The Chronicles of Narnia franchise went on a rapid decline. The first installment in the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was a massive success. Disney’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis‘ novel made close to $800M worldwide — a figure the sequels didn’t come close to matching. The two sequels that followed weren’t as embraced by critics, fans, or filmgoers. The last sequel we saw, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, performed well overseas but made barely over $100M in the states. After two underwhelming sequels, it was decided to hit the reset button and give audiences a reboot.
Below, learn more about the Narnia reboot.
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It’s been six years since the last movie in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise debuted in theaters, and as it was the worst performer at the box office and the worst film in the franchise, it seemed like the franchise was finally over. Despite news surfacing in 2011 that an adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew was in the works at Walden Media, the franchise remained dormant.
Then just a couple years ago, a press release announced that The Silver Chair would be the next book getting the film treatment. There haven’t been any new updates on that project either, but today brings news that the project is very much still in the works. However, it won’t be bringing back anybody from the original franchise. This will be a Chronicles of Narnia reboot. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Aaron Sorkin is the rare screenwriter whose work is as instantly recognizable as any auteur director’s. Steve Jobs was described as an Aaron Sorkin movie just as often, if not more, as it was a Danny Boyle movie. The distinct rat-a-tat patter of his dialogue has also been heard in films by the likes of David Fincher (The Social Network) and Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War).
But now Sorkin’s going to go from just writing movies, to directing them. The Oscar-winning scribe is preparing to make his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on Molly Bloom‘s memoir about her years running an underground poker ring that catered to the Hollywood elite. Read More »
There may be news of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon returning to the Bourne series, but that’s not the only thing the director has going. Greengrass (above, working with Tom Hanks on Captain Phillips) is now attached to direct The Tunnels, a film that could be based on a true story from the Cold War, in which a group of people seek to escape East Berlin in the late ’80s. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
After putting in her time with the Barden Bellas, Rebel Wilson will be reporting for duty to the the U.S. military. The Aussie actress is attached to star in Private Benjamin, New Line’s remake of the 1980 comedy starring Goldie Hawn. Hit the jump for more details on the new version.
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Posted on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Paramount loads another Naked Gun, Fox is going for another ride on the Orient Express. The studio has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie‘s 1934 murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated drama by Sidney Lumet in 1974. Ridley Scott is in talks to produce, along with Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg. More details after the jump.
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A few years back, it seemed like audiences might get a new Chronicles of Narnia movie ever few years. 2005 brought The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which grossed almost $300 million domestic, but when Prince Caspian was released in 2008, that box-office take was cut nearly in half. It got to a point where, if you polled 100 people on the street, I doubt 10 of them would even know The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released in 2010. It only grossed $100 million domestic.
Yet all three films have been much bigger successes overseas. So, after a few years of uncertainty, it seems audiences will be heading back to Narnia once again. The C.S. Lewis and Mark Gordon Companies have announced they are set to develop and produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on the fourth book in Lewis’ series. Read More »
Well-known, environmentally conscious cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers might finally be making a leap to the big screen. The story of five kids from different continents who are given powers to fight pollution, and combine to make the titular superhero, ran for over 100 episodes in the mid-’90s. Since then, producers have tried to bring it to big and small screens alike, with Funny or Die getting the closest by actually casting Don Cheadle to parody the character.
However, it seems Sony Pictures is now close to acquiring the rights to finally make a big-budget, live-action Captain Planet movie. Read More »
Briefly: Hugh Jackman is coming off a wave of good press for Les Miserables, has The Wolverine releasing this year, and is shooting Prisoners now before going on to work with Bryan Singer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
And now he’s got another starring project lined up, as Paramount has picked up the rights to bestselling author Harlan Coben‘s novel Six Years. The book is not yet published, but Paramount just grabbed the rights, and former Fox head Tom Rothman may produce with Mark Gordon.
Jackman would play Jake Fisher, “who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.”
No writer or director is set for the project at this point. The book hits shelves on March 19. [THR]
How would you characterize a deal to create a feature film based on a collection of interviews with the late Steve Jobs, as it is announced mere days after his death? Crass commercialism? Fitting tribute? Perhaps simply good business sense, something that Jobs himself would understand, if not exactly admire?
Regardless, Sony is acquiring the book Steve Jobs, an upcoming tome by Walter Isaacson which is based on interviews with Jobs conducted over the past two years. The studio will quickly begin developing a film based on the book, with Mark Gordon producing. Read More »