Universal has found the director to captain its Treasure Island adaptation. Dean DeBlois, who has helmed every film in DreamWorks’ acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, has been tapped as the Treasure Island movie director in the first big-screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel since the ’90s.

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Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Treasure Island’

Briefly: Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. have done well together with the Sherlock Holmes films, and the studio has now set the director to tackle Treasure Island.

Lionel Wigram, the producer who set up Sherlock, has been developing Treasure Island for some time, and since he’s taking the same sort of ‘period + modern style’ approach to the Robert Louis Stevenson story that worked for Sherlock, it makes sense that Ritchie would take the director’s chair.

Alex Harakis is the latest screenwriter to board the project. We don’t know if he’s going to work from previous drafts that Wigram and Warners had commissioned, or if this is a page one rewrite. We also don’t know where this lies on the priority list for Ritchie, Wigram, and WB. They’re working on that Man From U.N.C.L.E. update that Steven Soderbergh walked away from, and Ritchie may end up doing some new version of Cannonball Run, as well. [Deadline]

There’s a lot of sequel casting and development to report today, and so after the break you’ll find:

  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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Page 2: Groundhog Day Edition (and Much More)

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 24 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The big Elijah Wood news in the past couple days was that the actor will appear in The Hobbit to reprise his character Frodo from The Lord of the Rings. (Details on that appearance here.) But he’s also got another role booked: he’ll be Ben Gunn in a Sky TV adaptation of Treasure Island, scripted by Stewart Harcourt and directed by Steve Barron (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Eddie Izzard is playing Long John Silver, which is brilliant.

After the break, Neve Campbell books a role to follow Scream 4, and Michael Fassbender circles a Sean Penn film.
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Carter Beats the Devil is one of those novels that made a big splash, was quickly optioned and then dropped right into development hell. But now it is getting a second chance at Warner Bros., with Michael Gilio set to script. (He wrote the draft of Treasure Island for WB that Paul Greengrass is reportedly directing.) In addition, Gilio has written a script for director Alexander Payne. But is that for Payne to produce, or direct? Read More »

Paul Greengrass Not Directing Fantastic Voyage


Just over a month ago we reported that Paul Greengrass, the director of Bloody Sunday, United 93, Green Zone and the last two Bourne films, would make quite a stylistic change by taking a job directing the remake of Fantastic Voyage that James Cameron is producing. Now, as it turns out, he won’t do that job after all. Instead, Greengrass may direct another large-scale tentpole adventure. Read More »


We’d heard earlier this year that a new Treasure Island movie was in development, the idea being to create a version of the story that has the same appeal as the Sherlock Holmes and Pirates of the Caribbean films — in other words, a mostly modern take that happens to be set in the original time period.

Now it appears that the same producer behind Sherlock Holmes, Lionel Wigram, is putting together his own Treasure Island with Warner Bros., hopefully beating the other one out of the game and ensuring that it will be exactly the same sort of film as Sherlock. Read More »