A fourth film version of A Star Is Born has been announced, and the players involved run from the obvious to the totally, mind-blowingly surprising.
Good news for people who love terrifying monsters: McG is back. Oh, and so is Monsters director Gareth Edwards.
One of two things has occurred. Either the Internet has managed to open up a wormhole that allows users to view websites in the year 1996, or Warner Bros. has paid to operate and maintain the official Space Jam website for nearly 15 years.
The West ain’t as wild as it used to be, but all it takes is a couple of guns, a few pretty girls, and a heavy dose of hell bent vendetta to change all that.
This is Brand’s second high-profile remake, with Arthur set to hit theaters next year. This gives me hope for a remake of “The Young Ones” with Brand playing the role of Rick Pratt.
Yesterday’s news of a non-Joss Whedon reboot of the Buffy franchise traveled fast and created a collective groan from fans of things that are very good. Including series creator Joss Whedon. Sort of.
Hey, here’s something that no Buffy fan wants. Warner Bros is rebooting the franchise with a new Joss Whedon-less film.
Hollywood is going old-school. Actually it’s more like Old Testament. Both Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox are developing films based on The Book of Exodus, which contains the story of Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt.
The space-time continuum is safe for now. Robert Zemeckis has wisely passed on the opportunity to remake the beloved classic The Wizard Of Oz.
If you ask me, going back to the original script is a great idea. Hopefully it’s chalk-full of references to William Jennings Bryan and the gold standard, which is sure to bring the Ron Paul demographic out to the theaters.
Warner Bros. has dropped the trailer for The Green Lantern! …With Espanol subtitles. Ryan Reynolds plays a test pilot who receives a ring from a dying alien that lets him create anything he wants with green energy. He then gets cocky, but soon learns that he shouldn’t get so cocky.
Warner Bros. has recently been getting all jazzed up about their Looney Tunes properties. The studio is producing new 3D shorts for the big screen, and Mike Myers has signed on to voice stinky, sexually aggressive skunk Pepe Le Pew. Now WB has bought a pitch for a film that centers on the ACME Warehouse, the outlet where Wile E. Coyote frequently shops.
There aren't many details about the Kevin and Dan Hageman pitch, but as you can tell from the above pic, there are plenty of products to explore. Of course, WB could instead decide to capitalize on the world's overwhelming fascination with the history of the anvil. A three hour documentary on the device most often used by animated characters to murder other animated characters would get butts in the seats, no question. (THR)
New Zealand is coming across as a little too desperate about this whole Hobbit situation. Granted, I know losing the Peter Jackson film, with its $500 million budget, would be a huge economic loss, but this video/rally seems just a little over the top.
New Zealand has to understand that Warner Bros. isn't going to respect them if they act so needy. What they need to do is act like they don't give a damn where The Hobbit is shot. Maybe New Zealand can even make out with some executives from Universal in a public place where Warner Bros. can totally see what's going on! That's sure to make Warner Bros. jealous! (Deadline)
Watch New Zealand come across as desperate after the jump…
Christopher Nolan enjoyed working with Tom Hardy on Inception so much that he's brought him on to star in his third Batman movie. Warner Bros. won't divulge any details, but everyone's assuming Hardy will play a villain. One thing is for certain: he won't play Batman. That's Christian Bale's role, silly.
If you're upset that Hardy's dropping Mad Max for Batman, don't fret. He'll be back on that project when (if?) it ever gets going again. God hates the production of Mad Max almost as much as he hates Transformers 3. So Hardy as a Batman villain? What say you, commenters? (Deadline)
Warner Bros. has scrapped plans to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 3D. Break some hearts, THR:
"When the film arrives in theaters on Nov. 19, it will be in 2D, playing both conventional theaters and IMAX, but that "we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
Good riddance. If the film was going to have Clash of the Titans craptastic post 3D then keep that mofo in the second dimension. Releasing Part 2 in 3D will make it all that more memorable and dare I say…special. However Warner Bros, I suggest you reenforce your studio gates. Some irritated muggles might be storming them at any moment.
Once again, thank you, Internet.
Warner Bros. has hired Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham to do a complete rewrite on Yucatan as a star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr. The actor will also produce the film with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey production company. Awwww, I love family affairs. Maybe their kid can mark the scenes with a little clapboard.
