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After making his feature directorial debut with the poignant and hilarious satire Dear White People this year, director Justin Simien is ready to head into more broad comedy. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has picked up the 2013 Black Listed comedy script Make a Wish from first-time writer Zach Frenkel with Simien attached to direct. In addition, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie will star in the film as Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying 14-year-old who adores the athlete. However, his dying wish isn't just to meet the football player. Read on!
After the disaster that was Transformers: Age of Extinction, we know you're just chomping at the bits to get Mark Wahlberg back on the big screen as an inventor and friend of the Autobots. Well, the good news is that the actor is currently making the publicity rounds for this month's release of The Gambler, and of course he was asked about the future of the toy-selling franchise. MTV asked if he was coming back for the inevitable Transformers 5, and Wahlberg said, "Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more… you know I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on the set soon.” Wait, what's that about Bay now?
After teaming up with Red Granite to get the sequel Dumb & Dumber To off the ground, Deadline reports Jim Carrey is getting ready to reteam with the production banner for a new project. Deep Cover is a new comedy that was just picked up by Red Granite from an original pitch by Johnny Rosenthal, an up and coming writer who has a project called The Three Tenors in development at Lionsgate, a comedy called Iron Jack at Sony, and his work on Bad Santa 2 at Dimension. Unfortunately, the plot of this new original pitch is being kept under wraps, but it's likely a comedic approach to an undercover cop situation. More below!
Briefly: For those who didn't know, 20th Century Fox and New Regency were developing a thriller starring Steve Carell. We heard about this project back in October, but details were sparse on the story other than that it was a paranoia thriller. Now new details have emerged, but only because the project has been scrapped entirely. Deadline reports the film that was going to begin production in March, but the setting of the film was North Korea. And due to the recent uproar of threats to the US from the country due to the comedy The Interview, which has resulted in the film being pulled from theaters, the project is now dead.
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role.
The cast of Suicide Squad was officially confirmed at the beginning of the month with Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. But that's only our heroes. What about their overseers? Well, after names like Oprah Winfrey an Octavia Spencer were said to be in contention for the role of prison warden Amanda Waller, Latino Review is reporting that Viola Davis (Ender's Game, The Help) is taking the role of a former congressional aide and government agent placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty. More below!
Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. Read on!
After being rumored to head back to the seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, former franchise star Orlando Bloom spoke with IGN about the possibility of returning to the Disney adventure series. Bloom confirmed that he's been talking with the studio about coming back, but it's not a done deal. He said, "I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks." And it sounds like his discussions have keyed him into some details that we hadn't heard before. Bloom adds, "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son..."
Next year we'll likely see Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for a King, though no specific release date has been revealed. And now Deadline reports Hanks is looking at taking on another one of Eggers' books. The star of Saving Mr. Banks and Saving Private Ryan is said to have his eye on The Circle, which is set to be adapted for the screen and directed by The Spectacular Now and Smashed filmmaker James Ponsoldt. The novel was just published last year and follows a woman hired at The Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, but the dream job turns into a questionable nightmare.
Though Hugh Jackman indicated earlier this year that the sequel to The Wolverine might be his last outing as the adamantium clad mutant, a month later he pulled back citing X-Men: Days of Future Past as the force pulling him back to the franchise and the character that made him a star. There's been rumblings of him shooting X-Men: Apocalypse and the next solo chapter of Wolverine's story back-to-back, but as of now, Jackman told Josh Horowitz on The Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Empire) that he's still in talks about his role in the future of X-Men, and nothing is set in stone. But there could be some bigger plans too.
It's that time of the year again. Along with awards season, key players in the industry also round up The Black List, a yearly rundown of the "most liked" screenplays floating around Hollywood, as voted on by development executives. Founded by Film executive Franklin Leonard in 2005, this has become quite the coveted accolade for rising writers, especially with previous films like Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, Juno and The King's Speech being named on the list. Movies on the Black List have earned 37 wins at the Oscars and nearly 200 nominations, and more than 270 of them have gone on to get produced. And now we have the list of the best (or rather most liked) unproduced screenplays going around Hollywood in 2014. More below!
Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love.
Briefly: Just before we weekend, we learned that Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures were shifting their action adventure Skull Island back to March 10th, 2017, and they had also changed the title to Kong: Skull Island. Now Deadline reports the film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) and starring Tom Hiddleston has just gained a cast member in the form of J.K. Simmons, fresh off endless praise for his stirring turn in this year's Whiplash. No word on who he is playing, but the film has been said to focus on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island, so he's likely part of the team. Stay tuned for anymore details.
There's so many tidbits of information hitting the web due to the leaked documents and e-mails from the hack of Sony Pictures that it's hard to keep track of it all. Well, over the weekend, one story finally got some traction after being online for a few days before that. While plenty of details are leaking concerning various projects at Sony Pictures, the hack is also creating some potential secrecy issues for other studios as discussions in the e-mails mentions unknown details about projects outside of Sony. The latest revelation is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics may have a director for Aquaman already, and it's not Zack Snyder.