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Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »

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The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

The combined powers of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have opened the floodgates for a tidal wave of sci-fi / fantasy YA adaptations — it seems like a new potential franchise goes into development every week. As with any genre, though, not all of these films are created equal.

The best ones capture the imaginations of young and old alike, while the worst are forgotten almost before they even open. Time will tell where on the spectrum The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will fall, but feel free to make an educated guess based on the new trailer after the jump.

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Though Fast and Furious fans are excited to be getting a new film soon, many took a moment of silence this week for Justin Lin‘s departure from the series. The director of the third, fourth, fifth and now sixth installments recently revealed that he wouldn’t return for Fast and Furious 7. Universal wants to rush it out next year, and he didn’t feel the schedule was creatively workable. This is the guy who took a franchise about racing cars a quarter mile at a time and turned it into a bona fide blockbuster action franchise. His touch will be missed.

That leaves Fast and Furious 7 in need of a director and Latino-Review is reporting three men are currently on the short list. They are Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »

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Nothing can stop the wave of YA adaptations coming to movie theaters in the next year or two — not even the relative disinterest in the movies. Beautiful Creatures and The Host didn’t really hit so far this year, but there are more to come. Earlier today we saw the trailer for the new Percy Jackson film, and now here’s the first full trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The film features Lily Collins as a young woman who learns that there is a shadow conflict just out of sight, with half-angel warriors battling demons right before the unseeing eyes of humanity. With her own eyes open to the conflict, Collins’ character is quickly drawn in. This trailer shows far more of the newly-done effects than did the teaser, and it also makes the film look rather like a revamped Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Have a look below.

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‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Trailer

The first adaptation of one of Cassandra Clare‘s books in The Mortal Instuments cycle is going to hit screens late next summer, and the first trailer is being released just in time for the last Twilight audience to see it.

The film stars Lily Collins as Clary Fray, who learns that she is in fact a descendant of half-Angel warriors who protect humanity from darkness. She’s drawn towards one such warrior, Jace Wayland (Jamie Cambell Bower) with help from Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris) after her mother (Lena Headey) disappears.

I. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars) and Jessica Postigo (Tarzan 3D) scripted, and Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, The Karate Kid) ended up directing. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Harald Zwart Tapped To Direct ‘Bakugan’

In Hollywood, it’s never about what you’ve done, it’s about what you’ve done lately. Before this summer, Harald Zwart directed One Night at McCool’s, Agent Cody Banks and The Pink Panther 2. Not exactly box office or critical bonanzas. Still, he found himself in China directing the remake of The Karate Kid for Sony. From a $40 million budget, that film made almost $400 million worldwide and now Universal is entrusting Zwart with one of their precious possible franchises. He’s been tapped to direct Bakugan, based on the popular game and anime show Bakugan Battle Brawlers. Read More »

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We’ve seen two trailers so far for the remake of The Karate Kid, both of which focused pretty heavily on the film’s story. In the runup to the release of the film this week there’s a third trailer, and this one is almost exclusively action, including a street chase scene that is vaguely reminiscent of Ong Bak, though the full thing probably doesn’t have that movie’s over-the-top stunts. Read More »

Sony Readies a Rollercoaster Tycoon Adaptation

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Ever played the “Tycoon” series of video games? Games such as “Railroad Tycoon,” “Transport Tycoon,” and “Rollercoaster Tycoon” were like “SimCity” on a smaller level, allowing you to manage one company and compete for world domination in its business. The “Rollercoaster Tycoon” series was particularly popular, spawning two sequels, several expansion packs, a board game, and a book series.

Now aspiring Rollercoaster creators can look forward to one more spin-off: Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the rights for a film adaptation of “Rollercoaster Tycoon” with director Harald Zwart (director of Sony’s upcoming Karate Kid) executive producing and possibly directing.
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