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“Divergent” Director Neil Burger Drops Out of Sequel

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Neil Burger has announced that he will not be directing the second film in Lionsgate’s “Divergent” film franchise. The sequel is scheduled for release on March 20th, 2015. Burger is currently in post-production for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21, 2014, release and Lionsgate has revealed they are currently seeking another director for “Insurgent.” The films are based on the novels of the same name written by Veronica Roth.

The “Divergent” franchise — released via its Summit brand — is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five “Twilight” films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s  first two “Hunger Games” have pulled in over $1.4 billion.

The March, 2015, release date of “Insurgent” requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also announced Monday that the third film, “Allegiant,” will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.

“Divergent” also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet. Set in a dystopian Chicago, the  story centers on a society divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite — with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.

Summit has issued a statement in response to Burger leaving the project, saying that scheduling issues have precluded him from directing “Insurgent”:

“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent.  We can’t wait for you to see the film.  But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent.  So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”

Divergent Releases New Featurette

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Likely attempting to not be a box office flop like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Summit Entertainment has released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette to explain the world of its upcoming dystopian film, Divergent. The featurette is entitled, “Taking a Stand.” Continue reading

First Trailer Officially Released For Ender’s Game

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Summit Entertainment has officially released the first trailer for Ender’s Game, the upcoming big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Orson Scott Card. The film is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo hoo, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo. Continue reading

Summit Entertainment Acquires William Paul Young’s The Shack

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The best-selling novel from William Paul Young called, “The Shack” has been optioned by Summit Entertainment. The novel was originally published out of a garage by Brad Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen but has since garnered a huge fan base. First published in 2007, “The Shack” has to date sold over 18 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the United States, and over 8 million internationally. The novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 180 consecutive weeks, topping the list at #1 for 52 of them, and has also been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 188 weeks. Ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling Book of 2008 and 2nd Best-Selling Book of 2009, “The Shack” has been featured in national profiles as diverse as NewsweekTIMEPeople, and The New York Times. Continue reading

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The First Four Minutes of Warm Bodies Revealed

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With Twilight (finally) over, Summit Entertainment is preparing to release its next supernatural tale of love, Warm Bodies. The film, based on the novel of the same name written by Isaac Marion, has officially released the first four minutes of the film to audiences.

In the clip, you’ll meet the zombie known as “R” (Nicholas Hoult). After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

Warm Bodies is set to hit theaters on February 1st. The first four minutes of the film can be seen below.

The cast of the big screen adaptation includes:
  • Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
  • Nicholas Hoult as R
  • Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
  • John Malkovich as General Grigio
  • Analeigh Tipton as Nora
  • Cory Hardrict as Kevin
  • Rob Corddry as M
  • Patrick Sabongui as Hunting Zombie
  • Justin Bradley as Unknown
  • Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol

Summit Launches ‘Area 52’ Adaptation

The Image comic book titled Area 52 is soon to become a feature film. Summit Entertainment bought the film rights last year, after a handful of studios and production companies juggled the material, but with ultimately unfruitful results. The story is paranormal in nature, as you would expect from the title. Johnny Rosenthal has been hooked to write the screenplay for the live action motion picture.

Rosenthal is also the writer behind Bad Santa 2, the film to be directed by Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. In case you are curious, Billy Bob Thornton is returning with that title.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the Area 52 adaptation. Di Bonaventura has seen success with thrillers like Angelina Jolie’s spy flick, Salt, and another comic book adaptation, RED. In fact, he’s hard at work with Bruce Willis currently for the sequel, RED 2, which is also a Summit Entertainment title.

Area 52 is about a rag-tag contingent of quirky soldiers stationed at a dreary military base on the continent of Antarctica known of course as Area 52. Tasked with keeping the storage facility secure, things get a little intense for the troops when an alien hatches from one of the top-secret artifacts hidden with the other tech and extraterrestrial memorabilia. Then, much like a good Alien picture, the being starts hunting down the soldiers.

The original Area 52 comic was penned by Brian Haberlin. He also wrote for the popular Witchblade comic series and contributed to Shi, Aria, and Spawn. Yep, he’s a bit of a rock star. He did colors as well as writing.

J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will serve as executive producers on the project and production president Erik Feig of Lionsgate and Summit’s vice president of production, Meredith Milton, are keeping their eagle eyes on the progress.

Science Fiction fans no doubt also have their eye on Summit property, Ender’s Game, the disgustingly highly anticipated adaptation of the beloved Orson Scott Card novel. That one is coming November of 2013.

I’m always ready to cheer on a good sci-fi project. We’ll have to wait and see more on the style and tone of this one. Depending on the production value and originality, this could be just another cookie cutter horror film. Cowboys & Aliens was a sci-fi comic book adaptation that had fan boys and girls quite a bit excited until it’s release, which seemed to ring out as a bit underwhelming in the end.

This material also reminds me of Vin Diesel’s upcoming Riddick film. Due out sometime next year with Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff, there should be plenty of aliens in that one, too.

New Stills From Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

Several brand new stills have been released from the upcoming final installment of the Twilight Saga. The photos were released by Summit Entertainment and you can see them below.

