Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Steve Zaillian Circling Dalton Trumbo’s 49-Year-Old Script, MONTEZUMA

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In Hollywood, plenty of scripts get purchased, and should they even make it to the big screen, the long and arduous process of getting them there is called “development hell”.  Montezuma has been living in hell for almost half a century.  Written by Dalton Trumbo in 1965 as a starring vehicle for Kirk Douglas (the two previously worked together on Spartacus) with Martin Ritt (Hud) intending to direct, the story focuses on the dark and twisted history between Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez and Aztec leader Montezuma.  According to Deadline, the story is “an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico.”

Now, Montezuma may finally escape the bowels of damnation with the help of Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Steve Zaillian.  Hit the jump for more.

Disney Says Not to Expect New INDIANA JONES Movies for at Least Two to Three Years

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Last week, Disney and Paramount finally came to a financial arrangement with regards to future Indiana Jones films.  Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the studio is in charge of developing and distributing the further adventures of Dr. Jones, while Paramount maintains distribution rights over the previous four films and gets a cut of the revenue from additional sequels.  Though some fans sparked to the thought of a new Indiana Jones movie coming to theaters soon, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn today told the folks at Variety not to expect a new Indy film for at least two to three years, adding, “We don’t have a story.  We need a story.”

There will surely be new Indiana Jones movies in the future, be they sequels or reboots, and when they do come to fruition, Lucasfilm will be producing.  The studio is rather busy at the moment though, as they have their hands full trying to launch a new Star Wars trilogy.

Peter Jackson Says He’ll Make the TINTIN Sequel After He Finishes THE HOBBIT Trilogy

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When director Steven Spielberg’s animated pic The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was first announced, Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson made it clear that their intention was to switch roles on a proposed sequel, with Jackson then taking the helm as director and Spielberg assuming the role of producer.  Though not a massive success domestically, Tintin did swell business overseas, raking in a worldwide total of $373.9 million.  We’ve been hearing from both Spielberg and Jackson that they still plan on making the Tintin sequel for the past couple of years now, but production has yet to begin.  The latest we heard was from Spielberg earlier this year, who said they were hoping to have the follow-up ready for a 2015 release.

So what’s the holdup?  Well you can chalk it up to Jackson expanding his The Hobbit adaptation to three films.  The director recently provided an update on Tintin, revealing that he plans on moving back on to Tintin once he’s finished with The Hobbit.  Hit the jump to read on.

Disney and Paramount Strike Deal for INDIANA JONES Franchise

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The legal entanglement that was the Indiana Jones franchise has now been untangled.  When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, there was a question of how future Indiana Jones films would proceed since Paramount released the first four movies.  Today, Disney announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise.  Under the new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films along with its current ownership of the rights that it secured when it purchased Lucasfilm.  Hit the jump for more, including where Paramount fits into this new deal.

Baz Luhrmann May Direct Stanley Kubrick-Scripted NAPOLEON Miniseries for HBO and Steven Spielberg

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One of the great “what ifs” in cinema history is Stanley Kubrick’s long-developed biopic Napoleon.  The filmmaker planned a historical epic chronicling the life of the French Emperor, but the ambitious project proved too difficult to get off the ground when studios refused to front the massive budget needed to tell the story; Kubrick would even tell the studios that Napoleon would be “the best film ever made.”  The project remained uncompleted when Kubrick unexpectedly passed away, but Kubrick’s friend Steven Spielberg announced earlier this year that he would be turning the filmmaker’s Napoleon script into an HBO miniseries.  Now it appears that Spielberg and HBO are courting a very interesting director to tackle the adaptation: Baz Luhrmann.  Hit the jump for more.

Halle Berry to Star in Steven Spielberg’s New CBS Series EXTANT

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Halle Berry is poised to make her television debut in a new drama series from CBS and Steven Spielberg.  The network announced today that Berry will lead Extant, which has been given a straight-to-series order from CBS and will premiere on the network in summer 2014.  The thrilling drama focuses on an astronaut returning home to her husband and son after a year-long solo mission whose experiences in space and home lead to events “that ultimately will change the course of human history.”

Mickey Fisher wrote the script, and the series order is for a 13-episode first season.  The network launched Under the Dome this past summer to stellar ratings (despite less-than-enthusiastic reviews), so clearly they’re hoping for similar success with the sci-fi-sounding Extant.  Spielberg and Fisher will serve as executive producers alongside Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank.  Berry will serve as co-executive producer.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.

