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 »

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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 »

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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