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Just over a week ago, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema decided not to move forward with Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Despite having directors Bobby & Peter Farrelly ready to go with the two leading man reprising their roles, the studio only saw a "limited upside" if they made the film, despite the fact that the comedy would only cost about $30 million to make. Well, that studio's loss is now hopefully a gain for Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures who have just picked up the sequel which could go into production early this fall for a 2014 release.
Though we're not sure when Justice League will get off the ground, next year, audiences will be able to see an assembly of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 1980s-something space guy on the big screen next year. That's right, they're all in The LEGO Movie, the newest animated venture from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. This has all the charm and hilarity of the aforementioned animated children's book adaptation with a clear love for the LEGO toys and a comedic sensibility that kids and adults will all enjoy. Chris Pratt and Morgan Freeman stick out as voice talent along with Will Arnett as a great Batman. This looks awesome! Watch!
Right now you can see Russell Crowe in action as Jor-El, father of the last son of Krypton in Man of Steel, but soon enough the Australian actor will take post behind the camera. Deadline has word that Crowe is currently in talks to make his directorial debut with The Water Diviner, a period drama scripted by Australian television writing duo Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. The story follows an Australian patriarch who journeys to Turkey in order to find his two sons who went missing aft the battle of Gallipoli in 1919. However, Crowe will not stay behind the camera as he is also looking to star in the drama. Read on!
Back in March, director Robert Rodriguez announced a cool short film project called Two Scoops starring Electra Avellan and Elise Avellan, the sultry twin actresses from Machete and Grindhouse, as "ice cream scoopers by day, danger seekers by night." What made this project truly cool was Rodriguez asked fans to shoot footage of themselves with a chance to collaborate with Rodriguez and finish the film. At the time, there was plenty in the teaser for the film that needed to be finished, including the creation of the monster. Now the film is finished, and you can see what Rodriguez and his fans came up with below. Watch!
The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and Hanna director Joe Wright have flirted with Houdini, a film based on the popular book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, but neither came through to finalize a deal. Now Deadline reports a new director has stepped up to the plate with Galaxy Quest and RED 2 director Dean Parisot now in talks to take over the project which Summit Entertainment has been developing for years. Rather that simply focusing on Harry Houdini, the legendary master illusionist, and his career as a magician, the film dives into the secret life of the renaissance man.
At least we have a name! Some will remember we've been covering news on a sci-fi project that visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull is developing - a "big space adventure movie." Our last update was in February 2012, but an article in THR (found via The Film Stage) picks up again with Trumbull covering details on a project titled UFOTOG. It's just an acronym of UFO and photographer, which is also what it's about. Even though this experiment runs only 10 minutes long, it was indeed shot in 4K 3D and at 120FPS (aka HFR) on Canon C500 cameras meaning it will look incredible, but is there anything to it? Or is it all just a tease?
Tomorrow a brand new trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will arrive, and this one should actually have footage from the movie as opposed to the hilarious teasers featuring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner talking to the audience. But in the meantime, Paramount Pictures has decided to keep the hype going with the first teaser poster for the film. The film doesn't even need the entire face of Ferrell to sell the film. Hell, it doesn't even need the film's title. All we get is Ron Burgundy's signature mustache, and the familiar quote turned tagline "It's kind of a big deal." We can't wait!
Finally some major progress on the long-awaited Logan's Run remake. Warner Bros has been developing a reboot of the sci-fi classic Logan's Run, based on the 1967 novel turned into a 1976 movie. It initially had Nicolas Winding Refn attached for years, but he's no longer on-board and seemed pessimistic when I asked him about it in my interview. Deadline is reporting they've lined up a big name from the video game world to write a new script for the sci-fi remake - Ken Levine, the creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games, behind the incredible BioShock series. Levine was named one of the "Storytellers of the Decade" by Game Informer. His career began as a screenwriter and playwright and he's venturing back for this project.
Sad news for fans eagerly awaiting another sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise arrived at the beginning of the summer when Universal Pictures announced: "In coordination with filmmakers, [we've] decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal's beloved franchise." We were left wondering just when the film might arrive, and now we have a window for release. ComingSoon is attending the 2013 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas where they spotted a big Jurassic Park banner touting "2015" for the release.
We've already seen a couple of trailers from across the pond for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year, the directorial debut of Brüno and Borat writer Dan Mazer, which he also wrote himself. Now the film is poised to debut in the United States later this summer, and a new trailer has arrived. Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) play an unlikely couple who are inexplicably happy, embarking on a new chapter of their life by getting married. But their friends and family don't think it will last, and their exes, played by Anna Faris and Simon Baker, might make their predictions come true.
Open your heart. Find your voice. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, stop by and check this out. The Weinstein Co recently debuted a trailer for a film called Unfinished Song, written & directed by Paul Andrew Williams. The British charmer stars Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, Byzantium, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) as the director of a local singing group who befriends a grumpy old man, played by Terence Stamp. The cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid. This looks to be another uplifting charmer in the vein of Quartet. Can Tamina tame cranky Zod through singing?
Unsurprisingly, Man of Steel, the superhero franchise reboot from producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder, took the box office by storm this past weekend opening with just over $201 million worldwide. And now there's rampant discussion about the film from a subtle set up for Justice League to the developing sequel bringing back Snyder and writer David S. Goyer. But even more prominent than either of those possibilities is what actually happens on the big screen at the end of Man of Steel. If you haven't seen the film yet, then you definitely won't want to read on, because what follows is discussion of spoilers.
Back in the fall of 2011, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later) was hired to direct Summit Entertainment's film reboot of the fan favorite franchise Highlander. Since then, Ryan Reynolds became attached to lead the film, but late last year Fresnadillo fell away from the project, and now The Wrap reports the film is without a leading man as well. The Green Lantern star has reportedly backed out of the production as well, leaving producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis to start all over. Reynolds' departure comes after Summit wasn't able to find a replacement for Fresnadillo quickly enough.
What an oddly amusing first look. Disney has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for their new animated musical Frozen, starring the voice of Kristen Bell as Anna in a "Snow Queen"-inspired story. However, instead of actually showing footage, the teaser takes a cue from Ice Age and is just a comical short featuring a goofy snowman and a reindeer hungry for a carrot. At the least, it seems like that might be (the lead guy) Kristoff's reindeer, but they don't show any other main characters or even give us a sound of the voices or music. That said, this may work well marketed to families but I still wish it had some real footage. Have fun!