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Mark Romanek To Direct Re-Imagined, Live-Action 'Cinderella'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 5:47 AM
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We love Mark Romanek but dude, seriously, WTF. Granted, it was inevitable that after "Never Let Me Go" failed at the box office and dropped out of last year's awards race very early, the director would have to take on a studio gig to bring some sheen back to his name. In fact, earlier this year he had the chance to direct "The Wolverine" -- an exciting prospect to be sure -- but he turned it down. And given this development, we really wish he would've done the comic franchise instead.

Cancelled 'Locke & Key' Pilot Directed By Mark Romanek To Get Exclusive Comic-Con Screening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 3:09 AM
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The conventional wisdom is that the massive San Diego Comic-Con is to serve as a launchpad for tentpole movies and television programs that will be hitting big and small screens over the next twelve to twenty-four months. But it looks like attendees this year will get a chance to see a promising show that was canceled (and hopefully will be revived if the word proves to strong).

Mark Romanek Says He's Already Turned Down 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2011 5:50 AM
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Ryan Reynolds Confirms 'Deadpool' Will Be 'Nasty,' 'Hard' And 'Cheap'Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

The Small Screen: Zooey Deschanel Sitcom 'The New Girl' Gets Series Order From Fox

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams' Series 'Alcatraz' Also Picked Up, But Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key' Is DeadWith so much big-screen talent migrating to television, we're starting to cover more TV news here at The Playlist: while our heart will always be with the cinema, its upstart little cousin has wiped away any stigma that once remained, and in general, there's more good scripted comedy and drama around, both on network TV and on cable, than ever before. The current season is coming to a close over the next few weeks, which means that the networks will start unveiling their line-up for the coming 2011-12 season, and word's already started to leak with regards to the top-rated network, Fox.

Mark Romanek To Direct 'Locke & Key' Pilot For Fox; Miranda Otto Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2010 9:54 AM
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While Mark Romanek figures out what film he'll tackle next following "Never Let Me Go," the director will follow the in the footsteps that many auteurs seem to be making these days, and will direct a pilot for Fox. Update: Deadline also says that "Lord Of The Rings" Aussie actress Miranda Otto has joined the cast in the lead role. It's a project from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, better known as the superstar writing duo behind projects like "Star Trek," "Transformers" and "Cowboys And Aliens."

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