In the film, Downey will play a deep-sea salvage expert hired to steal a mysterious hidden treasure hidden deep underwater in the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. So far Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson haven't wiggled their way into the project. God knows they love looking for treasure together and getting into trouble along the way. Yucatan was originally a passion project for the late and great actor Steve McQueen. He compiled over 1500 pages of notes but never got the film off the ground before dying in 1980. Hope he's cool with his kids handing it over to Downey. A vengeful McQueen zombie would be the worst kind of zombie. (Deadline)
Yesterday, everyone on the Internet was reporting that Darren Aronofsky was taking on the Wolverine sequel. Well hold your damn horses. Now, Empire Online is reporting that Warner Bros. has made a counter offer that might just land the director in their camp: a 40's era period piece called Tales from the Gangster Squad.
Tales from the Gangster Squad follows the exploits of Sergeant John O’Mara’s off-the-books team of police mercenaries, who targeted mob-linked gangster Mickey Cohen and his attempts to bring East Coast organised crime firmly into LA. Originally chronicled in a series of LA Times articles by Paul Lieberman, the script has been penned by cop-turned-writer Will Beall.
That's a tough call. Both films sound like a good fit for Aronofsky. It reminds me a little of Sophie's Choice, except for this I'm going to stay tuned to find out what happens instead of switching over to "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" (Sorry, Sophie).
"You don't know what a HUG is?"
Warner Bros. is planning to start shooting Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie in April in the fine city of New Orleans. Yes, I'm displeased by this news too. I was hoping shooting would start next week in the Rite Aid parking lot across from my apartment. My reasoning for this is two fold. 1) April is too damn far away. I want another Nolan movie, especially another Nolan Batman, in theaters ASAP. 2) New Orleans is too far away. If the film were shot in the Rite Aid parking lot across from my apartment I'd be able to watch all the action go down. With enough green screen and CG they could rearrange the homeless people to make it look like Chicago/Gotham. (Coming Soon)
Now imagine this in color. And 3D.
Much like Godzilla, "The Pacific" producer Bruce C. McKenna is drawing upon his love of killing Japanese people again for his next project. McKenna has sold a pitch to Warner Bros. to develop The Battle Of Midway into a big-budget 3D war epic. Reported to have a budget somewhere in the $200 million range, expect this recount of the historic air and sea battle to be a big one.
There's no word on casting or director as of yet, but we'll let you know when Clint Eastwood casts Channing Tatum as a maverick fighter pilot who is constantly at odds with by-the-book squad leader Jon Hamm. (Deadline)
While Peter Jackson is confident that the legal squabble between Warner Bros. and MGM over The Hobbit will be resolved "sometime soon," the Lord of the Rings prequel may not be his primary concern.
During an interview with New Zealand's Dominion Post, the acclaimed director discussed plans for his long-awaited ANZAC project, which would depict the exploits of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. Jackson hopes to complete the project before the 100th anniversary of the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli in 2015.
"It was doomed because while the Australians charged the Nek from below, the New Zealanders, who were supposed to simultaneously attack from above, didn't show up. But that's another story, and one I'd love to make as the 100th anniversary gets closer."
While the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli is an important milestone, let's not forget that the eleventy-billionth anniversary of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields is also approaching. Allowing The Hobbit to languish in legal limbo spits on the memory of all those who gave their lives fighting Sauron and his evil minions. Shame on you, Peter Jackson. (Empire Online)
Doug Liman is officially on board to direct All You Need Is Kill, Empire Online is reporting. Based on the 2004 sci-fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film will follow the story of a soldier who is killed while fighting aliens, but finds himself caught in a time loop, reliving the events leading up to his death over and over again. With each subsequent death, the character improves his skills while attempting to break the cycle.
This really makes me mad. Warner Bros. acted like I was nuts when I pitched them my idea for a mash-up of Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day. They kept telling me things like "you're not authorized to be in here" and "put your pants back on." Well, we'll see who's crazy when they get a call from my lawyer, Robert Kardashian.
Warner Bros is determined to bring back that rascally rabbit Bugs Bunny, sans Brendan Fraser and Michael Jordan this time. David Berenbaum (The Spiderwick Chronicles) has been hired to write Bugs Bunny, a live action/CG feature film. The studio must want to jump on the new wave of reviving old cartoon characters through the use of computer magic. As of late, we've been subjected to Marmaduke, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear, and now the "Looney Tunes" bin is being raided.
I've been a huge fan of Bugs Bunny for as long as I can remember. The "Looney Tunes" cartoons were way ahead of their time, and the talented Mel Blanc, who voiced Bugs along with Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, managed to create a stable of characters whose catch phrases will live on forever. I especially enjoyed when he'd raise his voice an octive when Bugs dressed up like a girl bunny. There's a fine line between pre-op and post-op delivery, and he nailed it. (Deadline)
There's been some rumblings that Warner Bros. wants to move forward with a Green Lantern trilogy, with plans to film the second and third films back-to-back. Which I think is a thinly-veiled ploy to spend more time hanging around Blake Lively. I see what you're doing there, Warners.
