STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; APES Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

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A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright‘s name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he’s met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination.

Hit the jump for more on Paramount’s candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.]

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director Rupert Wyatt Reveals How He Would Have Approached DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed fresh life into the franchise by making the reboot easily accessible to newcomers, placing an emphasis on characters, and even though the story scaled back the social commentaries featured in the original saga, the film was still engrossing and fun.  Wyatt didn’t return for the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but director Matt Reeves took the foundation of Rise and built it into one of the best movies of 2014.

Wyatt wanted to do Dawn, but he felt Fox’s summer 2014 release date didn’t give him enough time, so he stepped down, and decided to do the drama The Gambler instead.  At that film’s press day, Steve asked Wyatt for his thoughts on Reeves’ movie and what he would have done differently.  Hit the jump for more.

Full-Length THE GAMBLER Trailer Finds Mark Wahlberg Wrestling with Very High Stakes

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Paramount Pictures has released the first full-length The Gambler trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, which was written by Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  Maybe it’s the use of The Rolling Stones, but this trailer gives off a very heavy Martin Scorsese vibe to me.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and Wahlberg really looks to be giving a hell of a performance as his face evokes the toll this kind of stress takes on his spirit.  I’m also happy to see Brie Larson getting a co-lead role in a major studio film, and I’m eager to see where Wyatt takes this particular story.  So far, so good.

Watch The Gambler trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 2, 2015.

THE GAMBLER Red-Band Trailer and Poster: John Goodman Has Some Choice Words of Caution for Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler red-band trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, which was written by Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  This is very much a teaser, as it’s essentially a sweaty onslaught of footage anchored by some excellent, expletive-filled dialogue from John Goodman, but it’s a really solid first look at the film.  Wyatt appears to be tapping into the anxiety and stretched-thin nature of Wahlberg’s lead character with his visual take on the film, and I’ve gotta say it’s really promising stuff.  I look forward to getting a better read on the movie when the theatrical trailer arrives, but for now this is a very swell tease.

Watch the first The Gambler red-band trailer and check out the first poster after the jump.  The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th and expands wide on January 2, 2015.

Mark Wahlberg Drops 60 Pounds in First THE GAMBLER Images

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Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler images from director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, and the first thing you’ll notice is that star Mark Wahlberg has undergone a pretty striking physical transformation for the role—especially in relation to his appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The actor plays a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, and Wahlberg lost 60 pounds to play the role.  Speaking with USA Today, though, Wahlberg says dropping the weight wasn’t the toughest part of the film: “Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding. It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words.”  Paramount is releasing the film in the heat of awards season, so it’ll be interesting to see if the pic can land Wahlberg another Oscar nod.

Take a look at the first The Gambler images after the jump.  A trailer should be debuting shortly.  The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Gambler opens in limited release on December 19th.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS 4, Rupert Wyatt’s THE GAMBLER, Peter Berg’s AMERICAN DESPERADO, William Monahan’s MOJAVE, and More

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Just a short time ago in Las Vegas, I landed a great video interview with Mark Wahlberg on the red carpet before Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon.  During the interview Wahlberg talked about making Transformers: Age of Extinction, the action sequences, working for director Michael Bay on a big budget summer movie versus a smaller film like Pain & GainRupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, Peter Berg’s American DesperadoWilliam Monahan’s Mojave, and the New England Patriots (we’re both fans of the team).

The big news is that Wahlberg revealed American Desperados will be shooting this September and he has a small role in Monahan’s Mojave (which hadn’t been revealed until tonight).  For those unfamiliar with the story for American Desperado, it’s based on a series of interviews between Generation Kill author/journalist Evan Wright and super-criminal Jon Roberts, who was the focus of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.  Roberts’ life story can be filed under “stranger than fiction,” as he recounts being born into Mafia royalty, running guns for the CIA, smuggling cocaine for the Medellin cartel, and brushing elbows with the likes of Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Brie Larson in Talks to Star Opposite Mark Wahlberg in THE GAMBLER; Rupert Wyatt Confirmed to Direct

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Actress Brie Larson has been on the rise for a few years now, but her breakthrough role in this year’s highly regarded indie Short Term 12 finally gave her the chance to shine as a leading lady.  As a result, the actress has landed the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s remake of the 1974 James Caan film The Gambler, which has gone through a number of iterations over the years.  Oscar-winning The Departed scribe William Monahan penned the initial script for Martin Scorsese to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star, then The Hangover director Todd Phillips entered talks to take over when Scorsese left the project.  Hit the jump for more on the project, including who will now be taking the helm.

Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt Take a Chance on THE GAMBLER at Paramount; Wyatt Unofficially Endorsed by J.J. Abrams to Direct STAR TREK 3

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Paramount’s remake of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler had previously courted director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio.  When Scorsese left, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was in talks to direct.  Now, it looks as if Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) could be sitting in the captain’s chair while Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns) could land the role originally played by James Caan.  While no offer is officially on the table, the studio is keen to keep Wyatt involved, including the possibility of him helming Star Trek 3 even if The Gambler doesn’t work out.  Hit the jump for more.

Jon M. Chu’s Reps Deny He’s Up for STAR TREK 3; Is Rupert Wyatt the Frontrunner to Direct?

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A rumor surfaced earlier today that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is the top candidate to direct Star Trek 3.  It seemed unlikely, because Chu would have to drop out of G.I. Joe 3 to helm the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness.  Plus, our editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub noted that he’s been “hearing a different name than Jon M. Chu” for Star Trek 3.

Two developments since that posting.  1) Chu’s representatives denied that their client is up for the project.  2) A new report raised the name Steve has been hearing: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.  More after the jump.

Rupert Wyatt to Direct Crime Thriller NIGHT FILM

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Director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has once again joined with Chernin Entertainment (Oblivion, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to direct the crime thriller Night Film.  Based on bestselling author Marisha Pessl’s upcoming novel of the same name, Night Film follows the story of a journalist named Scott McGrath who uncovers some unexpected details when investigating the alleged suicide of a beautiful young woman.  Pessi’s book will be released in August.  The film’s release date is TBA.  Hit the jump for more details. 

Rupert Wyatt Drops Out of Directing THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington

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The feature film adaptation of the 1980s crime series The Equalizer just can’t catch a break.  Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn was initially attached to take the helm before departing the project in JanuaryRise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt subsequently entered early talks to direct late last month, but now it appears those talks have broken off as Deadline reports that a scheduling conflict forced Wyatt to drop out of the director’s chair.  Presumably the dates conflicted with Wyatt’s upcoming WWI drama Birdsong, which recently landed Nicholas Hoult as the lead.

Sony and Escape Artists are itching to get The Equalizer going and are expected to attach a new director shortly.  Denzel Washington has long been set as the lead as a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble.  Hopefully the next director attached to the project sticks.

Rupert Wyatt in Early Talks to Direct THE EQUALIZER Starring Denzel Washington

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It appears as though the feature film adaptation of The Equalizer may have found a director.  The adaptation of the 1980s crime series has seen a number of filmmakers flirt with the idea of taking the helm, with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn most recently attached to direct before dropping out last month.  With an eye towards starting production in June and Denzel Washington set to star, Sony is ready to get this thing moving, and now it looks like Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt might be the man for the job as he’s entered early negotiations to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more.

Rupert Wyatt to Direct WWI Drama BIRDSONG

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It looks as though Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has settled on his next project.  Wyatt had been attached to helm the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but he and Fox apparently didn’t see eye-to-eye on the future of the franchise and he was subsequently replaced by Matt Reeves.  Now ScreenDaily reports that Wyatt will helm an adaptation of author Sebastian Faulks’ World War I novel Birdsong.  The story spans three generations and centers on a young Englishman who strikes up a love affair with a French woman and then enters the war.

Wyatt wrote the script and will direct the film with Alan Moloney set to produce through Parallel, alongside Embankment.  The director had previously been eyeing the KGB spy movie Londongrad with Michael Fassbender in the lead, but its unknown how that project has progressed since.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the novel Birdsong.

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns Talks David Fincher’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has been working on quite a few interesting projects over the past couple of years.  Director David Fincher enlisted the scribe to work on his big-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Burns was also tapped to pen a draft of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Steve recently sat down with the screenwriter to talk about his upcoming thriller Side Effects, and during the course of the conversation Burns talked about the status of both 20,000 Leagues and Apes, discussing why Rupert Wyatt dropped out of the director’s chair for the Apes sequel.  Hit the jump to read on.

Matt Reeves Heads Short List of Directors for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Others Include J Blakeson, Guillermo del Toro and Jeff Nichols

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After reporting that director Rupert Wyatt was exiting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox is now looking for a replacement.  As of this writing, it looks like Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) is leading the pack.  Rounding out the short list of directors is J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Jeff Nichols (Mud).  Longer shots being reported are Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro (doubtful), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).  Hit the jump to get this sorted out.

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