Based on the first of several books by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, wasn’t exactly a runaway hit. But it also wasn’t a great failure. And in the Great Void that will soon be left in the film landscape when the Harry Potter series ends next month, a new teen-centric series will have a chance to step up and take dominance. Can that be Percy Jackson?
We don’t know if the series will have staying power enough to adapt all five books in the first Percy Jackson novel series, much less the emerging sequel series, the second book of which will be published this year. But Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) were hired to write a sequel earlier this year, and now Thor Freudenthal (Hotel For Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) has been hired to direct, taking over where Chris Columbus left off with the first film. Read More »
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There was a moment where it looked like Emma Watson might not do much acting at all after the Harry Potter series ended, but she quickly shot a small part in My Week With Marilyn (now in post-production) and then took a role in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Logan Lerman. That film is shooting now, and the young Mr. Lerman has sent out a few sneaky first looks at the film via Twitter. That’s a cropped look at one of them, above, and you can see a more full image after the break, along with a couple other images of the cast. Read More »
Briefly: You’re probably going to be hearing a lot more about Logan Lerman in the next couple years. He was reportedly in the running for Spider-Man after starring in Percy Jackson & the Olympian: The Lightning Thief. He’s D’Artangan in The Three Musketeers (trailer here), and he’ll be the lead in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Emma Watson. Now he’s booked a new role as The Only Living Boy In New York. Read More »
It has taken Stephen Chbosky some time to really get a film adaptation rolling of his book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We first talked about it in May 2010, when he had Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in talks to appear. In February of this year he still had those two set. Kind of a big thing, as the film is one of the very few post-Harry Potter projects to which Emma Watson is committed. Waiting for her schedule to clear up as Harry Potter winds down is a small thing to deal with, that being the case.
Now the film is finally getting ready to shoot, and Mae Whitman (her?) is going to play a role, too. Read More »
Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D version of The Three Musketeers, is scheduled for release October 14. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans along with Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Juno Temple and Orlando Bloom, a teaser trailer has just been released and you can check it out after the jump.
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Let’s imagine for a moment that all of Hollywood exists in a universe written by Stephen King. It’s an awkward metaphor, I know, but we only need it for a minute. Because in one corner of Hollywood there is a veritable Pet Sematary full of would-be youth lit franchise openers — films intended as the first chapter in series that were never meant to be. City of Ember, The Golden Compass and Lemony Snicket come to mind; there are many more. Percy Jackson looked ready to be buried back there, but now it seems that ol’ Percy could be this metaphor’s Gage Creed, rising with glowing red evil eyes to menace the hapless inhabitants of a Maine town all over again.
OK, let’s ditch the terrible metaphor and just cut to it: while it looked as if Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief might not kickstart a series when released last year, there is word that Fox 2000 is now actively developing a film based on The Sea of Monsters, the second novel in Rick Riordan‘s series of books about young Olympians. Read More »
The final Harry Potter film hasn’t even been released yet, but Emma Watson‘s post-Potter career is already proving to be — if you’ll indulge my British compulsions a moment — a smashing success. Prior to now, the only acting she’s done outside of the Harry Potter series is some voice work in The Tale of Despereaux and a TV movie in the UK titled Ballet Shoes. That’ll soon change in the coming years though, as she’s playing a vital role in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn (which stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe). She’s also the top contender to take on the role of Claudia in Fox’s adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s teen fantasy/sci-fi novel Incarceron (which has Taylor Lautner attached to star).
Now there’s another film to add to the list: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on Stephen Chbosky‘s novel of the same name. Learn more after the break. Read More »
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We have yet to see even a still image from several of the major films coming out later this summer, but Paul W.S. Anderson and Summit haven’t been shy about showing the goods for their October 14 release, The Three Musketeers in 3D. We’ve seen an official image and some really good set photos featuring all of the stars of the films: Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich. Two more official images now come online and they may be the best ones yet as they show action and an ‘all-for-one’ attitude. Check them out after the jump. Read More »