After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove.
Back in 1997, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger starred in the fantastic noir thriller L.A. Confidential, and now the same genre will bring them together again 17 years later. THR has word that Basinger (Batman, 8 Mile) has joined the cast of The Nice Guys, the next film from Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director Shane Black. The film stars Crowe teamed up with Ryan Gosling and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Crowe) who must solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. And just because Basinger has aged doesn't mean she's not getting saucy this time. Read on!
Just last week, we got official word from Warner Bros. Pictures as to which DC Comics titles we would see hit the big screen over the next six years, and when those films would arrive. The films that were furthest down the line were a reboot of Green Lantern and a standalone movie focusing on the yet to be revealed Justice League character Cyborg. Now we already know that young actor Ray Fisher is playing the character with a small introduction in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably a bigger role in the two-part Justice League. But Fisher had no idea that his character would get his very own movie too.
We've been hearing about Bad Santa 2 intermittently from Billy Bob Thornton over the past couples years. The original film is now 11 years old, which means more time has passed than the time it took for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell to get Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues off the ground. Many fans have probably just assumed the project is dead and would never become a reality, but it sounds like the film is just stuck in the Hollywood development machine. Thornton recently took part in a Hollywood Masters discussion at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & Television and talked a bit about the sequel.
Briefly: After dying in nearly everything that's he's starred in, it sounds like Sean Bean is poised to survive a feature film. THR has word that the Lord of the Rings and National Treasure star has landed a role in The Martian, the next sci-fi drama from Alien director Ridley Scott. The film follows an astronaut (Damon) who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission. Bean will play a NASA flight director, presumably back on Earth, trying to sort things out. Bean joins an interesting assembly of talent that includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover. The film arrives on November 25th, 2015.
While there are those who simply didn't like Disney's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic character John Carter back in 2012, there are even more people who didn't give it a chance because the studio just didn't market it well enough. It's a fun, impressive space adventure worthy of comparison to Indiana Jones and Star Wars in tone and scope, even if it's not the most groundbreaking film. After the film was a huge flop for Disney, there was little to no chance that a sequel would happen, but that doesn't mean we won't see a new John Carter adventure, because the rights to the character no longer belong to Disney.
There's been endless celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year with LEGO sets and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but next year, another 80s favorite will be celebrating 30 years as well. Next year, Back to the Future will be 30 years old, and while we haven't heard about any special plans Universal Pictures may have to celebrate, there will be one cool event that fans can try to take advantage of in 2015. Variety reports Back to the Future will get special screenings around the world with a live orchestra utilized to play Alan Silvestri's signature score, just like the Star Trek reboot did this year. More below!
Just after Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots were cast to lead Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier's next colorful thriller Green Room, one more cast member has been added into the mix, and it should make this one of your most anticipated films ever. A press release from Broad Green Pictures and Filmscience announced that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and X-Men franchise star Patrick Stewart has joined the thriller which follows a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads.
The sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine was just pushed back to February 20th, 2015 after originally being set for release on Christmas Day, and now director Steve Pink already has his next comedy lined up as Deadline reports MGM has picked up a pitch for a project called Cop Swap. The studio acted fast to pick up the pitch with Pink attached to direct and also write the script with his writing partner Jeff Morris. The movie will focus on a real-life international exchange program of major metropolitan police departments across America that allow cops from foreign cities to essentially intern as part of the LAPD. More below!
There are plenty of aspiring screenwriters out there who want to turn their favorite comic book, video game, toyline and whatever else Hollywood snatches up, into a feature film. However, few of them ever actually have the drive or ambition to actually do it. Enter Max Landis, the writer of the found footage superhero flick Chronicle and the forthcoming new take on Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe. Landis is now 29 years old and has a lucrative screenwriting career, but just 10 years ago he was a 19-year old with the dream of turning the popular Super Nintendo video game Super Mario World into a feature film. More below!
Considering the fact that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues didn't quite live up to the 10 years of waiting fans had to do in order to see it hit the big screen, it's probably a safe bet that director Adam McKay won't be heading back into sequel territory again anytime soon. And that's exactly right, but that doesn't mean the comedy filmmaker doesn't have plans to return to one of his more revered comedies. Collider recently sat down with McKay for a chat and asked about the potential for a sequel to the 2008 comedy Step Brothers starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and it's further along than you might have thought.
Briefly: Warner Bros. Pictures had originally dated the horror sequel to last year's hit The Conjuring for October 23rd, 2015. However, since we haven't heard anything about a director or cast, we were starting to wonder if the film would be able to meet that date. And now we have our answer as the studio has removed The Conjuring 2 from next year's calendar and will release it sometime in 2016 instead. But there will still be horror from Warner Bros. this fall because an unspecified horror film will take the sequel's previous October 2015 date instead. But we're not sure at all what that film might be so stay tuned.
Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star.
There was a rumor going around earlier this year that Eli Roth's bloody horror film Cabin Fever, which is only 12 years old, was going to get the remake treatment. Now that's been confirmed by Armory Films, Cassian Elwes and Contend, who have all announced their production of the horror thriller has officially begun principal photography with Gage Golightly ("Teen Wolf"), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis ("From Dusk Till Dawn"), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl) starring in the film. But who's directing and writing this time around? Find out details below!