Opening on the big screen this week is the second installment in the Divergent series titled Insurgent, based on the book series by Veronica Roth. Insurgent continues to follow Tris Prior and her fellow ‘Divergents’ in their struggle against the alliance, reuniting cast members Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Underworld: Awakening), Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard, Unbroken), Zoe Kravitz (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, X-Men: First Class), Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Life of David Gale), and Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy, High Crimes), among others. One crew member that is not returning, however, is director Neil Burger, who has been replaced by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, RED) working from a script by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, and Mark Bomback. Also opening is a new action flick a little more grounded in reality; The Gunman stars Oscar-winners Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall), as well as Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba (American Gangster, Prometheus). Vantage Point director Pete Travis adapted the screenplay from Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel, with Taken director Pierre Morel heading the project. Both features open in theaters March 20th; if you haven’t seen Divergent, be sure to check it out before you go and see Insurgent. The trailer for Insurgent is here, but you can also see The Gunman trailer on our earlier post:
After years of speculation as to when the apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend would get a follow-up movie, we finally have some information to put the rumors to rest. Warner Bros. recently picked up a script called A Garden at the End of the World by Gary Graham, who posted the screenplay on The Black List website. The original script for I Am Legend was based on the novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, but once the studio acquired Graham’s script and put together original I Am Legend writers/producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, and Joby Harold, it was determined that they would rework the script with Graham to be an I Am Legend reboot, with the potential of a whole series being developed after that. All that being said, it is now pretty much set in stone that Will Smith will not be returning to reprise his role (which wouldn’t really be necessary anyway seeing as he died at the end of the original). Word around the internet, however, has brought up the question about how successful the new series could be without having Smith in the picture, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see how they rework the script to fit the I Am Legend backdrop. Producer Roy Lee and Gary Graham’s manager Brooklyn Weaver will also be joining the project, so the studio is definitely not wasting anytime. Stay tuned for more news.
Warner Bros. is currently trying to get a new King Arthur project off the ground, and now may have Guy Ritchie behind the camera. The director’s last big screen project was Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, A Game of Shadows, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. He is currently wrapping up production on The Man From “U.N.C.L.E.” with actors Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger). The movie follows a CIA agent who teams up with a KGB operative to stop a mysterious organization from mass developing nuclear weapons in the 1960s Cold War era. Ritchie had an Arthur project in the works with Warner Bros. back in 2010, but the project never made it into full production. The studio also decided to drop a remake of Excalibur, a film by director John Boorman which was released in 1981, as well as another project by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). The new project with Ritchie may be the first in a series of six films, although there are no reports confirming this information. The last Arthur project that hit Hollywood was King Arthur (2004) with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley which was distributed by Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer. The new film is being produced by Akiva Goldsman and Lionel Wigram and will be written by Joby Harold. We’ll look for news of a first draft, if the project does ever make it off the ground.