After having his head tattooed in Horrible Bosses, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will end up getting one on his face next. Variety has word that Foxx will be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. The film will be produced by Rick Yorn, who also happens to be Foxx's manager, and it will be shopped to a studio once the entire package is put together. But the real question is how will Foxx, at 47 years of age, be able to play Tyson in his younger years. Well, the boxer himself has the answer. Read on!
Following news that Transformers franchise producer and writer Alex Kurtzman would team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to producer a film universe that would bring together all of their classic Universal monsters like Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, it turns out the former will have an even bigger role in the production. THR reports Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the reboot of The Mummy at Universal after Andy Muschietti fell away from the project, and some small details about the project have surfaced, revealing that this will be the first Mummy film in awhile not set in the past.
Just a couple weeks ago, we celebrated Con-Air day (find out what that means here), and now director Simon West has revealed that he has interest in a sequel to the 1997 action thriller starring Nicolas Cage. However, his idea for a follow-up sounds absolutely insane, and the kind of insane that just might get people into theaters. Speaking to ScreenDaily, The Expendables 2 director said, "I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys."
Hooray for filmmakers! On the same day as Christopher Nolan's birthday, news hits that Kodak has struck a deal with Hollywood movie studios to keep 35mm film alive. For now. The Wall Street Journal is reporting a big story that actually names some names saying that film production at Kodak is being saved thanks to a few filmmaker "lobbyists" who pushed the studios to make this deal. Officially numbers will be announced soon, but Kodak has partnered with the studios to "buy a set quantity of film for the next several years" even though they may not use it all, which will help keep one of their main factories open and running. Read on.
Warner Bros. has had quite the success in the fantasy genre with the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise and the forthcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson. Now Deadline says they're looking to expand to another book series with the Dragonriders of Pern. The first book was published all the way back in 1968 and has since seen 22 more books released in the series which follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers, always ready to fight for the exotic planet of Pern. So it's a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, which is cool.
As we reported way back in June, the Best Picture winner Forrest Gump was looking to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a re-release on IMAX screens starting on September 5th But at the time some specifics were missing from the announcement. Now Paramount Pictures has just cleared all that up by announcing the Robert Zemeckis film starring Tom Hanks will be exclusively re-release on IMAX screens for a one week only limited engagement. That means you'll have to hurry to see Forrest Gump on the IMAX screen for the first time, and will then be relegated to watching it whenever it's on TV, every weekend.
Over the weekend at Comic-Con, one of the surprise announcements that came from the Legendary Pictures panel was the reveal of Skull Island, a film that was said to will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong." Since Universal set a release date of November 4th, 2016, that means they're in the midst of lining up a director for the film, and Deadline reports an offer is currently out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish to direct the film written by Godzilla remake writer Max Borenstein. This is far from a done deal, especially since Cornish has been offered plenty of blockbusters and turned them down. More below!
Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller.
Along with news that Quentin Tarantino is definitely preparing to shoot The Hateful Eight and might have a sci-fi project up his sleeve, there might be another treat in store for fans of the bloody brilliant filmmaker. Speaking during his Dynamite Entertainment panel at Comic-Con, hyping a Django Unchained and Zorro comic book crossover, he was asked if audiences in the United States would ever get a chance to see Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, the original longer Cannes Film Festival cut from 2003 instead of the two-volume split we got over two separate years. And the good news is Tarantino says there have been talks with The Weinstein Company to finally release it in limited theaters, maybe as early as next year. Read on!
It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast!
After teaming up with direct Tim Burton for the lackluster Dark Shadows, the stunning and brilliant Eva Green will reunite with the director of Batman and Beetlejuice for another project. Variety has word that the star of the forthcoming graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in talks to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ranson Riggs' novel of the same name. Green would play the title character, a guardian for a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live threatened by creatures out to destroy them.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was at Comic-Con over the weekend to promote a crossover comic book between his titular character form Django Unchained teaming up with the swift swordsman Zorro. But of course, the discussion eventually turned to his film projects, which is where production of his western The Hateful Eight was brought up. Following word from Kurt Russell that director Quentin Tarantino was trying to line up an early 2015 production start for the once postponed film, Tarantino himself has confirmed that the film will indeed go before cameras, though didn't solidify exactly when. But that's not all.
The big show in Hall H for this year's Comic-Con is all done, and the day closed out with the signature Marvel panel. While no new projects were announced, we did get some tasty footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron (more on that in our Marvel video blog coming soon). But everyone is already on board with the superhero ensemble sequel, and Marvel really needed to make some waves to show the crowd that Ant-Man could stand on its own. In order to win over the crowd, they brought the charming Paul Rudd and veteran Michael Douglas, not to mention confirming two stars who weren't officially announced yet.
Briefly: Though Guardians of the Galaxy won't hit theaters for six days, Marvel seems to know that they already have a hit on their hands, because during their panel at Hall H today, they announced that a sequel has already been given the greenlight. A recorded message from director James Gunn, who was just reported as being set to write and direct a sequel before the official announcement, and star Chris Pratt playfully joked about revealing the news while they thought they were off-camera. And Guardians of the Galaxy 2 takes one of Marvel's previously scoped out new dates on July 28th, 2017. So there you go.