Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to direct The Shining prequel The Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros. We reported in May that Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was the studio's top choice to direct The Overlook Hotel, but it seems a deal was never reached.
The Overlook Hotel is based on the original prologue that Stephen King wrote for The Shining novel, which was cut before the book was published in 1977. The prologue tells the origin story of The Overlook Hotel and its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a "robber baron" at the start of the 20th Century who set out to build the greatest resort in America, nestled within the Colorado Rockies, where he and his family also lived.Read More
Over a year after Casey Affleck was attached to star in Warner Bros.' Boston Strangler, the project has found a director, with Mark Romanek in negotiations.
Casey Affleck will play a Boston detective trying to figure out who this elusive killer is in the early 1960s for over a year and a half. Beantown native Chuck MacLean wrote the script after pitching the project to Warner Bros. Insiders claim that the writer's initial pitch was in the same vein as Seven and Zodiac, which fits the director's penchant for darker material.Read More
Director Mark Romanek had very dark ideas in bringing the classic fairy tale Cinderella to life as a live action movie for Disney. The proposed material was so edgy, in fact, that the studio has now parted ways with Romanek, who was collaborating on the screenplay.
Cate Blanchett is set to star as the evil stepmother with Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde all competing for the title role. Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz will continue working on the screenplay as the hunt for a new director begins.Read More
Back in July, we reported that The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons director Ron Howard will not return to direct The Lost Symbol, an adaptation of the third novel in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series. Today we have news that Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek has become the top candidate to replace Ron Howard on The Lost Symbol.
We reported in December that author Dan Brown himself is rewriting the screenplay, working off a first draft by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises). This new adventure brings Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) back to America, where he investigates the mysterious Freemasons.Read More
Studios are not slowing down on their want and need to make live action adaptations of every fairytale character known to man. Walt Disney Pictures is embarking on a 3D live action adaptation of Cinderella, and they are trying to nail down Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo; Bee Season) to direct.
This version of Cinderella will look an awful lot like 2010's 3D Alice in Wonderland, complete with an all-star cast (though no casting announcements have been made as of yet).Read More
Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek has passed on directing The Wolverine, narrowing down the short list of directors to seven.
The Wolverine directing gig opened up in March when Darren Aronofsky stepped away from the sequel. There is no word on who the front runner to direct The Wolverine may be. Hugh Jackman is still slated to reprise his role as the title character.Read More
Ever since we reported in March that director Darren Aronofsky left The Wolverine, 20th Century Fox has been in search of a new director for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Today it has been revealed that the search has been narrowed down to eight directors: José Padilha, Doug Liman, Antoine Fuqua, Mark Romanek, Justin Lin, Gavin O'Connor, James Mangold, and commercials director Gary Shore.
While the candidates all have a wide variety of backgrounds, all of the directors except for Mark Romanek and Gary Shore have directed an action vehicle before. Earlier today we reported that José Padilha is developing a new project entitled Tri-Border with Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk, although that project is in early stages of development. Justin Lin is also attached to direct Terminator 5, although star Arnold Schwarzenegger recently put a hold on all of his acting projects.Read More
Deadline reports that Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek will direct the pilot for Fox's new series Locke & Key.
We reported a few weeks ago that Fox gave the green light to the show, which is an adaptation of Joe Hill's graphic novel. Josh Friedman is adapting the book, which centers on three brothers that live in a mysterious mansion, where they unlock some very dangerous secrets.Read More