Jeff Bridges trains an apprentice in the ways of dark magic to fight an evil witch played by Julianne Moore…and I’m sold. That’s the plot to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) and written by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight from the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It just went into production aimed at a February 8, 2013 release date and Legendary revealed a new piece of concept art from the film on the occasion of the launch of their new website.

Check it out in all its glory, as well as read the official plot description of the film – which also stars Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington – after the break. Read More »

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As the script for Ghostbusters 3 gathers dust on Bill Murray’s desk, another writer is taking the idea and running in a whole other direction. Legendary Pictures, the company who is producing The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, has just purchased a project by writer Ian Fried called Spectral. The idea of the film is described as a more realistic, gritty and action-packed Ghostbusters as a group of special ops soldiers are specially trained to battle and capture evil ghosts in Manhattan. One word comes to mind: awesome. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Jack Nicholson Offered Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42′

The dramatic, inspirational story of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black player, seems so ripe for a Hollywood adaptation that it’s a little surprising we haven’t seen the story hit the big screen in some time. Filmmakers have certainly tried — Spike Lee had a biopic in the works at one point, and Robert Redford tried for years to get his own version going — but for whatever reason, those projects never panned out. Happily, the iconic sports star and civil rights hero may finally be getting his day in the sun. Earlier this year, Legendary Pictures announced an official biopic to be directed by Brian Helgeland for release by Warner Bros., and now it seems casting on the picture has slowly begun.

While we still have no idea who’ll play Robinson, a new report has surfaced saying that Jack Nicholson has been offered a part in the film. Read more after the jump.

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For their appearance at Comic-Con this year, Legendary Pictures hosted a panel showcasing four of their upcoming films. Two of those were the fantasy projects The Seventh Son, Sergey Bodrov‘s YA adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. (Click here to read Russ’ coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, also part of the Legendary panel.) Read panel highlights and check out concept art for The Seventh Son and Paradise Lost after the jump.

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For the first time ever, Legendary Entertainment is coming to San Diego Comic Con and they’re bringing some heavy hitters. They’re bring along:

  • Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi along with writer Travis Beacham and director Guillermo Del Toro for Pacific Rim
  • Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander and director Sergei Bodrov for Seventh Son
  • Bradley Cooper and director Alex Proyas for Paradise Lost
  • Game creator Casey Hudson and screenwriter Mark Protosevich to talk Mass Effect.

No mention of Man of Steel or The Dark Knight Rises, but with no Warner Bros. panel, this at least opens the door for a surprise as both films are financed by Legendary. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Legendary Wants To Make A ‘Hot Wheels’ Movie

In the realm of toys and games that are being adapted into movies – Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Monopoly, Battleship, etc. – Hot Wheels seems like a no-brainer. (There’s even something that is basically a Hot Wheels nod in Green Lantern.) With the Fast and Furious films continually raking in the dough, any producer would be remiss not to take the well-known toy car brand and develop it into a big time action movie. In actuality, Hollywood has been attempting to do so for almost a decade but nothing has clicked. The latest company to jump into the driver’s seat is Legendary, who is currently negotiating with Mattel to acquire the brand to make a fast-paced blockbuster. Read More »

The line between some movies and comic books is getting more blurry. Disney is using Marvel comics to promote Tron, and Marvel plans comics set the the Marvel Movie Universe. DC Entertainment seems poised to bring the DC comics and movie universes closer together, too. Other comics companies seem to exist solely to create comics that will be raw fodder for film.

So of course big production companies are launching their own comics lines. Legendary Pictures, the company behind films like 300 and The Dark Knight, is launching Legendary Comics, with the intent to release six to eight graphic novels per year. The company has celebrity endorsements from Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman and Max Brooks, but even better, has hired ONI Press co-founder Bob Schreck, also a veteran of Dark Horse, Comico, DC, and IDW Publishing, to run the imprint. Read More »

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I’m surprised it has taken this long after the release of Mass Effect 2 for a deal like this to go down: Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights to the BioWare game series Mass Effect. I Am Legend and Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich has been assigned to write. Read More »

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