Producers behind the Spider-Man film franchise are planning a number of spin-off movies featuring the superhero's arch-enemies. One of the films will focus on Venom, played by Topher Grace in 2007's Spider-Man 3, while another will be an ensemble piece based around The Sinister Six, a group of Spider-Man baddies.
Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad says, "The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio's greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world."
Andrew Garfield stepped into Tobey Maguire's shoes to play Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in the franchise's reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, last year (12). The second installment of the new series will hit cinemas next May (14).
Will Smith is expected to slip on a dark suit and shades for another installment of Men In Black, according to movie bosses.
The superstar returned to his role of Agent J in the third film in the sci-fi franchise earlier this year (12) after a decade-long wait, and proved the series is still a success at the box office after it raked in $615 million (£390 million).
Now Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad, the man in charge of the studio behind the films, has given a fourth movie the green light.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do (another one), but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done."
Will and Jaden Smith are following up The Pursuit of Happyness, their drama based on a true story that illustrated the touching, heartfelt growth of a man and his son as they struggled from homelessness to success, with the next logical step: a sci-fi adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Yup.
According to ComingSoon, the film is "set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes."
Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, somehow released the following statement with a straight face:
"Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We're thrilled to have the two of them together on this project."
To continue the sad fact that this just isn't a late April Fool's joke, Shyamalan added: "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."
We can only assume that Will did not meet with Jada before making this decision and will probably be sleeping on the couch tonight.
Source: Coming Soon
The Step Up star and Hill, who wrote the screenplay, are teaming up to portray an undercover police duo fighting crime in high schools.
Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, says, "Jonah helped create a smart and funny vehicle that is tailor-made for him and Channing. We love how this movie has come together and are very excited to begin production this spring."
Hill has previously revealed he's written a part for Depp in the film, and hopes the superstar can be persuaded to spend a day filming on set.
Baz Luhrmann has officially given the starring role in his The Great Gatsby to Carey Mulligan, the director told Deadline.
The actress, Deadline recounts, was on the reception line for The Fashion Council Awards in New York when she got the call from Luhrmann on Monday -- and promptly burst into tears on the red carpet in front of Karl Lagerfield and Anna Wintour.
According to Deadline, the offer came shortly after Luhrmann showed audition footage to Sony Pictures Entertainment execs Amy Pascal and Doug Belgrad. (Last week, Vulture reported that Mulligan was said to be the front-runner.)
Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire is expected to take on the role of Nick Carraway, Deadline notes.
Luhrmann told Deadline. "There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film. Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: 'Hello, Daisy Buchanan'."
Source: Hollywood Wiretap
Barry Levinson has had quite the career change over the last few years. In the 1970's and 1980's, he rose to the top of the industry as a writer (Tootsie, ...And Justice For All) and director (Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam), grossing hundred of millions of dollars for various movie studio's and racking up four Oscar nominations and one win for his direction. The hits kept coming in the 1990's with Bugsy, Disclosure and Sleepers, but since 1998's Wag The Dog, he's been inconsistent with his work.
We may see a return to the Levinson we love, though, as Sony Pictures has announced that the 68 year-old filmmaker will direct their biopic of human rights activist Jack Healey, titled Brother Jack. The studio sent a brief tweet out not more than an hour ago stating that Levinson would weave the coming of age story of an idealist who leaves the priesthood for a life on the streets and successfully wages a one man war to elevate the issue of human rights.
The screenplay is being written by Harley Peyton, with a current rewrite by Kelly Masterson. The film will be produced by Mosaic and Jack Healey for Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, the presidents of Columbia Pictures.
If you review Levinson's resume, you'll see a hall-of-fame worthy list of productions, many of which have stood the test of time to become true cinematic treasures. His return to the big screen with serious subject matter like this is a good sign for both Sony and film buffs alike.
Classic kids-cartoon characters the Smurfs are coming to life in a new live-action/animated movie.
Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third writers David Stem and David Weiss are set to pen the screenplay after bosses at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures bought the rights to a Smurfs movie.
The Smurfs first appeared in 1958, when they were created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford.
They later starred in a U.S.-made Hannah Barbera cartoon, which ran from 1981 to 1990.
Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad dells industry publication Variety, "The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises, and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world.
"We're very excited to introduce a new generation to (characters) Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other Smurftastic Smurfs in all their glory."
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