DCU Fate Uncertain With Grahame-Smith Leaving THE FLASH
Word has it that things are in a little bit of upheaval at Warner Bros. where it’s being reported that Seth Grahame-Smith has left The Flash citing “creative differences”. BirthMoviesDeath reported the news along with word that The Conjuring 2 helmer James Wan may well leave Aquaman following his attachment nearly a year ago in the wake of the billion dollar success that was Furious Seven.
The updates come on the heels of the latest box office results of director Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice which has grossed $860 million globally. Box office figures be damned, however, that didn’t slow down the mixed-bag of reviews that have reportedly thrown the studio off of its axis with Snyder already in progress with filming for the first of two Justice League films opening in 2017 and 2019.
The Flash, apart from its current TV run with a different actor, still has Ezra Miller cast in the title role with a date slated for March 16, 2018 as one of a current slate of titles outlining a cineverse based on DC Comics creations, while Aquaman is slated for the following June; Personally, should he leave Aquaman, I hope that gives him more breathing space to begin working on Mortal Kombat as one of many titles he’s currently attached to produce. That film should have already happened by now and it’s been WAY too long.
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No George Miller For MAN OF STEEL 2
Den Of Geek is reporting that Man Of Steel 2 has been put on “permanent hold”, which is a bit of a shock considering it was only last week that “The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?” helmer Jon Schnepp announced that Mad Max: Fury Road helmer George Miller was up to direct the film. Whatever it means, it’s not to suggest that the film won’t happen, especially since there’s been a clear interest in making one now that Warner Bros. is well under way with its DC cinematic universe in addition to a potential Batman trilogy starring and directed by Ben Affleck.
Miller himself was supposed to direct DC movie, Justice League back in 2008 as his name was one of several candidates listed, including Lana and Andy Wachowski. His current business also includes adding to the desolate universe of his latest blockbuster success, Mad Max, while it is being said that Miller is, in fact, in talks to direct a DC film in which he will hopefully get the studio to agree to his terms, and at least now we know that in its current state, Man Of Steel 2 isn’t that film…although it would be oh so nice.
The next five years of DC cinematic fanfare will be increasingly interesting while Man Of Steel helmer Zack Snyder is groomed to direct Justice League in two parts for releases in 2017 and 2019 after next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Stay tuned for further details.
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Warner Bros. Announces December 2017 Date For READY PLAYER ONE
It’s been five years since Warner Bros. began developing an adaptation for author Ernest Cline’s award-winning bestseller novel, Ready Player One, with master filmmaker Steven Spielberg getting on board to direct back in March. Now, the studio has finalized a press release announcing an official release date for December 2017.
There’s no plot yet, but readers familiar with the source material may have an idea about where it will go in sum; The book, published in 2011, takes place in dystopian future Oklahoma City where a young gamer named Wade Watts who, with the help of four rival players, battles a powerful and dangerous corporate plutocrat in search of several late-twentieth century clues and treasures in the ultimate race for a billion dollar prize and the fate of the virtual utopian world, OASIS, and the legacy of its late creator.
The book became a worldwide phemomenon among readers since its release and Spielberg‘s attachment earlier this Spring has been nothing short of electric for fans of the property, so this is one to keep on eye on for the next couple of years.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ready Player One”—the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg—has been slated for release on December 15, 2017. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.
“Ready Player One” marks a return to Warner Bros. for Spielberg, who previously directed the studio’s “Empire of the Sun,” “The Color Purple” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” in addition to producing the hits “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.”
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season.”
Sue Kroll added, “From the success of the book, ‘Ready Player One’ already has a devoted following, and we’re excited for its fans and moviegoers everywhere to see this fantastically innovative story come to life. We know it couldn’t be in better hands, and look forward to working with Steven and the producers to bring it to the big screen.”
Kwan Vandenberg said, “There are few directors with the global stature of Steven Spielberg, so we are thrilled to be delivering his latest adventure to audiences worldwide.”
