Distributor of Casino Royale and QoS nears a deal with MGM.
February 8, 2011
Sony Pictures is reportedly closing in on attaining the distribution rights to the James Bond franchise.
Deadline claims that, while other studios still are in pursuit of the franchise, Sony is expected to prevail as it's supposedly given in to more of MGM's demands than not.
According to Deadline, "Sony is agreeing to allow MGM's new leadership to leverage the next Bond pic, and indeed the Bond franchise, to create more cash flow for the reconstituted studio post-bankruptcy. The new brass, Spyglass Entertainment co-owners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum who are now the Co-Chairmen andCEOs of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, are finishing negotiations to co-finance a number of films with Sony."
One of the films that Sony has reportedly agreed to give MGM a co-financing deal on is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, starring none other than 007 himself, Daniel Craig.
What happened between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City?
DC Comics has announced a Batman: Arkham City comic book miniseries which will show what happened since the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum:
Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the most successful video games of 2009, and earned a Guinness World Record for the “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever.” This May, find out what happened between Batman: Arkham Asylum and its highly anticipated sequel in BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, a six-issue miniseries that bridges the gap between the two games, and leads into the game’s release this fall.
Written by Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini (who also penned both Arkham games) and drawn by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D’anda, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Each issue of the miniseries will be available day-and-date digitally worldwide for $2.99 each. These releases will alternate with 8-page digital-first interludes that will expand on the story included in the miniseries. Written by Dini and drawn by a variety of artists, these digital stories will focus on The Dark Knight’s many enemies as they vie for power in this new city within a city. Each eight-page digital-first interlude will be available for .99 cents, releasing in between issues of the miniseries, and will later be included in print in the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY collected edition.
“The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, “The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.”
Read the comic before you play the game, and keep an eye out for the issue #1 variant cover, utilizing in-game graphics.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY will double-ship in its first month, with issues 1 & 2 landing in May.
Brendon Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick and Liam Cunningham are joining Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Safe House, a Universal Pictures thriller written by David Guggenheim.
The film, scheduled for a release on February 10, 2012, centers on a young house sitter of a CIA-run safe house who must help a criminal, who's being hidden there, avoid being killed as they flee to another secure facility when the first house is destroyed by villains who want the witness dead.
Scott Stuber is producing through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures. Trevor Macy executive produces through his Intrepid Pictures.
Universal's Senior Executive Vice President of Production, Peter Cramer and Creative Executive, Sara Scott are overseeing the project for the studio.
Warner Bros. Pictures has moved Clash of the Titans 2 up a week from March 30 to March 23, 2012. This is the same date as Lionsgate had scheduled the Gary Ross-directed The Hunger Games. Will the latter stay on the date?
To be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Clash of the Titans 2 stars Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Edgar Ramirez and Rosamund Pike.
The sequel will be filmed in 3D rather than converted after-the-fact.
In an article over at Variety about MGM, its constant woes and catalog of unreleased titles that need a home, it was revealed that Sony Pictures may shoulder distribution duties for some of the films sitting on MGM's shelf and the studio's 4,000+ title library.
The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's horror film, was one of the flicks specifically mentioned in the piece.
The deal isn't finalized, but the trade paper says things are looking good.
Also languishing at MGM, the Dowdle Bros. film The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
If the deal goes through, we'll see how fast Sony moves to get Cabin into theaters.
From the "may/may not" files (since so many news items concern people who "might" do something, these days)...
Empire spoke to Ethan Coen of True Grit, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing and countless other terrific films. And although Coen has echoed in various reports that he's not sure what project he'll work on next with brother Joel, they do have a horror script they're tinkering away on.
"Yes, we're working on a couple of scripts now, one of which it would be fair to call a full-on horror movie. Frances McDormand is the monster," he said. McDormand, a Coen brothers movie fixture, as "the monster"? I like what I'm hearing.
I also like what Ethan says about a potential follow-up to Barton Fink. Follow this link for more.
Disney Animator and lifelong Superman fan Robb Pratt has created a fantastic tribute to the last son of Krypton, using a combination of hand-drawn and computer animation.
