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Studios Lining Up Opposing Agatha Christie Biopics with Emma Stone and Alicia Vikander

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Murder-mystery novelist Agatha Christie.

Same-subject movies coming out at the same time aren’t necessarily unheard of; Deep Impact and Armageddon (May and July, 1998), Dante’s Peak and Volcano (February and April 1997), Mission to Mars and Red Planet (March and November 2000), The Illusionist and The Prestige (August and October 2006). Now a new pair of movies will be joining the list, focused around the life of famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie. Paramount has signed Oscar-nominee Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to star as Christie during her 11 day disappearance in 1926. Sony, however, has signed Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) to star in Sony’s production, which focuses on the author’s youthful days as a pro-feminist supporter. Continue reading

Will Smith And Martin Lawrence Confirmed For ‘Bad Boys 3’ And ‘4’

Rumors have been flying around Hollywood for the last year or so regarding a potential third installment of Michael Bay’s Bad Boys film series with Will Smith (Men In Black, Independence Day) and Martin Lawrence (Life, Big Momma’s House), and now Sony Pictures has confirmed that a sequel is definitely happening. But it’s not only one sequel that fans can look forward to. According to Sony, Bad Boys 3 AND 4 now have official release dates for February 2017 and July 2019, in a list that also detailed release dates for a Jumanji reboot, a remake of the classic Magnificent Seven by director Antione Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer), and an adaptation of The Dark Tower from director Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair). Original Bad Boys director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) is not currently attached to these new films, at least not in a directorial function. It has been rumored that Smokin’ Aces and The Grey director Joe Carnahan will be taking over the reigns for these new installments, as Bay is currently working on production of several new films, including Transformers 5, The Purge 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and a Friday the 13th reboot. Stay tuned for more news.

Classic Literature Getting Stylized Re-Imagining For New Film Releases

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Painter Frank Bernard Dicksee’s 1884 oil canvas Romeo and Juliet.

Just when we thought Hollywood couldn’t do anything more to ruin originality, we see headlines like these in the news and just want to lose all hope. THR recently reported that Sony Pictures has picked up a new film adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet that will supposedly be imagined in the likings of director Zack Snyder‘s 300. The project is called Verona and is the first from writing duo Neil Widener and Gavin James. At the same time director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is also working on a new project at Thunder Road Pictures that will tell the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinivere in a Western-genre setting. This one is titled Man at War and comes from a script by writer Jeremy Lott, but we have yet to hear when this project will be released in relation to Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming movie Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. I don’t know how fans of classic literature will take news of a 300-style Romeo and Juliet, or two King Arthur movies being made pretty much simultaneously, but with Disney and Marvel both busy popping out Star Wars and Avengers films for every consecutive year from now until God knows when, I can’t say this comes as very surprising news. Keep an eye out for further updates.

Early Draft Of Next Bond Installment ‘S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’ Leaked In Sony Pictures Hack

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Earlier in the month we found out that private files, including film scripts, reels, and documents including emails between company employees and executives, were stolen from Sony Pictures by a group of computer hackers that call themselves the Guardians of Peace. The group has threatened to “ruin” the company if their upcoming James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy, The Interview, is not pulled from release this coming Christmas Day. The G.O.P. has already released a number of documents including emails between executives at the company covering everything from upcoming movie plans, celebrity secrets, medical records, racial slurs, and unbalanced pay between actors and their female counterparts. Sony discovered Monday that an early version of the screenplay for their next James Bond installment with Eon Productions Ltd., S.P.E.C.T.R.E., was among the material stolen and leaked in the cyberattack, and they were quick to give the public a friendly warning about copyright infringement. This statement was posted on the James Bond website Saturday, December 13th, by Eon Productions Ltd:

EON PRODUCTIONS, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system. Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents. The screenplay for SPECTRE is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated or otherwise utilised by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq LLC will take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen.”

Pretty serious shit. Principle photography for the new movie began on December 8th with Daniel Craig returning as Bond, and the movie is scheduled for theatrical release this November 6, 2015. We’ll keep you updated on anymore leaked information.

James Franco And Seth Rogen’s New Comedy ‘The Interview’ Opens Christmas Day


The upcoming comedy, The Interview, with James Franco and Seth Rogen has already stirred-up plenty of controversy before it’s even reached it’s release date. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, went so far as to declare the movie’s public release an “act of war,” and a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace have released several Sony Pictures corporate documents that they attained after hacking the company’s computer database last month in an effort to stop the release. But thus far Sony has given no public statement saying that they will pull the film from theaters, so as far as we all know, it is still scheduled for release this Christmas Day. The plot of the movie revolves around a pair of reporters who are recruited by the CIA to infiltrate North Korea under the guise of interviewing Kim Jong Un, and then assassinate Un at their first opportunity. Seth Rogen co-directed the movie with Evan Goldberg (This Is The End, Neighbors), and the film also stars Lizzy Caplan (127 Hours, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Randall Park (Dinner For Schmucks, Sex Tape). Screenwriter Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Project, The Office) wrote the screenplay with Rogen and Goldberg. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, and if going to the movies on Christmas Day is a family thing (or just your thing!) then by all means, go and see it this December 25th.

Universal Picks Up Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic With Michael Fassbender

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Having been dropped from development at Sony Pictures, director Danny Boyle‘s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has now been picked up by Universal Pictures for $30 million. Michael Fassbender is attached to lead the film and now Natalie Portman is in talks to take an unknown major role in the movie. The script will follow a sixteen year span that sees the release of three major apple projects, and according to Sorkin will largely incorporate material from seven other major characters like John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman. With the supporting cast beginning to be filled in, and a major distributor backing the project, we should see production start to pick up on this one. As to how excited audiences will be for another Steve Jobs movie? That’s anybody’s guess, really.

‘Captain Phillips’ Director Paul Greengrass To Helm New Adaptation Of George Orwell’s ‘1984’

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Director Paul Greengrass with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Matt Damon recently announced that he and director Paul Greengrass would be reuniting for another Jason Bourne adventure, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than another endeavor into familiar territory. Greengrass (Green Zone, Captain Phillips) is in talks at Sony Pictures to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s frighteningly predictive novel 1984. The book was published in 1948 and takes place in the midst of a futuristic war where surveillance technology is virtually unavoidable to the general public, very appropriate in our modern world where surveillance is a constant subject of controversy and federal agencies are under high scrutiny for surveillance methods that may or may not be morally sound. Greengrass will direct the project from a screen adaptation by James Graham, and Scott Rudin, who worked with Greengrass on Captain Phillips in 2013, will produce the project at Sony. Thus far there are no actors attached to the film. Stay tuned.

Director Danny Boyle May Still Get Christian Bale To Play Steve Jobs

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Variety has recently reported that director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) will be taking over production of a new Steve Jobs biopic at Sony Pictures and that Christian Bale will be taking the lead role in the film. When Boyle had first come on he had originally been eying Leonardo DiCaprio to take the part, but that plan seems to have fallen flat and now Bale will be stepping in to portray the late Apple founder. The new project will be titled Jobs (even though there was a Steve Jobs movie that came out a few years ago with the same title starring Ashton Kutcher) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin seems to be pretty confident that this project will be much better than Kutcher’s movie. Stay tuned.

David Spade Officially Returning For ‘Joe Dirt 2’ At Sony Pictures Crackle

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We had followed an article back in the Spring about David Spade possibly returning for a potential Joe Dirt sequel that would be released through Sony Pictures streaming service Crackle, and now we have some official follow-up news. Now Crackle has released official word that the film will, in fact, begin filming next month and Spade will return to star, co-write, and executive produce the new film. Also back from the original is co-writer Fred Wolf, who will also take on the directing responsibilities. So even though this is another sequel project in this cinematic age of sequels and remakes, there may actually be some legitimate laughs in store for us. There is no official word on the plot for the new film, except that it will supposedly pick up right where the original left off. Happy Madison Productions will produce the film which will be filmed in Louisiana and is expected to be released sometime next year.

’23 Jump Street’ In The Works With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, And Writer Rodney Rothman

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Even though audiences had fairly mixed feelings about the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, the movie was successful enough for the studio to reunite actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum with writer Rodney Rothman for a third movie, (think Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa’s voice…) “appropriately titled 23 Jump Street.” Producer Neal Moritz will return to produce the film for Sony Pictures. There is no word yet on what the plot will consist of, but if you caught the post-credit teaser posters at the end of 22 Jump Street I’m sure you’ll understand the ongoing joke of ridiculous hypothetical posters for Jump Street sequels. We’ll look for more news on 23 Jump Street as it comes out.