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Briefly: Hugh Jackman is coming off a wave of good press for Les Miserables, has The Wolverine releasing this year, and is shooting Prisoners now before going on to work with Bryan Singer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And now he’s got another starring project lined up, as Paramount has picked up the rights to bestselling author Harlan Coben‘s novel Six Years. The book is not yet published, but Paramount just grabbed the rights, and former Fox head Tom Rothman may produce with Mark Gordon.

Jackman would play Jake Fisher, “who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.”

No writer or director is set for the project at this point. The book hits shelves on March 19. [THR]

 

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DreamWorks Studios has released an official press release announcing that former Fox chief Tom Rothman has signed on to produce Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse, while THR has learned that Anne Hathaway is in talks to join Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation.

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This is a big development for Fox. Tom Rothman, who once raised money for indie productions by the likes of Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch, founded Fox Searchlight in 1994, and has led Fox proper since 2000. As co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment he has been very hands-on with all the studio’s productions, especially the major tentpole releases. His heavy hand was infamous on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but in the past two years we’ve seen Fox turn around. Last summer the studio released X-Men First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, both films that worked as blockbuster entertainment and critical successes. But now Rothman is unexpectedly leaving the company. Read More »

In this superhero-heavy edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tom Hiddleston talks about the relationship between Thor and Loki
  • Iron Man 3 will be an “antidote” to The Avengers, says Kevin Feige
  • The X-Men: First Class sequel is aiming for a late 2013 or mid-2014 release, and Jane Goldman is part of the writing team
  • Fox CEO offers details on the father-son bond in A Good Day to Die Hard

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The question about actors qualifying for Oscar when performing under layers of makeup and prosthetics goes back years. The conversation has intensified in recent years with the rise of motion-capture technology, and since Andy Serkis helped incarnate Gollum in The Lord of the Rings there has been a push to give Academy recognition to actors, specifically Serkis, who aren’t directly seen on screen.

Serkis’ work in this summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a crucial part of that film’s best character, the ape Caesar. Since the film’s release the level of chatter about Oscar recognition for mo-cap work has definitely risen. And now Tom Rothman, the co-chairman and CEO of Fox, says that he will push for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Serkis. Read More »

Die Hard

Tom Rothman, co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, appeared on Jim Rome this morning to announce the future of the Die Hard franchise. Apparently Rome is a huge fan of the Die Hard series and somehow scored the exclusive. Details can be found after the jump.

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Steven Spielberg to Direct Harvey Next

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Steven Spielberg has decided on his next film project — a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

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wolverine trailer

20th Century Fox has released a new internet-only trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Apple (click on the “exclusive clip”). The film finally hits theaters next week. I’m not quite sure the point of the new edit, as it doesn’t seem to offer much that wasn’t shown in previous trailers/television spots. It’s very possible that the trailer was an alternative cut of the previous trailer, and that Fox decided to release it online to further combat the piracy of the leaked workprint.

Speaking of which, when the movie showed up online, Fox head Tom Rothman told Entertainment Weekly that “the version that went out” was “about 10 minutes shorter, doesn’t have key scenes, it wasn’t edited, and none of the effects shots were in any remotely final form.” The Huffington Post noticed that both the leaked “unfinished” workprint and the final cut have the same running time of 107 minutes. How could this be? Did Rothman lie? Or does the theatrical cut actually feature ten minutes of “key scenes” not in the early cut?

Movieline ‘s sources claim that “cuts had been made to the leaked workprint before the additional footage was added, which resulted in a similar running time.” I’m sure we’ll find out exactly how much different the theatrical cut is early next week.

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