James Franco the pretenders

Before Josh Boone‘s The Fault in Our Stars conquered the box office, one of the projects the busy writer-director wanted to make to was The Pretenders. Boone once described his script as “Carnal Knowledge meets Unbearable Lightness of Being or The Dreamers,” which doesn’t sound emotionally draining at all. In 2013, the director put together an impressive cast for the project, but due to scheduling, it may have fallen to the wayside. Now, The Pretenders is up and running with a new director, James Franco, and new actors.

Below, learn more about the James Franco The Pretenders project.

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New Mutants screenwriters

New Mutants is adding to its team behind the scenes. Last year Josh Boone was set to write and direct the X-Men spinoff, and now he’s bringing on a little extra help in the form of screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The three previously worked together on the teen cancer weepie The Fault in Our StarsRead More »

Josh Boone

New Mutants has been simmering on the back burner for a little while now, but it sounds like the project will come front and center in the not-too-distant future. Writer/director Josh Boone recently dropped some big hints about what (or, more accurately, whom) we could expect to see in the X-Men spinoff, and now producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that shooting could get underway within a year.

And while the team — at least based on Boone’s clues — consists mostly of lesser-known characters, the film will also bring in one of the heavy-hitters of the X-Men franchise: Professor X. Read Kinberg’s comments below.  Read More »

New Mutants movie

Superhero teams are all the rage these days, from the Justice League to the Avengers to the X-Men. And soon, we’ll be able to add the powerful teens of New Mutants to that list. Director Josh Boone teased the team lineup for his X-Men spinoff, which seems to stick pretty closely to the original New Mutants team lineup from the 1980s comics. Read More »

Lestat

Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex KurtzmanRoberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.

Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.

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Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones

UPDATE: Nerdist has gotten in touch with a rep at 20th Century Fox who says the New Mutants casting rumor is not true. Original story follows.

20th Century Fox’s New Mutants may have just picked up some new mutants. According to a new report, Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy have been cast as Wolfsbane and Magik, respectively, in the X-Men spinoff, where they’ll join Alexandra Shipp as Storm and James McAvoy as Professor X. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing the superhero flick, which follows a group of young mutants who study and train at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters.  Read More »

the stand movie

The last time we heard from director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand, the film was still knee-deep in development hell. So it wasn’t surprising that Boone put this gigantic passion project on the back burner to bring a  smaller and more manageable King novel to the screen instead. Right now, Revival is being shopped around to studios and Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed to star.

So where does that leave The Stand? Let’s just say that producer Roy Lee is using the phrase “holding pattern.”

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revival casts samuel l jackson

A few days ago, we learned that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was temporarily putting his adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand on the back burner so he could work on a completely different Stephen King adaptation that wouldn’t make a movie studio’s accounting department weep. His new project is a film version of Revival, King’s 2014 novel about a charismatic preacher who begins to experiment with the supernatural powers of electricity following the death of his family.

And now, it looks like we know who Boone is seeking out for the role of Charles Jacobs: the great Samuel L. Jackson, who is fresh off one of the best performances of his entire career in The Hateful Eight.

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the stand movie delayed

Hollywood has been flirting with a film adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand for years now, with A-list directors and actors constantly orbiting the project, only to drop out for reasons that are never fully disclosed. I’ll wager this reason: The Stand is a massive tome filled with so many important characters and so much incident that it that it feels borderline impossible to adapt properly. The not-very-good TV miniseries adaptation from 1994 had six hours and still couldn’t crack it.

And now, this long-gestating project has hit an interesting hiccup. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone (who has been attached to this project for some time now) still plans to make The Stand, but he’s decided to put it on the back burner… while he directs a completely different Stephen King movie.

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