Just a day after reporting that Tom Cruise was circling the T.S. Nowlin sci-fi spec script, Our Name is Adam, Paramount appears to be in exclusive negotiations for the property. Sure to fetch a high price tag, the project could likely be another win for the studio and Cruise, who currently collaborate on the Mission: Impossible franchise and the upcoming film, Jack Reacher. Another recent winner for Paramount was the acquisition of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The studio plans to release the film in late 2013 to qualify for the awards season. But where there are winners, there must be losers. Hit the jump to read up on the status of Paramount’s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and directed by Ivan Reitman.
Tom Cruise is adding another potential project to his list with the spec script, Our Name is Adam. Few details are available on the content of the picture so far, save for it being in the sci-fi genre, which definitely fits in with Cruise’s recent projects as he’s currently filming the sci-fi tinged Oblivion and All You Need is Kill back to back. Producer Mary Parent (Pacific Rim) is attached to the picture written by T.S. Nowlin (Agent 13). Although Cruise is attached to a number of projects, none of them seem to have risen to frontrunner status as of yet. Hit the jump to see which one it could be.
The feature animation world is about to get a bit bigger as Paramount Pictures is looking to expand its original animation output. The studio surprised last year with the excellent Rango, a film which many (myself included) stood head an shoulders above what Pixar and DreamWorks Animation had to offer in 2011. The studio has since put into development a number of properties, but thus far the only one we’ve known much about was The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2.
A new report just hit that clues us in on much more of what Paramount has in store, including an animated project from J.J. Abrams and feature film adaptations of a number of Nickelodeon shows like The Legend of Korra and Dora the Explorer. Hit the jump for more.
The Friday the 13th reboot made a big splash in February 2009 when it premiered to $41 million. It arguably made an even bigger splash the next weekend when it dropped an astounding 80%. But hey, if you can score that opening weekend, you will keep finding work. Friday the 13th writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are even promoted to directors on their next project, an untitled horror pitch they sold to paramount. Details are under wraps, but Heat Vision says the story is set in high school, the most terrifying of all settings. Shannon and Swift* also wrote Freddy vs. Jason—given such experience with horror icons, I wonder if they’ll try to introduce one of their own.
The duo is now at work on the script for their directorial debut. Mary Parent (Role Models) is producing through her Disruption Entertainment banner.
While MGM clearly searches for solid ground, Darren Aronofsky’s RoboCop reboot has stalled, according to MovieHole. The essential crux of the delay is that Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, seems to want the film in 3-D.
We have James Cameron’s massive success with Avatar to thank for that, though it isn’t entirely his fault that he successfully launched a franchise on the back of an extra dimension. Bringing an alien world to life in 3-D makes sense, but a film like RoboCop might not.
In fact, it is Aronofsky that appears to be against the change. To find out why and the possible future of the re-imagining, hit the jump.