Paramount Pictures decided against hiring Roberto Orci to direct their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3, despite the studio getting ready for an early 2015 start date. The race is on to find a new director. And now, Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have narrowed their search down to five contenders. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is at the top of the list.
Also being considered to direct the sequel, which J.J. Abrams left behind to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are Morten Tyldum, who just released The Imitation Game in time for awards season. Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House who just wrapped on Child 44 with Tom Hardy. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, who became available after The Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner was pushed back to make way for Matt Damon's return. And finally, Duncan Jones, the director behind Source Code and Moon.Read More
John Goodman has joined Rupert Wyatt's upcoming reboot of the classic drama The Gambler. Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson and Jessica Lange are attached to star.
The film follows a literature professor (Mark Wahlberg) whose gambling addiction lands him in trouble with his family and some unpleasant gangsters. The original was directed by Karel Reisz and starred James Caan. John Goodman will play a Jewish loan shark.Read More
Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt are in talks to join The Gambler remake at Paramount Pictures.
Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.Read More
After Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt parted ways with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, many wondered which project this filmmaker would tackle next. It seems that now we may have our answer, with news that the director is in talks to take on The Equalizer remake for Sony Pictures.
Denzel Washington is attached to star as a former spy who despises injustice and now lives a solitary, reclusive life. He devotes all his time and energy to stop helpless people from being victimized. The original TV series The Equalizer, which starred Edward Woodward, ran for four seasons from 1985 to 1989.Read More
Actor Michael Fassbender and director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) are in negotiations to join Londongrad for Warner Bros.
The project is based on Alan Cowell's book Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy, which centers on KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006. The spy accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of poisoning him, just before his death. Michael Fassbender will play Alexander Litvinenko if he signs on.Read More
Warner Bros. is hoping to land The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan for The Twilight Zone. Michael Bay and Alfonso Cuarón are also considered top candidates for the job, but Christopher Nolan is believed to be the front runner.
We reported last October that screenwriter Jason Rothenberg is writing The Twilight Zone with Rand Ravich, although there has been no movement on the project since then. Twilight Zone: The Movie, which Warner Bros. released in 1983, featured four top-level directors (Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, John Landis, and George Miller), who each directed their own segment. This version will feature a single story line with just one director.Read More
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was the top movie at the box office this weekend, taking in $54 million in its first three days in theaters. Director Rupert Wyatt recently spoke about some of his ideas for a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which includes an apes version of Full Metal Jacket.
A sequel hasn't been green lit yet by 20th Century Fox, but with a strong opening weekend under its belt, don't be surprised to hear about Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2 in the near future.Read More
20th Century Fox has released a brand new featurette for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which takes a look at the wonderful special effects and motion capture work that WETA has utilized in this Rupert Wyatt directed reboot. Check it out below.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released August 5th, 2011.Read More