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A trailer has been unveiled for the Black Mass film. According to the Wall Street Journal, the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill Bulger, and David Harbour as John Morris. TIME.com reports that the theatrical release date has been set for September 18th.
Ewan McGregor has signed on for the role of Lumière in the live-action Beauty & The Beast film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor (pictured, via) has become well-known for his performance in the movie musical, Moulin Rouge.
McGregor joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Stanley Tucci as Cadenza. Recently, Gad shared a photo on instagram (embedded below) that features himself and four other members of the cast: Watson, Stevens, Evans, and Kline.
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.\"Fairy tale fans will have quite a wait ahead of them; Disney will not release this adaptation until March 2017. (via BuzzFeed)
Warner Bros. has picked up the film rights to Kiera Cass’ young adult book, The Selection.
Katie Lovejoy has been hired to serve as the screenwriter. Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan, and Pouya Shahbazian have signed on to serve as producers.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Described as The Hunger Games without the bloodshed, it follows 35 underprivileged girls who are chosen to compete to live in a life of luxury. The protagonist, America Singer, is sweet on a young man from her district, but when she’s exposed to the opulence of a royal life, she’s conflicted, even though a rebel uprising threatens the pampered.”
In the past, the CW had held the TV rights to The Selection and even shot two pilots for it. Ultimately, the studio decided not to move forward with a full season.
Originally, Cass had intended her Selection novels to be a trilogy. Last year, she announced her plans to expand it into a five-part series with two additional installments and a collection of novellas.
Niall Leonard, a writer and the husband of E.L. James, will serve as the screenwriter for the Fifty Shades Darker movie. Leonard actually helped with the Fifty Shades of Grey script, but did not receive credit for his contribution.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Niall Leonard, who is married and has two sons with the British author, is an author himself, in addition to being a screenwriter. He’s written for the British TV shows Air Force One Is Down and Wire in the Blood, among others. He’s also the author of the Crusher book series.”
According to People.com, actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return to reprise their roles for the two Fifty Shades sequels. At this point in time, the movie studio still needs to find a new director to take the helm of movie two. (via CNN.com)
A new trailer has been released for The Little Prince film adaptation. The video embedded above features the voice acting talents of Mackenzie Foy as the young girl, Jeff Bridges as the pilot, and Riley Osborne as the prince.
According to Variety, this animated movie is set to hit theaters in France on July 29th; no theatrical release date for the United States has been announced yet. Follow this link to watch the international trailer (in French). (via Slate.com)
MASTERPIECE on PBS has optioned Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Penguin Random House published this novel back in 2013.
Rebecca Eaton will serve as an executive producer for this project. Emily Ballou has been brought on as the screenwriter; she will adapt the book.
Here’s more from the press release: “Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker — a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women’s lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself.” (via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Page)
Universal Pictures has unveiled an official global trailer for the Jurassic World film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Chris Pratt as Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire, and swarms of dinosaurs.
This movie, inspired by Michael Crichton’s hit novel Jurassic Park, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 12, 2015. Click on this link to watch the teaser trailer. (via mashable.com)
20th Century Fox has unveiled a new official trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot. The video embedded above offers glimpses of the villainous Dr. Doom (a.k.a. Victor Domashev).
This film adaptation will hit theaters on August 7th. Click on these links to watch the teaser trailer and the international trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice adaptation. This movie, helmed by filmmaker Zack Snyder, will hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of stars Henry Cavill as Superman (a.k.a. Clark Kent) and Ben Affleck as Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne). Some of the other stars who will appear in the film include Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins will serve as the director for the Wonder Woman film adaptation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins “will now become the first female director to handle a big project in Warner’s developing DC universe.” The executives at Warner Bros. had to scramble to replace the original director, Michelle MacLaren, who dropped out due to “creative differences.”
Actress Gal Gadot, who plays the Amazon princess in the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, has signed on to reprise the role for this project. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for 2017. (via Forbes.com)
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.
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.”
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)
HBO has unveiled its own trailer for the A Casual Vacancy mini-series. This show, based on J.K. Rowling’s novel, aired in the United Kingdom back in February 2015.
United States audiences will get to see this adaptation on April 29th and April 30th. Click here to watch the BBC One trailer. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Disney Junior plans to create an animated TV movie and show based on the Fancy Nancy picture book series. The adaptation projects will be released in 2017.
This development has prompted HarperCollins and Disney Publishing to form a partnership. The two publishers will collaborate on a new Fancy Nancy books inspired by the forthcoming television series.
Here’s more from the press release: “The stories, geared towards kids age 2-7, have an underlying theme of self-expression and love of family as they follow the adventures of a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her creative, elaborate attire to her advanced vocabulary…Now in its 10th year, Fancy Nancy includes over 60 titles, has sold more than 28 million books and has been translated into 20 languages. Beloved by young children around the world, Fancy Nancy was named 2008’s Book Character of the Year by Global License.”
ABC Family has given the green light for a TV show based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments young adult novels. The executives plan to create a 13-episode drama series.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Constantin Film will produce, and Ed Decter (Helix, Unforgettable, The Client List) is on board to serve as showrunner and executive producer…Production will begin in May in Toronto.”
Back in August 2013, Constantin released a feature film adaptation of the first book City of Bones. No announcements have been made as to whether or not the lead actors of that movie, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, will come back to reprise their roles as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland. (via Variety.com)
The Very Fairy Princess, a popular children’s book franchise from actress Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will be adapted into a television series.
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, a producer and distributor of children’s animated content, has teamed up with the two authors to produce the series.
The series star a young girl named Geraldine, who lives her day to day as a fairy princess. There are currently eight books in the franchise with a ninth book, The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween, coming out this fall.
Lifetime has unveiled a trailer for the If There Be Thorns adaptation. This movie, based on the third installment of V.C. Andrews’ Dollanganger series, will air on April 5th.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Jason Lewis as Christopher, Rachael Carpani as Cathy, and Heather Graham as Corrine. To learn more about this film series, check out this Flowers in the Attic video playlist. (via Entertainment Weekly)
20th Century Fox has unleashed an international trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Susan Storm and the Human Torch flying alongside one another.
According to Screenrant.com, this film adaptation hits theaters on August 7th. Click here to watch the teaser trailer. (via Nerdist.com)
What would The Avengers movies have looked like if they were made back in the 90’s? The team at Vulture.com has created a video to explore the idea of what would have happened “If Avengers: Age of Ultron Came Out In 1995.”
The video embedded above has drawn more than 722,000 views on YouTube. Click on these links to watch a fan-made Avengers mash-up video, a special clip from the film adaptation, and the third trailer.
Netflix has released the trailer for the third season of Orange is the New Black. Thus far, the trailer has drawn over 1.7 million views on YouTube.
The video embedded above features scenes with Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Kate Mulgrew as Galina \"Red\" Reznikov, and Uzo Aduba as Suzanne \"Crazy Eyes\" Warren. All fourteen episodes of season three will be made available on June 12th. (via Gothamist.com)
Rumor has it that Eddie Redmayne “is the favorite” for the role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. According to Variety, Warner Bros. has not yet made an official offer to the Oscar-winning actor.
Filmmaker David Yates, the director behind four installments of the Harry Potter film franchise, will take the helm on the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Author J.K. Rowling will serve as both the screenwriter and a producer.
Here’s more from the article: “Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. Scamander is described as a magiczoologist, which in the Harry Potter realm is a person who studies magical creatures. Besides Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is currently looking to cast.” (via GeekNation.com)
Marvel Entertainment has released the trailer for the Ant-Man film adaptation. This movie, helmed by filmmaker Peyton Reed, will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd in the titular role. Follow this link to watch the teaser.
In anticipation of the season five premiere episode, Game of Thrones fans chatted up a storm on social media. SocialTimes reports that Jon Snow was the character that received the most mentions online over the weekend.
Jon Snow has always been an enigmatic figure for A Song of Ice and Fire readers because of the speculation on his true parentage. Neither George R.R. Martin’s books nor the HBO show have divulged the answer to this mystery, but many subscribe to a popular theory known as \"R+L=J.\"
According to Synthesio, a global social intelligence platform, other residents of Westeros who also got people buzzing include Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Arya Stark. Who’s your favorite character from this story?
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Fans have been buzzing with excitement for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel has unleashed a new clip from this highly anticipated film adaptation.
The video embedded above offers a scene with Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America locked in battle against Ultron, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. Click on these links to watch a fan-made Avengers mash-up video, a special clip from the film adaptation, and the third trailer. (via BGR.com)