Warner Bros. Digital Division Developing CRITTERS, MORTAL KOMBAT and STATIC SHOCK Series

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Warner Bros. just gave its new digital division a name and unveiled its first development slate to go along with it.  Blue Ribbon Content will focus on delivering short-form, live-action series under the guidance of Sam Register who assumed the role of President of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series back in April.

Blue Ribbon’s got a lot going on, but the highlights include a new Mortal Kombat series, an adaptation of the comic Static and a new rendition of the cult classic Critters as well.  Hit the jump for more on all of them.

Warner Bros. Developing I AM LEGEND Reboot from Spec Script Described as “Sci-Fi Version of THE SEARCHERS”

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Warner Bros. has long been keen to make another I Am Legend movie, but it proved a tough nut to crack and Will Smith is reluctant to return to the franchise.  The studio may have found a way around all that.  Deadline reports that WB will retrofit the spec script A Garden at the End of the World, written by Gary Graham, into an I Am Legend reboot.  Graham worked at the Apple store when he submitted his script, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” to the Black List website.  Warner Bros. took notice and saw enough similarities that they recruited Graham to rewrite A Garden at the End of the World to fit the I Am Legend universe.

It is not specified how Graham’s new script will link to I Am Legend or when in relation to the apocalypse the new film is set, but there are no plans to bring Smith back.  Original I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, and Joby Harold will return to produce the I Am Legend reboot alongside Roy Lee (Oldboy) and Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace).  Revisit the original I Am Legend trailer after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Confirms Role in Ludlum’s THE JANSON DIRECTIVE; Akiva Goldsman to Write Script

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A couple of months ago Dwayne Johnson was reported to be in talks to star in Universal’s adaptation of Robert Ludlum‘s novel The Janson Directive.  Now it has been confirmed that he is officially cast.  Not only that, but Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman will be writing the script (presumably a page-one rewrite of the draft John Hlavin was commissioned to execute a few years ago).  Make no mistake, Universal wants to fashion this into a Bourne style franchise for Johnson and I… have no problem with that.  It’s gotta be better than The Bourne Legacy.

The story follows a former consular ops agent who goes into business as a private security consultant after becoming uncomfortable with the high number of sanctioned killings as a covert operative.  I’m kind of looking forward to seeing Johnson do serious action work that doesn’t have the wink and nod element built in (though I love the Fast & Furious movies).  Hit the jump for more on The Janson Directive.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Akiva Goldsman May Pen New Draft of THE RING 3D

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Yes, Akiva Goldsman is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, but have you seen Winter’s Tale?  That’s the kind of movie that is so bad, it could wind up becoming a warped classic for that very reason.  In fact, the group I saw it with still hasn’t stopped talking about it.  “I like pecans,” “I have a chicken,” Colin Farrell’s haircut, Russell Crowe’s finger-painting – the list of absurdities could go on and on.

Even though A Beautiful Mind is quite the achievement and Goldsman has a number of other strong scripts to his name including Cinderella Man and a personal favorite guilty pleasure, Practical Magic, ever since Winter’s Tale, it’s been tough to get excited about anything he’s working on, and sadly, now that means having more doubts about the future of The Ring franchise as well.  Goldsman is currently in talks to pen a draft of the next installment, The Ring 3D.  Hit the jump for more.

Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR Might Be Trained by Idris Elba

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About three months ago it appeared that Guy Ritchie had firmed up King Arthur as his next project with the possibility of the tale stretching into six feature films (which sounds absolutely insane and near impossible to me, but whatever).  There’s still no word on this six movie business (which at this point I’m taking as a sign that this will be a standalone film that will leave the option for sequels open).  But now we have our first bit of casting news.

Idris Elba is in talks to join the film, which was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Idris Elba possibly joining King Arthur.

Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Eva Marie Saint and Akiva Goldsman Talk WINTER’S TALE, Fairy Tales, and the Movie’s Secret Message

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Life isn’t a fairy tale.  Life requires life beyond loss and according to writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman, that’s why we need fairy tales for adults like his new movie, Winter’s Tale.  The book-to-film adaptation stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake.  Peter’s perfectly fine stealing to get by, but after crossing paths with Jessica Brown Findlay’s Beverly Penn, he abandons everything he’s known for something he’s experiencing for the very first time – true love.

Just ahead of the film’s Valentine’s Day debut, Goldsman, Farrell and Brown Findlay as well as co-stars Jennifer Connelly who portrays Virginia, a mother with an ailing daughter whose fate becomes intertwined with Peter Lake’s, and Eva Marie Saint who steps in as the older version of Beverly’s younger sister, all sat down for a press conference in New York City.  Check out what the gang had to say about the challenge of enticing an audience to suspend disbelief, their personal experiences with miracles, the ups and downs of shooting the film’s most intimate scene and more. Hit the jump for more. 

