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.

Logan's Run

A remake of Logan’s Run or, more properly, a new adaptation of William F. Noland and George Clayton Johnson‘s novel, has been in the works for a long time. Warner Bros. and Joel Silver are now moving ahead with a 3D take on the story, to be directed by Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch.

Now WB and Silver are primed to hire a screenwriter: Alex Garland, who previously scripted 28 Days Later and Sunshine, among other films. Read More »

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In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley praise the directorial talents of the Duplass Brothers, decry the way the Hollywood system objectifies women, appreciate the low-budget directing talents of Vincenzo Natali, and fail to get excited for a Les Grossman film. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinema Blend.

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If this news is true, it can be read, basically, as Warner Bros. and Joel Silver giving Terry Gilliam the finger. But that’s Hollywood, right? The studio and producer are reportedly fast-tracking a tentpole film based on Miguel Cervantes‘ massive novel Don Quixote. Read More »

Logan's Run

Last week it was revealed that commercial director and  Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch is in talks to direct a remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros/Joel Silver. MTV got a chance to talk to Silver who was promoting Splice this week, and the mega-producer confirms that the upcoming remake is being developed as a 3D movie, and should be shot with 3D cameras.

“I’d like to make ‘Logan’s Run’ [in 3-D],” he said. “It’s a movie I’ve always been intrigued with, excited by. We’re writing a script now and that should be a big 3-D movie and it should be devised and shot in 3-D. I think if we can pull it together, then it would be.”

Silver says he would also like to shoot his in development adaptation of Lobo in 3D as well. Yeah, well isn’t that true of every movie in production these days? But much like Tron Legacy, Logan’s Run seems like a natural choice for a 3D presentation.

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