Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Remember New Coke? If you do, it’s probably not because you loved that sweeter flavor so very much, but because New Coke has gone down in history as one of the biggest marketing blunders of all time. Its failure was so epic, in fact, that now it’s getting turned into a film.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) are scripting the New Coke movie, based on the Thomas Oliver book The Real Coke, The Real Story. Hit the jump for more details on the New Coke movie. Read More »
Talk of a Deadpool movie has been around since before the turn of the decade. In 2009, rumors began to circulate that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were going to pen a script for the film. They did, and the character even appeared on screen that year in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But for years after that, very little happened with the movie. Director Tim Miller was hired, we heard rumblings here and there, but it felt dead. It got to a point where Reese and Wernick were openly hinting to people that they should read the script, which had leaked online.
Then, almost out of the blue, the Deadpool movie got a greenlight and a February 12, 2016 release date. What was the change? Was it a tamer rating? A lower budget? Maybe, but star Ryan Reynolds says the main reason is fan reaction to the leaked test footage. Read more about the Deadpool movie below.
Update: There’s now a list of women who are testing for a key role in the film; we’ve got that below along with Reynolds’ comments.
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The biggest leak of the last week might not be the pre-release torrent of The Expendables 3, but the bootleg of Deadpool test footage. Shot years ago, this short sequence features Ryan Reynolds in digital costume as the “merc with a mouth.” He cracks a few jokes, then cracks a few heads, before decaptiating a bad guy and waving hello to Tom Rothman, who at the time was head of Fox’s movie division.
We haven’t posted the footage because it still hasn’t been officially released. I’m sure you saw it anyway (that’s a screenshot, above), and now you can see Ryan Reynolds on set, in “costume” in a Deadpool test behind the scenes shot. Read More »
The highly anticipated, open world, next-gen video game Watch Dogs isn’t out until next month, but the movie is already chugging along. Last year, Sony Pictures signed on with Ubisoft to develop a film based on the game and now two writers have been hired to pen an adaptation.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of Zombieland, G.I. Joe Retaliation and Deadpool have been hired to write the Watch Dogs movie. The game, and likely movie, follows a man who has the ability to hack any kind of electronics and uses that skill to get justice for a family tragedy. Read more about the Watch Dogs movie below. Read More »
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Ryan Reynolds recently said the long gestating Deadpool movie took some “very small tiptoes forward.” Now, the film’s director has both elaborated on that and given fans another vote of confidence we’ll see the Merc With a Mouth sooner rather than later.
Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool and visual effects specialist who worked on multiple X-Men movies, said screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, G.I. Joe Retaliation) have turned in a brand new draft of the meta-superhero script and pretty much everything is ready to go. They’re just waiting on Fox to give the film a greenlight. Read his quote and more below. Read More »
Zombieland started as a TV pitch, became a movie, went back to a TV format and is now dead. The TV pilot, which premiered on Amazon last month, has been officially axed by the streaming service, ending a rollercoaster ride for the creators and fans of the franchise who’d been clamoring for a follow-up. Franchise creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and directed the pilot which featured the same humor, violence and characters and as the movie, but with less recognizable actors.
Reese took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the show’s dismissal, suggesting Zombieland fans “hated it out of existence.” Read more below. Read More »
In the months between its first planned release date and now, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been surrounded by a ton of questions. What was the fate of Channing Tatum‘s character, Duke? Was the film delayed for reasons other than a 3D conversion? How would director Jon M. Chu handle his first massive, effects-filled blockbuster? Most of those questions get answered the second you sit down to see the movie. For the rest, we turned to the guys who had all the ideas first: writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Reese and Wernick, best known for Zombieland and definitely not pictured above, first pitched Paramount their take on a G.I. Joe sequel several years ago and have since had to rewrite the film to feature multiple different main characters and incorporate whole new storylines. We talked all about that, as well as what it’s like to jump into an existing franchise, that amazing mountain ninja scene, how Michael Bay changed the movie as well as Destro’s fate. Plus, we talked Deadpool, Zombieland, Cowboy Ninja Viking, and Micronauts which they’re developing with J.J. Abrams.
It’s a revealing interview, which you can read below. Read More »
Every few weeks we hear the same thing about the hypothetical Deadpool movie. We hear the script is great, but incredibly hard-R, and no one is willing to move ahead because of that. The script in question is the work of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers who exploded on the scene with the 2009 film Zombieland and penned this week’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We spoke to the duo about G.I. Joe earlier this week, so check back for that, but I also had to bring up Deadpool.
Reese and Wernick confirmed that star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller are both still on board, the test footage is amazing, they’ve discussed the project with 20th Century Fox’s Marvel mastermind Mark Millar and casually mentioned that the script can be found online, almost inviting fans to read it and tell executives they want to see the movie.
Read their quotes below and check back later this week to hear about death, rewrites and main characters in G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read More »
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Many Zombieland fans know that, before the idea was turned into a successful film, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick conceived Zombieland as a TV show. At the time, that sounded kind of nuts but after the uber success of The Walking Dead (not to mention the hit status of Ruben Fleischer’s film) the show is finally going to take its original form.
Reese and Wernick just finished shooting the pilot for Zombieland the TV show and, above, you have the first look at the new cast: Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic), Tallahassee (Kirk Ward), Wichita (Maiara Walsh), and Columbus (Tyler Ross).
In other good news, Reese and Wernick told us this weekend how fans can assure that the show, which will debut on Amazon, stays alive. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zombieland succeeded in part because of its fantastic cast, which consisted of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. That same star-studded cast turned out to be a roadblock when it came time to schedule and budget the sequel. Fortunately for writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, that should be less of an issue now that the proposed follow-up has morphed into a TV series.
A casting call for the Amazon Studios comedy pilot made the rounds not long ago, and now the first two leads have been found. Tyler Ross, last seen in the Sundance ’13 drama Milkshake, has nabbed the Eisenberg role of “nerdy handsome” Columbus, while Izabela Vidovic will replace Breslin as young Little Rock. Hit the jump for more.
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