If all goes according to plan, 2015 will be one ridiculous year for movies. Currently, The Avengers 2, Justice League, Ant-Man, Star Wars: Episode VII, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 are all tentatively slated for 2015 release dates. Now Fox is throwing one more highly anticipated title into the pile, as their Fantastic Four reboot now has a March 6, 2015 release date. Titled The Fantastic Four, the film has Chronicle director Josh Trank at the helm and Jeremy Slater penning the screenplay. Plot details are practically non-existent at the moment, but with two promising gents creatively spearheading the project, there’s certainly hope for a fun take on the comic book property that will help us all put Tim Story‘s overly cheesy films out of our memory for good.
Additionally, Fox has announced that a number of their upcoming films will be post-converted to 3D. Hit the jump for more.
As we move closer toward pilot season, two new high profile comedies have headed into development. First up, The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones will write and potentially star in an untitled family comedy at Fox. THR reports that another Daily Show vet, Steve Carell, will executive produce the series alongside About a Boy and New Moon director Chris Weitz. The story revolves around a single guy with no desire for having a family who is forced to take care of his sister’s two kids when she’s called back to active duty. Should the show get picked up, Jones would likely (and sadly) leave The Daily Show.
Hit the jump for news concerning Zach Braff’s return to the small screen.
One of the more pleasant surprises of 2012 was director Josh Trank’s low-budget “superhero” film Chronicle. The pic was a hit with audiences and critics alike, and Fox naturally tapped the first film’s scribe Max Landis to start work on a sequel earlier this year. Shortly thereafter Landis teased the return of star Alex Russell in the follow-up, but since then word on Chronicle 2 has been quiet. Now we may have an idea of why, as Landis’ father, filmmaker John Landis, recently revealed that Fox isn’t too keen on what Max Landis has cooked up for the sequel. Hit the jump for more.
On the heels of NBC’s recent full pick-ups of Revolution, The New Normal and Go On, Fox has also announced a few full-season orders of its own for new comedies Ben and Kate (six additional episodes) and The Mindy Project (nine additional episodes).
Both series seem likable but have had questionable viewing figures, so it’s a good vote of confidence that Fox is giving them time to grow their audience and find their place in a crowded Tuesday night lineup for comedies (and dramas), which will only get more complicated with the return of two of ABC’s strongest returning comedies, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B– In Apt 23. For more on what Fox has to say about the Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, hit the jump.
Mark Millar has been the source of an abundant amount of (fairly inaccurate) information regarding his comics properties and feature film adaptations over the years, and now he’s set to formally consult on 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties. The studio announced today that the Kick-Ass creator will serve as a creative consultant on Fox’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.
Fox owns the rights to a number of Marvel characters, and Millar has some experience with the comics outlet having written books like The Ultimates, Civil War, and Wolverine: Old Man Logan. He also wrote the comics Kick-Ass and Wanted, both of which were adapted for the film medium. Hit the jump for more regarding Millar’s duties at Fox.
In a bit of startling news, 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman will be leaving the studio. In letter to Fox staff, Rothman says he will resign on January 1, 2013. A source tells THR that all studio operations will be consolidated under studio co-chairman Jim Gianopulos. It’s a surprising departure considering Fox’s recent good fortune at the box office with hits like X-Men: First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Chronicle. Rothman had been with Fox for over 18 years.
Hit the jump to read his full letter, and click here to read Steve’s interview with Rothman from CinemaCon.
Though Fringe is coming to an end after the upcoming fifth and final season, showrunner J.H. Wyman and executive producer J.J. Abrams are already making moves for their next TV collaboration. Deadline reports that Fox has acquired an untitled new series that’s described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future where all LAPD officers are partnered with “highly evolved human-like androids.” In other words, a slightly more realistic/dramatic version of Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.
Fox has committed to producing the pilot, which Wyman will write. Wyman will also executive produce the project with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk. The the pilot be picked up to series, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the android aspect of the show. Will it simply be an actor with light prosthetics/makeup (I’m sure Haley Joel Osment is available) or will there be a heavier CG-feel to it? Whatever the case, I’m inclined to give Wyman and Abrams the benefit of the doubt.
After it was first announced that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) had come aboard to direct a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein nearly a year ago, development on 20th Century Fox’s redo slowed considerably. Levy told Steve earlier this year that he planned on using motion-capture for the monster, but he and screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle) were faced with a competing Frankenstein film by way of the the Aaron Eckhart-fronted I, Frankenstein, which has already wrapped production and is due for release next year.
