At one time, Smashed and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt was going to adapt Matthew Quick's young adult novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. However, the project has switched hands and ended up in a surprising place as THR has learned that Channing Tatum will make his directorial debut with the film that follows the title character, a young man who heads out on his birthday with a gun in his backpack and a plan to kill his former best friend. However, he won't be alone because his producing partner Reid Carolin will co-direct the adaptation in addition to producing the film with Tatum as well.
For years now, Amy Adams has been more than a little interested in getting a biopic about iconic rock star Janis Joplin off the ground. Reports have been circling since 2010 when Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) was going to direct, and a couple years ago Lee Daniels boarded the film, back when it was being called Get It While You Can. However, now the film scripted by Ron & Theresa Terry is untitled and has a new director. Deadline reports it will be Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-March Vallee behind the camera, fresh off his buzzed work on Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, another likely Oscar contender. Read on!
Production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is getting closer with a start date of February planned in Australia, and that means it's time for the cast to start surfacing. We already know Johnny Depp will be back as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush is also returning as Captain Barbossa with rumblings of Ian McShane possibly being back in the mix as well. New cast members include Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Sparrow, whom he holds responsible for the death of his brother, and now The Wrap has added The Giver star Brenton Thwaites.
When the first trailer for Jurassic World arrives next week, we'll likely get to see Bryce Dallas Howard in some capacity along with a peek at the new dinosaurs on the scene. But now that Howard has dealt with prehistoric specimens, she's ready to move on to mythical creatures. THR reports the Spider-Man 3 and The Help star is in talks to take a role in Disney's remake of the 1977 classic Pete's Dragon. The film already counts the legendary Robert Redford as part of the cast, along with child actors Oakes Fegley as the title boy and Broadway star Oona Laurence as his friend. So who will Howard play in the updated version of the tale?
Back towards the beginning of the year, The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was tapped as the new director of Warner Bros. Pictures' gestating adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Stand. We'd heard that casting was eyeing Matthew McConaughey for a pivotal role in August, but since then there's been no word on any new names associated with the project. That may be because instead of a single film, the studio has decided they want Boone to make multiple films to properly adapt the novel. Boone revealed the change in plans on Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast, and this will be much bigger than originally thought.
This winter will bring the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, which kept Martin Freeman busy for awhile, and has given him a promotional tour to look forward to every year for three years. In the meantime, in between those publicity engagements, he had time for The World's End, a new series of "Sherlock" and the first season of the anthology series "Fargo." Now the actor finally has time for a different project on the big screen again as THR reports the British actor is in talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle, the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's war memoir of the same name. More below!
It's been over a year since visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his directorial debut on Highlander, a reboot of the film franchise of the same name that's set up at Summit Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds was once going to star in the film, but fell away from the project last summer. The hunt is still on to find someone to take the lead role, and they might get a boost to finding a big name, because The Wrap is looking to land a superstar for the role of Ramirez, the man who mentors and trains an immortal Scottish swordsman seeking revenge against a barbarian chasing him across time.
It took Zach Braff 10 years to get back behind the camera for his directorial effort Wish I Was Here, but it sounds like he's not waiting that long to do it again. Variety has word that the "Scrubs" star who has starred in both of his own films is looking to be at the helm of Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name starring George Burns. The project is set up at New Line, and Braff would replace Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) as director on the project if a deal can be solidified. Since I wasn't super impressed with his sophomore film, I'm not as excited for a new Braff film, but the cast certainly grabs my attention. Read on!
He's headed back to Searchlight. After releasing his latest film Men, Women & Children this fall, filmmaker Jason Reitman is lining up projects to jump into next. THR has announced one of them that he's now attached to direct, an adaptation of the Texas Monthly true-life story I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family written by Skip Hollandsworth. The project was picked up by Fox Searchlight with Nick Hornby on the script. Reitman worked with Searchlight previously distributing his early films Juno and Thank You For Smoking. However, his most recent films – Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day and Men, Women & Children – were all released by Paramount. Honestly I'm glad to see Reitman back at Searchlight yet again.
Ever since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was greenlit and unleashed in theaters last year, fans have been hoping that Paramount Pictures would also grant the same courtesy to Zoolander 2, the sequel to Ben Stiller's comedy favorite from 13 years ago. The film has been developing for years, and this year rumblings of it finally happening came from both co-star Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux, who was named as co-writer and director of the sequel back in 2010. Now Deadline reports the project has life again with Theroux still directing from his own script, and a sexy new co-star has popped up on the catwalk too.
Since Mel Gibson hasn't gained much traction on a comeback as far as his acting career is concerned (Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 were fun, but didn't make waves), it looks like he's going to try the directing door again instead. THR reports Gibson is currently in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama that tells the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. What makes this all the more interesting is that Doss was drafted into the military in 1942 for the war, but he refused to bear arms on religious ground, and still ended up being a war hero. Read on!
With the exception of a series of home video releases, we've never seen Disney's famous fairy Tinker Bell get her own movie, since she's always been relegated to appearing with Peter Pan. However, now the blonde pixie will star in her own film at 20th Century Fox. However, it won't be the kind of film you would expect since Deadline reports Tammy and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will play the title fairy, and Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy will be at the helm. The project is currently untitled, but it's based on a fresh approach to the iconic character which was fleshed out with the help of McCarthy herself.
In addition to returning to the Jason Bourne franchise with Matt Damon at Universal, director Paul Greengrass is in the midst of setting up another project over at Sony Pictures. Deadline has word that Greengrass is attached to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, a seminal piece of literature that takes place in a world where surveillance is unavoidable as a perpetual war rages on. The term Big Brother, used to reference government oversight and surveillance comes from this very novel, and in an age of drones, phone hacking, the NSA's violation of privacy, it's more relevant than ever.
Following the tragic passing of Robin Williams earlier this year, one of the filmmakers who directed the iconic comedian has left us as well. In a statement from ABC News President James Goldston, we've learned that director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, though no cause of death was revealed. Nichols was one of the most iconic directors to ever get behind the camera from his early work on classics like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate to recent provocative and acclaimed films like Charlie Wilson's War and Closer. Goldston added, "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."