ZOMBIELAND 2 Back from the Dead with New Writer; Ruben Fleischer Intends to Direct

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Could it be that Zombieland 2 might actually happen after all?  The 2009 comedy was a big hit with both audiences and critics, putting a smart spin on the zombie genre with an excellent ensemble and one of the best-used cameos in recent memory.  Sony Pictures was keen on making a sequel, as was some of the cast (most notably Woody Harrelson), but they were never able to come up with a script that everyone was happy with.  Last we heard—which was nearly two years ago—director Ruben Fleischer said there were no immediate plans for Zombieland 2, and Amazon even attempted a Zombieland TV series that was met with a resounding “no thank you.”

But now it appears that there’s life in the follow-up yet, as Sony has hired a new screenwriter to pen a script under the supervision of Fleischer, who intends to return as director.  More after the jump.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

ANT-MAN Director Contenders Include Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Thurber

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To say fans are dismayed at the abrupt exit of director Edgar Wright from his long-planned Marvel adaptation Ant-Man is an understatement.  The filmmaker departed the film last week after the studio heavily rewrote his script, leaving the studio scrambling to find a replacement with just under a year before the film’s release.  Since filming had already been pushed back to address issues Marvel had with the script by Wright and Joe Cornish, we knew a replacement announcement would be coming soon, and now a list of filmmakers that are meeting with the studio has surfaced.  With contenders like Adam McKay (Anchorman), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers) in the mix, it’s clear that Marvel is keen on landing a director well-versed in the comedy genre.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: A new report pegs Thurber as the frontrunner for the job.]

GANGSTER SQUAD Director Ruben Fleischer in Talks to Helm Disney’s OVERNIGHT

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Word on filmmaker Ruben Fleischer’s next project has been quiet since his disappointing period crime thriller Gangster Squad opened in theaters early last year, but it appears that he’s now lining up a promising new film at Disney.  THR reports that the Zombieland director is in talks to helm a family adventure called Overnight, which is described as Home Alone in a FAO Schwartz-esque toy store.  Extensive plot details are unknown, but the story involves a hostage situation and an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son.  Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) penned the screenplay and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) is producing.

There’s no word on how soon the project might move into production, but it was initially set up at Sony before Disney picked it up out of turnaround.  Though Gangster Squad didn’t quite come together, Fleischer has shown promise and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in a more family friendly genre.

GANGSTER SQUAD Blu-ray Review

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Considering that the film was bumped around from September to January due to a national tragedy, it would be nice to feel a little sorry for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad.  The period film, which casts Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as cops going against Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of Los Angeles, has a great cast and period setting.  On top of that, The Untouchables is a great film and it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see more films like it.  And yet, Gangster Squad is a total miss.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

GANGSTER SQUAD Director Ruben Fleischer to Produce and Helm Untitled Sci-Fi Fantasy for Sony

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It appears that director Ruben Fleischer is ready to try his hand at sci-fi.  The Wrap reports that Fleischer is returning to Sony Pictures—where he made Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less—to helm an untitled sci-fi/fantasy pic.  Fleischer pitched the idea for the film himself, and Eric Pearson has been tapped to pen the screenplay.  The plot is being kept under wraps, but it’s decidedly different territory for the filmmaker who is coming off his period drama/actioner Gangster Squad.  While Fleischer found great success with Zombieland, the postponement of Gangster Squad‘s release didn’t seem to work in that star-studded film’s favor, as it tallied up a worldwide gross of just over $100 million against a $60 million budget.

Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter at Warner Bros. to direct, but it’s unknown what he’ll tackle as his next project.  Gangster Squad had some tone issues, but I’m definitely interested to see what Fleischer will do within the sci-fi genre.

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

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What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.

Director Ruben Fleischer Talks GANGSTER SQUAD, the Benefits of Filming in L.A., the Incredible Cast, Test Screenings, Deleted Scenes, Film vs. Digital, His Thoughts on 48fps, and Much More

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Opening this weekend is director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad” made up of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, and Robert Patrick.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

The other day I landed an exclusive interview with Fleischer.  During our extended conversation we talked about shooting in Los Angeles, the experience of directing such a large and diverse cast, how the script changed along the way, test screenings, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, how involved was the studio, film versus digital and why, his thoughts on 48fps, and more.  In addition, as many of you know, in the original cut, there was a shootout at Grauman’s Chinese Theater but everyone involved decided to reshoot the sequence after the tragedy in Aurora.  I asked Fleischer if the footage will be on the Blu-ray and how that sequence compares to what’s now in the finished film.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ruben Fleischer Talks SPY HUNTER Movie; Says He Wants to Make a Fun, Lighter Version of a Spy Movie

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With two successful comedies under his belt (Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less), director Ruben Fleischer is making his big budget debut with this weekend’s crime pic Gangster Squad.  Steve recently spoke with the director in anticipation of the film’s release, and during the course of their interview they covered a few other subjects.  Yesterday we shared what he had to say about the prospects of Zombieland 2, and today we’ve got Fleischer’s thoughts on the feature film adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter that he’s attached to direct.  He revealed that he wants to make a lighter, fun version of a spy movie with Spy Hunter, talked about references to the game that he hopes to include in the film, and revealed they’re in the process of “pitching our ideas to what the movie would be to the studio.”  Hit the jump for more.

