THE PURGE 3 Officially Announced; James DeMonaco To Write and Maybe Direct

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I’m all for another installment in The Purge franchise.  While I thought the original film was an interesting concept in search of a better movie, this summer’s The Purge: Anarchy was leaps and bounds better in every way and essentially delivered the movie we wanted the first time out (I think Matt agrees with me on this one).  And I think the concept is actually very ripe for a franchise that’s consistently renewable and can be set in a variety of different locales with different actors and scenarios (though I’d prefer it if they didn’t follow up too much on the resistance from the last film).

So I’m welcoming the announcement of The Purge 3 as good news (thought we all sort of knew it would happen anyway, at this point its simple math given the budget and returns on these films).  Writer/director James DeMonaco will return to pen the script, though his participation as a director is not yet set in stone.  Hit the jump for more on The Purge 3.  Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Universal will likely release the film next year.  

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Release Date Set for June 3, 2016

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not be one of the biggest hits of the summer, critically or at the box office, but it looks as though Paramount is happy with that $65 million start because the studio has officially set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 debut.  Writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return to pen the sequel and Michael Bay will be back to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, however, there’s no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct the sequel, too.

Hit the jump for more on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 release date news.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.

Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, What They Had to Fight to Include

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination.

While at the film’s press day, director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why they decided not to overly sexualize the film, what they were dead-set on including, deciding what they could hold back on, how long it took before they saw the first Turtle brought to life with the first line of dialogue, how hard they had to work to earn everything with the film, possible behind-the-scenes footage for the Blu-ray, and finding the right balance in the tone.  Form and Fuller also talked about what Platinum Dunes has coming out next, film wise, the status of The Monster Squad remake, and working on the script for Friday the 13th, due out in November 2015.  Check out our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interview after the jump.

Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk Cracking the Tone of New FRIDAY THE 13TH Remake; Reveal MONSTER SQUAD Remake Is Dead

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At the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles press junket this weekend, Collider got the opportunity to chat with Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, along with the film’s director, Jonathan Liebesman.  While we will run the full interview closer to the film’s August 8th release date, we did want to share an update on what Platinum Dunes will be going into production on next.

During the interview, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller hinted at a possible third Purge film and said that The Monster Squad remake is dead, but they did talk about where they are in working on another Friday the 13th film, which is already slated for release on November 13, 2015.  While Fuller said that they haven’t yet cracked the tone of the film, Form said that they’re working hard on what this version will be, and that they have a director set.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producer Andrew Form Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, Splinter, the Mythology, and More

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in theaters on August 8th, four Ninja turtles, known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.

Following their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Andrew Form spoke to press in a roundtable interview about how much creative license they took with this film, whether the turtles have the same origin story, the use of motion capture, just how much you’ll see the actors’ faces in the turtles, what appeals to them about the Ninja Turtles, the tone of the story, and how they’d like to extend the mythology, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Comic-Con Panel Recap: Trying to Find Turtle Power in Hall H

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I want to be excited for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I loved the Turtles when I was a kid.  I collected the play sets, went to see the 90s live-action movie multiple times, and watched the animated TV show religiously.  While no remake is going to take that away, I would like to be as excited for the Turtles now as I was back then.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen anything yet to turn me around, so I hoped today’s Comic-Con panel would do the trick.

Hit the jump for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic-Con panel recap.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Footage Review: It’s Action with Far More Comedy Than You Might Expect

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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is only a little over three weeks away, but we haven’t seen a single full clip from the film yet.  There have been a few trailers and a couple of TV spots, all of which offer up a nice chunk of action, humor and some very detailed shots of the turtles, but it’s still tough to get a good handle on the tone and overall potential of the project through the montage format.

However, next week, Paramount Pictures will be at San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel and they’re bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with them.  The Comic-Con crowd will have to wait until Thursday, July 24th for the studio’s 3:00 to 4:00pm slot to check out what they’ve got, but we were lucky enough to get an early look at some material this afternoon in New York.  Hit the jump for our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage review.

Universal Pictures Sets THE PURGE Sequel for June 20, 2014

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Universal had a sleeper hit with the horror film The Purge earlier this summer, so naturally they need to get a sequel out as quickly as possible.  The studio has sent out a press release announcing “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014.  For those who didn’t see the first film, it’s a speculative thriller where all crimes are legal during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  During the Purge, a well-to-do family is attacked when they rescue an injured citizen from a violent mob.  Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco will produce alongside other returning producers Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.  It’s a fairly quick turnaround, so perhaps the sequel will stick to the small scale of the original.

The Purge sequel will share the weekend with the comedy Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood‘s screen adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys.

