'Justice League' finally moving forward; More Stephen King adaptations; 'Captain America' sequel gets directors & additional casting on 'Robocop'
After getting what could be called a harsh wake-up call after the huge success of The Avengers, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with their long-gestating Justice League movie (2007 was the last time work had progressed on it). Will Beall -who has already landed writing gigs on other Warner Bros. hopefuls, including Logan’s Run, Gangster Squad and a Lethal Weapon reboot- will script the feature. Admittedly, though, Warners has an uphill battle. Their only successful DC franchise has been Batman, and since the Christopher Nolan version is very well set in real-life, it will have to contend with on much they want that trilogy to impact what has to be a more fantasy based aspect of a team-up movie in the vein of The Avengers. It’s also been reported that Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Suicide Squad and Shazam (a.k.a., Captain Marvel) are all in development at the studio, with Michael Goldenberg (one of the many writers on Green Lantern) hired recently to script perpetual always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride Wonder Woman. And speaking of the Green Lantern, since that film failed word has surfaced they may attempt a reboot, moving forward without Ryan Reynolds. Meanwhile, next year’s Superman reboot The Man of Steel is remains an unknown quantity, so that begs the big question is Warner Bros. doing this for the right reason, or are they cashing in on the success of rival The Avengers and put out a well-intended, but ultimately cheap knock off?
Tom Holland will adapt and direct The Ten O’clock People, a big screen adaptation of a short story by Stephen King that was part of his 1993 Nightmares and Dreamscapes collection. Both Holland and King previously collaborated on ABC’s 2-part version of The Langoliers and the theatrical version of Thinner. This will be Holland’s first theatrical film since 2007. The Ten O’clock People tells the story of Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit, who uncovers a frightening aspect of reality that he plans to extinguish through extreme measures. “This was Stephen trying to deal with his cigarette jones and the fairly new no-smoking laws back in the ’90s,” Holland said. “This film will be a modernization of the original short story, a paranoid suspense piece.” The Night Flier and Dolan’s Cadillac have already beedeln adapted from this collection.
More Stephen King adaptation news has surfaced. Warner Bros., which has a few of his works stuck in developmental hell for years, has hired Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) to direct a new, two-part version of IT for the big screen. Which is good sign the studio understands that, as with any book well over a 1000 pages, it’s hard to translate that to screen without losing so much of its narrative. While ABC’s version of the novel 20 years ago was able to balance it pretty well (but let’s be honest, it was Tim Curry’s scene stealing performance as Pennywise the Clown that made that version shine), the scripts true horror aspects were toned down for TV. And I can venture the success of other two-part films -Harry Potter, Twilight and the upcoming The Hobbit- is making the studio bold enough to do it as two films. Fukunaga, by the way, will also co-write the script with Chase Palmer. No timeline for production or release date has been announced.
It looks like Marvel will hire two brothers known more for comedy -You, Me & Dupree and directing and executive producing the low-rated but cult followed NBC comedy Community- to helm Captain America 2, beating out two earlier contenders, George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray.
Universal is moving forward with a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, bring in David Koepp (Jurassic Park) to write the script, which will hopefully address the first films messy storyline, along with better dialogue and provide a payoff. Talks are also underway to bring back director Rupert Sanders. The sequel would most likely concentrate on the Huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth, though Kristen Stewart does have options –like Hemsworth- for 2 more films.
Samuel A. Jackson and Abbie Cornish will be added to the Robocop remake, for director Jose Padilha. The Killing star Joel Kinneman has already been cast the in the titular role, as well as Gary Oldman who’ll play the scientist who is responsible for creating the Robocop. Shooting begins in September.
With more than a year away from the Untitled Star Trek Sequel™, writer Damon Lindleof –doing press for Prometheus- says they’re already discussing a third film in the rebooted franchise. Well, sort of: “It would be very hard to not be involved in Trek moving forward,” he told the TrekMovie site. “We certainly don’t feel that a third movie is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far. So three movies, again not to do everything that Christopher Nolan does, but if you do it right it’s a good model. But that idea, whether you want to call it a trilogy or not, although I reserve the right to when we are talking four years from now to say ‘this is the third movie in our trilogy,’ but it does feel that three movies is the right responsibility for us to have the baton for before we then pass it off to the people who are take Trek to wherever they want to take it. So if this movie turns out well, would I be writing on the third movie? Who knows? But, we did talk a lot in the writing of this movie and during production about what the next movie might be and started getting excited about some of the ideas, so it would be hard to say no to that.”