'Minecraft,' the hugely successful open world video game, is the latest "How do you turn that into a movie?" property to be optioned by Hollywood, as Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to turn the game into a big screen adventure.
Sony recently admitted they need franchises as they're plotting to pump out a new 'Spider-Man' movie every year. It seems another possible franchise for the studio is a big screen adaptation of 'Masters of the Universe,' and now that Jon M. Chu is off the project, they've narrowed their list to three filmmakers who could bring us the adventures of Prince Adam and his alter ego He-Man.
In a cinematic landscape where franchises and known properties are a studio's biggest priority, some projects cannot be killed no matter how hard it is to get them made. Witness Warner Brothers' big screen adaptation of 'The Stand,' which now has a fourth director in talks to helm the production.
With the passing of Harold Ramis, it seemed another monkey wrench had been thrown into the plans of the long rumored 'Ghostbusters 3,' which co-writer and star Dan Aykroyd has been working on for over twenty years. Now it's been revealed that commerce trumps tragedy as Sony and director Ivan Reitman are definitely moving forward with the project.
LeBron James has long been compared to Michael Jordan as he's one of the most gifted players in basketball today. Those comparisons will now extend to cinema as James has signed on for 'Space Jam 2,' a sequel to the film that had MJ playing basketball with Bugs Bunny and the other members of the Looney Tunes.
With all the success Marvel is having with their recent advertising campaign for 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' it appears that audiences are ready for phase three of Marvel's movies, which means meeting some of the weirder and more obscure characters from their collection. It can't get much odder than 'Doctor Strange,' and he appears to be next on the docket as Marvel has a shortlist of directors for the project.
Though he's been adept in all genres, it's worth noting that Will Smith has had some of his biggest hits while making genre films, specifically science fictions movies. Perhaps that's why he's circling the lead role in Universal's 'Brilliance.'
Jonathan Lethem's book 'Motherless Brooklyn' came out fifteen years ago in 1999, and Edward Norton has been trying to turn it into a movie ever since. After adapting the screenplay himself, now Norton finally has backing and the film will go in front of the cameras later this year.
'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman has conquered the small screen with the AMC adaptation of his comic book, and now he's looking to bring his talents to the big screen as he's set up to make 'Air,' a film he'll produce and which will star Djimon Hounsou, and 'TWD' regular Norman Reedus.
With the most romantic holiday nearly upon us (Flag Day and Arbor Day can't even come close), Magnolia has gotten a little kinky and has teased the upcoming release of Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' with a brand new trailer. And this one doesn't feature hardcore sex!
Considering Melissa McCarthy had three films that made over a hundred million dollars last year, is it fair to call her America's sweetheart? She's definitely the most high-profile comedienne working today, and her latest, 'Tammy,' just released its first trailer. And no surprise, it puts McCarthy front and center.
Though covering much of the same ground as the first one, the latest 'Transcendence' trailer plays up the role of the terrorists (headed by Kate Mara) who are looking to stop people like Johnny Depp from achieving the singularity. It seems as thought it's meant to show that this science-fiction film is going to have action alongside its heady ideas.
Though the roles of both John and Sarah Connor have been cast (with Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke respectively, and of no relation), one of the biggest final puzzle pieces of the cast in the upcoming 'Terminator' reboot, 'Terminator: Genesis,' is who will play Kyle Reese, the man who traveled through time because he fell in love with a picture of Sarah Connor. Currently the role is between Boyd Holbrook and Jai Courtney.
It's surprising to think 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is less than two months away as these films are usually big summer event films. But this year summer is coming early and the film has just released its first non-Super Bowl TV spot, which puts focus on the The Winter Soldier.
'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' is about to start shooting, though not all the major parts have been filled. The latest to join the cast is Paul Bettany -- who already voices J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Marvel Universe -- playing Vision.
When 'Pitch Perfect 2' was greenlit, it was assumed -- or at least hoped for -- that stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson would return. The former led the first film, while the latter was its breakout performer. And if you're a fan of 'Pitch Perfect' you'll be happy to know that both are coming back for the sequel.
Low budget movies are often looking for a hook to get people interested since they usually don't have name players, and often mix genres and interests to stoke interest. The latest film to milk this trend is 'Zombeavers,' which looks like it's aspiring to be the next 'Sharknado.'
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