All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Flashback: Watch George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese Discuss the Future of Movies in 1990

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George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese are three of the most influential filmmakers of all time, and they have been for quite a while.  In a fun little blast from the past, an old video has surfaced in which Lucas, Spielberg, and Scorsese discuss the future of the movies and their careers—in 1990.  The late, great Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel interviewed the three directors at the beginning of the 1990s to talk about what they saw coming for the next couple of decades, and it’s a fascinating watch.  Scorsese says he’s looking to make a period romance soon (that would be 1993’s Age of Innocence), Spielberg discusses having not made an adult movie (that would change after the failure of 1991’s Hook), and Lucas reveals that he’s working on a new Star Wars trilogy that would take place before the events of the original films.

Hit the jump to check out the 48-minute video, which is most definitely worth a watch if only to see Spielberg’s strange hairstyle choice.

Steven Spielberg Exits AMERICAN SNIPER; DreamWorks Also Drops Out

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When last we reported on American Sniper, Steven Spielberg was set to direct Bradley Cooper as Texas Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who has recorded the highest number of sniper kills for an American soldier.  The film was set up to be a co-production of Warner Bros. and DreamWorks, but now Spielberg and DreamWorks have exited the picture, leaving WB free to seek another director.  The latest report cites an inability of Spielberg to line his vision for the film up with its allotted budget.  Cooper, who remains attached to star as of this writing, is also a producer on the picture.  Hit the jump for more.

Steven Spielberg to Produce THE GRAPES OF WRATH Remake for DreamWorks

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With the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath landing next year, the property is now in high demand for a film reboot.  Heading the charge in obtaining the rights is DreamWorks, which is currently in talks with the late Steinbeck’s estate.  Steven Spielberg is reported as being on board to produce the remake of the 1940 John Ford-directed Oscar-winner, but is not in line to direct.  Spielberg is already committed to directing Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, due out in 2015.  Hit the jump for more on The Grapes of Wrath remake.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas Predict Film Industry “Implosion” or “Meltdown”; LINCOLN Was Almost an HBO Movie

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I truly believe that movie theaters as we know them today will not exist in 20 years.  The experience is going downhill too quickly, the filmmaking industry is becoming more entrenched in only making specific kinds of films, and the competition for consumers’ entertainment dollars is increasingly fierce.  And if you don’t take my word for it, just ask Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.  THR reports that the two filmmakers spoke to University of Southern California film students, who were probably less-than-thrilled to hear that harsh truth.  Spielberg told the audience, “there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.” He went on to say, “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man” said Spielberg, “you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.”  So on the plus side: Cheaper Lincoln tickets!  But Spielberg went on to say that his Oscar-winning, star-studded picture came “this close” to going to HBO.

Hit the jump for more on what Spielberg and Lucas had to say, including thoughts on what the business model for theatrical distribution will look like in the future.

Jason Hall to Pen PTSD Adaptation THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE; Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis Could Reteam

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Jason Hall recently became quite the coveted screenwriter when his adaptation of American Sniper piqued the interest of both Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg, and now that Spielberg has committed to the project as his next film with Cooper in the lead role, Hall is setting up other future projects.  On that note, DreamWorks in early talks with Hall to write an adaptation of author David Finkel’s non-fiction book Thank You For Your Service.  The book examines the profound effect that the recent wars have had on the men and women in the armed services, specifically examining the effects of PTSD.  Interestingly, Spielberg is apparently mulling over the possibility of reteaming with his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Executive Producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan Talk UNDER THE DOME, Working with Stephen King, Differences from the Novel, and More

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Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the CBS drama series Under the Dome is about the small town of Chester’s Mill, which is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.  Produced in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, the show stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds.

Collider was invited, along with a number of other outlets, to preview the pilot episode and chat with executive producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan.  With some cool effects, interesting twists and intriguing ideas, it’s definitely a show worth tuning into when it premieres on June 24th.  During the Q&A, the two talked about what it’s like to have Stephen King and Steven Spielberg’s involvement with the show, how different the end will be from the novel, that so far each episode is the equivalent of one day, how viewers will get some answers by the end of the 13-episode first season, that there will be character deaths, and how there will continue to be some cool effects throughout the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Steven Spielberg to Produce Live-Action HALO TV Series

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Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One today, and embedded in its bounty of announcements relating to the new console was the exciting news that Steven Spielberg is developing and will produce a live-action TV series based on the popular Halo franchise.  Microsoft has been trying to get a big screen iteration of Halo off the ground for years, with Peter Jackson previously producing the feature film effort that Neill Blomkamp was poised to direct.  Things went sour when Blomkamp’s vision for the film didn’t jibe with Microsoft’s strict rules regarding how the franchise was to be handled, but it worked out alright with Blomkamp instead making his directorial debut with the stellar 2009 sci-fi pic District 9.

Now it appears that Microsoft will go it alone with regards to a narrative Halo effort, and they’ve got Steven Spielberg on their side.  Hit the jump for more.

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