Dwayne Johnson Teases Possible SHAZAM Movie; Announcement Coming at Comic-Con?

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Okay.  So we know that DC and Warner Bros. would really like to play some catchup with Marvel and Disney.  Man of Steel didn’t do especially well, so they’re moving full steam ahead into the Avengers-esque territory of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, which will be shot back-to-back by Zack Snyder.

But wouldn’t it be nice if they put some solo movies in there too?  There were some rumors last month about a potentially leaked Warner Bros. schedule for Comic-Con this week that included a Wonder Woman movie, a Sandman movie and a Shazam movie.  And it’s the latter film that Dwayne Johnson seems to be hinting at.  Hit the jump for more on a possible Shazam movie starring Dwayne Johnson.

Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR Might Be Trained by Idris Elba

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About three months ago it appeared that Guy Ritchie had firmed up King Arthur as his next project with the possibility of the tale stretching into six feature films (which sounds absolutely insane and near impossible to me, but whatever).  There’s still no word on this six movie business (which at this point I’m taking as a sign that this will be a standalone film that will leave the option for sequels open).  But now we have our first bit of casting news.

Idris Elba is in talks to join the film, which was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Idris Elba possibly joining King Arthur.

Mark Romanek to Direct THE SHINING Prequel OVERLOOK HOTEL

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Mark Romanek is in talks to direct The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros.  According to Variety, former The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara recently turned in his draft for the original story.  The script is based on Stephen King‘s prologue to the novel, which was cut from the book prior to publication.  The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century, and focuses on the hotel’s first owner, robber baron Bob T. Watson.  Watson and his family scaled Colorado Rockies to build the grand resort, a place they could also call home.  Things presumably went downhill from there.

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th Includes MAD MAX, THE HOBBIT and Marvel Studios Presentations

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The Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  Warner Bros. is bringing an eclectic presentation with appearances made by the recently pushed Jupiter Ascending, the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s (likely) last foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Legendary Pictures also has a presentation scheduled, but have declined to disclose which projects they’ll be presenting.  LAIKA Animation’s The Boxtrolls will also be making an appearance in the big hall followed by Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.   That’s all capped off by Marvel’s presentation later in the day followed by the big Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Television panel which will feature a look at Constantine and the world premiere of Gotham among other shows.

Outside of Hall H there’s cool TV stuff like The Blacklist and what’s probably the final True Blood Panel.  Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday or Friday schedules. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

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.

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

Comic-Con 2014: Warner Bros. Bringing THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and JUPITER ASCENDING to Hall H

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We should be getting the schedule for Comic-Con 2014 later this week, but studios are already jumping out ahead with what they’re planning to bring to the biggest geek convention of the year.  Warner Bros. has announced that on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00am, they’ll have presentations for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jupiter Ascending.  Of these three, I’m incredibly excited to get a look at Mad Max since it looks kind of insane.  Warner Bros.’ panels have been huge in the past, and the smaller lineup is presumably due to the studio’s recent breakup with Legendary Pictures, which has now teamed-up with Universal.

Also, the press release makes no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while I don’t expect a full presentation, I wouldn’t be surprised by a powerhouse closer like having the full cast assemble on stage and/or showing a very brief teaser.  Hit the jump for more on the loads of stuff WB is bringing to this year’s con including their TV and video game presentations.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd – 27th.

THE CONJURING Spinoff ANNABELLE Release Date Set for October 3rd

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Fans of The Conjuring should be happy with this one.  For a long time in the horror world (translation – several months) there has been some speculation as to what the Untitled New Line Horror Film scheduled for October 3rd, 2014 was.  Today Warner Bros. and New Line announced that it’s Annabelle, a spinoff of The Conjuring.  You’ll remember that the creepy doll that was featured in several of the film’s set pieces.  It should be noted that this is not The Conjuring 2 (the official sequel to the hit film that will be release on October 23, 2015), but a standalone story in that film’s universe.

The film was directed by John R. Leonetti (who served as a DP on The Conjuring and should be able to recreate that film’s style) and written by Gary Dauberman (the upcoming Crawlspace from the same studios).  James Wan is producing alongside Peter Safran.  The film stars the somewhat ironically named Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.

Doug Liman in Talks to Direct VICTORY Remake for Warner Bros.

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Fresh off rave reviews for his wildly entertaining sci-fi pic Edge of Tomorrow, director Doug Liman is adding yet another project to his docket.  THR reports that Liman is in talks to helm a remake of the 1981 action film Victory, which takes place during WWII and revolves around an allied POW soccer team preparing for a game against the German National Team, all the while the French Resistance and British officers make plans for their escape.  John Huston directed the original, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pelé.  The Warner Bros. redo already has Gavin O’Connor (Miracle) working on the script, and this is certainly an interesting choice of material for Liman—it’s described as a cross between Monuments Men and Miracle.

But first, Liman will next direct the Splinter Cell movie with Tom Hardy, which is poised for a 2015 release.  He is also attached to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi children’s book Railhead, also at Warner Bros.  Watch the trailer for the original Victory after the jump.

Ruh-Roh: Warner Bros. Rebooting SCOOBY-DOO

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Scooby-Doo is an iconic character, but his film franchise apparently needs to go back to the drawing board.  According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is ready to reboot Scooby-Doo.  The 2002 live-action/CGI picture grossed $275 million worldwide starred Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Linda Cardellini as Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma, respectively with Neil Fanning providing the voice of Scooby-Doo.  The sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed only grossed $181 million.

So does Scooby-Doo just need a hiatus and a new cast to be a hit again?  Deadline says they’re starting from scratch and “setting Randall Green to craft a new adventure.”  Spoiler: It was the old man who ran the amusement park.

Guillermo del Toro Drops Out of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Emma Watson

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It’s been years since we’ve heard a solid update on Guillermo del Toro’s live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptationHarry Potter star Emma Watson attached herself as the lead back in 2012, and del Toro continued to develop the project as he tackled Pacific Rim.  Today we have serious movement on the Warner Bros. pic, but unfortunately it’s not exactly good news.  The ever-busy del Toro has now withdrawn himself from the project as director, opting instead to simply produce the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros.’ DC Film Slate May Include JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN and THE FLASH/GREEN LANTERN Movies in 2017

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In relation to Marvel Studios’ well-oiled machine, much has been made of the fact that Warner Bros. has yet to roll out a cohesive superhero universe making use of its extensive DC Comics archives.  After last year’s Man of Steel though, the studio appears to have gotten themselves together.  Instead of another Superman sequel, Zack Snyder is gearing up to direct Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a July 2016 release, which he will shoot back-to-back with a full-blown Justice League movie.  However, a new report claims to reveal the studio’s tentative schedule for its DC properties, including a 2017 release date for Justice League, a Wonder Woman movie, and a The Flash/Green Lantern team-up film.  More after the jump.

Amazon Suspends Pre-Orders on THE LEGO MOVIE and other Warner Bros. Home Video Titles

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If you’re hoping to pre-order some of Warner Bros. upcoming films through Amazon, you’re going to be out of luck.  The mammoth online retailer is in a contract dispute with Warner Bros. Home Video over the price of their Blu-rays and DVDs.  According to The New York Times “The retailer’s refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another major confrontation with a supplier to become public in recent weeks.”  Amazon has already been flexing its muscle with the publishing industry, and its standoff with Hachette Book Group has led the retailer to stop accepting pre-orders and delay shipments on Hatchette’s books.

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Roland Emmerich to Direct STARGATE Reboot; Will Launch New Trilogy

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Director Roland Emmerich has been talking about a potential sequel or reboot of his 1994 sci-fi film Stargate for some time now, but it appears that it is actually becoming a reality.  Warner Bros. and MGM will partner on a Stargate reboot, with Emmerich poised to direct the new iteration of his own film.  Producer Dean Devlin will also resume his duties as producer of the new pic as well, though it’s unclear how soon the remake could come to fruition.  For those unfamiliar with the property, the original Stargate stars Kurt Russell and James Spader and revolves around a team of U.S. military professionals who discover and enter a wormhole to another planet.

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Warner Bros. May Sell Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER Following Dismal Reviews from Cannes

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Ryan Gosling has always been one to go a little against the grain.  He could have easily been leading big studio tentpoles at multiple points in his career, but time and time again he’s opted instead to take challenging roles in films like Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, and Drive.  Most recently, Gosling took things even further by setting out to make his directorial debut on an ambitious film called Lost River.  Possibly due to their relationship with the actor on Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love., Warner Bros. agreed to distribute the offbeat film, which was admittedly a bit out of character for the studio given its propensity for shepherding larger-scale films.

Well now the studio appears to be rethinking its decision, as the strongly negative response to Lost River at the Cannes Film Festival has the studio looking to sell the project to an indie distributor.  Hit the jump for more.

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