Sony Acquires Robert Rodriguez’s Frank Frazetta Adaptation FIRE AND ICE for Planned Franchise

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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez first announced his intention to direct a film based on the art of Frank Frazetta over three years ago at Comic-Con.  The director said he would develop a fantasy tale called Fire and Ice (based on the 1983 animated film from Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi) that would revolve around a sword-wielding warrior who must save a princess kidnapped by evil sorcerers.  Shortly thereafter, Rodriguez announced his intent to helm Fire and Ice after Sin City 2, and with the latter sequel having hit theaters (barely) this past August, it appears that Rodriguez will indeed be moving on to Fire and Ice with the backing of Sony Pictures.  More after the jump.

FBI Confirms North Korea Behind Cyber-Attack; Terrorists Demand THE INTERVIEW Not Be Released Online or on DVD

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It appears that today will be yet another circus with regards to The Interview and the cyber-terrorists behind its non-release.  Despite a new promo spot popping up online last night that proclaimed “In Franco and Rogen We Trust”, Sony removed all clips and the aforementioned video from the internet while also scrapping the film’s worldwide release.  Now a couple of new developments have arisen, chiefly: the FBI has officially named North Korea as the culprits behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures.  Moreover, a new message has arrived from the “anonymous” terrorists calling Sony “wise” not to release The Interview and demanding that the film not show up online or on DVD.  More after the jump.

Sony Pictures Removes Latest THE INTERVIEW Promo along with All Clips; Cancels Worldwide Release

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Last night, Sony Pictures released a new The Interview spot proclaiming “In Franco and Rogen We Trust”.  Sony had previously yanked the movie from theaters following the major theater chains’ refusal to show the film after the cyber-terrorists who hacked Sony releasing a new statement threatening attacks on theaters that screened the picture.  The new promo provided hope that perhaps the studio was going to release the film on VOD, but it looks like their trust in Franco and Rogen has dissipated.

The studio has now taken down the promo from their YouTube page as well as any clips from the film, perhaps in the hopes that we’ll forget it ever existed because if there’s any way a studio can further appease a terrorist organization, they’re more than willing to do so (just ask Paramount, who refused permission to screen Team America: World Police for theaters that wanted something to replace The Interview).  Hit the jump for more on these unprecedented developments in this bizarre and depressing situation.

Sony Drops New “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” THE INTERVIEW Promo Touting Christmas Release; Is a VOD Debut on the Way?

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In my four years of writing for Collider professionally, this may have been the weirdest movie news week I’ve ever seen.  The Sony hack hit a crucial moment as theater chains began refusing to show The Interview, followed by Sony Pictures officially pulling the theatrical release altogether.  The studio said it had “no further release plans” after the announcement despite some speculation that they might just release the film on VOD, but today the studio uploaded a new The Interview promo with the Christmas Day release intact.  Moreover, the video addresses the controversy directly, with a giant “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” blasted over new footage from the movie, which includes a character asking Franco, “How many times can the U.S. make the same mistake?”  Does this mean a VOD release is actually in the cards?  More after the jump.

Don’t Expect to See THE INTERVIEW Anytime Soon; Sony Says It Has “No Further Release Plans”

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Following last night’s news that Sony had decided not to release The Interview after major theater chains refused to screen the film, I saw people on Twitter popping up saying that Sony should release the movie on VOD right now as if there was some switch waiting to be flipped.  Considering that movies stay in theaters for 3-4 months before hitting VOD, I don’t think there was someone at Apple or Amazon waiting by the phone, ready to put the film up for rent or purchase at a moment’s notice.

I don’t know how we’ll see The Interview, but I double it will be anytime soon.  Hit the jump for more.

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release of THE INTERVIEW; Mulling VOD Premiere [Updated]

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With the top five theater chains in the country now saying they won’t be showing directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s political comedy The Interview during its scheduled opening day of December 25th, Sony Pictures is now trying to figure out what to do with the film.  In case you somehow haven’t been paying attention, theater-owners today opted to pull The Interview from their theaters after an anonymous hacker group threatened to bomb screenings of the film on opening day.  This is all very fresh, as news of the big theaters pulling out broke hours ago, but the immediate response from many was to ask Sony to simply put the movie out on VOD, ensuring that it will still be shown to anyone that wants to see it.  Now word comes that a The Interview VOD release is definitely something the studio is considering.  More after the jump.

[Update: Sony has officially canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview.  Read their full statement after the jump.]

Sony and Marvel Discussed a New SPIDER-MAN Trilogy and a CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Appearance; Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing Animated Spidey Comedy

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There have been many, many reports lately about what Sony Pictures may or may not be doing with its Spider-Man franchise after the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but now we have some clarity on what has actually been discussed and what’s definitely in the works, albeit under some pretty lousy circumstances.  Sony has been the target of a very aggressive and incredibly damaging attack from a hacker group that’s now demanding the studio not release The Interview in theaters later this month, and today some internal emails from the studio were released online as a result of said attack.

