Rodrigo Cortes to Direct DOWN A DARK HALL; Lionsgate Acquires Supernatural Drama Produced by Stephenie Meyer

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Lionsgate has acquired the suspense thriller Down a Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) to direct.  The young adult novel by Lois Duncan centers on Kit, a new student at Blackwood Boarding School: “It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her.”  Michael Goldbach (Daydream Nation) adapted the first draft—Chris Sparling (Buried) has joined the team for additional writing.

Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen will produce Down a Dark Hall.  Check out the press release for more details after the break.

Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks THE MAZE RUNNER, Adapting the Novels, Casting the Characters, Building a Practical Set, Grievers, Production Challenges & More

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Last summer, when The Maze Runner was filming outside New Orleans, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.  If you’re not familiar with James Dashner’s YA novel, it centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up. The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers. Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape. The Maze Runner also stars Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.

During a break in filming I was able to participate in a group interview with producer Wyck Godfrey.  He talked about adapting the novel, putting together the cast, building practical sets, the Grievers, production challenges, the cast boot camp, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Fox 2000 Reunites FAULT IN OUR STARS Team for John Green Adaptation PAPER TOWNS; Nat Wolff to Star

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Fox 2000 will release director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars this June, but the studio is already putting together an adaptation of another John Green book with much of the same team from FaultDeadline reports that the studio has optioned Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Fault in Our Stars co-star Nat Wolff (Admission), with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber returning as screenwriters and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen back to produce.  The story follows a young man who wakes up one night to find his neighbor Margo dressed as a ninja, asking him to help her get revenge on the people who have hurt her.  She disappears the next day, but the man subsequently begins to receive clues from her that he must follow.

Buzz is high for Fault and Neustadter and Weber are on a roll as of late, following up (500) Days of Summer with last year’s swell The Spectacular Now.  A director for Paper Towns has yet to be set, but the project will be built around Wolff.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Green’s novel.

Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks THE MAZE RUNNER, FAULT IN OUR STARS, and Confirms an Ultimate TWILIGHT Movie Box Set is Coming With New Material Fans Haven’t Seen

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One of the movies under most people’s radar is director Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner.  Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  With the film hitting theaters February 14, 2014, you can expect a trailer in the coming months, and a lot more info on the film.  Until then…you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s a film that could be very cool.

Last weekend at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with producer Wyck Godfrey.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, the franchise potential, Easter Eggs, when will we see a trailer, the difficult shoot, filming on location, being at Comic-Con, and a lot more.  In addition, he talked about The Fault in Our Stars, and confirms an ultimate box set of the Twilight movies is coming (he produced all the Twilight films) that will be loaded with new material fans haven’t seen.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: THE TWILIGHT SAGA Comes to an End, Read Damon Lindelof’s Draft of PROMETHEUS Script, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, More STAR WARS: EPISODE VII News

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I try and heed the wise words of Conan O’Brien and resist the urge to be cynical. I really do. But while digging through our The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 coverage in anticipation of this week’s post I stumbled across this poster for the film and all of my best laid plans went to waste. There is just no excuse for a franchise of its stature to have a poster that terrible. I’m far from an expert in graphic design, but mercy…I re-read Adam’s original post several times hoping to find the sentence where he points out that the poster was the Grand Prize winner of Summit’s “Design the Worst Damn Movie Poster Possible” contest. Sadly, there was no mention of such a contest. This was real and it made my heart hurt.

All cynicism aside, in this week’s Top 5, The Twilight Saga comes to a merciful end with interviews and things of the like, Damon Lindelof‘s draft of the Prometheus script becomes available for your reading pleasure, news regarding the debuts of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ first trailer and first 9 minutes of the film surfaces, a handful of images and a video from the set of Thor: The Dark World make their way onto the Interwebs, and believe it or not, more news regarding Star Wars: Episode VII gets discussed. I trust you know where to find a brief recap and link to each.

