Hollywood has been trying to get a Gears of War movie off the ground for quite some time. While a number of studios, writers, and directors have thus far been unable to crack an adaptation of the popular video game series, there was renewed interest late last year when video game company Epic began taking meetings with producers to try and find a new home for the property. After a prolonged process, producer Scott Stuber has been tapped to produce the Gears of War movie, as development of the script will now begin with Epic. Hit the jump for more.
It appears that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has plotted his feature film follow-up to Ted. MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut with the live-action/CG comedy Ted this summer to wildly successful results, with the film grossing a little over $500 million in its theatrical run. MacFarlane now has a bit of clout in choosing his next project, and it appears that he’s going an original Western comedy that he co-wrote with Ted/Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild called A Million Ways to Die in the West. Hit the jump for more.
Safe House grossed $200 million worldwide once it was released in February. This fact surprised me, but that’s on me, because the natural result of an action movie that co-stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds is $200 million. And the natural result of $200 million is Safe House 2. According to Heat Vision, Universal has commissioned Safe House writer David Guggenheim to write that follow-up to the winter hit. Neither Washington nor Reynolds is signed for another movie, and Heat Vision could not get their sources to confirm whether Guggenheim is writing a prequel or a sequel.
To go into more detail, we will need to get into spoilers for Safe House. At Collider, we our spoiler safe house is after the jump.
What do you get when you take two prize-winning humorists and add in one of Hollywood’s leading comedic actors? Apparently, you get Lunatics, the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel of the same name. Steve Carell will star as one of two soccer dads whose conflict with each other grows into a series of escalating events until both of them are sent running for their lives.
Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, is most famous for his long-running syndicated humor column in The Miami Herald. Zweibel is an Emmy-winning writer behind such TV series as Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman. Carell, of course, is one of the most sought after actors today, having left The Office to pursue his lucrative movie career. Hit the jump for more on Lunatics.
After last night’s huge influx of news from Fox about series pick-ups, renewals and cancellations, it’s now NBC’s turn to announce some of their new series that we can look forward to in the fall. As of now there seems to be some dissension amongst the news outlets online as to whether or not Wonder Woman will actually get picked up, and other potential series like The Playboy Club are rumored for a pick-up but we haven’t heard anything official yet.
After the jump, check out the four new series that have definitely been picked up to premiere sometime this fall including a new sitcom from stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, another comedy from Christina Applegate, a Broadway musical series from producer Steven Spielberg, and the stateside remake of the British crime drama Prime Suspect.
Universal has picked up Matthew J. O’Neill’s spec script Bait and Switch as a possible starring vehicle for Mark Wahlberg. According to Variety, Wahlberg will produce along with Scott Stuber, John Jacobs, and Stephen Levinson. Plot details are being kept under wraps but I hope it concerns straight-laced detective Reginald Bait and his loose-cannon partner Larry Switch. Then the movie becomes a costume drama.
Wahlberg is about to start shooting on the Seth MacFarlane R-rated comedy Ted with Mila Kunis and Joel McHale. He’s also attached to star in David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted.
Any movie with Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and singer/actor Rubén Blades already has a top notch cast — which makes this news all the sweeter. The Wrap is reporting that four more actors will join CIA thriller Safe House: Brendan Gleeson (the Harry Potter movies), Robert Patrick (The Unit), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans) and Sam Shepard (Fair Game).
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) and penned by new screenwriter David Guggenheim, the movie is about a CIA Agent (Reynolds) whose top secret safe house is attacked by assassins, leaving him to safely transport a criminal (Washington) to Washington. Scott Stuber is producing through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures and Trevor Macy is executive producing through Intrepid Pictures. Safe House will be released February 10, 2012.
Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) is attached to direct Bakugan, an adaptation of the anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers housed at Universal. The property centers on a group of creatures called Bakugan and the battle brawlers who own them. The Japanese series found its first success in the United States and Canada — three seasons have aired on the Cartoon Network, with a fourth on the way. After spawning a popular strategic card game, the Toy Industry Association named Bakugan Battle Brawlers the “Property of the Year” in 2009.
According to TheWrap, Scott Stuber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Jon Mone (The Wolfman) will produce along with Ronnen Haray of Spin Master Ltd. Up next for Zwart is a producing credit on Sony’s adaptation of RollerCoaster Tycoon, and one has to imagine he’ll be considered for the director’s chair on the sequel to The Karate Kid.
Hit the jump for more background information on Bakugan.
On top of the news that Taylor Lautner will be playing Stretch Armstrong in the 3D superhero adventure, Universal Pictures and Hasbro have announced director Peter Berg’s (Hancock, The Kingdom) action-adventure Battleship has moved to Memorial Day weekend 2012. Originally scheduled for release in July 2011, according to Universal, “the film was moved to give it the time and resources to thoroughly realize its huge-scale ambitions and position it for Memorial Day weekend in 2012.” Meaning, we’re not ready to make the film yet, so let’s push it back a bit. Perhaps this has something to do with Universal and Comcast merging….
“We believe in Pete Berg and the incredible vision that he and the Battleship team have for this film,” said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We’re honored that Hasbro is partnering with us to turn one of its landmark properties into a huge summer box-office hit.”
Universal also released a bit of a synopsis in tonight’s press release, hit the jump for more: