With "Taken 2" having raked in nearly $50 million in its U.S. opening weekend (doubling the opening weekend box-office of the first film), it comes as no shock that the producers want to keep going.
In an interview with Hollywood.com, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen says talks have already begun - "We didn't start talking about [it] until we saw the numbers. But then we said, 'Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one."
So just where in the hell would the story go? "We've taken everyone we can take. It's going to go in another direction" says Kamen.
Doing press for the second film in recent weeks, star Liam Neeson was asked about the ending of the second film leaving the door open for a third one. "Do you think so? I don't think. I think we're finished. Mind you, I thought we were finished with the last one" he told The Coventry Telegraph.
It has been in development for five years, now it looks like a concerted effort is being made to revive the film adaptation of the highly successful "Gears of War" video game franchise says Variety.
New Line began developing the property in 2007 with Len Wiseman once attached to direct, but the project never took off mainly due to the sizeable budget required. Now the project has been put into turnaround which allows the producers to shop it around to other studios.
In fact, Creative Artists Agency is prepping to meet with numerous producers in the coming weeks to set up the project elsewhere. Chris Morgan, Billy Ray and Stuart Beattie have all previously had cracks at the script.
Set on the planet Sera, the game thrusts players into a battle for survival between humans and a race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet known as the Locust Horde. Players assume identities of soldiers on Delta Squad as they fight to save Sera's inhabitants.
The three games in the 'Gears' series have sold over 13 million copies and generated $1 billion in sales since the first game debuted in 2006. It is considered Microsoft's second biggest exclusive franchise on the XBOX 360 behind only the "Halo" series.
The fourth game, "Gears of War: Judgment", is set to bow next year. Epic is expected to consult on the film to make sure it ties into the canon established in the games and books.
IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures have announced that "Paranormal Activity 4" will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format.
The plan is to release the film in approximately 300 IMAX digital theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting October 18th, simultaneous with the film's general release.
Meanwhile, Paramount has also unveiled a new TV spot showcasing audience reactions at advance screenings which were recorded via night vision.
Beyonce Knowles has dropped out of Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" remake at Warner Bros. Pictures says Variety.
Knowles has been attached as the female lead on the project for well over a year, but the film has been floundering in its struggle to find a male lead. Beyonce's pregnancy has also pushed back the start date.
Knowles' departure is due to scheduling conflicts. Without a set start date for 'Star', the scheduling has just become too complicated for the singer.
Eastwood is reportedly interested in jazz musician Esperanza Spaulding as a possible replacement, however Eastwood is determined to lock in a male lead first before sending out offers for the female lead.
Will Fetters penned the most recent draft while Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk are producing.
"The Man with the Iron Fists" director RZA has signed on to helm an adaptation of Grant Morrison's new comic "Happy!" says Heat Vision.
The story follows Nick Sax, an assassin who nearly dies after a hit goes bad. Inexplicably he begins to see Happy, a tiny blue horse whose optimistic disposition never sours.
Nick and his new friend team up to save the life of a troubled kid while trying to find redemption for Nick himself.
Grant Morrison will adapt the screenplay while Reginald Hudlin is producing. The trio will develop the project before seeking a studio or financier.
Ryan Reynolds is in early talks to star in "Persepolis" director Marjane Satrapi's psychological thriller "The Voices" at Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment says Deadline.
Reynolds would play a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting.
When their relationship takes a murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path.
Michael R. Perry penned the script and shooting begins next year.
Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage are attached to star in the $25 million period feature "Outcast" at Arclight Films says The Wrap.
The story is set in 10th Century China, and follows a warrior who attempts to redeem himself by saving a princess.
James Dormer ("Spooks") is writing the script while stunt man Nick Powell is making his directorial debut on the project. Shooting is aiming to begin next year.
Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy based on a pitch from "Bridesmaids" actress Rebel Wilson. Wilson hatched the original idea and is attached to write, produce and star according to Deadline.
Meanwhile Fox 2000 has closed a deal for a biopic about Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mother who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs thanks to her invention of a self-wringing mop.
Annie Mumolo, who starred in and co-wrote "Bridesmaids", will pen the script. John Davis, John Fox and Ken Mok will produce.
Producer Adrian Askarieh and "Trollhunter" director Andre Ovredal are teaming for a transmedia adaptation of Tim Daniel's monster apocalyptic comic "Enormous" says Heat Vision.
Set on an Earth where an ecological event has created gargantuan beasts that decimate civilization, the story follows a woman who tries to collect and save lost children.
Askarieh and Ovredal plan on creating a high-end digital Web series, a TV show and a feature film to explore the story from both multiple points of views and in different settings around the planet.
The Last Ship
Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Christina Elmore and Sam Spruell are all set to co-star in the Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Mostow-directed TNT action drama pilot "The Last Ship".
The series centers on the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. [Source: Deadline]
"The Three Stooges" co-star Chris Diamantopoulos will join "Arrested Development" on the show’s new home on Netflix. He will appear in at least three episodes.
