We’ve been bringing you a multitude of updates from director/producer Shawn Levy regarding his upcoming projects over the past few days, and today we’ve got some fascinating info on a couple more films in development. Steve recently sat down for an extended interview with Levy in which he talked about a Real Steel sequel, Frankenstein, Fantastic Voyage and Interns, The Ten Best Days of My Life starring Amy Adams and Home Movies, the animated re-imagining Kong, The Devil You Know and Fancy Nancy, and yesterday we brought you what he had to say about Table 19, Kodachrome, and Mr. Men.
Today we’re sharing what Levy had to say regarding his untitled Hugh Jackman project that’s being written by Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, an adaptation of How to Talk to Girls, Henchman starring Bill Hader, a Deadliest Warrior movie, Neighborhood Watch, and Levy reveals what’s likely to be his next directorial project and discusses the difficulty of getting Frankenstein and Fantastic Voyage into the production stage. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Paramount Pictures announced last year their intent to adapt Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior into a feature film. Variety reports the studio has hired John D. Payne and Patrick McKay to pen the screenplay. Plot details are under wraps, though the writers have a terrific spectrum of stories to choose from. The Spike show pits historical warriors of varying backgrounds against each other, and analyzes the data to determine who would win in a direct fight — notable matchups include “Spartan vs. Ninja,” “Yakuza vs. Mafia,” and “KGB vs. CIA.”
The project is set up at Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment, and the report suggests Levy might make this his directorial follow-up to Real Steel. Payne and McKay recently scripted Goliath, which pitches the Biblical tale of David vs. Goliath as an action film. Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still) is in talks with Relativity Media to direct Goliath.
To get a better sense of what’s in store, hit the jump for a Deadliest Warrior clip titled “Nazis Play With Fire.”
Paramount Pictures has announced their intent to develop Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior as a feature film. The show pits historical warriors of varying backgrounds against each other, and analyzes the data to determine who would win in a direct fight. Warrior just wrapped its second season, and has featured such battles as:
- Spartan vs. Ninja
- Attila the Hun vs. Alexander the Great
- Yakuza vs. Mafia
- Jesse James vs. Al Capone
- KGB vs. CIA
The film’s storyline is under wraps, but this has the makings of a really cool franchise. I hope they don’t spend too much exposition on how these battles came to be (i.e. any dialogue that requires the phrase “time-space continuum”). Plenty of great combinations to choose from, though Paramount may create its own, or set up a tournament of sorts. Definitely eager to see how this one shapes up, and I really need to start watching the show. Hit the jump for the press release.