Michelle MacLaren Will Develop and Direct WONDER WOMAN; Zack Snyder to Produce

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It appears that we now have a Wonder Woman director, and the choice gives fans of both the comics and filmmaking in general reason to rejoice.  When Warner Bros. first announced it was officially moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie, one of the first directors that immediately came to mind was Michelle MacLaren.  She’s been doing incredible work in television for years, helming notable episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, and her move to feature filmmaking has been long overdue.  Some welcome news came a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that MacLaren was actually in talks to take the helm of WB’s Wonder Woman movie, and now word comes that MacLaren will indeed develop and direct the film.  More after the jump.

Producer Charles Roven Says Ben Affleck Was the First Choice to Play Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN; Wanted Someone Who Could “Tower Over” Superman

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Producer Charles Roven recently took part in an extended interview at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, and his comments with regards to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are quite interesting.  We already shared what he had to say about Wonder Woman’s origin story earlier today, but more of the interview has now surfaced online, offering up even more revealing tidbits about director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up.  Roven says that Ben Affleck was the first actor they approached to play Batman in the pic, adding that they were looking for someone who could physically tower over Superman and play a “very, very, very rough” version of Batman.

Additionally, Roven talked a bit about Christopher Nolan’s involvement in Batman v Superman, saying he’s acting in an “advisory capacity” on the film.  Much more after the jump.

Wonder Woman’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Origin Revealed; Ben Affleck Is “Team Batfleck”

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Wonder Woman is a popular character by name but not by history.  If you were to ask someone about Batman’s origin story, they would probably know his parents were murdered so he learned crime was bad.  If you were to ask someone about Superman’s origin story, they would probably know that his planet blew up and he was raised by good-hearted Midwesterners.  But ask people about Wonder Woman’s origin, and you’ll probably get confused looks.  It’s the result of Wonder Woman lacking the ubiquity of her male counterparts, and to be fair, plenty of non-geeks are probably just as ignorant of many superheroes’ origins.  However, those superheroes are rarely set next to two of the most famous superheroes of all-time.

Because Wonder Woman’s origin is mostly unknown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has room to play with it as opposed Superman or Batman where the confines are strictly mandated by geek culture.  Geeks don’t care as much about Wonder Woman, and so her original origin is being tossed out for something more “modern” and “realistic”.  Hit the jump for more.

Shane Black to Direct Remo Williams Adaptation THE DESTROYER for Sony

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It was pretty much a given that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black would have some heat coming off of directing the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, but the guy is amassing a seriously stacked docket of upcoming projects.  The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer.  Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney.  The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the US government called CURE.  The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce.

Hit the jump for more on The Destroyer movie and Black’s current slate of upcoming projects.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg, David Heyman, and More Discuss Filmmaking Challenges, Backlash, and BOOGIE NIGHTS in Producers Roundtable

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Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen.  Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking.  The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.

Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.

Legendary and Universal Pictures to Release WARCRAFT on December 18, 2015

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The World of Warcraft movie now has an official release date.  Universal Pictures announced today that director Duncan JonesWarcraft will be released on December 18, 2015, ensuring at least one fantasy epic event movie will be in theaters for the holiday season.  Officially described as “an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict,” Warcraft will square off directly against Ron Howard’s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno on the pre-Christmas date, but rumors have swirled that Star Wars: Episode VII might be eyeing a December date as well.  We recently learned that Paula Patton is in negotiations for a lead role in the film with Colin Farrell also being eyed for a lead, and the short list for a couple of other roles reportedly includes Paul Dano, Anton Yelchin, Travis Fimmel, and Anson Mount.

Legendary Pictures is producing Warcraft, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures as part of Legendary’s new deal with the studio after cutting ties with Warner Bros.  Jones also wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt, and Charles Roven is producing alongside Alex Gartner, Thomas Tull, and Jon Jashni.  Filming is slated to begin on January 13th.

Warner Bros. Developing SCOOBY-DOO Animated Feature

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The live-action/CG hybrid Scooby-Doo made $276 million worldwide for Warner Bros. back in 2002.  The sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, grossed $181 million in 2004.   As much as critics dumped on the colorful mess, that is enough money that you knew the studio would return to the well before a decade passed.  To their credit, WB is taking the franchise in a different direction.  Variety reports the studio is developing an animated Scooby-Doo feature film.  It is not specified in the report, but I assume it will be a computer-animated feature—that way I can be pleasantly surprised if the new Scooby-Doo turns out to be hand-drawn animation in the style of the original Hanna-Barbera series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, that premiered in 1969.  Scooby-Doo was a big part of my childhood, so I will root for a fun, fresh adaptation.

Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the 2002 entry, return to produce the reboot.  Matt Lieberman will write the script.  Hit the jump for some groovy theme song nostalgia.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, First Trailer and Poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THIS IS THE END, New ELYSIUM Trailer, E3 2013 Recap

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Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.

