Joe Johnston to Direct LUMEN Pilot for TNT and Steven Spielberg; Syfy Renews DEFIANCE and DOMINION

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From the land of cable television news comes an order for a new pilot and two action/drama series renewals.  Here they are in brief:

  • TNT has officially ordered a pilot for Lumen, a fantasy drama about a family trapped in a fictional world replete with magic, mystery, and mayhem.  Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) will direct from a Chris Black script.  Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is among the production companies involved.
  • Syfy has renewed the popular freshman series Dominion, as well as a third-season order for the fan-favorite sci-fi series Defiance.  Both seasons will enjoy a 13-episode run, and will premiere all-new hours starting in 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each series.

Joe Johnston in Talks to Direct Invading Aliens in EXTINCTION

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The man behind the camera for The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger is in talks to direct the alien invasion picture, Extinction.  Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm the Good Universe sci-fi flick that centers on a man attempting to save his family amidst an invasion of other-worldly beings.  Scripted by Spenser Cohen and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, further plot details of Extinction are being kept under wraps.  Johnston next has the thriller Not Safe for Work, starring Max Minghella, awaiting a release date, and will next tackle the crime drama biopic, Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, starring John Travolta. (Via Heat Vision)

Joe Johnston to Direct GOTTI Biopic Starring John Travolta

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Getting a much-needed boost before heading to Cannes to shop for foreign buyers, the John Gotti, Sr. biopic Gotti has landed director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger).  When last we reported on the status of this picture, it was stuck in neutral, citing a lack of funding.  Relativity Media now has the U.S. distribution rights to the mobster picture that stars John Travolta in the title role.  The movie is based on a story by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, with an original screenplay by Leo Rossi and revisions by Lem Dobbs.  Johnston plans to start shooting (as it were) in New York on September 9th.  Hit the jump for more.

Frank Marshall Says STAR WARS Director Search Down to a Couple of Candidates; Joe Johnston Comments on Helming EPISODE VII

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It’s time for your daily dose of Star Wars: Episode VII rumblings.  With the official confirmation that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt will be handling script duties on the Return of the Jedi sequel, all eyes are now on which filmmaker LucasFilm will choose to direct the highly anticipated follow-up.  Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Zack Snyder have all taken themselves out of the running (though they were all unlikely candidates to begin with), and we recently heard from J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro, and Colin Tervorrow about the prospect of helming the follow-up.

Now producer Frank Marshall, husband of new LucasFilm President/Star Wars overseer Kathleen Kennedy, has spoken briefly about the project, revealing that the director search is now down to “a couple of candiates.”  Moreover, Captain America director Joe Johnston has also chimed in with his thoughts on possibly taking over the franchise.  Hit the jump for much more.

Disney to Reboot ROCKETEER Because Why Not

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The 20th anniversary of Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer was just last year, which must have alerted executives at Disney that it was time to remake the film.  We talked to Billy Campbell, star of the original film, last year and he said he was “too long in the tooth” to reprise his role.  While the 1991 film didn’t land a big enough box office draw to push for a sequel, now that parent studio Disney is under new management, The Rocketeer looks like it’s going to be one of the first properties up for a reboot.  Perhaps the success of a similarly suited metal man with rocket propulsion made this a no-brainer.  Hit the jump for more on this developing story.

Editorial: Marvel Needs to Re-Hire Joss Whedon for THE AVENGERS 2

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“Marvel needs to re-hire Joss Whedon for The Avengers 2.”  How does this require an editorial?  It’s such an obvious statement.  Not only did the movie have the most successful opening-weekend gross of all-time, but it was also successful among critics.  Why would you risk losing a single piece?  Why jeopardize a formula that delivered such a resounding commercial and critical success?  What studio would do such a thing?

Marvel would.  Their hit-it-and-quit-it relationship with directors has served them well in terms of keeping costs down and making the productions run smoothly.  No one rocks the boat, no one gets a pay bump for the sequel, and no director becomes bigger than the property he is directing.  From a business standpoint, it’s a sensible trend.  But it’s a trend that shouldn’t continue when it comes to The Avengers franchise.  Hit the jump for my explanation of what Marvel stands to gain from hanging on to Joss Whedon.

J.J. Feild, Tom Gallop and Christian Clemenson Join Joe Johnston’s NOT SAFE FOR WORK; Frances Fisher Joins Adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s THE HOST

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Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) has started to fill the roles of his upcoming, modestly budgeted project, Not Safe for Work. He didn’t have to look much further than Captain America co-star, J.J. Feilds for one of the roles. Joining Feilds in the thriller, written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, will be Tom Gallop (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Emmy-winner Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal). The trio joins Max Minghella (The Social Network) who plays a young paralegal trapped at work with a killer on the loose in his office. Eloise Mumford (The River) will also star as Minghella’s girlfriend and coworker.

In other casting news, there has been a new addition to the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. Hit the jump to see who’s on board.

