With Marvel's The Avengers already having earned over $1 billion at theaters worldwide, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said today in a conference call (via the New York Daily News) that they are still hoping to bring The Hulk back to the small screen as well.
Lee mentioned that ABC is working to have the show ready for the 2013-2014 season. “We had hoped it would be ready this year, but that didn’t happen," said Lee. The project is being developed by Guillermo del Toro and David Eick for ABC Studios and Marvel TV.
He added that the show could air on ABC or another network. "Wherever it would work best," said Lee.
Regarding "AKA Jessica Jones," which was also in development at ABC Studios, Lee said it hasn't been picked up but is not dead yet. "Other projects are more toward the front of the queue now." "Twilight" franchise screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was adapting the comic.
There was no mention of "Cloak and Dagger," the third property that ABC was eyeing as a series.
Heat Vision is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox has hired Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns to pen the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $481.8 million worldwide last year on a budget of $93 million.
The site says the follow-up "is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers."
The original film's writers, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, were previously brought on board to write a draft of the sequel. Director Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis, who did the performance capture for Caesar, are set to return.
Burns' other credits include The Informant! and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Walt Disney Pictures reported today that Marvel's The Avengers has climbed to the 9th spot on the all-time worldwide box office list, surpassing the studio's own Alice in Wonderland ($1,024.3 million) and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace ($1,027.0 million). The film has grossed $1,036.2 million worldwide.
"The Avengers" also became the highest domestic grossing film of 2012 passing The Hunger Games in just 12 days of release and is the 13th highest grossing domestic release of all-time.
On Tuesday, the Joss Whedon action adventure added $11.7 million internationally and $8.5 million domestically for a total of $20.2 million. The international gross to date is $646.8 million and domestic gross has reached $389.5 million.
The movie should easily pass up the next three films on the all-time global list which are all three Disney films - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1,043.9 million), Toy Story 3 ($1,063.2 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1,066.2 million).
John Woo and Terence Chang's Lion Rock Productions and Nikkatsu Corporation will co-produce Day of the Beast, a remake of Seijun Suzuki's 1963 classic Youth of the Beast centering on the dealings of Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. Woo (Mission: Impossible II, Face/Off) will direct and produce the script by Rob Frisbee along with Terence Chang, and Nikkatsu's Naoki Sato. Lori Tilkin, Aki Sugihara and Yoko Asakura are executive producing. The English language production was announced as Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major movie studio, celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year.
John Woo said: “This remake is my salute to the great films and filmmakers produced by Nikkatsu’s 100 years in cinema history. It is exciting for me as well as an honor.”
Nikkatsu president Naoki Sato said, “Among Nikkatsu’s 6,000+ film library, this is one of our most revered titles. We have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Woo and are excited he is directing this film for the international market. We think this is a great way to start off the next 100 years of filmmaking history!”
Lion Rock’s Terence Chang said, “Seijun Suzuki’s 'Youth of the Beast' is one of my favorite films, and I have been obsessed with remaking it for over 10 years! I have to thank Nikkatsu for this partnership and for making this dream come true!”
Day of the Beast follows a western outsider with a grim past as he becomes embroiled in a global turf war between a vicious new breed of Yakuza and old school Cold War Russian mobsters. It’s an action-packed saga of loyalty, revenge and redemption which erupts in the heart of Tokyo.
Joel Edgerton (Warrior, upcoming The Great Gatsby) is set to star in the new thriller Felony, also written by Edgerton and to be directed by Matthew Saville (Noise), it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group's founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, and producers Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Joel Edgerton.
The Solution has arranged the financing for the film and Wilson and Nestel will executive produce the feature film which starts shooting in late October.
The company will handle international rights to the film which Wilson will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. Roadshow Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. CAA is handling the US rights and introduced the product to The Solution.
Driving home after a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, a decorated police officer (Edgerton) runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.
Goalpost Pictures Australia producer Rosemary Blight said: “'Felony' is a distinctive project with exceptional creative talent attached, with Joel Edgerton as both actor and writer and Matthew Saville directing. We are thrilled to be working with The Solution on this exciting film.”
“Rising star Joel Edgerton is an extraordinarily gifted actor who brings such depth to all of his performances and we can’t wait to be able to bring that magic to the big screen,” said Wilson. "The heart-pounding story along with the terrific casting will certainly draw attention to this film in Cannes,” she continued.
Amy Adams (The Muppets, Enchanted) is in negotiations to star in a thriller based on Gillian Flynn's best-seller "Dark Places," to be directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) from his script. The book is described as follows:
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.
As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.
Adams' upcoming projects include Trouble with the Curve, The Master, On the Road and Zack Snyder's Superman movie, Man of Steel.
Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) is set to headline David Gordon Green's Suspiria, Crime Scene Pictures announced today. The just-revealed cast also includes Isabelle Huppert (Amour, The Piano Teacher), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, The Woman in Black), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Antje Traue (Man of Steel).
Based on Dario Argento's 1977 film of the same name, Suspiria is written by Green and Chris Gebert and centers on Suzie (Fuhrman), a bright and ambitious American student who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned school. After a fellow student is brutally murdered and several other cruel and strange homicides disrupt the once quiet life on campus, Suzie realizes that the academy may be a front for a more menacing organization.
Producers Luca Guadagnino and Francesco Melzi d’Eril said: “We started to develop 'Suspiria' at the time we were preparing 'I Am Love' and expect to make another notable film capable of reaching an even much broader international audience.”
The film is scheduled to begin lensing this September with costumes by three time Academy Award winner-Milena Canonero (Marie Antoinette, Chariots Of Fire, A Clockwork Orange), Production Design by Richard Wright and Cinematography by Tim Orr (Pineapple Express).
Crime Scene Pictures' Adam Ripp and Rob Paris will finance and have partnered to produce with the team behind I Am Love, Luca Guadagino’s First Sun and Francesco Melzi d’Eril’s Memo Films. First Sun’s Marco Morabito and Memo’s Gabriele Moratti will also produce. Rizal Risjad, Silvia Fendi and Philip Elway will executive produce and Lisa Muskat will co-produce.
James Badge Dale (The Grey, Shame) has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, reports Variety.
The trade says: "Dale will play Eric Savin. In the Marvel comicbooks, he's a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he's resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood."
The third installment starts filming this month in North Carolina and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and Rebecca Hall. Shane Black will direct a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce. Iron Man 3 will hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
Dale's upcoming credits include Flight, World War Z and The Lone Ranger.
Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment sent this new video taking you behind-the-scenes of the sound effects for Batman: Arkham City. Check out the description and the video below:
In Batman: Arkham City, players were drawn into the elaborate and engrossing world of the Dark Knight, and the reality of that universe depends on a talented team of foley artists and sound designers to bring it to life. In anticipation of the May 29th release of Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, this new video released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment goes behind-the-scenes with professional insights from Game Director Sefton Hill of Rocksteady and foley artist John Roesch (The Dark Knight, The Matrix, Inception, Fight Club). Viewers get a chance to head into the studio where skilled foley artists create the sound of beating up Mister Freeze, and go out to the world famous Warner Bros. Studio to capture the sound of live gunfire in an urban environment reminiscent of the streets of Arkham City. The video will help players prepare for the release of Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 29 in North America.
Newcomers to last year’s Dark Knight adventure will be able to pick up Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition on May 29 (North America), which includes all previous downloadable content (Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack) plus Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack. Fans who already own the original edition of Batman: Arkham City will be able to download Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack beginning May 29 on PlayStation®Network ($9.99) and the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 (800 Microsoft Points).
Robert Kirkman, the creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novels and Skybound announce their first event, The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego.
In conjunction with the release of The Walking Dead issue #100 at San Diego Comic-Con, the event takes place July 12 -15 at Petco Park, centrally located near the San Diego Convention Center. Registration is now open at TheWalkingDeadEscape.Com.
There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party.
The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego is unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S., expanding on the best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, allowing Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse.
"Our fans have been reading about it, watching it and now they get to live it with The Walking Dead Escape," said Robert Kirkman. "We are literally transforming Petco Park into the early days of society’s collapse and San Diego is just the first city to fall."
Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers, while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near, and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone at the end where it will be determined if they have been infected.
Whether taking part in the event as a Survivor, Walker or Spectator, participants will be amazed at the interactive displays and The Walking Dead references along the course. Early registration is strongly recommended, as walk-ups may not be available on event day. This summer, The Walking Dead will be taking over Petco Park and fans will have a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime.
Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort will join Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore and Gabriella Wilde in Screen Gems' remake of Carrie, which is getting set to shoot next month. Russell also starred in this year's Chronicle. Later, you'll see him in the upcoming Bait 3D.
Elgort hails from the Off-Broadway scene. In the film, he'll play one of Carrie's friends who takes her to the prom, says Variety. Russell will play a bully.
Kimberly Peirce is directing this adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Brian De Palma turned it into a film, starring Sissy Spacek, once before in the '70s.
FilmDistrict is acquiring helmer Mike Flanagan's next directorial effort, Oculus, reports Variety. Flanagan previously directed Absentia, which made its DVD debut in March. In Oculus, A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Intrepid Pictures is spearheading the effort to get the film made.
Variety has some more plot details: [The] story centers on a murder that left two children orphans with authorities charging the brother while his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.