In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features. Briefly:
- Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th.
- Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th.
- Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd.
- Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th.
- Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd.
- This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The final chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy opens December 17th.
Hit the jump to read the full synopses for the aforementioned films and a few more.
Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects. First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history). The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s. Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. Superman. Live by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround. And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.
Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.
Actor Jeremy Luke is quickly becoming one of the breakout stars of 2013, with a stand-out role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full-length feature directorial debut Don Jon and as mobster Mickey Cohen in Frank Darabont’s latest TV series, Mob City. He will also appear in the film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood and set to be released in 2014.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Jeremy Luke talked about how he got involved with Don Jon after a conversation in a bar, how much he enjoyed being the comic relief, what it was like to act with and be directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what attracted him to Mob City, just how far the show will push boundaries, how much research he’s done to play Mickey Cohen, and how he hopes the series will go beyond the six-episode first season. He also talked about getting to do a scene with Christopher Walken in Jersey Boys, and that his role is one of the non-musical characters. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Here’s today’s round of casting announcements:
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And today’s latest casting news features:
- Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) takes a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
- Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) signs on for a regal role in Michael Almereyda’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, also starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley.
- Mike Doyle (Green Lantern), Erich Bergen (How Sweet It Is) and Johnny Cannizzaro (Dark Fantasy) join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys musical adaptation, also starring Christopher Walken.
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Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) will join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys adaptation as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.
- Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) is in talks to join the all-action cast of The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). Other newcomers include Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
- Jessica Alba (Sin City) will board Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy, Stretch.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) has signed on for writer-director Cameron Crowe’s new project, a rumored reimagining of his Deep Tiki script.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Even though musicals make their name on stage actors, the screen adaptation usually discards those actors for faces that are recognizable beyond Broadway. It makes the movie easier to sell, the screen actor gets credit for the singing, dancing, and acting the stage actor does on a regular basis, and the stage actor moves on to the next stage musical production.
But according to Deadline, it looks like Clint Eastwood is going to bring those stage actors to the screen when it comes to the director’s adaptation of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys. The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Bringing on actors who have performed Jersey Boys on stage is nice, but it also fits with Eastwood’s primary prerogative: bring films in on time and under budget. Stage actors will be cheaper, and they won’t have to go through the rigorous process of learning the songs and choreography.
It appears that Clint Eastwood has caught the musical bug. Though the filmmaker has been trying to get his remake of A Star Is Born off the ground for the past couple of years, he’s run into quite a few stumbling blocks along the way. First production was pushed back when star Beyonce became pregnant, then the multi-talented artist dropped out of the project altogether. Esperanza Spalding is the latest choice for the female lead, but Eastwood keeps striking out when it comes to filling the male role. Tom Cruise was courted to star last year, and the project has already seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn pass on the gig.
Now it appears that Eastwood has set his sights on another musical film to direct as his next project instead of A Star Is Born, opting to push that long-in-development project back in lieu of the prospect of taking over for Jon Favreau on the Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros. is second-guessing its musical adaptation of Jersey Boys. The Jon Favreau-helmed project had been on track at the studio for a January production start date and Christmas 2013 release, but Variety now reports that WB has put the project into turnaround. The film is based on the smash hit musical and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” It’s a whole lot of fun, and having seen the show I’d liken it to a musical version of a lighter Goodfellas.
Hit the jump for more, including why Warner Bros. dropped the project and who Favreau is eyeing for the leads.
Jon Favreau has been keeping busy. He’s reprised his role as Happy Hogan in Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, he’s executive producing the upcoming NBC series Revolution, he recently joined Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and he’s attached to direct Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which will be based on the theme park attraction. A few weeks ago, we reported that he was in talks to helm an adaptation of the smash hit musical Jersey Boys, and now we have confirmation that it will be his next movie. I haven’t seen the musical, but per Adam: “the documentary-style musical tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man.’ It’s a ridiculously crowd-pleasing show but it’s also realistic and candid as far as the portrayal of the group’s ups and downs go.”
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News concerning two highly anticipated movie musicals has landed online. First up, Jon Favreau was reported as being the frontrunner to take the helm on producer Graham King’s feature film adaptation of the smash hit stage musical Jersey Boys early last month. Now Deadline reports that Favreau has officially entered negotiations to bring the show to the big screen, and he actually seems like an inspired choice. For those unaware, the documentary-style musical tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” It’s a ridiculously crowd-pleasing show but it’s also realistic and candid as far as the portrayal of the group’s ups and downs go.
John Logan (Hugo) wrote the latest draft of Jersey Boys and the film is a high prirority for GK Films. Favreau is also developing Magic Kingdom and Disney, but I’d imagine Jersey Boys will likely be his next feature. Hit the jump for news concerning the feature film iteration of Wicked.
A feature film adaptation of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys has been in development for the past two years, but now it appears that producer Graham King (The Town) is getting serious about actually making the film. The documentary-style musical tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Back in January, Hugo and Rango scribe John Logan was tapped to write the screenplay, and now it appears that Jon Favreau is the frontrunner to direct the pic. Hit the jump for more.
In October 2010, we reported that producer Graham King (The Town) had picked up the feature film rights to adapt the smash Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Today, THR reports that screenwriter John Logan will handle the script for the movie. For those unfamiliar with the Four Seasons, they’re the 60s pop group who brought us songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Jersey Boys was a ridiculously massive hit on Broadway, and the musical has grossed over $1 billion since premiered in 2005.
Jersey Boys will re-team Logan and King as the two previously worked together on Hugo, which is likely to earn some Oscar nominations including one for Logan for Best Adapted Screenplay. Although I had some problems with Hugo, Logan had an undeniably great 2011 career-wise. He picked up screenwriting credits for Rango and Coriolanus, and he’s got the new James Bond flick, Skyfall, on deck for 2012. Jersey Boys won’t be his first time adapting a musical; he previously adapted Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Last week, director Martin Scorsese released his first 3D film, Hugo. Based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and written by John Logan, the film stars Asa Butterfield as a young boy secretly living in a train station in 1931 Paris. As he attempts to piece together a puzzle that he’d been working on with his father, the results transform not only Hugo, but everyone he comes in contact with. The impressive cast also includes Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Emily Mortimer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. You can watch a trailer here.
Anyway, last week I got to sit down with producer Graham King for an extended interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about how Hugo came together, how he determines the budget for each production, and how much 3D added to the cost. In addition, with King involved in so many other projects, I got updates on the Freddie Mercury biopic that he has in development with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Mercury, the Tomb Raider reboot, the Jersey Boys movie adaptation, The Battle of Britain, and The Vault which he’s developing with Johnny Depp‘s production company Infinitum Nihil. Hit the jump for more.
With director Marin Scorsese‘s Hugo getting released tomorrow, Steve got the chance to sit down with producer Graham King over the weekend. That interview produced a Sunday article with updates on the Tomb Raider reboot. King has several promising projects in the works, though, so today we wanted to pass along what he had to say on two other films set up at his production company GK Films.
The first is the Queen movie, in which Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury. King suggests Cohen may even sing the classic Queen songs. Currently, there is no director attached and the script is still in development because King knows with a subject so iconic, “You’ve got to get it right.” King also talked about his adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. That script is also in development, and while there will be some changes in the translation from stage to screen, the “DNA of the movie is going to be the same.” Hit the jump for the full interview.