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It’s probably a pretty good day for Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. Mega producer Graham King and Fundamental Films have partnered up and locked up the rights to the writer’s Extreme Universe, for an estimated price in the seven-figure range. King is teaming up with screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman to attempt to turn the Extreme Universe into a franchise.

Below, learn more about possible Extreme Universe movies.

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Tomb Raider story details

Producer Graham King (Allied) has said before the Tomb Raider reboot will show how Lara Croft became such an adventurous, globe-trotting archaeologist. Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is set to play the British video game character in director Roar Uthaug‘s (The Wave) film, which King recently described as a “back to the roots story.” He also divulged details of Croft’s first adventure.

Below, get some Tomb Raider story details.

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Hyperion TV series

The Dan Simmons novel Hyperion, along with its companion/second-half novel The Fall of Hyperion, is one of the great modern works of science fiction. With a story of seven characters on a pilgrimage to enter a time-warped tomb, the story adopts the structure of the Canterbury Tales to weave together disparate genres, the influence of poetry by John Keats, and far-flung science fiction concepts.

Bradley Cooper has wanted to adapt Hyperion for many years; some time ago he even lobbied to get the gig writing the script. Now he, along with Graham King and Todd Phillips, is producing a Hyperion TV series for Syfy. Read More »

Of the nine movies currently up for Best Picture, Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo is my personal favorite. There’s so much I love about the film, from its eye-popping visuals and impeccable use of 3D to its inspiring tale and lovable performances. I’m not the only one that feels that way, of course — Hugo‘s been a popular pick on many critics’ lists and awards ballots. And now, as Academy voters mull over their final decisions, Paramount is eager to remind everyone of Hugo‘s many wonderful qualities.

The studio has released a six-minute featurette titled “The Magic of Hugo,” which goes behind the scenes to look at the hows and whys of making the picture. Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, production designer Dante Ferretti, producer Graham King, visual effects supervisor Robert Legato, composer Howard Shore, and stars Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen all appear to discuss their work on the project, and to talk about what made the film so special. Watch it after the jump.

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Since breaking out in 2007’s Superbad, Emma Stone has become one of the fastest-rising starlets in Hollywood. She held her own against acting heavyweights Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in last summer’s The Help, has a splashy superhero pic lined up in The Amazing Spider-Man, and will star as the female lead in her Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. But she’s been taking her time deciding on her next steps, with only next year’s animated comedy The Croods scheduled beyond that.

That is, until now. Stone has just committed to star in and executive produce Little White Corvette, an action comedy from 30 Minutes or Less writer Michael Diliberti. More details after the jump.

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Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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What is Lara Croft’s character, beyond boobs, ponytail and guns? There’s her adventurous spirit, I guess, but beyond that? Hard to say. Looks like we’re going to find out, as the new version of Tomb Raider that GK Films is putting together is starting to sound a lot like a prequel-ish origin story. Read More »

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned worldwide fame and screenwriting Oscars thanks to the film Good Will Hunting. While each has developed his own career in the years since, the possibility of another collaboration between Affleck and Damon has always been a subject of inquiry. Now, only days after Damon announced his intent to direct his first film (an as-yet untitled legal drama he co-wrote with John Krasinski) and Affleck was said to be the chosen director for The Stand, we’ve got word that the two are going to re-team for a new Boston-set picture.

The subject of the film, which Affleck will direct, is recently captured gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Whitey Bulger was a prominent member of Boston’s notorious Winter Hill Gang (named for a Somerville, MA neighborhood) starting in the early ’70s, and took control of the gang in ’79. He  fled Boston in the mid-’90s and was on the run until this past summer, when he was arrested in Santa Monica. Other producers are putting together their own Whitey Bulger films, so will Affleck and Damon be able to beat them to the screen? Read More »

The latest comic book story to get a development deal is The Vault, an Image Comics title written by Sam Sarkar and drawn by Garrie Gastonny. This one has a better chance of making it to screens than most, as Sam Sarkar is also an exec at Johnny Depp‘s production company Infinitum Nihil, and one of the producers on the film is Graham King (The Tourist, Rango, Hugo). Read More »

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One of the biggest and most celebrated Broadway musicals of the past decade is finally coming to the big screen. The film rights to the Tony award winning Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons have just been purchased in an auction that was rumored to have included Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks, Tom Hanks at Playtone, Warner Brothers and Fox. None of them won, however. The rights were actually sold for a reported “substantial seven figures” to Graham King and GK Films who just released The Town and has an impressive slate of films coming up including The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese’s latest Hugo Cabaret, the Gore Verbinski film Rango and others.

Jersey Boys is based on the real life rags to riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who went from the street corners for New Jersey to massive musical success with songs such as Oh What A Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Sherry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. Hit the jump for more on the deal, the musical and even a video. Read More »