Guy Ritchie Attached to Direct Treasure Island
Source: Deadline June 1, 2012
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures has attached “Sherlock Holmes” helmer Guy Ritchie to direct Treasure Island, with Alex Harakis set to write a new draft of the script.
Ritchie will produce the adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel with his partner Lionel Wigram and Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick.
When the project was first announced, it was said they wanted to update the 19th century tale for contemporary audiences, playing up the relationship between Long John Silver and narrator Jim Hawkins.
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Channing Tatum to Star in the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending
Source: MTV June 1, 2012
Channing Tatum confirmed to MTV that he will star in the Wachowskis’ next film after Cloud Atlas, titled Jupiter Ascending.
“Yes, absolutely,” he said when asked if he’d be involved in the movie. “It’s going to be a crazy action movie from the [directors] of ‘The Matrix.’ They’re going to reinvent the wheel as far as action goes, all over again.”
This comes a day after Vulture’s report on the possible plot. The site said that Jupiter Ascending is about “higher forms of life [who] are watching us from other, albeit this time non-meta worlds, but actual, other worlds, as in planets and moons.”
Mila Kunis will play a Russian immigrant “who is busily scrubbing toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, she actually possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule.”
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Nicolas Winding Refn Takes Button Man
Source: Arthur Ranson , Deadline May 31, 2012
Nicolas Winding Refn may have found his next project in Button Man, a comic book story from England’s “2000 A.D.” anthology. Deadine’s story on the matter is making the rounds, but it appears to be the book’s co-creator, Arthur Anson, who broke the story himself more than a week ago.
“I understand that DreamWorks have signed Nicholas Refn as director for a ‘Button Man’ film,” Anson wrote on his official site. “They are now looking for a new writer for the Button Man screenplay. Their option with John Wagner and I has been renewed for another twelve months.”
Wagner, the other Button Man creator, is also the creator of “Judge Dredd,” the most famous of “2000 A.D.”‘s many tales and the subject of the upcoming feature film, Dredd.
“Ungrateful wretch that I am,” Anson jokingly continues, “I was hoping the making of the film would be confirmed at this time and make me rich and famous before Christmas but this is good news and I guess improves the possibility that DreamWorks will make the movie.
The plot for Button Man has a group of millionaires, “The Fixers,” organizing a deadly game of murder amongst “Button Men,” guns-for-hire that they pay to kill one another. When one man, Harry Exton, enters the game, he decides to put an end to it once and for all.
Following his Drive last year, Refn has reteamed with star Ryan Gosling for Only God Forgives. The pair are also slated to remake Logan’s Run at Warner Bros., a property that, oddly enough, Anson himself helped to adapt into comic book form in 1978.
Gemma Arterton Joins Runner Runner
Source: Variety May 30, 2012
Gemma Arterton has joined Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in New Regency and Stone Village Pictures’ Runner Runner, reports Variety.
In the dramatic thriller, directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), “Timberlake plays a Princeton student cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker who ends up the right-hand man of the site’s corrupt boss (Affleck). Arterton plays Timberlake’s love interest.”
Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film, which starts shooting in Puerto Rico in late June.
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Warner Bros. Makes Justice League Plans
by Silas Lesnick
June 05, 2012
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Warner Bros. is making some plans towards the long-awaited Justice League feature film as Variety reports that Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall has been brought aboard to provide the screenplay.
Details at this point are currently few, but the enormous success of Marvel’s The Avengers no doubt helped pave the way for getting the Distinguished Competition’s superhero ensemble a shot at the silver screen.
What remains to be seen is whether or not Warner’s film will use any of their standalone superhero projects as jumping off points, building a cohesive cinematic universe the way that Marvel has. It’s been hinted that Christopher Nolan’s upcoming The Dark Knight Rises will feature a definitive ending for the current version of the big screen Batman character, though Christian Bale has recently suggested that he’s not entirely against the notion of further adventures in the cape and cowl.
Next summer’s Man of Steel, however, marks a more likely contender to launch an ongoing big screen universe and it’s entirely possible that, despite a disappointing box office, last summer’s take on Green Lantern couldn’t be brought back.
The other possibility is that Warner Bros. might start from scratch, as was the plan several years ago when George Miller was attached to direct a motion-capture Justice League feature.
Whatever the case may be, check back for details as soon they become available and, in the meantime, take a look at our list of 11 Characters We Want to See in a Justice League Movie.