Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film. The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability. Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce.
Fey balanced drama quite well in last year’s Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You. Barker’s book is described as darkly comic, so one assumes Fey is a fine fit for the lead role. The actress will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted. Read a synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle after the jump.
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has wanted to make a big screen adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah for a long, long time. With a massive hit on his hands with Black Swan, the director finally had the clout necessary to get a big studio to sign off on his ambitious vision, and thus Noah was born with Paramount backing the project. The film went through a relatively smooth shoot, but late last year we learned that Paramount was worried about how Aronofsky’s vision for the film would go over with audiences and had decided to start test screening its own cuts of the film. Unsurprisingly, Aronofsky was none too pleased that unapproved rough cuts of his film were screening for audiences, and we were left to wonder whether the finished product would truly be the filmmaker’s passion project as intended or a compromise of sorts with the studio.
Luckily it looks like it will be the former, as a new profile of the film in THR reveals that Aronofsky’s cut will be the version released. Hit the jump for more, including plenty of comments from Aronofsky himself.
Last week, Paramount Pictures announced that starting with The Wolf of Wall Street, all of its films would now be released to theaters in an entirely digital format. It was essentially another nail in the coffin of film projection, but today Paramount has had to backtrack a bit on its new mandate thanks to one very powerful filmmaker: Christopher Nolan. Paramount likely realized that trying to convince the film-friendly director to distribute his latest picture on a digital card instead of on film was an impossible task, and so they have confirmed that in the case of Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi pic Interstellar, they will be making an exception. Hit the jump to read on.
Though writer/director Jason Reitman’s latest feature Labor Day doesn’t open in theaters until later this month, production is already underway on his follow-up film Men, Women & Children. Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.” Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), and the ensemble cast includes Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Ansel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.
Filming is currently underway in Austin, Texas, with Paramount onboard to distribute. No word on when the film might hit theaters, but one imagines Reitman could make the fall festival circuit with the finished pic next year. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the cast list and extended synopsis.
Apparently Ed Helms has become the go-to guy for classic comedy reboots. He was poised to topline New Line’s Vacation reboot until creative differences over the film’s rating led to it being delayed, and now Paramount has tapped Helms to step in for Leslie Nielsen on a reboot of The Naked Gun. Variety reports that Helms will star in a new Naked Gun film with Night at the Museum and Reno 911! scribes Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant penning the screenplay. Plot details are unknown at this time, but Helms will be playing a new version of the Frank Drebin character that Nielsen made famous in director David Zucker’s 1988 original The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Paramount went on to make two more Naked Gun sequels in 1991 and 1994, and the films carried Nielsen’s signature brand of slapstick humor. It should be interesting to see if this new film will be in keeping with that style or if Lennon and Garant will tailor the redo more to Helms’ sensibilities. Watch the trailer for the original film after the jump.
Paramount is forging ahead with plans for a sequel to this summer’s zombie tentpole World War Z, and the first order of business is finding a new director. Due to the contentious and trouble-laden production process, WWZ helmer Marc Forster wasn’t keen on returning to direct a potential follow-up. When the film defied expectations and had Brad Pitt’s biggest opening weekend of his career, soaring to $540 million worldwide, Paramount started making moves on a follow-up. Now the studio has settled on a new director to take the helm of the franchise, attaching The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to oversee the development of World War Z 2. Hit the jump for more.
The legal entanglement that was the Indiana Jones franchise has now been untangled. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, there was a question of how future Indiana Jones films would proceed since Paramount released the first four movies. Today, Disney announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise. Under the new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films along with its current ownership of the rights that it secured when it purchased Lucasfilm. Hit the jump for more, including where Paramount fits into this new deal.
Jerry Bruckheimer’s move from Disney to Paramount is now official. The prolific producer and Disney decided to part ways after the box office bust of this summer’s The Lone Ranger, on which Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski argued successfully for a budget north of $200 million. Paramount officially announced today that Bruckheimer has finalized a three-year first-look deal with the studio set to begin next April, returning him to the home where he got his start as the producer of films like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, and Days of Thunder.
Per Deadline, Bruckheimer’s first film back at Paramount will be the long-developing Beverly Hills Cop 4, which Brett Ratner will direct after he finishes up Hercules. Eddie Murphy is reprising his role and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are penning the screenplay. Additionally, the Top Gun sequel is another priority for the studio, with Tom Cruise also attached to return.
While this year’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was a sizable commercial success and garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, many longtime Trek fans weren’t so keen on director J.J. Abrams’ follow-up. One of the key criticisms launched at Into Darkness was its heavy riffing on previous Trek film Wrath of Khan, specifically Abrams and Co.’s coyness about the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character. The team wanted to keep the film’s Big Bad a surprise until opening weekend, and they went to great lengths to conceal the fact that Cumberbatch was indeed playing Khan.
