The Choose Your Own Adventure books could be pretty fun, especially since inconsequential choices somehow ended with the protagonist dying suddenly and horribly on page 52. Why did you have him choose a tuna fish sandwich over PB&J? 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis will attempt to find answers to these questions and find a happy ending with their adaptation of the long-running book series. The books were a hit from the 1970s to the 1980s as they offered readers a unique storytelling experience. Fox hopes to adapt the series into a “cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise.”
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You may not know visual effects artist Tim Miller by name, but you’ve surely seen his work. Miller frequently collaborates with David Fincher, and he was responsible for the fantastic opening credits sequence for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and he helmed the Fincher-produced launch trailer for Halo 4 late last year. He’s also attached to co-direct Fincher’s CG adaptation of The Goon, but now 20th Century Fox has tapped Miller to take the helm of a sci-fi feature film of his own as Variety reports that Miller will helm the action thriller Artemis, with John Davis onboard to produce.
Andrew Lobel (Tunnels) has been tapped to write the script for Artemis, which is described as a contained action thriller set in outer space. No further details are known, but Miller is also attached to direct a couple of other interesting properties including Fox’s long-in-development Deadpool movie and the graphic novel adaptation Gravel. Here’s hoping one of these films finally gets off the ground soon, as Miller’s work in the past year has been very promising. Hit the jump to check out some of Miller’s stuff.
For this week’s Limited Paper, we’ve got something really cool for you guys. In fact, we have information that might be flat-out priceless to you one day (especially if you’re new to the poster-collecting world and have never heard of John Davis, Poster Mountain, or what those guys are capable of). Meet me after the jump to find out how Poster Mountain could save your favorite screenprint from total destruction one day…
In today’s further adaptation news, we are reporting on two novels that have recently sold feature film rights. First up is author Thomas Perry’s Strip, picked up by Aaron Stockard, the screenwriter behind The Town and Gone Baby Gone. The project centers on the robbery of a strip club owner who sends his mob buddies onto the streets to find out who stole his cash. When his henchmen pin the heist on Joe Carver, Carver gives them the slip and turns the tables on the gangsters themselves.
The feature rights to debut novel Hourglass by author Myra McEntire have gone to Fox and producer John Davis (Gulliver’s Travels). The novel is set in the very bankable genre of young adult romantic fiction. The time-traveling take centers on a teenage girl with visions of the past and a handsome stranger who can see a prophetic future. Action, adventure and romance ensue. Hit the jump for more on Strip and Hourglass.
Universal Pictures has acquired the remake rights to writer/director Matt Osterman’s debut feature Phasma Ex Machina (a.k.a. Ghost from the Machine). Gary Shore will direct the remake, based on a pitch entitled Our House, for the studio with Nathan Parker attached to pen the script. Phasma Ex Machina premiered last July at the Fantasia Film Festival in Canada and received positive reception both there and during subsequent screenings. The film centers on a young man who is forced to raise his little brother following the untimely death of their parents. As the story goes, he invents a machine that allows him the ability to travel between realms of life and death at a great cost to both himself and those around him.
As for Shore, Deadline reports that the director landed the remake gig following on the heels of his short film Cup of Tears which he and Parker are already developing into a feature-length project at Universal. Per the report, the plan is for Shore to direct Our House, Cup of Tears, and an adaptation of the James Patterson book series Maximum Ride for the studio. To learn more about Phasma Ex Machina/Our House and Shore’s Cup of Tears, hit the jump for trailers from each.
Recently, Steve got the chance to sit down with producer John Davis to talk about his new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which opens this Friday. While we’ll be running the Penguins portion of the interview later this week, Davis gave updates on a number of other projects he’s currently working on, including the action-thriller Protection (which previously had Dwayne Johnson attached to star), David Ayer’s (Street Kings) remake/reboot of the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Commando, and the action flick The Last Mission, which centers on a Navy SEAL who rounds up his old team to rescue his kidnapped daughter when the government fails to act.
Davis talks about how different Commando is from the original, confirms the script is a hard R, and talks about the development of Protection and The Last Mission. Hit the jump to see what he said. To check out his update on the adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles click here, to see what he said about the Predator franchise click here, and for his update on Steven Soderbergh’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. click here.
At the risk of inflating expectations, I have to say that this week’s “Top 5″ includes one of my all-time favorite stories on the site: the “Alamo Texter Voicemail.” In less than two minutes, the Drafthouse puts a voice to “that person” who all too often sees the movie theater as a great place to get the most out of their unlimited monthly text plan. Joining Alamo’s contribution in this week’s installment is producer John Davis’ sit-down with Steve where he discusses the Predator franchise and what kept Arnold Schwarzenegger from doing Predator 2, our Horrible Bosses set visit, and a pair of Super 8 pieces coming in the form of Matt’s film review and Steve’s video interview with writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams.
Hit the jump to find a quick recap and link to each.
