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The legacy of the James Bond film franchise is not without its twists and turns, many of which are excellently captured in the documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. One of the more difficult stories related to the film series involves Thunderball, which began with an original screenplay by Bond creator Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, before Fleming decided to cut McClory out of the picture and publish the novel Thunderball—based on the idea the two hatched together—with nary a mention of McClory. The result was a decades-long legal battle and two “unofficial” Bond films (Thunderball and Never Say Never Again), but at long last the entanglement has ended. Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Bond franchise going forward. Per HitFix, MGM and Danjaq have reached a settlement deal resulting in MGM now controlling all of the rights to James Bond. This is noteworthy because this deal means that classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the nefarious organization SPECTRE are now back in the official library, meaning future Bond films from Sony can incorporate the character and/or organization. It’s kind of like Warner Bros. finally getting the rights to Lex Luthor. Skyfall director Sam Mendes is currently hard at work developing Bond 24, which is poised to open in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in the US on November 6, 2015. Details on the pic have been scarce and I doubt the producers have time to rework the film and include Blofeld before ...
Sony Pictures has just acquired a stranger-than-fiction pitch that will see Jason Segel playing a maple syrup thief. Inspired by real events reported by Anne Sutherland in the Montreal Gazette, the film chronicles the 2012 heist of over $20 million worth of maple syrup that was stolen from Quebec’s Federation of Maple Syrup Producers (this is a real thing that exists). As of now, over 20 individuals have been arrested in connection to the maple syrup crime (also a thing that exists). Segel is attached to star and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to direct. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Segel is attached to star in the currently untitled pic and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is set to helm, with the duo also acting as producers alongside Barry Josephson. Family Guy veteran Chris Sheridan is currently writing the script. The film is described as a comedy with dramatic overtones, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one shapes up. Segel can currently be seen on the final season of How I Met Your Mother and recently reteamed with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement director Nicholas Stoller on the comedy Sex Tape, in which he stars opposite Cameron Diaz. That film opens in theaters next July. As for Gordon, he recently dropped out of directing the sequel Horrible Bosses 2 after developing that one for some time. The follow-up is still moving forward with a different director onboard, but Gordon is next expected to helm the ...
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have long talked about an idea for an R-rated animated film, and now it appears that the raunchy pic will finally come to fruition. Sony Pictures announced today that it will partner with Annapurna Pictures on Sausage Party, which was written by Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir based on an idea by Rogen, Goldberg, and Hill. The story follows one sausage’s “quest to discover the truth about his existence,” as he falls out of a shopping cart and, along with his friends, embarks on a journey to return to his aisle before the 4th of July sale. Voice casting has yet to be announced, but Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) and Greg Tiernan will be directing the pic with an eye towards a 2015 release date. Rogen and Goldberg made their directorial debut with this summer’s excellent This Is the End and are currently helming the Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. Hit the jump for the full press release. Here’s the press release: SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG LET IT ALL HANG OUT WITH “SAUSAGE PARTY,” AN OUTRAGEOUS, NOT-FOR-KIDS ANIMATED MOVIE, FROM SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, ANNAPURNA PICTURES AND POINT GREY CULVER CITY, Calif., September 24, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek ...
Though Elysium has only been in theaters for a couple of weeks, Sony has already given director Neill Blomkamp’s next film a release date. The sci-fi pic Chappie will open in theaters on March 27, 2015, adding yet another film to look forward to in what’s shaping up to be the busiest moviegoing year in history. The only other film currently set for release on 3/27 is DreamWorks Animation’s spinoff The Penguins of Madagascar, but Marvel is poised to invade every available screen a little over a month later when The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st. With Chappie, Blomkamp reunites with his Elysium and District 9 star Sharlto Copley once again. The pic tells the story of a robot (Copley) imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Ninja and Yolandi Visser are onboard to play said gangsters. Production on Chappie begins this fall in South Africa, but it appears that Blomkamp will need plenty of time to complete the film’s extensive visual effects.
