THE HUNTSMAN Prequel Set For April 2016, THE MUMMY Moves to June

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I never saw Snow White and the Huntsman, it just didn’t seem like my thing.  Which makes it kind of hard for me to be interested in a followup or spin-off aside from the fact that one of my favorite directors, Frank Darabont, will be helming it (he also did the newest draft of the script).  But it’s coming anyway, and now we get the news that this new film, called The Huntsman, is actually a prequel (which makes more sense).  And yes, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be returning (although Kristen Stewart won’t).  The new film hits on April 22nd, 2016.

Yesterday we also got the news that Alex Kurtzman would be directing The Mummy reboot, part of a larger cinematic universe for Universal.  That film has now moved to get out of The Huntsman‘s way and will come out on June 24th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on The Huntsman release date and what lays ahead in the film.

Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; Kristen Stewart Not Expected to Return

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Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has found a director.  The follow-up was a curious prospect, given that the first film—a more grounded, ethereal reimagining of the Snow White story—was met with a ho-hum response from audiences, but a solid $396 million take at the global box office overall.  The fiim itself, though, became overshadowed by the behnd-the-scenes drama involving director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart.  Universal remained keen on continuing on with its franchise plans, but it was unclear which direction they would be taking.

Movement sped up recently as a shortlist of directors surfaced that included Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andres Muschietti (Mama), but it appears that it is veteran filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) who will come away with the job.  However, in an interesting turn of events, Stewart may be left out of the follow-up entirely.  More after the jump.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2: Director Short List Includes Frank Darabont, Andres Muschietti, and Gavin O’Connor

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The short list for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman sequel include veteran directors Frank Darabont and Gavin O’Connor, with relative newcomer Andres Muschietti being named as well.  While Darabont’s name may be more familiar to the common movie-goer due to his work adapting and directing Stephen King stories for Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, O’Connor has been in the feature-directing game almost as long.  However, his most notable works came in the 2000s with sports dramas Miracle and Warrior; O’Connor’s current film is the Western Jane Got a Gun.  Muschietti made a name for himself with his lone credit, the horror film Mama.  Hit the jump for more on this intriguing trio of directors.

INDIANA JONES Franchise Might Take the “James Bond” Route with an Eye on Bradley Cooper to Star [Updated]

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The current state of Hollywood blockbusters is not one where an actor comes to define a role, but rather where the character on screen determines the box office, and, if successful, the direction of the franchise.  The 007 films have been doing it for a while and it’s worked pretty well for them.  Now, with veteran actor Harrison Ford approaching the day he’s no longer able to crack the whip, Disney and Lucasfilm might be considering a James Bond approach to the franchise.  One actor they have in mind for the archaeologist adventurer?  Disney’s resident raccoon (voice) Bradley Cooper.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: The folks over at /Film have a separate, "high-placing" source who claims that this entire story is untrue. So to recap: nobody knows anything.]

TNT Won’t Grant MOB CITY a Second Season

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TNT billed the period gangster noir Mob City as a limited event series, airing the six episodes in two-hour chunks over three weeks in December.  However, the network and creator Frank Darabont were open about their desire to do more episodes.  But the ratings just weren’t there: the season finale managed just 1.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo.  A TNT spokesperson released this statement:

Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama.  Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”

I was mixed on Mob City, but generally like Darabont’s work and hope he gets another show on the air sooner than later.  Will you miss Mob City?

MOB CITY Review: Frank Darabont Returns to Television With a Hard-Boiled Drama for TNT

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Since Frank Darabont‘s much-discussed break-up with AMC over The Walking Dead, fans have continued to keep a close eye to where the producer and showrunner would land next.  It didn’t take long for him to strike a deal with TNT to create and develop a series for them based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, now called Mob City (formerly L.A. Noir and Lost Angels), which chronicles the true story of the ongoing battle between the police and the mob in the 1940s. Hit the jump for more on the series, and why it might succeed where other mob shows have failed.

Frank Darabont Talks MOB CITY, Turning the L.A. NOIR Novel into a TV Series, Blending History and Fiction, and Centering on Jon Bernthal’s Character

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From Frank Darabont, the new TNT drama series Mob City depicts the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1940s Los Angeles.  Based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir by John Buntin, the story follows Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), who has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), as part of the crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and to stop the corruption in his own police force.

