Drew Goddard is said to be in negotiations to write and direct ‘The Martian’ for Fox. The film would be Goddard’s next directional effort after his awesome horror movie, ‘The Cabin in the Woods.’ Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, ‘The Martian’ follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth.
The project has been described as a cross between ‘Apollo 13′ and ‘Cast Away,’ and insiders say it is quite different from Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming drama ‘Gravity,’ which finds Sandra Bullock stranded in space. Drew Goddard is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters, having written ‘Cloverfield’ for Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams, as well as ‘Robopocalypse’ for Steven Spielberg. He also had a hand in writing this summer’s tentpole “World War Z,” which stars Brad Pitt. Source: The Wrap.
Variety bring word that Jocko Sims has joined the cast of Matt Reeves’ upcoming ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sequel, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ While plot details are few and far between, Sims will reportedly portray the supporting role of “military operative Werner.”
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ The sequel also stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer. Twentieth Century Fox will release ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ worldwide on May 23rd, 2014. ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ opened theatrically during the summer of 2011, grossing nearly half a billion dollars worldwide.
Featuring a number of fresh looks at some of the film’s key players, this new batch of low-res ‘Man of Steel’ pics have arrived online courtesy of a tie-in book, “Man Of Steel: Superman Takes Flight.” Alongside Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, the key cast for the enormously anticipated film includes Oscar nominee Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as General Zod, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Oscar nominee Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard, Richard Shiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
Landing in cinemas on June 14th, ‘Man of Steel’ is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. The official synopsis and production notes for ‘Man of Steel’ can be read below the images. Source: SHH Forum via CBM.
According to reports, Joel Edgerton has joined the cast of Barry Levinson’s (Rain Man) ’Black Mass.’ In the crime thriller, Johnny Depp will play Boston’s most notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger. ‘Black Mass’ tells the true story of Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him.
Whitey Bulger rose to the top of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List when he disappeared for a decade before he could be put behind bars. Many felt he could never have gotten that far without the help of John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang. Joel Edgerton will play Connolly, who was lauded for his work before things went south for him. He was eventually convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, who is currently in a Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.
Reese Witherspoon Joins Joaquin Phoenix & Benicio Del Toro In Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’
Deadline are reporting that Reese Witherspoon is joining Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice.’ Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute and finance the film, which Anderson has adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s soft-boiled crime novel. Set in Los Angeles during the spring of 1970, the story follows pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
The film would re-team Reese Witherspoon with Joaquin Phoenix, with whom she had a triumphant pairing in the Johnny Cash biopic ‘Walk the Line.’ Witherspoon won the Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter and Phoenix got an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Johnny Cash. The synopsis for the ‘Inherent Vice’ novel can be read below.
Material Pictures and Zik Zak Filmworks send word that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Amanda Seyfried have joined director Craig Zobel’s (Compliance) ‘Z for Zachariah.’ Nissar Modi is providing the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic thriller, adapting Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 novel. The film is a psychological thriller set after an apocalyptic event. It centers on a girl (Seyfried) who is seemingly the sole survivor until a scientist (Ejiofor) finds her farm, and the two fall in love. Another survivor, a young man (Pine), surfaces, complicating matters. ’Z for Zachariah’ is expected to begin production this August.