Despite being amidst a cheating scandal between stars/ former lovers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the film is expected to still do extremely well in the box office. The Bill Condon-directed adaptation opens in theaters on November 16.

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, the film’s large cast includes:

Main cast
  • Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan/Cullen
  • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
  • Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
  • Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen
  • Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen
  • Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
  • Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
  • Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale
  • Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale
  • Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
  • Sarah Clarke as Renée Dwyer
  • Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater
  • Booboo Stewart as Seth Clearwater
  • MyAnna Buring as Tanya
  • Maggie Grace as Irina
  • Casey LaBow as Kate
  • Michael Sheen as Aro
  • Jamie Campbell Bower
  • Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus
  • Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley
  • Christian Camargo as Eleazar
  • Mía Maestro as Carmen
  • Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee Cullen
Part 2 adds new cast members:
  • Dakota Fanning as Jane
  • Cameron Bright as Alec
  • Charlie Bewley as Demetri
  • Daniel Cudmore as Felix
  • Noel Fisher as Vladimir
  • Guri Weinberg as Stefan
  • Lee Pace as Garrett
  • Joe Anderson as Alistair
  • Judi Shekoni as Zafrina
  • Tracey Huggins as Senna
  • J.D. Pardo as Nahuel
  • Rami Malek as Benjamin

Ender’s Game Release Date Delayed To November

 

Summit Entertainment has moved Ender’s Game way back from March 15th 2013 to November 1, 2013. They haven’t said why the massive move happened despite the fact that the film was without competition on both release dates, and filming has already begun. However, November 2013 already has some big name films premiering such as Singularity, Marvel’s Thor 2 and the already highly anticipated The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire all arriving within weeks of Ender’s Game. 

Written by Orson Scott Card, the story is set in a future utopian version of Earth. It follows a young boy who is a strategist of the genius level who becomes drafted by the International Fleet to battle and destroy to Formics. Formics are a dangerous alien race that threaten mankind. And if Ender fails, then Earth will be gone forever.

The cast, which includes several award winners, is as follows:

  • Asa Butterfield – Ender Wiggin
  • Harrison Ford – Colonel Hyrum Graff
  • Abigail Breslin – Valentine Wiggin
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Petra
  • Aramis Knight – Bean
  • Moises Arias – Bonzo
  • Jimmy Pinchak – Peter Wiggin
  • Suraj Parthasarathy – Alai
  • Conor Carroll – Bernard
  • Khylin Rhambo – Dink
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Fly Molo
  • Ben Kingsley – Mazer Rackham
  • Viola Davis – Major Anderson
  • Caleb J. Thaggard – Stilson
  • Stevie Ray Dallimore – John Wiggin
  • Andrea Powell – Theresa Wiggin
  • Nonso Anozie – Sergeant Dap

 

Watch The New Teaser Clip From Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

Summit Entertainment made a smart decision a few weeks ago when they decided to air the first official trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 during the previews for The Hunger Games. But they also released a short tease clip for the trailer that will hit theaters on Friday. The clip is only 14 seconds long, but that is enough to appease twihards till Friday.

Part 2 will open in theaters on November 16th and is also directed by Bill Condon with the script coming from Melissa Rosenberg. The film is based on the fourth novel in the Twilight book series, written by Stephenie Meyer.

The official plot for Part 2 continues after the birth of Bell and Edwards daughter, Renesmee. Bella is now official a vampire and is enjoying her new life and abilities. Problems ensue (And not because Jacob is creepily in love with their daughter) when vampire Irina, thinks Renesmee is an immortal child. Creating vampire children has been outlawed by the Volturi. They promptly decide to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. But in order to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to help prove that Renesemee isn’t an immortal child and protect their family.

The Cast of Part 2 Includes:

All actors listed for Part 1 will reprise their roles in Part 2.

  • Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee Cullen, Edward and Bella’s daughter who is half-human half-vampire, imprinted on by Jacob Black (werewolf/shape-shifter). She can transmit her thoughts into one’s mind through words and/or pictures.
  • Dakota Fanning as Jane, a loyal servant to the Volturi
  • Cameron Bright as Alec, a loyal servant to the Volturi
  • Charlie Bewley as Demetri, a loyal servant to the Volturi
  • Daniel Cudmore as Felix, a loyal servant to the Volturi
  • Noel Fisher as Vladimir, one of the twelve founders of the ancient, but deceased, Romanian coven
  • Guri Weinberg as Stefan, one of the twelve founders of the Romanian coven
  • Lee Pace as Garrett, an adventurous nomad
  • Joe Anderson as Alistair, a solitary nomad
  • Judi Shekoni as Zafrina, a member of the Amazon coven
  • Tracey Huggins as Senna, a member of the Amazon coven
  • J.D. Pardo as Nahuel, a vampire hybrid
  • Rami Malek as Benjamin, a member of the Egyptian coven

You can see the teaser clip below:

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Surpasses $700 Million

 

The massively popular fourth installment on The Twilight Saga is making tons of money. Literally. I am pretty sure if you put all the money its made into a box it would weigh a ton. How much has it earned? Well it was recently announced that it has passed the $700 million mark worldwide. Continue reading