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Following the sudden, tragic death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker over the weekend, production on the sequel Fast & Furious 7 had been delayed indefinitely to allow the cast and crew to mourn, and director James Wan and the film's producers figure out how to proceed. The film is just over halfway in the can, but there are still plenty of key scenes with Walker's character left to be shot. Now The Wrap has word on a couple of possibilities, the most extreme would have production scrapping everything they've shot and starting over from scratch. But doesn't that seem expensive for a $200 million blockbuster?
If you're a child of the 80s or even 90s, your nightmares might have been touched by Alvin Schwartz's grim and terrifying short horror story and urban legend collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now those horror stories might come back to bite you in the ass as Deadline reports Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just sold a pitch to CBS Films to adapt that very book. However, the film adaptation doesn't sound nearly as terrifying as the book seemed to be as a child. The story will follow a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Read on!
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action.
Over the summer, we learned that Owen Wilson was being lined up to join Jim Carrey in a heist comedy called Loomis Fargo (currently untitled). However, as has become the case with many projects that get the star of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dumb & Dumber involved, Carrey is no longer attached to the film. Instead, The Wrap has learned that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to take the role opposite Wilson in the Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed film about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck.
Nearly 4 years ago, we learned that Robert De Niro was being lined up to play iconic football coach Vince Lombardi in the ESPN Films biopic titled Lombardi, to be written by Oscar winning Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth. However, there has been no updates on the state of that project since then. Now Legendary Pictures is looking to play football the same subject after spending time in the ballpark with their Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Deadline has word that Legendary has hired J.C. Chandor (writer and director of All Is Lost and Margin Call) to script a biopic on the Green Day Packers coach with an eye towards directing.
Adding yet another blockbuster to the 2015 release calendar, Universal Pictures has just announced that the currently untitled sequel to The Bourne Legacy will arrive on August 14th, 2015. That means a Bourne spin-off will arrive just a couple months before James Bond returns to the big screen later that same year. As we already learned, Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin will be at the helm of the sequel with Jeremy Renner back as Aaron Cross and Frank Marshall producing. We doubt the latter filmmaker will get his wish of bringing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne, but we'll see. That's not the only release news.
While David Goyer is busy working on the blockbuster DC Comics sequel Batman vs. Superman (or whatever the title turns out to be), that's not all he has in store with the comic book company and Warner Bros. As rumblings of Justice League and DC Universe cameos in the follow-up to Man of Steel swirl online, Bleeding Cool has word Goyer is also working on adapting some lesser known comics in lower budget films. Supposedly, DC Entertainment is poised to announce some new projects with treatments for Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7 in the mix, but not necessarily all will get produced.
This past weekend, Hollywood and fans of the Fast and Furious franchise were rocked when the almost unbelievable news surfaced that series star Paul Walker had died in a car accident. Many even believed this was another death hoax manufactured by the internet, but unfortunately, it turned out to be all too true. While reflecting on the work of Walker, some were wondering about the status of Fast & Furious 7, which was in production. Well, The Wrap has learned that director James Wan, producer Neal Moritz and Universal Pictures have decided to delay production indefinitely with no concrete plans for how to proceed.
After originally being slated for release on July 10th, 2015, Disney's latest high seas sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was pushed back to an unknown date in the summer of 2016 instead. At the time, the studio only had an advanced outline from writer Jeff Nathanson, and while they have time to get the script done before the film would have to start shooting in February, they decided not to rush. However, new details have emerged from The Daily Mail (though some seem premature), including the return of Captain Teague, played by Keith Richards, who also happens to be Jack Sparrow's father.
Just recently, we heard that Judd Apatow was working with Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele (stars of "Key & Peele") to produce and write a new comedy for Universal. However, his next project will be something different, with another comedy talent who has found success at Comedy Central. In a story about big projects looking for cast members, THR (via The Playlist) has revealed that Apatow is directing a film called Train Wreck, written by and starring comedian Amy Schumer, star and creator of the series "Inside Amy Schumer." Sounds like Apatow is building up some more outstanding comedic talent for film.
Following the great success of Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino is ready for his next film. After naming The Lone Ranger as one of his 10 favorite films of 2013, the director is ready to head back into the western genre. While appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Tarantino was promoting a recently published graphic novel version of the Best Picture nominated western of 2012. However, for those hoping that this next film will be a sequel to Django Unchained, the director has already said that's not the case. At the same time, Tarantino didn't offer any details other than the genre of his latest film. Read on!
After scripting this year's Now You See Me, Deadline reports writer and director Boaz Yakin has lined up a family adventure at MGM. Yakin has directed a variety of films from the respected Remember the Titans to forgotten films like Uptown Girls and the 2012 Jason Statham thriller Safe. Now he's set to direct Max, a film Yakin will write with Sheldon Lettich. Inspired by true events, the film takes cues from Lassie and Benji as it follows a Belgian Shepherd Malinois military dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Though dangerous, Max still ends up adopted by the mourning family.
Just when you thought they couldn't pack 2015 (see here) with any more excitement, hype, sequels, restarts and reboots, Hollywood decides to toss another log on the fire. Word is Paramount, after getting their hands on the rights, is developing a brand new Friday the 13th movie. But this won't actually be a sequel to the 2009 remake directed by Marcus Nispel, instead it will be yet another new reboot of the Jason Voorhees horror franchise that first began back in 1980. Earlier in the year, we wrote about Warner Bros sharing the rights with Paramount, which has eventually lead to this latest reboot/iteration coming together. Read on!
Between posting pictures from the set of Fast & Furious 7 and practicing stilts-walking for motion capture performing as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel has been busy giving his fans specials treats on Facebook. Now the actor has revealed a tidbit of potential news. Just before Christmas last year, we learned that Universal was developing a big screen adaptation of the 1970s crime drama series Kojak with Diesel taking the title role. The script was reported to come from Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but no director was attached at that point. But now we have an idea as to who might direct now.