Diamantopoulos is also set to appear on NBC’s "Community" and Fox’s "Goodwin Games" during this coming season. [Source: Deadline]
Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes is the latest name to join the cast of Wes Anderson’s "Grand Budapest Hotel". Fiennes will take the role once slated for Johnny Depp.
As Fiennes has joined the cast, formerly linked star Angela Lansbury has exited the project. Anderson, Scott Rudin and Steven Rales will produce. [Source: Deadline]
FX has pushed back the fourth season premiere of its comedy critical darling "Louie" from Summer 2013 to Spring 2014. FX president John Landgraf tells The Live Feed that star Louis C.K. requested and received the extended hiatus.
"Louie has continued to raise the bar and recharge his batteries. I don't think there's anyone else in business who's produced, starred, directed and edited all but seven episodes … I'm not surprised he needs a bit of a break" says Landgraf.
"I want season four to go somewhere new … I'm looking back to when I did the first season and the time I took to do the show and decide which directions to go in and I want that back again. I want a little breathing room" Louis C.K. told the media.
Screen Gems is developing a feature film based on Elizabeth Richards' young-adult fantasy novel series “Black City". The first book in the series hits stores next month.
The series is set in the burning ruins of the Black City, where in the aftermath of a bloody war humans and Darklings live divided by a high wall. It's there a half-blood Darkling and the daughter of the Sentry Emissary who hates Darklings, struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other.
Screen Gems is currently searching for a screenwriter to adapt the material
Warner Bros. Pictures is in early talks with Ben Affleck to star as the male lead in "Focus". A female lead is currently being sought according to Deadline.
The story follows a veteran con man who becomes romantically involved with a newcomer. The complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") wrote the script and will direct, while Denise DiNovi is producing. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were previously linked to the project in the lead roles.
A Psycho-inspired poster for Hitchcock has premiered ahead of a new trailer which will go online in a few hours.
Eight love-themed posters for Joe Wright's ambitious new take on "Anna Karenina", sixteen posters for RZA's kung-fu film The Man with the Iron Fists, and an impressive character banner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Pixar has launched a highly impressive viral marketing site for "Monsters University". The site is an official collegiate-style homepage of an actual Monsters University.
"'Crowded House' frontman Neil Finn will provide the end credits song for the upcoming 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'…" (full details)
"Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Kim Ki-Duk's Golden Lion winner 'Pieta'. The film is South Korea's official entry for the Academy Awards' best foreign language category. A limited theatrical and multi-platform VOD release is planned next year…" (full details)
"Fox Home Entertainment has announced that the critically-acclaimed Sundance winner 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' will debut on Blu-ray and DVD December 4…" (full details)
"Music Box Films has picked up all rights to Jan Troell's Swedish-language biopic "The Last Sentence" from TrustNordisk. The film centers on journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who alerted the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism in the 30's…" (full details)
"Filmmakers from 71 countries and regions are vying for the statuette of best foreign language at the 85th Academy Awards. The nominations will be made public on January 10th 2013…" (full details)
"The Downtown Community Television Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to documentary film education, will begin construction in March on a $3.2 million documentary-only movie theater. The theater will show first-run nonfiction films throughout the year…" (full details)
"A new deal between Hulu and Viacom will bring Nickelodeon programming to the Hulu Plus service for the first time beginning immediately with access to five recent episodes of the kids network’s live-action and animated series. Hulu and Viacom are also continuing to make current and full episodes of 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report' available for free on Hulu as well as Hulu Plus.…" (full details)
Finally, CBS Films has released a shot-for-shot remake of the "Seven Psychopaths" trailer featuring cats.
Are you hoping to see Ryan Gosling slip on the scorpion jacket once again for a sequel to last year's cult classic "Drive"? You may have to wait some time.
Asked about a direct sequel, Refn said "That is never going to happen. But the character of the driver might return in another film. We're playing with that idea. We'll see what happens."
Author James Sallis penned the book on which "Drive" was based and indicated earlier this year that a film was being developed based on the book's sequel "Driven".
Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates are teaming to produce a brand new "Peanuts" animated feature film for release worldwide in 2015.
The as yet untitled film will feature Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang. It is presently targeting a November 25th 2015 release in North America to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the debut of Schulz's iconic "Peanuts" comic strip.
Schulz's son Craig is penning and producing the film along with Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano, while "Horton Hears a Who!" co-director Steve Martino will helm the project.
CG animation studio Blue Sky Studios ("Ice Age," "Rio") will animated and produce the new film which 20th Century Fox will distribute. The project marks the fifth feature based on the property.
Screening to a packed audience at the New York Film Festival on Monday night, tweets and reviews for an "almost finished" version of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" quickly flooded the blogosphere and the reaction was good but not unanimous.
The most frequently praised element was the performances, in particular Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens was frequently singled out as the best bet to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar come next February. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field were also highly praised for their work.
The most common reaction seems to be that it's a solid procedural drama, with a surprising amount of outright comedy, that's certainly worthy of a Best Picture nomination. It also avoids Spielberg's signature weaknesses of being overwrought and gushingly sentimental. However it's not a runaway winner and might struggle to achieve recognition outside certain categories.
