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Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama 'Africa' at Skydance

Richard Leakey

As we wait for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directing effort Unbroken to hit theaters this winter, the actress turned filmmaker is moving quickly from project-to-project. We just got some first look photos from her next directorial effort, By the Sea, which stars her husband Brad Pitt, and now Deadline reports she's been lined up to direct Africa, an elephant poaching drama set up at Skydance Productions. With a script from Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) the film follows paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. Read on!

 Posted September 19 in Development, Movie News | Comments

'Fury' Director David Ayer Circles DC Comics' Villainous 'Suicide Squad'

Suicide Squad

Looks like we know one more of one of the many projects Warner Bros and DC Entertainment want to bring to the big screen with their release schedule staked out through 2020. THR has just reported that Fury director David Ayer is currently circling an adaptation of Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics property of the same name. This was one of several projects David Goyer was said to begin developing late last year along with Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7. Justin Marks was previously attached to write the script in 2009, but has lain dormant since Batman v. Superman and Justice League began swirling.

 Posted September 19 in DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

Astrid Berges-Frisbey is Guinevere in Guy Ritchie's New 'King Arthur'

Astrid Berges-Frisbey

With "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam set to play the title role in Guy Ritchie's medieval flick Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it's time to get the royal warrior his leading lady. And Deadline reports it will be French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey taking the role of Guinevere, a character who has been a love interest, warrior and betrayer in previous incarnations of King Arthur's tales. This is a potentially big role for the actress since there's a plan for a story from Joby Harold that could span six films. And since Guinevere is a big part of Arthur's history, you can bet she'll stick around. Read on!

 Posted September 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ang Lee Next Directing 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk' for TriStar

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk / Ang Lee

Director Ang Lee never seems to surprise me with the kind of films that he takes on. He's taken on some rather eclectic films from Life of Pi most recently to Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Lust Caution and even the less than stellar adaptation of Hulk. He was expected to take on a boxing drama that was going to be shot in 3D, but it's taking awhile to get the budget, visual effects team and whatnot together, so Deadline reports he's taking on an adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a book by Ben Fountain that focuses on the heroic survivors of a battle in the Iraq War.

 Posted September 19 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Andie MacDowell Joins 'Magic Mike XXL,' No Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey / Andie MacDowell

Sorry to disappoint fans of Magic Mike, but The Playlist has confirmed that Matthew McConaughey won't be back for the sequel Magic Mike XXL. So all you lawbreakers will just have to settle for the return of Channing Tatum. Though he's not the only returning cast members since Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are also coming back. There's supposed to be more, but director Greg Jacobs wouldn't say anything else. But then came reports from Variety and Deadline that some ladies were getting in on the fun with Groundhog Day star Andie MacDowell and The Matrix Reloaded star Jada Pinkett-Smith joining.

 Posted September 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Max Borenstein is Returning to Script 'Godzilla 2' for Gareth Edwards

Godzilla

Briefly: After scripting the successful reboot of Godzilla this past summer, Deadline reports writer Max Borenstein has been brought back to Legendary Pictures to script Godzilla 2, which has already been given a release date of June 8th, 2018. That's pretty far out, mainly since director Gareth Edwards has a Star Wars spin-off to direct before he returns to the King of Monsters, but it's good to hear that Legendary is getting Borenstein to work on the script right away. He's also writing Skull Island, which just landed director Jordan Vogt-Roberts behind the camera and Tom Hiddleston in front of it. All we know so far is Godzilla 2 will bring monsters have Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah into the mix, so stay tuned for more.

 Posted September 19 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Toby Kebbell Taking Villain Role in MGM & Paramount's 'Ben -Hur'

Toby Kebbell

We're going to be seeing a lot of Toby Kebbell in the near future. The actor has roles as the villain Dr. Doom in the reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox (which just got pushed back to later in 2015) and also a supporting role in the big screen version of the popular video game Warcraft. Plus, he'll be seen in lower profile films like A Monster Calls and the war drama Sand Castle. But now he's landed another big blockbuster role with Variety reporting that Kebbell has landed the role of the antagonist Messala in MGM & Paramount's remake of Ben-Hur, which landed "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston in the title role.