While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.

Producer Charles Roven Talks MAN OF STEEL, The Development of the Story from Script to Screen, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, and More

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One of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters is Man of Steel, which takes the Superman story back to its origins, in a fresh and more grounded way. When the young Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, he struggles with becoming the hero that he’s destined to be. From director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.

At the film’s press junket, producer Charles Roven spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how much the story changed from the first script to what we see now, what made him most nervous about the script, casting actors at the highest caliber of talent, how Man of Steel compared to other big-budget films that he’s done, that he stays involved through the entire production process, and whether or not he’s interested in an inevitable DC Universe film.  He also talked about what it will take to make a kick-ass video game movie, and that he hopes Warcraft (which starts shooting in February 2014) will be it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director Zack Snyder, Writer David S. Goyer, Producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven Talk MAN OF STEEL and Choosing Zod over Lex Luthor

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One of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters is Man of Steel, which takes the Superman story back to its origins, in a fresh and more grounded way.  When the young Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, he struggles with becoming the hero that he’s destined to be.  From director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.

During a press conference at the film’s junket, director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven talked about what led them to Zod, as a villain, why they decided to exclude Lex Luthor from this particular story, the challenges in taking on the Superman franchise, why they chose a non-linear narrative, and staying true to their vision.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Producers Deborah Snyder, David S. Goyer, and Charles Roven Talk Retelling the Origin Story, Choosing the Villain, and More on the Set of MAN OF STEEL

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Last week, Warner Bros. lifted the set visit embargo for Man of Steel.  As you probably noticed, I participated in group interviews with Henry Cavill, director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, producer Charles Roven, and I also posted an in-depth article about what I saw being filmed along with 60 things to know about the movie.

And I’m not done.

Shortly before sitting down with everyone individually, we were able to speak with Deborah Snyder, David S. Goyer, and Charles Roven while Zack Snyder was filming a huge action sequence on the streets of Smallville.   It was an impromptu interview, and it was great to try and ask questions while also watching helicopters fly overhead.  During the interview they talked about Easter Eggs, the most challenging parts of filming the movie, what they learned from the previous Superman movies, the process of writing the screenplay, whether anything was directly inspired by the comic books, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL Set Visit, Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin, AFTER EARTH, THE WOLVERINE Set Visit, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.

I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

Producer Charles Roven Talks Christopher Nolan’s Involvement, the Filming Locations, Assembling the Cast, and More on the Set of MAN OF STEEL

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Looking over producer Charles Roven‘s resume on IMDb, you’ll see some great films listed like Twelve Monkeys, Three KingsBatman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.  After spending a day on the set of Man of Steel outside of Chicago back in 2011, I’m beyond confident this new version of Superman will be considered one of his career highlights.

During a group interview on the set of Man of Steel, Roven talked about the first time he heard that Christopher Nolan and David Goyer had a take on Superman, why they filmed in Chicago, how they’re trying to make the film feel real, the possibility of shooting in IMAX, putting together the great cast, and so much more.   Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

3 Featurettes and a New TV Spot for MAN OF STEEL Reveal Exciting New Footage

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Warner Bros. has unveiled three brand new behind-the-scenes featurettes and a new TV spot for director Zack Snyder’s Superman film Man of Steel, highlighting some great new footage alongside interviews with members of the cast and crew.  Each of the three featurettes focuses on one of the film’s themes, so we’ve got Speed focusing on Superman’s intensely quick movements, Strength focusing on the two different approaches to Supes’ abilities from his two fathers (Russell Crowe’s Jor-El and Kevin Costner’s Pa Kent), and finally the self-explanatory Flight.  Along with new footage, we see Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Crowe, Snyder, and producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven talking about the film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the featurettes and new TV spot.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

MOON Director Duncan Jones to Helm WORLD OF WARCRAFT Movie; 2015 Release Date Eyed [Update: Johnny Depp Rumored for Lead]

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A major development is taking place on the long-in-the-works feature film adaptation of the popular video game World of Warcraft.  The project has been in the works for a number of years, with Sam Raimi attached to direct for quite some time.  Raimi finally dropped off last summer so that he could focus full-time on Oz the Great and Powerful, and Legendary Pictures subsequently brought on screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) to rewrite the screenplay, which was initially penned by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan).  Now the studio is getting serious about making the movie happen, as Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones has been tapped to take the helm for a planned fall 2013 production start.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: The Tracking Board [via Bleeding Cool] hears that Warner Bros. wants Johnny Depp to star.  Tracking boards are not the most reliable source, so treat this as a rumor for now as you note that Depp’s name is being mentioned in certain circles that chase such insider info.  More official casting reports should arrive soon.]

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