It looks as if ‘Minecraft,’ one of the most popular video game franchises in the market today, is going to be made into a major motion picture, as Warner Bros has just acquired the rights to the game from Swedish indie developer Mojang AB (mojang means “gadget” in Swedish). The property already is getting huge interest from writers and filmmakers as Warners is putting together a live-action version. Roy Lee, who produced the box office smash ‘The Lego Movie’ with Dan Lin – which has launched a franchise for Warner Bros – is handling ‘Minecraft’ for the studio via his Vertigo Entertainment along with Jill Messick, studio sources told Deadline. Minecraft creator and game designer Markus Persson confirmed the news on Twitter: “Someone is trying leak the fact that we’re working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!”
‘Minecraft’ has just passed over 100 million users and has been downloaded to 14.3 million PCs, according to GameSpot. From a marketing standpoint, the property cuts across all demos in terms of popularity. In the ‘Minecraft’ game, players create their own avatar and use cubes to create, build, and destroy structures and other forms across multiple game modes and various players. When you first begin the game, the player is dropped into the middle of nowhere and must build out a world of their own, but monsters can come out at any time and you must survive the night. According to GameSpot, the XBox version already has sold over 10 million copies. In terms of popularity, it now ranks up there with ‘Tetris.’
Out and about on the promotional campaign for Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ Ralph Fiennes opened up to MTV briefly about the next James Bond film, the tentatively titled ‘Bond 24.’ While he says that he knows nothing about the ‘Skyfall’ follow-up itself, he did confirm he’s got some filming dates already marked in his calendar. “It’s meant to start shooting in October,” Fiennes said.
At this moment in time, very little is known about the upcoming 007 movie other than the principal talents involved. Daniel Craig is making his fourth appearance as the man 007, and Sam Mendes is once again directing, though without the help of master cinematographer Roger Deakins. ‘Skyfall’ co-writer John Logan is providing the script, which Ralph Fiennes has yet to read. “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much,” he said. “They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.” Alongside Ralph Fiennes and Danie Craig, Naomie Harris will also return.
This new ‘Rio 2′ clip has arrived online featuring Bruno Mars’ Roberto serenading Anne Hathaway’s Jewel with a song titled “Welcome Back.” Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin and Jamie Foxx are all returning with new cast members set to include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon and Natalie Morales. Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create ‘Rio’ based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson. The film opens on April 4th.
In ‘Rio 2,’ we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild. Brazilian music legend and ‘Rio’ executive music producer Sergio Mendes also returns along with composer John Powell. ‘Rio 2′ will feature new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe, who also voices a role in the film, and The Wondaland Arts Society.
20th Century Fox has acquired ‘Cold Comfort’ with Marc Webb attached to direct. The film is an adaptation of the upcoming novel ‘Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy)’ by columnist Ellis Henican, and follows an American civilian who convinced the FBI to allow him to help bring down a Russian agent on American soil. Henican co-wrote ’Home Team,’ a New York Times Best Seller recounting the story of the New Orleans Saints’ rise to a Super Bowl championship, and ‘Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior,’ which hit stores in January.
Marc Webb most recently helmed ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ and is currently on post-production for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ He previously directed ‘(500) Days of Summer’ and is set to helm the third ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ film.
Deadline are reporting that Patrick Wilson is the latest addition to the cast of ‘Ant-Man.’ With production set to start in April, Edgar Wright is directing ‘Ant-Man’ from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd are set to star as Hank Pym and Scott Lang, respectively. Michael Pena is pegged to be playing a villain in the film, while Evangeline Lilly is also said to be playing a leading role in the film. Wilson’s role is currently unknown.
Created by Stan Lee in 1962, Hank Pym is a biochemist who discovers subatomic particles that allow him to shrink to insect size (and later, grow, into Giant-Man), as well as control ants. Scott Lang, a reformed thief and electronics expert, comes along years later and uses Pym’s technology to inhabit the superhero character. ‘Ant-Man’ opens on June 17th, 2015.
11 New ‘Divergent’ Images Showcase Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet…
From Entertainment Weekly comes this new collection of images from ‘Divergent,’ the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
The film, a futuristic action adventure, is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st.