Channing Tatum may join Hail Caesar!; Aaron Sorkin nabs a new writing gig; Ridley Scott may film The Martian this fall; Sam Raimi may direct The Outpost; Doug Liman may helm the Victory remake; and James DuMont joins Jurassic World.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s next film Hail Caesar! may add Channing Tatum.
The 22 Jump Street star is in early negotiations to join the growing cast, which currently includes Coen regulars Josh Brolin and George Clooney. There’s currently no word on who Tatum may play in the film.
Hail Caesar! follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer (Clooney) who works to preserve the images of big studio stars. Like Brolin, Tatum seems like a perfect fit for one of these ’50s stars, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin has found his next writing project.
Sorkin will adapt Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book Flash Boys, which was released in March of this year. The book puts the spotlight on high frequency Wall Street trading and how some traders can “game” the system.
Writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) claims he knows what film director Ridley Scott is shooting next, and it’s not Prometheus 2.
Kinberg was a recent guest on Jeff Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast where he revealed that Scott is planning to shoot The Martian with Matt Damon this fall. The Martian is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Andy Weir and follows an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet.
It had been previously reported that Scott would roll into production on Prometheus 2 after finishing his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, but it appears that is no longer the case. We’ll have to wait and see if The Martian does indeed end up taking the March 2016 release date currently reserved for an “unspecified Ridley Scott sci-fi film.”
Sam Raimi is in the early stages of development on The Outpost, with an eye on possibly directing.
The film will adapt Jake Tapper’s bestselling nonfiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. The Outpost chronicles an intense firefight between 55 American soldiers and over 400 Taliban in Eastern Afghanistan.
For now, Raimi will oversee development of the film’s script alongside writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter), before eventually deciding whether he will, in fact, direct. The film certainly sounds like a departure from the fantastical subject matters that Raimi is known for, but that shouldn’t diminish fans’ interest in it.
Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman is in talks to direct a remake of Victory for Warner Bros.
The original Victory, made in 1981, told the story of a group of WWII POWs who were set to face off with German national team in a soccer match. However, the Allied soldiers were also preparing for their escape at the same time. It starred a young Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, and was directed by the great John Huston.
Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is working on the Victory script but it’s unclear whether he will be changing the plot. Soccer films aren’t always big sellers here in the States, but with the World Cup in full swing and USA still in contention that could very well change.
James DuMont has been cast in Jurassic World.
With production on the fourth film in the franchise already in full swing, DuMont is one of the latest additions. Who he will play, however, is a complete mystery.
DuMont is a relative unknown as far as mainstream moviegoers are concerned, but he has a 30-year career under his belt. Recently, he had small roles in the Oscar-nominated features Dallas Buyers Club and The Help.