Author Stephenie Meyer, Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and Producer Wyck Godfrey Talk THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

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Since the release of the first film, the Twilight phenomenon has just continued to grow exponentially. With the highly anticipated final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, hitting theaters on November 16th, fans will finally get to see the conclusion of the romantic epic that has entranced millions worldwide.

At the film’s L.A. press junket, author/producer Stephenie Meyer, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and producer Wyck Godfrey talked about their reaction to Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) vampire effects, the changes made that deviate from the book, balancing the humor with the serious nature of what’s going on in the story, how they felt about the effects for Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), what the last day of shooting was like, and how Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson handled playing parents. Stephenie Meyer also talked about what she’ll be focused on next, whether she’d ever consider doing more stories about other characters in the Twilight universe, and if she’d ever be willing to let other people give their take on the characters, in some form. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER Scribes Tapped to Adapt THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

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Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been tapped to adapt John Green’s critically hailed novel The Fault in Our Stars. The story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. The novel follows the two through the ups and downs of their disease, as they embolden each other to face an uncertain future. Deadline reports that Fox 2000 and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen have set the (500) Days of Summer screenwriters to pen the adaptation.

I’ve heard nothing but great things about Green’s novel, so this should come as good news to fans of the book. Given how they successfully blended comedy and drama with Summer, Neustadter and Weber seem a nice fit to tackle this challenging material. The two recently scripted the period comedy Rosaline, which tells the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Mildred Pierce helmer Michael Suscy is set to direct that film with Lily Collins, Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco poised to star. The duo also adapted the teen-skewing The Spectacular Now for producer Shawn Levy. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Fault in Our Stars.

Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 and PART 2, GOLIATH, SAFE HAVEN, ABC’s REVENGE, and More

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While at the big Los Angeles press junket for Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, I got the opportunity to chat with Wyck Godfrey, producer of all the films in the very popular franchise. Even though they are still hard at work at putting the finishing touches on Part 2, he is now able to step back a bit and reflect on his involvement with the entire experience.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Wyck Godfrey talked about the great moment of elation and happiness that he had when they finished shooting, what it’s been like to see the same dedicated fans supporting them throughout, what director Bill Condon brought to the franchise and the actors’ performances, the level of secrecy involved with keeping the design of Bella’s wedding dress a secret, that there is a longer honeymoon scene and a Volturi scene for the eventual DVD, the challenges in getting Bella and Edward’s child right, and how Bella being a vampire in Part 2 is going to blow people away. He also talked about his hit ABC television series Revenge, and the next feature films that he’s focusing on – the Biblical epic Goliath, starring Dwayne Johnson, and an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, Safe Haven. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, BREAKING DAWN, 21 JUMP STREET, Albert Brooks Interview, American Film Market Coverage

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Happy Saturday, folks. I’m writing to you this week surrounded by a mountain of used facial tissue (that’s right, I’m not endorsing Kleenex on the site without some sort of kick back…wait, dang it). Cold season has officially set in which means I’m on a daily regimen of Dayquil (which I have no problem endorsing), warm tea, and self-pity. In case you’re a longtime reader of the “Top 5″ and you’re wondering to yourself, “Wasn’t Jason just complaining about the summer heat?”, the answer is yes. Out of the 52 yearly weeks, I’m generally not complaining about the weather for approximately 2 or 3 of them. It’s sad, I know.

In this week’s “Top 5″ you can find our video interviews with the cast of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, press conferences with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and more from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 junket, the red band trailer for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s  21 Jump Street, a sit-down with the great Albert Brooks, and our coverage to date of this year’s American Film Market. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Author Stephenie Meyer, Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and Producer Wyck Godfrey Talk THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1

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Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 release is mere days away, on November 18, and earlier today the studio held a large press junket here in Los Angeles.  While the reporters knew that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and producer Wyck Godfrey were going to be talking today, we were all surprised when Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showed up to also talk to the press.  If you’re not aware, Meyer hasn’t done a lot of press since the first film, so it was no surprise that most of the questions were aimed at her.

