Last year saw another reboot of the monster classic "Godzilla" directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston. Warner Bros. who got the remake rights from Toho came out with a box office hit that earned over $500 million worldwide. According to Cinema Blend, Edwards is also planning a sequel to the 2014 film, which is set to be released in 2018.
Toho, the Japanese company who owns the rights to the Japanese monster classic, now wants to do their own remake. In a report in Variety, the company has signed on two directors who are known for their work in Japanese film to direct the remake: Hideki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Both directors also have other tasks in the movie – Anno is reported to be writing the script while Higuchi will be supervising the movie's visual effects.
Toho had earlier given the rights to Warner Bros. to do a remake, after their last movie in 2004 earned only $12 million. It is apparent in their announcement that they are very "excited" about coming up with a remake that they are calling "Godzilla 2016." more >>
Gamers who have enjoyed playing the action-adventure stealth video game "Metal Gear Solid" are in for a treat. Sony Pictures is finally gearing up to push through with the live action adaptation of the video game into a feature film.
Deadline reported that Sony Pictures has hired Jay Basu to pen the script for the film. Basu is also currently involved with Universal Pictures to "relaunch its library of classic monster movies."
The film has long been in what the industry calls "development hell," with talks of an adaptation going as far back as 2006, when the game's director Hideo Kojima said that a movie was in the works and will be possibly shot in Alaska. more >>
Sony recently acquired the rights to the 1980s anime TV series "Robotech" and they have big plans for it. In this era of franchises, Sony is looking to build a live action film franchise on the science fiction anime series.
According to a report in Variety, Sony is first focusing on the first live action feature film that will kick off the franchise. It was reported that Michael Gordon who wrote "300" and "GI Joe" will work on the script, while Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton of "300" and "The Immortals" will produce the film.
The story will be based on the same premise as the anime series. It will be set in the future where humans are living in space and are making use of robot technology to defend themselves from alien invaders. The report cites that the series' story has the necessary elements that will have universal appeal and so many story possibilities for expansion into a franchise. more >>
After the apparent success of Disney's live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella," the studio is now working on another live action retelling of one of its recent animated films, "Mulan."
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Disney's plans, saying that the studio already acquired a script that has been written by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek who were both relatively unknown in the industry. The story of course touches on the legend of Hua Mulan, a Chinese woman warrior who pretended to be a man in order to join the imperial army in place of her ailing father.
With a script in hand, Disney is said to be looking for a director who will helm the project. No news as of yet as to who is being eyed. The film however already has its producers. Chris Bender and J.C. Spinks of Benderspink are producing the film together with Jake Weiner. more >>
An exclusive new look at the upcoming film "Little Boy" previews the heartwarming story about the indescribable love a child has for his father just weeks from the premiere.
In theaters everywhere on April 24 through Open Road Films, "Little Boy" follows a little boy named Pepper whose father is drafted during World War II. Willing to do whatever it takes to get his father back home safely, Pepper takes an oath of faith and searches for a miracle.
"How could I get bigger faith?" Pepper fervently asks the pastor in a brand new clip from the film. more >>
Among the many celebrity couple alerts going on around these days, the one pointing to Taylor and Calvin Harris is the most resounding.
Following the rumors that new romance might be happening between the country singer and the DJ, recent celebrity news from Hollywood Life indicated that Calvin might be going on all out and is ready for a relationship.
The site's sources said that the 31-year-old musician will do "whatever it takes to make sure Taylor won't be writing a breakup song about him" as well as earn the trusts of Swift's BFFs like Selena Gomez and Sarah Hyland. more >>