Category Archives: Movie Adaptations

A Sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service Greenlit With Fox

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The Matthew Vaughn film adaptation, Kingsman: The Secret Service, has officially gotten the greenlight for a sequel from Fox.

Currently, there are no details on what a sequel would entail. Vaughn has stated in previous interviews that he could see a sequel tackling an American version of Kingsman. So it is possible that now that the sequel is in the works officially, that is the way it will be headed.

Vaughn has also not commented on whether he will return for the sequel. However, he has not returned for the sequels of his other films so it isn’t looking good. He didn’t direct the sequels to both Kick-Ass and First Class despite advocating those films be made.

Kingsman: The Secret Service pulled in an impressive $400 million globally. The film was based on the comic book written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

 

Wonder Woman Director Drops Out

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Michelle MacLaren has announced her departure as director from the production of the upcoming Wonder Woman film. MacLaren cited creative differences as the reason for her departure.

The studio released a statement,

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together.”

MacLaren is an Emmy-winning director who joined the project in November of last year. Warner Bros. had spent months searching for a female director specifically to take lead on the super heroine project.

Wonder Woman would have been the director’s feature film debut but she is known for working on several critically acclaimed projects including The X-Files, HBO’s Game of Thrones and multiple AMC productions like The Walking DeadBreaking Bad and spin-off Better Call Saul.

It is interesting that MacLaren has departed a comic book film project. Four years earlier, Patty Jenkins was set to direct Thor: The Dark World, but she left the film ALSO citing creative differences. MacLaren would have been only the second female to direct a comic-book superhero film, joining Lexi Alexander’s 2008 Punisher: War Zone. What are these “creative differences” that are regularly driving female directors away from comic book films?

Currently, Wonder Woman remains in line to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Gal Gadot in the titular role who will make her first appearance in the role in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,

Miles Teller Cast in Film Adaptation of Home Is Burning

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Home is Burning is gaining Miles Telling as not only the star actor but also a producer in the upcoming film. The film is the big screen adaptation of the forthcoming memoir by Dan Marshall.

The novel is Marshall’s debut and details the author’s post-grad life when he moves back into his crowded home with four other siblings after his mother’s cancer relapse and his father’s ALS diagnosis. The memoir, to be released this October, has already garnered praised for its dark humor and wit, drawing comparisons to writers like David Sedaris and Dave Eggers.

Teller is most known for playing Andrew, the main character in one of the best films of 2014, Whiplash. He also appears in the recently released sequel film, Insurgent. He was also cast in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and the lead in boxing drama biopic Bleed for This.

Home is Burning will be co-produced and directed by Jonathan Levine who previously worked on Warm Bodies50/50 and The Wackness. Author Marshall is adaptation his own work for the screenplay.

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NEW Poster For JURASSIC WORLD Released!

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As everyone is gearing up and getting exciting for the upcoming new installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, director Colin Trevorrow debuted a new poster for Jurassic World. 

The poster shows Bryce Dallas Howard in her role as Claire Dearing coming face to face with the dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, an island located off Central America’s Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen Grady, a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on a group of Velociraptors, known as Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically modified hybrid mutant dinosaur, known as Indominus rex, to boost visitor attendance (despite the creature having cannibalized its own sibling). Claire Dearing is the park’s operations manager. Her nephews, Zach and Gray, are visiting the island when the hybrid escapes and are subsequently caught up in the creature’s deadly rampage.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Alongside Howard, the film features an incredible cast including (my imaginary boyfriend) Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer.

Jurassic World opens in theaters and our hearts on June 12.

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New Trailer Released for Ant-Man

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We all know a Marvel film is going to be the big hit this summer but will it be “Ant-Man” or “Age of Ultron?” Many are overlooking “Ant-Man” with such larger titles on the way but thanks to a new trailer released last week, we know how awesome the film is going to be.

The film was directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay written by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. It stars Rudd in the titular role alongside Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, and Michael Douglas. In Ant-Man, Lang must help defend Dr. Pym’s Ant-Man technology and plot a heist with worldwide ramifications.

