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 »

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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 »

Brian De Palma to Direct Thriller ‘The Key Man’

The last decade hasn’t been the most popular one for Brian De Palma, at least in a commerical sense. I do love his 2003 movie Femme Fatale a whole hell of a lot, but can’t really get behind the James Ellroy adaptation The Black Dahlia, and feel like the minor Iraq War film Redacted might be worth a second look at some point in the future, if only because it was a relatively early effort to embrace the always-on nature of modern video.

But now it’s a whole new decade, and the director has been working to line up a couple of possible projects. We’ve heard he might remake Alain Corneau’s Crime d’amour (Love Crime) as a film called Passion, for example. Now it seems as if he has money lined up for another project, a thriller called The Key Man, which will shoot by the end of this year. Read More »

Shrek Director Heads To Fountain City

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Lightstream Pictures has preemptively acquired and will co-finance Shrek franchise director-writer-producer Andrew Adamson‘s live-action fantasy adventure film Fountain City.

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Joby Harold To Write Atlantis Rising

Awake screenwriter Joby Harold has been hired to adapt Platinum Studios’ five-part apocalyptic sci-fi comic book mini-series Atlantis Rising. Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman is set to direct.

Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci originally brought the project to DreamWorks, and will produce the project. THR says that Dreamworks envisions Atlantic Rising as “a big-budget, effects-driven sci-fi war movie in the vein of the James Cameron-directed Aliens and The Abyss.” Wow, high expectations. The book’s official plot description follows:

“After more than a thousand years of peaceful coexistence, Atlantis and the surface world are on the brink of war with the fate of both civilizations hanging in the balance.”

Sounds like a pretty cool concept — a war between the inhabitants of the land and the sea? You can read the first four issues of the comic book for free on drunkduck.com. Wiseman will probably helm Motorcade first. The film is being aimed for a Summer 2011 release.