Media Rights Capital has turned into a financing powerhouse — the company has a deal with David Fincher, and is making the new version of the series House of Cards that he is producing and partially directing. The company also financed some of Cloud Atlas; Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium; and this summer’s hit Ted. MRC has cash to throw around, in other words, and because one of the key players there is a big fan of Stephen King and The Dark Tower, it looks like some of that cash is going to go into Imagine Entertainment’s multi-film and TV series adaptation of the novels. Read More »
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Has The Dark Tower finally fallen? Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have been working up a very ambitious three-film and dual-TV series cycle of productions to adapt Stephen King‘s epic novel series. But last summer Universal decided not to finance the project, and Imagine took The Dark Tower to other studios. In March, Warner Bros. showed interest and for the past months screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been doing script revisions to make it more budget-conscious.
Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft, and there was the possibility that Russell Crowe would play the lead character Roland “the Gunslinger” Deschain. But now Warners has passed as well, leaving the project with a very uncertain future. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ron Swanson hasn’t always had the best luck with ladies, but maybe a visit from Xena herself — Lucy Lawless! — will turn things around. Also after the jump:
- Michael J. Fox returns to TV with show based on his own life
- Arrested Development gets new characters, including John Slattery
- Archer voicer H. Jon Benjamin will show his face on Suburgatory
- Torchwood‘s John Barrowman lands a recurring role on Arrow
- Happy Endings‘ cast gets disco-fabulous in a Season 3 photo
- See Shirley MacLaine in the new trailer for Downton Abbey
- Everyone’s got guns in the Season 3 trailer for Boardwalk Empire
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Ron Howard is taking a break from his racing film Rush to follow Jay-Z as he creates a music festival. The rapper/producer is one of the minds behind the Made In America music festival, taking place September 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA and Howard, along with producing partner Brian Grazer, are filming the process for an upcoming documentary. Made in America features acts like Jay himself, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, The Hives, Drake, Jill Scott, D’Angelo and Afrojack but the film will be ”born through Jay-Z’s perspective … how he puts the event together,” according to Grazer. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Rush reunites director Ron Howard with his Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen), to tell the story of real-life racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, whose competition came to a head during Formula 1 series in the mid-’70s. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Cabin in the Woods) plays Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) is Lauda, who nearly died in a terrible crash in 1976, but strapped himself back into the driver’s seat only weeks later to challenge Hunt. Also appearing in the movie are Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Christian McKay, and Natalie Dormer.
We’ve seen on-set pics from the production, but the still above is one of four images that recently hit the film’s official site. Given the fact that the opening date is more than a year away we’re not likely to see much footage any time soon, but the official stills give us a fairly good idea of how things look, at the very least. Read More »
The multi-film and TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic novel cycle The Dark Tower isn’t dead yet, and it could end up marking the reunion of director Ron Howard and his A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe. The latter spent a few years not making a big impact on screen, but he’s got two big films next year: Man of Steel, in which he plays Superman’s father Jor-El, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, in which he plays the title character.
Now, as Warner Bros. receives Akiva Goldsman‘s latest script for the opening salvo in The Dark Tower project, and decides whether or not to move forward, Crowe is in Howard’s sights to play the central character, the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read More »
Once upon a time there was a real break between TV and movies, but that is long since eroded. Writers, directors, and actors regularly bounce between features and TV, and few are quite as known for the practice as Ron Howard. After his early days as a TV actor, Howard reinvented himself as a director, and eventually an Oscar-winning one. But he never left TV altogether, and gave Arrested Development its signature narrative voice.
Howard’s medium-straddling career almost naturally led to the ambitious plan to adapt Stephen King’s The Dark Tower as a series of films and TV episodes. While we wait for that to happen (or not) Howard is putting the finishing touches on his racing drama Rush, and now has a new project set up at Showtime. Conquest is a passion project of the filmmaker’s, and will be a tale of the Spanish conquest in Mexico, scripted by Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road.) Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV tidbits to plow through today, some of it Con-related and some of it not. After the jump:
- Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan suggests a Saul Goodman spinoff
- Nickelodeon orders a second season of The Legend of Korra
- TNT picks up Falling Skies for a third season
- Science Channel will shoot a Firefly reunion special at Comic-Con
- Homeland‘s second season will head to the Middle East
- Watch the first two minutes of Dexter‘s seventh season
- Ron Howard tweets from the writers room of Arrested Development
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