We will not be publishing any of the emails here, but the folks at the Wall Street Journal did some digging after seeing that some of the emails revealed Sony and Marvel definitely did have discussions about teaming up on new Spider-Man films.  Moreover, an animated Spider-Man comedy is in development from The LEGO Movie directors/geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Sony Developing All-Female SPIDER-MAN Team-Up Movie GLASS CEILING

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It’s pretty clear that Sony’s in a pickle when it comes to its sole comic book franchise, Spider-Man.  This is the series that, in concert with the original X-Men, kicked off this whole modern era of superhero movies in the first place, but the second installment in its reboot of the character, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie yet and the critical response was, well, not pretty.  Before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was touting an all-Spider-Man universe of its own to rival Marvel’s cinematic universe, with two more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, a Venom movie, and a Sinister Six movie all in the works and tentatively slated for release.  After Amazing Spider-Man 2 faltered, however, we have heard very little from the studio aside from moving up Sinister Six as its next planned Spider-Man movie.

Sony appeared to hit on an interesting idea recently when we learned that they were planning a female Spider-Man movie spinoff for release in 2017.  Now some rumored new details about that film have landed online, claiming that it’s actually an all-female Spider-Man movie called Glass Ceiling.  More after the jump.

Christian Bale in Talks to Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle; Will Delay DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY

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It appears that the first actor that was mentioned in connection with Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic may be the one that comes away with the role.  David Fincher was initially flirting with the idea of reteaming with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on the project, but the filmmaker would reportedly only sign on if Christian Bale played the genius innovator.  Fincher’s deal with Sony never materialized and he walked away from the project, with Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle subsequently signing on to direct.  Another reteaming started to bubble as Leonardo DiCaprio considered signing on to the project, but we recently learned that he opted to depart due to the short amount of time he would have to prepare after wrapping The Revenant.

While names like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were mentioned as possible replacements, things have come full circle as Bale is currently in negotiations to take on the role.  More after the jump.

Ron Howard’s INFERNO Release Date Pushed to October 14, 2016

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The popularity of a Dan Brown novel has nothing on Star Wars.  As Evan correctly predicted previously, Sony Pictures has opted to shift the Inferno release date from December 18, 2015—opposite Star Wars: Episode VII—back nearly a year to October 14, 2016.  Ron Howard returns to direct the third Dan Brown adaptation with Tom Hanks back in the starring role after 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons.  The initial 2015 Inferno release date was set quite a while ago, so in reality the shift probably had more to do with scheduling rather than going head-to-head with Star Wars.

Howard only recently completed post-production on his upcoming historical drama In the Heart of the Sea, and filming on Inferno won’t begin until next April after Hanks wraps his untitled Cold War thriller with Steven Spielberg.  Finishing Inferno by next Christmas would’ve been a very tight squeeze.  More after the jump, including what Inferno’s new competition looks like on its new release date.

The End Is Nigh: Sony Buys AVENGERS-Style Shared Universe ROBIN HOOD Pitch for $1 Million

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That’s it, we’ve reached peak “shared universe” stupidity.  Game over.  Thanks for playing.  Sony is poised to purchase a pitch for a Robin Hood riff called Hood for a whopping $1 million against $2 million.  Why so much for an adaptation of well-worn territory, you ask?  Heat Vision reports that the pitch involves positioning the film as a franchise starter with an Avengers-style universe revolving around Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men.  You read that correctly.  Sony is developing a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of a Merry Men Universe featuring Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and of course Little John.  More after the jump.

Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Steve Jobs Biopic; Wishlist Now Includes Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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It appears that Leonardo DiCaprio and his The Beach director Danny Boyle won’t be reteaming after all.  It had looked like the duo might be working together again on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, as news broke earlier this year that DiCaprio was being eyed to star as Boyle entered the director’s chair.  The project has been a high priority for Sony since they received Aaron Sorkin’s script, and early on they entered preliminary conversations with David Fincher about taking the helm.  That prospect didn’t work out and Boyle subsequently signed on, and the hope was that this would be DiCaprio’s next project after he wraps The Revenant with director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  However, word comes today that DiCaprio has opted to bow out of the project altogether.  More after the jump.

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.

FARGO Showrunner Noah Hawley Scripting One of the Universal Monster Movies

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Next to True Detective, FX’s miniseries adaptation of Fargo was one of the year’s biggest surprises in the TV realm.  The prospect of anyone touching the Coen brothers masterpiece was unthinkable, but Noah Hawley—who wrote all 10 episodes—crafted a unique take on the material that caught on with critics and audiences alike.  While he’s no doubt very busy putting together the second season of the show (which will feature a new cast, story, and setting), Hawley has understandably caught the eye of Hollywood, and buried in a report on Sony optioning his novel Before the Fall is the news that Hawley is also scripting one of Universal’s upcoming monster movies.  More after the jump.

Not a Joke: I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER Remake on the Way

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Trends come and go in Hollywood, but one of the most striking in my memory is the self-aware horror movie boom of the mid to late 1990s.  This was, of course, due to the massive success of Wes Craven’s excellent Scream in 1996, and spurred teen-centric, reference-heavy films like Urban Legend, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and of course I Know What You Did Last Summer (also written by Scream scribe Kevin Williamson).  These weren’t good movies per se, but they had their B movie-level charms.  Now Hollywood is keen on resurrecting one such property, and they’ve settled on an I Know What You Did Last Summer remake for some reason.  Sony Pictures has already hired Oculus writer/director Mike Flanagan to write and produce the slasher redo and alongside Fast & Furious producer Neal Moritz.  More after the jump.

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