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How would you like to see Captain Kirk belt out some Broadway tunes on the big screen? While many audiences will see Chris Pine as the infamous Starfleet officer in Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, THR has word that he's currently in talks to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Disney's adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. In addition, Jake Gyllenhaal is also in discussions for a role in the film from Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. Pine and Gyllenhaal would play two sibling princes for Cinderella and Rapunzel, and they are quite pompous and self-absorbed.
Fans who were eagerly awaiting 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's original adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, were dealt some bad news as the film (which takes place before, during and after the events of 300) was pushed back to a March 2014 release. But maybe news of another project bringing Miller's work to the big screen will help lessen the blow. Bleeding Cool recently sat down with Mukunda Michael Dewil, the director of Paul Walker's thriller Vehicle 19, and he revealed that he's currently working on an adaptation of Miller's 23-year-old comic miniseries Hard Boiled. More below!
At the end of April, we learned that director Jon Favreau was getting back to his indie roots with a "character study" film called Chef. At the time, the cast included Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Canavale, but a couple bigger names have also signed up in the past week. Favreau's Iron Man franchise co-star Robert Downey Jr. has signed up for the indie along with Scarlett Johansson, also a big part of the Marvel franchise, including The Avengers. While the film is up for sale in Cannes right now for distribution, some of the cast is already working with Favreau and training to learn how to be a chef. In fact, Leguizamo himself has posted a couple pictures on Twitter of chef training with Favreau. More below!
After co-writing what has been the biggest movie of the year so far with Marvel's Iron Man 3, screenwriter Drew Pearce is staying in the business of blockbuster sequels at Paramount Pictures. THR has word that Pearce has been hired to script Mission: Impossible 5, which just confirmed Tom Cruise to return in the lead role as agent Ethan Hunt, reteaming with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie for the next sequel. J.J. Abrams is producing once again through his Bad Robot banner along with David Ellison's Skydance Productions, who co-financed and executive produced the 2011 sequel Ghost Protocol.
We just got our first official look from the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The first photo from the prequel sequel feature Andy Serkis in his motion capture gear atop a horse, confronting Jason Clarke in the woods. It wasn't much to get excited about, but the sequel is still one of our most anticipated films of 2014, and now it's gotten even better. The Incredibles, Star Trek and Super 8 composer Michael Giacchino will be providing the score for Matt Reeves' film, after previously working with the director on his vampire drama Let Me In. That's some great damn news.
At one time, names like Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and others were said to be circling Candy Store, the new crime thriller from writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic). However, none of those names had come to fruition until now. Deadline has learned that Waltz is now on board to star in the film which also has Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) already on board the film set up at Lionsgate. Considering how many names were circling before, there's likely some more casting that needs to be done. More below!
With the hopeful blockbuster sci-fi After Earth bringing Will Smith back to theaters for summer, this time with his quickly maturing son Jaden Smith, the international superstar is already getting his next project together. The Wrap has learned that Smith is currently in talks to star in and produce a contemporary remake of the classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch set up at Warner Bros. The Karate Kid remake producer Jerry Weintraub would also produce with Smith, working from his Overbrook Entertainment banner. However, it sounds like the story won't really be much of a traditional western anymore. Read on!
In case you hadn't heard, comedian Bill Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after eight years on the staple late night sketch comedy series. When he wasn't busy working on the latest episode, Hader made quite an impression as a supporting actor in plenty of comedies like Superbad, Hot Rod, Paul, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Tropic Thunder and more. Now that he's leaving "SNL" behind, we can expect to see him more and more, and THR has word on an indie that has landed Hader's talents. The project is called Lawless, and it will mark the directorial debut of Yes Man writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel.
Lately producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse productions have been on a string of horror hits with the Paranormal Activity franchise, and also new franchises launching from Insidious and Sinister. Now Lionsgate is behind Blum's newest producing effort, a medical thriller called Reawakening with Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass starring in the film for Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb. The script comes from Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater (who worked on Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four) and follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. More below!
Over two years ago, we learned that Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was attached to direct a remake of the cult classic The Toxic Avenger. Since then, the only news we've heard on the project came late last summer when John Travolta was rumored for some sort of role in the film, but not the titular hero. Now another big name is in talks for a lead role, but again it's not to play Toxie himself. Variety has word that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who returned to leading movies this past January in The Last Stand is currently negotiating to take an unknown lead role in the reimagining of the 80s property. More below!
For about five years now there's been a script waiting to be produced called Winter's Discontent. The adult comedy has been described as follows: When Herb Winter's wife of fifty years dies, the faithful but sexually frustrated widower moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life. Last we heard back in 2009, Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles was on board the project written by first-timer Paul Fruchbom and featured on last year's Black List. But now Deadline has word that In & Out and Death at a Funeral director Frank Oz is at the helm with Billy Crystal attached to lead the comedy.
TV shows, novels, comic books, video games, toys and board games have all been made into movies. But how about a restaurant? Yes, there's been plenty of comedies like Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle or Waiting... where the focus is at a restaurant, be it fictional or real, but this is the first time a restaurant is serving as the inspiration for a film. Deadline reports the restaurant chain Medieval Times, perhaps most famously used on the big screen in The Cable Guy, will be used as the inspiration for a new film from Benderspink (behind The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and remake of Arthur) & Broken Road. Read on!
Too bad! You've got to be friends with Kevin Smith, or his agent/manager, if you want to read this. But it's done. Kevin Smith took to his Facebook to post a photo of his finished Clerks III script. Back in March we posted the first photo of the very first page of his work on the script, now ~66 days later it's finished. His message about the news states: "At 137 pages, it plays like The Empire Strikes Back of what's now become the Clerks Trilogy. And I am SO in love with it." Awesome to hear. Though that is a very long script, but Clerks II did end up with a 97 minute runtime, he can still condense and revise things. See the photo below!
Another day, another remake. We've been reporting rumors and news and bits of updates about a remake of the lovable monster classic Gremlins for many years. In January we wrote about Warner Bros starting active development on the remake/reboot, however there is a quote from last year that is still relevant: "it can't be remade without Steven [Spielberg's] permission." Well, our friends at Bloody-Disgusting are now reporting that WB is moving forward and they've assigned Seth Grahame-Smith (of the Pride, Prejudice & Zombies novel, plus Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to work on developing the film.