THE RING 3 Moving Forward with Director F. Javier Gutierrez

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Like their principal villains, horror movie franchises rarely die.  If there’s not a new sequel to be made, there’s a remake in the works.  If the remake didn’t take off, go with a reboot that’s loosely connected to the original franchise.  As such, though it’s been nine years since the last installment, it appears that The Ring 3 is finally moving forward.  Director Gore Verbinski’s 2002 American remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring was a massive crossover hit, grossing $249.3 million at the box office.  A few years later, Ringu director Hideo Nakata was brought in to helm the 2005 sequel The Ring Two.  Though the overall response was significantly less enthusiastic, the pic drew in a respectable $161.5 million worldwide.

A third The Ring film has been discussed for some time, but the project never gained any real momentum.  Now, however, Paramount has decided it’s time to move forward in earnest, bringing in F. Javier Guiterrez to take the helm.  More after the jump.

Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE Targeted for November 2015 Release Date as Paramount Acquires Distribution

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Things are firming up for Martin Scorsese’s next film, his long-developed passion project Silence.  The filmmaker has been working on an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel for years and is finally gearing up to begin production this year with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe, and Liam Neeson set to star, and now Deadline reports that Paramount is in talks to acquire the pic for a planned November 2015 release.  The Silence release date puts the film right in the heart of awards season.

The story takes place in 17th century Japan and revolves around two Jesuit priests who face persecution as they search for their mentor and work to spread Christianity.  It’s heady subject matter, but the prospect of Scorsese and the impeccably talented Garfield bringing the film to fruition is extremely exciting.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Sarah Polley in Talks to Write and Possibly Direct John Green Adaptation LOOKING FOR ALASKA

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Not only was the swell and emotional drama The Fault in Our Stars one of the biggest surprise successes of the year, but the film is also poised to be one of the most profitable.  Following positive reviews and a hefty opening weekend, the pic just recently crossed the $100 million mark at the box office against a budget of just $12 million.  Author John Green—whose who wrote the book—was a big presence during the film’s marketing campaign, and now another one of his books is poised to get the feature treatment following the success of Fault.

Paramount Pictures is currently in talks with filmmaker Sarah Polley to write and possibly direct an adaptation of Green’s debut novel, the coming-of-age story Looking for Alaska.  Hit the jump for more.

Paramount Announces Big 2016 with TRANSFORMERS 5, G.I. JOE 3, HANSEL & GRETEL 2, BEN-HUR, STAR TREK 3, and More

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I’m currently dreading the summer onslaught of 2015, but it looks like there will be no rest for the wicked as 2016 is already setting up for more blockbuster mayhem.  Having Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for the same release date was already an ill-omen (although I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them moves), and running down the scheduled list of 2016 movies is already nerve-wracking.

Paramount has now stepped into remind us that they have plenty of films set for 2016 as well.  Looking ahead to the now-quaint summer 2014 they still have Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In 2015, they’re set to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Terminator: Genesis, a new Friday the 13th, and Mission: Impossible 5.  So what’s on tap for 2016?  Hit the jump for more.

V/H/S Director David Bruckner in Talks to Helm FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot

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Paramount Pictures has found its director for the new Friday the 13th rebootThe Wrap reports that genre director David Bruckner is in talks to take the helm of the pic, which Paramount hopes will kick off a new Friday the 13th franchise.  The studio previously attempted to breathe new life into Jason Voorhees with a 2009 redo helmed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but it never moved forward with further films.  Bruckner has experience in the horror genre having directed the 2007 pic The Signal and the segment “Amateur Night” for the 2012 anthology film V/H/S, so it’ll be interesting to see what his take on Friday the 13th entails.

Just as with the previous reboot, Michael Bay will produce this new film through his Platinum Dunes banner.  The pic already has a March 13, 2015 release date staked out, so if Bruckner’s deal closes the new Friday the 13th reboot would likely move forward rather quickly.  For those keeping count, this will be the 13th iteration of Friday the 13th since the series began in 1980.

Adam McKay to Write and Direct Housing/Credit Crisis Drama THE BIG SHORT for Paramount

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Though filmmaker Adam McKay is best known for helming comedic gems like Anchorman and Step Brothers, his future slate sees him branching out a bit into other genres.  He’s developing an adaptation of the graphic novel The Boys, he’s set to direct the remake Uptown Saturday Night, and now Paramount has announced that McKay will write and direct an adaptation of the Michael Lewis book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, which examines the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s.  McKay previously dabbled in politically minded material with the action-comedy The Other Guys, which dealt heavily with corporate greed and corruption, so The Big Short feels like a solid fit for the filmmaker.

Brad Pitt—who produced and starred in the Michael Lewis adaptation Moneyball—will produce The Big Short through his Plan B banner.  No word on where this fits into McKay’s schedule (he’s planning on making Uptown Saturday Night next), but this is certainly promising news.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Michael Bay May Direct Underwater Adventure Project for Paramount

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When Michael Bay stated his intention to step away from the Transformers franchise after the third installment, many were interested to see what filmmaker would tackle next.  After helming his smaller scale passion project Pain & Gain, however, the director did an about-face and decided he would return to the Transformers world one more time in order to set up a sort of franchise reboot.  The result is the Mark Wahlberg-fronted Transformers: Age of Extinction, and with the film slated to open in theaters this summer, attention now turns to Bay’s next film—that is unless he just decides to keep making Transformers movies forever.

Paramount Pictures has now picked up an untitled adventure pitch for Bay to produce, but the project is also being developed as potential directing vehicle for the filmmaker, making this a contender for Bay’s post-Transformers project.  Hit the jump for more.

Tina Fey to Produce and Star in THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE

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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.

Paramount Relents to Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH; Director Talks Bridging the Gap Between Religious and Non-Religious Audiences

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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.

Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR to Receive Exemption from Paramount’s Digital Mandate

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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.

Production Begins on Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Starring Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt; Full Cast Revealed

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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.

Ed Helms to Star in THE NAKED GUN Reboot for Paramount

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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 GunVariety 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.

THE IMPOSSIBLE Director Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm WORLD WAR Z Sequel

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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.

Disney and Paramount Strike Deal for INDIANA JONES Franchise

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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.

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