After just learning that Disney was sending their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book to theaters in 2015 with Iron Man and Elf helmer Jon Favreau directing, a competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel is making progress at Warner Bros. Deadline has word that the studio is in early talks with Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to be at the helm. This project first surfaced back in April of 2012 with a script from Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves, and now it has legs again. If you're wondering how this is possible, Kipling's book is in public domain, which means the rights don't need to be purchased in order to adapt the story into a feature film or other medium.
Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 43 days left until Sundance 2014 kicks off on January 16th, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Featured in five different competition categories are 67 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The remaining half of the line-up, which includes big premieres and midnight films, will be announced over the next few weeks. The 2014 line-up looks unique yet exciting as always. There's a few interesting picks, like Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, and more for 2014. List below.
Hooray! The National Board of Review, one of the many organizations voting on awards for movies, has announced their 2013 awards today. The top film - Spike Jonze's Her, which won Best Film of 2013 and Best Director for Jonze, though it didn't win anything else along the way. Instead, a few other acting wins went to Nebraska, Fruitvale Station and Saving Mr. Banks, with Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis sneaking in via the screenplay categories. I'm mostly happy that Her is starting to win awards like Best Film, hopefully this is just the start of what's to come. View the full NBR list below.
Now that Universal has a release date set for the long delayed The Seventh Son (which they inherited from Warner Bros. when Legendary Pictures moved away from the studio), they're looking at getting another fantasy young adult adaptation off the ground. THR has word that Universal is adapting Laini Taylor's first book in a fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, published in September of 2011. Michael Gracey (who is supposed to direct Tom Hardy as Elton John in Rocketman) will be at the helm of the film which will again feature a female hero, hoping to cash in on the craze surrounding The Hunger Games franchise.
Following the rumors that characters like Nightwing and Wonder Woman would appear in Batman vs. Superman, some casting possibilities emerged with Adam Driver circling the role of Bruce Wayne's former sidekick turned solo and names like Gal Gadot and Elodie Yung were potentially up for the Amazon heroine. Now Variety has confirmed that Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot has officially landed the role of Wonder Woman in the gestating sequel to Man of Steel that will introduce Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. And this isn't speculation as Zack Snyder has made a statement.
Following the sudden, tragic death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker over the weekend, production on the sequel Fast & Furious 7 had been delayed indefinitely to allow the cast and crew to mourn, and director James Wan and the film's producers figure out how to proceed. The film is just over halfway in the can, but there are still plenty of key scenes with Walker's character left to be shot. Now The Wrap has word on a couple of possibilities, the most extreme would have production scrapping everything they've shot and starting over from scratch. But doesn't that seem expensive for a $200 million blockbuster?
If you're a child of the 80s or even 90s, your nightmares might have been touched by Alvin Schwartz's grim and terrifying short horror story and urban legend collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now those horror stories might come back to bite you in the ass as Deadline reports Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just sold a pitch to CBS Films to adapt that very book. However, the film adaptation doesn't sound nearly as terrifying as the book seemed to be as a child. The story will follow a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Read on!
Following the success of Now You See Me this year, director Louis Leterrier is on board to direct the gestating sequel. However, we're not sure just when that film will get off the ground. But it sounds like the director of The Incredible Hulk may have another project to keep him busy until that sequel moves forward. Variety reports Leterrier has been hired to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The star of Borat and Bruno pitched the film to Paramount in August with Phil Johnston (writer of Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids) and has been looking for a director who can handle comedy and action.
There's been so much buzz about the expanding DC Universe, not only since Man of Steel offered some hints at more characters in the big screen world, but also because of rumors of what's coming for Batman vs. Superman and also some other DC Comics getting the movie treatment. Now we have the new Superman himself addressing the expanding world and some of the easter eggs from this past summer's reboot of The Big Blue Boy Scout. Henry Cavill is very well aware of these easter eggs, and while he talks about the presence of LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises, there's another that he's excited about. Read on!
Since announcing that the X-Men: First Class sequel merging the casts of the prequel film and the original X-Men franchise would be the X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline, some fans have had a qualm with the adaptation of the iconic story arc. In the comic books, it's actually Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) who travels back in time to save they day. However, writer Simon Kinberg has changed that detail so that it's Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who goes back in time to meet with the young original X-Men and their emerging villains. Many have been incredulously asking why, and there are a few reasons to explain that.
Over the summer, we learned that Owen Wilson was being lined up to join Jim Carrey in a heist comedy called Loomis Fargo (currently untitled). However, as has become the case with many projects that get the star of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dumb & Dumber involved, Carrey is no longer attached to the film. Instead, The Wrap has learned that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to take the role opposite Wilson in the Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed film about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck.
Nearly 4 years ago, we learned that Robert De Niro was being lined up to play iconic football coach Vince Lombardi in the ESPN Films biopic titled Lombardi, to be written by Oscar winning Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth. However, there has been no updates on the state of that project since then. Now Legendary Pictures is looking to play football the same subject after spending time in the ballpark with their Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Deadline has word that Legendary has hired J.C. Chandor (writer and director of All Is Lost and Margin Call) to script a biopic on the Green Day Packers coach with an eye towards directing.
"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!
Adding yet another blockbuster to the 2015 release calendar, Universal Pictures has just announced that the currently untitled sequel to The Bourne Legacy will arrive on August 14th, 2015. That means a Bourne spin-off will arrive just a couple months before James Bond returns to the big screen later that same year. As we already learned, Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin will be at the helm of the sequel with Jeremy Renner back as Aaron Cross and Frank Marshall producing. We doubt the latter filmmaker will get his wish of bringing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne, but we'll see. That's not the only release news.