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Despite Kiefer Sutherland's Claims, A '24' Movie Is Not Shooting In The Next Eight Months

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 22, 2011 2:39 AM
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Sometimes Hollywood is like a magical genie: if you talk about a project enough times, it will get a greenlight, simply because people interpret "talking about" to be "buzz" and "anticipation" which, somewhere down the line, is supposed to equal dollars. So this sudden chatter regarding a "24" movie might be doing the TV adaptation a favor, as it recently hit a roadblock with Fox rejecting a script from "Flightplan" and "Breach" scribe Billy Ray.

Oh, For F**k's Sake: Fox Moving Ahead With 'Missile Command' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2011 2:58 AM
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With a number of high-profile pictures based on established properties flopping last summer -- "The A-Team," "Prince of Persia" and "Marmaduke" -- contrasted with the success of the relatively fresh "Inception," whispers started to circulate that studio heads were desperately seeking original material. Even James Cameron recently criticized the 'story crisis' in Hollywood, targeting Universal's big 2012 hope "Battleship," based on the Hasbro board game. Was a sea change coming? Was the trend of optioning every comic book, failed TV series and video game into big-screen entertainment finally coming to an end?

20th Century Fox Turns Down Billy Ray's Script For The Movie Of '24'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 1, 2011 5:31 AM
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'My Name Is Jack Bauer, And I Am In Development Hell'Bad news for those hoping for the further adventures of Kiefer Sutherland's rogue CTU agent Jack Bauer: apparently Fox has rejected a script from high-profile scribe Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Salt") for a feature film continuing the adventures of the lead character of "24," the hit series that ran for eight years and successfully tapped into that raw post-9/11 paranoia during the Bush years. The intention all along was to push the show into the cinematic world, but so-so ratings for the final season, coupled with likely budgetary concerns (the series might as well have been called "Shooting Down Exploding Helicopters") have put the kibosh on big screen plans.

Fox Says There's "No Truth" To Alien Prequel Delay Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 8:16 AM
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Ridley Scott hasn't been shy about talking up his gestating prequel(s) to "Alien" and it's certainly one of the hottest projects in Hollywood. A bevy of actresses including Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman have all been linked as candidates for the lead role, and reports earlier in the fall suggested that Fox was very happy with the latest draft of the script by Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek"). However, earlier this week, word cropped up that 20th Century Fox was delaying the film with a rumored release date push from 2012 to 2013. Looks like it was a lot of hot air.

'Die Hard 5' Shooting In 2011? Probably Not (There's No Script Yet)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 6:22 AM
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Rumors began flying around this morning that "Die Hard 5," the long chatted up sequel to "Live Free Or Die Hard," would be gearing up to shoot next year in Puerto Rico, L.A., New York and Vancouver. The news originated from a report in the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora, who quoted someone named Gustavo Rivera Aparicio who apparently works 20th Century Fox's PR department, so we reached out to the studio to see if we could dig up any more info. And it looks like "Die Hard 5" is isn't quite ready to go in front of cameras.

Warner Bros. & Fox Both Ready Moses Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2010 3:56 AM
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That's right, Hollywood is once again planning on trudging out Bible-based epics, but it's a pretty smart move. The Bible Belt is a huge market that isn't afraid to vote with their dollars and lately, they have been sorely underserved by Hollywood. But when they do find something they like, they reward it, as the box office tallies for such films as "The Passion Of The Christ" and "The Blind Side" (which had a huge faith-based marketing campaign) will attest to.

Fox Buys 'Predators' Writers' Deep-Space Action Pitch; Timur Bekmambetov Could Direct

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 8, 2010 1:23 AM
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Weinstein Company Also Picks Up Separate Bekmambetov-Produced 'Apollo 18' Film For March 4, 2011 ReleaseFiguring out how many fingers in various pies Timur Bekmambetov has is quickly becoming a Ridley Scott-like pop-quiz that your editor might spring on you one day and you're likely to fail. The "Wanted" director is developing myriad projects, including "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (separate from the David Fincher one), a sci-fi film with "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards, and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (among many others) which is his next directorial vehicle and is already slated for a June 22, 2012 release date.

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