Abrams is currently knee-deep in pre-production on Star Wars: Episode VII, but he recently spoke frankly about Star Trek Into Darkness, admitting that they probably should’ve been honest with fans by confirming that Khan was in the film. Moreover, he addressed the possibility of Joe Cornish taking the helm of Star Trek 3. Hit the jump to read on.
The MPAA has had a chance to weigh in on director Martin Scorsese’s latest film, and on first-look they warned the filmmaker that The Wolf of Wall Street was destined for an NC-17 rating. THR reports that Scorsese “agreed to trim certain scenes of nudity and sex” in order to guarantee an R-rating for the darkly comic drama, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker in the 1990s. Rumors had been swirling for months that Scorsese’s no-holds-barred film ventured well into NC-17 territory, but it appears that he and Paramount Pictures have made some edits in order to ensure that the pic can be seen by wide audiences. No doubt excessive violence is still A-OK for the MPAA, just as long as no one’s naked—the horror!
Additionally, THR confirms that the runtime of The Wolf of Wall Street is 2 hours and 59 minutes, which officially makes this Scorsese’s longest film ever, besting Casino by one minute. Nearly three hours of Scorsese doing dark comedy? Now that’s something to be thankful for. The film opens nationwide Christmas Day.
Paramount Pictures first tested its “superticket” program this past summer with World War Z, and now the studio is doing the same with the upcoming comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Those who purchase a “superticket” to Anchorman 2 will be able to see the film in select AMC theaters on December 18th, two days before its nationwide release. Further incentives are not detailed at this time, but the World War Z ticket included an HD digital copy of the movie, custom 3D glasses, a small popcorn, and a limited edition movie poster in addition to the advanced screening pass.
One imagines a similar deal will be in place for those wishing to purchase the Anchorman superticket, and full details for the offer will be provided to those who register on the official superticket website ahead of the official on-sale date of November 26th. Hit the jump for the full press release. Anchorman: The Legend Continues opens in theaters nationwide on December 20th.
Paramount Pictures is finally making the moves that many have been humming about for weeks. With Martin Scorsese unable to make the November release date for The Wolf of Wall Street, word started to break that Paramount was mulling over the idea of pushing the film to Christmas Day, which would in turn push Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit—also scheduled for release on December 25th—to 2014. The studio has now made one change official, as director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan will indeed open in traditional theaters and IMAX on January 17, 2014, leaving Christmas Day open for a Wolf of Wall Street move (which has yet to be officially announced).
Based on the Tom Clancy character, Jack Ryan stars Chris Pine in the titular role and involves financial terrorism. A January release for the international thriller was probably not what Branagh had in mind, but the pic should stand head and shoulders above its competition on the January 17th date, where it squares off against the comedy Ride Along, the animated pic The Nut Job, and the small-scale horror film Devil’s Due.
In the span of less than a month, Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street has gone from “a possible delay to 2014” to “Merry Christmas!” The L.A. Times is reporting that three sources close to the movie say it will be ready in time for December 25th. Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker were determined to finish editing the movie before November 25th when Scorsese would have to leave to be a judge at the Marrakesh Film Festival. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and chronicles the rise and fall of the avaricious Wall Street trader. The movie co-stars Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.
However, this means that Paramount will probably move Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit to early 2014 so that the studio doesn’t release two of their films at the same time. Paramount is expected to soon make an official announcement regarding their release dates.
Darren Aronofsky is not what one would call a “commercial” filmmaker. The director has crafted plenty of excellent features, from Requiem for a Dream to The Wrestler to Black Swan, but he tends to march to the beat of his own drum without worrying about delivering blockbuster box office results. With his latest film, though, Aronfosky is tackling the epic Biblical story of the Great Flood on his largest scale yet, and with a big movie comes big expectations. Noah involves extensive visual effects and carries a hefty budget, and now Aronofsky is deep in post-production on the Paramount Pictures film.
However, it appears that Aronofsky’s independent sensibilities are having a hard time mixing with Paramount’s eye for widespread appeal, as the director and the studio are reportedly at odds over the final cut of Noah after multiple test screenings have delivered disappointing results. Hit the jump for more.
Two weeks ago, we reported that Paramount was considering bumping Martin Scorsese’s potential awards-contender The Wolf of Wall Street to 2014 because it wouldn’t be finished in time for this year. The story is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his corrupt business dealings on Wall Street and indulgence in sex, drugs, and all the other pleasures money can buy. The film hasn’t officially budged from its November 15th release date, and reports said that Scorsese was hard at work trying to whittle down a massive first cut. However, the November 15th date is highly unlikely because Paramount would only have a month to market the movie. However, a December 25th release is in the cards, and now it’s looking like Scorsese will be able to make that date.
Hit the jump for more. The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner.