Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jim Parsons Talk HOME; Plus Our Thoughts on the First Footage From the New DreamWorks Animation Film

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Even though it’s based on a novel, called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, the animated feature Home (due out in theaters on March 27, 2015) creates a world that feels wholly original, beautifully inventive and fun.  After checking out select scenes from the film, it’s also clearly a story of family and friendship that will tug at your heartstrings.

Collider was invited over to the DreamWorks Animation campus for a presentation from director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) that previewed a handful of scenes that gave a glimpse into the world that the film is creating, along with its rather unique inhabitants.  Hit the jump to find out what we thought about the footage, what you should know about the film, and a Q&A with voice actors Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin.

Margot Robbie in Talks to Star in GHOST IN THE SHELL

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DreamWorks has been developing a live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation for several years.  Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) signed on to direct in January.  The Wrap reports Margot Robbie is now in early talks to star.  The report does not specify the role, but the lead protagonist in the original manga by Masamune Shirow is Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists.  Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.”  After a couple notable supporting roles in About Time and The Wolf on Wall Street, studio executives clearly believe Robbie can carry a big production.  In addition to the Ghost in the Shell possibility, Robbie stars opposite Will Smith in Focus (February 27, 2015) and is currently shooting Tarzan (July 1, 2016).

William Wheeler (The Cape) scripted the adaptation.  Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), and Mark Sourian (Need for Speed) are producing.  More after the jump.

Steven Spielberg’s UNTITLED COLD WAR SPY THRILLER Set for 2015 and THE BFG Lands a 2016 Release Date

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It’s been nearly two years since the release of Lincoln, but Steven Spielberg has already firmed up his next two projects, which will essentially shoot back-to-back.  We previously reported that Spielberg had signed on to helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG with production poised to begin in early 2015, but it was noted that the filmmaker was looking to possibly shoot a smaller-scale film first.  That project firmed up as an untitled Cold War thriller that will see Tom Hanks playing an American attorney who slips under the Iron Curtain in order to negotiate the release of a captured U-2 spy plane pilot.

With these two DreamWorks projects set as Spielberg’s next films, release dates have now been firmed up.  The untitled spy thriller will open in theaters on October 16, 2015, while The BFG is slated for release on July 1, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on both films and what competition they’ll face at the box office.

DreamWorks to Remake French Thriller THE PREY

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DreamWorks has acquired the rights to remake The Prey (aka La Proie), a French thriller that premiered in 2011 and received a limited U.S. release last June.  The story follows a low-level crook who breaks out of jail three months before he is due for release to save his family from his serial-killer former cellmate.  According to Deadline, La Proie co-writer Luc Bossi is on board to help develop the remake along with producers Charles S. Cohen (Frozen River) and Daniel Battsek (The Last Lions).  I could picture Liam Neeson or Jason Statham in the lead role, but I wonder if DreamWorks—the studio that cast Aaron Paul in Need for Speed—will opt for a less obvious choice.

Watch the English-language trailer for the French original after the jump.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton to Direct THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW

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Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton have been tapped to helm an adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s novel The Good Luck of Right Now.  Per Variety, the duo will direct the project for DreamWorks from a script by Mike White (School of Rock).  The story follows four misfits grieving over pain and lost who come together to “form the most unlikely family.”  Best known for helming the 2006 indie darling Little Miss Sunshine, Faris and Dayton most recently directed last year’s sadly underseen Ruby Sparks.  They’re also attached to direct the biopic I’m So Proud of You, which revolves around childrens television icon Mister Rogers.  There’s no word on which project will be next for the duo, but the sensibility of The Good Luck of Right Now sure seems to be right up their alley.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx in Talks to Reteam for Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone has his sights set on tackling the life of another historical figure.  The Alexander and W. filmmaker is in early talks to direct a biopic about the life of Martin Luther King Jr., with his Any Given Sunday star Jamie Foxx in talks to star.  The project is set up at DreamWorks and is expected to have the support of King’s family, unlike director Paul Greengrass’ long-developing MLK film Memphis, which provides a three-dimensional warts-and-all look at Dr. King on his final days.  Hit the jump for more on this new project, including how it might affect Greengrass’ film.

Paul Greengrass Drops Out of Aaron Sorkin’s TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

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And just like that, The Trial of the Chicago 7 heads back into development hell.  The project was initially written by Aaron Sorkin as a directing vehicle for Steven Spielberg in the 2000s, but subsequently languished in Hollywood for years after Spielberg dropped out.  A couple of months ago, Paul Greengrass circled back around and entered talks to direct the pic, which chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants who were arrested following protests that took place in Chicago during the Democratic Convention in 1968.

