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 »

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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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It’s been months since Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman began shopping his upscale thriller XOXO, but the project has finally found a home at Lionsgate. After months of negotiation, the studio has just finalized a deal to acquire Heyman’s spec script, described as “Fatal Attraction for the digital age.” As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) are set to produce, along with Kelly Mullen. More details after the jump.

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David Heyman is the man who brought Harry Potter to the big screen. It was he who took a chance on a young author named J.K. Rowling and her story about a young boy wizard and introduced it to Hollywood. That seemed to work out as he’s coming off the eighth and final film of the multi-billion dollar franchise and is now looking for his next major property. That property might be another one about young people and magic: The Night Circus, based on an upcoming book by Erin Morgenstern. The film is set up at Summit and Heyman is nearing a deal to produce. Read more about the book and deal after the jump. Read More »

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So I have a bit of bad news for you guys: It looks as if the Wanted sequel will not be happening after all. Angelina Jolie pulled out of the project to pursue another film.

That is where the good news comes in: Jolie left Wanted 2 to star in Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller titled Gravity. Okay, let me give you guys a minute to catch your breath and calm down, I know this is all coming a bit fast — yes, Cuarón, the master filmmaker behind Children of Men, the best movie in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the classic  Y tu mamá también, will be directing a space thriller, written by his 28-year-old son, Jonás (The Shock Doctrine).What’s it about?

According to Vulture, Jolie will play the sole surviving human member of a space mission, desperately trying to return home to Earth. She will be the only actor on screen for most of the movie. Oh, and did I mention that Jolie isn’t alone on the ship? Jolie will also be playing her daughter.

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Excuse me if this story reads like little more than a really long list of future films but there are so many new movies on the BBC’s slate, and so many of them sound so good, that I want to give them all a quick shout out. There’s going to be something for everyone (well, nearly everyone) in this selection.

We’ll get the previously announced ones out of the way first. Peter Morgan is making his directorial debut with The Special Relationship, a sequel to The Deal and The Queen, both of which he scripted. This one will focus on Blair’s relationship with Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen will reprise his Blair turn, and Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore have been cast as the Clintons. May I suggest that if they are looking for a Monica Lewinski, Martine McCutcheon would be just perfect. Hilariously so.

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