Briefly: While the odds of ever getting to see a David Fincher version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are now slim to none, an alternate version of the tale has just been purchased. Sony Pictures has purchased a spec script called Captain Nemo, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The pair are best known for co-creating the hit Superman show Smallville, but also worked on the scripts for films such as Spider-Man 2 (the good one, from Sam Raimi), Shanghai Noon and I Am Number Four.
The script, which will be produced by Maleficent team Joe Roth and Palak Patel, tells a “a new take on the iconic antihero who was first introduced to readers in 1870 in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
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Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Only one studio gets the rights to make actual X-Men movies, but fortunately for everyone but 20th Century Fox, no one has a strangehold on stories about groups of superpowered people. Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises producer Legendary Pictures has just acquired the rights to Brilliance, an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey that’s been likened to the Marvel title. Oz The Great and Powerful‘s Joe Roth and Palak Patel are on board to produce. Hit the jump to read more.
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Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
LeVar Burton has some issues with J.J. Abrams‘ attitude toward the Star Trek franchise, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with that Star Wars gig. Also after the jump:
- Producer Joe Roth talks a bit about Alice in Wonderland 2
- Transformers 4 will be darker and grittier, says Mark Wahlberg
- Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison is a “warrior” like Nero
- Steve Carell thinks it’s better that Anchorman 2 took so long
- Sofia Vergara literally has a killer bod in the Machete Kills poster
- Kermit gets a doppelganger or two in The Muppets… Again
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation unveils new character-centric featurettes
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Ripping off both J.M. Barrie and Christopher Nolan in one fell swoop, a pitch is now out to Hollywood studios called Peter Pan Begins. The pitch has star Channing Tatum, screenwriter Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Shattered Glass) and producer Joe Roth all attached. Roth is responsible for producing several films with new spins on classic literature, including Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and the Powerful and Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart. Not much is known about the film itself except that, based on its title, it aims to tell the origin story of Peter Pan. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The Rock/Double Jeopardy screenwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg are attached to write a a big screen adaptation of the first-person shooter time-travel war video game Darkest of Days. Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Knight & Day) is producing and CAA is currently shopping the project to the hollywood studios.
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Across The Universe is on our list for the most anticipated films of 2007. We’ve been waiting for this film for what seems like forever. The movie trailer was released in February and absolutely blew us away (if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it now). Then came stories that director Julie Taymor was fighting with the studio to keep her final cut after Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth re-cut the film without her permission. It will be interesting to see what this film looks like when it premieres at Toronto. MTV Has posted a new photo from the film (seen above).
MTV also has two exclusive clips of a pre-Marilyn Manson Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess singing classic Beatles tunes in Julie Taymor’s upcoming film. You can watch them at Overdrive.
As you probably know, Across the Universe is one of the under-the-radar films we’ve been really looking forward to. Universe is a love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s, described as a “romantic musical” told through numerous Beatles songs performed by the characters. You can watch the theatrical trailer at this link.
Anyway, it seems like the movie studio and director are having a huge disagreement about the final cut (which is never good). It could lead to Academy Award nominated director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus) removing her name from the project.
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