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The Random – Wolverine 2, Marco Polo, Green Lantern, The Shadow, The Smurfs, De Niro in Dark Fields, Jackman in Selma, Rachel McAdams gets a Woody, Splice

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

– Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) has finished his draft of the Wolverine sequel, which he began writing in August. Shooting is currently expected to commence in January of 2011. It is going to be set in Japan and no word yet on who will direct although Hugh Jackman will be back as Logan. I just hope the claws are better than the first film.

– Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Constantine) will direct a feature about Marco Polo for Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety – More fantasy/adventure epic than serious biopic drama, the film will be most set in “the Orient of our imagination”

– Test shooting on the Green Lantern has started shooting in New Orleans. Apparantly it involves a stunt car.

– David Slade (30 Days of Night) could direct the Sam Raimi produced film adaptation of classic pulp character The Shadow at 20th Century Fox reports Latino Review.

– Dr Horrible himself, Neil Patrick Harris, is to be the live action star in The Smurfs movie. I feel slightly more interested in the project…but only a little.

Robert De Niro joins Bradley Cooper in The Dark Fields. The film is about ‘a down-and-out Gotham writer (Cooper) who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success‘. According to Variety, De Niro will be playing the role of the brilliant financial mogul that’s chasing after Bradley Cooper’s character. The film will begin shooting in May in Philadelphia.

– Hugh Jackman will be starring in Selma to be directed by Lee Daniels (Precious). Deadline previously reported that Robert De Niro was on board to play Alabama Governor George Wallace in the film, which is about the historic march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery.

– Rachel McAdams has signed on to co-star in Woody Allen’s next project. Production of the still untitled film is to begin this summer, likely with a 2011 release date in mind. Owen Wilson and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are also starring in it.

– Vincenzo Natali’s Sci-fi creature feature, Splice, is to be released on 4th June. Looks like the studio are pushing this to be a big Summer film.

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Water For Elephants – It’s a Bingo! Christoph Waltz to play paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, The Green Hornet) is currently in talks to join Water for Elephants. This is adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel to be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend).

If Waltz gets the role he will star alongside Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Reese Witherspoon.

Deadline Hollywood says “Waltz will play the heavy in the Depression Era romantic triangle involving a veterinary medicine student (Pattinson) who joins a 2nd-rate travelling circus and falls for the star performer (Witherspoon). Waltz will play her husband, a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who is as mean to his wife as he is to the circus creatures.”

This role was originally down for Sean Penn to play, but as often happens looks as if he is no longer attached.

Certainly sounds like an interesting role and we all know Waltz can flip from calm to manic to just plain scary mad at the flip of a strudel!

Source: Coming Soon

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In the Small – What would you do if you were six inches tall? Francis Lawrence may show us

Posted by LiveFor on November 26, 2009

Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) appears to be heading to the land of the giants with his next film, In the Small.

The story begins with the cataclysmic event of a blue light that washes over the Earth and causes everyone to shrink to a sixth of their normal size which means that humans are in danger from some serious predators.

The book follows two characters Mouse and Beatrix who round up survivors and group them together to make a new society. After the event Beatrix begins building a sustainable community in the house she and her family lived in, while Mouse returns from the city leading a group home.

How does that grab you? On the plus side overpopulation is no longer a worry plus there will be lots of carnage caused by cats, mice, insects etc killing people!

It is based on an original graphic novel by children’s book illustrator Michael Hague (The Wind in the Willows, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The Wizard of Oz). I hadn’t heard of it until Filmstalker mentioned it. I like the sound of it and todays technology means it should be quite a bit better than Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Author Michael Hague chatted to Newsarama about the graphic novel.

“I’d actually had the idea for a long time. When the kids were little, in the summertime, we used to pose little questions for them, little projects to keep their minds sharp during the summer. And one of the ideas was, “Could we survive if we were six inches tall?” (laughs) It was kind of hard for them to wrap their heads around that idea. But that’s where it came from.”

At first it looked as if he was going to go the route of DC Comics the Atom and have everyone retain their normal sized strength.

“I actually talked to a scientist about this. He thought that if we were to shrink down to six inches tall, we might retain super-strength like ants – the muscle mass would be super-dense. I had that in at the beginning, but decided to take it out. It was just getting too odd. (laughs) As far as science in the book, there wasn’t a lot!”

The book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, but it there is already a sequel which will no doubt make the whole thing more attractive to the studios.

“I’ve written another one. It has the same sort of ending, where it looks like this might continue. I always liked stories that ended like that – “This isn’t the end, everything isn’t all nicely wrapped up, the story continues.” And yes, I would like to continue doing these.”

Hague was also made up with the fact the book was optioned to be a film before it was even published.

“It’s been pretty amazing, actually! My agent in New York had contacted an agent in CAA, and he agreed to take the project on, and someone contacted him…and one day I got a phone call asking if I was willing to take a group call with Warner Brothers and Weed Road Pictures, because they had an offer for the movie. I asked my agent if it always happens like this, and he said, “No, it never happens like this!” So in the span of about four hours, I had a movie deal! And it’s been very exciting.”

What do you think about In the Small? What would you want to see six inch tall people get up to?

You can get the graphic novel at Amazon UK or Amazon USA

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Will Smith to board The City that Sailed

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and star Will Smith are to join forces again for the fantasy drama The City That Sailed at 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Niccol’s script follows a New York City street magician whose daughter, because of family circumstances, lives in England.

In exploring a lighthouse one day, the girl discovers a room with magic candles and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Pond.

It sounds a bit like James and the Giant Peach, but in reverse. Could have some good imagery, but I want to know a little more about the adventures they could possibly have on an ocean going Manhattan. This could be the second film set on the sea that Will Smith stars in. The first being McG’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Will Smith to board The City that Sailed

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and star Will Smith are to join forces again for the fantasy drama The City That Sailed at 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Niccol’s script follows a New York City street magician whose daughter, because of family circumstances, lives in England.

In exploring a lighthouse one day, the girl discovers a room with magic candles and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Pond.

It sounds a bit like James and the Giant Peach, but in reverse. Could have some good imagery, but I want to know a little more about the adventures they could possibly have on an ocean going Manhattan. This could be the second film set on the sea that Will Smith stars in. The first being McG’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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I Am Legend Prequel? Just what we didn’t need

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2008

Warner Bros has greenlit a prequel to I Am Legend. Will Smith has signed on to reprise his role as Robert Neville, and Francis Lawrence has returned as director. According to Variety, D.B. Weiss (The Game) is writing the script based on a detailed plot outline that was developed over the past few months by Smith, Lawrence, Akiva Goldsman (producer and screenwriter of the original).

The prequel will follow Neville in the last days before and after the man-made virus kills/mutates New York City. A sequel was considered, but obviously wouldn’t have been possible without starting over with a completely new lead character/actor. No word on if author Richard Matheson was consulted about the film.

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