With four "Robin Hood" movie projects in the works in Hollywood, it is not surprising to see the studios trying to get ahead of each other as they try to develop their movies. Lionsgate is one of those studios, and according to the report, the studio has reportedly started hunting for the lead star for its film "Robin Hood: Origins."
According to Variety, Lionsgate is said to be going after several young actors, hoping that they will be able grab the best talent for their film. The list of potential Robin Hoods includes young actors from the U.K. and the U.S. Included in the list is British actor Taron Egerton, who most recently played the young man turned spy in the surprise hit "Kingsman" opposite Colin Firth. Egerton, however, according to the report may be in a bind when it comes to his schedule if the sequel to the "Kingsman" will be given a go by Twentieth Century Fox.
Another British actor included in the list of Jack Huston, who is known for his role in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." His film credits includes a role in "American Hustle." He was supposed to be in talks for the lead role in "The Crow" but this did not push through. more >>
"Mission: Impossible 5 - Rogue Nation" is doing well so far in the box office – grossing more than $120 million in its opening alone. The U.S. opening accounted for almost half of that at $56 million, while the rest of the world brought in $65 million during the movie's opening, according to reports.
It is because of this box office performance that the movie's star Tom Cruise recently made an announcement that another sequel is in the works – a "Mission: Impossible 6," if you will. This announcement was accompanied by a surprising pronouncement from Paramount Pictures Vice Chairman Rob Moore that the studio is backing the star on this all the way.
"We're very happy to be developing this movie with Tom. There's no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film." Moore said. "The international brand is as strong as ever." more >>
Lionsgate Films is currently in negotiations to acquire the adaptation rights to the anime Japanese anime "Naruto," which it reportedly wants to turn it into a live action movie. Lionsgate seems to be confident that it will get the rights, as they have already signed on a director for the said movie.
Variety reported that the studio has signed on Michael Gracey, who is known for his work as visual effects artist and supervisor in some feature films. He has shifted to directing recently, with some of his films still unreleased such as "Daughter of Bone and Smoke," the biopic of Elton John and another biopic of P.T. Barnum.
Arad Productions is said to be taking care of the production side. The company is owned by Avi Arad, who was the former Marvel boss under whom the "Spider-Man" movies was made. His son Ari Arad will also be one of the producers. Overseeing for Lionsgate will be Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O'Malley. more >>
Channing Tatum has officially closed the deal on the 20th Century's Fox "X-Men" spinoff movie, "Gambit." After rumors surfaced last week that he was prepared to walk off the "Gambit" production, the American actor officially signed on to play the part.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Tatum and Fox hit a snag in negotiations, which gave rise to speculations the actor would be exiting the project.
However, delays brought about by the back-and-forth in the middle of negotiations was deemed a normal part of deal-making between actors and filmmakers, and Tatum had already invested much of his time lobbying for the solo movie to be made to give up his prospective role as actor and producer in the film. more >>
While Paul Feig has an all-female ensemble "Ghostbuster" reboot film, there is also speculation about a "mixed gender" take on the popular supernatural comedy film.
The news broke out during the New York premiere event for Tom Cruise's latest film, "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" where screenwriter Drew Pearce spoke about a "gigantic bold idea" about the franchise.
"Obviously it's top-secret," Pearce told MTV News. "But there's a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, and the Russo brothers ... and Ivan Reitman, who did the original ("Ghostbusters") movie, are going to take that and run with it." more >>
Writing and directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein recently appeared on "The Andy Greenwald Podcast" this week for the press promotion of their 2015 comedy film, "Vacation."
Along with the feel-good movie, Daley and Goldstein also discussed about their plans for their upcoming project with Marvel and Sony, the "Spider-Man" reboot film.
Echoing what Marvel head Kevin Feige previously said, Goldstein reiterated that the next outing of the web-slinger won't be an origin story. more >>