DreamWorks wasn’t willing to spend any more than $30 million on the film (for a period piece, really?), and Variety reports that when Greengrass turned in a budget closer to $40 million the two decided to part ways.  He will now move on to find another film to act as his next project, while DreamWorks works to find a director who can get the film made at the smaller price tag.  Greengrass’ next movie, Captain Phillips, opens this October and is already garnering some heavy awards buzz, so it shouldn’t be tough to find a replacement film.

JANE EYRE Director Cary Fukunaga to Helm NOBLE ASSASSIN Adaptation for DreamWorks

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Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga has added another project to his docket.  Deadline reports that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to Noble Assassin based on a book proposal by Paul Kix, with Fukunaga attached to direct.  The WWII project tells the story of a French aristocrat named Robert de la Rochefoucauld who becomes an anti-Nazi saboteur and joins the British Special Operations Executive.  Rochefoucauld was “trained in every manner of dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance, blowing up train stations and munitions factories, enduring months of torture and escaping his own execution.”  Anonymous Content is producing the film.

Fukunaga is quickly becoming one of the more exciting young talents working today, as he just wrapped the fantastic-sounding 8-episode HBO anthology series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.  Fukunaga will next direct the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, and he’s also developing a two-film adaptation of It.

Universal in Talks to Pick Up THE 39 CLUES from Turnaround; Shawn Levy No Longer Attached to Direct

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The feature film adaptation of the adventure novel series The 39 Clues continues to linger in development.  The Scholastic book series was initially picked up by DreamWorks as a potential directorial project for Steven Spielberg, but Brett Ratner was subsequently tapped to take the helm.  Ratner’s iteration of the film never came together, and Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy signed on to direct earlier last year.  We hadn’t heard much about the project in the meantime, and it appears that was for good reason: DreamWorks put the project in turnaround.  Now THR reports that Universal Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the rights from DW, with the hopes of finally getting the film off the ground.

As part of the Universal deal, however, Levy is no longer attached to direct. The filmmaker has a fairly busy slate anyway, though, as he recently wrapped the family drama This Is Where I Leave You and will next direct Night at the Museum 3.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of The 39 Clues.

Paul Greengrass in Talks to Direct Aaron Sorkin’s THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film about the 1968 Democratic National Convention may finally be coming to fruition.  Deadline reports that Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) is in final talks to direct The Trial of the Chicago 7, which chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants who were arrested following protests that took place in Chicago during the Democratic Convention in 1968.  Sorkin wrote the screenplay back in 2008 for director Steven Spielberg, with the intention that this would be Spielberg’s next “Oscar” film after wrapping Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Sacha Baron Cohen was in line to play Abbie Hoffman in the pic and Spielberg was considering Will Smith, Heath Ledger, Kevin Spacey, and Philip Seymour Hoffman for other roles, but after multiple delays due to the Writers Strike and the Screen Actors Guild strike, Spielberg eventually dropped the project.

Now it appears that Chicago 7 is finally resurfacing, with the politically savvy Greengrass at the helm.  Hit the jump for more.

Jason Hall to Pen PTSD Adaptation THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE; Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis Could Reteam

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Jason Hall recently became quite the coveted screenwriter when his adaptation of American Sniper piqued the interest of both Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg, and now that Spielberg has committed to the project as his next film with Cooper in the lead role, Hall is setting up other future projects.  On that note, DreamWorks in early talks with Hall to write an adaptation of author David Finkel’s non-fiction book Thank You For Your Service.  The book examines the profound effect that the recent wars have had on the men and women in the armed services, specifically examining the effects of PTSD.  Interestingly, Spielberg is apparently mulling over the possibility of reteaming with his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

A ROYAL AFFAIR Director Nikolaj Arcel to Helm REBECCA Remake

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DreamWorks’ developing remake of the classic 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca now has a director.  Deadline reports that Nikolaj Arcel has been tapped to take the helm of the film, which has a script by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight.  Arcel most recently helmed the Danish film A Royal Affair, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. Arcel is expected to do a quick rewrite on the script, but the report notes that his hiring already has young actresses eyeing the film.

The story of Rebecca enters on a young woman who marries a rich widower, only to find that her husband’s late wife still haunts their mansion estate.  The redo will apparently be closer to Daphne Du Maurier’s source novel than Hitchcock’s film, but remaking Hitch’s only Best Picture winner is still a tall order.

Steven Spielberg Confirms Hoped-For 2015 Release for TINTIN Sequel; Says He’s Planning Another Film Set in India

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Plans for the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s first foray into animated features, The Adventures of Tintin, appear to be moving right along.  Last we heard, Peter Jackson—who will direct the follow-up—said he hoped to film the performance-capture portion of the movie sometime this year for a planned 2015 release.  Now Steven Spielberg—who will produce the film—has confirmed as much, saying that he still hopes the sequel will be in theaters by Christmas 2015.  Hit the jump for more, including news concerning a new film from Spielberg that takes place in India.

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