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We’ve just seen the first trailer for Joe Wright’s Pan, and you might want to have another look at it now. The writer of Pan, Jason Fuchs, has entered talks to be the new Wonder Woman screenwriter. Michelle MacLaren was recently hired to direct, and the two will work together on the script, and the film will eventually star Gal Gadot, who makes her debut as the Amazonian warrior in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. Read More »

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Briefly: The dark Peter Pan origin story Pan may have one of its main characters: Garrett Hedlund has been offered the role of Captain Hook. Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) is set to direct, with the film slated for a summer 2015 release.

But Hedlund won’t be the villain; the film starts off with Peter and the future Captain Hook as friends. Hook has a crew job on Blackbeard’s ship, and the Jason Fuchs script features Blackbeard as the villain. Hugh Jackman has been linked to the Blackbeard role, but there’s no Pan yet. [THR]

The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ Origin Story Hits June 2015

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Briefly: The director of Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice has set his next film. Joe Wright‘s Pan will hit theaters June 26, 2015 in 3D. Though a full cast has yet to be announced, Javier Bardem is thought to be playing the villainous Blackbeard in an origin story that follows an orphan to Neverland where he saves the day and battles evil pirates. The film has been pitched for years as a “darker” take on the Peter Pan story. However, the 3D and competitive summer release makes it sound like it’s a big, rousing adventure film. Read More »

Joe Wright in Talks for Peter Pan Origin Story

Joe Wright on Hanna set

The “reimagined fairy tale” genre is getting tired at this point, but when a really interesting director signs on to one it’s tough to complain. Joe Wright is in talks to helm a Peter Pan origin story for Warner Bros., from a script by Jason Fuchs.

Try not to get this one mixed up with the other J.M. Barrie-inspired pic, Disney’s Peter and the Starcatchers, or the other other one, Sony’s Pan. More details about Wright’s version after the jump.

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Briefly: If one were to imagine Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride inspiring a narrative arc, it might be a children’s’ western, or something along the lines of Thomas the Tank Engine. But while Disney is putting a show into development based on the ride, the concept is focused around another aspect of the ride, and one which is behind so many other new shows. The ride has inspired a “supernatural adventure drama” at ABC, with a script by Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) and Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift).

No doubt the general tone will be one able to entice families and kids, and this will be one way to explain where those dinosaur bones came from. Given that the various backstories for the ride involve the gold rush, perhaps there could also be a Yeti. Or is that movie vaguely based on the Matterhorn ride already claiming dibs on that big guy? The supernatural aspect will likely come into play thanks to the other consistent notion in the backstory — that greedy miners built their mining town on sacred Native American land, then fell prey to a natural disaster (like an earthquake, or a flood), leaving the possessed trains to run on their own. [Variety]

As if Jeremy Renner doesn’t have enough stuff to do. But hell, the big steaming pile of sequels to the Ice Age films should help someone, so why not a handful of actors? (And animators and loads of technicians, which is also a good thing.) DreamWorks is setting the voice cast for the fourth Ice Age movie, aka Ice Age: Continental Drift (not an educational film, so don’t worry, kids) and Jeremy Renner is among the new additions. Read More »

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One of the many Sundance debuts this year was Holy Rollers, from first-time feature director Kevin Asch. It features Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor and Q-Tip in the seemingly unlikely story of a young man (Eisenberg) who is drawn by a neighbor (Bartha) into a scheme to smuggle ecstasy into the US. Now there’s a trailer for the picture, which First Independent Features will release in May. Read More »

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