ABC staple Shonda Rhimes is returning to feature films. Before creating the incredibly successful ABC dramas/soaps Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, Rhimes penned the screenplays for The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement and Crossroads. Now THR reports that Rhimes will return to the world of features to write the screenplay for the drama War Correspondents. The project, which focuses on the lives of female war correspondents, was initially developed by Rhimes as a potential TV series, but stalled when the Iraq War began. Now Sony has decided to turn the idea into a feature film, and Rhimes will pen the screenplay with longtime producing partner Mark Gordon (Source Code) onboard to produce. Rhimes continues to run Grey’s Anatomy and most recently developed the successful ABC series Scandal, which returns for a second season this fall and garnered Emmy nominations for stars Kerry Washington and Dan Bucatinsky. No director is yet attached to War Correspondents, but development will be moving forward at Sony in the coming months.
With casting already underway on David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, it’s no surprise to learn that his planned big-budget feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is kaput. A couple months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that production had been pushed back to 2014 due to the inability to find a lead actor to commit to the project. However, The Playlist reports that the movie has been dead for months, and the report was “apparently a desperate bid by the Aussie government to entice the filmmakers and producers into continuing with this project that would bring millions of dollars in jobs to their movie industry.” Fincher did try his damndest to make the picture happen, but couldn’t wrangle a bankable lead actor. Brad Pitt passed to do Fury, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig didn’t want to commit to the a 140-day shoot away from their families, Channing Tatum wasn’t seen as a bankable enough, and Fincher didn’t agree with Disney’s suggestion to cast Chris Hemsworth. Rather than continue fighting for his expensive project that was already a risky proposition for Disney (and one that now seems ludicrous considering the massive failures the studio had in trying to adapt older properties with John Carter and The Lone Ranger), Fincher moved to Gone Girl. So where does that leave his other major project, The Girl Who Played with Fire? Hit the jump for more. Like 20,000 Leagues, Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire was also running ...
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Director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) recently had his sci-fi heist flick Luna put on hold, and he turned his attention to the sci-fi action movie All You Need Is Kill, but now he's got a non sci-fi project on the horizon. Deadline reports that Liman is on board to direct Everest based on Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory with the screenplay written by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). The non-fiction novel chronicles British mountain-climber George Mallory's three attempts to reach the top of Mount Everest. Mallory was a devoted family man and his attempts to climb Everest made him a hero to Great Britain, but he fell short of his attempts to reach the top without oxygen tanks in 1921 and 1922. Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine changed their tactics for their final 1924 climb, but they disappeared into the clouds as they made their final approach and were never heard from again. Debate continues to this day as to whether or not they actually made it to the peak. Liman, who is an avid climber and a fan of Mallory's story, still has Luna and All You Need Is Kill in addition to Everest, and there's no word on which of these three projects will go before cameras first, although Deadline says Everest "is a priority at Sony." Hit the jump for a synopsis of Paths of Glory. Here's the synopsis for Jeffrey Archer's Paths of Glory: Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that ...
Perhaps impressed by the critical and financial success of his first blockbuster lead, Thor, Sony Pictures has tapped Chris Hemsworth to star in their recently acquired actioner, Shadow Runner. According to Deadline, the studio picked up the pitch for the action/thriller which is based on an idea from Drive scribe Hossein Amini who will executive produce. Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, and Will Ward will co-produce the pic which is believed to require Hemsworth to "lead an elite team of operatives who take on impossible tasks." Let's hope they only seem impossible, or else moviegoers could be in for a frustrating 90 minutes. Per the report, Amini's original idea is inspired by a real-life event in which a 17-member team of Israeli assassins tracked and dispatched of a Hamas leader in the lobby of a five-star Dubai hotel. However, the film is not expected to mirror that event verbatim. In addition to Shadow Runner, Hemsworth also has a lead spot alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012. The Thor star is currently filming The Avengers and will hopefully see his turns in the MGM back-logged films Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods on the silver screen in the near future.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you know that Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block has some serious, serious buzz. The flick premiered at SXSW to wildly enthusiastic reviews, then a couple of LA screenings had those in attendance gushing about the imaginative action-thriller. Steve saw the film and loved it, and Matt’s a fan as well. And now, audiences all over the country will finally get a chance to see the film everyone’s talking about, and soon! Sony/Screen Gems has just announced (via Box Office Mojo) that Attack the Block will open in limited release on July 29th. Written and directed by Cornish, and co-produced by Edgar Wright, the film stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, and Nick Frost. After hearing for months how fantastic it is, I personally cannot wait to see this thing.