Warner Bros. Pictures is said to be in early talks with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to direct ‘The Jungle Book,’ a new movie version of the Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy raised in the wilderness by animals. This is one of the studio’s priority projects, with a script by Callie Kloves, daughter of ‘Harry Potter’ series writer Steve Kloves, who is producing. After a series of serious dramas including ‘Amores Perros,’ ‘Babel’ and ’21 Grams,’ Inarritu took a turn toward comedy in his most recent film, wrapping ‘Birdman.’ He’s also aligned to the New Regency 1820s frontier revenge tale ‘The Revenant.’
‘Birdman’ stars Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. ‘Birdman’ is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Given that we’re just over a week away from the release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ Peter Jackson has took to his hugely popular Facebook account to reveal this new production video for the film, the 13th in total for his epic adventure series. Jackson has been giving us unprecedented access to the production process of ‘The Hobbit’ movies via his Facebook page over the last year or so – I‘d strongly recommend giving his page a ‘Like‘!
According to Deadline, Kevin Hart is signing on to star with NBA superstar LeBron James in the basketball comedy, ‘Ballers.’ Hart will first co-write the comedy along with his scripting teammates Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford. He’ll then star as a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. They’ll sign a director when Hart and his team turn in the script. The plan is to start production next summer when James has time off after the NBA season.
Kevin Hart is under 5’3″ while Lebron James is a towering 6’8.” That kind of sibling size differential hasn’t been seen since Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in another Universal Pictures comedy, ‘Twins.’ James has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back championships and won four MVP awards.
Universal Pictures and the ‘Fast & Furious’ team have put together this really sweet video tribute to Paul Walker, who tragically died over the weekend at the age of 40. Universal provided the following message with the video, “A Tribute to Paul Walker. Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.”
Earlier today Universal Pictures released an official statement on the status of ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ announcing that production has been suspended. “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
The Wrap and Variety bring word that Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky and Dominic Cooper have landed lead roles in Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft.’ It was previously announced that Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton are also on board in key roles. At present, Legendary Pictures are keeping character details and the script, written by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, The Seventh Son), under wraps. ‘Warcraft’ is penciled in for a March 11th, 2016 release date.
Earlier this year it was announced that Duncan Jones is making the jump to big-budget tentpole movies, signing on to helm the live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game universe ’World of Warcraft.’ ’World of Warcraft,’ one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games out there, is part fantasy, part science fiction and — depending on the game you’re playing — includes elements such as dragons and orcs, zombies and werewolves, and aliens and spaceships.
With the release of the epic adventure on the horizon, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this behind-the-scenes “B-Roll” footage and batch of clips from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.