Screen Gems secures the film rights to a new young adult fantasy series; Universal acquires a pitch from Rebel Wilson; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has been delayed once again; Terminator 5 is looking less and less likely; and Hulk Hogan expresses interest in joining The Expendables 3.
Screen Gems has announced they have secured the film rights to Black City, a new young adult fantasy series from Elizabeth Richards.
The first novel in the series, also titled Black City, doesn't release until November 13th, but apparently Screen Gems sees it as presumably the next Hunger Games or Twilight. Like the latter series, Black City's story centers on "forbidden" love between two teens, one of which happens to be supernatural.
Here's the first book's synopsis:
"Black City" tells the story of a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love.
Richards, who is making her literary debut with Black City, had been a presence in video game journalism for years before transitioning into travel writing and editing. Though she has experience in a wide variety of genres, it is reported that Screen Gems isn't looking to her to write the film's script.
Source: Screen Gems
Universal Pictures has purchased a film pitch from Rebel Wilson, one of the stars of their film Pitch Perfect.
Wilson, who was a scene-stealer in last year's Bridesmaids and is featured in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain next year, has slowly been making a name for herself with larger and larger roles. While Universal isn't saying much about the content of the pitch, they are enthusiastic about working with Wilson again.
“Rebel has become one of the hottest comedic actresses working today and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with her following her breakout performance in Bridesmaids and her scene stealing ‘Fat Amy’ in Pitch Perfect. We are especially excited that this project will feature her amazing talents both in front of and behind the camera.”
Was Wilson's pitch...perfect? We don't know -- but it was good enough for Universal to sign her on to write, produce, and star.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has once again been pushed back, this time from January 11th to the 25th.
In addition to the delay, Paramount and MGM have announced that the film, which takes an action-based approach to the Grimm fairy tale, will be releasing in IMAX as well as 3D. Whether or not this second delay is meant to accommodate the IMAX release is unclear, but putting the film up against the R-rated comedy Movie 43 instead of the highly-anticipated Gangster Squad could prove to be a smart move.
Even though it's essentially non-news, word has come out that Terminator 5 is falling further and further into development hell.
According to Movehole, potential star Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking for a script that is "a lot better than Rise of the Machines," and apparently he has yet to be provided with one. There had been some rumblings that this sequel would bring both Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese back into the fold, but that's all we know as far as the story goes.
T5 director Justin Lin has been keeping busy with Fast Six, which he turned to only after progress on Terminator stalled, so there's no pressure from him to get the project going. Obviously Lin and Schwarzenegger are interested, but they are just waiting on a concept that revitalizes the franchise.
In a recent appearance on Howard Stern, famous WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan revealed that he would be interested in joining the cast of The Expendables 3.
Speaking about a few of his past film projects, and some he failed to secure, Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) started a small, rumor-filled fire when he claimed he was the inspiration for The Wrestler. However, Darren Aronofsky quickly set the record straight in regards to Hogan's proclamations, saying that the role was always meant for Mickey Rourke.
Hogan then went on to reveal that his fans have been pushing hard for him to join Sylvester Stallone and Co. for the next Expendables film. Unfortunately, as Hogan points out, he has yet to be contacted about any sequel casting, although he is interested. There are still a few aging action stars (like Steven Segal) ahead of Hogan in line, but we can see him making appearance at some point.
Source: Howard Stern (via Slash Film)