During this recent interview to promote the three-week television event that premieres on December 4th, executive producer/writer/director Frank Darabont talked about how he came across the book, what made him want to turn it into a TV series, the appeal of this particular era, finding the right blend of historical accuracy and fiction, and what made Jon Bernthal the guy he wanted to center the story around.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer for Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series, Now Titled MOB CITY; Premiere Set for December 4th

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TNT has released the first trailer for The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont’s new drama series Mob City, which was formerly titled Lost Angels.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster in 1940s Los Angeles.  The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal leads a cast that includes Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, and Milo Ventimiglia, with Simon Pegg playing a guest role in the first episode (with a spot-on American accent to boot).  This debut trailer is as stylish as it is violent, and the series promises to pull approximately zero punches.  Darabont previously navigated similar period material with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but Mob City looks to be covering considerably dark territory and I’m really eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read our wide-ranging on-set interview with Darabont about the show.  The series also stars Jeremy Luke, Jeffrey DeMunn, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, and Alexa DavalosMob City will premiere on TNT Wednesday, December 4th.

Creator Frank Darabont and TNT President Michael Wright Talk LOST ANGELS, Renaming the Series, How Dark the Show Can Go, Future Seasons, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour, TNT invited members of the press to tour the incredible period sets for their new drama series Lost Angels, at Red Studios in Hollywood, and talk to the cast and creative team behind the show.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1950′s Los Angeles.  The series stars Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia, Alexa Davalos and Jeremy Luke.

During the interview, show creator/executive producer/writer Frank Darabont and Michael Wright – President and Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and TCM – spoke about how much of the story is real versus how much is fictional, how hard it was to have to rename the show, that the six-episode first season is only scratching the surface of the stories they can tell, what makes L.A. in the ‘50s so fascinating, whether female audiences will connect to such a male-heavy cast, just how dark this show can get, possible future seasons, and the benefits of shooting with the Red camera.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

2013 Hero Complex Film Festival to Feature Q&As with John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro

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The Hero Complex Film Festival always manages to put together a great line-up with fantastic speakers, and 2013 is going to be no different.  The L.A. Times has sent out a press release announcing that this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival will celebrate horror and sci-fi by screening films from and talking to John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro.  There will be showings of Halloween, They Live, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, and Independence Day.  Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the X-Files, the film festival will show three of the series’ best episodes uncut: “Pilot”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, and “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space”.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival runs from May 10 – 12th.

Frank Darabont Comments on Rewriting GODZILLA as a “Terrifying Force of Nature”

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News on the Godzilla reboot continues to roll in with new comments from Frank Darabont concerning his impending rewrite.  Earlier this month, the three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter/director (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) came on to do a final draft of a script previously turned in by Max Borenstein.  While the shortlist of actors for the lead may have Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) in the front of the pack, Darabont is more concerned with the elephant giant gorilla-whale in the room.  He recently mentioned returning Godzilla to his origins as “a terrifying force of nature.”  Hit the jump to see what else he has in store. 

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.

Limited Paper: Mondo Unleashes the UNIVERSAL MONSTERS at the Mondo Gallery; Check Over 90 Images from the Event!

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Last night, after a months of speculation (and—for those that slept outside the Mondo Gallery in anticipation of the event—after a few restless nights on the sidewalk lining 41st and Guadalupe in downtown Austin, TX) the good folks at Mondo finally opened the doors on their Universal Monsters Gallery show.  With nearly 20 new prints on sale, over 50 original pieces of artwork, and surprise appearances from legendary poster artist Drew Struzan and Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont, the show was a smash success.

Wanna see some images from the show and hear what Limited Paper thought about the whole thing?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

TNT Develops FRANKENSTEIN Series Based on Dean Koontz Novels; Picks Up Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR, Plus the First Official Image from the Series

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TNT is looking to further reshape the television landscape by developing Dean Koontz’s best-selling Frankenstein novels into a series and putting a six-episode series order on L.A. Noir, officially returning Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) to TV.  James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son Jake Hart will script the modern-day retelling of the Mary Shelley mythology for the Frankenstein series.  Set in New Orleans, the story centers on a war between Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation, Helios. Each survived a fight in the arctic 200 years ago, but the not-so-good doctor has been busy crafting an army of creatures that answer only to him.  The two sides resume their war with New Orleans caught in the middle. Deadline reports that the elder Hart makes his series writing debut with Frankenstein, making him the most recent feature talent to transition to the small screen.  Hit the jump for more on Frankenstein as well as news on Darabont’s L.A. Noir.

Go Behind the Scenes of THE WALKING DEAD Prison with Creator Robert Kirkman

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We’re about a month away from the premiere of the third season of The Walking Dead on AMC, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to go inside the infamous prison.  In what’s sure to be the centerpiece of the upcoming season, the prison will act as a safehouse of sorts for our remaining heroes.  But for how long?  Well, before the living start staking claims and the dead start wandering its halls, The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman is here to take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the prison.

The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen, Michael Rooker and IronE Singleton, returns to AMC starting Sunday, October 14th.  Hit the jump to take the tour.

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