The trades are reporting that Warner Bros. has picked up the North American rights to the Edge of Darkness remake from GK Films.
Based on the classic ’80s BBC miniseries, the film sees Mel Gibson playing a homicide cop whose 24-year-old daughter is murdered on the steps to his home. His search for the killers leads him to a world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion, causing a CIA agent to be sent to clean up the evidence.
The project also stars Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakoic and Shawn Roberts.
It is helmed by Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, who also directed the original miniseries. Shooting wrapped up in November. No release date has been announced so far.
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment signed on Sandra Bullock to star in football drama-comedy The Blindside.
John Lee Hancock (My Dog Skip, The Rookie) wrote the adaptation and is set to direct the feature.
The film is based on “The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game,” by Michael Lewis (“Moneyball”).
As far as Variety reports, the story follows Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He was homeless as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do family. Bullock will portray the matriarch of the conservative suburban household Oher joins.
I am delighted to see John Malkovich take on a role of a missled demonic character. He will be countering against Josh Brolin in Jonah Hex, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics property that begins production in April.
Malkovich is set to play Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantation owner whose son is killed by Union soldiers during the Civil War. He blames Hex, a former confederate soldier-turned-hardened bounty hunter and gunslinger.
Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures have acquired Jonathan Herman’s prison thriller spec script Conviction.
The story follows a bank robber who is serving five years in prison for a heist gone bad. He is approached by an FBI agent to set up his criminal protégé who is in the midst of another high-stakes heist.
It will follow in the footsteps of such legends as Heat and Donnie Brasco. Andrew Rona and Joel Silver will produce.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights to Jonathan Tropper’s upcoming novel This is Where I Leave You.
The story follows Judd Englander who returns home to find his wife in bed with his boss. He now faces both divorce and unemployment, and his misery is further increased with the sudden death of his father.
He is then asked to attend a ‘sit shiva’ (a seven-day mourning period in Jewish custom) for his father with his brothers and sisters at his childhood home. There he has to confront who he really is and who he can become.
Greg Berlanti is being billed as a possible helmer for the project, though he is still committed to the Green Lantern film.
Unlike Marvel, DC Comics properties haven’t been as wildly successful on the big-screen. And maybe that’s why Warner Bros. Pictures put on hold the various properties that were being developed, according to writer/director David Goyer.
“A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while the figure out, they’re going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause on at the moment,” he revealed. “It was the double header of both Iron Man and The Dark Knight coming out, so more than ever I think they’ve realized, I think DC was responsible for 15% of Warner Brother’s revenue this year, something crazy like that, so they realized that comic books, it’s become a new genre, one of the most successful genres.”
Hopefully Warner will come up with rewarding films. I would die to see a great Flash or Wonder Woman movie.
Horton Hears a Who director, Jimmy Hayward, is set to take on a live-action DC Comic character Jonah Hex for Warner Bros.
Busy and versatile actor Josh Brolin is attached to star in the film. The studio plans to put the movie into production in March or April.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the character of Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood. One incarnation of his comic book series saw the Western genre combined with supernatural elements, which is likely to set the stage with Hayward’s own touch.
Hayward is a member of the Pixar family, where he worked on such films as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. He also had his finger in the animated film Robots.
Horton was Hayward’s first adventure as a director, which did quite well at the box office.
Busy screenwriter, John Brownlow, has been hired by Warner Bros. to write its remake of the classic swashbuckler Captain Blood.
One of my favorite directors, Michael Curtiz, directed the 1935 original Warner Bros. film with Errol Flynn starring. Flynn starred as a doctor wrongly sentenced to slavery in the Caribbean, where he and his comrades become avenging pirates. It was nominated for the best picture Oscar.
From the Hollywood Reporter comes word that Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) is in negotiations to develop and possibly direct Measle and the Wrathmonk for Warner Bros.
The story is about a young boy who, after his parents go missing, is sent to live with an eccentric uncle who turns out be a crazy wizard known as a wrathmonk. He is then shrunk and banished to be a villager in his uncle’s toy train set and must figure out how to survive in the hostile environment.
It is being produced by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke who will use performance-capture technology to create the film.
Warner Bros.’ hired Alfred Gough and Miles Millar to write Robotech
an adaptation of the anime classic.
Hollywood Reporter says that Robotech was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
An expansive sci-fi epic, Robotech happens at a time when Earth has constructed giant robots based on technology from an alien spacecraft that crashed landed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind needs to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.
Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Body Heat) wrote a previous draft.
Warner Bros. is intent on keeping the project moving toward production with Gough and Millar bringing action and geek credits to the table. The two worked on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Spider-Man 2 and were showrunners on “Smallville” for many years.