NOT SAFE FOR WORK Hires Max Minghella and Eloise Mumford; Rafe Spall in I GIVE IT A YEAR

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Director Joe Johnston has gone from the big budgets of Captain America: The First Avenger down to the micro-budget of Not Safe for Work. He must be a good barterer because Universal Pictures has tapped Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Eloise Mumford (The River) to star in the Blumhouse Productions thriller.  Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, Not Safe for Work centers on a young paralegal (Minghella) trapped at work while a killer is on the loose with orders to destroy certain files and neutralize anyone who tries to stop him. Mumford is in talks to play his co-worker girlfriend.

In other casting news, Rafe Spall (Anonymous) is in talks to topline I Give it a Year for writer/director Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show). The rom-com follows a young married couple trying to stay together through their first year of marriage. Production is scheduled to begin in London this spring. Hit the jump for more on both projects.

CAPTAIN AMERICA Director Joe Johnston to Helm Micro-Budget Thriller NOT SAFE FOR WORK

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Director Joe Johnston is making a radical departure for his follow-up feature after last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The Jurassic Park III helmer has signed on to direct the micro-budget thriller Not Safe for Work. Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, THR reports that the film centers on a young paralegal who is trapped in an office with a killer on a mission to destroy files for another corporation. Johnston is used to working with considerably larger budgets on films like The Wolfman and The Rocketeer, but Not Safe for Work will be made for a mere $2.5 million.

The pic is set up at Universal and will be made through Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures. Blum is no stranger to the small budget/big profit model, as he produced all three Paranormal Activity films as well as one of the most profitable films of last year, Insidious. Captain America grossed over $360 million worldwide, so I’d say Johnston is allowed to do whatever the hell he wants with his follow-up picture. It’ll be interesting to see the director adapt to such a small scale, and I’m intrigued to find out what Johnston saw in the story that made him take such a big risk.

JURASSIC PARK Trilogy Blu-ray Review

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The Jurassic Park series is awe inspiring and deeply flawed; a game changer for effects, but story-wise mostly pedestrian. Steven Spielberg directed the first two films with an eye toward some of the most awe inspiring set pieces put to film, with stars like Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum stuck in the midst of dino-mayhem. For the third picture Joe Johnston took over and stripped the series down to its bare essentials. In terms of great dinosaur action these films deliver and are fun to revisit, even if there are scenes in all three that bog them down. Our review of the Jurassic Park Blu-ray trilogy follows after the jump.

Trailer for the Upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA Blu-ray Shows Half-Second Snippets from THE AVENGERS

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Paramount has announced that the Blu-ray Combo Pack for Captain America: The First Avenger will hit on October 25th and they’ve released a trailer showing off some of the special features included on the disc.  Among the special features will be a new Marvel One-Shot Short film starring Clark Gregg and a behind-the-scenes featurette for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.  Since Captain America is a great movie, all these special features are icing on a delicious cake.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, the cover art, and a list of all the special features included on the disc.  There will also be a limited-edition 3D Blu-ray combo-pack for those who like their superheroes in pointless, post-converted 3D.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER Blu-ray Details and Cover Art Revealed

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We now live in a time where there are so many different superhero movies released each year, that it’s completely warranted to make a list of the best and worst from the 12-month period. Yes, it’s a good time to be a nerd. Towards the top of many people’s 2011 list will be Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and we now know what the expect from the flick’s Blu-ray release. Along with an audio commentary from Johnston, we’ll be getting a number of featurettes that document everything from the technology behind Red Skull to Steve Rogers’ transformation from weakling to giant, 7 deleted scenes, and a trailer for The Avengers animated series. Hit the jump for the details, including a look at both Blu-ray covers.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER Video Roundup: 4 Movie Clips, 9 Minutes of Behind the Scenes Footage and a Featurette

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With director Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger set to hit theaters next week, Paramount has released the EPK (electronic press kit) which includes 4 movie clips, a  Meet Captain America Featurette, and almost 9 minutes of behind the scenes footage from when they were making the movie (B-Roll).  If you’re trying to stay spoiler free, I’d advise you to avoid watching these videos.  But if you want to see as much footage as possible, hit the jump.  The behind the scenes footage is really cool.  Especially if you want to see what it was like on set.

Two New Clips from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

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Officially shifting into “we’re only a week away from releasing a summer blockbuster” mode, Marvel has released two new clips from Captain America: The First Avenger. The first showcases a nifty little fight sequence where Cap gets the chance to showcase his new found strength while the second provides an elongated look at a scene played pretty heavily throughout the film’s promotional materials. As I prepare to head to Comic-Con next week, I’m hoping the rumors of the pic screening early in San Diego turn out to be true.

Check out the clips after the jump. Starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer, Sebastian Stan, and Dominic Cooper, director Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22nd. Click here for all of our previous Captain America coverage.

New Clip and 78 Hi-Res Images from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER; Plus Will the Film Screen Early at Comic-Con?

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With the release of Captain America: The First Avenger just over a week away, we’re doing our best to consolidate some recent happenings regarding the pic into one place. After the jump, you’ll find a new clip from the film as well as every image Paramount has released from it thus far. While a number of the images have been released previously, you’ll also find plenty of new shots included in the batch. You’ll also find information regarding possible (stress on the “possible”) early screenings of the film at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman), Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer, Sebastian Stan, and Dominic Cooper. The film hits theaters on July 22nd.

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