Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
CBS did not present a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming series Training Day, based on the 2001 movie, but the cast and creators attended their evening party. Screenwriter Will Beall adapted the movie for television under producers Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer. I actually ran into Beall just as he was about to leave the party, in line at a waffle truck parked for dessert.
Beall said this was the first formal interview he had given on Training Day, which now has veteran Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) take rookie Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) under his wing. The movie had Denzel Washington as a corrupt cop training a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. Beall is also working on the feature film scripts for Aquaman, The Legend of Conan, and Robin Hood, and we discussed them all during our conversation. Training Day could be on CBS this fall or midseason. Note: this interview contains spoilers for the movie Training Day. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Fred Topel
I ran into Will Beall at the end of the CBS/CW/Showtime party for the Television Critics Association. Beall developed Training Day for television and is also writing the screenplay for Aquaman. Even though news recently broke that Black Manta is the film’s villain, Beall could not address it. However, we were able to speak about underwater action versus action out of the oceans.
“I can tell you that not all of the action takes place underwater,” Beall said. “Some of the most fun action in the movie actually takes place on dry land.” Read More »
Antoine Fuqua‘s film Training Day is still his most significant movie, and it helped propel the career of Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer. That Best Actor Oscar for star Denzel Washington didn’t hurt the film, either. Now there’s a Training Day TV show brewing, because of course there is.
The show was Fuqua’s idea, and he and original producer Jerry Bruckheimer are putting together a package with Warner Bros. TV. The show pitch is going out to the four major networks, and given the recognizance of the title we could see something come together relatively fast, with Fuqua directing the pilot.
Update: On August 13, CBS won a bidding war amongst the four major networks for the Training Day TV series. And, yeah, that seems a little weird, as CBS seems like pretty much the last place Training Day would be at home. The network goes as far as Criminal Minds when it comes to “gritty,” but perhaps things are changing, or perhaps this series will be less hardcore than the film. Deadline says the show has a pilot production commitment, so there’s a way to go before full series.
Original story with more details follows.
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“We’re on track to deliver a slate of films that will delight audiences everywhere thanks to the efforts of the many exceptionally talented people invested in the success of this universe.”
That’s Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., talking about the studio’s upcoming slate of DC movies. It’s not only the obvious studio sentiment, it’s what fans all over the world want to believe. They hope one of the biggest, most powerful movie studios, controlling some of the most beloved characters, is going to treat them right in a way we can all treasure.
While that statement very well might end up being true when the films hit the theaters, at the moment, it’s a bit more difficult to believe. The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating and scathing report on the construction of the DC Cinematic Universe. It cites numerous examples that no one knows exactly how this is all going to come together. One example? Five writers were hired to write competing versions of Wonder Woman. Three writers were hired to do that for Aquaman, and more. Read more about the upcoming DC movies below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Pretty soon there will be more Robin Hood movies in development than there are Merry Men. Warner Bros. is following Sony, Disney, and Lionsgate into Sherwood Forest with its own take on the outlaw hero, scripted by Aquaman and Gangster Squad writer Will Beall. Get all the details on the Warner Bros Robin Hood movie after the jump. Read More »
Looks like Warner Bros. and DC have plans for Aquaman that extend beyond an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League film that will follow it. WB has ordered two separate scripts for an Aquaman movie, which are being written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire). Read More »
Along with the news that Man of Steel writer David Goyer will be writing the sequel, Man of Steel 2, comes the news he’s also likely to pen a new script for Justice League. Deadline mentioned Goyer’s deal for Man of Steel 2 included the superhero team-up film, and at the Man of Steel premiere in New York he reportedly confirmed he is indeed writing Justice League. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios raised the bar not just for comic book movies but for comic book movie universes. The project’s success sent Fox and Warner Bros. scrambling to get their own superhero stables in order, and Fox set Mark Millar to oversee its Marvel properties and WB began working toward an Avengers-style Justice League teamup. But Millar isn’t so sure that his competitors over at WB know what they’re doing.
In a new interview, Millar blasts the entire idea of a Justice League adaptation as “an excellent way of losing $200 million,” thanks to the “disastrous” logistics of team members like Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Flash, not to mention the fact that all of the characters have been around for decades. Apparently he’s had quite the change of heart since last summer, when he gushed that he’d heard Will Beall‘s script was “dark and mature.” Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
On paper, a Justice League movie sounds like a fantastic idea. The Marvel Cinematic universe proved that a cohesive superhero universe could earn high critical praise and staggering box office grosses, and the core members of the Justice League are arguably even more famous and beloved than those who make up the Avengers. Done well, it’s a project that could conceivably blow The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises out of the water.
In practice, however, it may be a different story. Though a few details have leaked out here and there, Will Beall‘s script is cloaked in mystery for the moment. Now some worrying reports indicate we may never get to see it come to life at all. According to anonymous insiders, WB has soured on Beall’s take and could be bringing in new writers to start fresh. Hit the jump to read more.
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Walking out of Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad, a friend asked “was that supposed to be serious?” I thought about it, and didn’t have an answer. On one hand, of course it is. It’s a big budget studio film, chock full of huge names inspired by an incredible true story. But you’ve seen the trailers. They intercut period action with modern hip hop as if to say, “This film looks serious, but it’s light and fun too.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the movie itself.
Gangster Squad rarely mirrors the fun of those trailers. The film adequately tells its story, complete with the intricacies of a decadent era, giving the illusion of a classic crime drama. But that drama is mixed with slow-motion bullets, sped-up fight sequences and so many one liners you’ll think you’re reading “Tough Guys For Dummies.” All of which would be fine if everything around it wasn’t so polished. Is Gangster Squad supposed to be serious? Probably not, but because it never commits either way, we’re left with nothing an awkward, mildly entertaining tale. Read More »