Today we’re sharing our final portion of Steve’s wide-ranging interview with director Shawn Levy. Steve recently got the chance to sit down with Levy in order to talk a bit about the visual effects work in Real Steel in lieu of the film’s Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Over the past few days, we’ve been bringing you various portions of the interview in which Levy gave updates on the many, many projects he currently has in development as:
In our final portion of the interview, we’ve got updates from Levy on Night at the Museum 3, The Fight Before Christmas (which is being rewritten by Jeremy Garelick), The Cannonball Run and The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto (which Levy may not direct after all). Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.
The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!
20th Century Fox is getting in on all this fairy tale business. Deadline reports that the studio has acquired the spec script The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto for Shawn Levy, who will direct. The script, by Michael Vukadinovich, is a prequel to the story of Pinocchio and tells the tale of Geppetto’s quest through misfortune, war, and adventure to be with his true love Julia Moon. The pic is said to be in the vein of Big Fish and The Princess Bride. If Levy can bring an epic sense of wonder and adventure to Geppetto, it could end up being a fun film, though I’m hoping the director doesn’t opt for the goofy tone of his Night at the Museum films, which could bog this period picture down.
Levy is a pretty busy guy as of late, as his latest directorial effort Real Steel is enjoying a successful box office run. He had been prepping the James Cameron-produced Fantastic Voyage remake as his next directorial project, but he’s also eyeing a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Additionally, he’s producing the R-rated comedy Neighborhood Watch which has Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill set to star, with a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Levy recently talked to Steve about that film, and called the script one of the top three funniest scripts he’s ever read. For a refresher/nostalgia, hit the jump to check out a classic scene from Disney’s iteration of the Geppetto character.