This summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a team of writers to come up with new ideas for the Transformers franchise, which yielded at least three new movies that are in development. Deadline reports that the studio is continuing this writers room experiment with two more franchises, G.I. Joe and the upcoming Micronauts. Akiva Goldsman, who supervised the Transformers writers room, is now set to come up with ideas and oversee both of these new writers' rooms as well.
This new development means that Akiva Goldsman won't be available to write Transformers 5, which he had originally planned to do. Now he will be supervising the writing process, with Paramount currently in negotiations with Transformers writers room participants Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) to write the sequel. This change was approved by Paramount, Hasbro and producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.Read More
Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have signed on to write the Watch Dogs video game adaptation for Sony Pictures and New Regency.
We first reported on the project back in August, when both Sony and New Regency teamed up with Ubisoft to produce this adaptation based on the wildly popular open-world video game, which will be released May 27 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC formats.Read More
Last March, we reported that Venom was revived, with Josh Trank (Chronicle) signing on to direct. That report also revealed that Sony was seeking new writers for the project.
Venom is in development .Read More
Zombieland and G.I. Joe Retaliation writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have sold their spec screenplay Epsilon to Sony Pictures.
The story is set in a future where a robot uprising failed, causing the remaining machines to take refuge on a space station where they use humans as their guinea pigs. The plot focuses on a man who comes to realize he is more human than he once thought. The script was described as "ambitious" by one anonymous studio executive.Read More
Paramount Pictures has hired screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to draft Micronauts for producer J.J. Abrams.
We first reported on this project nearly two years ago, when J.J. Abrams came aboard to produce. Micronauts were known as MicroMen when they were first launched by the Japanese toy company Takara in 1974. The Micronauts also appeared in a Marvel comic book series in 1979. It isn't known if Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will base the Micronauts movie off the comic book series or not.Read More
Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have signed onto direct the upcoming pitch-black comedy Doc and Howie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Montecito Pictures is producing, and the movie will likely be distributed by Paramount Pictures, through whom they have a first-look deal with.
Originally titled Doc and Howie Whack a Granny, Steve Leff's script landed on last year's coveted Black List. The story, which is being likened to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, centers on two hipster do-nothings who accidentally kill an old lady when they refuse to help her carry groceries up a long flight of stairs. The death puts the two in direct contact with the elderly woman's attractive granddaughters. When these two sexy women begin to show an interest in Doc and Howie, the pair struggle with telling them what they did and did not do in helping along the death of their dearly departed grandmother.Read More
Variety is reporting that Disney has picked up the rights to the Image Comics property Cowboy Ninja Vikings.
Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will adapt the comic book, which centers on Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, who recruits multiple-personality patients into a counter-intelligence outfit dubbed The Triplets. The Triplets become out of control and the deadliest triplet, Cowboy Ninja Viking is called in to take out the clan.Read More