Blending Superman elements from throughout the decades, Pratt utilizes the theme from the original Superman serials and casts John Newton, television's "Superboy" in the lead. John's wife provides the voice of Lois, bringing together what adds up to a brilliant, stylisitic tribute that you can check out below:
UPDATE: The trailer will hit tomorrow, new image revealed
The official logo for Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men: First Class has debuted at the film's Facebook page. As pictured below, the logo offers an updated variation on the design that graced both the first film's teaser poster and the recently unveiled teaser for First Class itself.
Set for release on June 3rd, X-Men: First Class will serve a prequel to the Bryan Singer original, charting the early friendship and subsequent rivalry of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (the man who would become Magneto).
UPDATE: 20th Century Fox has confirmed that fans won't have to wait much longer for footage. The X-Men: First Class trailer will arrive via the Facebook page tomorrow, February 10th.
UPDATE #2:Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new image as part of the tease for tomorrow's trailer. Check it out beneath the logo.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has debuted a number of images of some of the promotional tie-ins that will accompany their Green Lantern feature film, hitting theaters on June 17th. The full line of apparel is said to include Bioworld Merchandising with a line of t-shirts, hats and accessories; New Era Cap Company with a line of fashion-forward fitted caps; and Kids Republic with a collection of boy’s and young men’s super-hip t-shirts. Additional key licensees include Wet Cement, nOir, Changes, Isaac Morris, Fast Forward, AME, Saramax, Junkfood, NTD Apparel, Grupo Ruz, Briefly Stated, C. Life, Pan Oceanic Eyewear, Berkshire Fashions and more.
Check out the look of several of the products and their accompanying description below.
Kids Republic Green Lantern Alien Shirt
Become a member of the Green Lantern Corps with this 100% cotton washed t-shirt. The graphic design highlights the Green Lantern logo filled with countless Green Lantern Corps aliens in a dark charcoal crystal washed background. Young men’s and boy’s sizes S-XL.
Bioworld Green Lantern Trucker Hat
Power up! A retro, deconstructed mesh trucker featuring Green Lantern in action.
Bioworld Green Lantern Movie Logo T-Shirt
Gear up for the upcoming summer blockbuster “Green Lantern” in this logo t-shirt.
Kids Republic Green Lantern Ring Shirt
Capture the space adventures of the Green Lantern Corps with this foil, screen-printed Green Lantern boy’s logo t-shirt. Made out of 100% washed cotton. Boy’s sizes 4 to 20.
New Era Green Lantern Light Over Fitted Cap
This Green Lantern 59FIFTY fitted microfiber cap features flawless raised embroidery with character imagery from the upcoming film. The glow-in-the-dark Green Lantern logo is detailed on the front of the cap. Available soon in sizes 6 7/8 – 8 ¼.
New Era Green Lantern Neon Logo Fitted Cap
This Green Lantern 59FIFTY fitted wool cap features a raised embroidery Green Lantern logo that glows in the dark. Available soon in sizes 6 7/8 – 8 ¼.
Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and (as recently rumored) Mia Wasikowska are now all confirmed for director John Hillcoat's Wettest County in the World, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new additions will join Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life).
An adaptation of Matt Bondurant's upcoming novel and based on a true story, The Wettest County in the World revolves around a moonshine gang operating in the bootlegging capital of America -- Franklin County, Va. -- during Prohibition. The novel draws its roots from Bondurant's grandfather and two granduncles, who made up a fierce criminal gang at the center of the country's moonshine trade.
Pearce is said to play an "overly violent" police officer and Oldman a gangster/bootlegger. Wasikowska will play LaBeouf's love interest.
Nick Cave wrote the screenplay for the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in the spring.
Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and John Kassir have all joined the cast of Bryan Singer's upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, the studio confirmed today.
The project, a fantasy drama that re-teams Singer with The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, is said to take an adult look at the "Jack and the Beanstalk" legend. When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.
Tucci will play a ruthless advisor to the king and Nighy and Kassir two halves of a two-headed giant.
The leading role has yet to be announced, but official word should arrive soon as the project is expected to go into production shortly.
Amanda Seyfriend (Letter to Juliet, Red Riding Hood) will star in Gone, a thriller from director Heitor Dhalia (Adrift), set for release through Summit Entertainment.
From a script by Allison Burnett (Untraceable, Fame), the story is officially described as follows:
When Jill Parrish (Seyfried) returns home from the night shift to find her sister's bed empty, she is convinced that the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job. But the police do not believe her and Jill knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, Jill sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all.