In the wake of the tragic suicide of director/producer Tony Scott, there was some small murmuring about the future of Top Gun 2. Scott had been developing the sequel to his 1986 hit along with Tom Cruise, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, and Paramount. And while the news one the film was hitting the web at a slow trickle, there was no doubt that the film was moving forward.
Without Scott, however, that seems to have changed. Paramount converted Top Gun to 3D, in part to prime audiences for the sequel, and is now trying to figure out how to release that film even as the sequel is stalled out. Read More »
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While opinions vary greatly on the first three Mission: Impossible films, almost everyone agrees on the fourth one. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was by far the biggest international hit of the series and expertly continued the story of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as it also set up the franchise to continue down the road. Since its release, Cruise has been making films that appear to have a bit of aMission: Impossible vibe (Jack Reacher, Oblivion, All You Need Is Kill) but has yet to commit to another installment of the franchise.
In a new interview though, the star admitted the wheels have begun to turn for Mission: Impossible 5. While he’s travelling the world making these other films, he’s been constantly thinking about and considering different locations for a fifth Mission. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: While Tom Cruise will next be seen in Jack Reacher (a new trailer for which hit today) he’s following that film with two big sci-fi movies: Oblivion, from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and the “Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day” action film All You Need is Kill, from Doug Liman.
Now Cruise is looking at a third sci-fi film. It’s called Our Name is Adam, and is being produced by Mary Parent, the Pacific Rim producer and former MGM chair who set Cruise’s Valkyrie in motion. There’s no big storyline to reveal as yet, but the writer is T.S. Nowlin… who doens’t have any produced credits we can look to in order to guess what this might be like. So the takeaway is that one of the people consistently getting big-budget, original sci-fi properties on the screen might end up being the same guy who is the most public face of a sci-fi inspired religion. Makes sense, I guess. [Variety]
Update: Deadline says Paramount is hotly pursuing this project, and hopes to have a deal for it, despite a high price, before the studio’s first-look period expires.
Most people have been focused on the big thing that changed as the character Jack Reacher moved from the page to the screen: Jack Reacher is no longer big thing, as he’s played by Tom Cruise. The character is written as a hulk of a man, an ex-MP who wanders America and has violent adventures which he survives thanks to a well-honed and tactical approach to confrontation.
The film Jack Reacher, based on the book One Shot, in which Reacher investigates a series of sniper killings in a mid-size city, also features a lot of the small changes that are inevitable in a novel-to-film transition. There’s a move to a more overt sort of action, and a few plot changes, which are hinted at in the new trailer below. There’s even a weird but neat “Spider-Man in New York” sort of moment, where a crowd helps Reacher evade the police.
The movie is from writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and co-stars Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall. Oh, and director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy. Until the new trailer we haven’t seen anything of Herzog as he looks in the film, so this is your first chance to see what he’s done with the part. Read More »
We’ll very likely see another film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character from Snow White and the Huntsman, but the precise details of that SWATH sequel seem up in the air. A small part of the uncertainty around that project is due to the public and embarrassing affair between Snow White director Rupert Sanders and his star Kristen Stewart. It’s a thing I hate even mentioning, because it should have nothing to do with anything other than their lives, but in this case it seems to be having some ripples in the film business as well.
So there’s another big project that Universal wants to get moving: the new version of Van Helsing that has Tom Cruise attached to star and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) scripting. And it’s starting to look like we might see Sanders stepping in to direct that film, with the potential Snow White and the Huntsman sequel going to another director. Read More »
Looks like Warner Bros. is really going to keep the title All You Need is Kill for the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise as a soldier who is killed during his first few minutes of battle, but finds himself reliving his last day over and over again. The common description for the film has been Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, and though the script went through some rewrites to accommodate Cruise, that core idea remains the same. Sounds like Cruise starts off as an inexperienced officer (think Lt. Gorman, from Aliens) but becomes a hardened battle vet thanks to his looped final day.
Warner Bros. has now set a March 14, 2013 release date for the film, and we’ve got an updated synopsis and cast list below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:
- Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
- Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
- Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
- Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
- Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
- Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
- See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set
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Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s still no word on which of his famous pals Tom Cruise will be roping in for his remake of John Sturges‘ The Magnificent Seven, but in the meantime development is rolling along with a new writer on board. Nic Pizzolatto, a novelist and short story author who’s recently made forays into television screenwriting, has just been hired to pen the script. And I do mean recently – The Magnificent Seven will mark his first major film project. More details after the jump.
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