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It's been over three years since the last update on a film adaptation of the 80s video game Space Invaders surfaced, and at the time, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (behind such toy adaptations as the Transformers franchise and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Entertainment had picked up the rights. But it sounds like they couldn't get the project together as The Wrap reports Akiva Goldsman, director of A Winter's Tale and producer of Lone Survivor and Hancock, is now behind a new initiative to adapt the game at Warner Bros. Pictures now. And if you know the premise of the game, the story could be anything.
There was a time back in the early 2000s when Hollywood was obsessed with remaking Japanese horror films, thanks largely to the success of The Ring directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. The film focused on one woman's encounter with a video tape that cursed its viewer to death after seven days. That was all the way back in 2002, and The Ring Two arrived a few years later in 2005. Now it's 12 years since the first film hit theaters, and Paramount Pictures thinks the time is now for a third film in the series. THR reports The Crow remake director F. Javier Gutierrez has been tapped to direct the film. Read on!
After getting involved and falling away from various studio projects like Disney's new Cinderella, Universal's The Wolfman, and an adaptation of Dan Brown's The Last Symbol, director Mark Romanek is going to try his hand at another big studio film. Variety reports the Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director is in talks to be at the helm of The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to The Shining being set up at Warner Bros. With a script from "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara, and a classic predecessor from Stanley Kubrick, this is a hot commodity, but there's no telling whether Romanek will stick with it.
Briefly: There's been some recent buzz about Kevin Smith's odd horror movie Tusk since the first trailer will be unveiled at the filmmaker's annual panel at Comic-Con next week with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment in attendance. So far we've only seen some pictures from the set and the teaser poster, and now we know when A24 will unleash the walrus. The distribution company has revealed that Tusk will arrive in theaters beginning on September 19th this fall. We'll be sure to post the trailer as soon as it's available online following a debut in front of the Hall H audience on Friday, July 25th. #WalrusYes
Back in May, one of three competing Jesse Owens biopics made some progress by casting up and coming star Stephan James in the film called Race directed by Blown Away helmer Stephen Hopkins. Now that film is looking even better as Focus Features has just picked up the US distribution rights to the film, and added two more cast members. Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers) and Jeremy Irons (Beautiful Creatures) have both landed roles in the film about the iconic African-American track-and-field star who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and won four gold medals to rub Adolf Hitler's face in. More below!
While the work of J.R.R. Tolkien has made for big entertainment on the big screen over the past 15 years with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his soon-to-be-concluded three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, the life of the fantasy author has yet to become a topic of interest. But that will all change soon as THR reports two different biopics about the revered author are in development. Last year we learned about Tolkien coming together with Irish scribe David Gleeson writing the script with Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) producing for Fox Searchlight. But now there's another. Read on!
Way back when filmmaker Duncan Jones was just getting his career going, after Moon but before Source Code, there were rumblings that he was working on another original sci-fi project titled Mute. We wrote about it off and on for a few years before, in late 2011, we had to report that the project was stalled and he went onto other things. Eventually he got the job to direct the World of Warcraft movie for Legendary, and is now finishing up that (due for release in March of 2016). Well, the filmmaker recently posted a tweet via his account @ManMadeMoon hinting that he might give "Mute one more push" after finishing up Warcraft.
Before their recent professional parting of the ways, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman were slated to produce a reboot of The Mummy and Van Helsing for Universal Pictures. At the time there were rumblings that there might be a plan to use the various classic movie monster franchises from Universal's rich history to create some kind of universe akin to Marvel's lead-up to The Avengers. Orci said, "There's an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe." Now those plans are coming together.
While Marvel and DC Comics are the top contenders in comic book movies, there are still some lesser known, but beloved, comic book titles that make their way to theaters every now and then. Now one more will make the journey as Valiant Comics has announced that they're adapting their series Archer & Armstrong to film. THR reports the comic book company commissioned a script themselves with friend of the site, BenDavid Grabinski, landing the job of writing it. The man has the perfect sensibility and love of buddy action movies to make this work. The film will also be produced by the Sean Daniel Company, which is also working on remakes of Ben-Hur and The Mummy right now. So what's this comic about? Read on!
Hot on the heels of the 50th anniversary re-release of the musical classic A Hard Day's Night, featuring the iconic British import The Beatles, it turns out The Fab Four have a new film on the way as well. Apple Corps Ltd, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment announced in a press release that they are teaming up to produce a documentary about the early party of The Beatles career. More specifically, it will focus on the touring years following the rock group from their early days in the Cavern Club in Liverpool to shows in Hamburg and all the way to their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in 1966.
After spending years in development, it seems the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By, featuring John D. MacDonald's recurring character Travis McGee, is finally making progress. The Wolverine director James Mangold boarded the film this past spring, after directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone flirted with the project and Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to star. But now a new name might end up with the lead role as Variety reports Out of the Furnace and American Hustle star Christian Bale is in early talks to play the self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game who appears in 21 books. Read on!
Just over a couple months ago, we reported that Lionsgate was teaming with Saban to create an all-new film franchise featuring the Japanese live-action super team known as the Power Rangers. At the time, all was known was Lionsgate would "re-envision" the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers about a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world. They fight weird alien beings with their array of special weapons and giant vehicles, and now they have a team of writers to give them some new life. More below!
Just one year after the Boston Marathon was brutally interrupted by a fatal bombing, Variety reports Lionsgate is planning a drama focusing on survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack (a picture of his injuries made the rounds on social media). The film will be called Stronger, and is based on a book written by Bauman himself and Bret Witter, which details the aftermath of the horrible 2013 attack that saw several explosions happen at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Bauman wasn't in the race himself, but was cheering for his girlfriend, and ended up being one of the 260 people injured that day.
There's plenty of blockbuster action hitting in 2015, but there will also be plenty of sophisticated cinematic supplied next year as well. Two more have just been added to the mix as well. First up, it's Martin Scorsese's gestating adaptation of Silence. The film based on Shusaku Endo's novel of the same name stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver with production beginning this fall, and Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has picked up the film and will release it in theaters in November 2015. Without a doubt, the studio knows a Scorsese film like this is a prime Oscar contender.