They wrote the last five James Bond films, and with three of the five being critical and box-office successes –so not bad statistically-, writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have announced they are departing the long running franchise. This does not come as a surprise though, if only because it was confirmed a few weeks ago that John Logan –who co-wrote the latest Bond flick Skyfall with the writer’s- was verified as the screenwriter for Bond 24, which should bow in 2014. There was also a rumor that Logan will also handle the writing duties for Bond 25. And while other reports indicate Logan worked out a two-part adventure for those next films, no one will confirm that at Eon Productions or the two studios that finance the series now, MGM and Columbia Pictures. While the Bond films have been more or less stand-alone (while both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace share some the same story arcs, they can stand by themselves as two different films), the rebirth of the franchise since Daniel Craig took over could give the production a chance to take even more risks. Plus, with the success two-part adaptations of Harry Potter, The Twilight series and the upcoming Hunger Games series, not to mention The Lord of the Rings, fans have shown a willingness to allow films to expand their plot lines. While Bond may not be the best franchise to allow this, none the less, the film series could work out a story-arc that covers Craig’s final two films in his contract. The idea, at least for me, is intriguing.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, through FilmDistrict and Alliance Films, have announced an August 30, 2013 release date for Insidious 2. Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell will reteam for the 2011 sequel, while Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins will also be back to reprise their roles.
Nearly Twenty-eight years after its initial release and with the success of BBC’s Sherlock, CBS’ Elementary and Warner Bros. movie franchise starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, it’s not surprising that Paramount wants to mount a remake of Young Sherlock Holmes in hopes of finding the younger demographic. The Barry Levinson directed film was written originally by Chris Columbus, who will serve as producer on this remake (Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall were the Executive Producers then). The 1985 film followed Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they meet as teenagers in England, and embark on a series of sleuthing adventures. That film was noted for one of the first motion pictures to use CGI –a segment that featured a photorealistic animated knight composed of elements from a stained glass window. While not a perfect film, it none the less was an entertaining movie that was originally planned as series, but so-so reviews and poor box-office returns killed any plans to expand it into a franchise.
Screenwriter Albert Torres will adapt the Cole Haddon’s The Strange Case of Hyde for at Dark Horse Entertainment, Skydance Productions and the Mark Gordon Company. The 2011 graphic novel is a sort of sequel to Robert Lois Stevenson’s classic novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and is set some five years after the events of Stevenson’s story with Dr. Jekyll in prison and allegedly rehabilitated. But when a new horror begins stalking and murdering prostitutes, Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard realizes someone is using the same formula that brought forth Hyde, but it appears to be more improved. Thus Adye reluctantly needs the help of Dr. Jekyll, who appears not be completely cured of his Hyde curse as some thought.