“Ant-Man” will hit theaters on July 17. It is the 12th addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Catch the full trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man in the video above. And make sure to check out the movie when it hits theaters later this summer.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Begins Shooting Next February

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is in process! Courtesy of James Gunn, the writer and director behind the first film, we have learned a few details about the upcoming sequel that everyone can’t wait for.

Despite being close-lipped on the plot for the sequel, Gunn revealed that the sequel will begin shooting next February at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. The filming location is a new one for the franchise. The first film filmed in London with several scenes taking place though out locations in the city. Currently, Captain America: Civil War is filming at the same Atlanta studio where Ant-Man also recently wrapped principal photography.

According to Gunn, the script is currently in progress and the film treatment for the sequel has already been sent over to Marvel. Though Gunn did not reveal any plot details for the sequel. However, he did say that Karen Gillan would reprise her role as Nebula, the arch nemesis and adopted sister of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) for an appearance in the film. He was also confident that her appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would not require her to shave her head like she did for the first film.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a premiere date for May 5, 2017.

Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

Robert A. Heinlein‘s Novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Becoming Movie

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The science fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” written by Robert A. Heinlein, is getting the movie treatment thanks to director Bryan Singer. The movie is reportedly being retitled Uprising. The story follows a lunar colony that revolts against the rulers of Earth. 

“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” was initially released in 1966 by the prolific science fiction author. It later worn the Hugo Award, though it would be the author’s last win.

Singer is attached to collaborate with the studio to produce the project with possibilities to direct as well. The film is being written by “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

This is the third time it has been attempted to adapt this particular novel into a movie. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had written a script to be produced by DreamWorks Studios. Another version from Phoenix Pictures had producer David Heyman attached. Both films never came to fruition and the rights to the novel eventually returned to Heinlein’s estate.

This is not the first novel by Heinlein to be adapted for the silver screen. In 1998, The Puppet Masters starring Donald Sutherland was directed by Stuart Orme. His most popular novel, Starship Troopers, would also be later adapted by Paul Verhoeven. Earlier this year, his short story All You Zombies was adapted into Predestination starring Ethan Hawke.

Blade Runner Sequel Writer Will Pen Murder on the Orient Express Remake

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When it was first announced that there would be a remake of iconic film, Murder on the Orient Express, there were questions of who would end up penning the script based on the Agatha Christie novel. The original story of the Orient Express revolved around Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is tasked with the investigation of a murder that took place in his train car.

The remake was first announced last year and it was pretty quickly revealed that it was to be produced by Ridley Scott with Simon Kinberg but the writer seat remained vacant until now. This week, it was announced that Michael Green will write the script.

Green recently just finished writing the sequel to another famous film, Blade Runner. But he is also known for working on the much unloved superhero project Green Lantern. 

This is the second time the famous mystery novel is being adapted into a film. The first time being in 1974 by Sidney Lumet. This classic film had a stellar cast including Albert Finney in the lead role and Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York all playing various supporting roles as potential suspects.

Currently, there is no director signed on to take on the murder mystery film. Hopefully this means careful consideration is going into this project. There is also no word on who the studio is eyeing to star in the film.

Scarlett Johansson to Star in The Psychopath Test Adaptation

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A new film adaptation is in the works for the non-fiction novel, “The Psychopath Test” written by Jon Ronson. It was announced last week that the film already has a star by way of Scarlett Johannson.

The book follows Ronson as he delves into the manipulative, deceitful and delusional world of psychopathy. He interviews a psychologist who convinces him that many of the world’s most influential businessmen and politicians may in fact be highly functional psychopaths. With a new set of skills to help him spot who may be psychotic, Ronson aims to uncover truths behind psychopathy diagnoses, treatments and how to identify a true psychopath.

The Psychopath Test will be directed by Jay Roach who is known for several different types of films, television shows, and miniseries. He previously worked on Recount and Game Change, but also showed his talent for comedy in Austin Powers and Meet the Parents.

There has been no word on when the adaptation will hit theaters or when production will begin.