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.
2013 is proving to be a very good year for movies. Not only do we still have new films from Joel and Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuaron, and David O. Russell to look forward to, we’ve also got a return to dark comedy territory from filmmaker Martin Scorsese on the docket. Scorsese has been developing The Wolf of Wall Street for years and the film has finally come to fruition, and the trailer for the pic promises a nutty look at 90s excess buoyed by some big performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey.
Though the film is poised to be released on November 15th, we may have to wait a bit longer to see Scorsese’s new film. Apparently the filmmaker is still not finished with the pic and a release date delay is looking very likely, with Paramount even considering a possible move to 2014. Hit the jump for more, including how this may affect the thriller Jack Ryan.
[Update: Paramount has reached out to inform us that Noah has not moved off its March date after all, and a mixup on their website led to the confusion. Our original story follows below, but Noah will still be hitting theaters on March 28, 2014. As you were.]
It looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to see director Darren Aronofsky’s iteration of the Great Flood. Paramount announced today that the Black Swan director’s biblical epic Noah has been delayed from its March 28, 2014 release date to an undisclosed summer date. The push is likely due to the film’s extensive visual effects, as Aronofsky’s vision of the tale involves 11-foot-tall fallen angels called Watchers. It’s also possible that Paramount feels the tentpole will do better in the midst of the summer movie season. Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to this one.
Paramount Pictures has shifted the release date of director Jonathan Liebesman’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 6, 2014, the pic will now bow on August 8, 2014, where it will go head-to-head with the new Dracula film starring Luke Evans and the Helen Mirren-led drama The Hundred-Foot Journey. The move is apparently to distance the release of Ninja Turtles—which will enjoy a heavy merchandising push—from Paramount’s other big toy franchise, Transformers. Director Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 is currently scheduled to open in theaters on June 27th, but Deadline notes that this will probably be moved back to June 25th because the Transformers films have traditionally opened on a Wednesday. As such, the studio wants to spread out its presumably toy-heavy releases.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner, with Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher playing the CG turtles and Danny Woodburn portraying Splinter.
After trying his hand at the superhero genre with Green Lantern, director Martin Campbell is returning to the world of grounded actioners. The Wrap reports that the Casino Royale director is in talks to helm Alpha for Paramount, which centers on a Navy SEAL who is sent to South America to train dogs for combat service. When the SEAL’s dog trainer/handler is captured, he and the dogs set out to rescue him. The script had previous drafts written by David Benioff (Game of Thrones), Graham Roland (Fringe), and Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia), but the most recent draft was written by Out of Sight and The Wolverine scribe Scott Frank.
Campbell will develop the project with Paramount and Parkes/MacDonald with the hopes of nabbing a greenlight sometime soon, and his experience on actioners like The Mask of Zorro and GoldenEye should bode well. So help me, though, if one of those dogs dies…
World War Z is returning to theaters. Paramount Pictures has digitally remastered director Marc Forster‘s zombie apocalypse thriller into the IMAX format, and will release the film in select IMAX 3D theaters for a one-week run starting August 2nd. So if you missed the Brad Pitt-fronted pic when it opened in June or just want to see it again on the big, big screen, now’s your chance. The decision for the re-release likely has something to do with the fact that the film’s domestic box office gross currently stands at $192.6 million, as the new IMAX run will ensure that World War Z crosses the $200 million benchmark. The pic’s worldwide total is at $473 million, and Paramount has already started work on a follow-up film. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
It’s sometimes difficult for me to follow Hollywood logic. Case in point: Paramount tried to re-launch the Beverly Hills Cop franchise as a TV series on CBS Starring Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson) as the son of Alex Foley with Eddie Murphy in a recurring role as street smart cop. That pilot was not picked up. At this point, a reasonable person might think: “Whether it was due to testing or company politics, this show wasn’t strong enough to go to a series.” But Deadline reports that Murphy’s performance “had people talking”, which means he must have broken from his usual routine and done something commonly known as “trying.”
So because Murphy looked like he actually gave a damn, a property that wasn’t deemed worthy for network television will now have another shot at heading to the big screen. Hit the jump for more.