Game publisher, producer, and distributor Ubisoft is continuing its expansion into Hollywood. Tuesday, Ubisoft announced that it had plans to develop the video game franchise Ghost Recon into a feature, with Michael Bay (Transformers) spearheading its development at Warner Bros. with the possibility that he’ll also direct.
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They say it can’t be done. That a great movie can’t be made from a popular video game. Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Doom proved disastrous. Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia was an expensive misfire. Peter Jackson’s Halo never got off the ground. But now the world’s biggest MMORPG (that’s massively multi-player online role-playing game for you n00bs) is getting an adaptation.
Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Duncan Jones would direct a live-action World of Warcraft film, based on Blizzard Entertainment’s unbelievably successful gaming universe, which was launched in 2004 (ten years after the 1994 release of the first Warcraft game) and, as of October 2012, boasts over 10 million subscribers. READ FULL STORY
Game publisher Ubisoft is already adapting two of their videogame franchises into feature films, with Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy attached to in-development movie versions of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, respectively. Since neither movie has officially entered production yet — and since the last time a videogame company took a hands-on approach to moviemaking, the result was Neill Blomkamp’s Halo movie, which you’ll remember is a thing that never happened — it might surprise you that Ubisoft is apparently already planning to adapt another videogame series for the big screen.
The LA Times spoke to Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, who claimed to be “putting together a pitch” for a movie based on Ghost Recon, a series of games about an elite group of soldiers who do various elite soldier things, usually involving action which could be said to embody a certain “ghostlike reconnaissance,” if you will. READ FULL STORY
Could the videogame movie be making a comeback?
Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) has signed up to helm a feature film adaptation of the 2011 videogame Deus Ex: Human Revolution, CBS Films announced Thursday. He will also pen the script with Sinister screenwriter C. Robert Cargill. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Tom Hardy plugging into 'Splinter Cell.' Plus: Benicio del Toro, Alexander Skarsgard, Evan Rachel Wood
• Tom Hardy has logged on to a big screen adaptation of the long-running videogame franchise Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. He’d play Sam Fisher, the stealthy, deadly spy at the heart of the six Splinter Cell titles. Game publisher Ubisoft is heading up the effort, and has tapped Eric Warren Singer (The International) to pen the script; no director has yet been attached. [Deadline]
• Benicio del Toro is finishing talks to play drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost. The fact-based film follows a surfer who falls for a Columbia girl whose uncle just happens to be the most notorious cocaine trafficker of the 1980s. Screenwriter Andrea di Stefano (Life of Pi) will make his feature directing debut with the film. [Variety]
• Alexander Skarsgard is the frontrunner to play the title swinging hero in Tarzan, director David Yates‘ adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famed man who lives among the apes. There is no offer yet in place, however. The story (scripted by several writers) would follow Burroughs’ hero John Clayton III after he’s returned to society, and returns from England to fight a warlord. Samuel L. Jackson is also reportedly being considered for the role of a former mercenary, but again, no deal is in place yet. [Variety]
• Evan Rachel Wood will star in 10 Things I Hate About Life. If that title seems familiar, it’s perhaps because the team that made the 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You — writer-director Gil Junger and producer Andrew Lazar — is behind it, though the two movies are otherwise unrelated. Instead of a teenage romcom inspired by Shakespeare, this will be a romantic drama about a man and woman who encounter each other while they’re both attempting suicide. [Deadline]
• Isla Fisher is in negotiations for The Switch, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel that serves as a prequel of sorts to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. It follows lifelong crooks Louis Gara (John Hawkes) and Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def) 15 years before the events of Tarantino’s film, when they were played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively. Fisher would play the unpredictable Melanie (i.e. Bridget Fonda’s role), who interferes in Louis and Ordell’s plan to kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a shady bigwig for ransom. (Get all that?) Dan Schechter (Goodbye Baby) is directing from his script. [Variety]
• Michael Fassbender will lend his purring brogue as the narrator for the Formula One racing documentary 1, which examines the international auto racing circuit through historical footage and interviews with former world champs. Paul Crowder (Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who) is directing. [THR, Variety]
• Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) and Dallas Roberts (The Grey, CBS’ The Good Wife) has joined the coincidentally named dramedy The Dallas Buyers Club, which stars Matthew McConaughey as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, who began smuggling medication for himself and his fellow patients. Roberts will play Woodruff’s attorney, and Zahn an understanding cop. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto costar. Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) is directing from a script by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Craig Borten. [Variety]
