Scarlett Johansson Offered ‘Ghost in the Shell’

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With Margot Robbie looking to get into the superhero game with Suicide Squad, Rupert SandersGhost in the Shell is down a lead actress. So now another superheroine might take Robbie’s place.

Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered the lead role in the 3D live-action, English-language manga adaptation. Hit the jump for more on the potential Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell casting.

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Margot Robbie Ghost in the Shell

Anime classic Ghost in the Shell is being developed as a live-action English-language film, with Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) directing. Now Margot Robbie, who rocketed to the top of casting lists thanks to her work in The Wolf of Wall Street (above), is in early talks to star. Read More »

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The small screen regularly attracts many big screen filmmakers to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, but the Super Bowl is the premiere for many of these new spots. So beyond the commercials for big screen movies and television shows, which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Find out after the jump.

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Rupert Sanders To Direct ‘Ghost In The Shell’

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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular anime properties of all time, and a live-action Hollywood adaptation has been in the works for years. There hadn’t been a major update in about five years, however. There’s been nothing, in fact, until right now. Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, is now attached to do the film for DreamWorks based on a new script be William Wheeler. There’s no timeline on the film, but it will be released in 3D. Read More »

Rupert Sanders to Direct ‘Napoleon’

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Briefly: Napoleon is a name that carries serious weight in the film world, not only because of the French leader’s status as a notable general and 11 years as Emperor of the French. His film cachet comes from the Abel Gance film of 1927, which innovated many filmmaking effects and even used a three-projection system to create a widescreen triptych for the film’s final reel. Additionally, Stanley Kubrick spent years working on a Napoleon biography that never came to fruition.

But Napoleon Bonaparte is too significant a figure to stay dormant in Hollywood forever, and now Warner Bros. is working on a new biopic about the leader, produced by Gianni Nunari (300) and scripted by Jeremy Doner (AMC’s The Killing). Rupert Sanders, who moved from commercials to the director’s chair of Snow White and the Huntsman, then to tabloid pages for his dalliance with Snow White star Kristen Stewart, has been set to direct.

THR says the film will take “a Scarface-like look” at Napoleon Bonaparte. That suggests that the real-life events that led out of the French Revolution and into Napoelon’s rule and program of European conquest will be told as the dramatic ascent of one man of steely will and scant inhibitions, with (naturally) the application of excessive force.

Rupert Sanders / 90 Church / George Mastras

As Breaking Bad enters its home stretch, writer/producer George Mastras has found a new place to get his drug drama fix. The Emmy-nominated scribe will adapt the Dean Unkefer memoir 90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotics Squad from Hell, which Universal acquired last year for Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) to direct.

Whereas Breaking Bad focuses mainly on the guy cooking and selling the drugs, though, 90 Church will center on the ruthless agents trying to catch that guy. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Rupert Sanders

Rupert Sanders got pulled off the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel after all that drama with star Kristen Stewart last year, but he hasn’t had too much trouble finding a new gig. He was eyed as a possibility for Van Helsing before he landed the sci-fi love story The Juliet. Now he’s attached himself to another new project: The Kill List.

Don’t worry, it’s not a remake of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List — Sanders’ movie is a spy thriller based on a Frederick Forsyth‘s forthcoming novel of the same title. Hit the jump for the details.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

With Johnny Depp‘s schedule quickly filling up and a Summer 2015 release date already locked in, Disney is feeling the pressure to hire a director for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Rob Marshall, who directed the last film, was rumored to return but he’s already working on Into The Woods. That leaves the door open for someone new.

Deadline reports Disney will make a decision very soon and have narrowed it down to three choices, all of which are very pretty unconventional. They are Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman), the team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) and Rupert Sanders (Snow White And the Huntsman). Read More »

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