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With Disney and Marvel having three mystery projects set for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017, fans have long speculated that one of these “Phase 3″ films will focus on Doctor Strange. While the three dates could be for a sequel for an ongoing property – or even a solo movie for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, the likes of Doctor Strange, The Inhumans and Black Panther have previously been rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With that in mind, THR are reporting that Marvel Studios has started looking for filmmakers to helm their upcoming ‘Doctor Strange.’ Four contenders in particular have either met or are about to meet with Marvel higher-ups to bring the adventures of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme to the screen: Mark Andrews, who co-wrote and co-directed Pixar’s ‘Brave’; Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote and directed last year’s best foreign film Oscar-nominated entry ‘A Royal Affair’; Dean Israelite, the helmer behind Paramount’s upcoming sci-fi time-travel movie ‘Welcome to Yesterday’; and Jonathan Levine, the filmmaker behind ‘Warm Bodies’ and ’50/50.’
Deadline have caught wind that Edward Norton will star in and direct ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ his scripted adaptation inspired by the Jonathan Lethem novel. Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment have stepped up to fully finance the film for a late 2014 production start in New York. Ratner will join Norton and his Class 5 Films’ cohort William Migliore as producers, and Packer will be executive producer with Class 5’s Stuart Blumberg. ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is a passion project that Norton has been planning to make for the last 15 years.
While Jonathan Lethem’s novel is contemporary, Edward Norton has set the story in New York in 1954, a time of great change in the city. He plays Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome, who tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Armed only with few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel slowly unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications. It leads him through Harlem jazz clubs, Brooklyn slums and sets him against thugs and Gotham power brokers to honor his friend and save a woman who might his own salvation.
Various sources are reporting that Screen Gems has set Patrick Hughes to direct a remake of Gareth Evans’ cult action flick, ‘The Raid.’ In the original, an elite Indonesian S.W.A.T. team raids a building where a gangster and his thugs are embedded and chaos ensues. With ‘Out of the Furnace’ writer Brad Ingelsby on screenwriting duties, the remake is said to have a similar storyline, though it may be difficult for Hollywood stars to perform the brutal hand-to-hand fight scenes and other stunts with the same intensity as the original film’s martial arts experts.
Screen Gems is hoping the buzz behind the original and its sequel, which will bow in the US on March 28th, will result in fans coming back for the remake. Casting has yet to begin but the Hemsworth brothers have been mentioned as possible targets for the hard-hitting action movie, according to The Wrap. Patrick Hughes is currently in post-production on ‘The Expendables 3.’
According to The Wrap, Tina Fey is attached to star in and produce ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ for Paramount Pictures. Robert Carlock, who previously worked with Fey on ’30 Rock,’ wrote the script, which is based on Kim Barker’s memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.’ Fey optioned the book and trusted frequent collaborator Carlock to handle the adaptation.
Tina Fey recently starred opposite Paul Rudd in the comedy ‘Admission’ and turned in a funny cameo as an entertainment reporter during the big fight scene in ‘Anchorman 2.’ She next stars in Shawn Levy’s ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ as well as Disney’s sequel ‘Muppets Most Wanted.’ Kim Barker’s memoir is officially described as follows.
Deadline bring word that Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in ‘Captain Fantastic,’ a drama written and to be directed by Matt Ross. With production set to begin this summer, Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof of Electric City Entertainment are producing. In ‘Captain Fantastic,’ Mortensen will play an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society.
What does it mean for a young filmmaker to land an actor like Viggo Mortensen, who is so particular in the roles he plays? ”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years,” said Matt Ross. “There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s in is a film I want to see. He’s one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that’s happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her.”
Following a series of character videos, Marvel has revealed this first poster for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Written and directed by James Gunn, the all-star cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens on August 1st.