After seeing Spielberg’s hand in the Super 8 trailer, and now watching this trailer for the upcoming Terra Nova series, I’m starting to think the Great One has run out of ideas and is recycling his past glories.
An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With no known way to reverse the damage to the planet, scientists discover a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race…a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.
Don’t confuse this trailer with the Skyline, or the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles, this trailer is for the upcoming Steven Spielberg television series Falling Skies coming your way from TNT.
FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
Maybe it is the time space continuum getting all warped, but I could have sworn that I already knew Locke & Key was getting the television treatment, much the same way The Walking Dead was headed to the small screen. Or maybe it is just because the book by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez is just so awesome I can’t fathom why no one snatched the series up earlier for development. In either case, Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci have plans to take the supernatural thriller and turn it a small screen series under Spielberg’s DreamWorks TV banner. Since DreamWorks is working with 20th Century Fox TV on this deal, expect the series to wind up on the Fox Network.
Some of you may be too young to remember the great James Stewart Harvey adaptation from 1950.Â If you haven’t seen it, don’t rush to put it on your Netflix list just yet, as Steven Spielberg has announced his next project will be a new take on the classic play by Mary Chase.
Who will play Elwood P. Dowd?Â Some are thinking Tom Hanks would be perfect for the part, although Jim Carey might make a better man on the verge who sees invisible six-foot rabbits.Â While big name stars will all probably jump at the chance to play the lead character, it might be better to go with an unknown.
The film goes into pre-production now, with no release date announced.
What’s Steven Spielberg gonna do when Tintin wraps? If you read the title to this story, then you already know, but for the rest of you, let’s spell it out. Spielberg is in talk to produce and possibly direct Matt Helm for Paramount.
“Matt Helm” is based on a series of 27 novels written by Donald Hamilton about a government agent whose mission is to take down enemy agents. While the novels were set in the post-WWII Cold War era, the current script is set in the present. While a series of tongue-in-cheek films were made with Dean Martin playing Helm as a playboy spy, the tone of Attanasio’s script is closer to that of “The Bourne Identity.”
While the Matt Helm novels rock it for those wanting an alternative to James Bond, any modern take will instantly be compared to Bond or Bourne, and that ultimately could hurt the franchise.
A new script was delivered to Paramount last week that has Spielberg all excited, so this deal could move from talk to production very quickly.
Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that the comedy duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast as Thomson and Thompson, the detective duo in Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson’s 3D Tintin movie.Â The site’s announcement also included Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, with more confirmed actors expected to be announced soon.
I would normally say, “File this under rumor,” but considering the huge number of insiders AICN has in the industry, this is more than likely information that is spot on.Â Any H’wood Insiders wanna be the Major Spoilers inside guy?Â You know who to contact…
The movie is currently scheduled to begin production in February, with Steve Spielberg scheduled to direct the first film (Jackson gets number 2), and is expected to arrive in theaters in 2010.
Sad news for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, Universal Pictures has decided to pull out of the three picture deal for the CGI adaptation of Tintin.Â The biggest reason for the break in the deal wasn’t Spielberg trying to break DreamWorks away from Paramount, but the $130 million budget.Â In a day an age where $130 million seems like a drop in the bucket for a franchise that could literally net Universal ten times that in world wide distribution, something certainly seems fishy. Perhaps it was the 30% of gross Spielberg and Jackson wanted – meaning Tintin would have to gross $425 million before it broke even and Universal started seeing a profit.
But fear not Herge fans, the duo have taken their proposal to Paramount… oh, yeah, that whole split thing might be a hang up.Â Paramount has had the proposal for several weeks now, so it Tintin is simply awaiting a yay or nay from the suits.
Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are reported to be the writing team for Transformers 2: Electric Boogaloo. Returning to the flick are, as expected, Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, producers Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Don Murphy, as well as executive producer Steven spielberg.
The teaming of A-listers to write such a huge project might be an industry first and could have been necessary because Kurtzman and Orci — who wrote the $315 million-grossing first “Transformers” movie — also are busy writing J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie for Paramount and producing “Eagle Eye” for DreamWorks.
So how much does it cost to hire a writing team who turned Transformers into a $315 million grossing flick? Somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million to $7 million. Wow, and who says writers need to strike? With a paycheck that big, the three better write fast if they are indeed expected to strike with the rest of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Hollywood Reporting is saying Steven Moffat of Dr. Who fame is writing the adaptation of Tintin for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
Kathleen Kennedy is serving as producer on the three feature films, which will be made using performance-capture technology and produced in digital 3-D. Jackson and Spielberg are each directing an installment, with the helmer of the third movie to be determined.
There’s no word what stories are going to be adapted into the three films, but my guess is we won’t be seeing Tintin in the Congo. via Hollywood Reporter
Variety is reporting Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to bring Tintin to the big screen. Speculation on the success of the first film is so high, DreamWorks, Spielberg, and Jackson will be directing and producing three back to back features.
Spielberg and Jackson will each direct one of the movies, but no word on who the third director would be. Could it be long time Spielberg friend George Lucas?
With WETA Digital behind the character creations, these films will be 3D animated features instead of trying to cast actors in the roles.
Jackson said WETA will stay true to Remi’s original designs in bringing the cast of Tintin to life, but that the characters won’t look cartoonish.
“Instead,” Jackson said, “we’re making them look photorealistic; the fibers of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people — but real Herge people!”
Photorealistc 3D Tintin? Sounds like an interesting take. There is no word on when the first film will be released, but since Spielberg and Jackson will be wrapping their current productions by the end of this year.