Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Warcraft,’ Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

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This Week:

Antoine Fuqua will direct a Jesse Owens biopic; David Dobkin signs on for the Hugh Hefner biopic; Warcraft adds two more; I Saw the Devil is getting a U.S. remake; and Brad Pitt may reunite with Tom Cruise.

Olympus Has Fallen and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has signed on to direct a forthcoming biopic about the life of Olympian Jesse Owens.

Antoine Fuqua Direct Jesse Owens Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Warcraft, Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

The film, which is being written by David Seidler (The King’s Speech), is an adaptation of the book Triumph by Jeremy Schaap. Triumph follows Owens’ rise through the track-and-field ranks, including his historic 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. In addition to breaking down racial barriers, Owens’ performance at the ’36 Olympics was significant because he won his medals in Nazi Germany…in front of Hitler.

At this point, we don’t know how far Seidler’s script will go into Owens’ life, but there’s certainly a very compelling and inspiring story there.

Source: THR

Another biopic, this one centered on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, has also found a director.

David Dobkin Direct Hugh Hefner Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Warcraft, Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin will take on this untitled film, which will follow the prolific media mogul’s rise to fame. Peter Morgan (Rush) is already hard at work on the film’s script.

Dobkin isn’t a director with too much success under his belt, but his work on films like the aforementioned Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up shows he can make an entertaining film with some salacious material. And you can’t tell Hugh Hefner’s story without a hard “R” rating.

Despite Hefner’s undoubtedly compelling true story, this particular project has taken some time to get going. At one point, the biopic was in development at Universal, but the rights have since passed to Warner Bros, who are trying to get things going with Dobkin now at the helm.

Source: Variety

The Warcraft movie has added two more actors to its blossoming cast.

Warcraft Movie Adds Clancy Brown Daniel Wu Movie News Wrap Up: Warcraft, Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

Daniel Wu (Europa Report) and Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow) have both signed on for Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation.

Earlier this month, Legendary and Universal announced the film’s main cast, including up-and-coming faces like Ben Foster, Paula Patton, and Robert Kazinsky. There was no confirmation of Colin Farrell’s involvement, though.

There is quite the eclectic cast forming around Warcraft, but we still don’t know much about the movie itself. Moreover, we have no idea who any of these actors will be playing.

Warcraft is scheduled for release on March 11, 2016.

The Korean film I Saw the Devil is the latest film added to the remake pile.

I Saw the Devil Remake Movie News Wrap Up: Warcraft, Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

Directed by Kim Jee Woon, I Saw the Devil follows one cop’s quest for revenge against a senseless and malicious serial killer. It was released in 2010 to mostly positive reviews, and was praised for its unconventional subject matter and brutal approach.

However, although this forthcoming film is technically a remake, producer Adi Shankar (Dredd) likens the project’s approach to that of a video game port. We’re not too sure how that comparison applies, though, as a port is usually a straight copy from one platform to another. And if the film is nothing more than a shot-for-shot remake, only with American actors, why even make it at all?

Fox and director Joseph Kosinski are courting actor Brad Pitt for a role in Go Like Hell, the forthcoming racing movie starring Tom Cruise.

Brad Pitt Reteam Tom Cruise Go Like Hell Movie News Wrap Up: Warcraft, Hugh Hefner Biopic & a Pitt/Cruise Reunion

The project, based on the novel Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime, will be the first on-screen pairing for Cruise and Pitt since Interview with the Vampire (1994), provided he signs on of course. Regardless, though, the project already has the reunion theme going between Cruise and his Oblivion director.

As far as Go Like Hell‘s story, the feature film will follow the legendary battle between the Ford Motor Company and Enzo Ferrari over whose cars reigned supreme on the racetrack. That competition came to a head in 1966 at the 24-hour race in Le Mans, when Ford’s GT40 model went up against the Ferrari P3.

Cruise is slated to play Ford car designer Carroll Shelby, but it’s unclear what part Kosinski and Fox like Pitt for.

Source: THR

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  1. Finally, Pitt and Cruise as RACERS in Competition!

  2. Cruise vs. Pitt? This is seriously a fantastic idea!

  3. It’s over 40 years since I was Bunny Deana at the London Playboy Club, and yet here we are still headlining the comings and goings of Hugh Hefner. It just goes to show what a great idea Playboy was. If anyone is interested, I have a collection of original (and now historic!) photographs online – including several of me with Hefner – in my Bunny Deana Photo Album, illustrating what I think was the golden age of classic Playboy.

  4. Adi Shanker is a hack. Let’s keep his video game approach far away from I Saw the Devil please.

  5. clancy brown in warcraft is a good news.

    • That’s what I was going to say!

      Loved Brown ever since Highlander. There can only be one Kurgan.

  6. These shot-for-shot remakes of foreign films kinda piss me off. It’s like Americans are too dumb, or maybe lazy, to read subtitles ya kno

    • You mean you didn’t know? Yes we American’s are bag of rock dumb in general. Add to that the double whammy that Hollywood IS too lazy to come up with original content so all they do is steal from British TV and remake classic shows that don’t need to be remade (for the most part).

      There are a few bright spots of originality out there but, for the most part, it’s pretty sad.