Cary Fukunaga’s IT Adaptation Sets a Start Date For This Summer; Stephen King Thrilled With the Script

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Even before director Cary Fukunaga became the bees knees of the town with his work on all eight episodes of the first season of True Detective, he was attached to helm Stephen King‘s epic novel It for producer Dan Lin and New Line Cinema.  And now it looks like he’s close to the starting line after several years of development.

For those of you who haven’t read the book, it weighs in at over a thousand pages and is centered around a group of children haunted by a menacing force in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. Eventually (most of) the kids grow up, only to find that the evil isn’t quite done with them.  The book is very heavy on character, so even though the plan to split the feature adaptation into two films isn’t new, I’m glad it’s still in place.  Hit the jump for more on Cary Fukunaga shooting It this coming summer.

SUICIDE SQUAD May Have FURY Director David Ayer Lead Them into Battle

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It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer.  Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they’re ready to actively get this one rolling again.  Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script.

This could be cool.  Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer’s alley.  Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Writers Board ACME Movie; CRAZY STUPID LOVE Helmers in Talks to Direct

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Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape.  Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct.  The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything.  Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie.

Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it’s unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort.  Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.

LEGO NINJAGO Stand-Alone Movie Could Debut before THE LEGO MOVIE Sequel

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As The LEGO Movie is nearing a $200 million worldwide box office with no signs of slowing, a sequel is pretty much a given.  However, a direct sequel to Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s animated family adventure film might have to wait until another LEGO sub-franchise has had its time to shine.  A little while back, we reported that Warner Bros. was developing a Ninjago film to feature the ninja-themed title world.  The studio will soon decide whether to move forward with both the LEGO sequel and the stand-alone Ninjago films, along with which film will come first.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: THE LEGO MOVIE, The Science of ROBOCOP, Paul Bettany in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PREACHER TV Series, 2014 Super Bowl Movie Spots

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I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.

Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Producer Dan Lin Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, the Sequel, Deleted Jokes, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, José Padilha’s THE BROTHERHOOD, Cary Fukunaga’s IT, and More

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As I have said many times, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special and I strongly recommend checking it out this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  He talked about how the project came together, LEGO’s reaction to the finished film, getting to put Batman, Superman, and other cool characters in the film, the challenge of making it look photo real, how long it might take to get a sequel, what they learned from testing the film, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3José Padilha’s The Brotherhood, and Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Comic-Con: THE LEGO MOVIE Panel Recap; Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders Join Voice Cast as Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman

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Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a knack for delightfully goofy and fun storytelling with their previous films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, and early next year they return to the world of animation with The LEGO Movie.  The first trailer was greeted to a positive reception, and Lord and Miller took the stage in Hall H at Comic-Con earlier today to talk about the film and show off some more footage.  They revealed that Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders have joined the voice cast as DC superheroes, talked about blending CG and stop-motion, how they got LEGO to sign off on the film, and more.

Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for The LEGO movie.

Warner Bros. Moving Forward with NINJAGO Movie

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After the first teaser trailer for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming animated film The LEGO Movie was met with a wildly positive response last week, Warner Bros. is already looking to move forward with another LEGO toy adaptation: NinjagoHeat Vision reports that the studio is developing a feature film adaptation of the Eastern-infused, ninja themed LEGO toy line NinjagoDan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, who received a “story by” credit on The Lego Movie and also wrote Hotel Transylvania, will pen the screenplay for Ninjago. The two have already written a Ninjago TV series for Cartoon Network called Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, so they have experience in the Ninjago world.

This is in keeping with Warner Bros.’ new strategy of releasing one “high-end” animated film per year, as they have been developing a number of propertieis with talented filmmakers like Lord/Miller and Nicholas Stoller.  Lord and Miller will act as producers on Ninjago alongside Dan Lin and Roy Lee, and the project is reportedly close to landing a director.

