Briefly: It was a little over a year ago that we heard that Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn would like to make a film featuring the long-running DC Comics character Wonder Woman. He has talked about the project here and there, saying that he thinks Drive co-star Christina Hendricks would make a perfect Wonder Woman. But DC and Warner Bros. have not extended any offer to him to make the film.

At the Empire Big Screen festival this past weekend, The Playlist recorded Refn talking about the idea of a Wonder Woman movie. And it sounds as if the success of Logan’s Run, which he is making at Warners with Wonder Woman producer Joel Silver, could directly impact his chances. Read More »

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So, Jeremy Renner has finally given up one of the roughly five million roles he’s been linked to since he became Hollywood’s hottest rising star. The Playlist reports that Sam Rockwell is currently in negotiations to replace Renner as the lead in Better Living Through Chemistry, an indie drama by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier. Rockwell would be playing an unhappily married pharmacist who enters an affair with a trophy wife customer (Jennifer Garner). As their prescription drug-fueled romance escalates, things spin out of control and the two begin plotting to kill her husband.

Much as I like Renner, I’m equally happy to see the talented Rockwell in the part. Moore and Posamentier are building up quite the cast — in addition to Rockwell and Garner, the film is also set to star Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Monaghan.

After the jump, Justin Timberlake picks up a new gig, and Wizards of Waverly Place actor Gregg Sulkin joins fellow tween faves Booboo Stewart and Harry Shum, Jr. in Quentin Lee’s new film.

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Warner Bros. has been on a tear in the past few days, buying material for new films and/or setting up screenwriters to develop projects for the studio. After the break, we’ve got info on the following three projects, each of which is quite a bit different from the others:

  • The David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot, which (as you’d guess) is a new telling of the Arthurian legend, only with a new spin.
  • The new Nicholas Sparks novel, The Best of Me.
  • And Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien will rewrite the action film Line of Sight. Read More »

Joel Silver Producing Big-Screen ‘Ben 10’

“I tried to do (something similar) with Speed Racer and failed miserably,” says mega-producer Joel Silver of his last foray into family films. “You always learn more from the ones that don’t work than the ones that do work.”

The story is really that Joel Silver has been tapped to produce a tentpole version of the Cartoon Network licensing machine Ben 10, about a ten-year old boy who finds a watch-like piece of alient technology that allows him to take ten different alien forms. It will more of a story as soon as a screenwriter is announced, and the film is greenlit and actors are hired. But for now there are some quotes to get us started, and then we can come back to his admission of Speed Racer as a total failure. Read More »

Just yesterday producer Joel Silver told MTV that the remake of Logan’s Run, which has cycled through a couple directors in the past two years (like Bryan Singer and Carl Erik Rinsch), was still alive and could happen ‘soon.’ We sat on that quote because, well, “it is still happening” just isn’t a huge update.

But this is a big update: Nicolas Winding Refn is now set to direct Ryan Gosling in a new Logan’s Run. Scratch that — it’s not a big update — it’s a pretty massive one, and a massive upgrade as well. Suddenly this might be a movie to really look forward to. Read More »

Andy and Lana Wachowski have been mulling a couple of possible directorial projects, chief among them their ‘hard-R gay Iraq War love story’ Cobalt Neural 9, and an adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas.

Now they’ll reportedly do something completely different: Hood, “a modern, urban” version of the Robin Hood story. Read More »

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It seems things on Sherlock Holmes 2 aren’t as cut and dry as once believed. The sequel, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law as well as Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris, has been shooting for several weeks and though producer Joel Silver said that Rachel McAdams, who played Irene Adler in the first film, would return, the actress herself isn’t quite so sure.

In an interview promoting her new film Morning Glory, McAdams said “It’s kind of all still in the process. They’re still doing script work, and we’ll see.” She didn’t totally rule it out, but also added “If I do, it won’t be a very big thing.”

Wait, so the film has been shooting for several weeks and McAdams still isn’t sure whether or not she’s going to be in the film? That isn’t exactly encouraging. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Let’s untangle a possibly confusing scenario. Over the weekend, the Weinsteins picked up distribution rights to Apollo 18, a Timur Bekmambetov-produced film about a supposedly canceled moon mission that really happened in secret, leading to an alien discovery. But Warner Bros. was already set to make Dark Moon, which follows basically the same plot. (Investigation of secret moon mission discoveries leads to alien encounter.)

Now, because Apollo 18 is already set to release in March, WB has dropped Dark Moon. But Joel Silver‘s company Dark Castle has gone and picked it up. Which means, unless things have changed, that Warner Bros. will still be releasing the film. Hollywood, I love you. More details after the break. Read More »

Warner Bros. to Wage ‘World War X’

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Briefly: Pitch acquisition time. Warner Bros. has picked up Colin Trevorrow‘s script World War X, which will be produced through Joel Silver‘s production company. The title is catchy (though similar to the in-development zombie film World War Z) and implies a much greater scale than the logline. According to Variety, the story is about “a man recruited by a team of government agents to stop a terrorist from the future who is using time travel to reshape history.”

Whenever I see a screenplay buy like this I always assume that it’s half a measure to ensure that other studios won’t get it first and turn it into something profitable. Given the various acquisitions WB has made over the past two years, how likely are we to actually see this any time soon? Not very. But you never know — some big talent could spark to it and push it towards a green light.

Regardless, good for Teverrow for making the sale, especially since this isn’t based in any existing franchise, toy line, video game series or what have you.