The week before Jurassic World hit theaters, I was able to get mega-producer Frank Marshall on the phone to talk not only about the new Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, but about a variety of other topics as well.
During the conversation we discussed the idea of weaponized dinosaurs, how he came to produce this movie (which has something to do with Star Wars), the cynical online fanboy reaction throughout the development, the Amblin feel of the movie, how the project evolved from earlier drafts, why the previous screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are still credited on the film after Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly did a page one rewrite, the battle of practical vs. cg effects, planning for further sequels, Spielberg’s idea for trained raptors, how Jimmy Buffet ended up in the movie, if Universal Studios will be making a Jurassic World ride for their parks.
I ask him about some of the projects he has on his plate, which include new Bourne movies, a big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and Indiana Jones 5. I also ask about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a film for which Marshall acted as producer and second unit director. (I got some details on that latter gig.) All this and more is in my Frank Marshall interview, which you can read after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following in the dainty footsteps of Cinderella and Belle, Mulan will be the next Disney princess to undergo a live-action makeover. The legendary Chinese warrior made her Disney debut in a 1998 animated feature. Get all the details on the Mulan live-action movie after the jump.
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James Cameron can’t write all three Avatar sequels alone. And he especially can’t write them alone at the same time. That’s why he enlisted the help of four writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The five of them sat in a room for five months, eight hours a day, breaking down the stories for each sequel. It wasn’t until the end of the process that Cameron finally assigned each writer (or team) a film. In that process, it seems the breakdown of who is writing which sequel was misreported in the press. In a new New York Times article, it’s been corrected. Read about the Avatar sequel writers below. Read More »
James Cameron never sets easy goals for himself: a liquid metal Terminator, the greatest tragedy of all-time as a love story, create a whole new world. That streak continues with Cameron’s next three films, a trilogy of sequels to 2009’s sensation, Avatar.
Cameron has been working on the sequels for years now, with the first one set for release in December of 2016. The reason for the delay is Cameron wants to shoot all three films simultaneously and this time technology isn’t holding him back. It’s good old fashioned writing.
When you follow up the biggest hit in box office history, audiences expect something great. They expect something even greater from the director of two of the best sequels of all time, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens. So Cameron took his sweet time making sure the scripts were right.
At the LA Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend, he explained exactly how that happened. He spent the first year of actual development writing 1,500 pages of notes and then hired four writers – Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno – to help him write the scripts from those idea. To manage all those minds, Cameron looked back to his experiences writing Dark Angel for inspiration.
Below, read how James Cameron used television to help write the three Avatar sequels. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
After the jump:
- Ju-On: The Grudge is getting another sequel
- The Dark Crystal sequel is still in development
- Better Call Saul will shoot in Albuquerque
- Read the first chapter of the Apes prequel book
- Take a peek at the first Minions teaser poster
- 22 Jump Street reveals a couple more clips
- See another poster for Transformers 4
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Ron Howard‘s latest film, Rush, isn’t even yet in theaters across most of the world, but the filmmaker is already making his next movie.
That movie is Heart of the Sea, a period adventure film based on a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick. It tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. Working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Avatar sequels) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Warcraft), production started two weeks ago in the UK but Warner Bros. just officially announced the shoot. Below, read the press release which has a ton of other information on the film. Read More »
Briefly: Yesterday we heard that James Cameron had brought in Sarah Connors Chronicles writer Josh Friedman to help script Avatar 2. Turns out, there’s a lot more going on in the Avatar camp than that one personnel addition.
In fact, Fox and Cameron are now officially planning three Avatar sequels. The film trio will be shot in a manner akin to Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films — that is, all films shooting more or less as one — with release windows planned for Decembers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We’ve heard before that there could be a fourth film in the series, and Sigourney Weaver recently said that there was a plan to shoot them back to back. Filming begins next year.
In addition to Friedman’s script work on the second film, Cameron has recruited Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of Planet of The Apes) to write the third and Shane Salerno (Salinger) to script the fourth in the expanded suite of sequels. [Deadline]
Matt Reeves is about to take over the world. The director of Cloverfield and Let Me In now confirmed to helm Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The director of that film, Rupert Wyatt, was expected to return for this follow-up, but left the project due to a rumored problem with the production and release schedule. Reeves was the studio’s top choice to replace him.
Once again written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which will continue the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and tell the next chapter of how he, along with the help of a rapidly spreading virus, will eventually change the world into what’s seen in the 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. It’s scheduled for release May 23, 2014. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Casting, rumors, hopes, desires and much more are in this huge holiday edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Producer Jon Landau clarifies the possibility of Avatar 4 and offers an update on 2 and 3.
- See Chris Pine on the set of Jack Ryan with Kevin Costner and read some thoughts on the tone of Star Trek 2.
- Is the Iron Patriot going to be in Iron Man 3 after all?
- Also, Wang Xueqi joins the Shane Black directed sequel in an intriguing role.
- Screenwriter Alex Garland laid out some thoughts for a possible Dredd 3D sequel.
- Grown Ups 2 built a set for an outdoor, night time go-kart scene to film indoors and during the day.
- Director Jeff Wadlow hints that Jim Carrey has, in fact, been cast in Kick-Ass 2.
- Rick Jaffa, a writer/producer of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, confirms a big franchise staple won’t be in the sequel.
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Life finds a way, right? That can hold true for the life of film franchises, even ones that lay dormant for a decade or more.
A fourth Jurassic Park film has been a project hovering in various states of limbo since not long after the release of Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III in 2001. Last year Thor writer Mark Protosevich was working with Steven Spielberg to come up with ideas for a fourth film, and now Universal has taken the next step.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will write Jurassic Part IV for Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Read More »