John Davis is no stranger to the sci-fi genre having producer all of the Predator films as well as I, Robot and Paycheck. His biggest challenge when it comes to sci-fi lies ahead with a planned adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Bradbury said of his celebrated work that it was “a book of stories pretending to be a novel.” Those individual stories relate to the human colonization of Mars and the conflict between the colonists and the natives.
Steve recently spoke with Davis about the film. Davis says he’s met with Bradbury (who is now 94) and gotten his input on the adaptation. Davis adds that he envisions the movie (which is set up at Paramount) as a summer blockbuster but “one with a weighty intellectual background.” Hit the jump for the full exchange with Davis. Click here for what Davis had to say about the Predator franchise and click here for what he said about Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Steve recently conducted a long interview with producer John Davis. Due to the length of the interview, Steve has broken it up into several parts. Yesterday, we ran what Davis had to say about the Predator franchise. Today, we have what Davis had to say about Steven Soderbergh’s planned adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. According to Davis, Soderbergh says it will be his last film before he retires. The hope is to start shooting it sometime early next year. And while George Clooney has been rumored to star, Davis only offered a non-committal, “That would be the best way to do it.”
Hit the jump for full quotes from Davis including what he found appealing about the TV series.
A few days ago I sat down with producer John Davis for an extended interview. While the main purpose of our sit down was to talk about his new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, starring Jim Carrey, we also covered his early career, his thoughts on VOD, his relationship with Eddie Murphy, what he has coming up, and many other subjects. Since the conversation was so wide ranging, I’m breaking it up into smaller parts, like I did with my interviews with producers Dan Lin and Neal Moritz.
While I debated what to post first, I’m going with Predator. Davis served as a producer on every Predator film including the two Alien vs. Predator movies. As a big fan of what producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal did last year on Predators, I was curious if we’d get a sequel, and what was up with the franchise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like anything is happening right now. However, I did learn that Schwarzenegger almost did Predator 2 and the deal broke down over $250,000. Hit the jump for more.
Paramount has acquired the rights to Ray Bradbury’s short-story collection The Martian Chronicles. The adaptation will be an ambitious undertaking, as the collection involves inter-connected short stories which tell the tale of humans’ attempt to colonize Mars, much to the dismay of the native Martians living on the planet. Producer John Davis optioned the rights to the book last summer, and now Heat Vision reports that Paramount has come onboard to finance the flick.
This isn’t the first time Bradbury’s 1950 book has been adapted: it was turned into an NBC miniseries in 1980 starring Rock Hudson. Then, in 1997, Davis and Steven Spielberg tried to get the project off the ground at Universal. Obviously, that never materialized, and when the rights reverted earlier this year Paramount jumped in. The studio is now looking for a writer to work on the screenplay. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book.
Dane DeHaan (In Treatment) has signed on to star in Chronicle, a supernatural drama set up at 20th Century Fox. Details are mostly under wraps, but per Variety, the story centers on “three Portland teens after they develop powers from exposure to a mysterious substance.” As a homer for the Pacific Northwest and sucker for the mysterious substance-as-catalyst, pencil me in for a ticket opening weekend.
Josh Trank (The Kill Point) will make his feature directorial debut with John Davis and Adam Schroeder producing. The screenplay was written by Max Landis, who previously scripted episodes of the horror anthology series Masters of Horror and Fear Itself. DeHaan was recently cast opposite Shia LaBeuof and Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain in John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Wettest County in the World.
Since the success of Avatar, studios are willing to offer escapist fare that has humans escaping our planet. 24 Frames reports that producer John Davis (Alien vs. Predator and I, Robot) has optioned the film rights to author Ray Bradbury’s classic collection of science fiction short-stories The Martian Chronicles. The 1950 book is an interlinking series of adventures that takes place after humans have escaped a devastated Earth and landed on an already-populated Mars. Bradbury was optimistic about our chances of reaching the red planet since he set the book in the year 2000 and 2005. He was also optimistic that humans would continue pursuing space exploration and not fall victim to our short attention spans.
It will be interesting to see if Davis will push this into production or if he’ll wait to see if audiences are still interested in life on Mars after seeing Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars in 2012.
It seems writer/director David Ayer (Harsh Times, Street Kings) has finally decided on his next project and it’s going to be a remake/reboot of the classic 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Commando, with Erwin Stoff and John Davis producing. According to Deadline:
“He will put his own real-world spin on this original premise: a retired elite special forces operative sees his daughter kidnapped and is told she’ll die unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty exiled dictator. Ayer’s protagonist will be less brawny, but more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry.”
While I figured many films would be remade before Commando, I’m not completely against it. What I am against is producer John Davis being involved. Hit track record speaks for itself: Dr. Dolittle, Eragon, Garfield, Daddy Day Care, AVP: Requiem, Norbit, Fat Albert, Waterworld, and a ton of other movies I would never pay to see. More after the jump: