Fox Greenlights the INDEPENDENCE DAY Sequel

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Last we heard of that Independence Day sequel, about six months ago, Carter Blanchard was being brought in to pen a new draft of the script while director Roland Emmerich was busy shooting Stonewall.  I guess 20th Century Fox liked what Blanchard turned in because it’s being reported that the studio has green lit the film.

Apparently the next step is to close Emmerich’s directing deal and then the film will be heading towards a May production start date.  Hit the jump for more on what Fox has planned for the much-anticipated sequel.

SAFE HOUSE Director Daniel Espinosa May Helm Marathon Bombing Drama BOSTON STRONG for Fox; Casey Affleck Departs

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The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star.  Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm.  Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart.  The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013.  More after the jump.

Fox Eyes Summer Start for THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH Starring Hugh Jackman; Will Be First Original Live-Action Movie Musical in 22 Years

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Hugh Jackman is an amazing performer, and he deserves a movie musical worthy of his talents.  I get a little more disappointed every time I think about Les Miserables, but a more exciting opportunity may have arrived with The Greatest Showman on EarthWe last reported on the film back in October 2013 when Bill Condon came on to rewrite the script, which centers on legendary showman and swindler P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind a.k.a “The Swedish Nightingale.”

The film is now moving closer to shooting, and there’s just one big oddity about the whole thing: The Greatest Showman on Earth isn’t based on anything.  It’s not an adaptation of a stage musical.  It’s an original, and we haven’t gotten an original live-action movie musical in a very long time.  That could be about to change.  Hit the jump for more.

Shawn Levy to Direct Ali Baba Redo FORTY THIEVES; Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters, and More Testing for Lead

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After making his first foray into drama to mostly successful results with This Is Where I Leave You, filmmaker Shawn Levy is lining up another large-scale picture.  The Wrap reports that Levy will direct a new take on the folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for 20th Century Fox called Forty Thieves.  The project is described as being in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy (already this one’s a point of reference?), and is envisioned as “an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones.”  Hit the jump to find out which actors have been testing for the lead role.

ROBOCOP Writer to Pen Script for Channing Tatum’s GAMBIT Movie Based on Treatment by Chris Claremont

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20th Century Fox is officially moving forward with the Gambit movie.  Word started to surface a few months ago that an X-Men spinoff featuring the card-wielding mutant was in the works with Channing Tatum set to star, and now Fox has hired screenwriter Josh Zetumer to get to work on a script while Tatum is indeed officially attached to lead the feature.  This isn’t the first movement on the project, however, as Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont apparently wrote the treatment for the Gambit movie, which will form the basis of the screenplay.  More after the jump.

Marvel’s Vendetta against Fox Continues; Comic Writers No Longer Allowed to Create New X-MEN Characters; FANTASTIC FOUR Comics to End Next Year

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While Sony Pictures and Marvel might be able to work out a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the bitter rivalry between Marvel and 20th Century Fox continues.  Fox owns the screen rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Marvel has retaliated by undermining those properties.  According to Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont [via Bleeding Cool], the company has forbidden the creation of new X-Men characters because those characters could then be used by Fox.

Hit the jump for more on how Marvel is trying to hurt Fox’s profits even if it means canceling comics.

Rumor: Fox May Be Developing a Live-Action X-MEN TV Show

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One of my favorite TV shows growing up was X-Men: The Animated Series.  It had all the hallmarks of a great kids cartoon, and the massive lineup of the X-Men themselves seemed like the perfect fit for a long-running television series.  As Marvel Studios has now started dipping its toe into the television waters (on network TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter and on Netflix with Daredevil), it appears that Fox may be wanting to bring its own Marvel property to the small screen as well.  If a new rumor is to be believed, 20th Century Fox is looking to bring the mutants back to television by way of a new live-action X-Men TV show.  More after the jump.

Rumor: DEADPOOL Movie Gunning for a PG-13 Rating?

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Not only is the Deadpool movie finally happening, but 20th Century Fox also gave it a February 12th, 2016 release date, too.  Why now all of sudden?  Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that the filmmakers apparently figured out a way to make Deadpool a PG-13 film.

Even though the character may deserve an R-rated movie, going the PG-13 route still seemed inevitable.  The quality of the content should always be top priority, but moviemaking is still a business and when you’ve got a business to run, dishing out a product that cuts off a significant amount of the target audience isn’t the smartest approach.  Hit the jump for more on the Deadpool movie rating rumor.

