Dave Franco

After head-turning supporting roles in 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me and Neighbors, Dave Franco is getting the call up to the majors. Just like his big brother. Sony has just purchased the rights to a new book, The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn, with an eye on kicking off a franchise with the younger Franco in the lead.

The book’s about an agency who places interns into major corporations, but they’re really assassins. Oren Uziel, who co-wrote next month’s 22 Jump Street as well as Kitchen Sink for the studio, will adapt the property. Read More »

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22 Jump Street Set

Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.

“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”

“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”

It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.

Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.

Below, read all about our visit to the set of 22 Jump Street and check back later this week for the full interviews with the directors and stars. Read More »

Ruben Fleischer to Direct ‘Overnight’ for Disney

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Briefly: Ruben Fleischer broke out big with Zombieland, but his following two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, have been, well, less impressive each time. Can a slight course change into more family-oriented territory tap the reset button and give him a project that’ll be back on track?

We’ll find out if he closes his deal to helm Overnight for Disney. The film, written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street), is being compared to Home Alone as it finds “a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside the new FAO type store but find their sleepover interrupted when thieves break in.”

 

Promised Land Damon Krasinski

Briefly: There’s not a lot of information available yet, but the names alone here are pretty exciting. John Krasinski (The Office) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) just sold an “action-adventure spec script” to Warner Bros. which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s production company, Pearl Street, will produce. There are no details on the plot but Krasinski and Damon teamed up for last year’s Promised Land so there’s already a working relationship there. Plus, more adventure films are always good. We’ll provide an update when more is known. [Deadline]

Men In Black 3 Will Smith

Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.

Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »

Men In Black 3 Will Smith

When a movie can gross $625 million internationally and be largely forgotten, it must have been a hell of a summer. Last year, Sony released the third film in their hit Men in Black franchise, MIB 3. The Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones/Josh Brolin sci-fi comedy was generally well-liked and did well for the studio, but thanks to films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, very few people have gone on to discuss it since.

They’ve been discussing it at Sony, though, and today it was revealed the studio has hired a writer to pen the fourth film. Oren Uziel, who wrote next year’s release The Kitchen Sink, has been hired to write Men in Black 4. He’s also been brought in to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, which already has a release date of June 6, 2014. Read more below. Read More »

From TV star to movie star and now moving into the producer role, Adam Scott is continuing his plan for world domination. He and his wife, Naomi Scott, have started a new production company called Gettin’ Rad Productions. For their first foray into feature films, they’ve purchased the rights to Chuck Klosterman‘s book Downtown OwlOren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) has been hired to adapt the story about several different characters who live in a fictional North Dakota town where pop culture doesn’t exist.

Read more about the film after the jump and watch Gettin’ Rad’s first TV project, The Greatest Event in Television History, starring Scott and Jon Hamm. Read More »

Since Paranormal Activity became a runaway success for Paramount, the studio has become more and more interested in low-budget films that might have high profit margins. There have been two more Paranormal Activity films, with a third sequel on the way, and the company started a sub-label called Insurge meant to buy or produce so-called ‘micro-budget’ films. The first big Insurge release was the terrible The Devil Inside, which despite being crap, grossed just over $100m globally against a budget of $1m.

In any business, we call that ‘encouraging.’

So Paramount is sallying forth with more low-budget thrillers. The next may be a science fiction affair called God Particle. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are being set to produce the script, which was written by Oren Uziel. Read More »

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