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.
Walt Disney Pictures has debuted this latest trailer for the upcoming Muppets sequel, ‘Muppets Most Wanted.’ Set for March 21st in the US and March 28th in the UK, the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ story finds the Muppet repertory company enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond – and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit. Starring opposite the Muppets this time are Ricky Gervais (as Constantine’s villainous sidekick), Tina Fey (as a Russian prison guard), and Ty Burrell (as an Interpol agent).
James Bobin, who helmed the 2011 ‘Muppets’ film, is returning to direct the follow-up and co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. ‘The Muppets’ grossed $158 million worldwide and relaunched the long-running Jim Henson-created franchise for the studio. It starred and was co-written by Jason Segel, but he is not returning for the sequel. The full synopsis for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ can be read below.
Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the soon-to-be-released sequel/companion film 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.
Paramount Pictures have sent over the following motion poster for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story, ‘Noah.’ Set for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s eponymous hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
Darren Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favorite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. The synopsis for ‘Noah’ is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”