Following his forthcoming, buzzed about performance in Foxcatcher this fall, which could get him some Oscar love, Channing Tatum seems poised to be taking some more challenging roles between his forays into action and comedy. THR reports Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Struck by Genius, a memoir written by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg about a man who became a surprise math sensation at the age of 31. Following in the footsteps of Matt Damon and Russell Crowe's turns in Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind, Tatum will take the lead role of the sudden mathematical genius. Read on!
The cast of the adaptation of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which much like the monsters in the period romance remix novel has refused to die, is already full of some great up-and-coming stars. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth are all starring in the film from Igby Goes Down and 17 Again director Burr Steers. Now one more familiar face from across the pond has joined the cast, and any sci-fi fans who weren't interested in the project already might start paying attention. THR reports former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has landed a part in the horror comedy based on the popular novel.
Originally, the next film in the Paranormal Activity franchise was slated to be released this fall, but that's clearly not happening. Instead, Paramount Pictures is releasing the film on March 13th, 2015, taking the release date originally meant for their horror comedy adventure Scouts vs. Zombies. The latter film will now be bumped up for release on February 20th, 2015. In addition, Deadline says the film will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. But where will the story go, especially after Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which seemed to be a spin-off, actually tied directly to the original.
Director Martin Campbell hasn't really had much to brag about since being at the helm of Casino Royale in 2006, even though he tried his best with Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson and the infamous comic book bomb Green Lantern. But maybe he'll get back on track with Hunter Killer, the developing adaptation of George Wallace and Don Keith's novel Firing Point. The Wrap reports Campbell is now on board to direct the film for Relativity, which previously had director Antoine Fuqua attached to direct with Gerard Butler starring back in 2011. But it appears both names fell away from the film over time. Read on!
Just a couple days a go, we learned that Universal finally rounded up Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to get together another film for the Jason Bourne franchise that kicked off in 2002 with The Bourne Identity. At the time, it was reported that the film would replace the previously set release of The Bourne Legacy sequel directed by Justin Lin and starring Jeremy Renner on July 16th, 2016, pushing back the spin-off franchise to an unknown time. However, it sounds like all these factors are still up in the air as producer Frank Marshall was asked about the status of the Legacy sequel and said, "It's still in development. We're working to get a script as soon as possible." So what's up with Jason Bourne? Read on!
There are many great filmmakers that are captivating subjects to speak with, to learn what inspires them, what makes so gifted at telling stories. One such filmmaker is David Fincher, who I've had the honor of interviewing once before. This time for Gone Girl promotion, Fincher was interviewed by Playboy and the results are incredible. Despite the magazine's otherwise dirty content, Playboy actually conducts some of the best interviews around and they always go into depth on life and love and career. That's the case with Fincher, and this is one great interview worth highlighting. Especially because he talks about Hollywood and projects like Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which he was attached to (and came close to filming).
Here's your dose of awesome news for the day. After working on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Spike Jonze's Her, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is set to work on Eon's Bond 24 next. With shooting confirmed to start in December this year despite script delays, production is coming together and that includes solidifying the crew for the next Bond movie. We know that Sam Mendes from Skyfall is back at the helm, which is also great news. But instead of bringing back Roger Deakins, who earned another Oscar nomination for his work on Skyfall, Mendes is working with Hoyte van Hoytema on this next one. To top it off, there's a possibility he may even shoot on film. Which sounds like the right decision for this franchise.
After flirting with Tom Hiddleston for the lead role in MGM & Paramount's remake of the classic epic Ben-Hur, Deadline reports the studios have instead picked up "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston to take the title role in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Leading up to his casting, Huston actually could have ended up playing Messala, the close friend of Judah Ben-Hur who becomes his nemesis, but the director decided Huston was better suited for the lead role. Now the search is still on to find an actor to play Messala, but that announcement shouldn't be too far behind.
Following the death of Harold Ramis, the script for Ghostbusters 3 was meant to be rewritten to compensate for his absence on-screen. But sometime after, it sounded like the original plan for just another sequel having the old team of Ghostbusters passing the torch on to a new generation might be abandoned in favor of a reboot that would follow an all-female cast, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig behind the camera. However, that new approach could be part of a bigger plan Dan Aykroyd says is coming together behind the scenes to give the world of Ghostbusters the Marvel universe style treatment. More below!
While we still don't know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn't mean the comic book studio isn't getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it's Marvel's most immediate project following next summer's release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!
We already know Tom Hiddleston is bringing county western singer Hank Williams to life in the biopic I Saw the Light, and we've even seen him belt out one of his trademark tunes at a music festival in Michigan. But there's another, odd indie movie developing with ties to the singer as well. The film is called I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and The Wrap reports Thor star Chris Hemsworth will star in and produce it, based on Steve Earle's novel of the same name. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams after being involved in the country singer's mysterious death back in 1953.
At Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement regarding development of an action adventure called Skull Island, a film that was said to explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. Since then, we've heard that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was being courted to be at the helm, and 2005's King Kong director Peter Jackson suggested that Guillermo del Toro should direct the film. But instead, a press release from Legendary has announced that Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of the film, and Thor franchise star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to lead.
"It's the things we love most... that destroy us." Can we talk about how awesome the latest trailer is for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1? This sequel, only Part 1 of 2 (the second half is due November 2015) both directed by Francis Lawrence, hits theaters November 21st a few weeks after Interstellar. If I might say – this looks epic, I mean, seriously! The destruction, the stakes, the moments, Philip Seymour Hoffman!, freakin' Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence, the arrows, chills, Effie Trinket, President Snow, the White Rose, Peeta! It all looks so insanely awesome, yes yes yes. This is what we've been waiting for. I am so glad they went all out and are giving us the huge conclusion this deserves, even if it is two movies. Bring it on!
Director Lars von Trier had his explicit and sexual new film Nymphomaniac released in two parts earlier this year (Volume I and Volume II are both available on Netflix right now). And while both films come together for a four-hour story, that's not all von Trier has to show but of course. In fact, a five and a half-hour director's cut of the film screened at Berlin and Venice film festivals this year and will also screen at Fantastic Fest later this month. And now we have word that this extended, unsplit version of the film will arrive on VOD + in limited theaters October 2nd. If you need more nymphomania, here you go.