Warner Bros. Pushes Andy Serkis’ JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS Release Date Back a Year to 2017

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When dueling Jungle Book projects were set up at Warner Bros. and Disney, it appeared that the race was on to see which adaptation would come to fruition first.  WB had a harder time locking down a director (Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu and Ron Howard both flirted with the idea before moving on), while Disney’s almost entirely CG-animated film came together quickly with director Jon Favreau.  Eventually, Andy Serkis came aboard to make his feature directorial debut with Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book: Origins with the idea of shooting the film entirely with motion-capture, and while he assembled a swell cast that includes Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, it appears that the movie will be hitting theaters a year later than expected as WB has pushed the Jungle Book: Origins release date back to 2017.  More after the jump.

Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson Also Top Choices for READY PLAYER ONE

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Christopher Nolan might not be the only director in the running for Ready Player One.  It’s being reported that Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson are all being considered as well.  (Looks like you got your wish, Brendan!)

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s award-winning book of the same name.  It takes place in the year 2044. The world isn’t in great shape thanks to the exhaustion of Earth’s fossil fuels, but at least people can escape the energy crisis and overpopulation by logging in to OASIS, a video game getaway.  Hit the jump for more on the directors who are supposedly in the running to bring OASIS to the big screen.

Warner Bros. Offers READY PLAYER ONE to Christopher Nolan

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Interstellar came in second to Big Hero 6 in its opening weekend, but the original sci-fi film is already up to $545 million worldwide in less than a month.  It’s fair to say Christopher Nolan still has the clout to pick among many options for his next project.  Warner Bros. hopes to bring Nolan back home with an offer to direct the adaptation of Ready Player One.

The Ernest Cline book is set in the year 2044 and follows a teenager who sets off on a treasure hunt in an immersive online world that puts his 80s pop culture knowledge to the test.  More after the jump.

PAN Writer Jason Fuchs in Talks to Write WONDER WOMAN Movie

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First the Wonder Woman movie had a star, then it got a director, and now it has a writer.  Fresh off confirmation that well-respected TV veteran Michelle MacLaren will develop and direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros., THR reports that the studio is in negotiations with Jason Fuchs to pen the screenplay.  Fuchs was a writer on the animated sequel Ice Age: Continental Drift, but he has experience with WB having most recently written the upcoming Pan for director Joe Wright.  THR adds that Fuchs is already working on a Pan sequel, but the Wonder Woman movie will no doubt be a priority for now with a 2017 release date looming.

Gal Gadot was cast as the titular character for her first appearance in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and rumors claim that this Wonder Woman film will be a period piece/origin story that takes place in the 1920s.  MacLaren will work with Fuchs on the drafts of the screenplay, which is promising, so things are moving along quite smoothly for this particular superhero project.

SUICIDE SQUAD Cast Officially Confirmed; Jared Leto Is The Joker, Will Smith Is Deadshot; Oprah Winfrey Sought for Role

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After a couple months of negotiations and intriguing possibilities, Warner Bros. has officially confirmed its Suicide Squad movie cast, which includes Jared Leto playing a new incarnation of The Joker.  Written and directed by Fury filmmaker David Ayer, Suicide Squad revolves around a team of supervillains who work for the U.S. government, undertaking dangerous black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.  We’ve heard a number of A-list names mentioned in connection to roles in the DC Comics adaptation over the past few weeks, and somewhat surprisingly, every single one of them has panned out.  Find out who Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevinge are officially playing in Suicide Squad after the jump, as well as who Warner Bros. is eyeing to the fill the film’s antagonist role.

SUICIDE SQUAD Will Shoot in Toronto from April to September 2015; Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Jared Leto in Final Talks to Star

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While production is winding down on the second DC Comics adaption in Warner Bros.’ new interconnected universe of superhero movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio is gearing up to get the cameras rolling on the next pic after BvS, Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.  The story revolves around a team of supervillains who work for the U.S. government, undertaking dangerous black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.  It’s actually a pretty logical decision to place Suicide Squad so early in the DC Movie lineup, as audiences will get to know a number of the big villains before they face off against the heroes in later films.

Warner Bros. has been putting together an incredibly impressive cast that includes Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto, and possibly Will Smith, and now we have firm details on when and where the Suicide Squad movie will start production.  More after the jump.

Screenwriter Zak Penn Says READY PLAYER ONE Script Is Finished; Project Might Get Stuck on Licensing Issues

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Ernie Cline‘s Ready Player One is a fun read.  The story follows Wade Watts, a poverty-stricken kid in a dystopian society whose only escape is a massive, completely immersive online world.  The inventor who created the online landscape hid a massive treasure, but no one has come close to finding it until Wade finally solves the first puzzle and discovers that if he wants to proceed in his quest, he’ll have to put all of his 80s pop-culture knowledge to the test.  These trials include playing classic arcade games and quoting movies.  The online world combined with the nostalgic references give the story a unique feel where a talented director, if armed with a good script, could make a pretty enjoyable film.

The book set off a bidding war four years ago, and earlier this year, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) signed on to write the screenplay.  Since then, word on the project has been quiet until now.  Hit the jump for more.

Michelle MacLaren Will Develop and Direct WONDER WOMAN; Zack Snyder to Produce

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It appears that we now have a Wonder Woman director, and the choice gives fans of both the comics and filmmaking in general reason to rejoice.  When Warner Bros. first announced it was officially moving forward with a Wonder Woman movie, one of the first directors that immediately came to mind was Michelle MacLaren.  She’s been doing incredible work in television for years, helming notable episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, and her move to feature filmmaking has been long overdue.  Some welcome news came a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that MacLaren was actually in talks to take the helm of WB’s Wonder Woman movie, and now word comes that MacLaren will indeed develop and direct the film.  More after the jump.

PIRATES Scribe Terry Rossio to Pen “INCEPTION-Type” Treasure Hunt Movie YUCATAN for Robert Downey Jr.

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The first project under Robert Downey Jr.’s production banner Team Downey, the drama The Judge, was released earlier this year, and now another Team Downey film is moving closer to fruition.  Deadline reports that screenwriter Terry Rossio has been tapped to pen the script for the Warner Bros. treasure hunt film Yucatan, which is based on an original idea by iconic actor Steve McQueen and is being developed as a star vehicle for Downey Jr.  Rossio’s credits include co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as the animated features Shrek and Aladdin, so he’s got plenty of experience in the adventure realm.  More on Yucatan after the jump.

Jai Courtney in Talks to Play Deadshot in SUICIDE SQUAD; Will Smith May Be Playing Captain Boomerang

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It seemed as though the packed nature of the cast for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a one-time thing, an easy way of introducing a large ensemble of DC Comics characters before focusing on smaller casts in subsequent films.  But that may not be the case exactly.  Over the past few months, the studio has been putting together the ensemble for Suicide Squad, the supervillain-filled DC Comics adaptation that will arrive in August 2016 after BvS opens the previous March, and it’s looking pretty stacked with talent already.  Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all in various stages of negotiations, with Robbie poised to play Harley Quinn and Jesse Eisenberg potentially set to appear as Lex Luthor, and we recently learned that Jared Leto is also in talks to play The Joker.

Now we know who Warner Bros. is looking at to play the Batman villain Deadshot, and it’s none other than Jai Courtney.  More after the jump, including which characters Smith and Hardy may be playing.

THE CONJURING 2 Release Date Set for June 10, 2016

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Can lightning strike twice?  That’s the question New Line/Warner Bros. will be asking in summer 2016, as the studios have set a The Conjuring 2 release date for June 10, 2016, dropping the horror sequel into familiar territory.  The first film was a massive success at the box office (and with critics) when it opened last summer—a season traditionally dominated by VFX-heavy franchise pictures.  The excellent horror pic raked in over $300 million at the worldwide box office, and Warner Bros. is off to a good start with the follow-up as they recently brought back James Wan to direct.  More on the follow-up after the jump.

Jared Leto Eyed to Play The Joker in SUICIDE SQUAD

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Though he was reportedly gunning for the job of leading Marvel’s Doctor Strange, it appears that Jared Leto might be filling even bigger shoes when he makes his comic book movie debut.  The Wrap reports that the actor is being eyed to play The Joker in director David Ayer’s (Fury) DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, which also has Tom Hardy, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie in various stages of negotiations to star.  So, yeah, that might be happening.  More after the jump.

Warner Bros. to Release Zac Efron DJ Movie WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS

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Zac Efron’s drama set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife has found a home.  Warner Bros. announced today that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to We Are Your Friends, which stars Efron as an aspiring DJ who meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley) who takes him under his wing.  Matters become complicated, however, when Efron’s character falls for James’ girlfriend.  Max Joseph (Catfish: The TV Show) makes his directorial debut on the project, which wrapped production in September.  StudioCanal financed the picture, which also stars Gone Girl actress Emily Ratajkowski as the woman at the center of the dangerous love triangle.  Joseph penned the script alongside Meaghan Oppenheimer.

Read the full press release after the jump, which includes an official synopsis for We Are Your Friends.

Christopher Nolan Vetoed a MAN OF STEEL Post-Credits Scene

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As director Zack Snyder’s superhero pic Man of Steel approached release, there was a high level of both anticipation and curiosity in the air.  The previous year, Marvel Studios had capped off its Phase One of interconnected superhero movies with The Avengers, which enjoyed both critical and commercial success to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Their experiment worked, and they would continue building out their MCU for years to come.  With Warner Bros., though, Man of Steel was seen as possibly the first piece of a larger puzzle that could lead to the studio’s own interconnected universe of DC Comics adaptations.  How would Man of Steel compare to Marvel’s approach?  Would there be many similarities?

The finished film, it turns out, was actually quite different from Marvel’s output.  It maintained the same dramatic tone of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy even though the films weren’t connected, and there weren’t too many nods to other DC characters.  But the film almost had one big similarity to Marvel’s approach: a post-credits stinger. However, when WB brought up the prospect of adding a coda, Nolan (a producer on the film) reportedly nixed the idea quite strongly.  More after the jump.

Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Rule Out Another Superhero Movie; Warner Bros. Pressed Him to Produce JUSTICE LEAGUE and a BATMAN Reboot

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If Marvel Studios and Iron Man is responsible for influencing one half of the current superhero movie climate, then Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins can take credit for the other half.  How many times have you heard “gritty reboot” and Batman Begins name-checked when describing a potential new project or an updated take on an existing property?  Nolan brought a grounded and serious tone to the superhero genre with his Dark Knight trilogy, specifically The Dark Knight, and many imitators have surfaced in his wake.  Nolan closed out his Batman adaptation with The Dark Knight Rises, but many fans of the franchise would no doubt love to see Nolan put his spin on another superhero.

So what does Nolan think about returning to the superhero genre?  Well he’s not particularly crazy about it, but he won’t entirely rule it out either.  Hit the jump for more, including how Nolan figured into Warner Bros.’ delay in getting its DC Movie Universe off the ground.

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