Only days after we learned that Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is in negotiations to play the primary villain opposite Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) in Lakeshore Ent.'s I, Frankenstein adaptation and that Socratis Otto (Anyone You Want) had joined the cast as a minor villain, more casting news has surfaced. According to THR, Yvonne Strahovski (TV's Chuck, Killer Elite) is "in final negotiations" to play the female lead in the movie and Miranda Otto (In Her Skin) has signed on in a supporting role. more about I, Frankenstein >> Posted 11.18.11 by BrentJS
At 49, Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down, with yet another new project potentially being added to his schedule.
Already set to shoot One Shot — the adaptation of the Lee Child novel — this fall and with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi action movie Horizons (formerly Oblivion) set to start production next year, THR reports Warner Bros. is trying to talk Cruise into a role in the sci-fi adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel, All You Need is Kill, now with the unfortunate title We Mortals Are. Vulture reported last month that Warners had made an offer to Brad Pitt for the role, but it seems that Pitt's equally busy schedule didn't match up. Eckhart to play Frankenstein's monster, 2 more for Paradise lost >> Posted 10.11.11 by Ryan
Despite a spec script written by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra screenwriter Stuart Beattie that Steven Spielberg apparently loves, Microsoft told Kotaku that the movie is still "on hold":
We're glad there's still a lot of enthusiasm in the entertainment industry surrounding the idea of a Halo movie. That said, the Halo feature film remains on hold as we focus on projects like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.
Beattie told iF Magazine that in order for a Halo movie to be made that Microsoft needs a "a powerful filmmaker to give us those keys." Despite Spielberg's apparent interest, Microsoft say they have "nothing further to share with respect to plans regarding a Halo movie."
Looks like despite the players interested in Halo, the movie version is on pause. Posted 08.13.09 by Ryan
While the final box office tally for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is far from counted, its big, $100-million opening weekend ($56.2 million dollars domestic and $44 million worldwide) gives some credence to the already announced possible sequel. Screenwriter Stuart Beattie told iF Magazine what the sequel might entail.
There are so many great characters and vehicles and storylines. There are endless ways to go. There are a bunch of characters I'd like to bring in like Shipwreck, Wild Bill, Major Blood and the Dreadnoughts. I would love to get Cobra Island in there. There's a bunch of stuff I would like to do if we were lucky enough to get a chance to do it again. It's up to the people at Paramount and how well it does.
Director Stephen Sommers has said that he will make the G.I. Joe sequel next should Paramount ask for one. As long as G.I. Joe doesn't have a tremendous box-office drop in the next few weeks, Joe may well get another "Go!" Posted 08.10.09 by Ryan
Nearly two years ago, then-unknown director Neill Blomkamp (he's been upgraded to "unproven" until District 9 opens August 14) declared the Halo movie he was working on "dead." That didn't stop screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Collateral, all three Pirates of the Caribbean, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) from writing a script based on the "Fall of Reach" storyline from a Halo prequel novel during the 2007 writers' strike. Beattie is determined to get it made, and has even sent it to Microsoft to be read. Beattie told SciFiWire that he thinks his script is the best way to launch a Halo movie franchise:
I wouldn't want to stand in the way of it getting made, but I firmly believe that the first Halo movie needs to be the Fall of Reach story, because it sets up all the characters, the world, the Covenant, the big struggle between mankind and the aliens, all that stuff. I just think it's an amazing story about this child that no one cares about and who cares for no one else, who kind of ends up saving all of humanity.
With such a diverse resume of scripts, perhaps it's no surprise that Beattie is an avid gamer, with Halo being an obvious obsession. "I've read every book, played every game, every graphic novel. It's just a fun world to be in," he says. Fun for an audience, too, Beattie believes:
I think not every video game should be made into a movie, just like not every book should be made into a movie. Not every comic book should, but certain ones definitely should, because they're so visual, the characters are so rich and the mythology is so vast that they should. Halo is definitely one of the shoulds. Posted 07.21.09 by Ryan
Hollywood is buzzing with the news that Russell Crowe is finally completing the hat trick.
Yes, after conquering acting and singing (if you can call what he does with band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts that), Renaissance man Crowe has finally set his sights on directing.
For his first feature film, Crowe plans to direct Bra Boys for Universal and Imagine Entertainment. Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) will produce and Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Derailed) will write the script.
Bra Boys is a drama based on Australia's real-life counterculture surf community. The title comes from the name of a surf gang from Maroubra (i.e., Marou-BRA), a Sydney surburb. It will be inspired by a documentary of the same name (narrated by Crowe) that followed three brothers who instigated the underground surf gang movement. Posted 03.22.07 by reelz