Like a monster through a city, major shifts are happening in the world of Godzilla. The film, which premiered concept footage at Comic-Con in July and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), is already set with a May 16, 2014 release date. Now, two of the film’s major producers – Dan Lin and Roy Lee — have left the project. In addition, Oscar-nominated writer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) has been brought on to do a final rewrite. Both of those things are happening just weeks before the film is set to start shooting in March. There are more details after the jump.
UPDATE: A short list of actors Warner Bros. is interested has now been revealed, including Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who has passed) and Man of Steel star Henry Cavill. Plus we know where the movie will shoot. Read more below. Read More »
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Briefly: We haven’t seen Chris Tucker on screens since Rush Hour 3, but he’s now attached to The Rabbit, a spec script that was just bought by Warner Bros. What’s the movie about? Great question. Deadline, which relates info about the sale, only knows that we should “think Midnight Run,” which suggests buddy comedy, some action, and some thriller-ish elements. Which leaves us knowing basically nothing.
Micah Barnett wrote the script, and Dan Lin is producing. The latter point, plus the idea that Chris Tucker might be in the film, tells us a bit more, as Lin’s producer credits include The Invention of Lying and the Sherlock Holmes movies. So: comedic and mainstream. But you could have guessed that. Micah Bernett has also seen his script The Merc List optioned by Paranormal Activity producers Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — that’s a “futuristic thriller,” but we haven’t heard anything about that sale since 2009. We’ll see if this one goes anywhere. I always hope for the Chris Tucker who briefly appeared in Jackie Brown when a new role crops up for him, but history has taught me to expect more along the lines of Rush Hour.
It’s like it’s 2003 all over again. Or 2007. Spy Hunter may not be the video game that has had the most failed movie development attempts, but after having John Woo, Paul WS Anderson and Dwayne Johnson keen to get it off the ground, it is one of the more high profile denizens of development hell. Now Warner Bros is said to be hoping to rev the engine on Midway’s classic Interceptor once more. Read More »
We last reported nearly a year ago that Warner Brothers was aiming to develop a live-action film version of Tom and Jerry, with the titular cat and mouse being CG. Needless to say, it seemed like a bad idea. Just recently our pal Frosty got a chance to speak with the film’s producer, Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Salvation), and they also chatted about Lin’s upcoming CG adaptation of the fantasy epic comic Bone. We learn what drove him to work on those projects, and also find out quite a bit on Bone — which has the potential to be all sorts of awesome if done right.
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In January, it was revealed that a new Tomb Raider movie was in development. Not a sequel but a complete reboot of the series. About.com was able to catch up with producer Dan Lin and find out a little more about the project. Lin reveals that the film will be a “very character orientated” origin story, which hopes to take a “more realistic” tone than past Tomb raider movies.I guess this means we won’t be seeing Lara punching any sharks this time around.
He also says it will be a younger Lara Croft, which has some sites assuming that he means teenage. Megan Fox had been the subject of Internet rumors surrounding the project earlier this year. And while casting has yet to begin (it still sounds like they’re in the story development phase), who knows?
Well, it looks like Guy Ritchie (right) and Joel Silver’s Sgt. Rock will have to wait. Ritchie will direct Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros., an adaptation of producer Lionel Wigram‘s upcoming comic book. Neil Marshall was previously attached to helm, and WB has said that the film will have the same realism and seriousness as Batman Begins. Mirroring our modern man (yeah, right), this iteration of Holmes will focus more on the character’s formidable pugilism, swordsmanship (hello, ladies) and an appetite for, yep, adventure. Dan Lin (The Departed, 10,000 BC, Terminator 4) will co-produce.
Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th Century, some of the British detective’s “Victorian stuffiness” will be nixed for the 2010 film. Whether this means no appearance by Holmes’s silly hat, monocled fashion, or his signature pipe was not specified. Dr. John H. Watson will remain Holmes’s affable sidekick. Let’s hope Watson’s not reenvisioned as a bitchin’ kite-surfer with an addiction to
narcotics Red Bull.
Ritchie is clearly untested when it comes to studio blockbusters, and I wonder how much of his frenetic style will transfer over. But it sounds like a cool project for him and I’m glad it’s a Brit in the director’s chair. And a cool movie for audiences too, as long as the dizzying sleuth-dom isn’t overshadowed by madcap stunts a la a Brosnan Bond or with rapper actors. I’ve always wanted to see DDL play Holmes (who wouldn’t), and I’m really curious to see who lands the two main roles here. Sounds like WB will be “casting up,” which always brightens the day at Slashfilm.
Discuss: Who for Holmes? Who for Watson? Do you see Ritchie making a cool film?
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If you eagerly went to the local comic book store on weekends throughout the ’90s you no doubt recognize the lil’ white dude above named Fone Bone. Created by artist Jeff Smith, the Bone comics remain one the industry’s biggest DIY success stories, published independently from 1991 to 2004. Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to the comics and is planning a feature film. It’s undecided whether the film will be animated or live-action or a fantastical mixture of both. Dan Lin, who is also attached to a He-Man movie, is on board to produce with Smith executive producing.
Winner of numerous awards, the Bone series follows a family of three bald, white, cartoonish characters named Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone on their adventures throughout a fantasy world populated by predatory creatures. They are all wistful to return to their homeland, called Boneville, from which they were kicked out, and are taken under the wing of a human gal named Thorn Harvestar and her grandmother. They learn of a mysterious evil force called Lord of the Locusts that pervades the land.
What makes this project promising is that it’s original, quite mature source material and Smith is known not to compromise. Many years ago Nickelodeon Films was set to make an animated Bone feature, but Smith balked when they suggested that it take on a child-like tone, complete with songs by Britney Spears. Chalk this news up to a big W.
Discuss: Cool news to you? Who should voice (or play, if applicable, lol) the Bone cousins?