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Adam McKay to Direct Ben Schwartz & Seth Rogen in a New Comedy

Adam McKAy

Though Seth Rogen had bit parts to play in both Step Brothers and the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, he's let to have a lead role in a comedy from director Adam McKay. That all changes today with an announcement from McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, Rogen's Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe (the company behind Neighbors and 50/50) that they've picked up a comedy pitch from "Parks & Recreation" star and Emmy-winning writer Ben Schwartz for an untitled feature film. Both Rogen and Schwartz will also star in the film produced by all of the aforementioned companies. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

20th Century Fox Finally Making 'Deadpool' Movie for February 2016

Deadpool

The power of social media and the positive reaction to a leaked test reel for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero known as the Merc with a Mouth has pushed 20th Century Fox to set a Deadpool movie for release on February 12th, 2016. From their official Twitter account, 20th Century Fox made the announcement by linking to a story from THR that confirmed visual effects wizard Tim Miller is still set to direct the film for the studio. And it's presumed that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star, since he's been a big part of getting this project made and starred in the test reel, but there's no deal locked in place.

 Posted September 18 in Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Liam Neeson to 'Tell No One' in Adaptation of Harlan Coben's Thriller

Liam Neeson

This weekend, Liam Neeson heads into thriller territory again for Universal Picture in A Walk Among the Tombstones, and he's already in the midst of lining up another one. Deadline reports the studio is looking to reteam with Neeson by making him the star of Tell No One, the adaptation of Harlan Coben's thriller novel that was already turned into the French thriller of the same name directed by Guillaume Canet. Previously, the new adaptation was set to be directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor, and before that Ben Affleck was going to direct the film, but it appears there's no director attached to the project anymore. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Channing Tatum Gets a Beautiful Mind When He's 'Struck by Genius'

Channing Tatum

Following his forthcoming, buzzed about performance in Foxcatcher this fall, which could get him some Oscar love, Channing Tatum seems poised to be taking some more challenging roles between his forays into action and comedy. THR reports Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Struck by Genius, a memoir written by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg about a man who became a surprise math sensation at the age of 31. Following in the footsteps of Matt Damon and Russell Crowe's turns in Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind, Tatum will take the lead role of the sudden mathematical genius. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Lands Former 'Doctor Who' Matt Smith

Matt smith

The cast of the adaptation of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which much like the monsters in the period romance remix novel has refused to die, is already full of some great up-and-coming stars. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth are all starring in the film from Igby Goes Down and 17 Again director Burr Steers. Now one more familiar face from across the pond has joined the cast, and any sci-fi fans who weren't interested in the project already might start paying attention. THR reports former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has landed a part in the horror comedy based on the popular novel.

 Posted September 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Casino Royale' Director Takes on Relativity's 'Hunter Killer' Adaptation

Firing Point / Martin Campbell

Director Martin Campbell hasn't really had much to brag about since being at the helm of Casino Royale in 2006, even though he tried his best with Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson and the infamous comic book bomb Green Lantern. But maybe he'll get back on track with Hunter Killer, the developing adaptation of George Wallace and Don Keith's novel Firing Point. The Wrap reports Campbell is now on board to direct the film for Relativity, which previously had director Antoine Fuqua attached to direct with Gerard Butler starring back in 2011. But it appears both names fell away from the film over time. Read on!

 Posted September 17 in Development, Movie News | Comments

Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon's New Bourne May Not Come Quickly

Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon

Just a couple days a go, we learned that Universal finally rounded up Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to get together another film for the Jason Bourne franchise that kicked off in 2002 with The Bourne Identity. At the time, it was reported that the film would replace the previously set release of The Bourne Legacy sequel directed by Justin Lin and starring Jeremy Renner on July 16th, 2016, pushing back the spin-off franchise to an unknown time. However, it sounds like all these factors are still up in the air as producer Frank Marshall was asked about the status of the Legacy sequel and said, "It's still in development. We're working to get a script as soon as possible." So what's up with Jason Bourne? Read on!

 Posted September 17 in Development, Movie News | Comments

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