Last month it was reported that Real Steel/Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy would helm a big screen adaptation of the popular video game Minecraft. Now it turns out that Levy won’t direct the movie after all. Justin Kroll has learned that “Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave” after the filmmaker and writers presented a new idea to Warner Bros last month but “it didn’t mesh with what the video game developers were looking for.” So the studio will explore other options.
Many people forget that current effort are the second time Warner Bros. has tried to make a unified, DC universe on film. In 2007, before even the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man, a Justice League movie was in the works. George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was set to direct the film, written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Armie Hammer was cast as Batman, D.J. Cotrona was Superman, Adam Brody was The Flash, and Megan Gale was Wonder Woman. However, as the budget continued to balloon, the film was shelved. Then Christopher Nolan released The Dark Knight, Marvel released Iron Man, and this film became a distant memory.
Now, DC is back at it again with Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and possibly The Flash and Wonder Woman leading to another Justice League movie. David Goyer is a good bet to be writing a new Justice League, but for an idea of the movie we almost saw, the script for the 2007 Justice League has now come online. Read More »
As we’re already halfway through October, we’ll soon see a deluge of new marketing materials for films being released in the coveted holiday window. Kicking things off is a new trailer for Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This one uses all the same light comedy and heavy speed ramping that was in the first trailer, and confirms that Rachel McAdams returns for at least a cameo. (Unless that is new co-star Noomi Rapace disguised as McAdams, which seems unlikely.) No glimpse of Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, sadly, but we do get to see more of Jared Harris (Mad Men) as arch-villan Dr. Moriarty.
The trailer doesn’t show us a lot more of the interaction between Holmes and Watson (Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law) beyond what we saw in previous video, choosing instead to emphasize action. Check it out below and try to determine whether or not Ritchie and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have managed to inject a little more heart into this sequel.
Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Tim Burton has a few big projects on his plate: he’s about to direct a big-screen version of the supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, and will be directing a feature-length update of his short film Frankenweenie. He is producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and is attached to produce and/or direct several other films.
Now he has teamed with a major actor to make a new version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel. Some of you might want to prepare for a shock, because the actor is not Johnny Depp, but Josh Brolin. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes won’t hit the big screen until Christmas, but Warner Bros is already developing a sequel.
Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
Indiewire report that Michelle and Kieran Mulroney‘s Paper Man will be receiving the opening night Gala screening of the LA Film Festival. The Mulroneys, in case you had forgotten, were the screenwriters behind the JLA film, Justice League: Mortal. This film, their directorial debut, happens to be a kind of superhero movie too. In the picture at the head of this post you can see Ryan Reynolds as Captain Excellent, alonsgide Jeff Daniels as Richard Dunn, the writer who created him. The film also stars Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow.