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Actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson may be set to return for adaptations of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, but guess who won’t be coming back? Filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has made a formal announcement about her future with this film series.
Despite the great box office success of the first movie, the director will not return to helm the next two film adaptations. For some, this may not be surprising considering the tense working relationship shared between Taylor-Johnson and writer E.L. James. According to The Huffington Post, “the Fifty Shades of Grey author clashed with Taylor-Johnson during production, a battle that was detailed throughout the film’s press tour earlier this year.”
In a statement shared with Deadline.com, Taylor-Johnson explained: “Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.” (via TheWrap.com)
Thunder Road and Film House Germany has picked up the movie rights to Peter Liney’s The Detainee. Screenwriter Grant Pierce Myers has been hired to adapt the novel for a script.
This dystopian fiction novel, the first in a trilogy, was written for adult readers. Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus Publishing, released it back in March 2014.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Set in the near future, The Detainee stands apart from recent glut of dystopian films by making the heroes older adults. The story follows ‘Big Guy’ Clancy, who along with the rest of society’s ‘waste,’ has been shipped to the island, a desolate outpost where satellites mete out instant punishment on those who break the rules or try to escape. Worse are the nights when fog prevents the satellites from working, and young gangs conduct terrifying raids. But when Clancy encounters a younger blind woman living in a secret network of underground tunnels, there is suddenly a chance for the elderly to fight back.”
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a film adaptation of Ready Player One, the 2011 cult sci-fi favorite by Ernest Cline, according to a report on Deadline.com.
The book has a lot of potential for the big screen. It is about one man’s experience trying to win the lottery in a virtual video game that players inhabit to escape their bleak realities. The story is set in 2044 inside a virtual world.
The paperback edition comes out in June.
Producer Cody Meirick has launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. He hopes to raise $28,000.00 to shoot a documentary about Alvin Schartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The film will explore several topics including gothic folklore, censorship, and Schartz’s process for creating this classic children’s book. We’ve embedded a video above that features more details about this movie.
Here’s more about the project: “This upcoming documentary will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In many American libraries of the ’80s and ’90s these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children’s book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story.” (via Nerdist.com)
Marvel has hired Anthony and Joe Russo as the directors for the two-part conclusion of The Avengers movie series. The Russo Brothers collaborated together on Captain America: The Winter Soldier; they will return for the Captain America: Civil War adaptation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “they’ll film Infinity War in one long shoot beginning sometime in 2016, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. No writers are attached, but the brothers will likely reunite with Winter Soldier’s Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.” Part 1 will hit theaters on May 04, 2018. Part 2 will follow on May 03, 2019.
Some fans may feel sad that Joss Whedon won’t take the helm for this project. Whedon, the director and screenwriter behind the first film and Age of Ultron, has earned great praise for his work on the two Avengers films. Earlier this year, he sat for an interview with Empire Magazine. SlashFilm.com reports that Whedon felt “very doubtful” about “the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy.” (via The Huffington Post)
Apple may not have been a fan of Walter Isaacson‘s tome on Steve Jobs, but the company has nothing but nice things to say about a new book on the company’s founder.
High level executives at Apple have come out to support Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender.
“After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling, told The New York Times. “We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.”
Could you ever picture the Harry Potter series as a “a lighthearted comedy?” BuzzFeed reports that a Tumblr user who calls himself Jeremiah Rivera created the “Friends Intro Harry Potter Edition” video.
The video embedded above has drawn more than 627,000 views on YouTube. It features scenes showcasing The Boy Who Lived, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley. (via BuzzFeed)
The executives at Sony will shoot a new film adaptation based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
Amy Pascal will serve as producer for this project. The studio hopes to bring on Sarah Polley to write the script.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story “follows four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March — growing up in post-Civil War America, was originally published in two separate volumes in 1868 and 1869.” Click here to download a free digital copy of the book. (via A.V. Club)
HBO has unveiled a new clip from the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The video embedded above showcases a tense conversation between Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys.
The forthcoming new episodes will feature surprises for fans now that the story from the TV show adaptation has caught up with the one in George R.R. Martin’s book series. Click on these links to watch the first trailer and the second trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Twentieth Century Fox has unveiled a trailer for the Paper Towns film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Nat Wolff in the lead role of Quentin Jacobsen and actress Cara Delevingne as his love interest Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Not too long ago, executive producer and author John Green shot a behind-the-scenes video from the movie set and posted it on the VlogBrothers YouTube channel. The official release date has been scheduled for July 24th. (via the Paper Towns Facebook page)
A new trailer has been unveiled for the forthcoming Cymbeline movie. The filmmakers created a modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s play.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Dakota Johnson as Imogen, Ethan Hawke as Iachimo, and Ed Harris in the titular role. According to JustJared.com, this film features “a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang.”
The theatrical release date has been set for March 13th. Click here to download a free digital copy of Shakespeare’s work. (via IndieWire.com)
Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to the forthcoming YA novel Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy, which comes out this month.
The thriller is set in 2048 and focuses on a team of teen Air Force pilots. The book has already racked up four stars on Goodreads. You can check out the book trailer here.
Jason Dravi, a co-agent on the movie deal, also sold film rights film rights for The Hunger Games. Barry Josephson, from the TV series Bones, will serve as a producer on the project.
Leonardo DiCaprio will play Billy Milligan in The Crowded Room movie.
This film adaptation will be based on Daniel Keyes’ 1981 nonfiction title, The Minds of Billy Milligan. Milligan gained notoriety for being the first person to gain an acquittal by using multiple personality disorder as a defense.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “DiCaprio has been interested in playing him stretching back to 1997.” In addition to his acting role, The Wolf of Wall Street star (pictured, via) will also serve as a producer. Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg have come on board as the screenwriters. (via The Huffington Post)
Nick Offerman, a star on NBC’s comedy Parks and Recreation, has signed on to star in the stage adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces.
Offerman will play Ignatius J Reilly, the lazy 30-year-old that lives with his mother. The Guardian has more:
Offerman heralded the chance to play him, saying in a statement: \"I am simply tumescent at the prospect of assaying the beloved character of Ignatius J Reilly with our team of magnificent and weird artistic champions. It seems only fitting that I should follow seven seasons of Ron Swanson’s beef with the pudding of Toole’s corpulent fop.\"
Marvel Entertainment has unveiled a third trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Comic books fans spread the #AvengersAssemble hashtag across the Twittersphere to unlock it.
The video embedded above offers a deeper look at the robotic supervillain that will challenge Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, and The Hulk. Follow these links to watch another trailer and a clip from this film adaptation. (via IGN.com)
Luke Evans will play Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast. This actor (pictured, via) has been seen in a number of book-based-movies including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Dracula Untold.
Variety reports that Bill Condon, the director behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, will helm this project. Evan Spiliotopoulos, a screenwriter, wrote the first draft of the script. Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stepped in after Spiliotopoulos to work on the screenplay.
Evans joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this live-action project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale \"La Belle et la Bête.\" Who would you cast as Lumière the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock? (via Elle.com)
A trailer has been unleashed for the Mr. Holmes movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Sir Ian McKellen playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes.
The actor announced on his Facebook page that this story shows “Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seen him.” This film is set to hit U.K. theaters in Summer 2015; no U.S. release date has been announced yet.
Here’s more from E! Online: “Before the elderly detective digs into an unsolved case involving a mysterious young woman, McKellen begins to spend a lot of his time with a curious young boy played by Milo Parker. While the inquisitive youngster is deeply intrigued by the detective’s life, McKellen is a bit more focused on trying to remember a few clues that could crack the final mystery.” (via Entertainment Weekly)
Stone Village Productions has optioned the movie and television rights to Circus Mirandus. Reportedly, the deal closed at a high six-figures.
According to The Wrap, Cassie Beasley’s debut novel stars two children named Micah and Jenny. The story focuses on “an unusual adventure to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus and its greatest magician, the Lightbender, in an effort to save Micah’s dying Grandpa Ephraim.”
Deadline.com reports that Dial Books for Young Readers will release this middle grade book, the first of a planned series, in June 2015. A sequel will follow the next year.
Netflix has unveiled a trailer for its adaptation of the Daredevil comics. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Charlie Cox as the titular character.
Paste Magazine reports that “Vincent D’Onofrio and Rosario Dawson join Cox as co-stars as Wilson Fisk and Claire Temple, respectively.” All 13 episodes of the first season will be available starting April 10th.
Ben Foster has signed on to star in the Inferno film adaptation. Foster’s character, a villainous scientist named Bertrand Zobrist, has an obsession with Dante Alighieri’s famous poem.
This project, based on Dan Brown’s 2013 novel, marks the return of Tom Hanks as the symbologist Robert Langdon. Ron Howard, the director behind both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, will also come back to take the helm.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, and Irrfan Khan also are in the cast. The story sees Langdon drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante’s ‘Inferno,’ the 14th century epic poem about the nine circles of hell.” Click here to download a free eBook of The Divine Comedy.
Stephen King’s 1987 novel, Misery, will be getting the Broadway treatment.
William Goldman, the screenwriter behind the 1990 film adaptation, wrote the play. Bruce Willis and Elizabeth Marvel have signed on for the lead roles.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Willis will play the housebound romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who becomes a prisoner of his unhinged “Number One Fan” Wilkes (Marvel) after she rescues him from a car accident and learns that he plans to kill off her favorite fictional character. Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) has signed on to direct the play, which is scheduled for a limited run in the fall at a theater to be announced.” (via USA Today)
HBO has released a second trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The video embedded above has drawn more than 960,000 views on YouTube—what do you think?
The new episodes will surprise fans of both the adaptation and George R.R. Martin’s epic series; the producers plan to kill off characters on the show who aren’t dead in the books. Click here to watch the first trailer.
How do you cope with waiting for the new Avengers movie to be released? One fan, a YouTuber who goes by the name JohnnyB2K, created a mash-up using all three Age of Ultron trailers.
The video embedded above features scenes from the movie woven together so that it tells a story in chronological order. Click on these links to watch a clip, a teaser trailer, trailer #1, and trailer #2. (via BuzzFeed)
Joan Didion’s essay Goodbye To All That is being developed into a feature film.
The film will be the first from Carlson Sullivan Pictures LLC, a new production company from producers Megan Carlson and Brian Sullivan.
Deadline.com has the scoop:
This is yet another Didion work to be optioned as her novel A Book of Common Prayer has also been picked up for a feature treatment by Campbell Scott. Carlson and Sullivan are currently focusing in on female writer/directors to bring the essay to the screen.
Didion is also starring in a new documentary about her life called We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live. Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne is currently working on the documentary with co-director Susanne Rostock.
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Filmmaker and actor James Franco has assembled a cast of high-profile actors for his adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle.
Paper Towns star Nat Wolff (pictured, via) has landed the lead role of Jim Nolan. Other actors who have signed on for this project include John Savage, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Danny McBride, and Franco himself.
Here’s more from Deadline: “The story takes place, of course, during a time in this country when employees were organizing into unions or trying to fight for better treatment and wages from their employers. The same year Steinbeck’s story takes place, the Steelworkers union was founded, as was the Textile union.” (via Entertainment Weekly)