"An American Werewolf in London" director John Landis, father of the currently in-demand scribe Max Landis, spoke with The Playlist this week and mentioned how the proposed sequel to this year's ambitious superhero feature "Chronicle" was going.
It seems that Max has already penned the sequel script which his father read and would love to see made, however the studio is apparently not so keen on the idea.
“He wrote a sequel, and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want ‘Chronicle’ again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business" said the elder Landis.
Previously it had been indicated that the younger Landis and director Joshua Trank had mapped out enough story for three "Chronicle" films.
"The Descendants" actress Shailene Woodley is in early talks to play Mary Jane Watson in the proposed "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel at Sony Pictures says Variety.
With casting about to begin, character breakdowns have gone out to talent agencies with not just Mary Jane Watson joining this outing. Turns out Harry Osborn and an unspecified villain are also being cast soon.
Woodley is the studio's leading choice for Mary Jane and, if cast, would join returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Electro is also rumored to be one of the villains thanks to the post-credits sequence of the first film involving a shadowy figure and lots of lightning (Electro has the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning).
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the film which will begin shooting early next year for a release May 2014.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher has re-teamed with his "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" visual effects head Tim Miller to create the launch trailer for arguably the biggest game release of the season - the upcoming XBOX 360 exclusive "Halo 4".
According to THR, the trailer launch will take place next Thursday (October 18th) during "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". It will then be available through Halo Waypoint and the Xbox YouTube channel immediately following the broadcast.
Miller says "Our goal is to deliver a blockbuster, Hollywood-quality trailer that raises the bar for the award-winning legacy of live-action Halo storytelling and gets fans stoked for the return of Master Chief.”
Shooting on the two-minute trailer took place in Prague, blends CGI with live action, and explores the backstory of Master Chief while providing a look at the new threat within the game. The game itself is scheduled to launch on November 6th.
The trailer is separate to Stewart Hendler's live action Web series "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" which debuted last week. A 90-minute special extended edition of the series will be included in the limited edition of the "Halo 4" game.
While "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders may not return to that franchise, Universal Pictures is keeping him close as it looks like they're offering him another.
Twitchfilm reports that very early conversations are happening for Sanders to take on the Tom Cruise-led reboot of the monster hunting "Van Helsing".
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek") are penning the script for a more grounded and realistic approach than Stephen Sommers' wild CG-heavy 2004 effort starring Hugh Jackman.
Cruise is currently at work on Doug Liman's sci-fi tale "All You Need Is Kill".
Kevin Kline is attached to star as Errol Flynn in the indie biopic "The Last of Robin Hood" at Killer Films says Variety.
The story is based on Flynn's last days before he died of a heart attack at age 50, and his relationship with 17 year-old actress Beverly Aadland - a girl allegedly seduced by Flynn when she was only 15.
She eventually grew to love him and co-starred with him in his last film "Cuban Rebel Girls." Susan Sarandon is attached to co-star as Beverly's stage mother Florence Aadland who lived vicariously through her daughter.
"Quinceanera" helmers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland will direct from their own original screenplay. Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler and Maggie Malina will produce, and shooting is slated to kick off in January.
The NFL could be investing a financial stake of up to $20 million in Ivan Reitman's "Moneyball"-esque football drama "Draft Day" at Paramount Pictures and Montecito Pictures reports Vulture.
Kevin Costner plays a fictional general manager of the outgunned and outspent Buffalo Bills. Set over the course of a single day, it follows him as he parlays the first NFL draft pick (granted to the previous season's worst team) into a series of trades that improves the lackluster roster.
Along the way he deals with his own family baggage and some surprising personal and romantic developments. Reitman and Tom Pollack will produce.
The league has previously been very hesitant about getting involved in TV and film depictions of itself, especially if they portray any of the more serious negatives about the multi-billion dollar industry be it long-term injuries to players to alleged rampant steroid abuse.
Da Vinci's Demons
The first three photos are out of British actor Tom Riley in David Goyer's "Da Vinci's Demons". The eight-part historical fantasy drama follows Leonardo Da Vinci's quest to expose the lies of religion. [Source: The Live Feed]
The Last Ship
"Grey's Anatomy" star Eric Dane will play Commander Tom Chanler in Platinum Dunes' action/adventure pilot "The Last Ship" for TNT. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg are producing.
The story follows the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth's population. By himself plans to direct the pilot. [Source: EW]
American Horror Story: Asylum
"Deadwood" and "Kings" actor Ian McShane is returning to television for a two episode guest stint on FX's "American Horror Story" for its second season. Specific details on who he'll play are being kept under wraps other than will "tussle" with Jessica Lange's Sister Jude.
Meanwhile the first five minutes of the season premiere is also online and can be watched below:
Warner Bros. Pictures has shuffled around four films on its 2013 film release schedule.
First up, Vera Farmiga-Patrick Wilson horror feature "The Conjuring" has been pushed back from a late January release to a much more high-profile mid-Summer bow.
The story follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they help a terrorized family living in a secluded farmhouse. Originally slated for January 25th, the film will now open July 19th.
Next up, the Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" has been slotted in for a March 15th 2013 release.
Then there's the Jason Sudeikis-Jennifer Aniston comedy "We're the Millers" which is now slated to go against the "Robocop" remake on August 9th.
Finally there's the Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal-led vigilante drama "Prisoners" which has been set for a September 20th release.
Though having essentially ditched the idea of taking "Mockingbird Lane" to series, NBC has decided to make use of the already shot $10 million pilot - they will turn it into a one-off Halloween special.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first episode for the troubled "Munsters" reboot will air sometime during the week of Halloween.
