Interest in having Russell Crowe appear in nearly every production currently being readied in Hollywood continues, this time with Harker, a re-imagining of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.
According to Vulture, Warner Bros. is in talks with Crowe to play the title character of Jonathan Harker, who is now a Scotland Yard detective investigating a string of murders that should lead him to the nefarious Count. The project has been lingering around Warners for a while now, but with the studio's adaptation of Akira recently shut down over budget concerns, Harker has regained momentum. The report claims that the studio wants director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, ABC's The River) to helm Harker first, and then address Akira's budgetary issues.
While Crowe is in talks, his participation isn't confirmed. The actor is set to play Inspector Javert in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables starting this month, and recently became attached to Winter's Tale, the upcoming directorial debut for Crowe's A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Crowe is also being sought for Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah, and was at least mentioned for the possible lead in director Joe Carnahan's Death Wish remake. cavill to travel to The Great Wall >> Posted 02.13.12 by Ryan
Legendary Pictures will produce an upcoming biopic of hall-of-fame baseball star Jackie Robinson, Variety reports. Robinson broke new ground when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, becoming the first African-American professional baseball player to join the Major Leagues since 1889, when baseball became segregated. Over the course of his career, Robinson won Rookie of the Year, was selected to six All Star teams, and played in six World Series.
Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, is collaborating with the studio to maintain biographical authenticity. Helming the project as writer-director will be Brian Helgeland, whose previous writing credits include L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, and A Knight's Tale. More about the planned biopic >> Posted 06.01.11 by reelz
The wildly popular, award-winning video game franchise Mass Effect is being prepped for the big screen. In a statement released by Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) yesterday, it was announced that Legendary Pictures had acquired the theatrical rights to the franchise. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce the movie adaptation along with Ari and Avi Arad. Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) is in discussions to pen the screenplay. more about the Mass Effect game and movie >> Posted 05.25.10 by BrentJS
The first hint that Legendary Pictures might be interested in returning Godzilla to the big screen was reported back in August. Now, Legendary has confirmed in an official press release their plans to develop and produce a new movie based on the character originally created by Toho Company of Japan more than fifty years ago. Read more about Godzilla's return >> Posted 04.06.10 by BrentJS
With Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock just a week away from release, Legendary Pictures is turning its attention to one of the 1969 festival's most recognizable figures. Variety reports that the studio announced plans to produce a movie about iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix created one of Woodstock's seminal moments when he played an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." He died of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27.
A script is already complete, but the studio has yet to acquire the rights to Hendrix's life story and material. They plan to flesh out the project first before tackling any legal issues. Thomas Tull, who would produce the movie, also produced the recently released It Might Get Loud, which features Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge from U2, and Jack White from the White Stripes.
Past screen adaptations of the left-handed virtuoso's life include Hendrix, a 2000 made-for-TV movie, and the 1973 rockumentary Jimi Hendrix, which contains clips from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in addition to those from Woodstock. The latter movie also features interviews from several prominent musicians, including Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Pete Townshend, and Mick Jagger, among others. You can see the trailer here, courtesy of IMDB. Posted 08.20.09 by reelz