Four years ago, Mattel teamed up with Paramount Pictures to develop a live-action feature based on the toy Max Steel. The action figure was developed in tandem with an animated series that run from 200-2002, and then there were nine animated movies from 2004-2012. A reboot currently airs on Disney XD. According to Wikipedia, Max Steel‘s current iteration is about “Maxwell McGrath, and Max Steel is no longer one person, but two; Maxwell and an alien robot named, “‘Steel.’ Maxwell has the ability to generate “Turbo Mode,” however, he cannot contain it and is becoming unstable.” The Paramount partnership eventually fizzled out, and Mattel is now teaming with Dolphin Entertainment to make the movie. As for the plot, the press release states “the storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.” I wish my friendships were turbo-charged.
Hit the jump for the full press release. Christopher Yost will write the script and Stewart Hendler will direct. Open Road Films will distribute Max Steel with en eye towards a fourth quarter 2014 release.
Robert Rodriguez was set to deliver a one-two punch this fall with Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but now both movies have been pushed back. Sin City was knocked all the way to August 22, 2014, and now Machete Kills has received a significantly shorter date change. Originally set for September 13th, Open Road Films will now release Machete Kills on October 4th against Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama, Gravity. Open Road has also decided to move the action film Homefront from October 4th to November 27th. Written by Sylvester Stallone, Homefront stars Jason Statham as an ex-DEA agent who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life. Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (James Franco). Homefront will share the weekend with Kasi Lemmons‘ Black Nativity and Disney’s animated film, Frozen.
In other release date news, Universal has scheduled Joe Carnahan‘s comic thriller Stretch for March 21, 2014. Patrick Wilson stars as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. The film also stars Chris Pine, Ed Helms, and Brooklyn Decker. The movie will have serious competition that weekend against Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent.
Jon Favreau’s next film has secured distribution. The Iron Man director’s upcoming comedy Chef has been acquired by Open Road Films, which will release the pic on May 9, 2014. Favreau wrote the script and will both direct and star in the film, which centers on Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family. Favreau will play Casper alongside an impressive supporting cast that includes Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr.
Chef marks a return to smaller character-centric films for Favreau after his recent blockbuster turns with the first two Iron Man films and Cowboys & Aliens. Production on the pic is set to begin next month in Los Angeles, and the comedy will be opening one week after Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and one week before WB’s Godzilla on that May release date. The only other film currently slated for release on May 9th—Mother’s Day weekend—is Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Director Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills now has a release date, as the continued adventures of the titular Machete will commence on September 13th of this year. The pic is the second in a planned trilogy (the third film supposedly takes place in space) and centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet. On the September release date, the pic will open opposite the dancing film Battle of the Year and the Aaron Eckhart-led action horror adaptation I, Frankenstein.
Hit the jump to read the full press release. The colorful cast includes Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alex Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and of course Mel Gibson.
The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic jOBS is slated to premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, but it appears that the film has already secured distribution ahead of its public screening. Open Road Films announced today that it is partnering with Five Star Feature Films to distribute the film, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the legendary innovator. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, the pic covers Jobs’ life from 1971 through 2000 and promises “an immensely personal portrait” of the Apple guru. Open Road has slated an April release date for the film, so fans won’t have to wait too long to see Kutcher’s portrayal. Sony has a competing Jobs biopic in the works from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, but that project is still a ways from coming to fruition.
Hit the jump to read the press release. jOBS will serve as the closing film for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 17 – 27th.
A double-barrel of good news on the Machete Kills front, as the Robert Rodriguez-directed and Danny Trejo-starring sequel has been picked up for North American distribution in 2013 by Open Road Films and has released its first official image! The second installment in a planned trilogy features Trejo as the former Mexican federale out to stop a madman and a billionaire arms dealer from unleashing war across the globe.
The crazy cast which crowds Trejo out of his screen time features Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson. Hit the jump to check out the first image of Machete Kills. Mr. Machete, what are you doing to Miss San Antonio?
