The internet got into a tizzy earlier this week when news came that Warner Bros. Pictures was considering some kind of reboot of The Matrix. The initial report indicated that it wasn’t clear what form this project would take, but many assumed that The Matrix reboot was just going to retread the same story of the original movie. Those who thought more outside the box understood that the studio was approaching The Matrix universe in the same way that Disney and Lucasfilm are approaching Star Wars with movies like Rogue One.
Zak Penn is the writer tasked with scripting whatever this new project set in the world of The Matrix will be, and he recently took to Twitter to clarify that The Matrix reboot isn’t really a reboot at all. Find out more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. has about ten DC Extended Universe movies planned for the next five years, and it looks like they’re crowding in one more. Rumor has it a Booster Gold / Blue Beetle team-up is in the works, with Greg Berlanti directing and Zak Penn writing. In contrast to the dark and gritty vibe of the other DC projects, this one is envisioned as a buddy comedy. More details on the Booster Gold movie after the jump. Read More »
Steven Spielberg is still planning to adapt Ernie Cline‘s novel Ready Player One to film, and the project just got an official release date. Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks just dated Ready Player One for a late 2017 release. Read More »
Paramount wants to expand the Transformers film series with interconnected spin-offs in addition to more direct sequels. Not long ago the exec producing team made up of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura chose producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to head up a “brain trust” in order to get story ideas set for that film series.
Now Goldsman and the team have made deals with a set of writers, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the names. For one, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is in there. But what may be most notable is the name not on the list at all. Read More »
Ernie Cline is reportedly writing a Ready Player One sequel. Let that sink in while I give you some context.
A few weeks back, there were lots of rumors about Warner Bros. going out to top notch directors after reading the latest draft to Ready Player One. Cline’s book was released in 2011 but sold its movie rights even before that. Since then, several writers have been hired to crack the story – which involves a massive online world and a pop-culture infused race to win billions – but nothing quite stuck. Then Zak Penn took over and, suddenly, names like Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson were being thrown around. It was a huge step.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about the Ready Player One movie. So, in the meantime, I went back and read the book for a second time. The first time I read it, I finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. The second time, even though I’d already read it, it took me all of 4 days to finish. Cline’s huge imagination and pop culture vocabulary create a story that’s both wholly original yet totally composed of the tattered remnants of our childhoods. It’s just a wonderful, exciting, vibrant and awesome book.
Since releasing Ready Player One, Cline has been working on a mysterious new book called Armada, which is out later this year. Now, in a very surprising move, he’s apparently also working on a Ready Player One sequel. Read more about it below. Read More »
The odds of this happening are akin to successfully navigating an asteroid field, but it’s just so fun we had to pass it along. One site is reporting that Warner Bros. has offered Christopher Nolan the opportunity to direct Ready Player One, Ernie Cline‘s pop culture-infused sci-fi adventure, adapted by Zak Penn.
Recently, we reported that Penn’s script had been turned into the studio. If they like it, the timing is right to go out to directors. However, you have to think that Warner Bros. offers Nolan every single movie they have. If he wanted to direct Justice League, Wonder Woman, another Batman movie or The Hobbit, he could. So the question is, if this happened at all, would Christopher Nolan ever direct this film? Also, what does the offer say about the state of the property? Read more about Christopher Nolan Ready Player One below. Read More »
Fans of pop culture and video games have probably been waiting to hear what’s up with Ready Player One. Based on the book of the same title by Ernie Cline, the film rights were scooped up by Warner Bros. way back in 2010. Most recently we heard Zak Penn had taken over screenwriting duties on the project, which is about a futuristic world where everyone lives in a virtual reality. The man who created that reality dies, which starts a Willy Wonka-esque quest for its players to win his multi-billion dollar fortune. To win, they’ll have to exhibit aptitude in the things he loved growing up. Mainly, eighties movies, music and video games.
In a new interview with Penn, he’s confirmed the script for the Ready Player One movie is done and says one of the issues that may hold the film back from being what he imagined is licensing all the video games. Read about that, and how Penn cracked some of the book’s amazing visuals, below. Read More »
When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »
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Last week it was announced that Legendary Pictures would be teaming with Universal to produce Pacific Rim 2 for an April 7, 2017 release. While that date is nearly three years away, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is making the rounds talking about The Strain television series adaptation and has revealed some details about the big monster big mech sequel. Learn some of the new Pacific Rim 2 details after the jump.
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It’s official: a Pacific Rim sequel is coming. Pacific Rim 2 has been set for a 2017 release, which Universal will bring to theaters. Additionally Guillermo del Toro says he’s also developing an animated Pacific Rim show that will debut before the film sequel. Read More »