A few release date announcements and shifts for 20th Century Fox films have been made today via Box Office Mojo. Briefly:
- 20th Century Fox will release the untitled Planet of the Apes sequel on July 29, 2016. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves returns to take the helm.
- Fox’s Poltergeist reboot will open on February 13, 2015, where it will square off opposite Fifty Shades of Grey. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the horror redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.
- In lieu of the Fifty Shades competition, Fox has moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride from February 13, 2015 to April 3, 2015 where it will open against Insidious 3 and the sci-fi pic Passengers.
- The buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will open later this year on August 15, 2014. Its competition will be the action sequel The Expendables 3 and the childrens book adaptation The Giver.
- Finally, Fox has shifted Night at the Museum 3 up from Christmas Day to December 19, 2014, where it squares off against the Annie remake and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Summer in February is a sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England. Based on the true story of painter Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper), one of the premiere British artists of his time, and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens), the two very different men fall for aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and a love triangle quickly emerges with tragic consequences.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dan Stevens talked about how this film came about, that he’s been haunted by the characters in this story for half of his life, what drew him to the role of Gilbert, working with co-stars Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning, the comparisons between Gilbert and his Downton Abbey character Matthew Crawley, and what the fan frenzy has been like since the success of Downton. He also talked about how he came to be voicing the super-computer TIM for The CW series The Tomorrow People and whether he could ever physically appear on the show, what made him want to play Lancelot in Night at the Museum 3, the experience of working with Adam Sandler on The Cobbler, and what he looks for now in a project. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Here’s a look at the latest casting news from some upcoming films:
- Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum 3, opening Christmas Day.
- Elijah Wood (Sin City) will lead a British cast in the indie 1950s period picture, Set Fire to the Stars, with Andy Goddard co-writing and directing.
- James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) has been offered the lead in the Michael Hoffman-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me, replacing the late Paul Walker.
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Coming off the worldwide success of Real Steel, director Shawn Levy had his pick of projects. And while it seemed like a few other movies might have gotten to the starting line first, after meeting and collaborating with Vince Vaughn on The Watch (which Levy produced), the actor pitched him on the idea of The Internship, and they started filming soon after.
During a break in production on set last year, I was able to interview Levy with a movie reporter from Yahoo. We talked about getting Google to sign off, how he edits what he shoots that day, the soundtrack, filming for both a PG-13 or an R rating, having actors that are great improvisers, why he’s using a digital camera, future projects such Project Aloha, Night at the Museum 3, 39 Clues, Fantastic Voyage, and Real Steel 2, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say, but be aware that there are some spoilers regarding cameos in The Internship.
Though the film has been rumored for quite some time, it appears as though Night at the Museum 3 is officially a go. The film has been scheduled for release on December 25, 2014, and Shawn Levy will be returning to the director’s chair while Ben Stiller reprises his lead role. Levy most recently helmed the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Intership and is also attached to direct Stiller and Jonah Hill in the comedy Aloha, but with the Christmas 2014 release date imminent, it looks like Museum 3 is his next film. Here’s what he had to say about the story when Levy spoke with Steve last year:
“It’s really funny, it’s very poignant, and it’s not just ‘Oh what museum are they going to this time?’ it’s a much meatier story than that.”
No other plot details are known at this time, but I assume we’ll hear more soon. Hit the jump for release date news concerning the adaptation of The Maze Runner.
Today we’re sharing our final portion of Steve’s wide-ranging interview with director Shawn Levy. Steve recently got the chance to sit down with Levy in order to talk a bit about the visual effects work in Real Steel in lieu of the film’s Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Over the past few days, we’ve been bringing you various portions of the interview in which Levy gave updates on the many, many projects he currently has in development as:
In our final portion of the interview, we’ve got updates from Levy on Night at the Museum 3, The Fight Before Christmas (which is being rewritten by Jeremy Garelick), The Cannonball Run and The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto (which Levy may not direct after all). Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Ben Stiller is currently doing the press rounds for his latest film Tower Heist, and that bodes well for us because he’s dropped some nuggets of info on some of his more anticipated projects. At the top of the list is the Zoolander sequel that he’s been working on. He wrote the script last year with Tropic Thunder scribe Justin Theroux, and while we knew that the project would pick up years later in Europe with Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel dealing with the effects of old age, no other plot details were known. Now the actor has teased what the plot of the film will involve, and it’s pretty perfect. Hit the jump to see what he had to say, including updates on a third Night at the Museum and the possibility of a fourth film in the Meet the Parents franchise.
At this weekend’s press junket for Real Steel, I was able to sit down with director Shawn Levy for an extended interview. Since the conversation covered so many subjects, I decided to break it up into smaller parts. I’ve already posted what Levy said about Fantastic Voyage and Frankenstein, as well as what happened to his Flash movie at WB. And now I’ve got updates on The Hardy Men and Night at the Museum 3.
For those that don’t know, The Hardy Men is a project that’s been in development for awhile and the idea is to have Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller play the grown up Hardy Boys. When we last reported on the project in early 2010, Levy said, “Developing a movie for two movie stars is a very, very challenging enterprise. The bull’s eye is small and the tone has to be exactly right. So we are still working on it.” Cut to yesterday. When I asked Levy the current status, he told me:
“We never cracked the script. In spite of some noble efforts with myself and Tom [Cruise] and Ben [Stiller] and a few different writers, we never cracked it.”
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Last week I got to talk to Thomas Lennon during a break from shooting A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D in Michigan. We spoke on the phone for around 30 minutes and he gave me a great update on who he plays in the third Harold & Kumar movie and what the films about. He also gave me a huge update on the part-scripted/part-improvised science fiction comedy pilot called Alabama that he’s getting ready to shoot with Ben Garant (which sounds very cool).
But before we got off the phone, we also talked about what’s up with the 3rd Night at the Museum movie, Cedar Rapids, Bad Teacher, What’s Your Number?, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he said: