Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Industry News: Leo & Danny Boyle to Re-Team?

The rumors have been spreading like wildfire. It seems like just last year we were given a less than impressive biopic concerning the late Steve Jobs (oh wait, cause we were!), but that hasn't stopped Sony from cashing in on their rights to Walter Isaacson's biography of the former Apple mogul. With famed writer Aaron Sorkin penning the screenplay and my personal favorite, Danny Boyle (127 Hours & Slumdog Millionaire) in talks to direct, early reports are Boyle desires Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role. The two previously worked together on the 2000 picture, The Beach. However, this collaboration faces a bit of an obstacle now that Leo has officially confirmed to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's revenge thriller, The Revenant, which begins production in September.

Sequels, Sequels Everywhere!

It's hard to believe that the 1993 Robin Williams comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, grossed north of $400 million worldwide (and I repeat, that was in 1993). Perhaps that plays into the Fox 2000 Pictures' decision to green light a sequel. So far, only Williams has been said to reprise his role while details on this head-scratching and seemingly unnecessary sequel begin to form.

In other sequel news, Richard Donner once again keeps the fire burning by claiming that a follow-up to the beloved 1985 classic, The Goonies, is still in the works. Famed director Steven Spielberg developed the idea for the original film and the supposed sequel actually stems from Spielberg's brain as well. While new information is very difficult to come by, it still appears that "Goonies never say die".

Sequel king Jerry Bruckheimer spoke at WonderCon (courtesy of Collider.com) to shed light on the various statuses regarding a couple of different franchises. Bruckheimer reiterated that the door still hasn't been closed on a Bad Boys 3 installment as well as an expected National Treasure 3 film somewhere down the line. Bruckheimer also reminded us that a 5th Pirates of the Caribbean and a fourth addition to the Beverly Hills Cop franchise both appear to be happening.

The Show Must Go On

After the tragic and unexpected loss of action star Paul Walker in November, James Wan's Fast & Furious 7 was left in a difficult spot. Walker had reportedly filmed most of his dramatic scenes and only needed a minor fill-in to take his place and finish production. In an interesting turn of events and a clever idea by Universal, they've decided to bring in Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody (pictured above with Vin Diesel), to stand in as body doubles. Fast & Furious 7 is slated for an April 10th, 2015 release. 

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