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After last weekend's season premiere of "Game of Thrones," the HBO series' showrunners have already received good news by having their epic fantasy renewed for a fifth and sixth season, and now they've got a feature film in development as well. Deadline reports David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have struck a deal with Fox to write, direct and produce an adaptation of Dirty White Boys, Stephen Hunter's 1995 novel about three violent escaped convicts and the good cop who will pursue them to the ends of the Earth to end their spree of terror across the Southwest. But as of now it's not clear when they will actually shoot the film.
Last summer, Sony Pictures surprised everyone by planning way ahead with release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4th, 2018. Then the studio revealed just how big their Spider-Man universe would be by announcing villain spin-off films Venom and The Sinister Six, the latter just gaining Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Though neither of those latter two films have official release dates yet, producer Matt Tolmach gives us an idea of what's happening with The Amazing Spider-Man release plan, and it might mean some date jockeying. Read on!
If there's one thing pretty much every X-Men fan can agree on it's that the origin spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine was absolutely terrible. It turned Logan (Hugh Jackman) into a walking punchline, had poorly completed special effects, and completely ruined the character of Deadpool. But that doesn't mean longtime franchise producer Lauren Schuler Donner wants to give up on the prospect of spinning off characters into their own films again, especially with how successful Marvel has been with their cinematic universe. And one of those characters might be Jennifer Lawrence as shapeshifting mutant Mystique. Read on!
Though we don't know much about the Alice in Wonderland sequel developing at Disney, other than it will be called Through the Looking Glass and feature the return of Mia Wasikowska in the title role along with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, we might have a hint of what's to come with the latest casting reveal. Variety has word that stage actor Mark Rylance is currently in talks to play the father of Depp's looney, top hatted character. Of course, without any plot details, we're unsure just how integral the actor will be in the progression of the sequel's story. More below!
After starring in both The Railway Man (hitting limited theaters this weekend) and Paddington (arriving this holiday season), Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are getting together on the big screen yet again. NY Daily News has learned that Kidman will join Firth in Genius, a film about literary editor Max Perkins (who worked with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe). The film follows the relationship between Perkins (Firth) and Wolfe, played by Michael Fassbender. But it's not clear what role Kidman will have in the drama from Hugo writer John Logan, adapted from Perkins' biography.
After spending 60 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and winning the Newbery Medal, the children's novel The One and Only Ivan from author Katherine Applegate will get the big screen treatment. Complete with gorgeous illustrations by Patricia Castelao, the story follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan who has spent 27 years in a glass enclosure in a shopping mall, along with an elephant named Stella and stray dog named Bob. Ivan passes the days by painting and watching TV, with no memory of life before captivity, but when a new baby elephant from the wild arrives, flashes of his previous life come back.
Over a year ago we learned that Tina Fey would team up with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore for a new comedy called The Nest set up at Universal. The film hails from "Saturday Night Live" veteran writer Paula Pell and follows two thirtysomething sisters come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale, so they decide to spend one more wild weekend together there, bonding, feuding and finally growing up. Now Showbiz 411 reports another "SNL" alum will join Fey in the fun, and we couldn't be more thrilled that it's the comedienne's awesome Golden Globe co-host, "Parks & Recreation" star Amy Poehler. Read on!
Over the past few years, Prometheus star Noomie Rapace has found some unique thrillers to sink her teeth into on the big screen. Dead Man Down was a refreshing, quiet thriller, while Passion was erotic and sensual, and coming up later this year she has Child 44 and The Drop, both films with Tom Hardy. Now Deadline has word on a new thriller called Unlocked being set up as an indie project. The story will see the actress playing a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plan for a devastating biological attack in London. Read on!
Towards the end of last year, Sony Pictures announced development of two spin-off films that will focus on villains from The Amazing Spider-Man universe that will be expanded greatly when the sequel arrives next month. The two films were titled Venom and The Sinister Six, and that tells us exactly what each film will focus on. While Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon were hired to write Venom, director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) was hired to script The Sinister Six, and now THR has learned that he will also direct the comic book spin-off that will unite six of Spider-Man's foes for one film. More below!
Back in 2011, director Bryan Singer was said to be circling a big screen take on Battlestar Galactica, but in three years that project has never solidified. Now the sci-fi property is making moves towards a new version on the big screen again as Variety reports Universal is developing a "complete reimagining" of the franchise that found success on TV by way of SyFy. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to write the film (he also worked on the original script for Prometheus 2) with original series creator Glen Larson producing. But at this point, that's all the solid information on the project that has been revealed.
Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters, people who caught the Marvel sequel already are looking forward to the next few films in their cinematic universe. After all, the first credits scene (yes, there's two) teases a couple new characters in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so that's pretty exciting. But after our heroes assemble for another battle to save the world, we have Phase Three kicking off with Ant-Man from director Edgar Wright in the same year. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are leading the film as two different versions of the hero, and Deadline reports Matt Gerald will play a bad guy. Read on!
It's been nearly four years since the rumblings of a sequel to the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan began, and we just assumed that Sony Pictures had decided to bail on continuing the story. But now Deadline reports both Smith and Chan will be back for The Karate Kid 2, and The Crazies director Breck Eisner has been signed to direct. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 remake that actually became a decent hit with $343 million at the worldwide box office, and now that the son of Will Smith is growing up considerably, this could be a bit more of an edgy sequel to the family friendly original.
Shortly after Wreck-It Ralph arrived in theaters in 2012 and impressed the hell out of critics and audiences alike, director Rich Moore was already talking about a potential sequel with the prospect of Nintendo's iconic plumber Mario getting in the mix. Since then, we haven't heard anything about the animated sequel developing at Disney, but Collider recently spoke to the original film's composer Henry Jackman, who revealed that Wreck-It Ralph 2 is being written now, but didn't offer any details. He said, "I can’t tell you more, not because I’m being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards." More below!
Over the weekend, we heard the divisive news that a sequel to the 80s classic adventure The Goonies was in the works straight form director Richard Donner. In our report on that film, we recollected producer Frank Marshall's lamentation of remaking certain properties when a potential remake of Gremlins was said to be in the works. At the time, Marshall said that a remake of the director Joe Dante's 80s tongue-in-cheek horror couldn't move forward without permission from producer Steven Spielberg, and it sounds like maybe he's warmed up to the idea since AICN says the project is being fast-tracked at Warner Bros. More below!