You’d think that Battleship‘s dismal $25.5 million opening this past weekend would make Hollywood in general and Universal in particular wary of making more movies based on toys, but no: Universal is now in talks to acquire movie rights to Hero Factory, Lego’s line of robotic toys.

While no director has been named at this point, Predators scribes Michael Finch and Alex Litvak are already negotiating to write the script for the live-action feature, with Mike Gordon, Ben Forkner, and Dean Schneider on board to produce. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer that brought Bruce Willis into the G.I. Joe fold, is recruiting the actor for another action role. The movie is Five Against a Bullet, and Willis will be one of five characters acting as bodyguard for a politician. Think of it perhaps as In the Line of Fire, only with a more determined action bent.

A press release from Columbia says that the Alex Litvak script is about “a Mexican politician who, after his father is killed by a drug cartel, hires the five best bodyguards from around the world to protect him through a contentious election.”

There’s no director on the film at this point, but Columbia wants to move forward quickly, especially with Willis committed. The role doesn’t seem like any sort of surprise for the actor, and while you could argue that it’s a safe bet for Willis, I’ll take the fact that he’s got potentially more challenging gigs coming up in Moonrise Kingdom and Looper, and this might be a straightforward gig that plays directly to his established audience.

You might have seen the trailers for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s version of The Three Musketeers, naturally shot in 3D, and been left wondering if the movie is really for you. The film is on screens today, and to aid you in making the crucial ticket-buying  decision the first few minutes of the film have landed online. They’re not in 3D, but I think you’ll get the idea anyway. Read More »

Some movies are born easily: they represent a whole bunch of factors like script, talent and money that happen to be in the same place at the same time. Others aren’t born so easily, and lurch towards screens in fits and starts. Case in point: Disney’s animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, King of the Elves, and Sony’s attempt to make a new movie out of the ’80s toy line and cartoon Masters of the Universe.

Both films might be picking up steam again, however, after falling off the radar for a while. Read More »

Timur Bekmambetov has been busy at the American Film Market. While he’s planning to direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the next few months, he continues to be a prolific producer. (For better or worse.) Today there is word that he may have not one but two new space-related projects set up with two different companies.

One is Apollo 18, based on the Apollo 18 moon mission, which was canceled in real life, but in the film’s fiction took place in secret. The Weinstein Company will make that one. The other is an as-yet untitled ‘deep space’ film that was pitched to Fox by the Predators writing team, and which Mr. Bekmambetov is circling in some capacity. Read More »


Columbia Pictures has hired Predators scribes Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to pen the new big screen adaptation of Masters of the Universe. HeatVision reports that the scribes “attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately” in their pitch.

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Rob Cohen Goes Medieval, Drops xXx Sequel

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In March it was announced that McG had signed on to develop and possibly direct Medieval, a spec script by Mike Finch & Alex Litvak sold for $800,000 against $1.6 million.  But McG has too many other projects on his plate, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo at Disney, a big screen adaptation of the musical Spring Awakening for Warner Bros and possibly fifth Terminator film.

So who is going to take over for McG? Super duper hack director Rob Cohen. You know, the guy who directed The Fast and the Furious, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Stealth and xXx.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Offered Role in Predators?


As you know, Robert Rodriguez is producing a reboot of the Predator movie franchise titled Predators for 20th Century Fox.  Moviehole has learned that Rodriguez has reached out to Arnold Schwarzenegger to be part of the movie, but the Governator has yet to respond.

But how could Arnold be involved if the film is a complete reboot? Well… apparently the movie might not be a complete reboot after all.

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Alex Litvak Penning Predators


It doesn’t seem entirely unlikely that Robert Rodriguez‘s old Predators pitch was pulled out of the mothballs and dusted down simply because 20th Century Fox wanted something of its kind on the fast track. Just a couple of weeks after the first signs of life on the project and we already know when the film is going to hit the big screen (for those looking to mark their datebooks, that’s July 9, 2010 – but do use a pencil) though we don’t know who is going to be directing.

According to Bloody Disgusting, however, we can now also identify the screenwriter. They’ve scooped the news that Alex Litvak, co-author of the recently sold Medieval, is set up on Predators penmanship duty.

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