During the twenty or so minute press conference, Meyer’s was asked if she would continue writing books in the Twilight universe, the differences between the books and the films, the birth scene, the decision to make Breaking Dawn into two films, her reaction to seeing the finished film, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch the video.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Filmmakers Respond to Image Leak

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Images have been leaking from the set of Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  Almost every major production has to deal with leaks.  Sometimes the filmmakers shrug and accept the leaks and hope that they’ll raise interest in the project.  Other times, a production (usually one that already has plenty of publicity and fan interest) goes into lockdown and attempts to get sites to remove said images.  Our policy at Collider is to run unofficial images, but we’ll always take them down at the request of the studio and/or filmmaker.

Condon, producer Wyck Godfrey, author Stephanie Meyer, and studio Summit Entertainment are pleading with sites to not show the leaked images from the upcoming film and for fans to stop passing these images around.  I don’t know if fans will acquise, but I for one am more than happy to not show anyone anything from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  Hit the jump for a statement from the filmmakers.

Producer Wyck Godfrey Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN

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Those familiar with Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn know it will be a bear to adapt.  It’s 756 pages long, features multiple points of view, and would almost certainly be rated R if translated directly as written.  Summit Entertainment split the book into two films to take care of the first problem.  But of course, that raises a new question: where should you split it?

Producer Wyck Godfrey has gone on the record to address some of these questions, including where the films will be split, how to incorporate Jacob’s POV, and how to keep it PG-13.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say (includes spoilers).

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Blu-ray Review; Reviewed by our TWILIGHT Super Fan Contest Winner

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens with a fresh-faced college kid attacked in a dark Seattle alley by an unseen menace, save for a flash of red hair, and left bitten and screaming on a dock in the pounding rain.  Immediately, you know you’re in a more dangerous film than Twilight or New Moon.  Ultimately, Eclipse is still more love story than horror film: a supernatural Wuthering Heights of the Olympic Peninsula.  Altogether, it’s an intoxicating blend of vampires, werewolves and romance.  The Blu-ray Special Features explore a quality film production, in more depth than has been marketed.  The more time I spend with the Blu-ray, the more I like it.  Find out why after the jump:

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE DVD and Blu-ray Info; Available December 4

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Summit Entertainment has announced the DVD/Blu-ray details for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse DVD/Blu-ray. Scheduled for release on December 4 (perfectly timed for the holidays), the studio is shipping multiple versions including a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Single Disc Blu-ray, Single Disc DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo.  Get all that?

While getting the movie is great, most fans just want to know what are the extras.  Summit has announced two different audio commentaries with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and author Stephanie Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey; a 6-part “Making Of” documentary that takes you behind the scenes; deleted and extended scenes; a comprehensive photo gallery; music videos and more.  No idea what “more” means but I do know the fans will be very happy with the audio commentaries as Pattinson didn’t record one for the last movie.

Hit the jump for the press release as well as the cover art.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA Producers to Make BABAR Movie

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The Twilight Saga producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are planning to adapt the classic children’s book series Babar into a feature film.  Deadline reports that Bowen and Godfrey’s production company, Temple Hill, has made a deal with rights holders Nelvana and The Clifford Ross Company to generate family films around the “King of the Elephants”.  Temple Hill is currently in production on Babar: The Adventures of Badou and Godfrey and Bowen are currently in the process of shopping around a blueprint of the Babar movie that would be a live-action/CGI hybrid family comedy.  Could someone give me an example of a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of a children’s book that was a good movie?  I’m struggling to think of one and coming up with nothing.

There have been more than 30,000 Babar publications in 19 languages since Jean De Brunhoff first created the character in 1931.  His son Laurent continues to carry on his father’s work.  Hit the jump to learn more about Babar.

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