However should this happen, it's going to severly screw up the production of the Deadpool movie that nobody wants to see by tying up Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool co-creater Rob Liefeld may or may not have inside knowledge about the project, but he definitely has an opinion on how things should go. From his Twitter:
"Warner Bros. just trying to protect their investment. They don’t want Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool AND Green Lantern. Interesting 2 watch"
"Please direct Deadpool @RobertRdz !!!!! I’m not above begging! Thanks!"
"Bottom line about Deadpool film is that if FOX doesn’t pull the DP film together with Ryan Reynolds between GL films-they should Hari Kari"
"Ryan Reynolds is the new Will Smith, if FOX can’t maximize this window of opportunity with this star, this character, that script=MASSV FAIL"
"You have it reversed @GeekTyrant it’s Warners that wants to film back 2 back GL’s and disrupt Deadpool. Not FOX!! Get it right!"
Nice, GeekTyrant. Now he's all worked up. It's going to be impossible to get him down for his nap now. (via Bleeding Cool)
World War IV is barely underway, but Warner Bros. just can’t help itself from jumping the gun. The studio is already planning the launch of World War X, a film "centered on a man recruited by a team of government agents to stop a terrorist from the future who is using time travel to reshape history." As my colleague Wookie Johnson pointed out, this film smells an awful lot like Time Cop, which actually smells a lot like a Belgian hooker's dirty panties, which smells a lot like overused cologne. I think there’s a Van Damme joke in there somewhere. (Coming Soon)
Warner Bros. released the teaser poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and it's grim as all get out. With the tag "It All Ends Here" looming above a flaming Hogwarts, someone in marketing must have desired tears from avid Potter fans. If you look really closely you can even see Harry screaming for his life in the far right tower window. Look closer. Clooooser.Haha. You dummy. When will you learn not to trust me?
Finga-gunz are Harry Potter's kryptonite. If you've already picked up the new video game Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 then you've seen this new teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you prefer games with excessive violence and drug deals gone awry then you probably haven't. It contains some new footage, so it's worth checking out if you want to see new footage. Or you could continue having your avatar bash that defenseless pedestrians head in with a bat. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 hits theaters November 19. Check out the teaser after the jump…
Warner Bros. is putting together a writing/directing team for a film based on the popular children's toy, Legos, Coming Soon is reporting. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, have been tasked with bringing the building blocks to life.Although few details have emerged, the film is being described as an "action adventure set in a LEGO world." While some might decry the idea as yet another example of Hollywood running out of original ideas, I, for one, welcome the Lego movie. It brings my childhood dream of seeing Connect Four on the big screen one step closer.
Did you eat more Bott's Beans?! Spit them out right now! We've already seen the MTV Movie Awards c*ck teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but Warner Bros. has just dropped the official deal. There's more magic, creatures, darkness, and girl-on-girl action (sike!) than the previous installments offered, all with the same gang you've come to know and love. Plus Bill Nighy. Awesomess temperass! The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will hit theaters on November 19th 2010, and Part 2 will be released on July 15th, 2011. Check out the trailer in your cloaks or whatever after the jump…
There's only one movie you're really dying to see this summer, and that's Christopher Nolan's Inception. I know you feel this way because I feel this way, and we're connected like E.T. and Elliott. Sorry you're so drunk right now. The alcohol helps me get through the day.Rolling Stone's Peter Travers was allowed to lay his eyes all over Inception, the lucky bastard, and a snippet of his positive review is now online. He said, in so many words, if you have brains capable of processing an intellectual and creative challenge you'll probably really like the film. Stupid heads, not so much.Check out Travers's spoiler free excerpt after the jump…
Strange news this morning that there has been a Fanboys-related success story. The film's writer, Ernie Cline, received six-figures last week for his novel "Ready Player One." Now, just a few days later, he's stacked up another six-figures of sweet, sweet Warner Bros. bucks in exchange for the film rights.Ready Player One tells the story of a teen who competes in a virtual treasure hunt after the creator of an immersive online world passes away and leaves his fortune as the grand prize. It's said to be a mix of Avatar, The Matrix, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. So expect hair-sex, gun-play, and obese children. In other words, it's like one of Andy Dick's pool parties. (Variety)