Sony Pictures has hired Game of Thrones director Alex Graves to direct its live-action adaptation of Mulan based on the Chinese legend of a young female warrior who takes her sick father’s place in the Chinese Imperial Army. This news comes a week after hearing that both Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures were courting Asian filmmakers for their competing Mulan movies. Hit the jump to learn more about Sony’s Mulan director.
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I hope you didn’t think that spectacles like the Great Snow White Race of 2011 were going to disappear in 2012. There are multiple incarnations of Beauty and the Beast, Frankenstein and many other tales brewing at studios, all of which want to squeeze some money out of recognizable public domain characters.

Dracula is looking like the next target of attacks on multiple fronts. We just heard that Dracula Year Zero is back from the dead, and the film Harker, which recasts the Bram Stoker character as a member of Scotland Yard, is gearing up. Now Sony has picked up a new Dracula spec script from Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror, Mirror and a rewrite on The Tomb), with the intent to create a ‘period franchise.’ Read More »

It just isn’t as difficult to pair ’80s action icons as it used to be. The Expendables blazed a new trail for guys like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to work in the same film, and the sequel is soon to expand that testosterone showcase.

Last month it started to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger would also join Sylvester Stallone in a prison film called The Tomb. (Which, appropriately enough, was almost a Bruce Willis film at one point.) Now the two actors are locked and Mikael Håfström (The Rite, 1408) is set to direct, with Summit ready to distribute. Read More »

The Tomb is like a revolving door of action stars and directors. The Summit project has been kicking around since 2008, with Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) as the original director and then Antoine Fuqua once set to direct and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger flirting with the lead role. Now all of the above have moved on, and Willis and Schwarzenegger’s comrade in Expendability, Sylvester Stallone, is signing on to star. Read More »

Unless you’ve been staring into your mirror, mirror on the wall for the past year, you know there are two competing Snow White films being released in 2012. There’s Universal’s dark, epic action film Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron and then there’s Relativity’s lighter, family-oriented Snow White, directed by Tarsem Singh, starring Lily Collins (above), Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts. The former is scheduled for June while the latter will be out in March.

While both projects are still in production and very much shrouded in secrecy (save for some concept photos here and there) screenwriter Jason Keller, who wrote the Singh project, has revealed some interesting behind the scenes details about the film. It’s a “comedic adventure,” was scouting locations before the script was done and was sped up as a direct result of the other project. There’s much more after the jump. Read More »

Recently Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, was linked to the adaptation of Justin Cronin‘s zombie apocalypse novel The Passage. Previously developed by Ridley Scott and screenwriter John Logan, the movie is now going to get a new script revision at the hands of Jason Keller. (Writer of Machine Gun Preacher, and the Snow White project at Relativity.) Read More »

Michael Mann‘s list of possible new projects is extensive, but he seems to be winnowing it down to just two. Recently there was some confirmation that Michael Mann would indeed direct a film called Agincourt, based on the famous battle of the same name, as also depicted in Henry V. Independent, the company run by Luc Roeg (Nicolas Roeg’s son) is developing Agincourt, with Benjamin Ross rewriting the script turned in by Michael Hirst, and an eventual shoot planned in the UK and France.

It appears that Agincourt is still the most likely next film for Michael Mann, but now he is also signed to develop a script based on the book  Go Like Hell, with an eye to possibly direct. The book follows the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to reinvent itself, and the showdown with Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid ’60s. Much more detail on the project is after the break. Read More »

They cast the queen, they cast the prince and now they’ve cast their lead. Lily Collins, daughter of rock star Phil Collins, best-known for her role in The Blind Side, has been cast as the title character in Snow White, the Relativity Media re-imagining of the classic tale directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals). She’ll star alongside Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the Queen and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Andrew Alcott. It’s written by Melissa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher).

Originally titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, this film is now being referred to simply as Snow White and it looks like it’ll be the first of several competing projects to get out of the gate. Others include Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Disney’s Snow and the Seven written by Michael Arndt. Singh’s Snow White is currently in pre-production and will begin filming in May aimed at a June 29, 2012 release. After the jump, read the official plot description and more about Collins. Read More »

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is in talks to star in Antoine Fuqua‘s prison escape drama The Tomb. According to Deadline, Willis would play Ray Breslin, “the world’s foremost authority on structural security” who is framed and incarcerated in an escape-proof master prison he designed himself. Breslin is on a mission to escape, using MacGyver-like tricks, and find the person who put him behind bars.

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Akiva Goldsman to Direct ‘Man and Wife’


Feels like Akiva Goldsman‘s name has been all over the place recently. In addition to his many completed producer credits of late (Fringe, Jonah Hex, Fair Game) he’s producing the Paranormal Activity sequel and was once erroneously thought to be a directorial contender. He’s producing the Toxic Avenger remake. He’s writing and producing the Dark Tower adaptation, though that will likely not materialize for quite some time. And he has been looking for a film to act as his directorial debut.

There was a point where Goldsman was trying to make a film version of Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale. And while that may still happen, the news now is that his first feature as director will be called Man and Wife. Read More »