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Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles Heading to Film

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Anne Rice is most known for her book series, “The Vampire Chronicles” and now Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have officially optioned the film rights to the series according to a report from TheWrap.

Most notably, the first installment in the book series, “Interview with the Vampire” was famously made into a film in 1994. It starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the lead roles. Then, in 2002, the next installment was adapted, titled “The Queen of the Damned.” It starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend.

While the series has been optioned, there has been no announcement about what the exact plans are for the series. A remake of the “Interview with the Vampire” is very likely considering it has been 20 years since the original film was made. An official announcement is expected to made soon as the studio will have to begin planning for production.

Brian Grazer is set to producer with Hollywood BFF’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. No actors or directors have been announced for the project either.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Finds a Director in Michael Gracey

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After almost two years in development limbo, Universal Pictures big screen adaptation of Laini Taylor’s fantasy adventure “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” is finally moving forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Gracey has signed on to direct the project with a script from Stuart Beattie and original author Taylor.

The first book in the series is officially described as follows:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Taylor will also produce alongside Joe Roth and Jane Putch while Palek Patel will serve as executive producer. There is no word on when the project will begin production or who the studio is eyeing for the lead role.

Universal Finds Writer For Demonologist Adaptation

 

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Universal Pictures and ImageMovers have officially hired Jonathan Herman to write the film adaptation of “The Demonologist.” The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Andrew Pyper and was published early in 2013. Robert Schenkkan was originally tapped to pen the script and Herman will work on a new draft. Herman is most known for writing the draft for “The Birds” remake at Platinum Dunes. Continue reading

Fede Alvarez to Helm Dante’s Inferno Adaptation

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“Dante’s Inferno” is one of the harder games I have ever played. Not “Dark Souls” hard but still rather difficult. But in that difficulty is some pretty awesome and disturbing imagery and story. Now, Universal Pictures has plans to take the video game and adapt it for the big screen. According to a report from Deadline. Fede Alvarez will helm the project. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey Casts Lead Roles

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The two lead roles of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey were under much contention over the last few months as fans and critics alike suggested their dream actors for the film adaptation. Finally, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have cast the lead spots for the highly anticipated film adaptation. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam have been chosen. Continue reading

Universal Hopes to Acquire The 39 Clues

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The film adaptation of “The 39 Clues” series has gone through some major changes since it was first optioned. In the beginning Steven Spielberg was attached to produce and/or direct when it was optioned by DreamWorks Pictures. However, he backed out and Shawn Levy was then attached. Now, according to The Hollywood Reported, Universal Pictures is negotiating a deal to take over the optioned film rights. Continue reading

Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct Fifty Shades of Grey

 

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The pseudo-porn novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has officially found a director to helm the big screen adaptation. Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced that  Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired on to direct the project. The film, based on the popular novel by E.L. James will be produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside the author.  Continue reading

Timecop Heading To Big Screen Once More

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The popular Dark Horse Comics series, “Timecop” is set to be adapted for the big screen one more time according to The Hollywood Reporter. Universal Pictures is adapting the franchise to reboot it for film with Marc Shmuger and Tom McNulty producing.

“Timecop” was previously adapted back in 1994 with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the lead. That feature version featured a script by the character’s creators, Dark Horse President Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. The film was a hit among filmgoers and sic-fi lovers.  Continue reading

Jurassic Park 4 To Be Directed By Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow

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For a while it seemed like Jurassic Park 4 would never happen, however, in January it was announced that Universal Pictures was finally moving forward with the project. Taking a step forward today, they have officially announced the projects direct:  Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow.

Jurassic Park 4 continues the franchise that was initially based on the 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton. The novel was adapted by Steven Spielberg and later won 3 Oscars, 19 other awards, and 15 nominations. The book’s sequel, The Lost World (1995), was also adapted by Spielberg into a film in 1997. While the third film in the franchise was not directly adapted from a novel, it utilized both previous novels to create a storyline that had similar thematic elements and overall feel. The third film also used several scenes from both books that had not been adapted into the previous films.

There is no word yet on the plot of the fourth film, but with Treverrow at the helm, there is little to worry about.

The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

The original 1993 Jurassic Park will see a 3D re-release on April 5 of this year, also hitting IMAX 3D theaters. Jurassic Park 4, meanwhile, is scheduled for release on June 13, 2014.

Angelina Jolie Will Direct Unbroken Adaptation

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It was announced this week by Universal Pictures and Walden Media that actress turned director and producer Angelina Jolie is in talks to direct an upcoming big screen adaption of the New York Times bestselling novel “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”).

The novel was originally published in 2012 and follows  the incredible life story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner of war camp. The book has sat atop the New York Timesbestseller list for more than 108 consecutive weeks, fourteen of those at number one. It was also the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.

“In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition,” said Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley. “She has a real ability to illustrate the strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”

Walden Media Chief Executive Officer, Michael Bostick echoed their sentiment and said,

“We’re thrilled that Angelina will bring this epic story to the big screen. Lou’s is one of history’s most incredible and inspiring stories, and we are excited to partner with such a passionate filmmaker to share it with audiences all over the world.”

Unbroken will mark Jolie’s second time as director and producer following her critically acclaimed directorial debut in 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, and her first time directing a major studio film.

“I read Laura Hillenbrand’s brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louie Zamperini’s heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film,” said Jolie. “Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.”

Unbroken is being co-financed and co-produced by Universal and Walden Media. There is no word yet on who is expected to star in the adaptation or a projected release date.