Timur Bekmambetov to Direct HEATSEEKERS; Michael Bay Will Produce

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Quite the action team-up is taking place for the upcoming film Heatseekers.  A couple of years ago, we reported that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes studio had acquired a spec script called Heatseekers for Paramount Pictures.  The story centered on aerial “pirates” and was likened to Fast & Furious and Point Break.  Now word comes that that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov has come aboard the action project to direct, with Bay maintaining his producer role.  Hit the jump for more details.

Universal Puts OUIJA Back on Track with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Producer for 2013 Release

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Almost two years ago, a bevy of board games were targeted for big-screen adaptations. Stretch Armstrong, Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, etc. have all been in the development line towards big-screen adaptations, but recently (and on the heels of the release of Battleship) movement on the aforementioned projects has slowed. McG was set to direct an adaptation of the supernatural game Ouija, but Universal decided to pass on the project back in August. Hasbro continued to develop Ouija, and after numerous rewrites, the studio has now changed its mind and is now moving forward with a completely retooled version of Ouija for a targeted 2013 release.

Compared to McG’s previous $100 million Ouija, Deadline reports that this new version will be produced by Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum for a budget close to $5 million. Blum has made a name for himself with low budget/high profit films like the Paranormal Activity series and Insidious, and now it appears Universal plans to take that approach with Ouija. Hit the jump for more.

Sony and Platinum Dunes to Develop Adaptation of IDW Comic ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS

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Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to the IDW comic book Zombies vs. Robots for Platinum Dunes (the studio behind the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes).  Screenwriter JT Petty (The Burrowers) has used the comic as the basis for a spec script entitled Inherit the Earth. Per Deadline, the story “focuses on a young girl who is the last survivor on earth. She is protected by a group of robots from a pack of zombies that are intelligent and evolved.”  Here’s the positive reaction to this story: “Ah!  So maybe a little Iron Giant mixed with Zombieland!  Sounds wonderful!  Here’s the negative reaction: “UUUUUGGGGGHHHH.”  This is really one of those projects with the potential to be delightful and imaginative or a quick, thoughtless cash-in on smashing two genre creatures together.  Your optimism or pessimism probably hinges on how much you trust the Platinum Dunes gang of Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form, who are producing along with Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs.

And for those wondering about the title, there’s no relation between Zombies vs. Robots and Jon Favreau’s similar-sounding Cowboys & Aliens.

Michael Bay and Paramount Reunite for Untitled Alien Movie

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Michael Bay is reuniting with his Transformers studio, Paramount Pictures, for yet another movie about aliens.  Heat Vision reports that the Bay and the studio are putting together an untitled alien movie that’s being described as a cross between Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.  While it’s difficult to discern any plot details from that, the description hints heavily at a handheld POV narrative device.  Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.  Bay’s former Transformers PA Barry Glickert developed the story and will direct.

On a related note, Bay is also producing Paranormal Activity 2 as well as another visitors-from-outer-space movie with D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four.  Paramount is also going extra-terrestrial with Cowboys & Aliens, which made a fantastic showing at Comic-Con this past weekend.  The studio is set to release Bay’s Transformers 3 on July 1, 2011.

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes Producing Live-Action Reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!

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Every once in awhile you hear news that in your wildest dreams you would have never predicted.  Today is one of those days.

Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) are going to produce the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon!  Yes, Platinum Dunes.  The guys who make hard R horror movies.  Their most recent movie is A Nightmare on Elm Street!  More after the jump:

Paramount Buys HEATSEEKERS Screenplay for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes to Produce

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Paramount has purchased George Mahaffey’s screenplay Heatseekers for Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) to produce.  According to THR, the deal for the original action screenplay was in the mid-six figures.  Here’s the synopsis:

In the mold of Fast & Furious and Point Break, Heatseekers follows a young ex-military pilot who infiltrates a gang of aerial “pirates” working out of Bangkok and takes part in an elaborate tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes.

I spoke to Form and Fuller yesterday and they said they didn’t have any projects ready to go, so this one is a long way out.  Not sure about this one…but if they get the right director it could be fun.

Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

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As most of you know, opening this Friday is New Line/Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Over the past few months we’ve been covering the movie extensively with a set report, on set interviews with Jackie Earle Haley and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and a few weeks ago I spoke to Katie Cassidy / Thomas Dekker and Rooney Mara / Kyle Gallner at WonderCon.

Anyway, yesterday was the Los Angeles press day for the film and I got to speak with director Samuel Bayer, producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and I also got to speak with Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner in a junket setting.  Since I spoke to them a few weeks ago, I used the time to try and ask new questions.  Also, I’ve now seen the film, so I could ask more specific things.  Hit the jump to check it out.  I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch what interests you:

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