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Briefly: Paramount has confirmed and cleared contracts and deals for the next World War Z sequel, which is definitely moving forward. The studio has announced a release date of June 9th, 2017 two years from now for "World War Z 2" (though it will likely get a new title). Brad Pitt will be back to star again, and he'll be working with director J.A. Bayona for this sequel, which will be "starting with a clean slate" according to the screenwriter. The first movie, based on Max Brooks' beloved zombie book, showed zombies taking over the world in a global epidemic. Only Pitt was brave enough to keep hunting for a solution. We'll keep an eye out for more updates as they continue to work on this sequel. The first movie opened in June of 2013.
We've heard this before. But hopefully this time something actually happens. Straight out of the Cannes Market, Screen Daily is reporting that Chinese collective C2M Media Group will "co-develop and co-finance" the sci-fi adaptation of Neuromancer, along with UK sales team GFM Films. The interesting bit is that filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, who was attached for years and years developing this, is apparently no longer involved (as he is not mentioned anywhere) but they do mention: "producer Lucas Foster is currently in talks with new writers and a director on the project." We'll have to wait to find out who that might be.
Now they have my attention. It's being reported by Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to hire Edward Zwick (aka Ed Zwick) for the in-development Jack Reacher sequel, which will once again star Tom Cruise. Based on Lee Child's book series, the first film followed Cruise as Jack Reacher being framed for killing innocent people, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. While McQuarrie has since moved on to direct Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, he will still be executive producing this. Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2 with Zwick at the helm, directing a script by Richard Wenk that will be revised by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz before they start filming. A few more details on this next one found below.
Now this is good news. THR is reporting that the sequel to Goon, the awesome cult hockey movie starring Seann William Scott, will be directed by actor Jay Baruchel, making his directorial debut with this film. Baruchel is a major proponent behind the entire film, as he's co-writing the screenplay with Jesse Chabot, and also starring again as Seann William Scott's character's friend Pat. Of course they've got Seann William Scott back as violent hockey player Doug "The Thug" Glatt and they're already gearing up to start filming in June in Toronto. I've got a good feeling about this, it all sounds quite promising, especially with Baruchel. It was also revealed the title of this follow-up is Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Bring on the hockey fights.
Another day, another remake. Or this time a reboot. Or whatever the heck it will be. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is now in development on a new version of The Fugitive, working with producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson who helped make the first one. The Fugitive movie every knows, the one with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones from 1993, was actually adapted from a TV series from the 1960s. The report mentions it'll be a movie, with Christina Hodson (The Eden Project, Shut In) writing the script, but that's about it as details are sparse on what exactly it is beyond a new take. Maybe they want Harrison Ford back?
If you've been following the career of funky Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, this is pretty big for him and I'm already curious to see it. THR is reporting that a Cannes project being sold in the market this year is one titled Colossal, from Nacho Vigalondo (of 7:35 in the Morning, Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), and it will star Anne Hathaway. The pitch for it is pretty dang cool - check this out: "Described as Godzilla meets Lost in Translation — Hathaway will play Gloria, an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown." I bet you're curious, too.
It's time. French director Luc Besson has announced his next project, and he's going back to sci-fi once again. Besson just joined Twitter and the first thing he wrote was an announcement ("My first tweet ever! Let's share a real news!") with details on his new project - an adaptation of the graphic novel Valerian. He has finished casting, with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen in the upcoming Paper Towns) set to star, shooting the end of this year, for release in summer of 2017 from EuropaCorp. Bring on the big epic Besson sci-fi! I am a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element (it's one of my favorites ever) and if this is indeed him going back to that style (based on this cover I'd say so), then hell yes. See all the tweets + details below.
One of the films we've been supporting ever since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival is a little gem called The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Ethan's review), which Sony Pictures Classics is releasing later this year. Well, the director of that film, Marielle Heller (seen left above), is a very talented filmmaker who has already landed her next big directing gig. Deadline reports that Heller is set to direct a project called On The Basis Of Sex for Focus Features, and the exciting news is that she has secured Natalie Portman for the lead role. Whoa! Portman is now (hopefully) going to be working with two of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers out there - Alex Garland and Marielle Heller. I couldn't be happier about this news.
While we wait for Warner Bros to figure out what to do with Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, the filmmaker already has another project lined up. A press release sent out has announced that Nichols is attached to direct a film called Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, based on the couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia. Production is already slated to start shooting in September later this year in Virginia, meaning this is definitely next for Jeff Nichols, and Warner Bros is likely going to push back Midnight Special until after he finishes all the major work on this film. "I was struck by the simplicity of the Loving's story, and I hope to make this a painfully beautiful film," Nichols comments. Sounds good.
More Louis please! Ask and you shall receive. It looks like comedian/filmmaker Louis C.K. is headed back to feature filmmaking, with THR reporting that he's ready to write, direct and star in a new independent film titled I'm a Cop. Aside from Louis C.K. being involved, Scott Rudin (of Captain Phillips, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rosewater, While We're Young, Top Five recently) is producing, which means this project has plenty of weight behind it. I'm a huge fan of Louis and I've been waiting to write about him again, as he once directed a few features, including Pootie Tang, before focusing on his comedy work and eventually his Emmy-winning show "Louie". So what is his new script about (besides a cop of some kind)? Let's find out.
It looks like Hollywood may be running out of well-known titles from the past to remake, because now they're reaching into the late 90s for a cult sci-fi horror film for inspiration. THR reports Lionsgate is developing a remake of the 1997 flick Cube. The film is being described as a reimagining of the original film and is going by the title Cubed this time. The first film came from Splice director Vincenzo Natali, but this time it will be up and coming director Saman Kesh behind the camera to update the project for audiences 18 years later. In addition, Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is on board to produce with Roy Lee. Read on!
Briefly: Because a studio just can't refuse to do a sequel to a horror film that made even a little bit of money at the box office, Universal Pictures has announced that Ouija 2 will arrive on October 21st, 2016. The Blumhouse Pictures project was announced yesterday, though there are no details on where the new franchise will go story wise. Platinum Dunes will be back to produce again with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) scripting the sequel. There's also no word on whether any of the cast members from the first film, such as Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith, will be back in any capacity. Stay tuned for more soon.
While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts.
Now that director James Wan has Furious 7 under his belt as a huge blockbuster success, he's one of the most sought after directors working right now. Wan is reportedly wanted to direct Aquaman for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, but there's a chance that Universal could bring him back for Furious 8 as well. Now there's one more project that wants Wan behind the camera as THR reports Sony wants the filmmaker to direct Robotech, their big screen adaptation of the revered anime. The studio picked up the property back in March with the intention of moving quickly toward a future global franchise.