Even though Will Smith may not be showing up for Independence Day 2, that doesn't mean there won't be ties to his character in the developing sequel at 20th Century Fox. After Michael B. Jordan was previously rumored to play the son of Smith's character (or step-son if it's the same character from the first film), THR reports it will be Jessie Usher taking the role. You might not know Usher by name, but he's the star of the Starz series "Survivor's Remorse," so this promises to be quite a breakthrough role for the actor, not unlike what Independence Day did for Smith's feature film career as his first blockbuster nearly 20 years ago.
Several of Robert A. Heinlein's works have been turned into movies and TV shows and now one more is on the docket. THR reports X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is set to be at the helm of an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The film version will simply be called Uprising with "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim adapting the book for the screen. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel follows a lunar colony as they begin to revolt against their rulers back on Earth, almost like a Revolutionary War tale in space. It sounds like this could be Singer's next project after X-Men: Apocalypse.
Just yesterday we reported the rumor that Cabin in the Woods writer and director Drew Goddard was being lined up to write and direct the first film in Sony Pictures' new Spider-Man franchise. As of now it's just a rumor, so perhaps there's a chance that someone else could take the gig. The Wrap reports that Anthony & Joe Russo, the directing duo behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the forthcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War, have just struck a new first-look deal at Sony Pictures that will begin in April and last for three years. Sounds like it could be the perfect gateway for them to direct the new Spider-Man.
Up until now, the latest project reuniting director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks has just been called a Cold War thriller, with St. James Place being tossed around as a working title. But now word comes from an interview with producer arc Platt by way of The Daily Pennsylvanian (via SlashFilm) that the film is called Bridge of Spies. If anyone would know the title, it would be the film's producer, so there you have it. The title is said to refer to a real bridge linking outer West Berlin to Potsdam. It was given that name in the 1960s as American and Soviet intelligence organizations performed prisoner exchanges on its expanse.
We have a delivery. Arriving at the offices of a number of prominent movie bloggers all over the country are LG cell phones with a personalized introduction and instructions to wait for more information tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th). Mysterious… We also received a phone here. No other info was included, aside from a memo from "Phoenix Biogenic", the same name on the box the phone came in. The note talks about feeling immortal and the chance to get a new body, which connects with the plot in the new Tarsem psychological sci-fi film Self/less. From here, we have to wait until we all get an update tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, this is our first viral look at the new Self/less movie. They definitely have my attention.
Director Robert Rodriguez has possibly come up with the coolest idea for a TV interview show, especially for fans of cinema. "The Director's Chair," airing on Rodriguez's El Rey Network, shows the Desperado filmmaker sitting down for a casual chat with some of the best filmmakers alive. Previous episodes already showed discussions with John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and a Quentin Tarantino two-parter. For his fifth and latest installment, premiering this week, Rodriguez talks with director Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest maverick filmmakers who gave us some of the very best the art form has to offer.
It looks like Netflix isn't showing any signs of backing down from releasing original films on their streaming service to shake up the film distribution game. In addition to landing rights to numerous documentaries, Netflix also has a deal with IMAX to exclusively release the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon this year, a four film deal with the Duplass brothers, a film deal with Adam Sandler beginning with The Ridiculous Six and they're starting production Judd Apatow's gestating Pee-Wee Herman movie next month. Now Deadline reports the streaming service has just picked up the worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga's lateast film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, "Luther").
Now this could end being up awesome. Hear me out. Not all car movies are going to turn out the same, but if they have Joe Kosinski at the helm that's pretty much guaranteed. THR's Heat Vision is reporting that Joe Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy and Oblivion, is now in talks for the Gran Turismo movie developing at Sony based on the racing video game. We've reported on it before, a few years ago when it was first picked up and when writer Alex Tse of Watchmen was attached. It has the right team to turn out kind of amazing for a video game movie, here's to hoping they pull it off. Kosinski is also attached to a few other projects.
A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Even though it's about to be available on Blu-ray next week, a newly remastered version of The Breakfast Club is set to screen as a world premiere at 2015 SXSW Film Festival later this month. The film is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, which is also why the Blu-ray is getting re-released for the 30th, and the festival premiere will be part of that promo. Cast members Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will also be in attendance for a special Q&A. If you're a big fan of this film and live in Austin (or are attending SXSW) this is the ideal event for you. Art in the teaser by Michele Rosenthal.
This could be a great film if actually comes together as planned. Only time will tell. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has closed a deal on an adaptation of the memoir It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life Of Love And War, which was a popular project as many different studios/actors were interested. The package that Warner Bros has closed on apparently has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. That's quite a line-up. Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, American Sniper, Mortdecai) will be producing. Of course, we know that both Spielberg and Lawrence are attached to a bunch of other projects as well, ranging from the sci-fi Passengers (for Lawrence) to another Indiana Jones (for Spielberg).
This is moving fast. Our friends at Latino Review are reporting a big scoop that apparently Disney/Marvel are keen on hiring Drew Goddard for the new set of Spider-Man movies. If you recall, a few weeks ago it was confirmed officially by Marvel that Sony & Disney have partnered up and agreed to share rights to the Spider-Man character. This means that Spidey can appear in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (and rumors are he'll appear in Captain America 3: Civil War, if not sooner) and that Spidey will also get a new series of movies (throwing out everything established by Marc Webb with Andrew Garfield) following his re-introduction. They don't have a scoop on any casting just yet, but it sounds like Goddard will be taking over the new Spider-Man movie since the Sinister Six project (that he was also attached to) has fallen apart.
Another interesting casting development with regards to the completely unnecessary Magnificent Seven remake in the works. Variety is reporting that Ethan Hawke is one of the latest actors to join the ensemble cast lining up for this western. MGM, who released John Sturges' original Magnificent Seven in 1960, is developing this remake and currently has Antoine Fuqua set to direct. Fuqua previously directed Hawke and Denzel Washington in Training Day in 2001, and the two actors will be re-uniting with Fuqua for yet another project now over 10 years later. While this remake is pointless, at least the cast doesn't seem so bad.
Later this year, we'll probably see Leonardo DiCaprio enter the awards race again with the lead role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (get a first look right here). But it sounds like he's got another potential awards contender finally coming together after trying to get the project off the ground for nearly two decades. The Crowded Room is a real life drama about Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. Sounds like a compelling enough story, and making the story more rich is the fact that Milligan had 24 different personalities for DiCaprio to portray.
The wild and wacky journeys of Finn and Jake are heading to the big screen. Deadline has word that Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time is being developed by the channel's sister company Warner Bros. Pictures for a feature film adaptation. The LEGO Movie co-director and producer Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the film, so it's bound to be great. For those who don't know, the series follows a 12-year old boy named Finn and his talking dog best friend Jake who go on endless quests to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching for his Princess Bubblegum.