DMZ

After the second American Civil War, Manhattan is classified an independent demilitarized zone, also referred to as the DMZ. There, a photojournalist is stranded and becomes embroiled in complex politics and warring factions. That’s the plot of Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli‘s DC Comic DMZ, which ran from 2005 to 2012. Now, the story is coming to the small screen via some big screen talent. Former Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton have teamed with Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman to bring the comic series to the SyFy network at a TV show. Read More »

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Briefly: The makers of the mobile game Temple Run didn’t invent the “endless runner” by a long shot, but they did nail it with the Indiana Jones-inspired game that casts players as an adventurer on the run from relentless demonic monsters. Temple Run, in fact, is one of those rare success stories that drives legions of competitors. It was created by only three people, and the “freemium” model means the core game is free to play, with various upgrades available at any time to players addicted enough to pay real-world cash for them.

The first game was downloaded over 100 million times in its first year. With the more polished and more challenging sequel and licensed versions tied to films such as Brave and Oz: The Great and Powerful, Temple Run is one of the few unqualified success stories of the mobile game space.

Now it may become a movie, as Warner Bros. is developing a film version with Harry Potter producer David Heyman. There’s no screenwriter on board yet, but the story will, according to THR, hew close to the bare-bones narrative of the game, with “an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces.” Will this be a success similar to 1999′s The Mummy, or another doomed game to film conversion?

The Heat

It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:

  • Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
  • New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
  • Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
  • Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
  • Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
  • See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4

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A genius filmmakers has a brilliant idea. But there are problems: it’s going to cost untold millions of dollars to realize, and he has no clue how to make it happen. Enter a great producer.

This is what happened with Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, Gravity. From the outset, the small space-set movie was incredibly ambitious. No one knew exactly how to make it feel and look like the action was happening in space. So even with two A-list stars attached, the movie was a gamble. It took the watchful eye of a man Warner Bros. truly trusted. That man was David Heyman, the producer primarily responsible for bringing a little franchise called Harry Potter to the studio and making them billions. He’d previously worked with Cuaron on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and was Cuaron’s first phone call when looking for someone to help make his near impossible vision a reality.

/Film had the opportunity to speak to Heyman about this gargantuan task. We asked how Cuaron approached him, how he approached the studio, how you budget a film that is literally inventing technology and what one tiny change took two and half months right under the wire. Check it out below. Read More »

The Fifth Element

Luc Besson wants to make another Fifth Element, kind of. Also after the jump:

  • David Heyman comments on the Harry Potter spinoff
  • Dredd finally gets a sequel… in comic book form
  • A new Terminator comic chronicles the end of the war
  • The newest Cloudy 2 clip features a dramatic entrance
  • See No Evil 2 adds Freddy vs. Jason and Hatchet II stars
  • Mark Wahlberg discusses his kids’ cameo in Transformers
  • Check out the Chinese poster for Transformers 4

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Paddington

Another incredibly popular children’s book series is getting the big screen treatment. This time it’s Paddington, which is about a small bear who travels to London and gets taken in by a kind family. Based on the popular series written by Michael Bond, Oscar-winner Colin Firth will provide the voice of the Paddington bear, Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman will play a villainous taxidermist and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky) are the mother and father. Also appearing in the film, which will be a mixture of live action and CG, are Harry Potter alums Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

David Heyman, producer of Gravity and the Harry Potter films, is producing and Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is directing. It’ll be released in the UK in November 2014 and in the US early 2015. Read More »

It seems like every film based on a popular YA novel with even a hint of romance (see also: The Hunger Games) is being touted as a possible successor to Summit’s The Twilight Saga, but David Heyman‘s adaptation of Erin Morgenstern‘s The Night Circus seems like it stands a better chance than most of actually living up to that promise.

Heyman was the producer who optioned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books for the big screen and spun it into a multi-billion-dollar franchise, after all, so Morgenstern’s dueling-magician fantasy should be right up his alley. And to bring that story to life, he’s now hired a writer who’s had a bit of experience depicting painful longing: Jane Eyre scribe Moira Buffini. More details after the jump.

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Lionsgate’s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is still struggling mightily to get off the ground, and Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on another Grahame-Smith book, won’t be out til next year, but that’s apparently not deterring the writer’s fans in Hollywood. Warner Bros. has just acquired the screen rights to Grahame-Smith’s forthcoming Unholy Night, in an impressive deal said to cost about $2 million. Grahame-Smith is set to pen the adaptation himself, with David Katzenberg, David Heyman, and Jeffrey Clifford producing. More details after the jump.

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