Fox is busy working on some big film followups to 2011 hits: specifically, X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The X-Men film to follow First Class is being assigned several behind the scenes players. Director Matthew Vaughn (First Class) is reported to be returning for this new series installment, as is producer Bryan Singer. The script responsibilities to screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand. The First Class cast, which included James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, is also expected to return for the next feature.
The ending of Rise of the Planet of the Apes always suggested a sequel, but some rumors suggested that one might not occur, or that director Rupert Wyatt might not return for a second Apes film. But Fox reports that Wyatt is indeed directing a followup to his Caesarian hit.
All good news on the Fox frontier. Mutant people. Mutant apes. Rises and falls. Firsts and lasts. A whole lot of big screen excitement.
Three months ahead of the release of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros. is developing a new installment.
The Risky Business blog reported yesterday that the studio is poised to bring on Kieran and Michele Mulroney to write a new draft while Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes' nemesis Moriarty.
The Pitt talk was rumored over the summer in a story that appeared to originate in The London Mirror (the link to the story has since ceased working), but the info was quickly denied by Warners. At the time, the studio said: "The report in today's London Mirror is completely inaccurate. Brad Pitt is not joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes."
There have also been rumors that he appears in several shots of Holmes as Moriarty, but those familiar with the script say the character is in shadow and cannot be recognized.
In the first Holmes, set for release during the holidays, Robert Downey Jr. plays the title character with Jude Law as his Watson. Rachel McAdams also stars. Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram produced.
Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Wigram and Simon Kinberg all worked on the screenplay for the first film. The Mulroneys wrote Warners’ Justice League: Mortal and also wrote and directed the indie dramedy Paper Man, which starred Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Daniels.
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Nicole Kidman is attached to star in The Eighth Wonder, an action-adventure film from Simon Kinberg that 20th Century Fox has picked up. Kidman will also produce the film whose plot details are being kept under wraps, says The Hollywood Reporter.
However, it is known that the story centers on an archeological discovery that sets off a globe-spanning race.
The goal, says The Reporter, is to create a movie that will be to Raiders of the Lost Ark what the Bourne movies are to James Bond movies: a character-driven, treasure-hunting thriller.
Kinberg will write the script in the fall. He recently handled rewrite duties on Night at the Museum 2 and Sherlock Holmes.
Kidman will next be seen in Baz Luhrmann epic, Australia, which opens Nov. 26.
David Rice (Hayden Christensen) was once just like every other angst-ridden parent-hating teenager--that is until he discovered his gift the greatest imaginable pastime/escape ever: teleporting. Since then David has been on the er run and living the ultimate dream. On any given day for instance David could have coffee in Paris and attend the NBA Finals in New Orleans all before lunchtime--which is precisely what tickles his whimsy in the beginning of Jumper. But teleporting like every other superhuman feat is not without its consequences. First he has to keep his special power a secret from his girlfriend Millie (Rachel Bilson); second he has competition from other Jumpers around the globe namely the cynical Griffin (Jamie Bell); and third there is a group called the Paladins currently led by Agent Roland (Samuel L. Jackson) that has been at war with the Jumpers for thousands of years and sworn to kill ‘em all. Suddenly what David thought was complete freedom puts his and Millie’s life at risk. Amongst other areas like writing and direction (see below) Jumper is a victim of its own miscasting. Star Wars veterans Christensen and Jackson lead the way in that department. Christensen has yet to prove that he can do much beyond his tense dramatic turn in Shattered Glass but unfortunately keeps trying. As Jumper’s heroic protagonist the only quality he can pull off is looking younger during flashbacks; otherwise he is stiff too intense and simply no fun in a role that calls for it. Jackson meanwhile stars in so many movies that he’s bound to misfire here and there (OK maybe more frequently than that). If you’re able to get past his ridiculous white hair enough to digest the acting you’ll see that his badass persona doesn’t jibe with a character who’s something of a villainous ghost buster. Resurging actor Bell (Billy Elliot) out-energizes everyone in his supporting role and seems to understand better than Christensen what was wanted from his character while former O.C.-er Bilson is hardly even noticeable. Michael Rooker (Cliffhanger) and Diane Lane are barely around as David’s parents with the latter ostensibly cast in the tragic event a sequel should arise. Uh no. For director Doug Liman sci-fi is really the only genre he is yet to conquer or try to conquer and was thus a logical next step in a successful career. He’s done dramedy (Swingers) action (The Bourne Identity) and crime-comedy (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) all with nice results. Well apparently he’s found his kryptonite: sci-fi (if this movie can truly be classified as such). Jumper based on Steven Gould’s novel of the same name is all about the snappiness that has become Liman’s signature but it’s actually far too quick and light on details in an age where Lost and Heroes fanboys and girls demand much more than special effects. The movie is itself something of a Jumper quick to use its premise as an escape route when things could potentially get intriguing. Surprisingly the empty story can be attributed partly to two contemporary masters of genre screenwriting David S. Goyer (Batman Begins The Dark Knight) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith X-Men: The Last Stand) as well as Jim Uhls (Fight Club). But ultimately the hollow look and feel of Jumper--including its second-rate special effects--falls on Liman who completely blows an opportunity to adapt a concept loaded with big-screen potential.
Brad Pitt and girlfriend Angelina Jolie had such a good time filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith they are considering reprising their roles in a sequel.
The celebrity couple struck up a real-life romance after filming the hit movie in 2005 and they now have three young children together.
According to MTV News, the sequel is one movie project the pair are considering doing together.
Just after the film's release, Pitt pitched an idea to studio executives that would feature their spy characters suddenly becoming parents.
Earlier this week, ABC announced that Mr. and Mrs. Smith will be turned into a new TV show which will reunite director Doug Liman and writer Simon Kinberg.
The TV series will not feature Pitt and Jolie and will pick up six months after the film ended.
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Nicole Kidman is set to challenge her Mission: Impossible-starring ex-husband Tom Cruise on the big screen after signing on to play an action woman in a new espionage thriller.
The actress will also produce the untitled project, which is described by insiders as a female-led The Bourne Identity.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith screenwriter Simon Kinberg is reportedly writing the script for the film. Ironically, Kidman was originally attached to star alongside Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but dropped out to allow Angelina Jolie to take her place.
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The movie that brought Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt together is being remade for the small screen.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg are teaming up again to make a TV version of the hit film.
But Jolie and Pitt won't be reprising their roles as married assassins in the latest incarnation of the movie. Instead, the filmmakers will be searching for unknowns to take over the roles made famous by the expectant couple.
Liman says, "We're going to do a nationwide talent search and find basically the next Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie."
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Couples therapy is for the birds. Trying to annihilate one another with high-tech weaponry is the best
way to spice up a dull marriage. So say John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) a seemingly ordinary suburban couple stuck in a six-year lifeless marriage. They learn this helpful marriage tip firsthand after discovering each other's "little" secret. Seems they are actually two of the world's most deadly assassins but they work for competing companies. Yeah you'd think something like that would have come up at some point while eating at the breakfast nook. Of course once the secret is out there's no turning back. Now hired to assassinate each other the fun really begins as the once-bitter Smiths discover a newfound source of excitement in their marriage. Oh boy do they ever. So does one of them kill the other to keep their job? Or should the two hottest people on the planet--after shooting up their house and beating the holy whaley out of each other--reconcile and get blood all over each other while having steamy sex? You decide.
OK let's just get it over with. Whatever may have happened off set between Jolie and Pitt there's no denying that they indeed have an immediate palpable connection on screen. From the moment they appear as Mr. and Mrs. Smith sitting in a therapist's office discussing their marriage you can feel the chemistry oozing off of them even in their estrangement. Maybe it's real but it may also be a
testament to their talent. Sure Jolie and Pitt can play professional assassins exchanging rapid gunfire in their sleep. But painting a convincing picture of a strained marriage? That's a different story. Between the bickering the long silences the tense politeness even finishing each other's sentences these highly capable actors rise to the occasion as the married Smiths. And to think Nicole Kidman was originally slotted to play Mrs. Smith. That would have been an entirely different film. For a little extra comic relief there's the always hilarious Vince Vaughn as John's colleague. He's a mild-mannered fellow who lives with his mother because she's the only woman he's ever "trusted." The quippy exchanges between Vaughn and Pitt are classic. "Women. They all try to kill you slowly painfully cripplingly… " he warns John. I wouldn't say all that. Hand me that gun please.
First-time writer Simon Kinberg came up with Mr. & Mrs. Smith for his Master thesis at Columbia University Film School. Several drafts later and with a little help from the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and director Doug Liman
(The Bourne Identity) the real Smith was born. Liman has a good handle on all the action especially in choreographing the penultimate confrontation between the Smiths in their beautifully manicured home. Firing guns throwing punches and knives and blowing stuff up just feels good doesn't it? But you do have to throw logic out the window when you're in the Smith world. Come on the fact that these two highly trained über-killers never knew each other's secret professions seems more than a little farfetched especially if we are to believe they--and the competing companies they work for--are as high tech professional and deadly as they say they are. No matter. The implausibility of it all rarely detracts from watching two of the sexiest movie stars around pound the living crap out of one another--and then kiss to makeup. Good stuff.