Get ready for some despicable Minions; Jeremy Renner and Bill Condon decide to plug WikiLeaks; Steve Zaillian and Ridley Scott remember The Day Britain Stopped; and Jon Favreau occupies Wall Street.
Despicable Me did anything but despicable business at the box office. The animated film scored a mighty $251 million domestically and another $291 million elsewhere around the globe. A sequel is in the works, but there's also news that a spin-off centered on the minions - possibly titled The Minions - is coming.
According to Deadline:
“The film is an original story that will introduce new characters and reprise others that originated in Despicable Me, but the focus is on the antics of the yellow fellows as they interact with human characters."
The plan is for Despicable Me 2 to open on July 12th, 2013, with The Minions debuting the following year.
If it’s not a franchise, it’s just not worth it - right?
Wiki, wiki, wi, wi, wiki ...leaks?
According to Deadline, the film will be based on the books WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy, by David Leigh and Luke Harding, and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website, by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
The untitled film is in the very early stages, with Renner and Condon far from confirmed. It would be a meaty role for Renner and a subject with more bite for Condon, who has also directed the superb Gods and Monsters. Another WikiLeaks film, written by The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, is also in development.
Ridley Scott has about a gazillion film projects in the pipeline, but that hasn’t stopped him from adding yet another one to the list.
According to THR:
"The telefilm [directed by Gabriel Range] took place around a fictional disaster, in which a train strike is the first in a chain of events that led to a meltdown of the country’s transport system."
This version of the film will "not be a remake, but is more inspired by the original." The duo is currently seeking a writer for the project, which probably won't be directed by Scott.
Jon Favreau has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The Iron Man director will play a securities lawyer in the film which will be toplined by Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Though Favreau started in Hollywood on the acting side of things, the last few years have seen him concentrate on directing. However, he also has a batch of acting roles in the pipeline, including a return to the role of Happy Hogan in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, as well as joining Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in Identity Theft.
Favreau is also planning to direct a big screen version of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which features the music of the great Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Oh, what a night.
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.