Briefly: The Highlander remake needs a new director. Most recently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct, after having taken over when Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) exited. But now Fresnadillo is out, too. Reportedly the reason he moved on was based in a simple “creative differences” scenario. Fresnadillo wanted one version of the story, and Summit wanted another.

Deadline says that Ryan Reynolds remains attached to star as the man who discovers that he is immortal, and is soon drawn into a “game” to claim a prize of ultimate knowledge and awareness. (Reynolds was never officially confirmed as the lead for the film, but has been strongly rumored for the role in the past few months.) The site also says Summit is still high on the remake, thanks to the Art Marcum and Matt Holloway script, and will quickly look for a new director. The goal seems to be to hew pretty close to the original 1986 film that launched a stuttering franchise with seven features and multiple TV series between the debut and 2007.

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In the year and change since Cowboys & Aliens opened, director Jon Favreau has worked on the TV series Revolution, and prepped Disney’s film Magic Kingdom and a feature version of the stage musical Jersey Boys. Nw his name is attached to another project that, like Jersey Boys, is more realistic, in terms of subject matter, than most of the films he’s known for directing at this point.

Battle for Bonneville is the story of half-brothers Art and Walt Arfons, who were racing rivals that ultimately competed to set the land speed record in jet-powered car driven on the famous Bonneville salt flats in Utah. The Bourne Legacy co-writer Dan Gilroy scripted, and New Regency is in final talks to pick up the project with Favreau directing and Ryan Reynolds attached to star as one of the Arfons brothers. Read More »

Universal is Working on a ‘Safe House’ Sequel

Briefly: David Guggenheim went from US Weekly editor to big-time screenwriter thanks in part to his script for what became the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House. And now Universal has set him to write another one.

THR has the news, and says that Reynolds would likely return, though a deal hasn’t been made. Working Denzel Washington into the sequel will be more difficult, though THR’s sources say Universal wants him. Which makes sense, as audiences like Denzel. But it doesn’t make sense to anyone who saw the first film. Could be a prequel then — but if so, the involvement of Reynolds doesn’t make much sense, as the setup for his character was of a young, inexperienced CIA agent.

No word on the involvement, or lack thereof, of original Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Guggenheim, meanwhile, also wrote Stolen, the rather terrible-looking Nicolas Cage movie, and Narco Sub, which was going to be a Tony Scott film before the director’s passing.

 

Next year, you’ll be able to see Nicolas Cage playing a caveman. And by “see” I mean “hear.” He’s the star of The Croods, a brand new 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation. The film, directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, is about a prehistoric family traversing a wild environment looking for a new cave to call home. In addition to Cage, Ryan ReynoldsEmma StoneCatherine KeenerClark Duke, and Cloris Leachman all lend their voices. The scheduled release date is March 22, 2013.

After the jump, check out a brand new image from the film that offers the best look at the family yet. Read More »

Briefly: Not too long ago Ryan Reynolds was nominated to become the new champion decapitator at the center of the Highlander reboot. He would theoretically be stepping into the shoes formerly worn by Christopher Lambert, who played a Scottish Highlander who learns that he is born of an immortal bloodline. The catch is: immortality actually kinda sucks, because it turns into a game of “watch your loved ones die.” Oh, and other immortals want to kill you in order to claim “the Prize,” which is basically an always-on universal awareness. (In other words: Twitter.)

Anyway, today has seen a glut of posts saying the Reynolds is confirmed for the role. But The Playlist talked to a couple sources which say that while Reynolds has been in talks, no deal is signed. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still set to direct from a script by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) with extra work from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

Thanks to the ongoing licensing expo in Vegas, we’re getting early looks at a couple of films on our radar. The same event gave us the first tiny and not at all revealing glimpse of Fast & Furious 6 promo art earlier this week, and today we’re getting an eyeful of two animated projects that have been on our radar.

The first is Blue Sky’s Epic, a 3D CG-animated adventure about a teenage girl caught up in a battle between good and evil, while the other is DreamWorks’ Turbo, which features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as a garden snail with racing ambitious. Check them out after the jump.

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In the wake of the uber-massive-success of Marvel’s The Avengers, it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that Warner Bros. had hired a writer to revive Justice League. They’re DC’s answer to the superhero team and a project has been in various stages of development for several years. The key to The Avengers, though, wasn’t just that it was a good movie. Much of its success was because it was more than a movie. The Avengers was an event with a four year, five film build up that started with Iron Man in 2008. Which begs the question, will Warner Bros. attempt to go the same route or will they jump right into a Justice League movie?

A report from Variety suggests the former. They’ve dug up that in addition to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the Justice League news, and the Wonder Woman news, Warner Bros. has six other characters at various stages of development. And no, that does not include Green Lantern or Batman, both of which might get rebooted. Read what’s what after the jump. Read More »

Someone needs to run through several centuries worth of storyline, decapitating people in swordfights, and Lionsgate wants it to be Ryan Reynolds. The actor is reportedly the top choice to lead the cast of the new version of Highlander, based on Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 film in which Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery were immortal warriors participating in an age-old contest for The Prize. Combatants even had a tagline for the deadly competition: “There can be only one.” Read More »

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