Posts tagged Ruben Fleischer
After Edgar Wright departed ‘Ant-Man’ late last month, my enthusiasm for the film automatically diminished. Now comes word from Marvel that Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring It On, The Break-Up) will direct the ‘Ant-Man’… consider my enthusiasm diminished further… a lot further. Marvel also announced that Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) will be “contributing” to the film’s script. The newly released official synopsis for ‘Ant-Man’ is as follows:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Despite being attached for 8 years, it was recently revealed – to much disappointment – that director Edgar Wright had departed from Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man’ due to “creative differences”. Shortly after that news broke we heard that Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers), Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) were among a group of directors that are meeting with the studio to replace Wright, a firm favorite among the fan-boy community.
Today, we’re hearing that Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight, Fubar, The F Word) are “making the rounds” as contenders for the gig. Seeing as Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber have both seemingly passed, and with Ruben Fleischer potentially doing ‘Ghostbusters 3,’ this all looks like a bit of mess from the outside looking in. With a June 17th, 2015 release date set, I can imagine this all needs to be sorted out ASAP for Marvel.
Despite being attached for 8 years, it was revealed last week that director Edgar Wright had departed from Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man’ due to creative differences. Today, we’re hearing that Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers), Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) are among a group of directors that are meeting with the studio to replace Wright, a firm favorite among the fan-boy community.
These three directors might give us an idea of the tone that Marvel Studios is aiming for with ‘Ant-Man,’ as Adam McKay and Rawson Thurber are known for directing ensemble comedies, while Ruben Fleischer has moved deftly between genres with comedic elements. With a June 17th, 2015 release date set, expect an official announcement shortly.
THR bring word that Ruben Fleischer is in discussions to direct ‘Overnight,’ a family adventure project Neal Moritz is producing for Disney. Oren Uziel, who worked on ’22 Jump Street,’ wrote the script, which has been described as ‘Home Alone’ in an FAO Schwarz-esque toy store. Figuring into the plot is an absent-minded, recently divorced father trying to save his relationship with his son – and defuse a hostage situation.
Ruben Fleischer has shown an affinity for switching up genres with each movie he’s directed. He gained attention with the 2009 hit ‘Zombieland’ and followed up with the action comedy ’30 Minutes or Less.’ He last directed 2013’s period crime movie ‘Gangster Squad,’ which stared Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
Deadline bring word that Nick Nolte has joined the cast of the ‘Zombieland’ director Ruben Fleischer’s period crime drama ‘Gangster Squad.’ He would star alongside an already top-notch cast in Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos and Emma Stone. Nolte will play Bill Parker, “the new chief of police in Los Angeles, and the first in a awhile who hasn’t been corrupted by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The chief, a Purple Heart recipient at Normandy, is the one who starts the Gangster Squad, a crack team designed to bring down organized crime.”
The drama, based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman, is the fact-based tale of the crime fighting exploits of a squad of elite Los Angeles officers in the 1940s charged with stopping vicious Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and other mobsters. Screenwriter Will Beall is a former South Central Los Angeles cop who wrote the novel L.A. Rex. I’m an absolute sucker for crime dramas, especially mobster flicks. With the names attached and source material I’ve got ridiculously high hopes for this project!
In the action-comedy ’30 Minutes or Less,’ Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship. ’30 Minutes or Less’ is set for release August 12th in the US, and October 16th in the UK. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson and Michael Peña.
What drew you to this project?
Aziz Ansari: I initially read the script and just thought the idea of doing a comedy set around a bank robbery was such a cool idea, it hadn’t been done before. I also thought the idea of Ruben Fleischer, the director of ‘Zombieland’ doing it would be really cool, so I got on board. They also told me there would be a lot of Skittles on set, whenever I wanted I could eat Skittles, I really love Skittles so I was like, “Ok, I’m in.”
It’s a weird situation for these guys to be friends, who’ve had this huge falling out, then they’re put back together under the situation of one of them having a bomb strapped to them and being forced to rob a bank. It’s just kind of a fun scenerio to put these guys in, I thinks that’s part of the fun of the movie.