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New Writer to Adapt Live-Action 'Akira' Remake

12:44 PM 7/22/2014 by Binh Ngo
Akira
A new writer has come on board to pen Warner Bros.' live-action take on Akira, the 1988 animation about a youth's emerging, but dangerous, psychic powers and his friend's desperate attempt to save him. According to Deadline, Dante Harper is now working on the script for Jaume Collet-Serra to direct. Harper worked on Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow, but did not receive credit for it, and he also wrote The Last Witch Hunter for Lionsgate.

The Download: Universal Taking a Page Out of Marvel and the 'Ouija' Trailer

2:06 PM 7/20/2014 by Binh Ngo
Ouija
This week on The Download, we talk about Universal taking Marvel's approach in reviving its classic movie monsters and the new Ouija trailer. Come and join in the discussion.

What's Popping: Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe, 'Star Wars,' 'Fantastic Four,' 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot, 'Power Rangers'

8:20 PM 7/18/2014 by Binh Ngo
Universal
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are leading the charge to revive Universal's classic movie monsters. Instead of stand-alones, these movies will have interconnecting narratives ala Marvel's superhero movies.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reteam for 'By The Sea'

6:26 PM 7/18/2014 by Binh Ngo
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are teaming up for a drama called By The Sea, according to Variety. The movie is said to be about a couple's relationship. Besides producing and starring in the movie with her real life husband, Brad Pitt, Jolie will also write and direct.

New Producers Board 'Space Invaders'

3:29 PM 7/18/2014 by Binh Ngo
Space Invaders
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and a couple of others tried to bring the classic '80s arcade game Space Invaders to the big screen back in 2011, but it looks like they have given up and a new team of producers have come on board to give it a go.

Ben Whishaw Is the Voice of 'Paddington'

7:55 PM 7/17/2014 by Binh Ngo
Paddington
Paddington lost his voice last month when Colin Firth, who felt he wasn't right for part, backed out of the movie. British actor Ben Whishaw has been chosen as Firth's replacement, according to Variety.

Alex Kurtzman & Chris Morgan to Spearhead the Revival of Universal's Classic Movie Monsters

7:44 PM 7/16/2014 by Binh Ngo
The Mummy
Universal's classic movie monsters, which includes Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Creature of the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, and others, are closer to having their monster bash, with Alex Kurtzman & Chris Morgan tapped by the studio to lead the their big screen revival. Kurtzman and Morgan are to "expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories," according to Deadline, which sounds they are going to do what Marvel has done with their superheroes properties.

'Power Rangers' Reboot Lands 'X-Men: First Class' Writers

6:59 PM 7/15/2014 by Binh Ngo
Power Rangers
Lionsgate doesn't have a superhero franchise of its own, but the studio is hoping that the The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers could be just that when it inked a deal with Saban Brands for the movie reboot back in May.

Disney's 'The Jungle Book' Finds Its Mowgli

1:57 PM 7/15/2014 by Binh Ngo
Neel Sethi
Disney's search for an actor to play Mowgli in its live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book is over. The part has gone to 10-year-old Neel Sethi, the studio has announced on Tuesday. The most surprising part in this is that Sethi will be the only actor onscreen, which I take it to mean that there won't be other humans in the movie. Idris Elba is already on board to voice the tiger Shere Khan, with Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera.

Paramount Plans 2015 Release for Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

8:42 PM 7/14/2014 by Binh Ngo
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese's big screen adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel, Silence, may be coming to theaters in November 2015, according to Deadline. Paramount is in talks to distribute the picture domestically. The story takes place in 17th century Japan, where a young Jesuit priest is sent to investigate the circumstances surrounding his former mentor.

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