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 »

‘Premium Rush’ Bumped to August

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 »

‘Premium Rush’ Trailer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush

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 »

Ron Howard Attached to Direct ‘Spy Vs. Spy’

Is The Dark Tower in danger of dying? It looked like that might be the case not long ago, but Universal asked for some script changes and budget cuts, which director Ron Howard recently said were not terribly deep or radical. The project looked like it might be able to shoot next spring.

But last night we heard that Ron Howard was attached to direct the Formula One movie Rush that hopes to shoot this year. That didn’t have to mean The Dark Tower was dead, as he could (conceivably, if not easily) make that film while Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman prepped the Stephen King adaptation this fall.

But now Ron Howard is also attached to a film version of the classic Mad Magazine strip Spy Vs. Spy, and his name is also being thrown around in conjunction to a version of Frankenstein that Max Landis is writing for Fox, which reportedly tells the story from Igor’s point of view. It looks like Frankenstein is not a film that he’ll direct, but the talk in general seems to imply that The Dark Tower might fall. Read More »

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