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Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller.
After teaming up with direct Tim Burton for the lackluster Dark Shadows, the stunning and brilliant Eva Green will reunite with the director of Batman and Beetlejuice for another project. Variety has word that the star of the forthcoming graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in talks to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ranson Riggs' novel of the same name. Green would play the title character, a guardian for a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live threatened by creatures out to destroy them.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was at Comic-Con over the weekend to promote a crossover comic book between his titular character form Django Unchained teaming up with the swift swordsman Zorro. But of course, the discussion eventually turned to his film projects, which is where production of his western The Hateful Eight was brought up. Following word from Kurt Russell that director Quentin Tarantino was trying to line up an early 2015 production start for the once postponed film, Tarantino himself has confirmed that the film will indeed go before cameras, though didn't solidify exactly when. But that's not all.
While many were hoping for some footage from Jurassic World to close out the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con today, instead the audience was treated to a surprise teaser trailer for a project that we hadn't heard of at all before. Now that Legendary has successfully brought Godzilla back to the big screen in a successful way, their new home at Universal Pictures wants to use their power to inject new life into King Kong. The teaser shown soared through choppy waters and to a rainy island while an ominous voiceover alluded to a dark, mysterious place. And that's when the monstrous ape appears, roaring and thumping his chest before the title Skull Island appears. So what the hell is this surprise at Legendary?
Two years ago was when all the hype for a remake of Godzilla started with a teaser trailer that played for Comic-Con attendees in Hall H only. And when Legendary Pictures returned this year, head honco Thomas Tull and director Gareth Edwards (busy with a small indie sci-fi project) thanked everyone with an amusing video. But then they showed a viral video from Project Monarch revealing that there is still one more secret that hasn't been revealed. There are more monsters. And with a long history of various creatures who have faced off against the King of Monsters before, just which ones will appear in the sequel?
Retired from making movies? No way! At his annual Comic-Con panel in San Diego this year, Kevin Smith revealed the first official trailer for his wacky new horror film Tusk, about a guy who wants to make another guy into a walrus (see it here). During the panel's Q&A with the audience, a very young girl came up to the microphone and asked him if he would ever make movies that weren't R-rated. His only PG-13 film so far is Jersey Girl, but he went on to say he's actually working on an entire new trilogy of horror films called the "True North Trilogy", referencing their Canadian setting. We know about two, but not much about the other.
This news isn't entirely official since Marvel hasn't even announced a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy just yet, but if the buzz on the film leading up to its release next week is any indicator, the comic book studio has another franchise hit on their hands. Now The Wrap has learned that James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and that's an announcement that will probably be made at the Marvel panel tomorrow here at Comic-Con. Gunn's co-writer Nicole Perlman said, "James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2.” So that sounds like a sure thing.
Though director Edgar Wright may have left Marvel's Ant-Man behind, he found another project with an insect title to replace it. Deadline has word that in addition to making Baby Driver his next project at Working Title, he's also been hired by Sony Pictures to direct an adaptation of Andrew Smith's young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle. And the story absolutely sounds like the perfect young adult story for Wright to bring to the big screen as it's a coming-of-age tale with a cool sci-fi twist as it follows a teenager in Iowa dealing with hormones and sexual frustration who suddenly have to deal with an army of giant insects.
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Marvel panel this Saturday at Comic-Con, but it sounds like some news might be leaking a little early. The Wrap reports that Walk the Line and The Master star Joaquin Phoenix has been mentioned over and over again for the role and that the actor is currently in consideration and may already be in discussion for the film. He was once wanted for a role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the role of Lex Luthor, so it seems like he's keen to take on a comic book role of some sort, and a character like Doctor Strange seems like a perfect fit for the gifted and sometimes odd actor.
"This is an opportunity to connect with the fans and listen to what they want to see as well as presenting them with our vision." For years we've been hearing about projects and adaptations inspired by Heavy Metal, the badass sci-fi/fantasy magazine, but none of have ever come to fruition. Many fans may recall the classic 1981 Heavy Metal animated movie, but there hasn't been an updated take yet. However, according to a report by Variety, Heavy Metal is "looking to make a significant splash at this year's Comic-Con" and that includes revealing art from Mondo that is the first teaser poster for "the reboot of the Heavy Metal movie".
This year we'll see Steve Carell having some family fun in the Disney comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. And it turns out that he might have an affinity for family friendly comedies at the studio as he's just signed up for another one. THR has word that Carell will star in and produce Brooklyn Family Robinson. Though the title takes a cue from Swiss Family Robinson, the film is based on an original idea by David Reynolds (Oscar nominated co-writer of Finding Nemo) and Carell's Carousel Productions producing partners Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres. So what's it about?
Some of the best comedies of the past decade have come from director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell. Their collaborations have included Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (and the sequel), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys and Step Brothers. Now the two are teaming up yet again with an adaptation of the 1980s cult favorite TV show Manimal. However, this time they're mixing things up a bit, because they're working with Sony Pictures Animation on the film following the man who fights crime using his unique ability to morph into animals. The show was canned after eight episodes.
Though Vin Diesel has been pretty busy with the Fast & Furious franchise, and has ventured into the Marvel universe now with Guardians of the Galaxy, that doesn't mean he's forgotten about the franchise that he's been hoping to return to since 2008. Years ago, we got word that Diesel was looking to star in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, but the project stalled for whatever reason. But Diesel recently talked to Collider, and confirmed that plans for the film to happen are still underway, "I am going to do the next xXx which will be filming in part in the Philippines, which I’m very, very, very excited about." But is it soon?
Following a departure from Marvel's Ant-Man (now in the hands of director Peyton Reed), it was thought that Edgar Wright might shift to the gestating adaption of Nightstalker. However, it turns out a completely different project might be in his immediate future as Deadline reports that he's looking to focus on his own original script Baby Driver, a project that first surfaced all the way back in 2009. And it sounds like the film will have him working with Working Title yet again, the company behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. But the real question is what is this oddly titled film even about?