Variety are reporting that ‘Divergent’ director Neil Burger will not return ‘Insurgent,’ the second title in Lionsgate’s upcoming young-adult franchise, and the studio has set the sequel for a March 20th, 2015, release. Burger is currently in post-production for ‘Divergent,’ starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21st, 2014, release and Lionsgate is currently seeking another director for ‘Insurgent.’ The March, 2015, release date requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate recently announced that the third film, ‘Allegiant,’ will be released on March 18th, 2016.
The ‘Divergent’ franchise – which is released via Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment brand – is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five ‘Twilight’ films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s first two ‘Hunger Games’ have pulled in over $1.4 billion. Lionsgate also had to find a new director for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ Gary Ross directed ‘The Hunger Games,’ which opened in 2012, then decided against directing the second film, citing a compressed production schedule. Francis Lawrence directed ‘Catching Fire’ and is currently on the two ‘Mockingjay’ titles in the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise, which are already being shot back-to-back in Atlanta and will be released in November, 2014 and November, 2015.
WB Pick Up An Action-Adventure Spec From John Krasinski & Oren Uziel; Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Produce
Warner Bros has reportedly acquired an action-adventure spec script written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel. Krasinski and his Sunday Night banner will team with Pearl Street partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce under their Warner-based company. Uziel, who scripted the genre mash-up ‘The Kitchen Sink,’ which is getting made at Sony Pictures, will be executive producer along with Scott Z. Burns.
The studio is keeping the logline under wraps. This project reteams the former ‘The Office’ star John Krasinski with Matt Damon. They co-wrote and starred in the Gus Van Sant-directed fracking drama ‘Promised Land.’ Oren Uziel’s recent script credits include the sequel ’22 Jump Street’ and the ‘Men In Black’ reboot that is in the works at Sony Pictures. Krasinski co-stars in the untitled Cameron Crowe film that’s currently shooting. It is unclear at the moment whether he’ll star in the spec action adventure.
Deadline are reporting Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce ‘Sandman’ at Warner Bros. Pictures with David Goyer, who pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might star, and the deal he’s making attaches him as the protagonist ‘Morpheus’. In addition to that, the outlet hear that he’s eyeing the project as a directing vehicle. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut on the well received ‘Don Jon,’ but this would be a considerable step up in scope and scale. A screenwriter will be hired shortly.
The ‘Sandman’ series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros is high on Joseph Gordon-Levitt after he starred in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Inception,’ and this would be a highly original potential franchise, if Goyer, Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros could pull it off.
Relativity Media has unveiled, via Yahoo!, this first poster for ‘3 Days to Kill.’ The film is directed by McG (This Means War, Terminator Salvation), written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak and stars Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen. Opening on February 21st, 2014, the first trailer for the film lands online tomorrow.
In the action thriller, Kevin Costner plays an elite government hit man who after receiving news that he has a terminal disease, decides to give up his high stakes life to finally build a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, it’s an offer he can’t refuse – even if it means juggling his two toughest assignments yet: going after the world’s most ruthless terrorist and caring for his daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town.
American Zoetrope announced today that it has acquired the motion picture rights for Alysia Abbott’s critically acclaimed memoir, ‘Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father’ (W. W. Norton & Company). Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring) and Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) will produce the film. Coppola and Andrew Durham will co-write the screenplay. Durham is a photographer who collaborates regularly with Ms. Coppola.
‘Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father’ is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s, both before and after the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that would later claim the life of Abbott’s father, Steve Abbott, a widowed poet and gay activist. “I love the book Fairyland; it’s a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970’s San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I’ve never seen before,” said Ms. Coppola.
20th Century Fox has revealed this “Silent Night” TV spot for Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror-thriller ’Devil’s Due,’ which is set for January 17th. After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. The film stars Zach Gilford, Allison Miller and Colin Walker.