Sony has acquired the rights to Winter's Knight; James Mangold will direct The Deep Blue Good-By; former Godzilla producers are suing Legendary Pictures; Daniel Espinosa eyes Blood on Snow; Steven Spielberg may direct a West Side Story remake; and the film based on the Atlanta Olympics bombing nabs a screenwriter.
After a heated bidding war between three studios, Sony has won the rights to the spec script Winter's Knight.
Marc Platt and Lawrence Grey wrote the script for Winter's Knight, which purports to tell the origins of St. Nick and Christmas. What's more, the film reportedly features some tinges of Viking mythology to it.
At first, it seemed like Sony's efforts were for naught and the deal might not get done, due in large part to the limited availability of directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), but it appears the stars will align for the project. As it stands right now, Ronning and Sandberg will first helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5, then the pilot for their Marco Polo series, and then this.
Fox has pegged The Wolverine director James Mangold as the right man to helm The Deep Blue Good-By.
While Mangold's deal has not been finalized, it appears Fox is finally ready to pull the trigger on this long-gestating film – an adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel. If successful, The Deep Blue Good-By could launch a series of films, all featuring noted beach bum and solitary hero Travis McGee.
There's currently no word on who might play McGee in the film, but rumors suggest Fox wants The Deep Blue Good-By to be "star-driven." This is a project that has had many false starts in the past, with dozens of A-listers vying for the director's chair, and now it's finally gaining some traction.
Former Godzilla producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison are suing Legendary Pictures, claiming the production company cheated them out of promised compensation.
According to the plaintiffs, Legendary entered into a verbal contract to develop the project, hire screenwriters, and ready it for production. After said duties were allegedly completed, the trio were allegedly provided minimal compensation and promptly removed as producers.
Legendary contends that the plaintiffs' efforts boiled down to introducing screenwriters and providing notes that were never used - tasks that the studio deems the individuals were adequately paid for. Earlier this week, Legendary lost an appeal to the lawsuit, which means it will now move to trial.
Godzilla is slated to hit theaters on May 16, 2014.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the novel - part of a series - not that long ago, and are already moving fast to get the project rolling. If he says yes, Espinosa will also help develop the film before eventually hopping in the director's chair.
When we first heard about Blood on Snow, rumors circulated that claimed Leonardo DiCaprio was eyeing the project, but unfortunately not much has changed on that front. Perhaps with an actual director on-board, Warner Bros. will be able to woo DiCaprio into finally saying yes.
Steven Spielberg has expressed interest in remaking West Side Story for Fox.
Although West Side Story is considered one of the film's sacred cows – a classic with little chance of remake approval – Fox would apparently be willing to acquiesce to such a proposal if Spielberg directs. There's a lot of back lot politics also involved, but it ultimately boils down to securing a long-term relationship between the Lincoln director and Fox.
We wouldn't get too worked up about the possibility of a West Side Story remake, though, as Spielberg has only expressed an interest in the project. That being said, it would be interesting to see Spielberg's take on the musical.
Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray will write the script for the upcoming film based on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
Ray will be adapting the Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell", an in-depth piece about how a security guard who cleared Olympic attendees was later accused of being part of the terrorist plot. In a way, the story is an exposé on how the media can meld the public's perception.
The film already has The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill attached to star, with DiCaprio producing through his Appian Way banner. Hill will play the security guard and DiCaprio will play his lawyer.