As we wait for Angelina Jolie's sophomore directing effort Unbroken to hit theaters this winter, the actress turned filmmaker is moving quickly from project-to-project. We just got some first look photos from her next directorial effort, By the Sea, which stars her husband Brad Pitt, and now Deadline reports she's been lined up to direct Africa, an elephant poaching drama set up at Skydance Productions. With a script from Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) the film follows paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. Read on!
Looks like we know one more of one of the many projects Warner Bros and DC Entertainment want to bring to the big screen with their release schedule staked out through 2020. THR has just reported that Fury director David Ayer is currently circling an adaptation of Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics property of the same name. This was one of several projects David Goyer was said to begin developing late last year along with Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7. Justin Marks was previously attached to write the script in 2009, but has lain dormant since Batman v. Superman and Justice League began swirling.
The rise of Xavier Dolan continues. This morning Canada's selection committee officially announced that Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Dolan's fifth feature film by age 25, will be Canada's official entry into the 2014 Academy Awards as their Best Foreign Language Film. "It's an incredible showcase for our industry," stated Telefilm's Carolle Brabant during the announcement. Mommy has been receiving mostly rave reviews since it first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer (read my 10/10 rave review). It's one of the best films of the year anyway, thus making it one of the best choices for Canada, especially if they want to make it all the way to the final five nominations. The film opens in Canada this month after playing at fests all over.
With "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam set to play the title role in Guy Ritchie's medieval flick Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it's time to get the royal warrior his leading lady. And Deadline reports it will be French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey taking the role of Guinevere, a character who has been a love interest, warrior and betrayer in previous incarnations of King Arthur's tales. This is a potentially big role for the actress since there's a plan for a story from Joby Harold that could span six films. And since Guinevere is a big part of Arthur's history, you can bet she'll stick around. Read on!
If you've been paying attention to the development of the revival of the Star Wars universe with a new trilogy and cohesive multimedia plans promising endless stories in a galaxy far, far away, then you already know Looper director Rian Johnson is on board to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. Well, recently Johnson sat down on The Talkhouse podcast to chat with director Terry Gilliam, in promotion of the latter director's film The Zero Theorem (in limited theaters this weekend). But the discussion eventually turned to Johnson's experience with Lucasfilm so far, and the pressures and creative freedom on Star Wars.
Director Ang Lee never seems to surprise me with the kind of films that he takes on. He's taken on some rather eclectic films from Life of Pi most recently to Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Lust Caution and even the less than stellar adaptation of Hulk. He was expected to take on a boxing drama that was going to be shot in 3D, but it's taking awhile to get the budget, visual effects team and whatnot together, so Deadline reports he's taking on an adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a book by Ben Fountain that focuses on the heroic survivors of a battle in the Iraq War.
Sorry to disappoint fans of Magic Mike, but The Playlist has confirmed that Matthew McConaughey won't be back for the sequel Magic Mike XXL. So all you lawbreakers will just have to settle for the return of Channing Tatum. Though he's not the only returning cast members since Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are also coming back. There's supposed to be more, but director Greg Jacobs wouldn't say anything else. But then came reports from Variety and Deadline that some ladies were getting in on the fun with Groundhog Day star Andie MacDowell and The Matrix Reloaded star Jada Pinkett-Smith joining.
Briefly: After scripting the successful reboot of Godzilla this past summer, Deadline reports writer Max Borenstein has been brought back to Legendary Pictures to script Godzilla 2, which has already been given a release date of June 8th, 2018. That's pretty far out, mainly since director Gareth Edwards has a Star Wars spin-off to direct before he returns to the King of Monsters, but it's good to hear that Legendary is getting Borenstein to work on the script right away. He's also writing Skull Island, which just landed director Jordan Vogt-Roberts behind the camera and Tom Hiddleston in front of it. All we know so far is Godzilla 2 will bring monsters have Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah into the mix, so stay tuned for more.
We're going to be seeing a lot of Toby Kebbell in the near future. The actor has roles as the villain Dr. Doom in the reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox (which just got pushed back to later in 2015) and also a supporting role in the big screen version of the popular video game Warcraft. Plus, he'll be seen in lower profile films like A Monster Calls and the war drama Sand Castle. But now he's landed another big blockbuster role with Variety reporting that Kebbell has landed the role of the antagonist Messala in MGM & Paramount's remake of Ben-Hur, which landed "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston in the title role.
Late last fall, 20th Century Fox pushed back the release dates of both their reboot of Fantastic Four and the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. Now it looks like those dates have been changed yet again. The Wrap reports Fox has pushed Fantastic Four from its June 16th, 2015 release to later in the summer on August 7th, 2015. That's not surprising considering the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy has been cleaning up the box office in the weeks since hitting theaters on August 1st, mostly because August and September are usually empty of big releases as the calm before the storm that is awards season begins.
Though Seth Rogen had bit parts to play in both Step Brothers and the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, he's let to have a lead role in a comedy from director Adam McKay. That all changes today with an announcement from McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, Rogen's Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe (the company behind Neighbors and 50/50) that they've picked up a comedy pitch from "Parks & Recreation" star and Emmy-winning writer Ben Schwartz for an untitled feature film. Both Rogen and Schwartz will also star in the film produced by all of the aforementioned companies. Read on!
The power of social media and the positive reaction to a leaked test reel for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero known as the Merc with a Mouth has pushed 20th Century Fox to set a Deadpool movie for release on February 12th, 2016. From their official Twitter account, 20th Century Fox made the announcement by linking to a story from THR that confirmed visual effects wizard Tim Miller is still set to direct the film for the studio. And it's presumed that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star, since he's been a big part of getting this project made and starred in the test reel, but there's no deal locked in place.
Just over a week ago, we learned that Paramount Pictures had picked up Top Five, the latest directorial effort from comedian Chris Rock, from the Toronto International Film Festival. While we thought the studio would hold on to the film until 2015, it sounds like they think the film which also stars the "Saturday Night Live" veteran in the lead role, might have some potential to make waves . Deadline reports Paramount has set the film for a limited release on December 5th with a wide release the following week on December 12th. That's definitely a prime awards season release date. Is this Chris Rock's own Annie Hall?
This weekend, Liam Neeson heads into thriller territory again for Universal Picture in A Walk Among the Tombstones, and he's already in the midst of lining up another one. Deadline reports the studio is looking to reteam with Neeson by making him the star of Tell No One, the adaptation of Harlan Coben's thriller novel that was already turned into the French thriller of the same name directed by Guillaume Canet. Previously, the new adaptation was set to be directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor, and before that Ben Affleck was going to direct the film, but it appears there's no director attached to the project anymore. Read on!