Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘It’, and More

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Gerald’s Game gets a director; Mike Doyle joins Max Steel; the Coen Bros. will help polish Spielberg’s Cold War thriller; the It remake changes studios; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is headed to IMAX.


Oculus director Mike Flanagan has singed on to helm Gerald’s Game, a forthcoming film based on the Stephen King novel.

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Flanagan had previously written the script for Gerald’s Game but was busy with another project and unable to direct. Now, Flanagan has decided to push that project, the supernatural thriller Diver, to 2015 and begin production on Gerald’s Game later this year. Apparently, the prospect of directing a Stephen King novel was too good to pass up.

For those who might not know, Gerald’s Game follows a married couple that takes a harmless contest to some horrific extremes while on a remote retreat. And, in typical Stephen King fashion, the story goes to some places you’d never expect.

Source: Deadline


Actor Mike Doyle has joined the cast of the upcoming Max Steel movie.

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Doyle, who can be seen in next month’s big screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, will play Jim McGrath, father to protagonist Max McGrath, in the film. He joins a cast that already includes Ben Winchell as Max, and Andy Garcia as Dr. Miles Edwards.

Based on the Mattel toy line and cartoon series, the film will follow a teen named Max who learns to harness the powers of a mysterious alien. Thor: The Dark World scribe Christopher Yost penned the Max Steel script, and Stewart Handler (Halo: Forward Unto Dawn) is on-board to direct.

Source: Deadline


Joel and Ethan Coen have agreed to help out on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks.

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It’s important to note the Coens are not doing a full rewrite on the untitled script, only adding an extra bit of polish. As far as we can tell, the original script from Matt Charman, will remain mostly intact. The film will tell the true story of James Donavan (Hanks), an American attorney who slipped behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of a captured pilot named Gary Powers.

While the Coen Bros. are most known for writing, directing, and even editing their own films (e.g. True Grit, No Country for Old Men) they have started to get into the business of writing scripts for others. Just recently, they helped write Unbroken for Angelina Jolie, and now they are assisting another fellow Oscar winner.

Source: The Wrap


True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming remake/re-adaptation of the Stephen King novel It has moved from Warner Bros. proper to the studio’s New Line division.

It Remake Moves to New Line Movie News Wrap Up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, It, and More

The shift is the first step by Warner Bros. to reestablish New Line as a horror-first outfit. Many will remember New Line’s prominence in the genre back in the ’80s with Nightmare on Elm Street.

Although Fukunaga has been attached to helm It since 2012, it appears Warner Bros. is ready to get rolling on the two-film project. It couldn’t have come at a better time either, as Fukunaga is coming off the massive success of True Detective.

Source: THR


IMAX has announced plans to release the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot to international audiences.

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As with all of their theatrical releases, IMAX plans to digitally remaster the forthcoming film for the large screen format. Strangely, there is no word on an IMAX release for TMNT in North America, though.

Some box office analysts are speculating the international IMAX release is a financial play by Paramount in case the film opens soft at the domestic box office. In essence, the added cost of IMAX tickets combined with a strong showing overseas could offset a potentially disappointing domestic opening. It’s a relatively new strategy deployed when a studio feels more confident in a film’s international appeal, but as we saw with The Lone Ranger it doesn’t always pay off.

Source: THR

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  1. Ok, Hollywood. I get it now.

    You only care about the “international” market when you release a crap movie in IMAX just in case the US audience stay away in their droves and you want to bump up the financial gains with sales elsewhere but when it’s a great film (ie Dredd and Pacific Rim) that does well “internationally” but somehow fails in the US, you don’t care about us then, do you? You’re content to ignore our calls for a sequel based on popular demand and box office success because it didn’t do so well in the “Fatherland”, huh?

    You sicken me, Hollywood.

    • Well, it is not a US bad or US good kind of thing. It comes down to money, and most money nowadays is made outside the US. So while the US market has delivered say, 100MDD the worldwide market delivers 300. Obviously, they care about where the money is at.

    • stop getting ur panties in a bunch

      firstly, a lottt of money is made outside the US, in places like china,india,japan. So obviously, the execs pay a lot of attention to those markets and the demand there.
      The problem you have, is that no one cares about UK.

      That’s true. The execs wouldn’t care.

      Get over it.

    • Dazz. Your jingoistic, anti-American histrionics are ever apparent. You come into these conversations like a wet Union Jack, smothering intelligent conversation with xenophobic petulance. Instead of feeling slighted by an industry that is operating in the “Fatherland,” maybe spend some time researching domestic vs international revenue for these films, and allow that to inform your opinions. Tally Ho

  2. jeez dazz, you guys keep getting A LOT of american-made films released in your country 1st, and you come off like a spoiled child. whatever.

    as far as this new film version of It, i think the source material would be better served as a 13-15 episode mini-series on fx, or netflix even. so much character development has to be dropped on film treatment of King’s books that they come off as rushed. even making this into 2 two-hour films is going to require a lot of cuts from the book. the tv movie from the 90′s was awful. tim curry was the one good thing about it, but i still felt he was a bit too hammy.

  3. I doubt its going to be shown in IMAX here mainly because Guardians comes out the week before it (here in the states). Kinda the same reason that X-Men isn’t playing anywhere in IMAX, because Godzilla only came out last week. I assume Guardians is getting an early international release, so its 2 week run will be up in time for TMNT. There aren’t enough IMAX screens and/or too many movies are being released in IMAX (whether its a ploy to get more $, or if it will benefit from the added screen size/stereo)

    I’ve heard that Fox did some press showing in IMAX, but I haven’t been able to find any public IMAX showings of X-men. I’m never going to forget that I wasn’t able to see DoFP in IMAX, whether it’s Fox’s fault cuz they bumped it up from its first release date at the end of may, or cuz of Godzilla. Godzilla was great in IMAX, but with it’s sharp drop-off from last week’s box office, I think DoFP would have benefited from an IMAX release.

  4. Well they are a business and of course they want to make money so they have to maximise their returns. If they don’t then you won’t get your mega-buck franchises. If this is how they do it then that is what you’ll have to accept.

  5. “As with all of their theatrical releases, IMAX plans to digitally remaster the forthcoming film for the large screen format.”

    Not ALL of their theatrical releases. Some directors (e.g. Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams) actually shoot their films in IMAX and actually use the full screen, not just part of it (for a good chunk of the film anyway), so digital remastering (basically upscaling) isn’t necessary.

  6. Shut. Up.