According to Variety, Sarah Gadon is in negotiations to play the female lead opposite Luke Evans in ‘Dracula,’ Universal Pictures’ dramatic horror movie telling an origin story of the most famous of vampires. With production aiming to kick into gear later this year, Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture. Universal Pictures has pencilled in an August 8th, 2014 release date for the film.
Universal Pictures, once the home for literature’s most horrifying characters, set the tone for Dracula’s screen image for decades with its 1931 classic. Now this project hopes to set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story. The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire. Sarah Gadon worked with David Cronenberg on ‘A Dangerous Method,’ ‘Cosmopolis’ and the upcoming ‘Map to the Stars.’ She can be seen next opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘An Enemy.’ Luke Evans will next be seen as the villain in Justin Lin’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ and in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ as Bard the Bowman.
Legendary Pictures has set loose this huge banner poster for Guillermo del Toro’s much anticipated, ‘Pacific Rim.’ Check out the full banner here (above is just a teaser). Set for a July 12th 2D and 3D release, ’Pacific Rim’ is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against giant malevolent alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat. Undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies of 2013, ‘Pacific Rim’ boasts a stellar cast of Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Kazinsky, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini. The official synopsis for ‘Pacific Rim’ can be read below.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Colin Trevorrow has tweeted this first “Nublar” production image from the long awaited ‘Jurassic Park 4,’ which is currently undergoing location scouting. Isla Nublar was the fictional location of the original ‘Jurassic Park,’ as opposed to Isla Sorna, which featured in ‘The Lost World’ and ‘Jurassic Park III.’ While we have no idea what locations are featuring in the film, this could be a sneaky hint from Trevorrow!
In March it was announced that Colin Trevorrow signed on to direct ‘Jurassic Park 4,’ the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that has grossed $1.9 billion at worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1993. The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
The Hollywood Reporter bring word that Steven Spielberg has found his next directing project: an adaptation of ‘American Sniper,’ the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper, who has been developing the project as a producer, will play the lead role. A first-quarter 2014 start date is being targeted for the film.
The book, whose complete title is ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ reveals how Texas native Chris Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances. Kyle tragically was killed at a shooting range by a fellow vet in February. The book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at No. 1. Bradley Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures, optioned the rights to the book a year ago. Steven SPpielberg had been on the hunt for a project since putting his initial follow-up to the award-winning ‘Lincoln,’ the tentpole ‘Robopocalypse,’ was put on an indefinite hold. The official synopsis for the book is as follows.
Justin Timberlake Moving Forward With ‘Spinning Gold’; Will Play Influential Music Executive Neil Bogart
Foresight Unlimited send word that they’ve come aboard to produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales on the biopic ‘Spinning Gold,’ written by Timothy Scott Bogart. Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Inside Llweyn Davis) will take on the lead role of the famous 1970′s record icon Neil Bogart.
Neil Bogart, a legendary music business entrepreneur, is credited with discovering, launching and nurturing the careers of a generation of music superstars during the 60’s and 70’s including Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People among many others. Featuring some of the most iconic music of the era, ‘Spinning Gold’ tells the rags-to-riches story of a poor kid from Brooklyn who went on to become the man who defined the pop music culture of his time. Neil Bogart died prematurely in 1982 at age 39.
Earlier this afternoon Hugh Jackman took part in a special Twitter Q & A for ‘The Wolverine,’ and if you missed it live you can now check out his answers below. Alongside Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine, the film stars Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen, Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, Tao Okamoto as Mariko, Brian Tee as Norubo Mori, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. Scheduled for release on July 26th, ‘The Wolverine’ is directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Knight and Day), while the script is by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.
Describing ‘The Wolverine’ as a “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it”, director James Mangold recently said the film is set after the previous X-Men movies. ‘The Wolverine’ takes inspiration from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. The official synopsis for ‘The Wolverine’ can be read below.