In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.
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Brad Peyton (above left) has carved himself a nice directorial career thanks to a partnership with Dwayne Johnson. The two did Journey 2 The Mysterious Island together, followed by San Andreas, and they have plans for Journey 3 and the video game adaptation Rampage. Now Peyton has signed for a movie that doesn’t (yet) feature The Rock: a “high-concept action-adventure film” that follows the work of a military team. Read More »
Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.
Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »
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Add Alien Nation to the long, long list of ’80s properties slated for a modern makeover. 20th Century Fox is developing a remake of the 1988 sci-fi film, with a new script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. More details on the Alien Nation remake after the jump. Read More »
The Highlander reboot has a new person calling the shots. After a revolving door of director attachments, Summit has set Snow White and the Huntsman second unit director and visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the film. He’ll shoot the script from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that reportedly keeps pretty true to the original film.
Which means that we’ll see Scottish highlander Conor McLeod discover his immortality, and be trained in combat and survival skills by Ramirez. He’ll kill other immortals (by severing their heads), battling to a showdown with one last brutal survivor for a sort of all-knowing and influential existence referred to simple as “The Prize.” Read More »
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Universal has the Fast and Furious films, DreamWorks now has the Need for Speed video game adaptation, and Legendary is working on a high-octane film version of Hot Wheels. And by “film version of” I mean “movie branded with the same name” as there’s clearly no story to adapt from a long-running brand of little toy cars. But the name can be everything.
Now Simon Crane, who cut his teeth as a stunt guy and second unit director before starting to look at directing features, has been set to direct. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote one draft, and now Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show, Homicide, the potential Scarface remake) will rewrite. No word on plot or story yet, but presumably there will be cars going so fast that their wheels become “hot.”
Since Legendary and Universal now have a deal, that means Uni could end up with two racing film series. But the studio could always pass, and let Legendary take Hot Wheels elsewhere, if it decides that’s the best move. [Deadline]
Briefly: Not too long ago Ryan Reynolds was nominated to become the new champion decapitator at the center of the Highlander reboot. He would theoretically be stepping into the shoes formerly worn by Christopher Lambert, who played a Scottish Highlander who learns that he is born of an immortal bloodline. The catch is: immortality actually kinda sucks, because it turns into a game of “watch your loved ones die.” Oh, and other immortals want to kill you in order to claim “the Prize,” which is basically an always-on universal awareness. (In other words: Twitter.)
Anyway, today has seen a glut of posts saying the Reynolds is confirmed for the role. But The Playlist talked to a couple sources which say that while Reynolds has been in talks, no deal is signed. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still set to direct from a script by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) with extra work from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The reboot of Highlander, which Summit has been working on with various degrees of enthusiasm for the past couple years, is getting a new director. Justin Lin was signed to make the film, but walked not long ago. Now Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who directed 28 Weeks Later and now, four years later, has Intruders opening at TIFF, is in talks with Summit to direct the remake.
Update: This deal has been finalized; the press release from Summit has been added below. Read More »
Justin Lin and his publicist are working overtime this week. The director has been doing a few interviews, and in the process dropping details about how he’s still working on Terminator 5, the fact that he’s got a sequence already prepped for Fast Six (or whatever it will be called) and the “ok, whatever” revelation that he turned down directorial duties on the fifth Die Hard film.
Now the latest info drop is that Lin has vacated the director’s chair on the planned remake of Highlander. Read More »