Christopher McQuarrie is definitely directing Mission: Impossible 5 for returning star Tom Cruise, but things have taken a slight detour. The production just hired Will Staples to re-write the script which was originally written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Staples has yet to have a screenplay produced, but is a vet in the world of video game writing. His biggest success is the video game equivalent of Avatar or The Avengers: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Read More »


Ben Affleck is a busy guy. He’s shooting Gone Girl now, for director David Fincher, and then will put on Batman’s outfit for Zack Snyder and Batman vs. Superman. Plus, he’s got his own next directorial effort, Live By Night, ready to go forward. Or it was ready to go, before Snyder’s movie got in the way; but by the time Affleck is done with the bat-suit he should be able to get moving quickly on the Dennis Lehane adaptation.

But Affleck has other stuff in the pipeline, too, and the latest is a new, currently untitled story that is “an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism.” In case that sounds too heady, it’s also an action movie. Read More »

Vin Diesel

Briefly: These days, you can’t open a web page without seeing the name Vin Diesel. He’s opening massive franchises. He’s rumored for a Marvel movie. He’s reprising iconic roles and he’s always aiming to get films made. Knowing all that, the title for his next movie is incredibly fitting.

Diesel has just signed on to star in World’s Most Wanted, based on a pitch by video game writers Will Staples and Sean O’Keefe, and rewritten by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans). Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz is also attached to the Universal project.

There are no details about the plot, nor a director attached, but the title obviously brings to mind all kinds of globe-trotting action possibilities. Well have more when it’s available. [Deadline]

Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Jeremy Renner Returns to Crime in ‘King of Heists’

Jeremy Renner is a busy man, but not too busy to sign on for a promising new film. He scored an Oscar nomination for The Town, so going into another heist picture evidently seems like a good idea. The actor is now attached to the in-development film adaptation of J. North Conway‘s book King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America. Yep, this one is a period tale, with Renner set to possibly play a guy who took almost $3m from a Manhattan bank over one hundred years ago. Read More »

Call of Duty writer Will Staples is being courted by 20th Century Fox to write a film called Myth that already has Sam Worthington, James Cameron and Lorenzo di Bonaventura interested in producing. Nothing is known about the story of the film except, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.” Sold. Read more after the break. Read More »