SELMA

With Selma, Ava DuVernay went from a Sundance darling to one of the busiest and most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. She flirted with and then turned down Marvel’s Black Panther, she made plans to reunite with Selma star David Oyelowo for a Hurricane Katrina drama, and she got to work developing the drama Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

What she hasn’t done, however, is announced her next feature film. And as of now, a couple of different genre projects are vying to be it. DuVernay is reportedly being courted for both Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and Amblin’s Intelligent Life. The former is an adaptation of the childhood classic by Madeleine L’Engle, and the latter is a sci-fi thriller scripted by Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

UPDATE: Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks for Intelligent Life, and DuVernay should receive a formal offer in short order. More details below. Read More »

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Skull Island writer

There’s some cross-pollination between the current generation of movies featuring giant beasts. Legendary and Universal have people in Hawaii getting ready to shoot Kong: Skull Island, and as is often the case with a big film like this, work on the script is ongoing as final decisions are made. To finish the last run on the Skull Island script, Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been brought in to polish things up before cameras roll.  Read More »

Jurassic World Sequel Announced For 2018

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Jurassic World dominated the box office, becoming the third largest grossing movie of all time and having the #1 global opening of all-time. And now Universal Pictures has announced that a Jurassic World sequel will hit theaters in 2018. Find out more, after the jump.

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.

In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.

After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).

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Flight of the Navigator remake

In November 2012, it was revealed that director Colin Trevorrow had been hired by Disney to work on a new version of the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator, in which a young boy disappears, only to return home eight years later, without appearing to have aged at all.

It has been a few years since the announcement, and Trevorrow’s new film Jurassic World hits theaters this weekend. During my interview with the filmmaker I asked for a status update on the Flight of the Navigator remake, to which he has been attached alongside his Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly. But it sounds like the project is no longer in the works, at least not with Trevorrow involved. Find out what happened and learn about his take on the remake, after the jump.

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World, the new film from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, will be released on June 12. Now the director has his follow-up project set. Trevorrow will write the script for sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life with his creative partner Derek Connolly, and is attached to direct the film for Dreamworks.  Read More »

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Briefly: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey have spent years developing films, some for Downey to star in. Now they’ve cooked up a new story, called Cloaked, with writer Derek Connolly. The scribe’s name is one you should know, as he’s the co-writer (with director Colin Trevorrow) on Jurassic World. (He also did a rewrite of the Paramount film Monster Trucks that we’ve been trying to ignore as it casts up.)

Will Downey star in Cloaked? At this point we don’t know. The actor came up with the original pitch for the script, and he and his wife developed it with Connolly. Deadline calls the story “a supernatural horror comedy in the vein of An American Werewolf In London,” and reports that Warner Bros. has picked it up to develop further.

Add another mystery Pixar project to the pile. Derek Connolly, the writer of the indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, has been revealed to be writing a mystery Pixar script for Teddy Newton, the director of the Oscar-nominated short film Day & Night, which played before Toy Story 3.

We know Pixar has at least four films at different stages of development, none of which are this project. There’s 2013’s Monsters University, 2014’s The Good Dinosaur, 2015’s Untitled Pete Docter Brain movie and the undated Lee Unkrich Day of the Dead movie. It’s also widely known, but unconfirmed from the studio, that Andrew Stanton is working on Finding Nemo 2, and a recent Disney press release dated an untitled Pixar film for November 2015. Timing-wise, that’s unlikely to be Connolly’s film; more likely it is Unkrich’s or something else.

Regardless, we now know of a new Pixar film in the works. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Over the past couple weeks, Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow landed at the center of the Star Wars Episode VII rumor mill. The reason for his pole position is simple: Trevorrow made the mistake of talking about working on a new version of a Disney project that has a big fan cachet. So as soon as Disney bought LucasFilm and the new Star Wars films were announced, people started to connect the dots. They did so wrongly, and Trevorrow said this week that Star Wars is not in his future.

Now we know what is: a new version of the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator, in which a young boy disappears, only to return home eight years later, without appearing to have aged at all. Read More »