Mark Millar is making film deals left and right lately. Some are new, like the ones that have Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn looking at directing adaptations of Millar books The Secret Service and Superior.

And some are old, as with the deal to adapt Millar’s comic War Heroes to the screen. Columbia had the rights but put the project in turnaround. Now Universal, which has recently shed several projects of its own, is picking up the still in-development project. Read More »

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Yesterday when I wrote about David O. Russell leaving Sony’s Uncharted, I mused about the possibility of the eventual film hewing much closer to the original games than his script had planned. That script was only tangentially related to the game, as it featured a family that is “a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” with the game’s hero, Nathan Drake, being one family member.

But when Mr. Russell left LionsGate’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the project carried on with the script he left behind. So I wondered if Sony would do the same with Uncharted. Now we know that the studio will go back to an earlier draft of the script and move forward from that. In other words: all the family stuff is definitely going away. More details follow. Read More »

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You might remember back in June that Sony hired a screenwriter, Kyle Ward, to develop a film based on the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  Our friends at LatinoReview are now reporting that Kyle’s deal fell apart at the last minute because Sony were unwilling to wait around, possibly as long as a year, as Ward was contractually obligated to pen Hitman 2.

They have instead hired the writing team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose screenwriting credits include Sahara, the horrible adaptation of A Sound of Thunder, and the upcoming Dylan Dog adaptation Dead of Night and the Marcus Nispel remake of Conan. Donnelly and Oppenheimer’s produced projects aren’t too impressive, but they must have impressed someone to get attached to Conan and now the fast tracked video game adaptation Drake’s Fortune.

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Lionsgate Gets Conan

Conan PosterNu Image/Millennium Films has inked a deal with Lionsgate for the North American distribution rights for a new film series based on the Robert E. Howard-created character Conan the Barbarian. The new film will be written by Sahara scribes Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. So if you had any hope for this new action fantasy epic, go rent A Sound of Thunder (or better yet, don’t).

Conan was created long before the original 1982 movie was produced. The original character was created by Robert E. Howard in a series of fantasy pulp stories published in Weird Tales in the 1930s.

When the project was set up at Warner Bros, the studio pitched the project to Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski, and Robert Rodriguez. The studio eventually had to pass on Rodriguez, who was interested, after he quit the Directors Guild of America so he could co-direct Sin City with Frank Miller.

The producers hope to begin production later this year, but a start date will depend on when a screenplay can be completed. And if you didn’t know, the screenwriters are currently on strike. But Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner is currently in discussions to make an individual deal with the WGA similar to the deal made with United Artists.

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