Snow White and the Huntsman 2 director could be Frank Darabont

Who is Universal Pictures talking to to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2? None other than the director of big screen adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and show-runner of the first season of The Walking Dead. If the talks end with a contract signing, the Snow White and the Huntsman 2 director will be Frank Darabont

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Snow White and the Huntsman - Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart

Whether you loved, hated, embraced or ignored Snow White and the Huntman, there’s one sure fire way to make most of us interested in a sequel. Hire Frank Darabont to direct it. And that might happen.

The Shawshank Redemption filmmaker, who last directed The Mist in 2007, is among the names Universal is reportedly looking at to direct the hopeful 2016 release Snow White and the Huntsman 2 starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. The other two, more realistic options, are Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Read More »

gavin o'conner massacre in the himalayas

Gavin O’Connor, who made Warrior and jumped on to direct the western Jane Got a Gun when it floundered after Lynne Ramsay exited the project, has a new film. O’Connor is now set to make a film with the lurid title Massacre in the Himalayas. The action-adventure is based on the Men’s Journal story by Freddie Wilkinson, which tells of a group of mountain climbers who go through hell when attacked by extremist terrorists in Pakistan. Read More »

‘Jane Got a Gun’ Now Set for February 2015

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Briefly: Months ago, Gavin O’Connor‘s film Jane Got a Gun was one of the most talked about films in Hollywood. Now, after a quiet period and some schedule changes, there’s a new Jane Got a Gun release date set for February 20, 2015. Read More »

‘Warrior’ Director to Remake ‘Tell No One’

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Briefly: A remake of the French thriller Tell No One, which involves murder and layers of deception, has been in the works for years, with a variety of directors including Ben Affleck and Andrew Dominik attached to the movie. Now Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is in talks to make the movie as a follow-up to Jane Got a Gun. Chris Terrio scripted the remake,

Here’s a synopsis of the original film: Eight years ago, pediatrician Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet) was the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. He’s put all that behind him, but now that two dead bodies have been found near his home, he’s suspected of wrongdoing once again. The case takes an unexpected turn when he receives an anonymous e-mail showing his wife alive — and eight years older — instructing him to “tell no one.” [Variety]

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Jane Got a Gun has changed so much in the last couple months that I don’t have any idea what to expect at this point. Original director Lynne Ramsay departed right on the eve of shooting (and still hasn’t spoken publicly about the reason for doing so) and that began a cycle of cast changes that continues weeks later.

Last week Bradley Cooper walked away from playing the film’s bad guy, reportedly because of scheduling conflicts with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and his generally busy schedule. Indeed, Russell’s movie was thrown into a bit of chaos thanks to the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt, and so that’s a plausible reason. But after all the upheaval on the western that is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that scheduling was the only issue.

Regardless, Ewan McGregor has now stepped in to play the leader of a gang of outlaws. Among the gang was the husband of Jane (Natalie Portman), but he leaves the gang and heads for home, leading her to recruit an old flame (Joel Edgerton) to help defend her homestead in case the outlaws come calling.

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Bradley Cooper

I don’t believe in curses, but if I did I’d be inclined to believe Jane Got a Gun was suffering from one. Bradley Cooper has just dropped out of the notoriously troubled Western, making him the third actor to do so in just two months. Joel Edgerton, Natalie Portman, and Noah Emmerich remain on board.

Producers are now scrambling to find a replacement, and are reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hiddleston as possibilities. Hit the jump for more details.

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Noah Emmerich Rounds Out ‘Jane Got a Gun’ Cast

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For the past several weeks, the casting of Jane Got a Gun has played like an extra-handsome version of musical chairs. First Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton were in, then Fassbender departed and Edgerton took his place. Jude Law was brought in to take Edgerton’s old slot, but then he left too. Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Bridges were eyed as potential replacements for Law, before Bradley Cooper finally booked the part.

But one seat has remained steadily empty throughout the process, until now. Noah Emmerich will round out the cast of the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western as Natalie Portman‘s husband, whose betrayal of his gang sets the rest of the plot in motion. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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