Paramount preps an undersea adventure; Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin story finds its Pan; Zhang Yimou will direct The Great Wall; Omar Sy joins Jurassic World; Everest‘s release has been delayed by 7 months; and Ellen Page’s Queen & Country nabs a director.
Michael Bay will produce an upcoming undersea project for Paramount based on an untitled pitch.
Thus far, details are almost non-existent regarding this project, but we do know the film will incorporate the sea in one form or another. Similarly, there have been some rumblings that Bay might also direct the forthcoming film, but nothing is set in stone yet.
What is set in stone, however, are the film’s screenwriting duo of Tom Wheeler and Robbie Thompson. Unfortunately, neither Wheeler nor Thompson has experience writing for big budget blockbuster films. In fact, the only project of note that the two have collaborated on is the short-lived NBC series The Cape. So, make of that what you will.
After filling out most of its supporting roles with some high profile actors, Joe Wright’s Pan (an origin story movie for Peter Pan) has finally cast its title character.
Newcomer Levi Miller will play the boy who never grew up in the film, which is said to explore the origins of J.M. Barrie’s classic literary character. However, this particular Pan story will see Peter whisked from his WWII-era lodgings and brought to Neverland in the hopes of saving it from the pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
Although this might sound like a stark departure from the source material, Peter Pan purists should know that many of the original story’s characters will make appearances. Thus far, we know that both Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) will factor into the story in some form or another.
Chinese director Zhang Yimou has signed on to helm The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures.
The Great Wall is something of a passion project for Legendary, and was developed by CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks. But, as is common with passion projects, getting The Great Wall made has been easier said than done.
The project was originally set to shoot with Ed Zwick directing and Henry Cavill starring, but it now looks like the film has moved back to square one following Zwick’s departure. What seemingly hasn’t changed is the film’s premise, which imagines that the creation of the Great Wall of China was to protect the nation from strange beasts – not invading armies.
French actor Omar Sy has confirmed his involvement with the fourth Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World.
Sy broke the news on Twitter, saying he has been a fan of the franchise since the very beginning and can’t wait to join its next chapter. Unfortunately, that’s all the X-Men: Days of Future Past actor had to say on the matter.
So far we know that Jurassic World has Colin Trevorrow in the director’s chair and Chris Pratt as its lead, and it may feature a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. And now the film has nabbed a talented French actor whose star is on the rise.
Now, the man vs. nature thriller, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, will release on September 28, 2015. And so far, it looks like the film has that weekend all to itself.
Universal did not provide any reasoning for the delay, instead choosing to express their enthusiasm for the project. The cast is certainly packed full of stars and the film itself will be one to keep an eye on in the fall of next year.
Queen & Country, the upcoming comic book adaptation starring Ellen Page, has found its director in Craig Viveiros.
While Viveiros is known mostly for his work on short films and commercials, he has a few independent features under his belt, including a film called Ghosted that he wrote and directed. Still, Queen & Country sounds like Viveiros’ “big break.” More importantly, the film could be the start of a big action franchise for Ellen Page.
The story in Queen & Country follows an English secret agent named Tara Chace who uncovers a terrorist plot at the same time her agency turns on her. Many have explained the character as a female version of Jason Bourne, and Fox presumably hopes the Queen & Country property will be just as successful.
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