Inglourious Basterds and Beginners actress Melanie Laurent is set to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me. The story revolves around FBI agents hunting down a group of world-famous bank-robbing magicians (sorry, illusionists) who shower their audiences with the stolen cash.

Jake Gyllenhaal, who was previously offered a role, has since passed. No news has been announced regarding either Philip Seymour Hoffman or Olivia Wilde, who were also circling parts in the film. The involvement of Laurent and Eisenberg seems like a good sign, though — both actors have good track records, and are probably big and respected enough to help draw in other high-quality talent. [Showblitz]

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Clash of the Titans/The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier has signed on to direct and produce the science fiction disaster movie G for Universal Pictures. What is it about? Good question… The plot is being kept tightly under wraps but Heat Vision says it has “shades of The Day After Tomorrow and Taken.”

What does that mean? My guess on the limited knowledge we have on the project is that a man must avenge the kidnapping of his wife and daughter and prevent some evil bad guy from using a device which would alter Earth’s gravity (G, get it?) and destroy the world… Yeah, lets hope its much MUCH better than the logline that I spent 60 seconds on. Pitch me! What do you think this sci-fi disaster film might be about?

Update: Apparently G is the new title for the project formerly known as Gravity, which is about “a father who has to search for his lost child as the world stops spinning and Earth begins to lose its gravity.” Wow, I wasn’t far off, was I? This shouldn’t be confused with the other film titled Gravity (which explains the title change), being directed by Alfonso Cuarón – and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

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One of the comic book adaptations that just keeps kicking is Y: The Last Man. For some time DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) wanted to make the movie with Shia LaBeouf starring. He wanted to make a trilogy of films, but getting a first script New Line liked and the studio to agree to make a trilogy is something that hasn’t happened.

Earlier this year there was word that Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) wanted to direct the adaptation. Now he’s actually talked about it. And, yes, he does want to make it, but New Line still doesn’t have an approach in mind. Read More »

It was only hours ago that we heard James Cameron had hired Laeta Kalogridis to rewrite Shane Salerno‘s script for Fantastic Voyage, the big-budget sci-fi remake he’s planning with Fox. At the time there was no director attached, but now a report says that James Cameron has his eye on Louis Leterrier, who last made Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros. Read More »

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First up, this is not Gravity as in the Alfonso Cuarón 3D sci-fi space thriller that will have an insane opening shot.

No, this is an altogether different film called Gravity. This one has been described as ‘The Day After Tomorrow meets Taken,’ and Clash of the Titans and The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier is now attached to direct. Read More »

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Last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox was in talks with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to direct the X-Men series prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. Deadlinequickly responded claiming that “Vaughn’s negotiations have been touch and go, and sources close to the director said he’s passing. ” Cinematical posted a list of eight directors Fox was in talks to take the helm: Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Daniel Espinosa, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov, David Slade, and Carl Erick Rinsch.

Well it appears Vaughn has returned to the table, and according to Flemming, the “studio is working with his WME reps to close the deal.”

I love Vaughn, and was a big fan of Kick-Ass, but I really would have loved to see what commercial directors turned first time feature directors Carl Erick Rinsch or Rupert Sanders could have done with the comic book property.

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Crafting a new version of Clash of the Titans shouldn’t be a difficult task. You’ve got a hero, a quest, a few monsters and a handful of gods and humans kicking around as interested parties. It’s fun stuff, as long as the proportions are all correct.

The first time this story was told, by writer Beverly Cross and director Desmond Davis in 1981, the result wasn’t good by any stretch, but it had an undeniable charm. Thank the loving stop-motion animation from Ray Harryhausen, in part. But that film also felt like myth, even if it was myth stripped down and dressed back up as a studio picture.

This version, directed by Louis Leterrier, is a lot like his last movie, The Incredible Hulk, if you replaced the personality of Edward Norton and Tim Roth with a flatline piece of work by Sam Worthington and big extra dollop of CGI. The original had a host of good actors gamely working with the material; this time most are hiding behind wigs and make-up, likely hoping they end up on the cutting room floor where a lot of the movie’s connective tissue seemingly lies. Read More »

Y: The Last Man

Latino Review is reporting a rumor that Louis Leterrier, director of The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, is circling a big screen adaptation of Brian K Vaughan‘s Y: The Last Man. If you haven’t yet read the series, pick up the paperback (or the new hardcover) of the first volume, as I very highly recommend it. You may recall that Eagle Eye/Disturbia director DJ Caruso was orginally trying to get the film into production with actor Shia LaBeouf. Screenwriters Carl Ellsworth and Jeff Vintar contributed drafts, as did comic co-creator Vaughn, but in the end the project fell flat.

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