Back in March,Academy Award-winning filmmaker and historian Martin Scorsese announced his approval of Digital 3D filmmaking, stating “We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater — it’s in depth. Why couldn’t a film like `Precious’ be in 3-D? It should be.” Scorsese even admitted that he’d love to make a 3D film himself.

And it was only a few months earlier, we heard that Scorsese’s next film might be an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret (one of the projects that has been on the director’s slate since 2007).  For the last few months, it has been rumored that Scorsese might be making the 3D plunge with Hugo Cabret. But Variety now confirms that this will be a 3D production.

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Something tells me that Kathryn Bigelow won’t have too much trouble finding more work in the future after the massive critical praise and award hype for The Hurt Locker. We’ve previously reported that she’s re-teaming with Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal for the Latin America-centered Triple Frontiers, and there’s also word that she’s attached to direct Held By the Taliban.

Today we’ve learned that Bigelow has another project on her plate. THR is reporting that she’s set to direct the pilot for The Miraculous Year — an upcoming HBO series by screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai). The show is described as “an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.” Bigelow will also exec-produce alongside Logan.

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Earlier this month there was word, via a couple of European press reports, that Martin Scorsese‘s next feature might be an adaptation of the young-lit novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Now trade reports are confirming that Scorsese and producer Graham King (The Departed) are indeed looking to reunite to film a version of the book, which tells the story of a 12-year old boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Read More »

Ridley Scott

Fox 2000 has signed screenwriter John Logan to adapt the Jordan Ainsley vampire novel The Passage. Fox is developing the project as a potential directing vehicle for Ridley Scott, who last teamed with Logan on the Academy Award-winning film Gladiator.
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Gore Verbinski is one of those directors who fills his plate with so many projects, that you’re not quite sure which ones, if any of them, will actually go into production. I think right now Verbinski is attached to produce an American remake of The Host , direct a segment of Heavy Metal , a live-action adaptation of the board game Clue , a film about a married guy who spends too much time with an MMORPG , a cowboy drama titled Big Hole, a big screen adaptation of BioShock, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. So what is Verbinski going to do next?

Variety reports that Verbinski is going head first into the big screen adaptation of the popular video game BioShock which was announced almost a year ago. Verbinski informed producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not be in the director’s chair for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which is expected to go into production in 2010. At the Walt Disney Presentation in September, it was announced that Johnny Depp was signed on for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, and while it was widely known that Verbinski wasn’t interested in doing another Pirates film, everyone just assumed he would return for one more.
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Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have announced they will re-team for a computer animated film for Paramount. Based on an original idea by Verbinski, Rango is scripted by John Logan (The Aviator). All we know so far about the plot is that Depp will play the “oddly charismatic” title character, “a household pet that goes on an adventure to discover its true self.” Notice how both the gender and species of Depp’s character are being concealed.

“We are creating something that will resonate with a broad audience and stick in the minds of kids all across the globe,” says Verbinski. “The characters and circumstances are feeling buoyant and rich in humor and attitude, yet with a surprising emotional depth.”

But the most interesting thing about this new project is that Industrial Light & Magic will be doing the animation using “cutting edge techniques” that Verbinski says, “will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.” Basically it sounds like Verbinski is going the way of Robert Zemeckis.

Depp is set to begin work on the film in January. Verbinski will continue to develop the big screen adaptation of Bioshock. Rango will hit theaters in March 2011.

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Gore Verbinski to Direct BioShock Movie


Universal Pictures has signed Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy helmer Gore Verbinski to direct and produce an adaptation of the popular video game BioShock. Aviator screenwriter John Logan is in talks to pen the script. Logan’s filmography also includes Any Given Sunday, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and Sweeney Todd.

Take-Two Interactive is getting a multimillion-dollar advance against gross points on the film. It is believed to be the biggest video game-to-movie deal since the infamous aborted Halo movie deal between Universal and Fox, for which Microsoft got $5 million against 10%. The BioShock deal is structured in a way ensuring the movie won’t end up in turnaround.  Verbinski plans to start pre-production as soon as Logan’s script is finished and approved.

Since it’s release in August, Hollywood has eyeing a big screen adaptation of this popular first-person shooter. Praised for its morality-based storyline, immersive environment and Ayn Rand-inspired dystopian setting, the game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and ranks as the thirteenth best video game on Game Rankings. Set in an alternative history 1960, BioShock follows the story of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater Objectivist-dystopian city of Rapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it. Jack is drawn into a power struggle during which he discovers that his will is not as free as he’d thought. I have also included the trailer for the video game below, so that you can get a better idea of what the game is about.

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Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro recently praised the game:

“I love BIOSHOCK from a design point of view,” said del Toro. “The BIOSHOCK universe is indeed wonderful.”

The visuals are certainly cinematic enough for a big budget film, and critics have praised the game for it’s story, something not common in the video game field. Verbinski noted that Rapture’s art deco design and visually arresting characters attracted him to the project.

“I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that’s cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential,” said Verbinski. “Of all the games I’ve played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative.

source: Variety

Brad Bird

Brad Bird has officially signed on to make his live-action feature directorial debut in a co-production between Warner Bros and Disney/Pixar. Based on James Dalessandro‘s 2005 novel 1906, Bird is rewriting the original script penned by John Logan. The assumption is that Pixar will be providing the computer generated effects. Here is the official plot description from the book’s cover:

Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this page-turning historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle fought even as the city burns that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.

Bird is a two-time Academy Award winning director of animated films: 2004’s The Incredibles and 2007’s Ratatouille. He was also responsible for the unsuccessful but critically acclaimed 1999 film The Iron Giant.

Gore Verbinski to Direct Big Budget Animated Film

Director Gore Verbinksi will follow up his billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with an animated film with a budget estimated at $100 million to be written by John Logan (The Aviator, Sweeney Todd). The film is skedded for a 2010 release, and the title and plot details are unknown at this time. Verbinksi’s last PG film, as I’m assuming this flick will be rated G or PG, was 1997’s rather impressive Mouse Hunt.

The film is being produced by Graham King (Blood Diamond, The Departed, Next), and he gave some interesting details to Variety about a few of his other unrelated films. He’s currently adapting the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, “about a 12-year-old orphan living in a Paris train station in 1930 and embroiled in a mystery involving his father and a robot.” Martin Scorsese has been attached to direct it for a year now, and it seems that is still the case. King also said that the Johnny Depp-vehicle Shantaram is not dead, and he’s also still developing the Puerto Rico-set Hunter S. Thompson novel The Rum Diary, which Depp is also still attached to.

Discuss: Are you excited by this news? What did you want to see Verbinski do next?