Writer-Director Akiva Goldsman Talks WINTER’S TALE, Finding Inspiration Through Loss, Filming His Flying Horse on the Fly, INSURGENT, and More

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Even though he’s a prolific writer and producer, having won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and produced acclaimed features including Lone Survivor and I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman decided it was time to give directing a go.  However, it wasn’t because Goldsman had dreamed of eventually directing a feature, but rather because he found material that struck such a chord that directing the piece himself became the only option.  Come Valentine’s Day, we’ll get the chance to check out Goldsman’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale. The film focuses on Colin Farrell’s Peter Lake, an expert thief who walks into a home intending to steal and winds up having something stolen from him – his heart.  (Come on; Valentine’s Day is on the way!)

Now, in addition to Goldsman’s The Dark Tower update, you can catch what he told us about bringing Winter’s Tale to screen including how the loss of a loved one made him particularly passionate about the narrative, what happened when their visual effects company shut down prior to filming, the decision to cast Will Smith as well as what we can expect from his script for the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, and loads more in the full video interview below.

Producer Akiva Goldsman Says THE DARK TOWER is Not Officially Back On; No Casting Decisions Are Being Made

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We’ve been talking about a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for quite some time now, but after Ron Howard announced that the folks involved took “a vow of silence” about its progress, they did just that and we hadn’t heard anything about it since.  However, that all changed just a few weeks ago when Aaron Paul said that he’s sat down with Howard to discuss playing Eddie Dean in the film.  The thing is, Paul dubbed this meeting a “general sit down,” which in no way means he was offered a role in the film and the Dark Tower producer, Akiva Goldsman, just confirmed it.  Hit the jump for more.

Akiva Goldsman to Work on Script of DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT

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With the recent news that Neil Burger – the director for Summit’s upcoming Divergent adaptation – would not be returning to helm the sequel, the search is still on for a new director.  On the screenwriting front, however, Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) has been tapped to work on the follow-up film, Insurgent.  The first draft of the film was written by Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun).  Shooting on the adaptation of the second book in Veronica Roth’s YA trilogy is scheduled to begin this spring.  Hit the jump for more.

Guy Ritchie Looking to Revive King Arthur Adaptation at Warner Bros. with Potential 6-Film Franchise

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Director Guy Ritchie is looking to kick off another franchise at Warner Bros., and this is one that the studio has been trying to get off the ground for years.  If you’ll remember, Warner Bros. developed a take on the King Arthur legend called Arthur & Lancelot a couple of years ago with David Dobkin (The Change-Up) attached to direct.  The project went so far as to cast Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) in the lead roles, but WB pulled the plug when the budget got two high.  It looked as if things might pick up when Colin Farrell then entered talks to take on a lead role, but that casting didn’t work out and Dobkin went on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming drama The Judge.

Now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is looking to revive a King Arthur film at the studio, this time as part of an ambitious six-film franchise.  Hit the jump to read on.

Paramount to Develop TV Series Based on the Jerry Zucker Film, GHOST; CW Reboots TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE Series with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci

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Here’s some news on the latest TV adaptations:

  • Paramount is recreating Jerry Zucker’s 1990 film, Ghost, as a TV series.  The film starred Patrick Swayze as a murdered man who attempted to avenge his death after becoming a ghost.  Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner will write the pilot.
  • The CW is looking to reboot Tales from the Darkside, the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero.  Joe Hill will write the half-hour series and will produce alongside Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.

Hit the jump for more on both projects. 

First Trailer for Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

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The first trailer for writer-director Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale adaptation.  Based on the Mark Helprin novel, Goldsman’s directorial debut centers on a a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her.  Russell Crowe stars as Pearly Soames, a violent crime lord and leader of the Short Tail gang who is after the thieving protagonist. In charge of tracking him down is Romeo Tan (Kevin Corrigan), Soames’ ruthless right-hand man who acts as his boss’s enforcer in 1916 New York.

Also starring Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs, Winter’s Tale opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Ron Howard Says THE DARK TOWER Still in Development; No Longer Commenting on Film’s Progress or Timetable

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The lengthy and drama-filled development of The Dark Tower will make for a damn fine book one day.  A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s book series has been in the works for years, and most recently director Ron Howard has been working with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to get the project to the screen.  There have been plenty of ups, downs, and exciting possibilities along the way, with the duo floating a three-film adaptation that would be bridged by two TV miniseries seasons.  The last we heard on the project was that Warner Bros. had passed but MRC might be looking to pick up the rights.  That was over a year ago.

Now Ron Howard has given a public update on the adaptation, confirming that it is indeed still alive and kicking.  However, after the media whirlwind that surrounded the first go of development, he and Goldsman have agreed to go on radio silence about the pic’s progress.  Hit the jump for more.

18 New Set Images from WINTER’S TALE Featuring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Matt Bomer

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We’ve got 18 new images today from the set of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel centers on a a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her.  Russell Crowe stars as Pearly Soames, a violent crime lord and leader of the Short Tail gang who is after the thieving protagonist. In charge of tracking him down is Romeo Tan (Kevin Corrigan), Soames’ ruthless right-hand man who acts as his boss’s enforcer in 1916 New York.  The picture also co-stars William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge.  Hit the jump to check out the images from Winter’s Tale. 

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