Warner Bros. is keen on ramping up its animated features division. The studio is forming a creative consortium “that’s aimed at delivering one ‘high-end’ film per year.” Said consortium includes John Requa and Glen Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love., Cats & Dogs), Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins). Apparently the filmmakers will work both individually and collectively in order to generate animated fare, but they’ll also continue to write and direct live-action films. Hit the jump for the details on what kinds of films are in development.
Having successfully created a very popular franchise with the Night at the Museum films, director Shawn Levy is quickly becoming a prolific multitasker both as a director and a producer. Steve recently got the chance to sit down with the director for an exclusive interview regarding Real Steel’s visual effects Oscar nomination, but the extended conversation covered a number of upcoming projects. We already brought you the portion of the conversation dealing with Real Steel’s effects and the prospects of a sequel, as well as updates on the upcoming directorial efforts Interns, Fantastic Voyage, and Frankenstein. Throughout this week we’ll be bringing you different portions of the wide-ranging interview, and today we’ve got news regarding The Ten Best Days of My Life and Home Movies.
Levy confirmed that he’s developing an adaptation of Adena Halpern’s novel The Ten Best Days of My Life with Amy Adams attached to star as a woman who finds herself in heaven following an unfortunate car accident. Additionally, Levy talked about the time travel-esque pic Home Movies and revealed that Win Win writer-director Tom McCarthy is currently at work penning the script. Hit the jump for more on these two projects.
Jim Carrey has signed on to star in Mark Waters’ adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The story centers on Mr. Popper, a house painter who receives a male penguin in the mail from Antarctica (who’s the poor mailman who has to work Antarctica?), then a female penguin, and those two produce ten more penguins. Needing to keep them all fed and sheltered, Mr. Popper decides to turn the penguins into performers.
In June, we reported that Carrey, along with Jack Black and Owen Wilson, were among the actors under consideration to play Popper after Ben Stiller left the project along with his Greenberg director Noah Baumbach. Carrey recently starred in A Christmas Carol and I’m still waiting for I Love You Philip Morris to hit theaters. Yesterday, we reported that Summit Entertainment was courting Carrey to star in the comedy Under Cover. Waters’ previous credits include The Spiderwick Chronicles and Mean Girls. According to Deadline, Jared Stern (Bolt) is writing the latest version of a script by Sean Anders & John Morris (She’s Out of My League).
20th Century Fox is currently developing the historical action comedy Hawkwood around the impish English comedian Russell Brand. According to Deadline, Brand heard tell of a larger-than-life 14th century mercenary named John Hawkwood, and brought the idea to Fox’s head of comedy Nicky Weinstock, whom Brand worked with on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.
Weinstock boarded the project as producer, and the pair hired Jared Stern — who handled rewrite duties for Brand’s upcoming remake of Arthur — to pen the script. Hit the jump to learn more about the cinematic possibilities of the life of Hawkwood.
Variety is reporting that director Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates) is in talks to direct Neighborhood Watch for Twentieth Century Fox. The director was planning to film the sequel to Get Smart next, but the film has been postponed for the second in year in a row by Warner Bros. due to Carell’s interest in doing another film with Tina Fey or a spec script by Dan Fogelman. This now leaves Segal free to direct Neighborhood next, which will be written by Jared Stern (Bolt) and produced by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum). The film will tell the story of a newcomer to a community “who joins the neighborhood watch to only discover that there are supernatural elements afoot.” The project was originally going to be directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) with Will Ferrell set to star, but the duo have since moved on.