Major Matt Mason Movie

Tom Hanks failed to land on the moon in the real life story of Apollo 13 in 1995. But Paramount Pictures will soon have the Oscar winner spend plenty of time on the lunar surface thanks to a new feature film inspired by a classic Mattel action figure.

Major Matt Mason is an astronaut action figure who was created in the 1960s when the United States was competing with the Soviet Union in the heated space race to be the first to land on the moon. And now Tom Hanks will play the character in a movie based on the popular toy. Find out more about the Major Matt Mason movie below. Read More »

brilliance movie

Will Smith is making a big return to sci-fi in a project that reunites him with screenwriter/director Akiva Goldsman, who worked with Smith on such projects as I Am Legend, I, Robot, and most recently (and maybe most notoriously), Winter’s Tale. The pair are developing a Brilliance movie, based on the sci-fi novel by Marcus Sakey which takes place in a world in which 1% of the world has been born with special powers.

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Atlas Comics

For years, Paramount Pictures has a handful of franchises that have kept them afloat: Transformers, Mission: Impossible, Terminator, and a few scattered others. But the studio is perpetually in need of major intellectual property – and in today’s Hollywood, that means they especially need source material for comic book movies.

Now they’ve struck a development, production, and distribution deal with Steven Paul, a producer who recently acquired a majority interest in the Atlas Comics library, to adapt several of those original comics into movies. A writers’ room will be formed “to develop and build out the universe of characters from the expansive Atlas library,” and if you’ve been paying attention to the development of rooms like this in the industry, you already know that there’s apparently only one person ever hired to oversee them: writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin). Read More »

Monument Valley Movie

Paramount is looking to turn the visually stunning mobile game Monument Valley into a movie, and they’ve hired director Patrick Osborne to get the job done. Osborne helmed Feast, an animated Disney short that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Monument Valley is a surreal game loaded with optical illusions, so it will no doubt make for an aesthetically pleasing film. The question is: how do you graft a plot onto it? More on the Monument Valley movie below. Read More »

Ghormenghast TV series

Neil Gaiman is stepping up his TV game. The author has been gradually making his way over to the small screen, first executive producing the Starz adaptation of his magnum opus novel, American Gods, then taking on the role of showrunner for the BBC adaptation of Good Omens. Now, he will be teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to develop a TV adaptation of fantasy novels that he had no part in writing.

Gaiman and Goldman will be adapting the Gormenghast TV series, based off of Mervyn Peake’s acclaimed fantasy series.

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rob liefeld netflix movies

Netflix wants in on that sweet superhero cinematic universe action, and they’ve turned to the creator of Deadpool to make it happen. Rob Liefeld has inked a deal with the streaming service to bring his Extreme Universe comic book characters to a series of inter-connected films. Akiva Goldsman will set up a writers room to tackle the projects.

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Ology movies

In terms of blockbuster franchises, Paramount Pictures has Mission: Impossible, Star TrekTransformers, Terminator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Cloverfield movies to its name. Some of those are more viable than others, so it makes sense that the studio is looking to add some more surefire winners to its library. One of the properties they’re betting on is a series of Ology movies, films that will be based on popular young adult “encyclopedias” that explore concepts like “Alienology” and “Spyology.”

A writers’ room has been put in place to develop scripts for potential movie adaptations, but there’s a catch: the person running the whole thing doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence.

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Akiva Goldsman is no stranger to the minefield of fan franchises. Akiva Goldsman and I bonded when I interviewed him for Underground and shared my love for his maligned adaptation of Winter’s Tale. He survived the original Batman sequels and most recently headed up a writers room for Transformers: The Last Knight. He came aboard Star Trek: Discovery when Bryan Fuller left to focus on American Gods.

Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before The Original Series and tells a continuing serialized story involving the war between The Federation and Klingons. Goldsman spoke with /Film at the CBS party for the Television Critics Association.

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Akiva Goldsman Transformers

When Paramount and Hasbro began laying the groundwork for a potential Transformers Cinematic Universe, they hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room to expand the world. The first movie that resulted from that writers room was this summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight, with a Bumblebee standalone movie next in line.

Things got less certain in the lead-up to The Last Knight’s release, with both director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg suggesting they were done with Transformers movies. Now, /Film has learned that Goldsman is done, too. Goldsman spoke with us at the Television Critics Association, where he was representing Star Trek: Discovery.

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During the Television Critics Association panel for Star Trek: Discovery, producers played the show’s opening title song by Jeff Russo for the first time. The theme song runs a full minute and a half, and they intend it to play on every episode of the CBS All Access streaming service.

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