David Fincher Directing World War Z 2

Late last summer, we heard that Brad Pitt was hoping to wrangle his Se7en, Fight Club and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher to get behind the camera for the gestating sequel to the zombie pandemic thriller World War Z. Since the project didn’t really feel like Fincher’s cup of tea, especially after he publicly discussed his displeasure directing Alien 3 all the way back in 1992, we didn’t think this would ever come to fruition. Then we heard the fillmmaker was actively interested in the project earlier this year, and now David Fincher directing World War Z 2 is very close to becoming a reality. Read More »

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • A new actor boards Escape Plan 2.
  • Producer David Ellison hopes that David Fincher will direct World War Z 2.
  • Director Brett Ratner comments on the status of Rush Hour 4.
  • Jay Baruchel is more than confident How to Train Your Dragon 3 will satisfy fans.

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fincher

Six months ago it was reported David Fincher (The Social Network) was in talks to direct World War Z 2, following director J.A. Bayona‘s (A Monster Calls) departure from the sequel. Yesterday Paramount finally scrapped the project’s 2017 summer release date. But the good news is Fincher is still considering the World War Z sequel. The meticulous filmmaker reportedly wants to make a film that’s not as costly as Marc Forster’s $200 million popcorn movie, which came out a success story after a troubled production.

Below, learn more about Fincher’s involvement with the World War Z sequel.

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World War Z

Paramount’s making some changes to its 2017 release calendar. Both the long-gestating World War Z sequel and the even longer-gestating Friday the 13th reboot have been pulled off the schedule entirely. Meanwhile, in happier news, Darren Aronofsky‘s mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is now set to come out this fall. Click through for all the latest details. Read More »

George Romero Blames The Walking Dead

For the longest time, George Romero was the king of zombie movies. Thanks to the innovation that was Night of the Living Dead, zombies became all the rage, and the filmmaker has had a niche in the undead horror thriller world for decades now. Following the original film’s release in 1968, Romero made Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, and more recently he’s followed those up with Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. But now even the king of zombie movies is having trouble getting them made.

In a recent interview, George Romero reveals that he’s been having trouble getting financing for the kind of zombie movies he wants to make, and he puts the blame on World War Z and The Walking Dead. Find out more below. Read More »

world war z 2

I’ll file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but here goes nothing: it seems that Brad Pitt and Paramount are currently courting David Fincher to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Nothing has been confirmed and no dotted lines have been John Hancocked, but the Gone Girl director seems to be current choice to take over the project. There’s a lot of baggage to sort through here and a dozen different reasons while he would say no to this job, but let’s take a moment to imagine a zombie apocalypse film directed by a filmmaker as meticulous and remorseless as Fincher. That would be the exact kick in the rear this burgeoning franchise needs.

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world war z sequel director

Someone needs to write a book about the production of World War Z. It shouldn’t happen now – too many people involved have a vested interest in keeping their mouths shut – but as the years roll on and lips start to loosen, someone needs to track down everyone involved and get the whole story. The infamously troubled production, which endured several calamities before its final 45 minutes were completely scrapped, rewritten, and reshot, sounds like a genuinely fascinating ordeal.

And its sequel isn’t getting off to a smooth start, either. A little more than two years after signing up for the job, director Juan Antonio Bayona has stepped away from the film, which was supposed to shoot this year for a 2017 release. Are we allowed to talk about this series being cursed yet? Because it’s one more major setback away from being totally cursed.

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World War Z 2 writer

After a first draft of the script for World War Z 2 was completed back in August by Locke writer and director Steven Knight, the sequel is continuing to move forward with a new writer taking a crack at the next draft.

Dennis Kelly, the creator of the British television series Utopia, will write the new draft of the follow-up to the Paramount Pictures adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel that hit theaters in 2013. And while the project is staying on track to hit theaters in the summer of 2017, there was almost a hiccup with keeping the director on the project. Read More »

Skydance interview

You probably don’t know Skydance Productions yet, but you probably should. The company is making a major play to become the next Legendary Pictures or Marvel Entertainment, and they already are making the next installments of a number of major franchises on both the big and small screens. Their portfoilo of brands include Terminator, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, World War Z, Jack Reacher, Top Gun, GI Joe and much more.

When I was in Berlin Germany this past week to cover the Terminator Genisys premiere, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg to talk about their company and what they are planning for the future. This extensive roundtable interview was conducted over the course of an hour alongside three of my colleagues. Over the course of the interview we talked about a number of topics, including:

  • How Skydance Productions came about
  • Why they decided to plan a trilogy of new Terminator films before the release of Terminator Genisys
  • How will the planned new Terminator tv series connect with the new films, will it be cable or network show?
  • Terminator Genisys: Did they ever consider brining back Edward Furlong as John Connor? How did they recreate young Arnold Schwarzenegger? CG vs. Practicle effects in the new film
  • What kind of television series are they developing?
  • What will the Three Days of the Condor tv series be about?
  • Steve Jobs was Ellison’s personal mentor since childhood, find out how Jobs and Pixar influenced the creation of Skydance.
  • Star Trek 3: Is the movie going to be titled Star Trek Beyond? When does shooting start and where are they filming? What is director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg bringing to the sequel?
  • Will they be producing a new Star Trek tv series? What is preventing a new show from happening?
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: The film test screened even higher than Ghost Protocol. How do get insurance for Tom Cruise‘s crazy stunts? How did changing the release date impact getting that movie to the screen? Did Star Wars: Rogue One cause any title drama? Was any of the movie filmed in IMAX?
  • Top Gun 2: David Ellison’s history flying aerobatics, What is the sequel about? Will Tom Cruise be in the new film? How will modern technology and 3D change the dogfights?
  • Rebecca Ferguson will be a breakout star in MI5 and Skydance is already considering her for another one of their films
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: What will the sequel be about?
  • How did James Cameron see Terminator Genisys? Was he paid for his endorsement in any way?
  • And some brief words on World War Z 2.

All this and more, after the jump.

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Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies

Best Natural Disaster Movies

This weekend, Dwayne Johnson faces his most deadly big-screen foe yet. After fighting Vin Diesel in Fast Five and Jason Statham in Furious 7, this time The Rock is doing battle with an almost unfathomable earthquake threatening the entire state of California. And in honor of San Andreas, we’re counting down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster Movies.

Before you start building your own list in your head, however, keep in mind that we’re counting down natural disaster movies. That means you won’t find any movies about monsters attacking cities like Godzilla or Cloverfield. We’ve also chosen to exclude alien invasion flicks that have plenty of destruction like Independence Day and Mars Attacks!, and also transportation or vehicle centric disasters like Titanic or Apollo 13. And finally, movies where a disaster has already struck, like Mad Max or other post-apocalyptic flicks, don’t count either.

Below you’ll find movies featuring volcanoes, fires, tidal waves, epidemics, tornadoes and asteroids. So without further adieu, let’s count down the Top 15 Best Natural Disaster movies after the jump. Read More »