GANGSTER SQUAD Review

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It’s a bit disappointing that Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad can live in such a rich setting and still feel so light.  As seen through a grand tradition of films dating back over 70 years, post-war Los Angeles was boozy, hedonistic, dangerous, and dark.  Gangster Squad waters down this colorful world, and simply coasts on being an amusing, frivolous action film.  There’s nothing wrong with that, and with a strong cast at his disposal, Fleischer finds a nice blend between the style he brought to Zombieland and the spirit of the time period.  Unfortunately, a thin plot and even thinner characters make Gangster Squad as intense as a drive-by shooting and just as fleeting.

Final Extended Trailer for GANGSTER SQUAD

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With the film set to hit theaters tomorrow, a final extended trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s crime drama Gangster Squad has been released online.  It looks to be mostly made up of footage that we’ve seen before, but this is the most comprehensive look at the film we’ve been given thus far.  If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to check out Steve’s extended interview with star Josh Brolin and Christina’s coverage of the press conference that included Fleischer, Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.  Look for more interviews over the next few days.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Sean Penn, Nick NolteAnthony MackieGiovanni RibisiMichael PeñaRobert Patrick and Mireille EnosGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

Ruben Fleischer Offers ZOMBIELAND 2 Update; Says There Are No Immediate Plans for the Film and Teases Storyline

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Zombies have invaded the zeitgeist like not much else over the past few years, but undoubtedly one of the best things to come out of this so-called “zombie craze” is director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 comedy Zombieland.  Boosted by an incredibly strong cast, a whip-smart and funny script, excitingly refreshing visuals from Flesicher, and one of the best cameos in recent memory, the pic grossed over $100 million against a budget of just $23 million.  Shortly after its release, talk turned to a sequel, but development on the follow-up has slowed considerably over the past couple of years.

Fleischer is poised to make his big budget debut with the crime drama Gangster Squad, opening this coming Friday, and Steve recently sat down with the filmmaker for an exclusive interview.  During the course of their conversation, Fleischer offered an update on Zombieland 2, revealing that there are no immediate plans for the sequel and development stalled because they didn’t have a script that everyone was happy with.  Furthermore, Fleischer teased the storyline that they had come up with for the follow-up.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Director Ruben Fleischer Talk GANGSTER SQUAD, the 1940s Setting, and Violence in Movies

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From director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), the crime drama Gangster Squad is set in Los Angeles in 1949, when ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) made a business out of drugs, guns and prostitutes, all thanks to the police and politicians being on his payroll.  He thought no one and nothing could stop him, until a small, secret crew of LAPD officers, led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), came together to take back the city and tear Cohen’s world apart.  The film also stars Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos.  For more on the film, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and watch six clips.

During a press conference at the film’s press day, actors Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, along with Fleischer, talked about finding the tone of the film, the most challenging scene to shoot, what they did to get into the time period, how they viewed their characters, assembling such a talented supporting cast, working with an actor as intense as Sean Penn, having a sensitivity about extreme violence in films, and the decision to reshoot one of the more intense scenes.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

6 Clips from Ruben Fleischer’s GANGSTER SQUAD Starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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Warner Bros. has released six clips from director Ruben Fleischer’s upcoming period crime drama Gangster Squad.  The movie is set in 1940s Los Angeles and stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who became the target of special task force known as the “Gangster Squad”.  If you missed it, be sure to check out our set visit coverage here, and a bounty of images from the film right here.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni RibisiGangster Squad opens on January 11th.

New GANGSTER SQUAD Featurette Shows Off New Footage and Goes Behind the Scenes with the Cast

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A new behind-the-scenes featurette has gone online for director Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. In addition to a wealth of new footage, the video features commentary from the cast as they talk about gangster movies, the plot of Gangster Squad specifically and the lengths to which each of their characters will go to rid their city of crime, even becoming close to criminals themselves. Be sure to check out a host of images here and get caught up on Andre’s set visit here.

The movie stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony MackieGiovanni Ribisi, and Sean Penn as the villainous Mickey Cohen.  Gangster Squad opens January 11, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.

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