UPDATE: Since this story was published, The Wrap revealed that director Jake Kasdan is also in talks to get behind the camera for the sequel again. Our original story follows.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became the surprise box office giant of 2017…and 2018. The sequel to the 1995 adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book has earned over $857.6 million at the global box office, making it Sony’s biggest non-Spider-Man movie, and it just took the #1 spot again this past weekend after being in theaters for a month and a half. So of course Sony Pictures is putting a sequel together.
Just last month, we heard that Sony Pictures head honcho Tom Rothman was looking at having a Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle sequel square off with Star Wars: Episode 9 in 2019, just as they did at the end of last year. Now, the studio has officially hired two writers to tackle the sequel: the same duo who wrote Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and followed it up with Sony’s comic book spin-off Venom. Read More »
Way back in 2008, Keanu Reeves was pegged to star as Spike Spiegel in a live-action film adaptation of the influential 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop. An ambitious script was written by Peter Craig (The Town), but it may have ultimately been a bit too ambitious: Reeves speculated it would cost $500 million to film it, and the project eventually faded away.
But Cowboy Bebop is too popular to ignore, and now a new live-action adaptation is in the works: this time, though, it’s being devised as a television series.
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Sony Pictures has dated a movie focusing on Spider-Man villain Venom for October 5, 2018.
Alex Kurtzman has signed on to direct the film. (Update: Exhibitor Relations announced the date and failed to update that Alex isn’t directing.) Hit the jump for more details on the Venom movie.
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While Edgar Wright is set to make the relatively mysterious Baby Driver as his next film, the director has also set up another project to develop as a potential Baby Driver follow-up. Wright has come on board Grasshopper Jungle, which will adapt the YA novel by Andrew Smith.
The book centers on a teenage kid who somehow conjures up a plague that sets an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises on his town. Actually, make that hungry, horny six-foot tall praying mantises. Which, as you can imagine, might be a problem. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s Lovelace loses one star with the exit of Demi Moore, it’s gained another as Chloë Sevigny boards the cast. Sevigny will play a feminist journalist working on a piece about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) for a men’s magazine. She joins a sprawling ensemble cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown, Robert Patrick, and Eric Roberts. A replacement is being sought for Moore, who was set for a small role as feminist icon Gloria Steinem.
The drama chronicles the life of the adult film actress, who gained worldwide fame in the ’70s before quitting her career and joining the anti-pornography movement in the ’80s. Shooting on the film is currently underway in Los Angeles, though no release date has been announced at this time. Sevigny was also recently cast in the indie drama Panarea, opposite Scott Pilgrim actor Mark Webber. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Russell Brand gets family-friendly.
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Briefly: Platinum Dunes has been slowly moving away from producing only horror remakes — having proven an ability to assemble a profitable film in that arena, it’s time to move on to new grounds, I guess. The latest project the company has set up with Paramount is The Hauntrepeneur, a pretty awkwardly-titled spec pitch by Scott Rosenberg that could result in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-type film. Read More »
Dreamworks Animation announced yesterday plans to make a series of 3D computer animated films. First up will be Monsters vs Aliens, which starts production in spring and is aiming for a May 22nd 2009 release.
Digital 3D seems to be the hot new thing in Hollywood. RealD just inked a deal to expand it’s Digital 3-D experience to an additional 200 screens (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and more). Disney’s March 30th release of Meet the Robinsons will go out on more than 600 digital screens
Monsters vs Aliens is supposedly based on the horror comicbook Rex Havoc and the Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic, which is about a monster hunter called upon to battle aliens who disrupt cable TV service. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) was attached to the project for a while, before Maya Forbes (The Larry Sanders Show) and Wally Wolodarsky (The Simpsons) were brought in. Who knows what’s happened since.