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.

Jerry Bruckheimer Closes Paramount Deal to Produce BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; Brett Ratner to Direct

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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.

J.J. Abrams Says He Regrets Hiding the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Khan Reveal; Talks Joe Cornish Directing TREK 3

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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 WOLF OF WALL STREET Avoids NC-17 Rating with Edits; Nearly 3-Hour Runtime Confirmed

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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 Revisits “Superticket” Program for ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES by Offering Advanced Screenings

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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. 

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Officially Pushed to January 17, 2014; Will Be Released in IMAX

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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.

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