Aladdin Remake Writer Unhappy

Last week, the first teaser for Disney’s live-action remake of their contemporary classic Aladdin arrived with middling reactions. With the exception of a few key establishing shots of the city of Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders, as well as the first glimpse at Mena Massoud as Aladdin reaching for the genie’s lamp, the teaser was rather lackluster.

And it turns out one of the original film’s screenwriters isn’t too happy with it either, but for an entirely different reason. Read More »

pirates of the caribbean 5 release date

Yes, there’s somehow a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out later this month. But somehow, despite the fact that it’s been six years since the fourth film was released and On Stranger Tides seems to have left absolutely no cultural footprint whatsoever, the upcoming Dead Men Tell No Tales is apparently surprisingly good.

Below, you’ll find the first clip from the film, and learn the bizarre reason why star Johnny Depp reportedly threw out an early draft of the movie that featured a female villain.
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archer and armstrong movie

While Sony struggles to build an entire movie universe out of the Spider-Man franchise, another comic book world is waiting in the wings. The studio partnered up with Valiant Comics a few years back to bring series like Bloodshot and Harbinger into theaters, but it’s been a slow road and a revolving door of writers and directors. Hopefully, this latest announcement will stick, because there’s a ton of promise in the Valiant characters.

The movie adaptation of Archer & Armstrong, which has seemingly laid dormant for a little while, has found a new director in Ruben Fleischer and a new screenwriter in Terry Rossio.

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He-Man movie

Sony and Escape Artists are still trying to bring an old series of 30-minute toy commercials back to the big screen, but somehow, cracking the approach to Masters of the Universe has proven difficult. A few approaches have been taken over the past decade, from Justin Marks’ well-regarded script Grayskull that fell by the wayside long ago, to other efforts that have also failed to hit the screen. (So far, at least. )

Now Christopher Yost, who wrote on Thor: The Dark World and has his hands in Thor: Ragnarok as well, is going to sharpen He-Man’s sword. Read More »

Jonny Quest movie

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest, about the globe-trotting adventures of a boy, his scientist father, and a small group of compatriots, has been in development as a film for years. Back in 2008 a Jonny Quest script even ended up on the Black List of popular unproduced screenplays. But that version stalled out, and has remained in limbo for a very long time. Now Warner Bros. has revived the Jonny Quest movie plan, and has Robert Rodriguez set to direct.  Read More »

Steve McQueen Treatment Yucatan

In the late ’60s, when Steve McQueen (the actor, not the current director) was one of the biggest stars in the world, McQueen outlined a treatment for an action/adventure movie. “Outlined” may be too simple a word; in fact, there’s a 1700-page document from McQueen setting up the film. Now that outline is being turned into a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) called Yucatan, which is now a potential starring vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr. Read More »

Masters of the Universe: Jeff Wadlow

Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well.   Read More »

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After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.

Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.

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Long before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, screenwriter Terry Rossio was hired and completed a script for a fifth installment. The success of the fourth film all but assured Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be made, especially when Johnny Depp said he’d do it and a list of rumored directors was leaked. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has now issued an encouraging update. In a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, he confirmed that the script has been completed but “we decided we could do better.” They’re now re-outlining the story.

After the jump read more about this as well as his detailed and enlightening comments on the budgetary drama surrounding his next film, The Lone Ranger. Read More »

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Even though I more or less was bored out of my mind during Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I’d show up for a fifth movie in a second. There’s just something inherently exciting about that world and that character. And despite the film being a critical flop (33% on Rotten Tomatoes) Disney knows I’m not the only one. On Stranger Tides is a bonafide, worldwide box office phenomenon that just became the seventh highest grossing film in international history. That – and the fact that he’s reportedly made $350 million off the four films – is probably why, despite some earlier reports that he wanted to wait, Johnny Depp is now close to signing a deal to star in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Read more after the jump. Read More »