Casting Net: Cameron Diaz will be ‘The Other Woman.’ Plus: Chris Hemsworth, Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen
Casting Net: Sean Penn eyeing thriller ‘Prone Gunman.’ Plus: John Hawkes, George Clooney, Ty Burrell
Casting Net: James McAvoy in talks for WikiLeaks movie. Plus: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sara Canning
Casting Net: Michael Fassbender taking on 'Assassin's Creed.' Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Cooper, James Woods
• Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of Noah, director Darren Aronofsky‘s feature film of the Biblical epic tale, starring Russell Crowe as the title ark builder. (Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Ray Winstone costar.) “I’m honored to be working with the great Sir Anthony Hopkins,” Aronofsky tweeted this morning, with the hashtag #methuselahlives — likely indicating Hopkins is playing Noah’s extremely long-lived grandfather Methuselah. That, or Aronofsky is just referencing a really old meme. [@DarrenAronofsky]
• Chris Cooper is in talks to star opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the feature film adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Tony-award winning play August: Osage County, playing Roberts’ uncle and Streep’s brother-in-law. Letts also penned the screenplay, and John Wells (The Company Men) is directing. [Variety]
• The rival “President Taken Hostage” movies White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen have both cast actors better known as bad guys in seemingly heroic roles. James Woods will play the head of the president’s Secret Service detail in White House Down — this is the one with Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent tasked with saving the president (Jamie Foxx) when a paramilitary group takes the White House. In Olympus Has Fallen, Cole Hauser has signed on to play a fellow Secret Service agent to Gerard Butler‘s lead hero, tasked with saving the president (Aaron Eckhart) when North Korean terrorists takes the White House. Got all that? [Variety/THR]
• Recent Tony winner Nina Arianda has landed the highly coveted role of famed ’60s singer Janis Joplin in Joplin, a biopic covering the final six months of the singer’s life to be directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene helmer Sean Durkin. The production has exclusive rights to 21 of Joplin’s songs, and Arianda, who also recently appeared in Midnight in Paris and Win Win, will sing with her own voice in the role. [Deadline]
• Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale will be, ahem, arrested by Melissa McCarthy‘s Boston cop in the untitled comedy co-starring Sandra Bullock as an F.B.I. agent. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is directing. [Variety]
Can you imagine Ganon from The Legend of Zelda saying this? Or Bowser from Super Mario Bros.? Or the centipede from… Centipede?
It’s literally in their programming for video game villains to be troublemakers, but in the new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, the smash-loving antagonist in an 8-bit 1980s arcade game decides to prove there is more to him than just 25 cents worth of mayhem. Of course, it creates tremendous controversy in their pixelated world. READ FULL STORY
Remember how cool it was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit to see Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Droopy Dog, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Bettie Boop, Woody Woodpecker, and countless other cartoon icons together?
And wasn’t it kind of awesome to see real-world Malibu Barbie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, the green army men, Etch-a-Sketch, Slinky Dog, and the Barrel of Monkeys tossed in among the playthings of Toy Story?
Disney is now uniting characters from an entirely different universe for Wreck-It Ralph, their Nov. 2 animated comedy about a 1980s-era videogame bad guy (voiced by John C. Reilly) who decides he’s sick of causing trouble and wants to become a hero.
In the story, game characters travel among their respective worlds via electrical plugs, and EW has details on a few of the classic videogame personalities who turn up on the big screen.
What happens to video-game characters after people stop playing with them? That’s the enchanting notion behind Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, about the villain of a Donkey Kong-esque video game (voiced by John C. Reilly) who longs to prove that he’s actually a good guy.
To do that, he must escape his own game and travel through his arcade to other games to prove his worth, and EW has an exclusive first look at the concept art for three of the faux video games in the computer-animated film. Check them out below: READ FULL STORY
It’s very difficult to address this topic without, you know, saying, erm, uh…MOOORRRTAAALLL KOMBAAAAAT!
Ahh, much better.
New Line, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is producing a new Mortal Kombat film, 14 years after their last adaptation of the popular video game franchise. Kevin Tancharoen, the man responsible for the popular web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy (pictured), will be directing. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the games,” Tancharoen tells EW. His first Mortal Kombat project was a proof-of-concept video meant to be shown only to studios, but which was accidentally posted to YouTube by none other than himself. “I was mortified at first because I thought I was going to be in a mess of trouble with Warner Bros.” (You can check out the video below.) READ FULL STORY
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