Warner Bros. Developing ARCHIE Movie, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE; PITCH PERFECT Helmer Jason Moore to Direct [Updated]

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Warner Bros. is developing a feature film based on long-running Archie comics.  The series has been around since 1941, but has never been adapted into a feature film.  It’s a bit of a tough sell since the comics are inoffensive and fairly static but perhaps—oh wait.  They’re adding zombies.  Never mind.  According to Deadline, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee) will adapt his comic Afterlife with Archie, “which ponders a zombie apocalypse in suburban New York and isn’t replacing the usual Archie Comics, just supplementing them.”  The idea is to put Archie, Jughead, and the rest of the Riverdale gang into horror situations like The Stand or Evil DeadJason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is set to direct with Roy Lee and Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) producing.

Hit the jump for more. [Update: Variety has refuted Deadline's report, noting that the Archie movie will not involve zombies, and will instead be a coming-of-age comedy in which Archie faces a "teenage midlife crisis" and must find his purpose in life before graduation.  Our original story follows after the jump.]

ROBOCOP Director Jose Padilha to Helm Warner Bros. Thriller THE BROTHERHOOD

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Director Jose Padilha is heading back into the crime thriller world.  The filmmaker first broke onto the scene with his Brazilian crime pics Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within before landing the directing gig on MGM’s RoboCop remake, and now Heat Vision reports that he is next set to direct the true crime thriller The Brotherhood for Warner Bros.  The pic is an adaptation of Guy Lawson and William Oldham’s book The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia and centers on two corrupt detectives who secretly worked for two crime families for years while throwing cases, scrapping evidence, and even killing for the mob.  Oldham—another detective—eventually brought the two to justice after tracking them for nearly a decade.

The story most definitely has a Departed feel to it, and should make for a rather intriguing crime drama.  Dan Lin (Gangster Squad) is producing and Bill Dubuque (The Judge) wrote the script.  Padilha’s RoboCop remake hits theaters next February.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Brotherhoods.

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

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What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.


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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Dan Lin.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about making Gangster Squad, editing, the test screenings, improv on set, and more.  In addition, with Lin producing a number of other projects, I got updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, The Lego Movie, Suicide Squad, the ACME movie, Brotherhood, Moses, and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Producer Dan Lin Extends First-Look Deal at Warner Bros. for Two Years

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With a new year comes a new deal for producer Dan Lin and his Lin Pictures.  Lin recently re-upped a first-look deal with Warner Bros. for two years in a working relationship that dates back to 2008.  Lin and his company have previously produced both Sherlock Holmes movies and The Invention of Lying, while landing an executive producer cred on Terminator Salvation and Shorts.  The partnership’s most recent collaboration will be seen on screens this Friday when Ruben Flesicher’s Gangster Squad debuts.

Although Lin has been in the news lately for the ongoing tiff over the rights to Godzilla, his new deal assures us that his ongoing relationship with Warner Bros. remains in good standing.  Hit the jump for a look at Lin’s upcoming projects, such as The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes 3, It and a little film called Justice League. Also, be sure to check back tonight when we post a new interview with Lin himself.

Frank Darabont to Do Final Rewrite on Script for GODZILLA Reboot; Producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee Fighting to Stay on Board

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Gareth Edwards‘ reboot of Godzilla just got a monster screenwriting boost, but there could be a rampage behind the scenes.  First, the good news: Deadline reports that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) has come on board to do a final rewrite on the script, which was previously written by Max Borenstein (Seventh Son).  That’s not intended to slight Borenstein’s script (which I haven’t read), but I have faith in Darabont even though he seemed to struggle with The Walking Dead in its first season.  Nevertheless, the guy has a great track record with Shawshank, The Green Mile, and The Mist.  I assume that his involvement in Godzilla means the entire movie will be about the importance of hope or else monsters will obliterate everything you know and love.

While Darabont is working on bringing drama to the screen, drama is already brewing behind the scenes between Legendary Pictures and producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee.  Hit the jump for more.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

Producer Dan Lin Talks ACME and SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; Says Live-Action ACME Centers on a Steve Jobs-type Inventor

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Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing bits and pieces of interest from Steve’s recent interview with producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad.  He gave updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, talked about the upcoming Lego: Piece of Resistance movie, and provided a brief update on Godzilla.  Today we’ve got another interesting bit from the interview to share, this time focusing on Warner Bros.’ ACME film and the status of an adaptation of the Suicide Squad comics.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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