Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is looking to tackle a markedly less controversial subject matter his next venture. The director behind Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is set to helm and produce an untitled four-hour miniseries documentary about the life and music of Frank Sinatra for Alcon Entertainment and HBO. The documentary is described as “an up close and personal examination of Sinatra, his life, his music and the legendary career that stands alone as unquestionably the most celebrated of the century.” The doc will feature never before seen footage, including home movies and professional and private performances by Sinatra.
Frank Marshall is onboard to executive produce the documentary alongside Nancy Sinatra, and it will premiere on HBO once it’s completed. Gibney recently helmed the disturbing Catholic church scandal doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God for HBO and the Julian Assange documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, which hits theaters later next month. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the Sinatra documentary.
It’s time for your daily dose of Star Wars: Episode VII rumblings. With the official confirmation that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt will be handling script duties on the Return of the Jedi sequel, all eyes are now on which filmmaker LucasFilm will choose to direct the highly anticipated follow-up. Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Zack Snyder have all taken themselves out of the running (though they were all unlikely candidates to begin with), and we recently heard from J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro, and Colin Tervorrow about the prospect of helming the follow-up.
Now producer Frank Marshall, husband of new LucasFilm President/Star Wars overseer Kathleen Kennedy, has spoken briefly about the project, revealing that the director search is now down to “a couple of candiates.” Moreover, Captain America director Joe Johnston has also chimed in with his thoughts on possibly taking over the franchise. Hit the jump for much more.
Considering the 2012 election cycle is currently in full swing, I feel compelled to lend my endorsement to a truly worthy candidate: The Campaign. As someone who unashamedly enjoys a majority of Will Ferrell‘s manchild cinematic escapades, I expected to like the pic. That said, I’m now putting The Campaign just behind Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Elf in my personal “Ferrell Top 4″: something I didn’t expect to be writing the day after seeing it. Sure, the film borrows a ton from Talladega Nights and Ferrell’s take on President Bush. It also manages to combine relevance, irreverence, and humor in a way many mainstream comedies can only promise and ultimately fail to deliver on.
Political endorsements aside, this week’s Top 5 contains a considerable share of The Bourne Legacy coverage, Joss Whedon returning to write/direct The Avengers 2, The Campaign interviews with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and more, the first trailer and new poster for the Red Dawn remake, and the news that some of Bane’s backstory was left on The Dark Knight Rises‘ cutting room floor. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
Opening this weekend is writer/director Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy. For those unfamiliar with the franchise reboot, this time around, a government task force led by Edward Norton‘s character is assassinating all their genetically-modified assets to prevent another Bourne situation. However, one member of the program, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), manages to escape with a scientist (Rachel Weisz), and the two go on the run for their lives. The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Corey Stoll, and Donna Murphy. For more on the film, here’s five clips.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Frank Marshall (insane resume here). During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about making The Bourne Legacy, deleted scenes, extended cuts, test screenings, and more. In addition, since Marshall has produced so many awesome movies, we also talked about how close Who Framed Roger Rabbit came to getting a sequel, the likelihood of Indiana Jones 5 happening, Jurassic Park 3D and Jurassic Park 4, whether anyone has talked about rebooting the Back to the Future movies, the amazing Nike Back to the Future sneakers, The Secret Life of Houdini, the remake of Tell No One, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Frank Marshall is a hell of a producer. His resume reads like a best-of list: The Goonies, Back to the Future, The Sixth Sense, the Bourne series, etc. One of the most beloved franchises that he’s been a part of, however, is Indiana Jones. Though the long-awaited fourth entry, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was greeted with a rather lackluster response, fans remain curious about the prospect of Indiana Jones 5.
Steve recently got to speak with Marshall in anticipation of the release of The Bourne Legacy, and Marshall gave a somewhat pessimistic (depending on how you look at it) update on the status of a fifth Indiana Jones film. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
A fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise has been in various stages of development for quite some time now. While the prospect of the film moving forward seemed to dwindle as time went on, there have been some major developments on the Jurassic Park 4 front as of late. Steven Spielberg announced at last year’s Comic-Con that they had a story in mind and hoped to make the film “in two or three years.” Late last month Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were brought onboard to pen the script, and now we’ve got an update from Spielberg’s longtime producer Frank Marshall.
Steve got the chance to speak with Marshall in anticipation of the release of The Bourne Legacy, and the producer talked a bit about Jurassic Park 4, revealing that they plan on having it in theaters within two years. Hit the jump for more.
Fans of the Bourne movies may finally get to see which action star is better: Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner. In a recent interview, The Bourne Legacy producer Frank Marshall commented about a potential follow-up film as follows:
“My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”
While that may certainly be an unstoppable duo (or a clash of titans, depending upon their alliance), audiences will have to wait until August 10th to see Renner step into Damon’s shoes. The Bourne Legacy was recently pushed back a week due to fear of competing for audiences with Total Recall and, more likely, a desire to step out from under the shadow of The Dark Knight Rises. Hit the jump for more from Marshall, Renner and director Tony Gilroy, in addition to new images of Renner as Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy.
