Quickly becoming the hardest working guy in Hollywood, actor Dwayne Johnson is adding another project to his to-do list. It was announced today that Johnson has attached himself to lead an adaptation of the best-selling memoir Not Without Hope for Relativity. Written by Nick Schuyler, the book recounts a 2009 fishing trip Schuyler took with four of his friends (including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith) in the Gulf of Mexico that turned into a disaster when their boat capsized, stranding them at sea. It’s a harrowing account in the vein of Into Thin Air and should make for a nice dramatic vehicle for Johnson, who has recently been busy rejuvenating franchises left and right.
The actor recently wrapped Hercules: The Thracian Wars with director Brett Ratner and is currently reprising his role in Fast & Furious 7. He is also poised to return for G.I. Joe 3 and is attached to lead a number of developing projects including San Andreas, The Fall Guy, Lore, and the supernatural actioner Seal Team 666. Read the press release after the jump.
In 2012, Relativity optimistically announced an April 2014 release date for Stretch Armstrong even though Taylor Lautner dropped out of the project. A few months later, Breck Eisner was hired to direct the toy feature. That’s the last we heard about the project for some time. Relativity realizes they have stretched the Hasbro property beyond its limits—spilling the corn syrup gel inside all over development hell—and announced the are pulling the plug on Stretch Armstrong. Here’s Relativity’s statement:
“Stretch Armstrong is an incredible character who will make an amazing movie, and we know that Hasbro has some new ideas they are looking at. Relativity and Hasbro have a tremendous relationship, and we decided to focus on other projects. We look forward to continuing to work together.”
Perhaps some other ambitious studio will take on Stretch and fund a clever filmmaker with a 21 Jump Street-style approach to the material. But in the current state, I am not sad to see Stretch fade. You?
That Stretch Armstrong movie no one wanted is now set for April 11, 2014. The film was previously set up at Universal, but the studio has been dumping its Hasbro properties as fast as possible, and the adaptation Stretch Armstrong was left looking for a new home. The film has now landed at Relativity, the studio behind Haywire and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror and The Raven. Taylor Lautner was previously attached to star with Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) set to direct, but they’re both no longer attached.
Hit the jump for the press release, which is more about Relativity being happy to team with Hasbro rather than any explanation about why anyone should make a movie about Stretch Armstrong.
The reboot that no one is asking for looks like it may be moving forward. A revisiting of director Alex Proyas’ 1994 Miramax picture, The Crow, was previously in the works through Relativity Media. Since the Weinsteins distributed the original through Miramax and had contracts claiming ownership of all rights to The Crow, they filed suit against Relativity seeking “injunctive relief,” ie ceasing all The Crow-related production. Not to be intimidated, Relativity fired counter-claims.
Things haven’t gone particularly well for the reboot as directors have come and gone, writers have signed on and then dropped out, and principal actors have been offered roles but have ultimately left the project. In short, it’s been a mess. One bright spot in production is that both sides of the lawsuit have settled amicably. While the good news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality, the bad news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality. Hit the jump to read the press release.
Thank the maker! It’s finally time to put Untitled Snow White Project That’s Not the One with Kristen Stewart to bed, as Relativity’s competing Snow White project finally has a title: Mirror Mirror. It’s a fine title, and pretty much gets the point across that we’re dealing with fairy tales here. While there’s a multitude of Snow White movies in development, this one differs greatly from its main competitor, Snow White and the Huntsman. The Kristen Stewart-led pic is an epic, dark, and gritty take on the fairy tale, while Mirror Mirror is described as a lighthearted comedy action-adventure.
The Fall’s Tarsem Singh directs, so we’re in for a visual treat, and Lily Collins stars as the eponymous Snow White. The supporting cast that includes Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, Sean Bean as the King, as well as Nathan Lane. Click here to check out a number of images from the film, which should give you a better idea of the tone. Mirror Mirror opens March 16th, 2012. [Update: We've been sent the full press release, which is included after the jump]
Fast becoming the king of directing movies that don’t exist, director Antoine Fuqua may finally have found his next project. The Training Day director is currently in final negotiations to helm Relativity’s international action thriller Hunter Killer. Phillip Noyce (Salt) was previously attached to the submarine-centered project but he dropped out last month, and now it looks like Relativity has found their replacement. Variety reports that Fuqua is in the final stage of neogtiations to take the reins, and the studio is eyeing a production start date this winter. The film centers on an American submarine commander who joins forces with a Navy SEAL team in order to rescue a Russian president from a renegade admiral who’s staging a coup. The coup, naturally, would lead to a global war.
Fuqua was set to make the Eminem-starred boxing flick Southpaw his next pic, but DreamWorks pulled the plug last month, forcing Fuqua and Co. to seek funding elsewhere. He’s also got his long-in-gestation Tupac biopic that he plans to shoot sometime, but that film is still without a lead. And because he likes attaching his name to things, he’s also set to direct an adaptation of the non-fiction book Storming Las Vegas. However, Relativity seems intent on getting Hunter Killer moving soon, so all signs point to the submarine pic being Fuqua’s next directorial effort.
One of director Steven Soderbergh’s 13,000 upcoming projects now has a distributor and a release date. Haywire, which stars Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton, will be released by Relativity on January 20th, 2012. The project was originally set to hit theaters later this year, but it appears that Relativity thought January was a better fit.
The thriller centers on on a covert agent (Carano) who is double-crossed on a mission and returns home to protect her family and get revenge. If you’re upset about waiting until January to see the flick, Soderbergh’s star-studded Contagion hits theaters October 21st, and the director has three more projects to film before he apparently retires: the Channing Tatum stripper semi-biopic Magic Mike, a film adaptation of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring George Cloooney, and a Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Hit the jump to read the press release regarding Haywire.