Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch from director Gore Verbinski and writer Steve Conrad for a project revolving around driverless cars. The comedy reunites the writer and director, who previously collaborated on The Weather Man and were set to make the North Korean-set Pyongyang, before 20th Century Fox pulled out in December. This new movie is currently untitled, but it is being called the Driverless Car Race for now.
The plot was compared to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and other star-studded road-trip comedies such as The Cannonball Run, Speed Zone!, Million Dollar Mystery and Rat Race. It's possible that Steve Carell, who was set to star in Pyongyang before it was shelved, could sign on for the project, but no cast members have been confirmed.Read More
In the aftermath of Sony Pictures canceling the Christmas Day release of their new comedy The Interview yesterday, 20th Century Fox also announced that they will not be distributing an untitled project that will be set in North Korea, entitled Pyongyang, which had Gore Verbinski set to direct and Steve Carell attached to star. Director Gore Verbinski issued a statement to Deadline, where he shed new light on the events that transpired between 20th Century Fox and New Regency, which had financed the film. Take a look at his statement below.
Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. Without a distributor, New Regency was forced to shut the film down.Read More
Following his more dramatic and award-worthy turn in Foxcatcher, comedic actor Steve Carell will continue to play it straight in an untitled Paranoia thriller for Pirates of The Caribbean and The Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski.
No story details have been released for the project as of yet.Read More
The story also deals with the author being accused of espionage during his stay. Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is writing the adapted screenplay. No production schedule was given. This is the third project set up through Gore Verbinski's company Blind Wink Productions, following Rango and this summer's The Lone Ranger.Read More
The Lone Ranger was released July 3rd, 2013.Read More
Last month, Walt Disney Pictures made news when they announced that their planned big screen reinvention of Lone Ranger was being halted due to a ballooning budget. Now, it seems that an agreement about production costs has been reached, and that the Western may be back on track.
The three principles in getting the film made, star Johnny Depp (who's set to play Tonto; and would have been paid his original asking sum even if the film never went before cameras), director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, have all agreed to reduce their salary. This could mean that the project is back on track, but Walt Disney has not given the official word just yet.Read More
In a shocking move, Walt Disney Pictures has halted production on director Gore Verbinski's Western adaptation of Lone Ranger starring Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto.
The major reason the production stopped was the movie's ballooning budget, which some reports have clocking in at $250 million. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer managed to get the budget down to $232 million, but Disney wanted it at $200 million even, and wouldn't go above that number.Read More
Universal Pictures must have wizened up and realized that the original 1985 Clue board game adaptation was a substantial flop, and that here, some twenty odd years later, people still aren't clamoring for a big screen version of this elementary school mystery. The Studio has officially dropped Clue 2012 (Is it a remake? Is it a reboot? Is it it's own thing? Who knows?) from their roster.
Universal had originally planned to turn seven Hasbro board game properties into movies within a six year span of time, but this is the third proposed project in the bunch to fall to the wayside after Universal also kicked Monopoly and Magic, The Gathering to the curb.Read More