Stuck in development for two years at the network, Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller were producers on the project which underwent numerous retoolings and disagreements over which direction the series should go. When the pilot was delivered it was said to be "below the network's expectations".
CBS Films has offered Aussie hunk and "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth a cool $10 million to star in their potential franchise launcher "American Assassin" says Deadline.
The story revolves around Mitch Rapp, a former Syracuse grad student who joins the CIA after his girlfriend his killed by a terrorist attack. The film is based on Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel series
Bruce Willis was in talks last month to play a company operative who serves as Rapp's mentor. Jeffrey Nachmanoff will helm from a script by Mike Finch, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler will produce. Shooting kicks off next Fall.
Michelle Williams is in talks to star in the period drama "Suite Francaise" from filmmaker Saul Dibb ("The Duchess") says Variety.
Williams would play Lucille Angellier, a spirited young woman in occupied France. With a husband she never really loved off to war, she's left under the supervision of her domineering mother-in-law.
Her only escape is playing the piano. She soon becomes attracted to the young German officer assigned to their home, an officer who was a former composer.
David Parfitt and Mark Cooper are producing with shooting aiming to begin next Spring in London.
Vivek J. Tiwary is set to write and produce a film adaptation of his own upcoming graphic novel "The Fifth Beatle" says Heat Vision.
The story chronicles the life of The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, a brilliant visionary who discovered The Beatles and helped guide the band to international stardom as their manager. Epstein died at the age of 32.
Tiwary has also signed a deal with Sony/ATV which will allow the project to become the first feature film about the band which has secured rights to include Beatles songs.
Christoph Waltz plays a genius computer hacker obsessively working on a way to discover the reason for human existence – or lack thereof.
Asked about his role, Damon says “I'm just doing a very small part in it. Someone finally gave him money to do this one, thank God. I'd do anything for Terry. It's been ten years since I last worked with him". Damon adds that he'll be donning a receding hairline with white spiked hair.
In regards to Stormare and Bhaskar's roles, Gilliam says the two actors "will be sharing two parts at the same time". Shooting kicks off next month in Romania.
Untitled Terrence Malick Project
Boyd Holbrook is the latest name to have joined the cast of Terrence Malick's currently shooting drama set against the backdrop of the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Holbrook was spotted sharing scenes with Natalie Portman the other day. [Source: Just Jared]
"Toddlers & Tiaras" star Eden Wood is set to play cute girl Darla in Universal Studios Home Entertainment's new take on "The Little Rascals".
The film will follow the adventures of the misfit kids who first took the world by storm in the 1920s and ‘30s in black and white shorts. [Source: THR]
Anthony Michael Hall will play the assistant of Steve Carell's John du Pont character in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" at Annapurna Pictures.
Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum also star in the film about the paranoid schizophrenic heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who shot an Olympic wrestler in 1996. [Source: Variety]
Uma Thurman has joined the all-star cast of Lars von Trier's pornographic drama "Nymphomaniac" which is currently shooting around Cologne, Germany.
It is presently unclear what role Thurman will play in the film. She joins a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen and Christian Slater. [Source: THR]
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Tender Mercies") is set to direct History and Lifetime's four-hour miniseries about Bonnie & Clyde says Deadline.
John Rice and Joe Batteer penned the project based on the true story of the infamous bank robbing couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Miley Cyrus had previously been in talks to play Bonnie but has dropped out. The mini will air simultaneously on both History and Lifetime.
Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") and Scoot McNairy ("Argo") have all joined the cast of Jaume Collet-Serra's $50 million airplane-set action-thriller "Non Stop" at Studiocanal says Variety.
Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who starts receiving text messages from someone claiming to be on the same flight, and who is threatening to kill its passengers. He must race to find and stop the killer.
Collet-Serra directs from a screenplay by John Richardson and Chris Roach, while Joel Silver is producing. Shooting kicks off November 1st in New York City.
Danny DeVito is set to direct the indie comedy "Honeymoon With Dad" at Tapestry Films and Reel FX Creative Studios reports Variety.
The story follows an accountant who, after being left at the altar, winds up going on his would-be honeymoon with his estranged and larger-than-life father. Scott Atkinson and Tegan West penned the script.
It's not certain whether DeVito is interested in also starring in the project, but it is possible. Shooting will take place during DeVito's next hiatus from his work on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Michael Schreiber, Peter Abrams, Cary Granat and Jared Mass will produce.
The first trailer of Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" has gone online and it's a treat for fans of the legendary master of suspense. The film's story deals with the making of "Psycho" and the struggle the director went through with Paramount executives, the press, and society to get the thing made.
Most surprising is the tone, the trailer playing up some of the more comedic aspects of the story but in a tasteful way. While the fat suit on Hopkins is a bit distracting at first, it's more than made up for by the fun sparing with Helen Mirren as his wife.
While various different versions of a fourth "Jurassic Park" have been in development over the past decade, none has been more infamous or contentious as the John Sayles-penned take with gun-carrying dinosaurs. That version involved genetically created 'mercenary dinosaurs' made from blending dinosaur, human and dog DNA.
Now some concept art, created for that version by artist Carlos Huante and sculpted into 3D by Andrew Cawrse, has snuck online via JurassicParkIV.org. Turns out as soon as the heads at Amblin Entertainment saw the artwork, they shut down the project almost instantly.
Having already been in cinemas with "Finding Nemo 3D" and screening on the Disney Channel this past Monday, Disney•Pixar has now put its third "Toy Story" short film "Partysaurus Rex" online. Unfortunately the clip is geoblocked which means it will only play for viewers within the United States. For those lucky ducks who are, check it out below: