It was once somewhat unusual to see the same basic story being developed as an arms race by competing studios and producers, but now the arms race approach to making big movies it so common as to be unremarkable. One of several subjects of heated development currently occupying studio time is Robin Hood, and Lionsgate has just picked up Robin Hood: Origins, the gritty retelling of the outlaw’s origin penned by Joby Harold. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s been five whole years since we had a big feature film about Robin Hood, so at present there are multiple parties trying to bring us the next one. The latest to join the fray is Joby Harold, the guy behind Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur franchise.
Titled Robin Hood: Origins, Harold’s script will be (say it with me now) a gritty reinvention of the classic character. Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way is producing. Read More »
Akiva Goldsman has signed on to develop and produce a Space Invaders movie based on the classic Taito video game. Goldsman, who is known for I Am Legend and Hancock, and who just directed Winter’s Tale, will produce with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. More details on the Space Invaders movie after the jump.
Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. is a huge fan of director Guy Ritchie. The studio distributed his 2008 flick RockNRolla, and gave him both Sherlock Holmes films and the Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie. So it seems only natural that WB would be looking to extend the relationship, this time with a King Arthur picture.
If all goes well, the project has the potential to keep the two sides in business together for a long, long time. Warner Bros. intends for the film to be the first in a series of six. Get the details after the jump.
Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been years since Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way put a new cinematic adaptation of The Twilight Zone in the works, but even as screenwriters have come and gone, concrete details on the film have been hard to come by. We’ve previously only been told that it would “feature elements from the ‘Twilight Zone’ universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series,” which is about as vague a plot description as has ever been written. But now, the first real hints about the plot have finally emerged — and yes, they sound very Serling-y indeed. More after the jump.
Denzel Washington Confirmed as ‘The Equalizer;’ Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Film ‘All You Need is Kill’ Greenlit
Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
A script that finds serious studio favor can push a project from long-simmering development into full boil, and that seems to have happened with Sony and The Equalizer. Based on the TV series in which Edward Woodward played a former covert ops expert who donates his services to people in trouble, the film will star Denzel Washington as a new version of the title character.
Richard Wenk recently turned in a new script draft, and Sony likes it enough to push for an April 2013 start date, with a shoot likely to take place in Boston. Some details about the new Equalizer are after the break. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Warner Bros. is still poking at a new take on The Twilight Zone, and has set a new writer to tackle the script. Joby Harold, who did work on the Tom Cruise project All You Need is Kill (which may end up with a different title) is the latest writer on the new thriller/sci-fi picture. Jason Rothenberg wrote the draft that got things going, and Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) rewrote last year.
Now Variety says Warner Bros. wanted someone with sci-fi chops to take a pass before Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) directs the feature. We don’t know much about what shape this particular take on the show will have, but the trade says “this pic will have one story that features elements from the “Twilight Zone” universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series.”
Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Looks like Tom Cruise is really going to star in Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill, the film that has been given the shorthand description ‘Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day‘ thanks to a plot that follows a soldier in a future war who is killed, but relives his final day like a gamer replaying a video game level over and over until he is able to think and fight his way out of the loop. For now it also looks like All You Need Is Kill will be the title going forward – there was a point when we thought the film might be retitled. (And that could still happen.)
That makes the second big futuristic story Cruise is set to anchor — the other is Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. That one is likely to be Cruise’s next movie, with All You Need Is Kill following after. Doug Liman has insisted to Cruise that the two sci-fi films will be completely different from one another, and whatever you think of Cruise, the simple fact is that we’re getting two new sci-fi films that aren’t based on big existing franchises, thanks in part to his interest in them. Read More »
Could ‘The Thing’ Director Matthijs van Heijningen Still Make Zack Snyder-Developed ‘Army of the Dead’?
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Several years ago, when Zack Snyder was still making Watchmen, the director started talking about a zombie movie that he had been developing. The project was called Army of the Dead; it was written by Joby Harold and quickly attached director Matthijs van Heijningen. But the project stalled, and some time later van Heijningen went on to make The Thing for Universal.
But Army of the Dead may not yet be buried; seemingly it has a chance of going forward again at Warner Bros. That’s according to van Heijningen, who also says the film would have some pretty extreme zombie behavior. And by that, I mean zombie rape. Nasty. Read on for the details. Read More »