Open Road Films has slated Joe Carnahan’s men vs. wolves thriller The Grey for January 27, 2012. However, Deadline reports that Open Road is considering a limited-release at the end of this year in order to mount an Oscar campaign for star Liam Neeson. Carnahan is still working on the film and so it won’t be ready in time for the major festivals (Toronto, Telluride, and New York) but there will be advanced screenings to determine whether or not there’s a serious chance for Neeson to nab his first Oscar nomination since 1993′s Schindler’s List. Buyers who bid on the film—(Open Road won with $8 million and a $25 million P&A commitment for U.S. rights)—saw thirty minutes of The Grey and considered Neeson’s performance “Oscar-bait”.
The film’s plot concerns a group of oil-drilling roughnecks who crash land in the wilds of Alaska and must brave the elements and fend off a pack of wolves in order to survive. The Grey also stars Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale, and Nonso Anozie. Hit the jump for the press release and other films opening on The Grey‘s release date.
Open Road Films, the distribution company jointly created by AMC and Regal Entertainment, has teamed up with Liddell Entertainment to release the horror film Silent House. Co-directed by Chris Kentis (Open Water) and Laura Lau, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman whose day takes a turn for the worse when she realizes that she is trapped inside of her family’s crumbling lake house. The film, which is reportedly captured with a single camera shot, was penned by Lau and based on Oscar Estevez’s 2010 Uruguayan pic La Casa Muda. The press release makes no mention of when Open Road is planning on rolling out the film which also stars Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Julie & Julia).
For more on Silent House, including quotes regarding Olsen’s performance, find the press release after the jump. Speaking of Olsen, the actress can next be seen in writer/director Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene which will enjoy a limited U.S. theatrical release on October 21st of this year. Both of Olsen’s films premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Only a few weeks removed from its announcement that it would release Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of The Host on March 19th, 2013, Open Road Films has now acquired the rights to the thriller The Key Man. Written by Awake writer/director Joby Harold, The Key Man centers on a single father who learns that his body harbors the key to the nation’s biggest secrets shortly after becoming the target of U.S. government agents. Variety doesn’t specify whether or not Harold will helm the pic as well, but does mention that The Key Man is expected to begin shooting later this year or early 2012. In addition to The Host and The Key Man, Open Road will also release the action/thriller Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, and Jason Statham later this year on September 23rd.
Open Road Films has announced that it will release writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (The Truman Show) adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer novel, The Host, on March 29th, 2013. Per the press release, the film will begin principal photography in February 2012 and will shoot in Louisiana and New Mexico. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is attached to star in the pic which is set during a time in which Earth has been invaded by an unseen enemy that uses human bodies as “hosts.” Ronan will play Melanie, a young girl who refuses to give up possession of her mind to an “invading soul” named Wanderer.
Check out the official press release after the jump. Niccol’s sci-fi drama In Time stars Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, and Cillian Murphy. That pic is currently slated for a release later this year on October 28th.
Open Road Films, the new surprisingly-legal distribution company created by AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment, has set the release date for its first film. THR reports that Gary McKendry Killer Elite will open on September 23rd. The film, which is based on a true story, stars Jason Statham as “a former special ops agent who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). But first he must most complete a near-impossible mission and take down three assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen).”
The other three films set to open the weekend of September 23rd are the Taylor Lautner thriller Abduction, the family flick Dolphin Tale 3D, and Bennett Miller’s Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, expect lots of acquisition stories this week. Today, Open Road Films, which is owned by AMC and Regal Entertainment, made its first acquisition with the U.S. rights to Killer Elite. The action-thriller, directed by Gary McKendry, stars Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. The film is inspired by true events, and centers on a retired special-ops agent (Statham) who must reunite his old team in order to rescue their mentor (De Niro). Killer Elite is set to be released this fall.
In addition, The Weinstein Company has acquired the world rights to martial arts, film noir epic Wu Xia. Directed by Ho-Sun Chan, the film stars Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and Tang Wei. Hit the jump to read both press releases.