Here's some key quotes:
"'Lincoln' isn’t all slow and dull. It has occasional sparks, some tremendous actors doing estimable work, and its climax is perhaps the most dynamic and thrilling representation of a body of people voting on any law in the history of film. But it’s also, at least in this unfinished form, not especially remarkable, enjoyable or wholly compelling. 'Lincoln' has its moments and is replete with talent, but in its current state, it could use a lot more finessing" - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"The movie's biggest problem is that when it's not directly dealing with the campaigning, it's a very slow movie that takes quite a bit of time to deliver any sort of payoff, and at times, it feels long. There are some great scenes between Day-Lewis and Fields that deliver some real dramatic fireworks. Otherwise, it's an extremely well written and crafted film that requires quite a bit of patience in order to have any sort of emotional impact, but offers fantastic performances, impressive production design and cinematography…" - Ed Douglas, Coming Soon
"A surefire player throughout the upcoming awards season, "Lincoln" seems like one of those films where everything comes together in the right way at the right time. Everything about the film is an incredible balancing act – it manages to be dark and yet lighthearted, it offers up both the personal and the political (regularly mixing them), and it questions whether you can do bad in order to do good. It walks a tightrope without ever falling…" - Josh Lasser, HitFix
"Lincoln isn't as sentimental as you might expect from Spielberg, and though it never digs deep enough into Lincoln as a man, it's unafraid to show him as a canny politician…Lincoln veers too often toward becoming a somnolent period piece, but the strong cast and political texture always manage to perk things back up. Though it might have worked better as a tighter, purely political thriller with even less focus on the title character, Lincoln's smarty-pants pleasures manage to outweigh its stuffy drawbacks…" - Katey Rich, The Guardian
""Lincoln" is seriously muted compared to anything Spielberg has done before. "The West Wing" by way of a costume drama, it tracks the abolition of slavery as a series of negotiations with major ramifications only transparently stated in the final scenes. "This is history!" someone actually exclaims. Indeed it is, and with all that talking, "Lincoln" eventually runs out of breath, but not before making it clear that the 65-year-old Spielberg most certainly has not.…" - Eric Kohn, IndieWire
"It comes off a monstrously mediocre and well worn. For audiences everywhere, brace yourself; “Lincoln” can be a snooze at times… The film is not very dynamic when it comes to filmmaking and direction. This is very odd because it’s Steven Spielberg, the master of driving narratives by editing and camerawork. It’s almost devoid of anything cinematic, as most of it plays as if it were a theater piece instead of a film…" - Rudie Obias, Shockya.com
"In short, Lincoln appears to be Oscar-bait incarnate. As he did with his most ambitious historical films -- Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998) -- Spielberg, who has made a career of blurring the line between art and commerce, has risen to the occasion. Although the film runs two hours and twenty-five minutes, every scene felt tight and necessary…" - Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter
Angry Little God
Ron Perlman, Tom Bower, Devon Graye and Pruitt Taylor Vince have all joined the cast of Daniel Stamm's indie thriller "Angry Little God". Stamm and David Birke penned the script.
A remake of the Thai film "13: Game of Death", the story follows a meek social services coordinator who's drowning in debt who learns he's on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a cash prize of several million dollars. [Source: Variety]
Paul Dano will join Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" at Alcon Entertainment. Shooting kicks off early next year.
Th story evolves around a small-town carpenter who takes the law into his own hands after his young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. He runs up against the big-city detective in the process. [Source: Variety]
French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has confirmed that he plans to reteam with Juliette Binoche for the drama "Since Maria" which will shoot next spring.
The project will be in English and part of the cast will be American. He and Binoche previously worked together on 2008's "Summer Hours". [Source: The Playlist]
Janet McTeer is in negotiations to play the head of an orphanage in Christopher Rowley's fantasy drama "Molly Moon" at Amber Entertainment. Shooting kicks off at the end of the month in London.
An adaptation of Georgia Byng's fantasy novel, the story follows an orphan (Raffey Cassidy) who learns the art of hypnosis. Offers are also out to Joan Collins, Charles Dance and Trudie Styler. [Source: Variety]
Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow has tweeted a new behind-the-scenes photo from the upcoming "Kick-Ass" sequel that has caused some excitement.
Said photo was posted with the caption "Nobody puts Daddy in the corner" and showcases the suit Nicolas Cage wore in the first film. There have been rumours that Cage would be putting the suit back on for a cameo (it would have to be in flashbacks), could this be proof of that?
Electronic Arts‘ hit video game "Battlefield: Bad Company" is being turned into "Bad Company", an hourlong action comedy TV series for FOX says Kotaku.
The story follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. They soon realize their former C.O. used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks.
While the main "Battlefield" game series resembles the various other contemporary military multiplayer-centric first-person shooters on the market (ie. "Call of Duty", "Medal of Honor"), 'Bad Company' was unique in that it was developed for consoles and focused primarily on a single player campaign with distinct characters.
Sony TV and Happy Madison are producing the series which "Alias" scribe John Eisendrath is writing and executive producing. Patrick Bach, Patrick O’Brien and Doug Robinson will also serve as executive producers on the series.