Masters of the Universe: Jeff Wadlow

Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well.   Read More »

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After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.

Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.

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Long before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, screenwriter Terry Rossio was hired and completed a script for a fifth installment. The success of the fourth film all but assured Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be made, especially when Johnny Depp said he’d do it and a list of rumored directors was leaked. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has now issued an encouraging update. In a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, he confirmed that the script has been completed but “we decided we could do better.” They’re now re-outlining the story.

After the jump read more about this as well as his detailed and enlightening comments on the budgetary drama surrounding his next film, The Lone Ranger. Read More »

Even though I more or less was bored out of my mind during Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I’d show up for a fifth movie in a second. There’s just something inherently exciting about that world and that character. And despite the film being a critical flop (33% on Rotten Tomatoes) Disney knows I’m not the only one. On Stranger Tides is a bonafide, worldwide box office phenomenon that just became the seventh highest grossing film in international history. That – and the fact that he’s reportedly made $350 million off the four films – is probably why, despite some earlier reports that he wanted to wait, Johnny Depp is now close to signing a deal to star in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The fifth movies in two franchises both have significant updates today. Justin Lin, who just finished another fifth franchise movie with Fast Five, exclusively spoke to MTV about his plans for Terminator 5, which he’ll direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role. Not not only did he deny recent reports that the original cast will be back for the new film but hinted that he doesn’t want to be beholden to the continuity of the third and fourth films in the series: Terminator: Rise of the Machines directed by Jonathan Mostow and Terminator Salvation directed by McG. Plus, he’s unsure if he’ll tackle that film next or the sequel to Fast Five.

In other “five” news, screenwriter Terry Rossio has already finished, and turned into Disney, the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. With the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, mere weeks away from release, everyone seems excited about the follow up except one key component: Johnny Depp. He’ll do it, but says “We should hold off for a bit.”

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In October, we visited the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Over the next few days we’ll be posting interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. Today I bring you a transcript of our roundtable chat with co-screenwriter Terry Rossio. Here is a short quote from Rossio:

“The key to Jack Sparrow is that he’s the trickster, so he is an archetypal character. That type of character doesn’t show up in American cinema that much. You go to Bugs Bunny to get the classic kind of tricksters. And the key to the trickster character, is that that character is environmentally based. Jack Sparrow is not that good at not getting caught for example, (interviewer laughs) you can catch him. He’s caught all the time, the thing is is that you can’t hang on to him because what he does is, he starts tap dancing, and he starts blowing smoke and he starts talking circles around you. And what he’s doing it, is he’s looking for the opportunity because the ultimate thing about Jack Sparrow is he has faith and conviction in himself that the world is going to turn his way eventually. Maybe not now, maybe now he’s down and out, maybe his ship is sinking, maybe he’s drunk, maybe he’s in prison whatever. But he knows, he has faith through long experience that if he just hangs on long enough, there’ll be a little bit of fate that will turn things his way that he can actually use to his advantage. “

Read the whole interview after the jump.

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Despite The Tourist performing well-below domestic expectations, no one would argue the drawing power of Johnny Depp. The famously reclusive actor generally stays out of the spotlight long enough to pick and choose whatever projects he wants to do and then he usually does them incredibly well. A few years back, Depp had a reputation for being so choosy with his roles that he probably never would have agreed to a big budget sequel, let alone two of them.

Fast-forward to 2011 and Johnny Depp has his fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides peaking up over the horizon (it opens May 20) and in a new interview he says that he’d even be game for a fifth installment. Just in case, Disney has already rehired Terry Rossio, who co-wrote the first four films, to write a script for a fifth. Read the exact quote and more after the break. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures has premiered the first official production photos from the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in the latest issue of USA Today. Check them out now after the jump.
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