Shane Black’s THE NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Set for June 17, 2016 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature.  The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3.  The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star.  Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture.

More on the Nice Guys release date and the film itself after the jump.

Shane Black to Direct Remo Williams Adaptation THE DESTROYER for Sony

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It was pretty much a given that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black would have some heat coming off of directing the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, but the guy is amassing a seriously stacked docket of upcoming projects.  The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer.  Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney.  The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the US government called CURE.  The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce.

Hit the jump for more on The Destroyer movie and Black’s current slate of upcoming projects.

Warner Bros. Picks Up Shane Black’s NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe

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Writer/director Shane Black’s long-in-the-works 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys could finally be coming to fruition.  Last month, we learned that the Joel Silver-produced project was picking up steam with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles of a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the suicide of a fading porn star.  It’s the kind of hard-boiled, noir-tinged project that seems a perfect fit for Black, so fingers were crossed that the pic could finally come together.  Evidently all that wishing and hoping paid off, as Warner Bros. has now closed a deal to acquire the project, bringing it that much closer to being a reality.  More after the jump.

TOP 5: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, FURY Trailer, Shane Black Directing PREDATOR Sequel, SNOWPIERCER, First Trailer for LIFE AFTER BETH

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If you’ve been around the site for a while then you may remember my love for Boy Meets World which I professed in this DVD review nearly four years ago. That devotion in mind, I’m choosing to write about last night’s premiere of Girl Meets World in this week’s opening paragraph in spite of the fact that I’m a 27-year-old man. While the pilot may have been a little too on the nose about GMW being young Riley Matthews’ chance to discover the world like her parents did before her, I still enjoyed the heck out of it. Played well by Rowan Blanchard, the character of Riley looks to be a great blend of Cory and Topanga as she is hopelessly awkward around the new boy at school and stresses out about the possibility of missing a homework assignment in a way that young Cory Matthews would have never dreamed. Another highpoint of the episode is Corey Fogelmanis‘ turn as Farkle Minkus and a fresh take on BMW‘s Stuart Minkus character (I’m going to assume that Farkle is Stuart’s son though I don’t believe that was revealed in the pilot). Regardless of how GMW pans out, I’ll always have its predecessor to hold near and dear. Along those lines, I’d love to see GMW be successful not for me but so adolescents today can have something other than Dog with a Blog to call their own.

All Disney Channel sitcom reactions aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Transformers: Age of Extinction interviews and review, the first trailer for Brad Pitt‘s WWII pic Fury, Shane Black being tapped to helm a Predator sequel, our Snowpiercer interviews and review, and the first trailer for Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan. As is typically the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Exclusive: Shane Black Says His PREDATOR Film Is a Sequel, Not a Reboot

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Last night, news broke that 20th Century Fox was reviving its Predator franchise with Shane Black attached to direct and write the treatment, while Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) would handle scripting duties.  While it didn’t come as a surprise that Fox wanted to put together another entry in one of its staple film series, it was excellent to hear that Black, who wrote and directed Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, would be steering the ship.  A veteran screenwriter, Black has developed a signature tone and style that is a welcome reprieve from generic studio actioners, and he proved himself to be a strong director with the incredible Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang then showed he could handle a massive budget on Iron Man 3.

While Black’s Predator film was initially reported as being a reboot, we recently got in touch with the filmmaker who clarified that he and Dekker are actually envisioning an “inventive sequel” with this iteration, which is to say it’s really not a reboot at all.  Hit the jump to read on.

Chris Hemsworth Could Lead Shane Black’s DOC SAVAGE

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Filmmaker Shane Black has been a pretty integral part of the moviemaking community of the last two decades.  He penned the screenplays for Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Last Action Hero, co-wrote The Monster Squad, and did uncredited rewrites on a number of other major projects (including Predator).  His noir-esque 2005 feature Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which he also directed, is damn near perfect, and after the success of Iron Man 3, I was eager to see what he’d tackle next—on a large-scale canvas, no doubt.  The pulp adaptation Doc Savage emerged as his likely Iron Man 3 follow-up, and the prospect of seeing Black tackle a hero story set in the 1930s was wildly enticing.

Movement on Doc Savage has been a bit slow in the past year, at least as far as we’ve heard, but now an update has surfaced with the news that Black has met with another Marvel cohort, Chris Hemsworth, about tackling the starring role in the film.  More after the jump.

PREDATOR Reboot Moving Forward with Shane Black Attached to Direct

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20th Century Fox is rebooting its Predator franchise, and it’s doing so with a curious (though also fitting) piece of talent in tow.  THR reports that Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black is poised to pen the treatment for the Predator reboot and is also attached to direct.  The plan is for Black to hand over his treatment to collaborator Fred Dekker, who will then pen the full screenplay with Black acting as overseer.  Black and Dekker (which is probably also the name of their improv troupe) previously co-wrote the excellent horror comedy The Monster Squad in 1987, which Dekker also directed.  Hit the jump for more on the Predator redo and Black’s potential slate.

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Circle Shane Black’s 1970s-Set Noir Film THE NICE GUYS

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It looks like Shane Black’s spiritual successor to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang might be on the horizon, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe circling the lead roles.  The 1970s-set noir film The Nice Guys has been in the works for quite a while, and was scripted by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi.  We last mentioned it almost five years ago in a conversation with veteran producer Joel Silver, who is still shepherding the project.  Now, it looks like Silver’s set to shop The Nice Guys to studios and financiers thanks to the news that Gosling and Crowe are being courted to star.  Hit the jump for more.

Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Offered Lead in LETHAL WEAPON Reboot; Justin Lin Attached to Direct [Updated with a Comment from Lin Himself]

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Since Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are now literally too old for this shit, it looks like Warner Bros. is aiming to reboot the Lethal Weapon franchise, and hire someone who is not too old for said shit.  According to The Tracking Board, Chris Hemsworth has been offered the lead in a Lethal Weapon reboot directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6).  The script centers on “the desires of an older cop’s son (presumably Riggs’) and his wishes to join the police force.”  This plot would leave the door open to connect the reboot with the originals, which could allow Gibson and/or Glover to have cameo or supporting roles.

Hit the jump for more.  [We've updated the story with a word from Lin himself after the jump.]

Shane Black Talks DOC SAVAGE, Trying to Be True to the Character, and Finding a Tall Actor for the Role

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Shane Black has picked up a lot of clout after directing Iron Man 3.  Directing the year’s biggest box office success will do that.  His next project is an adaptation of the 1930s pulp Doc Savage.  The eponymous character has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”  In a recent interview, Black says Savage is kind of a proto-Superman, and he’s trying to keep the “goody-goody” aspect of the character, but also aiming to go more in depth with his personality.

Hit the jump for what he had to say about his take on Doc Savage, and the challenge of casting the right actor.

Shane Black Talks IRON MAN 3, the Mandarin Reveal, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, DOC SAVAGE, and More

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A few days ago, we landed an exclusive video interview with Shane Black backstage at the Saturn Awards.  During the wide-ranging interview, he talked about working with Marvel on Iron Man 3,  the Mandarin, the fan reaction to the surprising twist, a deleted scene with Ashley Hamilton, did he have plans for a sequel to The Last Boy Scout, how the spec market has changed for screenwriters and his advice for writers wanting to get into the business.  In addition, he talked about his very first script, his Doc Savage movie, the brace on his wrist, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Shane Black Talks DOC SAVAGE; Confirms 1930s Setting and Describes It as “What if Jimmy Stewart Were a Stone-Cold Killer?” [UPDATED]

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Coming off the massive success of Iron Man 3, it’s safe to say that co-writer/director Shane Black probably had his pick of the litter when it came to choosing his follow-up project.  Despite this fact, the filmmaker admirably chose to return to a bit of a passion project for his next film, an adaptation of the 1930s and 40s pulp fiction hero Doc Savage.  The character’s heroic personality and penchant for quests makes for a promising start to an entertaining feature film, but in the hands of a genius screenwriter like Black, this Doc Savage movie has the makings of something really, really special.

We caught up with Black at the Saturn awards, and he was gracious enough to talk a bit about Doc Savage.  Black confirmed that the film will retain the 1930s setting, and wonderfully described the title character as “what if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?”  Hit the jump to read on. [Update: Black has reached out to us and offered a clarification with regards to Savage being described as a "stone-cold killer."  Read his comments after the jump.]

BOND 24 Director Search Continues; Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, and David Yates Under Consideration [UPDATED]

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After Sam Mendes opted not to return to helm the upcoming 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Eon and Sony Pictures have been on the hunt for a new director with an eye towards getting the next film out by 2016.  While rumors swirled recently that Christopher Nolan was considering the job, the notion seemed highly unlikely because A.) he’s busy prepping to shoot Interstellar this summer and B.) he has already stated in the past that he’d like to direct a Bond film when he can reboot the franchise with a new actor.

Following Mendes’ Skyfall will be no small task, but it appears that Eon and Sony are aiming for the cream of the filmmaking crop as directors such as Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black have reportedly been considered for the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Now Deadline reports that Sam Mendes has changed his mind and is in talks to return to helm Bond 24.  Read the full story here.]

Shane Black to Next Direct DOC SAVAGE for Sony

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As the director of the film with the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, Iron Man 3 co-writer and helmer Shane Black has likely been inundated with a number of offers over the past few days.  However, it appears that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director will be making his next project a property that he’s already been developing for some time.  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Black will co-write and direct Doc Savage as his next film.  The pic is a feature film adaptation of a popular character from the 1930s and 40s.  Doc Savage has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness,” and so it provides a nice adventure avenue for which Black to imbue with his distinctive sensibilities.

Black recently told Steve that he was still planning on making Doc Savage and seemed to hint that it could be his next film, and this press announcement from Sony confirms that the director is eyeing Savage as his follow-up to Iron Man 3.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Watch the Supremely Entertaining IRON MAN 3 End Credits Sequence [Updated]

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Judging by the massive box office take for Iron Man 3, most of you probably caught the latest Marvel film last week.  While the pic’s twists and turns were met with a decidedly mixed response from diehard comics fans, most agree that co-writer/director Shane Black crafted a highly entertaining pic to kick off Marvel’s Phase Two.  The film was capped by a fantastic end credits sequence that plays almost like the intro for a Saturday morning cartoon (“It’s Iron Man and Friends!”), and that sequence has now landed online in full for our viewing pleasure.

Hit the jump to watch the credits sequence, and click here to catch the latest episode of our podcast The Collision in which we talk all things Iron Man 3. [Update: Unfortunately the video has been pulled.  Sorry if you missed it!]

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