Warner Bros. Pictures are moving forward on a big screen take on the harrowing true tale of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (which was famously recounted by Robert Shaw in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’). ‘The Help’ and ‘Get On Up’ director Tate Taylor has signed on to helm, while Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey remain attached to produce the still-untitled film through their Team Downey imprint. It is still unknown whether Downey will star as well.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which left its crew members floating in shark-infested waters for five days. Set in 1996, the film tells the true story of 11-year-old Hunter Scott, who needed a project with which to compete in a National History Day Contest. He watched ‘Jaws’ and came away inspired and researched how the warship got sunk by torpedoes on its return voyage from delivering the Hiroshima bomb. Because the mission was secret, the crew floated for five days, easy pickings for the giant sharks that swam the waters. The youth learned how ship captain Charles McVay was unjustly court-martialed. He set out to find the truth behind the worst U.S. Naval disaster in history. What he discovered was that the only proper designation was a hero, for McVay’s actions under horrible duress and unimaginable carnage.
According to Deadline, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are eyeing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The LEGO Movie,’ ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Chris Pratt to potentially replace Harrison Ford as the star of the Indiana Jones franchise. The outlet add that this is all early days, so they’re describing this as a “dishy informed rumor” to keep an eye on for now.
Chris Pratt starts ‘The Magnificent Seven’ with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in April for MGM and Sony, and there’s also the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ sequel on the horizon. The Indiana Jones franchise began in 1981 with the film ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ A prequel, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ followed in 1984 and the sequel ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ in 1989. A fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ was released in 2008. The series was created by George Lucas; the films star Harrison Ford and were directed by Steven Spielberg.
From Summit Entertainment comes this first trailer for Daniel Espinosa’s (Easy Money, Safe House) thriller ‘Child 44.’ Featuring a tiptop cast of Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel and Fares Fares, the film is an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith bestseller.
‘Child 44′ focuses on a member of the Soviet military police (Tom Hardy) who investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. His biggest impediment is a government that refuses to acknowledge a serial killer is in their midst. The synopsis for the novel is as follows.
Cheeky Poster For Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted 2′ – Starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson…
With the film’s first trailer set to arrive online this Thursday, Universal Pictures have unveiled the first poster for ‘Ted 2,’ which has Seth MacFarlane back writing, directing and voicing the titular teddy bear. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and ‘Ted’ co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the R-Rated comedy sequel also stars Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Barth and Liam Neeson. ‘Ted 2′ hits the big screen on June 26th.
First Teaser Trailer For ‘Fantastic Four’ – Starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Toby Kebbell, Jamie Bell…
20th Century Fox have unleashed the first teaser trailer for the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four.’ Additionally, they’ve also released a video of director Josh Trank and producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg providing us with a trailer commentary. “Marvel’s First Family” will include Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Toby Kebbell will also star as Doctor Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man. ‘Fantastic Four’ is set to hit the big screen August 7th.
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have reportedly set Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz (‘About A Boy,’ the upcoming ‘Cinderella’) to work on the screenplay for the first standalone ‘Star Wars’ film. Shortly after the release of ‘Godzilla,’ Lucasfilm and Disney announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Following this December’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and this stand-alone film, there’s Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in 2017 (the sequel to “The Force Awakens”), and then Josh Trank’s stand-alone ‘Star Wars’ feature in 2018. Weitz will replace Gary Whitta, who exited the project earlier this month after he completed the first draft.