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, “Ready Player One” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Song Kang-Ho To Star In SECRET AGENT For Warner Bros.'s Korean Debut
Big things are happening this week over at Warner Bros. with the studio now looking to ramp up its Korean-language debut for I Saw The Devil helmer, director Kim Jee-woon‘s new Korean period film, Secret Agent. The report comes as the studio has come to see Korea as a lucrative market for investing in film due to the country’s successes in recent years, in addition to Fox’s latest slew of Korean titles, including Intimate Enemies starring Ryoo Seung-Bum.
Secret Agent was reportedly pitched to the studio by Harbin production CEO Lee Jin-sook, and is currently being described as a co-production venture between Warner Bros. and Grimm Pictures, with Warner Bros. fully financing the film, according to Variety. Actor Song Kang-Ho is set to reunite with the director following the 2008 flick, The Good, The Bad And The Weird and there is currently is no plot for the film said to be set early 20th century Korea during Japan’s colonial rule, although principal photography is scheduled to commence in October with locations to include Korea and China.
One might suppose the fact that Warner Bros. venturing into its first-ever Korean-language movie would be another great move for actor Song as well; The first movie I had seen him in was in the 1999 assassin thriller, Shiri, so it’s a real treat to see him come this far with an illustrious resume including films like Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Bong Joon-ho’s recent sci-fi epic success story, Snowpiercer, for which the director honorably fought tooth and nail to keep in its original iteration for North America.
Song is currently poised to appear in director Lee Joon-Ik’s upcoming period drama, The Throne in September. Stay tuned for more info!
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS Is A Go At Warner Bros.!
Warner Bros. Pictures, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment are moving forward on a feature film franchise based on Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s most popular role playing game. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, and Roy Lee (“The LEGO Movie,” “How to Train Your Dragon”) are attached as producers.
SDCC 2015: Warner Bros Announces Its Hall-H Presentation Slate
Heads are going to explode next weekend.
The haterade has since long dissipated since the first teasers aired between last summer and this Spring for Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and now fans have commense clamoring for an exclusive look at the film arriving March Of next year. It’s one of three titles being represented by Warner Bros. along with the remaining two, Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Joe Wright’s Pan, both heading to theaters this coming August and October, respectively, although obviously the former is the biggest headliner. Considering Marvel isn’t showing up, the studio behind DC Entertainment’s ambitious slate should have plenty of room to lay out just how it will follow up two years of hype following Man Of Steel.
More can be seen at the official Comic-Con International website. Beyond that, cue the press release!
Warner Bros. Pictures continues its tradition of delivering its most anticipated tentpole properties and their biggest stars to Comic-Con International: San Diego with this year’s Hall H presentation.
On Saturday, July 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Warner Bros. will showcase several of its upcoming feature releases and offer up a surprise or two as well.
Keen to deliver a taste of one of next year’s most eagerly awaited pairings, director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill take the main stage with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” They are joined by castmates Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot for a sneak peek at the 2016 action adventure that brings the Super Heroes together on the big screen for the very first time, from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
From “Pan,” Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Peter himself, Levi Miller, together with director Joe Wright, soar into town with their high-flying adventure, coming to theaters this fall from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
And Cavill once again takes the stage, this time with Armie Hammer, a duo with a very different dynamic in this summer’s fresh, über-stylish actioner from filmmaker Guy Ritchie, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” along with fellow stars Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki.
Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, stated, “Comic-Con provides us a fantastic opportunity to interact with the fans and this year, as with every year, our aim is to surpass their expectations. We’re also thrilled to give our filmmakers and talent a chance to experience the unique energy and enthusiasm of Comic-Con.”
With “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Pan” headlining the bill, Warner Bros. will also present some unexpected offerings that are sure to delight the crowd.
[UPDATED] WB & Sony Currently Bidding For Rights To THE FOREVER WAR, Channing Tatum To Star
The 1974 novel of a young man conscripted into a military task force in a war against an alien species named the Taurans. Through many battles, the man rises up the ranks of the military but travelling through space has time-warping effects, causing him to age normally but Earth to spin centuries.
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