Ladies and gentlemen, we have our Wonder Woman. It’s been clear that Warner Bros. is ramping up its DC presence in the upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, and rumors have swirled that Wonder Woman would be introduced in the film along with Ben Affleck’s Batman and a few other comics characters. A report surfaced last month that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) were auditioning for the female lead in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, but the nature of the role was being kept under wraps. Well now not only do we know which actress won the role, but also that the identity of the character is indeed Wonder Woman. Hit the jump for more.
Aquaman gets a bit of a bad rap among DC’s top tier superheroes. If you consider the DC Comics superheoes as stand-ins for Greek gods with Superman being Zeus, Batman being Hades, The Flash being Hermes, etc., then Aquaman is Poseidon. And no one mocks Poseidon. But since Aquaman has a silly costume and most people think his main ability is talking with marine life, he gets mocked (also, as Injustice: Gods Among Us proved, being able to control underwater creatures has its advantages). However, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns isn’t giving up on the underwater hero. “He’s a priority character for the company,” says Johns. Warner Bros. has already made that clear by trying to give him a TV show (the pilot wasn’t picked up) and is currently planning to release a direct-to-DVD animated feature.
Hit the jump for more on DC’s plans and the obstacles an Aquaman movie faces.
Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand has gone through plenty of ups and downs over the past few years, and it just recently lost its director—again. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) joins Ben Affleck and David Yates on the list of filmmakers who were at one point attached to tackle the post-apocalyptic tale but bowed out for one reason or another. It’s a difficult adaptation for sure, but Warner Bros. is still aiming high for the property, as Captain Phillips helmer Paul Greengrass currently tops the list of candidates the studio is keen on taking over the project. Hit the jump for more.
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman has been through various stages of development over the years, but it appears that things might be heating up on a feature film iteration at Warner Bros. The comic, which first launched in 1989, revolves around Morpheus (aka Dream) who is the personification of dreams. Initially captured by a cult ritual and held captive for 70 years, Dream is released in modern day to find his kingdom in disrepair. A new report claims that Warner Bros. has become taken with pitch for a Sandman movie by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt mentioned in connection with the lead role. Hit the jump for more.
Things are heating up for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente. Tom Cruise has been flirting with the project for some time, and he’s now courting an acting veteran to play a bumbling sleaze of a former U.S. President. Cruise is wooing Jack Nicholson to sign on as his co-star in the film, going so far as to tell the actor he won’t do the project without him. The story of El Presidente revolves around an overly committed Secret Service agent (Cruise) who is assigned to the worst former president. When a threat is made on the ex-president’s life, the two are forced to go on the run together. It sounds like an action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run and definitely feels like it could be a fantastic vehicle for Nicholson.
Hit the jump for more, including which blockbuster director has agreed to take the helm.
As one of the current masters of genre filmmaking, one might surmise that Guillermo del Toro is due to tap into the current superhero movie craze on a larger scale. Of course del Toro helmed Blade II and both Hellboy films, but fans are surely eager to see him tackle a more well-known comics property in this current climate dominated by Marvel and DC. Indeed, plans are in the works for del Toro to potentially join the DC Universe at Warner Bros. with an adaptation of Justice League Dark, but movement on the project has been rather slow-going.
While del Toro recently revealed that he was in the process of writing JLD and was waiting for a certain writer to become available so he/she could take a pass on the screenplay, the filmmaker has now added a curious bit of info to the development of Justice League Dark, saying that the film will have to fit into Warner Bros.’ plans for a cohesive DC Universe. Read on after the jump.
Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects. First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history). The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s. Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. Superman. Live by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround. And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.
Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.
You might have been under the impression that screenwriter David S. Goyer had an existing deal with Warner Bros. since he’s written for the studio’s Batman trilogy and Superman reboot over the last eight years. Because Goyer’s been so busy scripting DC’s superhero features, he admittedly didn’t need a deal in the past. Now, this three-year first-look deal with WB includes upcoming films Batman Vs Superman and Justice League, along with other non-superheroic pics that may have Goyer landing in the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more, including Goyer’s reaction to Ben Affleck playing Batman.
Author Jo Nesbø’s work is no stranger to Hollywood. Several years ago, Working Title purchased the rights to his novel The Snowman, and at one point Martin Scorsese added it to his very full plate of potential projects. Two years ago, Summit picked up his book, Headhunters. Neither of these have come anywhere close to pre-production, but Warner Bros. hopes they’ll have better luck with Nesbø’s upcoming novel, Blood on the Snow, which his the first book in a two-book series. Written under the pseudonym Tom Johansson, the story is about a hit man who is asked by his boss to kill the boss’ wife. However, the hit man ends up falling for the wife instead. According to Deadline, Nesbø will then follow-up with More Blood on the Water in 2015 and then in 2016 will have The Kidnapping, which ties into the other books and brings Johansson into the series by making him a kidnap victim. All of this adds up to a potential franchise for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. paid $500,000 against $2 million for the rights, and they’re looking to get Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. However, DiCaprio’s dance card is always crowded. In the last six months alone, his name has been linked to Legacy of Secrecy, Rasputin, Mean Business on North Ganson Street, King Harald, and Wilson. The guy has got options.
Though much of the success of Gravity is deservingly credited to director/co-writer Alfonso Cuaron, the inception of the project actually began with Cuarón’s son Jonás. Alfonso was looking for a new film to do after a smaller project had fallen apart, and he decided to team up with his son to craft a story of adversity set in outer space. Jonás Cuarón co-wrote the script for Gravity with his father and also directed a companion short film called Aningaaq that will be on the Blu-ray, and now Warner Bros. is keen on staying in business with the burgeoning filmmaker.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. has set Jonás Cuarón to pen the script for a tentpole film set in Atlantis called The Lost City. The studio had been eyeing Cuarón for the pic for some time, but first had to work out his schedule with his feature directorial debut Desierto, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and starts filming early next year. As a sign of just how big of a priority The Lost City is, Peter Jackson was at one point considering directing. A helmer has yet to be set.
We learned last week that Warner Bros. wanted Chris Pine to play one of the horrible bosses in Horrible Bosses 2. Today we can confirm the deal has closed. According to Variety, Pine will play “half of a father-son duo who steal the main characters’ idea for a new invention.” WB reached out to Christoph Waltz to play Pine’s father, but a scheduling issue will likely prevent Waltz from taking the role.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis will return for the sequel to the 2011 surprise hit about three men who conspire to kill each other’s unbearable employers. After Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon dropped out, Sean Anders (We’re the Millers) stepped in. Horrible Bosses 2 opens November 26, 2014.
This past summer’s Man of Steel marked a big step forward for Warner Bros. with regards to its DC Comics properties. Following Marvel’s massive success with interconnected superhero movies, WB has been trying to find a way to take a similar approach to its DC characters. Green Lantern was a swing and a miss, and Christopher Nolan made it very clear that his Dark Knight Trilogy was a standalone set of films not set within a larger universe. But with Man of Steel, WB finally has a hit with a rebooted DC character, and the studio is moving forward with a follow-up that brings Batman into the fold.
Obviously the endgame is a Justice League movie, but WB has been toying with that idea for years. Director George Miller came extremely close to getting his iteration of Justice League in front of cameras in 2007, but the plug was prematurely pulled. However, a leaked version of the script for Miller’s film has now landed online. Hit the jump for much more.
Warner Bros. has dated the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 for next year’s Thanksgiving weekend. The pic will open in theaters on November 26, 2014, where it will square off directly against Fox’s animated film Home. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Disney’s sports drama McFarland will get a jump on the weekend by opening on November 21st, but Horrible Bosses 2 should prove to be a nice bit of R-rated counter-programming for the holiday.
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return for the follow-up, which will be helmed by That’s My Boy director Sean Anders. Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein penned the initial draft of the script, but Anders and his We’re the Millers co-writer John Morris subsequently performed a rewrite. If you missed Steve’s recent video interview with Bateman in which the actor spoke briefly about the project, click here.
With the recent news that author J.K. Rowling is penning the screenplay for a brand new film set within the world of Harry Potter, we have confirmation that Deathly Hallows – Part 2 did not mark the end for this magical world onscreen. While there are sure to be remakes and reboots down the line, the franchise is currently still in the safe hands of Rowling, and a new adventure based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on its way. Along with the official announcement of Rowling’s involvement in the new movie was also the news that it is planned as the first in a series of new films, and recent trademarks by Warner Bros. suggest that one such spinoff film could possibly revolve around the game of Quidditch. Hit the jump for more.
While this summer’s Man of Steel went on to gross over $660 million worldwide, the film divided some longtime fans of the Superman comics with its controversial ending. It marked a significant departure from canon, and while screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder definitely set out to make a wholly new Superman, many comics fans felt they took it too far. Now Goyer has spoken up a bit about their approach and veering from the comics, adding that he disagrees with some of his fellow comic book writers on a key trait of the Superman character. Moreover, he went on to hint that he may very well be writing Warner Bros.’ Justice League film. Hit the jump to read his comments.