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After bringing us The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to another building block property with the intention of crafting a feature film. Deadline has word that the studio has picked up Minecraft, the popular building block video game from Sweden. And though The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee is developing the project through his Vertigo Entertainment banner, this will actually be a live-action film. For those who don't know about Minecraft, it's an open-world, sandbox environment video game where players mess around in a world composed of virtual blocks, almost like 3D pixels. More below!
Though director Marc Webb was recently pegged to take on The Amazing Spider-Man 3, making him the sole director in the rebooted comic book franchise, he also has his eye on shooting a film that doesn't involved the webhead. Deadline has word that 20th Century Fox has picked up a book called Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) and will develop the film as a directing vehicle for Webb. For now the subject of the book is keeping their identity a secret, because it's the true account of an American civilian turned self-taught spy, who worked with the FBI to bring down a Russian intelligence agent on US soil.
With the super-sized, R-rated version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters tomorrow, Adam McKay was asked by Empire about the possibility of Ron Burgundy returning yet again. And while many filmmakers would probably play coy or leave it open-ended for another film, McKay thinks Ron Burgundy is finished. The director said, "It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.” More below!
Though his starring role in Stretch has been indefinitely shelved, Patrick Wilson hasn't exactly hit a lull in his career. The actor has found success in horror with The Conjuring and Insidious (both with sequels) and now the actor is heading into the Marvel universe. The Wrap has word that Wilson is in talks for an undisclosed role in Ant-Man, the Phase Three film in Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe to be directed by Edgar Wright. The trade predicts that Wilson might be up for another major supporting actor to join Michael Pena (whose role is said to be rather large), but it's not clear if he'll be a good guy or a bad guy.
Briefly: After the tragic death of Paul Walker, Universal Pictures decided to put a halt on production of Fast & Furious 7. Not only did the delay allow family and friends to mourn the loss of the actor, but it also allowed producers and director James Wan to figure out how to proceed with one of their lead characters not being able to finish the film. Now THR reports Universal is ready to get the film back on track in Atlanta with production picking up again in April with six to eight weeks left of shooting. Remember that Fast & Furious 7 has been pushed backed to a release on April 10th, 2015 to allow enough time for the reworked film to be finished. Supposedly Walker's character will simply be retired, but we'll have to see what happens.
Though it sounds like Will Smith won't be returning for Independence Day 2, we've already heard that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman were supposed to come back for the blockbuster sequel, straight from director Roland Emmerich. Now Goldblum himself has confirmed his return as David Levinson while making the rounds for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Goldblum told Huffington Post, "Yeah, they've talked to me about it and I've talked to them about it and they're excited and I'm anxious and eager to see -- I haven't read anything -- what they cook up." But what about Jurassic World? Will Ian Malcolm make a return?
Last fall, the forthcoming new adaptation of Masters of the Universe lost director Jon M. Chu but picked up writer Terry Rossio (one half of the duo responsible for writing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) for a new take on the script. Now Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are on the look for a new director, and they have an interesting shortlist. The Wrap says Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (editor and animation supervisor of The LEGO Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) are up for the job. In addition, Justin Kroll from Variety says Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is also in the mix. More below!
We were already pretty excited about Monty Python troupe members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin reuniting for the Terry Jones helmed comedy Absolutely Anything. The deal was made sweeter when Simon Pegg was announced to play a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens (all voiced by the Monty Python crew). And while Eric Idle is sitting this film out, another British comedian and a lovely English actress getting involved might make up for it as Deadline says Kate Beckinsale and Eddie Izzard have joined the cast of the comedy. Read on!
It seems fortuitous that right now on the HBO series "Girls," the character played by Adam Driver just booked a big Broadway role that could change his life. Now Variety reports the real life actor has a role that will really launch his career. Driver is currently near closing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, the follow-up to the classic original trilogy that concluded with Return of the Jedi. Though no details on the character are known, sources say the villain is in the same vein as the iconic Darth Vader. Driver has never had a role like this before, but he has a mysterious presence about him that's just perfect.
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler.
Along with the news that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be directed by Marc Webb, there were rumblings that Sony Pictures intends on releasing some sort of Spider-Man film every year starting in 2016, with spin-offs like Venom and The Sinister Six coming between the staple franchise films. That means Andrew Garfield is going to be pretty busy over the next few years, and in between these blockbuster roles, he's taking on smaller dramas. Garfield is already on board Silence from Martin Scorsese and 99 Houses with Michael Shannon, and now The Daily Mail reports he'll star in The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren.
We already know that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (which might end up throwing Frank Miller's name into the official title) is coming later this summer on August 22nd. It was originally slated for release last October, but director Robert Rodriguez wasn't going to be done with the visual effects heavy film in time. Now word from Rodriguez comes from an interview with Sirius XM's Ron and Fez Show (via Collider) that the cut of the film is finished, and now all the effects just need to be done. We're hoping that means we'll get a trailer soon, but the exciting news is that Frank Miller is already talking about Sin City 3 in the works.
After delivering the fantastic Best Picture nominee The Social Network, chronicling the founding of Facebook, David Fincher is now moving onto a new project following another tech giant. Variety has word that Fincher is in early talks to direct Aaron Sorkin's developing untitled biopic on Apple founder Steve Jobs. If that team-up wasn't good enough, producer Scott Rudin is also on board the film based on Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs, which was picked up by Sony Pictures all the way back in 2011. Sorking finally finished the script earlier this year and the studio is anxious to get the project moving. More below!
Following the unfortunate passing of Harold Ramis earlier this week, some were wondering what would happen with the forever gestating sequel Ghostbusters 3, which was meant to continue the paranormal comedy franchise written and starring the iconic comedian. Well, it sounds like Columbia Pictures still has every intention of making the film, but THR says the death of Ramis means that the script written by "The Office" duo Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will need to be slightly reworked. However, since Ramis and the rest of the original Ghostbusters were minimally involved in the story, not much will be changed.