with respect to knowing how Jones will bring the environment of the Warcraft series to the big screen, and if the early 2014 schedule holds it will likely be Comic Con, at the earliest, before we get any real idea of the team’s plan.

Atlas Entertainment co-founder Charles Roven put his weight behind such comic book adaptations as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and it seems he’s not done with the graphic novel format yet. Roven and Atlas Entertainment colleague Alex Gartner have just acquired the movie rights to Langley High, an upcoming book conceived by Benderspink’s JC Spink and Christopher Cosmos about the teenage son of a captured CIA agent. Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, creators of the vampire romance comic Undying Love, have been tapped to write the big-screen adaptation. More details after the jump.

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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s political action thriller Triple Frontier, which has Tom Hanks set to star, is one of the more promising films that might roll film this year. It takes place in the so-called ‘triple frontier’ where the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil intersect, which is reportedly a gangland haven and source of terrorist funding.

But there has been some question about when the movie would actually shoot, and whether it might wait until the Bigelow and Boal team make another quickie political thriller. Now producer Charles Roven has given an update on the project, which suggests it might shoot sooner than we last thought. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises is edging toward production, and just after that Zack Snyder‘s new Superman will be going before cameras. There are a great many lingering questions about both films, and it will be some time before we have definitive answers to most of them.

But Charles Roven, a producer on both films, has dropped a few tidbits of info, not the least being that there will be no Marvel-style crossover between the two movies. Read More »

gilligans island

In late-2008, we told you that Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd Schwartz had signed a deal to bring Gilligan’s Island to the big screen.But we haven’t really heard anything about the big screen adaptation for over a year, until now. Variety reports that Warner Bros is developing the feature film with Atlas Entertainment. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are on board to produce, and screenwriter Brad Copeland has been hired to write the screenplay.

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robin hood future

Ridley Scott isn’t the only man in Hollywood making a Robin Hood movie. Warner Bros is also developing a film based on the classic tale, but with a sci-fi twist. Danish commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig pitched the project, and has signed on to direct. Newcomer Jason Dean Hall, who wrote the Ashton Kutcher Sundance comedy Spread and is working on a big screen adaptation of the video game Blacklight for Fox, has been hired to write the screenplay. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Gianni Nunnari (300, The Departed) are producing the adaptation.

According to RiskyBiz, the story will “be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” The producers describe it as “a futuristic action adventure” that will be “both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood.” The concept sounds like it has a lot of potential (but then again, they really didn’t tell us a heck of a lot). Fuglsig has directed a couple of commercials I’ve admired over the past few years, including one of my favorite commercials of all time. Check out some of his selected work in our commercial director spotlight.