Tag Archives: Paramount Pictures

Adam McKay to Adapt and Direct “The Big Short”

lewis-big-short

“The Big Short,” the acclaimed novel by Michael Lewis is on its way to the big screen. Paramount Pictures and Plan B have announced their plans to adapt the novel with writer/director Adam McKay has come aboard to both adapt and direct the project.

The novel, “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine,” is a bestseller about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000’s.

“Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners. Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this,” said McKay.

Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President, said,

“I am so excited as this project marks my third collaboration with Adam McKay – a tremendously talented filmmaker and one of my favorite storytellers.”

The film will be produced by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Pitt previously starred in and produced Lewis’ Moneyball, which earned an Academy Award-nomination for Best Picture.

There is currently no word on who the studio is eyeing to star in the film or a projected release date.

Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing Is Optioned For Film Adaptation

the-testing

The sci-fi novel only hit the shelves this week, but the planned series has already been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing is in the works as a potential film franchise based on the still being published series. So far there is no one attached to the project, but more news will be released over the coming months. Continue reading

World War Z Adaptation Releases First Trailer

It has long been known that the big screen adaptation of the Max Brooks novel, World War Z, has been plagued with issues from day one. At one point, it was felt that the massive project might be better off being scrapped for a better story, director, and budget. The film had been delayed several times, reworked over and over, and even had the script re-written. However, through all of that, we finally have a trailer for the long anticipated adaptation.

The movie follows around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Those who have read the book will notice that the movie barely resembles the novel and has changed drastically.

I already have huge issues for the adaptation of this novel from the mess that Marc Forster has created to the fact that Brad Pitt has replaced the actual oral documentary feel from the novel in favor of a more pressing generic “must save the world” storyline.

So will this be another generic, run of the mill zombie feature that cost billions but grosses half that?

World War Z comes from Paramount Pictures and stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse. Directed by Marc Forster, the action thriller hits theaters on June 21, 2013.

You can watch the trailer for World War Z below:

Joe Cornish Attempting To Bring “Snow Crash” To Film

Joe Cornish, writer and director of the alien invasion film Attack the Block, will write and direct an adaptation of the Neal Stephenson novel Snow Crash. Paramount Pictures purchased the film rights, and the project will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Kennedy/Marshall.

This is the second time Paramount has attempted to make this film, first trying when the book was published in 1992.

The cyber-punk bestseller is set in the near-future, according to Deadline.com, when the U.S. exists as a “patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and private enterprise and the mafia control everything.”

During the story, a computer virus manifests as a drug called Snow Crash, and is transmitted visually from computer screens to users, damaging their brains. Hiro Protagonist, the computer hacking, sword wielding, pizza delivering main character, attempts to stop the attack.

Read the official plot summary below:

“One of Time magazine’s 100 all-time best English-language novels. Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.”

The novel has been widely recognized as one of the best science fiction novels ever written that would later inspire much of the genre as well as the technologically filled world we live in today.

Stephenson has explained that the title of the novel comes from his term for a particular software failure mode on the early Apple Macintosh computer. He described it as “When the computer crashed and wrote gibberish into the bitmap, the result was something that looked vaguely like static on a broken television set — a ‘snow crash.'”

The novel has always influenced culture as well as its influence on the Internet as we know today. The novel is responsible for the term “Avatar” being the accepted term for your online virtual presence in computer games. Several of the worlds leading virtual globe programs utilized by Nasa and the Google Earth function were at least partly inspired by the “Earth” software developed by the central corporation in “Snow Crash.”

Paramount Pictures Acquire Screen Rights For The Diviners

Paramount Pictures has announced that they have purchased the screen rights to The Diviners, an upcoming novel from New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. Even though the novel has not yet been released, they are taking a page from several other companies and optioning a novel before anyone else gets the chance.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will produce the film, under their Fake Empire banner.  Bray will adapt the screenplay herself, in addition to acting as executive producer.

Set in the 1920s, the book is about a group of young New Yorkers with mysterious powers, who play a role in a series of occult-based murders in the city.  The Diviners will be published in September by Little Brown Books.  It will be the first in a four-part series.

Bray also wrote the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy and the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine and Beauty Queens.

View the official plot summary for The Diviners below:

“Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.”

The novel will be released September 18th, 2012.

It should be noted that this novel and movie should not be confused with the novel and movie of the same name written by Margaret Lawrence.

Paramount Delays World War Z Release Date

Paramount recently reported that they had pushed back the release date of the upcoming film adaptation, World War Z. The film will now be pushed from this year to next year. It was originally supposed to open in theaters on December 21, 2012, however, the studio has set the film back by 6 months. It will now open on June 21st, 2013.

The film is the big screen adaptation of the fictional oral history novel of the Z-day (or the zombie apocalypse) and was written by Max Brooks. It is directed by Marc Forster and is starring Brad Pitt who also produced the film.

The move of the film might have to do with the incredibly christmas season of movies this year. Including, The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, This Is Forty, and The Great Gatsby. With all these high profile films being released, it is understandable to want to hold off to a time when World War Z can be the center of attention. The move to the new release date now puts World War Z one week after the release of the new Superman reboot.

And in case you were wondering, Tom Cruise’s One Shot has been moved into World War Z‘s December 21st spot for 2012.

Personally, I am pretty bummed this has been delayed so far. I LOVED the novel (read it like three times) so I was pretty pumped for the adaptation. My only worry was that Brad Pitt was too big of a name to be in the starring role. But now we have to wait till next year to see this film.

The novel is a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdotes. Brooks plays the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who published the report a decade after the Zombie War. The United Nations left much of his research out of the official report, choosing to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories that form the bulk of Brooks’ novel. The interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the changing religious, geo-political, and environmental aftermath of the Zombie War.

If you haven’t read this book, DO IT.NOW. Seriously.

Graphic Novel Last Man Standing Heads To The Big Screen

Variety recently reported that David Leslie Johnson has been hired by Paramount Pictures to adapt the graphic novel, Last Man Standing. The graphic novel was written by Daniel LuVisi. The full title is “Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter”. Continue reading