Ninjago

With The Lego Movie less than six months from release, Warner Bros. is getting the ball rolling on its other Lego movie. Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) has just signed on to direct Ninjago, based on the popular line of Lego toys.

While Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren’t helming this one, they’ll serve as producers alongside Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Get plot details and more after the jump. Read More »

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Encyclopedia Brown

Sony has a Goosebumps movie in motion with director Rob Letterman, and Fox has ambitious plans for a cross-platform Choose Your Own Adventure franchise. But Hollywood won’t rest until every relic of your childhood bookshelf has been brought to the big screen, goddamnit.

The latest to get the movie treatment is Encyclopedia Brown, which Warner Bros. has picked up for Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch to produce. If that title doesn’t ring a bell, you clearly don’t have Encyclopedia Brown’s photographic memory the Donald J. Sobol-penned series centers around a boy detective. Hit the jump for details.

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Like a monster through a city, major shifts are happening in the world of Godzilla. The film, which premiered concept footage at Comic-Con in July and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), is already set with a May 16, 2014 release date. Now, two of the film’s major producers – Dan Lin and Roy Lee — have left the project. In addition, Oscar-nominated writer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) has been brought on to do a final rewrite. Both of those things are happening just weeks before the film is set to start shooting in March. There are more details after the jump.

UPDATE: A short list of actors Warner Bros. is interested has now been revealed, including Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who has passed) and Man of Steel star Henry Cavill. Plus we know where the movie will shoot. Read more below. Read More »

I walked out of an early Toronto International Film Festival press screening 10 days ago ranting and raving about Frédéric Jardin‘s incredible French contained action thriller Sleepless Night. I posted an enthusiastic review on September 12th calling it “one of the best and tightest written action thrillers I’ve seen in the past few years” and predicted that some lucky Hollywood studio would be developing a big budget American remake within the week. I was a little off in my prediction timeline, but ten days later The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Warner Bros and Roy Lee will be producing the English-language adaptation.

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Summit Entertainment has optioned the right to turn Julie Cross‘ upcoming sci-fi novel Tempest into a big screen movie.

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burton-monsterpocalypse

Last month, it was reported that John August was in talks with Dreamworks to pen a big screen adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse board game which has been described as “part strategy, part Kaiju Big Battel, and part Rampage!, all played out with miniatures on a tabletop.” At the time, it was speculated that the involvement of Burton’s regular collaborator might mean that Tim Burton was developing the project to direct. We now have a confirmation and more information on the project.

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