Paramount also has taken 'Bad Moms,' which Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow exited in June, off the calendar.
Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for writing the fun Muppets song 'Man or Muppet,' is being brought on board to write songs for the musical comedy.
His credits also include 'Conan the Barbarian,' 'The Presidio' and the recent Pierce Brosnan film 'The November Man.'
Since making his debut with 2000’s Chuck & Buck, director Miguel Arteta has generally stayed with comedy, making the likes of Cedar Rapids and Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He’s ready to change things up a little for a new assignment, directing novel adaptation All The Bright Places.
Novelist Jennifer Niven is aboard to adapt the young-adult romance tale herself. The film has Elle Fanning aboard to star as Violet, a teenager who, crushed by her sister’s death, is considering suicide up on her school’s bell tower. But it’s there she meets Theodore Finch, long considered the facility’s resident “weird” pupil, prone to violent, manic outbursts. Violet, on the other hand, had been known as a popular cheerleader, but the two form an unlikely connection. Theodore puts her name down as his partner on a class project to wander the state looking at tourist attractions, and Violet begins to feel better seeing them through his eyes, even as Finch’s demons continue to plague him.
With the book still on the New York Times bestseller list, production company Demarest is naturally interested in getting the adaptation under way as soon as possible, with the production planned as starting roll early next year. Fanning has various projects on their way to the screen, including Gaby Dellal’s Three Generations, Jay Roach’s biopic Trumbo and Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.
As was his custom on Days Of Future Past, Bryan Singer has been offering peeks behind the scenes of his latest project, X-Men: Apocalypse via social media. Today’s entry in the Bryan Singer: Unofficial Promotional Intern series features a look at one of the big practical sets built for the movie.
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:08am PDT
It appears not all of Apocalypse’s (Oscar Isaac) world will be built using green screen and visual effects trickery. The director’s shots have showcased some of the practical work on display, including a ruined Cairo street and, of course, the halls of Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) School For The Gifted.
The latest movie finds ancient, supremely powerful mutant Apocalypse awakening in the 1980s and deciding that the era of Regan, Thatcher, New Coke and Yuppies is one that requires some serious dismantling. So he corrals several mutants – including Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, the young Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn) to take the world down a few pegs. He’ll have to deal with Xavier, though, plus the likes of Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).
With Singer, Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty on script duty, X-Men: Apocalypse will hit our cinemas on May 19 next year. Will the soundtrack include The Bangles’ 1990 track Walk Like An Egyptian? Given the film’s time period, we doubt it…
The actor tells TV viewers in Belarus he wants to make "historically accurate" film about the Normandie-Nieman fighter squadron.
He’s been busy recently reprising his most famous onscreen political role as (now former) President Whitmore in Independence Day: Resurgence. But Bill Pullman is taking a job on Rob Reiner’s LBJ that should see him debating civil rights, not fighting aliens.
Woody Harrelson is playing Lyndon Baines Johnson in the film, which follows the man's rise from the South to the White House, and the political turmoil he faced when the assassination of John F. Kennedy suddenly catapulted then Vice President Johnson in to the Oval Office’s big chair. Facing battles on either side of the spectrum, he attempted to heal the nation and secure his legacy by finally passing his predecessor’s Civil Rights Act.
Pullman will be Senator Ralph Yarborough, a famously progressive Democrat from Johnson’s Texan home state who, despite their shared history, often found himself at odds with the man who would be president. He joins a cast that already includes Rich Sommer, Richard Jenkins, Eric Lange and Tim Ransom.
Joey Hartstone wrote the script for this one, which represents a subject Reiner has been trying to get on screen for several years now. It’ll start shooting in September in New Orleans, Dallas and then Washington, D.C. In addition to the Independence Day sequel (due here on June 24 next year), Pullman will also be seen in American Ultra, which lands in the UK on August 28.
The couple issued proceedings in the U.K. over the publication on MailOnline of pictures of their daughter.
Lauren Bowles, Max Ryan, Victoria Smurfit, Suleka Mathew, Kiowa Gordon and Michelle Arthur will lead the Radar Pictures project.
It’s not often that anything escapes the secrecy shields surrounding the Star Wars franchise, even in these leak-happy days. But according to the BBC, which spotted the news on the actor’s Spotlight page, Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris has been cast in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
Though the information has since vanished from his page, the Beeb’s Lizo Mzimba took a grab of the site when it was still up, showing Aris (shown above right in Sherlock alongside Rupert Graves) playing someone called Senator Jebel.
There has been no official announcement as of yet, so we’re obligated to keep this within the realm of rumour for now (sound the klaxon!) but the Spotlight site, an official source for actors’ bios, isn’t known for running specious information. Even if it appears someone has jumped the gun – or the blaster rifle – this time.
So far, what we do know is Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a script that has seen work from Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz. Felicity Jones is confirmed, with Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn in various stages of either signed on or hashing out deals. The story finds a group of rebels and others hatching a plan to steal the plans of the first Death Star, set in the time between Episodes III and IV. It’s scheduled to land here in December next year.
Aris, who plays Dr. Anderson on Sherlock, has also been seen on TV recently in Humans. Film-wise, he’ll pop up as Brendan Hatch in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, due out on October 2.
The novel-to-screen project will be financed and produced by Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan.
Henry Rollins and Paul Pope are involved in comic book adaptations.
Pete Docter is the director of Inside Out, while Jonas Rivera is the producer of Inside Out. Both are on this week's Empire Podcast, being charming and informative as they talk about the making of Pixar's latest five-star triumph. Plus! All the usual news, reviews and utter nonsense you've come to expect from the podcast team.
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