Now it appears that Levy is off the project completely, as Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan has entered talks to direct. Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox has picked up a sci-fi project called Para Time to develop into a feature film. Heat Vision reports that the project comes from Matthew Graham, co-creator of the popular BBC series Life on Mars. Plot details are currently under wraps, but the story apparently revolves around “a group that polices parallel worlds.” Steve Tzirlin, who is developing a big-screen adaptation of the Wes Ball short film Ruin, is onboard to produce Para Time. Graham most recently created the British series Eternal Law and wrote a couple episodes for the previous season of Doctor Who. I’m not familiar with the BBC version of Life on Mars, but ABC tried a remake of the series in 2008 that only lasted one season. Graham’s original show struck a chord with both audiences and critics and ran for two series.
Some shakeups in the animation industry are taking place. We recently learned that Paramount Pictures was ramping up its own animation division with a SpongeBob SquarePants sequel, an animated J.J. Abrams film, and adaptations of Nickelodeon shows like Dora the Explorer and The Legend of Korra. Since 2006, Paramount has handled the distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s output, but their deal is nearing a close at the end of this year.
DWA made it known that they would be seeking a deal with a different studio after Paramount requested a higher fee for bot theatrical and home video releases, and now it looks like the Shrek studio has found a new home in 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for more.
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe returns for a fifth and final 13-episode season, premiering on Fox on September 28th. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. The Fringe team’s final stand will bring together all that they have witnessed, in preparation to battle and protect the world.
While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about the desire to give the series a real ending, what made him pick the year 2036 for the final season, the effects of the amber on the Fringe team once they’ve been awakened, whether Walter (John Noble) will get a new cow in 2036, how Olivia (Anna Torv) fits into the story now, what fans can expect from the Olivia/Peter (Joshua Jackson) reunion, how soon audiences will get answers about their daughter Etta, and the influences for his work on the show. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
John McClane will once again be having a very bad day when the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, hits theaters next March. The action moves to Moscow this time around, with Bruce Willis teaming up with his estranged son (played by Jai Courtney) to take on the baddies. 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman previously talked a bit about the film’s story, revealing that the McClanes become “basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union.”
Director John Moore has now talked a bit more about what to expect from his take on the series, adding that this iteration won’t have many corny jokes and revealing that they spent 78 days shooting an ambitious car chase sequence. Hit the jump for more.
Over the past three seasons, the NBC comedy Community has proved to be one of the sharpest, funniest, and most enjoyable shows on television. Much of that credit is due to creator/showrunner Dan Harmon, who was publicly fired from the comedy at the end of last season. Though Community lives on with new showrunners, fans are understandably upset that the show’s driving creative force is no longer involved.
Given his talent, it was pretty much a given that Harmon would move on to develop some other series—most likely at another network. It looks as if that’s happening sooner rather than later, as Harmon is nearing a deal to create a new show for Fox. Hit the jump for more.
Though we’ll see Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill team up for next month’s sci-fi comedy The Watch, the duo is already planning another project together. THR reports that Stiller and Hill are attached to star in the comedy pitch Aloha, with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy set to helm. Plot details are under wraps, but the story is described as an island-set comedy. Hill hatched the idea for the project himself, which was then further fleshed out by Hill, Stiller, and Levy on the set of The Watch (which Levy produced). Hit the jump for more details.
We already know Fox is going to have a big TV presence at Comic-Con this year, including the last appearance of Fringe for their fifth and final season, and now the network has just announced their premiere dates for new and returning series this fall which will start showing up in the middle of September and through October.The heat is on for new shows to get the hype machine going and fans to get excited for the return of their favorites, and here’s how Fox’s premiere schedule looks.
- · The X Factor Two Night Premiere – September 12th and 13th
- · Glee – September 13th
- · Bones – September 17th
- · New Girl – September 25th
- · Fringe – September 28th
- · Kitchen Nightmares – September 28th
- · The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers – September 30th
- · Raising Hope – October 2nd
- The Cleveland Show – October 7th
- · Touch – October 26th
- · The Mob Doctor – September 17th
- · Ben and Kate – September 25th
- · The Mindy Project – September 25th
For the full press release and schedule, including a couple of shuffling dates when certain shows return, hit the jump.