Screenwriting’s dynamic duo of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Deadpool) have been tapped to helm the adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, a tale of a schizophrenic assassin possessing the western grit of a cowboy, the deadly skills of a ninja and the berserker rage of a Viking.
Deadline is reporting that Disney has purchased the feature pitch for the Image Comics property, written by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. In addition to their writing credits on Cowboy Ninja Viking, Wernick and Reese will also be producing alongside Mark Gordon and Management 360. Hit the jump for more deadly triple combos.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 12th, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Life is full of decisions. That said, it’s safe to assume that Ryan Reynolds’ decisions aren’t of the typical “paper or plastic?” variety. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the Canadian actor turned, well, really popular Canadian actor has not one but two superhero film franchise leads at his disposal – Hal Jordan in Warner Bros. Green Lantern and Wade Wilson in Fox’s Deadpool. A nice problem to have to be sure, but a potential problem nevertheless. Picking up on the conflict-in-waiting is “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld whose recent tweet suggested that Reynolds may be too preoccupied with his turn in Green Lantern to juggle the “Merc with a Mouth” as well.
For more info on where Reynolds and the film currently stand, hit the jump.
Last summer’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a fun ride that knew exactly what it was aiming for and managed to hit every mark. Much of that was thanks to director Stephen Sommers, who brought a childlike enthusiasm to the set every day. Now, despite rumors that a rift might have formed between Paramount and the adventure-loving director, The Wrap reports that Sommers has signed on to direct the sequel to Joe — if you enjoyed the first, you will have a lot to look forward to.
For those that didn’t quite enjoy the first film as much as they hoped, join me after the break to find out why you may want to get on board this time around.
Last month, we reported that 20th Century Fox had offered director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) the chance to helm the super-antihero flick Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds. Today, 24 Frames reports that Rodriguez and Fox are in negotiations and that “the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it’s moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points.” Rodriguez is currently at work on Spy Kids 4 and has Machete coming out on September 3rd.
Working from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Rodriguez seems like a perfect fit for the comedy-action movie Deadpool would be. But remember, X-Men Origins: Wolverine had Oscar-winner Gavin Hood at the helm with David Benioff (25th Hour) credited as one of the screenwriters. At least we can rest easy knowing that Deadpool won’t acknowledge the events of Wolverine. Hit the jump to learn more about the character of Deadpool.
G.I. Joe 2 is aiming for to begin shooting in spring 2011 and possibly hit theaters in summer 2012. In an interview with MTV, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are still at work on the script so while there’s nothing final, the current thinking is to try to shoot next spring and get the film into theaters the summer of 2012. However, di Bonaventura remained cagey about which characters from the original film would return, and “It would make life a little easier to have a few less life a little easier to have a few less.” As for whether the film will be in 3D, the producer said he’d be open to it but the decision rests with Paramount and the yet-to-be-named director would also have a big say in it.
I only recently caught G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra on DVD but I thought it was a fun flick. It was the film equivalent of a kid playing with action figures and playsets, which is perfect seeing as that’s the origin of the whole property.
Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been a hot commodity recently, with news that they would not only write the upcoming Deadpool film, but also pen the G.I. Joe sequel. However, they recently sat down with MTV to discuss their sequel to Zombieland and had some interesting things to say.
Most notable is that they are interested in giving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) a love interest, though they haven’t worked that out yet. Additionally, while they plan to keep the core group of Tallahassee (Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) together, there are plans to introduce new characters.
After the jump, see what they plan for 3D and the further adventures of Little Rock.
Last week, we reported that Paramount was moving ahead with a sequel to G.I. Joe and then updated the story with the news that Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would be handling the script. Variety has now confirmed our report. While there’s been no mention about whether or not Stephen Sommers will return to direct or if any of the cast will return as well, Reese and Wernick are solid picks. They’re also writing the X-Men spinoff movie Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds.
On a separate note, Variety does not credit us for our scoop on this story. We find it frustrating that a respected news organization like Variety would not pay us the professional courtesy of citing our initial report. Hopefully, they will change this practice in the future.
While some didn’t think much of director Stephen Sommers G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I had a blast watching the cartoon come to life, because that’s what it was. Nothing more, nothing less. And the people that understood that, well, they had a blast watching all their favorite characters on the big screen.
And even though some might think the film wasn’t profitable, the fact is The Rise of Cobra made over $300 million at the worldwide box office and I’m sure it helped to sell a lot of toys. What I’m trying to say is, this film made people money, and when that happens, you get sequels!
More after the jump…including a MAJOR UPDATE:
With Ryan Reynolds set to reprise his role in the upcoming spinoff-of-a-spinoff Deadpool, Fox has hired Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to give words to the “Merc with a Mouth.” While some may wonder how the whole “mouth” thing is going to happen after the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, producer Lauren Shuler Donner has already said that this will be a reboot of the character. She also says that this is going to be a “dark, snarky, very funny movie.”
There is currently no start date for Deadpool, but Variety notes that Reynolds should have a window in his schedule after Green Lantern finishes shooting this summer. Fox is lucky that Reynolds will already be bulked up and can once again make the majority of male geeks in the audience feel bad about their physiques. On a positive note, Reese and Wernick say they will stay true to the mythology of the character. These writers feel like a perfect fit for the film and if a quality director gets on board, then Deadpool has a serious shot at being another great comic book franchise.
While we reported in the past that the second Zombieland and the third Jackass movie would both be in 3D, Variety now confirms those reports. The trade also provides new details on both films. First, they confirm that Zombieland director Rueben Fleischer will definitely return for the sequel and Sony is already talking to Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to reprise their roles. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are back as well and currently writing the sequel.
But 3D is not just for horror; it’s also for watching people abuse the shit out of themselves and others for your entertainment. We’re going to get a 3rd round of Jackass with filming set to begin on January 25, 2010 with the film to be released later that year. While Paramount confirmed that Jackass 3 will be 3D, they didn’t mention how it would be employed. My guess: being able to see a dude destroy his scrotum like you’ve never seen before.
As the creators of the short lived “Joe Schmo Show”, you’d never think of these two as the writers of a zombie movie. But sometimes when you want to shake up a genre, getting two outsiders is exactly what you need for success. And that’s what I think is going to happen later this year when Columbia Pictures releases “Zombieland” on October 9th.
The film is written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and after the jump is a lot more info on the film, along with a very extensive interview with the two screenwriters. They talk about where the idea came from, what changes were made along the way, what are the rules in their zombie universe, how they got into writing, and they talk about the other projects they’re working on. It’s a great interview so take a look: