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Disney has snapped up rights to another beloved franchise. Variety/Deadline are reporting The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have finalized an agreement over rights to the Indiana Jones franchise. Paramount has held onto the rights to Indiana Jones ever since they financed Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg in 1981, securing a five-picture deal in the process. Recently, Disney has been working hard to acquire all our favorite childhood franchises. In this deal they got the "distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights" when they acquired Lucasfilm.
Following yesterday's news that Jerry Bruckheimer was in talks to return to Paramount Pictures after his longtime first-look deal, it's official. The studio and Bruckheimer made the announcement today with their deal beginning in April of 2014. In addition, the deal also includes details on a new Beverly Hills Cop and also Top Gun 2. Both films will bring back their respective stars Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise with Bruckheimer producing the two new films which were produced during his early success at Paramount. In addition, Bruckheimer also took one of his Disney projects to his new studio home. Read on!
Back in 2011, we reported that Emma Stone was in talks to lead He's F**king Perfect at Fox, a promising romantic comedy from Funny or Die sketch director Jake Szymanski. However, it's been two years since we heard anything about the project, so we were wondering where it went. Well, now we have an update from THR reporting Amanda Seyfried is stepping up to take the lead role in the film now set up at Universal and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with a script that hails from Lauryn Kahn, the former assistant to the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers.
Following the news that Fox is bringing X-Men: Apocalypse to theaters in May of 2016, the studio is keeping around X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to keep their own Marvel universe in line. THR has word that the producer and screenwriter, along with his Genre Films company, have just signed a new three-year first look deal with Fox. It's important to note that Kinberg is also writing the Fantastic Four reboot for director Josh Trank, and Fox hopes that Kinberg will help them craft a universe with their Marvel properties just as the comic book company's own studio did with The Avengers.
Not to be outdone by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer (complete with a tease of Doc Ock and Vulture), director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox have made a huge announcement for the X-Men franchise coming in the summer of 2016. By way of Twitter, Singer merely tweeted, "
#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016" and then Box Office Mojo said the film would arrive on May 27th, 2016. If you're not freaking out about that title, you're not familiar with the iconic X-Men villain called Apocalypse, who has conquered North America and enslaved humanity in the comics. He's one of the most powerful villains the X-Men have faced.
Back in September, we learned that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Company were ending their longtime first-look deal, letting the current contract expire in 2014. This has left Bruckheimer and his production banner looking for a new home, and THR has word that he might end up going back to the source of his early success with Paramount Pictures. Back in the 80s, Bruckheimer found great success with hits like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop (which spawned a franchise that might have a new sequel on the way) and Flashdance, and it would be nice if he returned to more adult, gritty fare there.
Early next year, Kevin Hart will be teaming up with rapper turned actor Ice Cube for the buddy cop comedy Ride Along, and now Universal is teaming the comedian up with a familiar name from the sports world. Deadline has word that Hart will star in Ballers, a basketball comedy from Imagine Entertainment that will team him up with NBA championship winning superstar LeBron James from the Miami Heat. The story follows Hart as a man who lives in the shadow of his professional basketball star brother (James), but gets a chance to run the court when he and his friends hit a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami.
After just learning that Disney was sending their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book to theaters in 2015 with Iron Man and Elf helmer Jon Favreau directing, a competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel is making progress at Warner Bros. Deadline has word that the studio is in early talks with Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to be at the helm. This project first surfaced back in April of 2012 with a script from Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves, and now it has legs again. If you're wondering how this is possible, Kipling's book is in public domain, which means the rights don't need to be purchased in order to adapt the story into a feature film or other medium.
Now that Universal has a release date set for the long delayed The Seventh Son (which they inherited from Warner Bros. when Legendary Pictures moved away from the studio), they're looking at getting another fantasy young adult adaptation off the ground. THR has word that Universal is adapting Laini Taylor's first book in a fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, published in September of 2011. Michael Gracey (who is supposed to direct Tom Hardy as Elton John in Rocketman) will be at the helm of the film which will again feature a female hero, hoping to cash in on the craze surrounding The Hunger Games franchise.
Following the rumors that characters like Nightwing and Wonder Woman would appear in Batman vs. Superman, some casting possibilities emerged with Adam Driver circling the role of Bruce Wayne's former sidekick turned solo and names like Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung were potentially up for the Amazon heroine. Now Variety has confirmed that Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot has officially landed the role of Wonder Woman in the gestating sequel to Man of Steel that will introduce Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. And this isn't speculation as Zack Snyder has made a statement.
Following the sudden, tragic death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker over the weekend, production on the sequel Fast & Furious 7 had been delayed indefinitely to allow the cast and crew to mourn, and director James Wan and the film's producers figure out how to proceed. The film is just over halfway in the can, but there are still plenty of key scenes with Walker's character left to be shot. Now The Wrap has word on a couple of possibilities, the most extreme would have production scrapping everything they've shot and starting over from scratch. But doesn't that seem expensive for a $200 million blockbuster?
If you're a child of the 80s or even 90s, your nightmares might have been touched by Alvin Schwartz's grim and terrifying short horror story and urban legend collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now those horror stories might come back to bite you in the ass as Deadline reports Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just sold a pitch to CBS Films to adapt that very book. However, the film adaptation doesn't sound nearly as terrifying as the book seemed to be as a child. The story will follow a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Read on!
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action.
Over the summer, we learned that Owen Wilson was being lined up to join Jim Carrey in a heist comedy called Loomis Fargo (currently untitled). However, as has become the case with many projects that get the star of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dumb & Dumber involved, Carrey is no longer attached to the film. Instead, The Wrap has learned that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to take the role opposite Wilson in the Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed film about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck.