Movie News Wrap Up: 'The Equalizer', 'Ouija', 'Chronicles of Narnia' & More

Denzel Washington The Equalizer Image

This Week:

Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a Calvin & Hobbes biopic; Louis Leterrier will direct Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby; The Fifth Beatle lands a director; the fourth Chronicles of Narnia movie nabs a writer; the Ouija movie has found its leads; and the first image from The Equalizer has arrived.


Warner Brothers has recently acquired the rights to A Boy and His Tiger, a novel based on Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's life.

Leonardo DiCaprio Produce Calvin Hobbes Biopic

Dan Dollar wrote the script for the adaptation, and Leonardo DiCaprio will produce. Aside from that, however, not much is known about the project, although it is said to be on the fast track at Warner Brothers.

While Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor, is starting to slow down, the producer seems to be snatching up projects left and right. In addition to A Boy and His Tiger, DiCaprio's Appian Way banner just recently signed on to produce the Woodrow Wilson biopic.

Source: Tracking Board


The Incredible Hulk director Louis Letterier has signed on to helm Grimsby, an international spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

Louis Letterier Direct Grimsby

Cohen, who is also producing the film, apparently had a hand in the hiring of the Transporter director. Letterier is coming off the breakout success Now You See Me, which did very well at the worldwide box office, and, coincidentally, starred Cohen's wife Isla Fisher. We can't say for certain, but perhaps Fisher recommended Letterier for the job.

Grimsby's premise focuses on a British black ops agent and his soccer hooligan brother that are forced into hiding. Cohen will presumably play the soccer hooligan, but there are no additional details, aside from Cohen and Letterier's involvement, thus far.

Source: Variety


Peyton Reed has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, a forthcoming film based on the graphic novel.

Peyton Reed Direct Fifth Beatle

The Fifth Beatle graphic novel, and now this feature film, tells the true story of the pop super group's manager, Brian Epstein. However, although The Fifth Beatle also includes Paul, Ringo, George, and John in its story, its creator Vivek Tiwary cites the project as more human-interest piece than music bio.

Reed, who has helmed his fair share of TV projects and feature films like Yes Man and Bring It On, will work off a script written by Tiwary. Aside from that, though, no official casting announcements have been made.

Source: Bleeding Cool


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on the fifth book in C.S. Lewis' popular young adult series, has found a screenwriter in David Magee (Life of Pi).

David Magee Script Narnia Silver Chair

It's been several years between Narnia releases, but the Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Company are keeping the franchise alive, and are doing so with a script from a big time screenwriter. Unfortunately, that's all they have at this point, as the film doesn't have a distributor, a director, or a confirmed cast. Still, the property appears to be in good hands with Magee, who had this to say about the gig:

“I have always loved The Chronicles Of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it.”

While the last film in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, did decent business in domestic theaters ($104 million), it did even better overseas, grossing over $400 million worldwide. Needless to say, the franchise clearly has a fan base, even if it might not seem like it at first glance.

Source: Deadline


The Ouija movie has found its male and female leads in Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith.

Olivia Cooke Cast Ouija

Both Cooke and Smith have made names for themselves on popular TV shows, she as Emma Decody on Bates Motel and he as Ben Henrickson on HBO's Big Love, but this will be their first leading roles. The two young actors will be working under the direction of first-timer Stiles White, who co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden.

Based on the casting it appears that Ouija is going a different route than the other board game movie, Battleship, and sticking with relative unknowns and a smaller budget. Moreover, using a Ouija board as a springboard for a movie makes more sense than a lot of the board game projects out there. Not to mention, the film has horror mastermind Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) on board as a producer.

Source: Deadline


The first image from The Equalizer has made its way online, and it features a menacing Denzel Washington.

Denzel Washington The Equalizer Image

In the film, based on the '80s TV series, Washington plays Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who starts taking jobs for the common man. However, at least based on this image, it doesn't look like Washington is going to be coaxing cats out of trees.

The Equalizer reunites Denzel Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, but has actually been in development with many different directors and actors for quite some time. And while this first image is an appropriate tease, we'll get a closer look at the film when a trailer drops some time this month.

The Equalizer will hit theaters on September 26, 2014.

Source: Rope of Silicon

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