The Wrap are reporting that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a feature adaptation of the popular and critically acclaimed video game ‘Gran Turismo.’ Developed exclusively for PlayStation systems, ‘Gran Turismo’ games are intended to simulate the appearance and performance of a large selection of vehicles, nearly all of which are licensed reproductions of real-world automobiles. Since the franchise’s debut in December 1997, over 70 million units have been sold worldwide for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable, making it the highest selling video game franchise under the PlayStation brand.
With ‘The Fast and the Furious’ becoming Universal Pictures’ biggest franchise, other studios are waving the green flag for “fast car” franchises. DreamWorks’ ‘Need for Speed’ stars Aaron Paul of ‘Breaking Bad’ fame and is set for 2014, while Legendary is eyeing Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Simon Crane to direct ‘Hot Wheels.’ Like those movies, ‘Gran Turismo’ also has name-brand recognition and will seek to distinguish itself from competitors in the marketplace. The newest game in the series, ‘Gran Turismo 6,’ is expected to be available for the PlayStation 3 later this year.
After years in development, Deadline today bring word that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film about the 1968 Democratic National Convention may finally be coming to fruition, as DreamWorks is reportedly reviving a once hot project that has barely been touched since its initial director Steven Spielberg suspended it back in 2008. Conventional wisdom had it that this would be Spielberg’s next Oscar pic. Since then, “every two months it’s been revisited. The title would come up in conversation at production meetings. But it’s just been hanging,” a source tells the outlet. No longer, as the studio is moving forward with Paul Greengrass in final talks to direct ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7.’ The story chronicles the trial surrounding seven defendants who were arrested following protests that took place in Chicago during the Democratic Convention in 1968. The film may start production in January.
Deadline add that no casting is in discussion yet because the deal isn’t done for Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone). His upcoming ‘Captain Phillips’ biopic starring Tom Hanks about a sea hijacking by Somali pirates has great advance buzz at Sony Pictures. Plus, as a former British journalist and filmmaker attracted to true stories, Greengrass sounds a fit for ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7.’
Diamond Design HD has created this new fan poster for 2015’s ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.’ Last weekend at Comic-Con, Joss Whedon first announced that the much anticipated ‘The Avengers’ sequel will be titled, ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.’ Marvel Comics afficionadoes might know that the title is the subject of 10-issue limited series comic book crossover storyline that envisions a future where Ultron, the creation of “Ant-Man” alter-ego Hank Pym, lays the earth to ruins and drives all superheroes underground.
Following the announcement of the film’s title, Joss Whedon cleared up some misconceptions that the title has caused. “Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.”
Michael K. Williams has Instagrammed his look as “Freeway” Rick Ross in ‘Kill the Messenger,’ the upcoming adaptation of the true-life drama book by Nick Schou about Gary Webb (played by Jeremy Renner). Michael Cuesta, who has helmed episodes of ‘Homeland’ and ‘Dexter,’ is directing the picture. Rosemarie DeWitt will co-star as Renner’s wife, while Paz Vega will play the girlfriend of a wealthy drug dealer who hopes Renner’s character can get him out of jail. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the editor of the San Jose Mercury News, where Webb worked.
‘Kill the Messenger’ tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (Renner), who through his reporting exposed the CIA’s involvement in helping Nicaragua’s Contra rebels import cocaine into California during the 1980s. The agency then tried to discredit him, which ultimately led to his “committing suicide,” though with two bullets in his head. In ‘Kill the Messenger,’ Rick Ross will be depicted as an incredibly wealthy, powerful drug dealer who’s in jail awaiting trial. With Webb’s help, he’s clued in to the fact that he was being played by the CIA and the US government. During the height of his drug dealing, Ross was said to have made 2-3 million dollars a week.
First Trailer For ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose & John Boyega
This first trailer has arrived online for ’Half of A Yellow Sun,’ the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade. The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones are also said to be involved in the production, producing original music for the soundtrack. Set to arrive in cinemas in 2013, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is adapted for the screen by Nigerian theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The official synopsis for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel can be read below the trailer. I’m stoked for this!
Stylish New Poster For ‘The To Do List’ – Starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader & Donald Glover
CBS Films has released this new poster for the upcoming comedy ‘The To Do List.’ The film follows the story of Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), a Type-A, overachiever who comes up with a “to-do list” featuring all the risqué extra-curricular activities she missed out on in high school and wants to complete before college. Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), Scott Porter (The Good Wife), Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s The Avengers), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Donald Glover (Community), Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Sarah Steele (Please Give) and Alia Shawkat (The Oranges) co-star in the film. ‘The To Do List’ is set for a July 26th release in the US and a October 4th release in the UK. In further news, you can check out an R-rated interactive trailer for the film over at the official ‘The To Do List’ website.