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After directing Captain Phillips last year, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is ready to reach further into the past for another true story drama, this time overseas as opposed to at sea. Variety has word that FilmNation has attached Greengrass to direct The Tunnels, based on a book proposal by Greg Mitchell that the production banner just snagged the rights to. Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon is also on board the film which chronicles a great escape story following a group of West Germans who are trying to get their families out of East Berlin before the infamous wall falls in 1989 and they get some unlikely help.
After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on!
Though directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller won't be returning to direct The LEGO Movie 2, they were previously confirmed to produce the film that will be helmed by the first film's behind the scenes co-director Chris McKay. Now Deadline has word that Lord & Miller will be a little more involved with the sequel because Warner Bros. has also signed them on to write the film. That's the best way to ensure the brilliant creativity and originality that made the first film so great is still around in the sequel. Ever since the sequel was said to be in development, that was my biggest concern but now everything is awesome.
If you haven't taken the time to seek out the cool indie sci-fi thriller The Signal, it's available on Blu-Ray & DVD as well as various digital download services. The film is stylish, has a great mystery, and marked the sophomore directing effort of Will Eubank. Now Warner Bros. has decided to give Eubank his next project with World Breaker, based on a script he wrote himself with British writer Phil Gawthorne. But rather then diving into sci-fi again, this project, which reunites Eubank with The Signal producer Bryan Kavanaugh-Jones, is more of a fantasy epic in the same vein of Braveheart and 300. So what's it about?
Briefly: Normally we don't go out of our way to report who the director of photography (also known as the cinematographer) will be on a film unless we're big fans, but it's not that busy of a news day, and it's been awhile since we've had any real Star Wars related updates. While we don't know what the first Star Wars spin-off film coming in December of 2016 will focus on, we do know that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing the film. Now we also know who will be behind the camera with him as HitFix has learned that Greig Fraser, who has lensed Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty, will act as cinematographer for the flick.
When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced their full slate of films planned for release from now through 2020, many were surprised to see that the next film to follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be Suicide Squad. The film is set for release on August 5th, 2016 and while we've heard that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie may end up starring in the film, there's another interesting casting move the studio wants to make. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks to have Jesse Eisenberg reprise his Batman v. Superman role as villain Lex Luthor in the film. Read on!
You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it. The project is on sale at the American Film Market and is touting Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
In a report looking at the upcoming onslaught of superhero movies arriving from now through the year 2020, THR noted that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are keen to get a female director behind the camera for their big screen take on Wonder Woman. The studio already has Gal Gadot in the lead role, and with the film set for release June 23, 2017, they're on the hunt for a filmmaker to bring the heroine to life. Well, Forbes seems to have a line on the shortlist the studio is looking at, though they caution that other names could easily be in the running. It's a mix of film directors and some TV talent too.
Earlier this year, we heard rumblings that Martin Scorsese might be working on a film about legendary punk rock band The Ramones, but there's yet to be any official confirmation that will happen. However, another iconic rock band will have Scorsese's attention as THR reports he is executive producing a documentary about the psychedelic rock group The Grateful Dead. The documentary will arrive just in time for the 50th anniversary of the band once led by the late Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, and it will cover the entire career of the beloved band. Sounds like the ultimate must-see for the Deadheads out there.
For a film that primarily focuses on an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission, there sure seems to be a lot of supporting cast members signing on to The Martian. Director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the film written by Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard, which starts shooting next month, and EW has learned three more names have just joined the film. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) are on board.
It's been nearly 20 years since Todd Solondz directed his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and now the filmmaker is putting together a film that will somewhat act as a sequel, but not really. THR has learned that Solondz has quietly been developing a film called Wiener-Dog that will be backed by Megan Ellison and her awesome Annapurna Pictures production banner. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) will both star in the film featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy. Read on!
Comedy director Adam McKay has already gotten his foot in the door at Marvel Studios by doing a rewrite at the last minute on their Phase Three film Ant-Man (though he couldn't direct like they wanted him too). The move was surprising since McKay is better known for films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers (which will get a sequel at some point), but it sounds like Marvel enjoyed what he did on the page, and they're still interested in getting him behind the camera too. Speaking with Crave Online, McKay mentioned working on Ant-Man, and teased there might be something in the works.
Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was again in the running to play Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the Apple founder and technology innovator. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing the film with a script from Aaron Sorkin, and it's the acclaimed writer who confirms that Bale will indeed take the starring role in the film that is currently titled Jobs (though that might change since the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher had the same title). In addition, Sorkin has more to say about the film, unsurprisingly noting that he's given Bale a lot to say as Jobs. More below!
After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove.