forrest gump sequel

There was almost a Forrest Gump sequel, but we were never got to see more of the maudlin adventures of Tom Hanks’ accidental witness to history. In a recent interview, screenwriter Eric Roth revealed he completed a script for a sequel, and let’s just say the ideas contained therein were a bit off-the-wall. And to make this whole experience extra surreal, Roth claims it was the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that officially stopped Forrest Gump 2 from ever seeing the light of day.

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The LEGO Movie 2 Design Process

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of the production design for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s writers roundtable with John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), Tamara Jenkins (Private Life), Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) and more, and watch the trailer for the timely and relevant White Savior: The Movie. Read More »

dune first draft

Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune adaptation is finally coming together. The French-Canadian director gave an update on his highly anticipated take on Frank Herbert‘s notoriously difficult-to-adapt sci-fi series, which has challenged and felled great directors like David Lynch, Ridley Scott, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Now Villeneuve is stepping up to the plate with his two-part adaptation, having already completed the first draft of the screenplay with screenwriter Eric Roth. And now with the draft of the screenplay out of the way, Villeneuve confirmed that he plans to start pre-production on the film “soon.”

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House of Cards spinoffs

In the wake of news that the sixth season of House of Cards will be its last comes word of multiple spinoffs. Producers Netflix and Media Rights Capital are in the stages of planing several different ideas for a potential spinoff of the flagship Netflix series, which has been running since 2013. Word of the House of Cards conclusion and potential spinoffs comes on the heels of allegations leveled against star Kevin Spacey.

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eric roth to pen dune

Dune is widely considered to be one of the best sci-fi stories ever, and a daunting task to adapt to film. So it’s a good thing that Legendary has tapped an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated team to helm the reboot.

Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth is set to write the script for Arrival director Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, the second Hollywood adaptation of the beloved Frank Herbert novel after David Lynch’s classic film in 1984 starring Kyle MacLachlan.

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Alienist TV series

The director of True Detective is taking on another full TV series — this time a period thriller set in New York City. The Caleb Carr novel The Alienist will be adapted for television, with True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga (above, with Matthew McConaughey, who is not attached to this series) in the director’s chair. He and Eric Roth will exec produce, with Hossein Amini (Drive) writing the pilot script and also serving as exec producer. The language of the announcement makes it sound like Fukunaga will direct the entire Alienist TV series, rather than just the pilot.

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Briefly: Juan Antonio Bayona, a disciple of Guillermo Del Toro, first directed The Orphanage. He followed that with The Impossible, which garnered Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. Next up, the former music video director will follow his famous friend to Warner Bros. where he’ll direct an untitled sci-fi film written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider) and produced by Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad).

There’s no word on what it’s about but Roth is a hugely talented screenwriter and him teaming with Bayona is something to keep an eye on. [Variety]

Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Eventually, audiences will see a new film about Cleopatra, it’s just a question of when. Angelina Jolie has been attached to play the famous Pharaoh and filmmakers like James Cameron and Paul Greengrass have been attached to make a film based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life. The latest name attached is David Fincher and Variety now reports one of Fincher’s ace collaborators, writer Eric Roth, has been called in to rewrite a first draft by Brian Helgeland. Read More »

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Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.

I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »