Let this be a lesson to any aspiring writers out there. Write fun, interesting flicks and you are going to get a ton of work. Take Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for example. They’re the guys who wrote Zombieland, a modestly budgeted film that was a hit with both fans and critics. And though they’d each been working in the business for several years on varying projects, including The Joe Schmo Show, it took one little spark and they’re off to the races. Reese and Wernick are writing a sequel to Zombieland for Sony, a second G.I Joe film for Paramount, the Deadpool spinoff for Fox, are adapting the comic book Cowboy Viking Ninja for Disney and developing Earth vs. Moon at Universal. They basically have something set up at every studio in Hollywood because of Zombieland, which was originally conceived as a TV show.
But wait, there’s more. As if Reese and Wernick weren’t busy enough writing, the pair has just signed on to make their directorial debut with the comedy Doc and Howie for Montecito, which has a first look deal at Paramount. Read more about the movie’s potential filled premise after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Lot of news coming out of Viacom’s quarterly earnings report today. For gamers, there’s the news that Viacom is looking to sell Rock Band developer Harmonix. On the movie side, Viacom COO Tom Dooley listed several films that Viacom and Paramount are looking to have produced for release after September 2011. They include the Platinum Dunes version of TMNT, the new Jack Ryan film, and sequels to GI Joe and Zoolander. Guess that ends part of the speculation about Zoolander 2. Otherwise, this is merely a progress report for other films.
These movies are all in the script stage at best. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been writing TMNT for Platinum Dunes; Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing GI Joe 2 (what aren’t they writing?) and Justin Theroux is writing and planning to direct Zoolander 2. The Jack Ryan film is farthest along, as it has Jack Bender set to direct Chris Pine, but that’s also in a rewrite stage, with Anthony Peckham tapped for a new draft at the end of September. Expect that one to go into production first. The earnings call also mentioned Star Trek 2, but didn’t offer any new reports — that’s in the script stage now, too. [THR]
We must soon hit some critical mass when it comes to genre mash-ups and goofy nods to classic ideas. Cowboys & Aliens will be an interesting experiment when it arrives in theaters next summer. The title makes the film sound absurd, but from what I’ve seen (a good amount) it looks as if Jon Favreau and his cast and crew have assembled a film that has the potential to go above and beyond a silly “hey, what if cowboys fought aliens?” pitch. But that’s because a post-Iron Man Jon Favreau was able to get a solid script and a wonderful cast. Looks like the exception, not the rule.
So what of Cowboy Ninja Viking? Disney has just put that film into development by hiring Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a script based on the Image Comics graphic novel created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. More details on that, as well as what Rhett Reese has to say about Zombieland 2 and Deadpool, after the break. Read More »
In the last couple of months, Ryan Reynolds has been attached to a huge series of films as both actor and producer. The effect of all that is two-fold: his management and reps are obviously determined to make him huge, for one. And, more important to some fans, we’ve wondered if all the other work meant that his Deadpool film at Fox was going to fall between the cracks.
Now Reynolds is talking about Deadpool, and making it seem very much alive and well, if still working its way through the development process. Read More »
Robert Rodriguez has been distancing himself from The Weinstein Company, and starting to set up a new studio home at Fox. His last movie for the Weinsteins will likely end up being Spy Kids 4. He didn’t direct Predators for Fox, but he was the prime mover on the project regardless, and the studio offered him the director’s chair for the Planet of the Apes prequel, suggesting that Fox brass is happy with the work he’s done so far. (Or happy to work with a known quantity; regardless, RR turned down the Apes job.)
Now there’s word that Rodriguez has been offered a job directing the Deadpool film, which Fox has been actively developing since X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened last year. Read More »
Update: IESB is now reporting the Paramount Pictures has hired Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen a sequel to GI Joe: Rise of Cobra. Reese and Wernick recently signed on to pen Deadpool for Fox/Marvel, and might be the perfect scribes to invent some over the top stupid action for a GI Joe sequel. As I said in the Deadpool post, I’m a big fan of Reese and Wernick’s work on Zombieland. I don’t think people give enough credit to the clever and hilarious screenplay when talking about the success of that film.
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Last month is was rumored that Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were writing the script for the big screen comic book adaptation of Deadpool. The Hollywood Trades tonight confirm CHUD‘s report, adding that Ryan Reynolds will indeed reprise his role as the wisecracking mercenary he portrayed in last year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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As much as I wanted to love Wolverine, I couldn’t get past the horrible dialog, plot, and misuse of iconic Marvel characters. They couldn’t even get Wolverine’s claws right—and it’s not like they haven’t had several other films to perfect such a simple effect. Needless to say, my enthusiasm for the upcoming Deadpool film has been fairly tepid thus far. Now Chud is running an interesting rumor that, if true, could actually make me hopeful for a Deadpool film. Apparently, Fox may be looking to hire the writers of this summer’s Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, for the film. Read More »
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Last month, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer mentioned that not only is Sony interested in a sequel, but if they can “crack” the story for a sequel, it will probably be shot in 3D. A few days later, a list of Paramount’s 2010 slate listed another Jackass sequel, Jackass 3D. Variety has now confirmed that both projects are in development. Who is signed? Who isn’t? When will the films go into production? Find out after the jump.
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Sony hasn’t yet announced the development of a Zombieland sequel, but with a worldwide budget of over $85 million, it is likely only a matter of time. Moviehole has an interview with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, who revealed that not only is Sony interested in a sequel, but if they can “crack” the story for a sequel, it will probably be shot in 3D. Fleischer believes that “the genre really lends itself to [3-D]”, and is convinced the technology is now there. And who wouldn’t want to see a fun 3D zombie film?
As for the sequel, who knows when it might get off the ground. Fleischer has a bunch of potential projects lined up, and the screenplay hasn’t even been written, although there are plenty of ideas. As you probably know by now, Zombieland was conceived as a television pilot, and was rewritten to fill a feature film. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told io9 in October that they already planned a “23 episode season” out, “So divided by two that’s about 12 movies in our head swimming around.” … “And we’ll take what we intended to be episode three of the television show and start movie number two.”