As the Harry Potter franchise ends, one question being mulled in some executive quarters is: what will director David Yates do next? Primarily a television director prior to helming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, David Yates oversaw the last half of the Potter franchise in a way that balanced fan and studio interest. His previous television success (most notably with State of Play) will for some time be overshadowed by Harry Potter. Warner Bros. clearly likes him, so what is his next move?

Not long ago he said he would like to make something small before jumping back onto something as big as Potter, and he’s been linked to the Al Capone biopic Cicero. Now Tom Hardy is reportedly attached to play Capone, and David Yates may also be offered a couple of huge genre projects: adaptations of Stephen King‘s novel The Stand, and of the comic series Fables. Read More »

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For the past year Warner Bros. has been moving forward with development of Tales From the Gangster Squad, a movie based on LA Times reports about attempts to curtail the movement of organized crime into LA in the ’40s. A litany of possible directors was considered last year, including Ben Affleck, Paul Greengrass, Darren Aronofsky and more. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) finally got the job, and WB has now greenlit the film and casting is in progress. Read More »

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