When the job of directing Tales From The Gangster Squad was being rejected by some very prominent names, it didn’t inspire much confidence in the material. That’s now totally changed. Last month, Warner Bros. reportedly had offers out to both Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling to star in the film and now they’re both currently in talks. Also in talks is Josh Brolin. He’d play a cop who, alongside Gosling, tries to bring down 1940s Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen, Penn’s role. Based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, the film – which now is going by the shorter, simpler title Gangster Squad – was written by former Los Angeles police officer Will Beall and will be directed by Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less helmer Ruben Fleischer. Read more after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
It was reported a few weeks back that Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov was set to produce John Scott 3‘s teen zombie spec script Maggie, with title sequence designer Henry Hobson directing. Apparently, that’s not quite the case. Bekmambetov never actually closed the deal, and Maggie is now back on the market.
Several bidders were interested when the spec was originally auctioned off, and multiple parties are said to be circling the project already, so it’s likely that a new producer will be picking up Maggie shorty. With its $5 million budget and trendy zombie subject, it’s got to be looking pretty good to potential producers.
Maggie isn’t exactly your typical zombie film, though. The story revolves around a 16-year-old girl from middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. In this universe, however, it takes six weeks for a zombie victim to fully transform. The movie deals with Maggie’s relationship with her family as she undergoes this horrific process. Granted, some shorter version of this story takes place in just about any zombie movie, but the slight shift in focus means it could have quite a different feel from most of the other zombie fare out there. [Deadline]
After the jump, Paramount acquires L.A. Rex for distribution.
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When Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling became the new guys attached to direct and star in the remake/new adaptation of Logan’s Run we cheered. Given that Mr. Refn had been very clear about his intentions to do a big studio movie, he might have chosen well with this one. The original Logan’s Run is silly and dated, yes, but given that it is about people who flee from a decadent, youth-obsessed culture, there’s a lot of material in the story that makes it relevant today. If the script is in the right hands, that is.
The last draft of Logan’s Run was by Alex Garland, but we figured that the script would undergo some work before shooting. And now Will Beall, the screenwriter who wrote Tales From the Gangster Squad, which Warner Bros. is very high on right now, is in negotiations to script. Read More »
For the past year Warner Bros. has been moving forward with development of Tales From the Gangster Squad, a movie based on LA Times reports about attempts to curtail the movement of organized crime into LA in the ’40s. A litany of possible directors was considered last year, including Ben Affleck, Paul Greengrass, Darren Aronofsky and more. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) finally got the job, and WB has now greenlit the film and casting is in progress. Read More »
There’s a bunch of potential new remake news from Warner Bros. today, most of which is either silly or plain idiotic. This is one of the silly ones: the studio has moved from the idea of making Lethal Weapon 5 (which Shane Black has already outlined) to rebooting the series entirely. Tales From the Gangster Squad writer Will Beall has been hired to write the film based on his pitch for a “hard R-rated edgy street cop movie.” Read More »
Despite the presumption in many corners that Ruben Fleischer‘s next film after 30 Minutes Or Less (which is in post-production now)will be the sequel to Zombieland, that project isn’t yet set in stone. And now Warner Bros. reportedly wants to steal the the director from Sony so he can to jump back into ’40s Los Angeles as director of the fact-based crime film Tales From the Gangster Squad. Read More »
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So, reportedly the Mafia Wars rumor that cropped up yesterday isn’t true, so we can breathe a sigh of relief that we may never see a film based on that particular bit of gangster fiction. But there are a million stories in the naked city, and Warner Bros. is said to be pulling a few of them together for Tales from the Gangster Squad, which would be “an action movie conceived as an ensemble piece for a group of top-level actors.” Read More »