Johnny Depp‘s The Lone Ranger died at the box office last weekend, and looks likely to land as one of his films that finds particularly minor traction in the minds of audiences. In other words, most of the people who’ll remember The Lone Ranger in ten years are those who made and paid for it. Kinda like Secret Window, a decent film that Depp and David Koepp made together almost a decade a ago (released in 2004) but which has fallen between the cracks of Pirates releases and other big-ticket stuff featuring the actor.
Now Depp and Koepp (which would have been a great name for a vaudeville duo) are getting back together to adapt The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, a crime novel with comedic overtones. The resulting film will likely be called simply Mortdecai, and represents the end of a development effort that Depp has been trying to keep moving for a while. Read More »
The sequel news today involves from pretty big franchises, or some high-profile ones at least. After the break read about the following:
- One Expendables film was enough for Chuck Norris,
- David Koepp is no longer working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel,
- The Girl Who Played With Fire remains in development, but David Fincher’s participation as director remains uncertain,
- and the UK comedy The Inbetweeners is looking likely for sequelization.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a plucky, intense bike messenger in David Koepp‘s Premium Rush, and Columbia has released a new trailer for the film in advance of its August opening. The studio dropped a fairly middling trailer last year that opened with a dodgy voice-over, and this version thankfully eliminates most of that. This is also a more fast-paced look at the movie, with an emphasis on action. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
If the current wave of prequels, sequels, threequels, remakes, reboots, and retellings is wearing you down, the good news is that Paramount and Warner Bros. have just put a couple of original sci-fi projects on our horizon. Paramount is teaming up with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot for an untitled thriller from “rising scribes” Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, while Warner Bros. has hired commercials director Nic Mathieu to make his feature film debut on The Wind, from Mission: Impossible writer David Koepp.
So far, so promising. But there is one catch: We have little idea what either of them are about, because the plotlines are being kept under tight wraps. Read about what we do know after the jump.
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So does this mean that Charlize Theron‘s evil queen doesn’t die at the end of Snow White and the Huntsman? We had some idea that Universal envisions the movie as the beginning of its own Lord of the Rings-style action/fantasy franchise, and the very good response to Huntsman footage so far has pushed the studio to move forward with plans for a sequel.
And so Universal is now in talks with David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Premium Rush) to write a Huntsman sequel. Read More »
Paramount has spent a couple years trying to engineer a new film based on Tom Clancy‘s character Jack Ryan, previously seen in films like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, where he was played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, respectively.
Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) has been attached to play Ryan for quite some time, but the project has gone through a parade of writers, and even with director Jack Bender (Lost) attached, couldn’t quite get moving.
Bender left the project recently, which left us wondering if it was going to go the way of the Cold War. But now Kenneth Branagh, who last worked with Paramount and Marvel Studios on Thor, is in talks to direct the new Jack Ryan film. Read More »
Sony and Columbia have evidently decided that David Koepp‘s bicycle chase thriller Premium Rush is going to do well with a summer audience. The film has been bumped back from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012. There’s nothing else on that date right now, possibly because late August is a summer dead zone. But perhaps Koepp’s film can build an audience there.
Premium Rush stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an impetuous bike messenger in New York City who finds himself becoming an object of great attention for the NYPD after he makes a package pickup. Hot on his heels is Michael Shannon as a cop with a violent temper — seeing Shannon chew some scenery is probably the best reason to check out the film. And Jamie Chung plays another daredevil messenger.
If you missed the trailer when we ran it in September, you can hit the jump to check it out now. Read More »
The new version of The Thin Man, which Johnny Depp set in motion at Warner Bros. last year, is still moving forward. The star has wanted to make a new film based on Dashiell Hammett‘s classic novel (which already spawned a six-film series and a television show) and last year roped in his Pirates 4 director Rob Marhsall to direct. Now Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Breach) has been hired to draft a new script. Read More »
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Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for David Koepp‘s chase thriller Premium Rush which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger who somehow gets involved in a chase across New York City. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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I think any lingering interest I had in Johnny Depp‘s remake of The Thin Man, to be directed by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall, just evaporated. It’s the one-two punch of hiring David Koepp to write the script, and the fact that part of the plan is to create a version of The Thin Man that has “a Sherlock Holmes-like stylized treatment.” (With Holmes there referring to the Guy Ritchie movie that has become a near-ubiquitous touchstone when talking about a period film with comic action leanings.) Read More »