I remember loving the Roald Dahl book The BFG when I was a kid, but I can’t recall a single detail from it. Thankfully, I won’t need to go back to and read it (ugh), because DreamWorks has acquired the movie rights. According to The Wrap, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (Hereafter) will produce the adaptation. Marshall and Kennedy have few animation credits on their lengthy filmographies, and there is no mention of DreamWorks Animation in the report. So for now we will assume this is a live-action BFG.
Melissa Mathison (E.T.) will adapt the story about a young orphan girl who befriends the Big Friendly Giant: together they “cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.” Read the full book synopsis after the jump.
Frank Marshall, the producer behind the Back to the Future franchise, Indiana Jones, and the Bourne series, is looking to pick up his next big multi-film series. Marshall is set to develop novelist Jeffrey Archer’s British spy novel A Matter of Honor into a feature film for New Franchise Media. THR reports that Matter of Honor is the first in a planned franchise that takes place in the world of international espionage in the 1960’s and 70’s. The book centers on Adam Scott, an unemployed British ex-army officer who comes between two rival intelligence agencies that are in pursuit of an object integral to the balance of global power.
Marshall’s a very smart guy, and the material seems ripe for a sharp feature film adaptation. If the producer can assemble a team that can bring some weight to the books as well as a unique visual style (which is exactly what he did with Bourne), then we could be in for something really cool. No director is currently attached, but a shortlist of screenwriters has been assembled and a first draft should be written over the coming months while Marshall is busy with production on The Bourne Legacy. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Archer’s novel.
Back to the Future producer Frank Marshall set off a flurry of speculation today when he tweeted:
“Something big is coming soon. Can’t say anything yet. No one should know too much about their own destiny. #BTTF”
Great Scott! What could it be? A sequel? A remake? Luckily, it’s nothing quite so drastic as anything my imagination came up with, but something pretty neat nonetheless. Nike sounds ready to unveil the self-lacing sneakers they patented back in August 2010. Nike sent out an invitation to a very lucky few for an event tomorrow night that promises “an unveiling that could change the course of time.” The contents of the package also included the futuristic glasses Doc Brown sported in Back to the Future II as thinly veiled clue about what to expect. To confirm, Marshall followed up with a tweeted link to a new commercial titled “McFly’s Closet,” populated by hundreds of pairs of the shoes. Watch the clip after the jump.
For me, the greatest outcome of The King’s Speech‘s success was getting to know screenwriter David Seidler — the wittiest, most eloquent interviewee on the press circuit in 2010. One Oscar later, and Seidler is rightfully in demand. He just signed on to write for two projects: the family drama The Judge and the WWII tale Games of 1940.
Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) wrote the original script for The Judge, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral — he learns that his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s is suspected of murder. Warner Bros. has hired Seidler to rewrite the screenplay. David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will direct The Judge and produce with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.
Hit the jump for more on Games of 1940.
The Town screenwriter Peter Craig is set to adapt the French-Canadian film Fathers and Guns for Columbia. Fathers and Guns is the story of a father and son who are cops sent to investigate an outdoor adventure group. The film is being produced and developed by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The original film was a huge hit in Quebec in summer 2009, earning more than $10 million. Denise Robert and the original’s writer and director Emile Gaudreault will also produce Columbia’s reboot. Screenwriter Craig is also currently at work on Bad Boys 3 for Sony. via Variety
Indiana Jones rumors are like tabloids. You can’t stop reading them even though most of the time they’re wrong. Well, the latest rumor circling the web about Indiana Jones 5 is that it will be about, or set in, the Bermuda Triangle and start filming next year. An anonymous source claimed: “George [Lucas] and Steven [Spielberg] have been working on a script and it’s almost there.”
Like most rumors, you’ve got to take this with a grain of salt. Lucas has been producing Red Tails and Spielberg has been attached to, well, a million things so who knows when either would have the time to work on a script. Then again, Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf have each dropped hints in recent months that could point to the Triangle.
For more possible information on the sequel and the Bermuda Triangle, hit the jump. [UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall tweeted "The rumor about INDY 5 is completely false. Nothing has changed, we are not shooting next year and still in the research phase..."]
Director Frank Marshall (Eight Below) has taken the helm of Covert One, which is the next potential Robert Ludlum movie franchise. Ludlum was the author responsible for the Bourne books and while those movies have now stalled, Covert One is like a team of Jason Bournes working together. Says Pajiba, “[the books] featured a team of political and technical experts belonging to a top-secret U.S. Agency called Covert One, who fight corruption and conspiracy at the highest and most dangerous levels of society.” The first novel in the series, Covert One: Hades Factor, was adapted into a TV movie starring Stephen Dorff and Mira Sorvino back in 2006.
Due in part to the success of the Bourne films, the other works of Ludlum (who died in 2001) have become hot commodities. Also in development are The Chancellor Manuscript directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), The Matarese Circle, and Universal’s got The Sigma Protocol and The Parsifal Mosaic.
A new TV Spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender debuted during last night’s Olympic games. The commercial has some new footage from the movie…but not more than 4 or 5 seconds. Saying that, I’m starting to get excited for the movie as the footage has looked very cool and I’m a huge fan of Shyamalan’s early work. I’d love for Airbender to be a return to form. We’ll all know July 2. Hit the jump to check out the new ad: