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Warner Bros. Puts Mel Gibson's Jewish Epic On Hold, Say Script Is The Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 4:37 PM
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"Hey, let's give Mel Gibson a bunch of money to make a period based, swords-and-sandals epic about a pivotal moment in Jewish history!"....that's not a sentence you'll be hearing at Warner Bros. now or probably anytime soon, as the studio has put the brewing epic movie on hold. Can't say we're shocked.

Yet Another Nicholas Sparks Book Headed To The Big Screen, This Time It's 'The Best Of Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 5:04 PM
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There is nothing Hollywood execs like more than a sure thing, and as far as novelists go, Nicholas Sparks is a pretty secure bet. Movies based on his books generally don't cost all that much to produce, bring out a dedicated audience, make an honest profit and then bring in plenty of ancillary coin. Easy breezy. And while "The Notebook," "Dear John" and "The Last Song" top the adaptations so far by gross, it's actually Warner Bros. who land in the bottom three slots with the less memorable "Message In A Bottle," "Nights In Rodanthe" and "A Walk To Remember" to their name. But by God, they are going to give it another shot.

Warner Bros. Looking To Kick Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower' Back To Life; Javier Bardem Still In The Mix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2012 8:33 PM
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Just when you think studios are gonna zig, they zag. After a weekend in which audiences rejected "John Carter" and a year in which studios were tightening their belts and dropping expensive and potentially risky projects, one of the biggest of those aborted efforts may be kicking back to life.

Daniel Espinosa To Helm Black List Yakuza Crime Pic 'The Outsider'; Michael Fassbender Eyed To Star

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 1, 2012 9:34 PM
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After making waves with his critically acclaimed "Snabba Cash" -- which is only seeing a theatrical release this summer, two years after it's original Swedish unveiling -- Daniel Espinosa was linked to numerous big-name projects before moving onto the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer "Safe House," which has surely earned him a lot of good will with its box office performance (it crossed $100 million domestic this week). The helmer looks to be showing no signs of stopping and is now negotiating to take the helm of Andrew Baldwin's Black List approved fish-out-of-water Yakuza crime drama "The Outsider."

So, That 'I Am Legend' Sequel Is Becoming Possibly More Real As Warner Bros. Officially Moves Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 12:10 PM
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Warner Bros. has made a shocking, stunning announcement today that they would like to continue making lots of money by making a sequel to a hit movie. No. Fucking. Way.

‘Hangover’ Director Todd Phillips Eyeing Four New Projects As Potential Directing Gig While His Green Hat Shingle Re-Ups With Warner Bros.

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 6, 2012 6:25 PM
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Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films banner has been set up at Warner Bros. ever since “Starsky & Hutch” in 2004. While not every film he’s made since has been a huge hit (“School for Scoundrels” for one, but that was a Dimension/Weinstein Company picture), ever since “The Hangover” arrived, it’s helped Green Hat gross $1.2 billion worldwide.

WB Moves 'Jack The Giant Killer' To March 22, 2013; Takes 'Arthur & Lancelot' Off The Calendar Completely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 10:24 PM
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Heading out of 2011 and into 2012, the executives and bookkeepers at Warner Bros. began taking a hard look at the numbers of a handful of projects on their slate, and they didn't like what they saw. The long developing remake of "Akira," which was gearing up to shoot this spring, seemed to be in an endless casting/testing cycle and the film, which had already stalled out once in 2011 when orignial director Albert Hughes left, had its pre-production offices closed at the start of the month. That's not all. David Dobkin's fantasy pic "Arthur & Lancelot," which was set to star Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harington, was also put on hold. The studio encouraged the director to take the project elsewhere due to the budget going over by a full three figure number. And it looks like WB is no hurry to revive it.

Warner Bros. Shuts Down 'Akira' Production Office, Future Of The Remake Now In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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One of the most talked about (and controversial) developing projects of 2011 was Warner Bros. remake of the anime cult classic "Akira." The movie spent much of the year trying to find a cast, with a plethora of names -- Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Toby Kebbell, Ezra Miller, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshall-Green, Rami Malek, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy -- being tossed around for various parts, to join the film's only confirmed actor, Garrett Hedlund. But it seems the inability to find a cast, as well as issues over the budget, may be the nail in the coffin for the film.

Warner Bros. Adding 'Arthur & Lancelot' To The Chopping Block, Urging Director David Dobkin To Take It To Another Studio

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 2:24 PM
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With the year winding down, it looks like executives at Warner Bros. have been looking at the year ahead and wondering WTF have they greenlit. Just yesterday word arrived that they were putting Alex Proyas' expensive, 3D, motion-capture adaptation of "Paradise Lost" on hold to get the budget and script under control. And now, another high profile movie may be getting the axe altogether.

Warner Bros. Puts 'Paradise Lost' On Hold Citing Budget & Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 10:55 PM
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So, just how worried are big studios these days about spending lots and lots of money on risky projects? Well, just ask Sony, which is still smarting from the "Men In Black 3" fiasco, and pushed Roland Emmerich's start and release date for "Singularity" back by months in order to get the script in the best shape it can be. And then there was that whole "The Lone Ranger" thing with Disney, which strong-armed the filmmakers to bring down the cost or else not make the movie at all. And now, the same is happening over at Warner Bros. With a big budget, star-studded, mo-cap, 3D adaptation of "Paradise Lost" set to begin filming in weeks, Aussie film crews are receiving a lump of coal in their stocking this year.

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