Movie Talk: The Rock Joins Robert Ludlum Shared Universe; ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Shooting This Fall

     May 19, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 19th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp and Dan Murrell discuss the following:

  • Universal teams with The Rock for Robert Ludlum movie universe
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 to film this fall
  • Shia LaBeouf cast as John McEnroe in bio-pic
  • Stephen King talks changes to Dark Tower adaptation
  • Terry Gilliam’s delayed Don Quixote back on with Adam Driver
  • Rob Liefeld made sure Cable was saved for Deadpool 2
  • Personal Shopper trailer from Cannes film starring Kristen Stewart
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

dwayne-johnson-the-janson-directiveWith its classic movie monster’s universe already in motion, Universal is now ready to develop new movies based on the creator of one of its most popular franchises. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson together with Zodiac and Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer James Vanderbilt have closed a deal with Universal to produce a collective universe of films based on the bestselling novels of Robert Ludlum, who is best known for creating the Jason Bourne series that the studio has already turned into a massive movie franchise. The first feature being developed in the new Ludlum adventure “The Janson Directive” with The Rock starring. The story follows a former CIA operative, now the best private security consultant in the world, who is framed for a horrendous crime and must join forces with the protégée sent to kill him in order to survive. Vanderbilt will develop two more stories which will be adapted into screenplays, based on Ludlum titles to tie into the universe.

During the press tour for Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr. revealed that he’s been talking with Guy Ritchie and that Sherlock Holmes 3 could start filming this year. This came as a surprise given that Downey Jr. has a very busy schedule ahead of him by way of the two Avengers: Infinity War films that will be shooting back to back, but when Collider’s own Christina Radish caught up with producer Joel Silver at the press day for Shane Black’s 70s detective story The Nice Guys, he confirmed that cameras could indeed be rolling on Sherlock Holmes 3 by the end of the year:

lawless-shia-labeoufTransformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBeouf will portray tennis legend John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic, Borg/McEnroe. The movie will tell the story of the intense rivalry between McEnroe and his Swedish opponent, Bjorn Borg, who faced off 14 times in the 1970s and ’80s, splitting the wins with 7 each. The deal was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, where LaBeouf is supporting his American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold. Stellan Skarsgard will also star playing the coach to McEnroe. Danish director Janus Metz will direct from a script by Ronnie Sandahl. Shooting is expected to begin this fall in Sweden, New York, London, and Monaco for a 2017 release. 


Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will portray the Gunslinger and the Man in Black respectively in The Dark Tower, which recently began principal photography. Fans have long been waiting for this adaptation which will be based primarily on the first novel, The Gunslinger, in which the title hero and the mysterious the Man in Black, play a cat-and-mouse game as they head to the mystical tower at the center of Mid-World, the fantastical world in which they live. During an interview on the EW podcast Stephen King spoke about the adaptation of the book promising the film will begin as the book does saying, he expects the movie will start where the book starts but will focus on a story that takes place in the middle of the book. The Dark Tower will hit theaters on February 17, 2017.

Variety reports that Brazil director Terry Gilliam has set a shooting date in October for his long in development, long delayed Don Quixote movie. The new film will star Adam Driver as a young filmmaker who returns to an isolated village where he once shot a disastrous adaptation of Don Quixote, only to find the aftermath of the production still plaguing him. Michael Palin will also star as an older member of the village community who believes himself to be Don Quixote, with Olga Kurylenko in a mysterious role, playing the wife of the boss to Driver’s character. The film will be shot in Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands, with Gilliam saying he hopes to have the movie in theatres by 2017.


Image via 20th Century Fox

Fans who stuck around for the end credits scene of Deadpool were treated to a clever parody of an 80’s John Hughes’ movie. Instead of it being just a gag without a payoff, the credits scene promised the big screen introduction of a Marvel Comics character for Deadpool 2, namely Cable. Creator of Deadpool himself Rob Liefeld recently spoke to CinemaBlend revealing that the time traveler with the bionic arm was discussed as appearing in Deadpool’s origin story. But the Merc with a Mouth’s creator advised against it, saying he recommended not adding Cable and falling into the trap Batman V Superman fell into trying to introduce too much in one movie.

The first trailer for Personal Shopper has landed online just following the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Kristen Stewart leads the thriller in a reunion with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas. In Personal Shopper, Stewart plays an American celebrity fashion assistant and personal shopper who attempts to communicate with the ghost of her recently deceased twin brother. The film drew a mixed reception at Cannes, with audiences booing the movie after it’s premiere. And though the movie has secured distribution, a release date has not been set,

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

The Nice Guys – Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that other dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation leads to some dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.


Kurth Warren writes:

Hey Collider crew;

Been a fan for a few years now, love the job you folks do. What trailer has tricked you the most? After watching the trailer your expectations for the film was different from your movie going experience. Mine most recently was Love the Coopers. I went in ready to laugh my rear off, but generally was very disappointed. And for the other end of the spectrum was Fight Club; I went in expecting a just ok fight movie but came out loving the film. Thanks for your time and keep bringing the filthy.

Tampa Movie Guy writes

Hello from sunny Florida.  While franchise films and comic book movies are great, I find it harder to find studios taking a chance with something different.  One movie I think is very unique is Nightmare Before Christmas.  The tone created by Danny Elfman’s music and the stop motion animation is one of a kind.  What movies do you think stand out as the most unique?



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