Fox Lands MINORITY REPORT TV Show Featuring Female Lead

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We first reported that Steven Spielberg was busy developing a Minority Report TV show just a couple of weeks ago, but now a network has already picked it up.  Fox apparently scored the drama via a big put-pilot commitment.

The 2002 film is loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s short story and stars Tom Cruise as Captain John Anderton, the chief of the Precrime police force, a unit that uses mutated humans called “precogs” to see into the future and stop crimes before they even happen.  This Minority Report TV show will take place 10 years after the end of Precrime and will feature a female lead.  Hit the jump for more.

Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN Release Date Set for November 25, 2015; Tim Burton’s PECULIARS Pushed to 2016; PAPER TOWNS Dated for July 31, 2015

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We have a few release date changes and announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • 20th Century Fox’s “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” has been confirmed, as The Martian release date has been moved up from March 2016 to November 25, 2015.
  • Director Tim Burton’s next film, Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, will take over the date previously held by The Martin, as Fox has pushed it to March 4, 2016.
  • Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Fox has set the adaptation of another John Green novel, Paper Towns, for release on July 31, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release Clifford the Big Red Dog on April 8, 2016.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. 

Watch: DEADPOOL Test Footage Featuring Ryan Reynolds

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The R-rated superhero movie is kind of the Holy Grail nowadays, with the superhero genre at the height of its popularity.  As studios aim to find new ways of adapting the various comic book properties, fans are eager to see one of the big dogs—Marvel Studios, Warner Bros./DC, and 20th Century Fox—take a leap of faith and greenlight a more adult-geared adaptation.  One such property that was essentially made to break down this barrier is Deadpool, and Fox has been developing an adaptation of the comic for some time with Ryan Reynolds attached to star.  The key is finding the right budget to justify an R-rating, which excludes a hefty portion of the traditional target demo for comic book movies.  Tim Miller was most recently attached to direct, and he put together a reel of test footage to show executives what a Deadpool movie look like.  That footage has leaked online, and it’s kind of fantastic.  Reynolds feels perfect for the role, and the tone is spot on.

Hit the jump to watch the Deadpool test footage before it’s taken down.

THE REVENANT, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date; Iñárritu Hoping to Shoot in Sequence

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While many are eagerly anticipating director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s excellent-looking Birdman, which hits theaters this October, the filmmaker is already busy prepping his next feature, The Revenant.  The Babel director has Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter set to lead the story of an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead, only to recover and set out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.  Now 20th Century Fox has staked out a prime December 25, 2015 release date for the pic, where it will square off against Mission: Impossible 5 and director David O. Russell’s next film Joy.

Additionally, Iñárritu has some very ambitious plans for the upcoming Revenant shoot, which is scheduled to be quite lengthy.  More after the jump.

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

PREDATOR Reboot Moving Forward with Shane Black Attached to Direct

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20th Century Fox is rebooting its Predator franchise, and it’s doing so with a curious (though also fitting) piece of talent in tow.  THR reports that Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black is poised to pen the treatment for the Predator reboot and is also attached to direct.  The plan is for Black to hand over his treatment to collaborator Fred Dekker, who will then pen the full screenplay with Black acting as overseer.  Black and Dekker (which is probably also the name of their improv troupe) previously co-wrote the excellent horror comedy The Monster Squad in 1987, which Dekker also directed.  Hit the jump for more on the Predator redo and Black’s potential slate.

GAME OF THRONES Scribe Bryan Cogman to Write MAGIC: THE GATHERING Movie

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20th Century Fox announced this past January that it was developing a feature film adaptation of the popular game Magic: The Gathering, and now the studio has found a writer for the project—one with a bit of experience in the fantasy genre.  Deadline reports that Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman has been tapped to pen the screenplay for Magic: The Gathering, which the studio hopes will kick off a potential franchise.  Star Wars and X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg is shepherding the film as the producer, with the aim of crafting a new cinematic universe (obviously).

Though showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss write nearly every episode of Game of Thrones themselves, Cogman has written at least one episode from each season, including this year’s “Oathkeeper” and “The Laws of Gods and Men”.  Plot details regarding the Magic: The Gathering movie will likely remain under wraps for some time, but Cogman seems like a fine choice to get the adaptation going.

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