why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

Following the stunning success of Selma, Ava DuVernay found herself in high demand, getting courted for everything from Black Panther to A Wrinkle in Time even as she set up projects at OWN and HBO. But even DuVernay can only be in so many places at once, so this week she’s taking one item off her to-do list. DuVernay has exited DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi project co-written by Colin Trevorrow which has Lupita Nyong’o attached to star.  Read More »

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With Selma, Ava DuVernay went from a Sundance darling to one of the busiest and most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. She flirted with and then turned down Marvel’s Black Panther, she made plans to reunite with Selma star David Oyelowo for a Hurricane Katrina drama, and she got to work developing the drama Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

What she hasn’t done, however, is announced her next feature film. And as of now, a couple of different genre projects are vying to be it. DuVernay is reportedly being courted for both Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Amblin’s Intelligent Life. The former is an adaptation of the childhood classic by Madeleine L’Engle, and the latter is a sci-fi thriller scripted by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

UPDATE: Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks for Intelligent Life, and DuVernay should receive a formal offer in short order. More details below. Read More »

Sundance Panel with Christopher Nolan

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is over, and while you’ll have to wait a little while to see some of the films that played up in the mountains, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy part of the festival right now. In addition to the films that played at Park City, some filmmakers were in attendance for a series of panels talking about the art of film in a variety of ways, and one panel in particular will be worth your time.

Christopher Nolan and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), representing the blockbuster and indie sides of the film industry, sit down for a 90-minute chat about celluloid and their preference for using the physical medium over the digital format. Sweetening the deal are Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Fruitvale Station and Dope cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Read More »

colin trevorrow talks star wars episode 9

Colin Trevorrow is gearing up to direct the ninth installment of Star Wars, and he wants to shoot the movie using film, not digital, cameras. The Jurassic World filmmaker also has been investigating if Star Wars: Episode 9 could be the first narrative feature film to actually shoot in outer space, for real. Hit the jump to learn more about the Star Wars 9 film plans.

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colin trevorrow talks star wars episode 9

The director of Star Wars: Episode 9 was never not going to be controversial. This is the most popular movie franchise in history we’re talking about here – little things raise tempers and lead to arguments arguments, so of course the person put in charge of an entire movie was going to create a tempest by default. However, the hiring of Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow certainly gave that tempest an extra jolt of nerd rage. Because he just directed one of the biggest movies of all time, everyone has an opinion on him and they’re not afraid to share it.

Right now, Trevorrow is in a downright bizarre position: he’s working on a sequel to a sequel that hasn’t even started filming yet. In other words, everyone is casting judgment on him for a movie that he literally cannot talk about except behind very specific closed doors, because the film he’s following up isn’t even due out until 2017. However, when cornered on red carpets at award ceremonies, he has to find something to say, which means that yes, Colin Trevorrow has officially chatted in public about Star Wars: Episode 9.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams and lawrence kasdan

Yes, we know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens just opened about a week ago, so it might be a little early to already start talking about Star Wars: Episode 8. But at the same time, this new era of Star Wars was done well enough to get most fans excited to see where director Rian Johnson takes the sci-fi saga next.

If you’re wondering whether or not J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan intricately planned how the next two installments should play out, the answer is mostly no. But Kasdan says there were ideas about the ultimate end of this new trilogy. Find out what Kasdan had to say, but beware of The Force Awakens spoilers from here on out! Read More »

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As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens obliterated box office records this weekend — including the one set by Jurassic World earlier this year for the biggest opening weekend of all time. But apparently there are no hard feelings on Jurassic World‘s side. Just as the Marvel team congratulated Jurassic World on a job well done when it took over The Avengers‘ record, the Jurassic World gang is gamely toasting Star Wars‘ stellar performance.  Read More »

JJ Abrams Interview

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just a movie, but the beginning of a new trilogy of films. How does a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams balance worrying about this film versus setting up ideas and characters for the rest of the arc? Did he create a treatment for the sequel trilogy with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt? Did he work with Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson and Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow?

At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I sat down with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to learn how the future of the Star Wars saga is being created.
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jurassic world trilogy

Jurassic World made $1.6 billion at the box office this summer, making it the third highest-grossing movie of all time. It was a perfect storm: a beloved film franchise back from the dead, a break from typical summer movie fare (i.e., superheroes), and, most importantly, dinosaurs. People love their dinosaurs. Especially when they’re chasing after those delicious, screaming, far-too-slow humans.

So nobody blinked when Universal announced a sequel with a release date of June 22, 2018. But a sequel isn’t cool. Do you know what’s cool? A trilogy. Because that’s apparently happening now.

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