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 >>
"Jack Reacher 2," "Top Gun 2," "Mission: Impossible 6" -- the list keeps on growing for what action star Tom Cruise might do for his upcoming big screen projects. Adding to the list this week is a role from his more recent film, "Edge of Tomorrow" as Major William Cage.
The 53-year-old actor was recently cited attending the New York premiere for his "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation." In an interview with MTV.com, Cruise revealed that he has already considered doing a sequel to the 2014 hit military science-fiction film.
"I pitched it to [Rogue Nation director and Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher] McQuarrie and [Edge of Tomorrow director] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, I've got an idea for it," the "Oblivion" star said. more >>
A-list Hollywood celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, and Meryl Streep have joined 400 prominent figures, including a number of faith leaders, who've signed a letter rejecting a proposal by Amnesty International to advocate for the legalization of prostitution.
Fox News reported on Thursday that while Amnesty is arguing that legalizing the practice can help sex workers receive better protection from violence and the risk of HIV/AIDS in their line of work, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which the celebrities have backed, has warned that such a move will also make life worse for the victims caught in sex trafficking.
The letter, which starts off by praising Amnesty's history of fighting for human rights and shedding light on human trafficking issues, says that should Amnesty vote next month to support "the decriminalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying, it will in effect support a system of gender apartheid, in which one category of women may gain protection from sexual violence and sexual harassment, and offered economic and educational opportunities; while another category of women, whose lives are shaped by absence of choice, are instead set apart for consumption by men and for the profit of their pimps, traffickers and brothel owners." more >>