In anticipation of the Super Bowl TV spot for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Marc Webb has some high praise for the upcoming superhero sequel. The director told Total Film, “It’s huge. We’re pushing the levels of effects, the level of action and the emotional capacity of this kid. It’s an aggressive step forward….We throw around the term ‘operatic’ because of the spectacle and the theatre involved, which is pretty epic.There are enormous sets and great set-pieces. But really it’s a very intimate song – this relationship between Peter and Gwen is very delicate and beautiful.”
THR are reporting that Elizabeth Banks will make her feature directorial debut with ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the sequel to the hit 2012 musical comedy. Banks, who also co-starred in and produced the original, is returning in the same capacity to the sequel. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, who also starred in the original, are likely to return, according to THR’s sources. Kay Cannon, who wrote the first movie, will pen the sequel.
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. The soundtrack was also a smash, going platinum with over 1 million units sold while single ‘Cups’ went nearly triple platinum with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units sold.
Deadline bring word that Guy Ritchie is looking to put together a tentpole fantasy retelling of the King Arthur legend, meant to span six films. It was created by Joby Harold, who wrote the script for the first film. Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed road, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Ritchie and Wigram previously developed a version of the King Arthur saga based on a script by ‘Trainspotting’ scribe John Hodge, but it lost steam when it looked like the one by David Dobkin was going to happen.
Warner Bros got closest to a production start with David Dobkin’s ’Arthur & Lancelot,’ with Colin Farrell most recently at the center of talks to revive the project as Lancelot, and they chased Gary Oldman for the Merlin role. Warner Bros paid $2 million to acquire Dobkin’s script, but unplugged the film the first time because its $130 million budget was $20 million too high, with ‘Game Of Throne‘ star Kit Harington to play Arthur and Joel Kinnaman to play Lancelot. Other projects previously considered by Warner Bros was a remake of the 1981 John Boorman film ‘Excalibur’ that had’ X-Men’ helmer Bryan Singer attached.
‘Sabotage’ Moved Up To March 28th – Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello…
Open Road Films send word that David Ayer’s action-thriller ’Sabotage’ has been moved up to a March 28th release (it was previously scheduled for April 11th). In the film, Arnold Schwarzengger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. Specializing in complex mobile operations, the team executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. What looks to be a typical raid turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the DEA squad. After hiding millions in stolen cash, the team believes their secret is safe – until someone begins assassinating them one by one.
The cast for ‘Sabotage’ includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Dawn Olivieri, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway and Harold Perrineau. Described as a testosterone-heavy riff on Agatha Christie’s ‘Ten Little Indians,’ ‘Sabotage’ is from an original screenplay by Skip Woods. David Ayer’s writing credits include 2001 hit film ‘Training Day,’ which earned an Academy Award for Denzel Washington, as well as scripts for ‘The Fast And The Furious,’ ‘S.W.A.T.’ and ‘U-571.’ He also wrote and directed last years ‘End of Watch,’ ‘Street Kings,’ ‘Harsh Times,’ and the upcoming ‘Fury.’
First Trailer For Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ – Starring Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw…
This first official trailer has arrived online for Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem.’ Starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Matt Damon, Peter Stormare, and Tilda Swinton, ‘The Zero Theorem’ is set for release later this year.
‘The Zero Theorem’ is set in a world that seems right in Terry Gilliam’s wheelhouse. Living in an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Qohen (Waltz), an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof – once and for all.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this latest banner poster for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the soon-to-be-released sequel to Zack Snyder’s ’300.’ Penciled in for a March 7th release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ stars Rodrigo Santoro returning as Xerxes, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, David Wenham as Dilios, and Eva Green as Artemisia.
’300: Rise of an Empire’ is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ’300,’ and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film.