This week in movie news:
Director Jonathan Liebesman signs on to director Sir Lancelot film Man at Arms; Alex Roe lands the male lead role in Rings; Self/Less and other films get new release dates; Sarah Polley will write the new Little Women; three more actors join The Huntsman; a Blue Thunder remake is on its way; and Paramount will release David Oyelowo/Kate Mara drama Captive.
Jonathan Liebesman – who directed last year’s big screen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot – has signed on for Man at Arms. The film follows an older Sir Lancelot determined to make amends for the fact that the love affair he shared with Guinevere destroyed King Arthur’s Camelot.
Jeremy Lott is writing the film. No word on who the studio is eying to star, but the project is being compared to Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven – a fitting comparison, since it sounds like it will tread similar thematic ground.
Alex Roe – who will play Evan Walker in Sony’s upcoming young adult adaptation The 5th Wave – will star as the male lead in Rings, the third installment in The Ring franchise. The film will reportedly be a prequel to the 2002 original film, which starred Naomi Watts.
Roe will play Holt, the boyfriend of the character played by Matilda Lutz, who begins to pull away from her after watching the mysterious tape at the story’s center. Rings is currently set to hit theaters this fall.
The upcoming sci-fi thriller Self/Less has shifted its release date up a few weeks, from July 31 to July 10, 2015. In addition, Paramount announced a April 29, 2016 release date for drama Same Kind of Different as Me.
Meanwhile, the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart spy comedy Central Intelligence will arrive in theaters on June 17, 2016, taking over the June 17, 2016 slot previously held by The Nice Guys. That Shane Black film – which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe – will now be released on May 20, 2016.
Source: Focus Features, Paramount, Warner Bros.
Actress/writer/director Sarah Polley has signed on to write Sony’s upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. The studio may also be hoping to get Polley to direct the film, though nothing has been made official just yet.
Polley has starred in films like Go and the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake. She has also written and directed three features, most recently the acclaimed 2012 documentary Stories We Tell.
Source: The Wrap
The film stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron and will tell the story of the time before Snow White entered the picture. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain will also appear in The Huntsman, with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan in the director’s chair.
Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder. Craig Kyle – a former Marvel Studios executive who is working on the script for the upcoming Thor: Raganarok – will write the film.
While the original film focused on the titular military-style combat helicopter, the new version will center on the world’s most advanced drone. This approach lends the film a modern spin on the original premise, as movies like Good Kill and Eye in the Sky will also tackle the emerging drone technology.
The film tells the story of a young woman (Mara) taken hostage in her apartment by a fugitive (Oyelowo). Jerry Jameson directed the film, and Brian Bird wrote the screenplay, which was based on the book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.