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Shawn Levy Out, 'Lucky Number Slevin' Director Paul McGuigan In For 'Frankenstein' At Fox

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 4:37 PM
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For a brief moment last year, it seemed like Shawn Levy was really intent on making "Frankenstein" his next picture. But as these things sometimes go, the pieces didn't come together and he wound up shooting "The Internship" with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson this summer instead. But "Frankenstein" is still alive, and the project's studio now has a new man tasked to put its nuts and bolts together. (Ha.)

Danny Boyle's Amazing 'Frankenstein' Stage Play Coming To American Movie Theaters This Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 9, 2012 1:42 PM
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In an impressive bit of synergistic strategizing, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fathom Events will be screening a taped version of last spring's "Frankenstein" stage play for two nights in June. What makes this such a slick move is that it's perfectly tapping into a number of Zeitgeist-catching threads - the play co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, whose amazing modern day take on "Sherlock" just started airing on PBS in America (seriously, that first episode alone makes Guy Ritchie's movies look even more like frothy kiddy stuff) and is poised for Next Big Thing Status when he stars as the villain in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel next summer and was directed by Danny Boyle, who will serves as the director of the London Olympics opening ceremonies (not too shabby). The play also stars Johnny Lee Miller, who co-stars in this weekend's delightfully bizarre Tim Burton "Dark Shadows" redo.

John McClane Returns For 'A Good Day To Die Hard' On February 14, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 6:04 AM
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'Taken 2' Reloads On October 5, 2012 Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker. If you're a fan of John McClane or things blowing up in general, get ready, because the long in development "Die Hard 5" is now officially titled "A Good Day To Die Hard" and it will be the date movie of choice on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Aaron Eckhart To Mess Up His Face Again, Star In Stuart Beattie's 'I, Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 5:12 AM
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While some actors take great care in how they appear on screen, shying away from roles in which their faces may be disfigured or seen in a less than glamorous light, don't try and sell that philosophy to Aaron Eckhart. The actor had no hesitation in watching half his face get eaten away in "The Dark Knight" and how he's set to take another big league role in a film that won't exactly let his chiseled features shine.

Shawn Levy Says He's Still Trying To Crack The Script On 'Hardy Boys'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 29, 2011 2:45 AM
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Says 'Frankenstein' Will Chronicle Victor & Igor In Their '20s Shawn Levy's name might not pop into your head when you think of the most successful directors of recent years, but his track record speaks for itself. While even Levy admits earlier projects like “Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen” had their faults, his back catalogue of box offices successes is almost unmatched in the current crop of directors. He's currently riding off three smash hits in a row, with the "Night At The Museum" films and last year's "Date Night." His ability to turn out engaging, popcorn entertainment that is a cut above the usual standard is the reason why Levy seems to be linked to just about every project under the sun. And while he can't direct everything, he continues to develop projects that interest him under his production banner 21 Laps Entertainment. After discussing "Fantastic Voyage" and the "Real Steel" sequel last week, The Playlist caught up with Levy again this week to discuss a few more projects he has in the pipeline.

Shawn Levy Confirms He'll Direct 'Real Steel 2,' But Will Have To Wait For Busy Hugh Jackman

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 25, 2011 3:39 AM
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Casting Will Decide Whether The Director Shoots 'Fantastic Voyage' Or 'Frankenstein' Next SpringExclusive: Director Shawn Levy is still two weeks away from the release of his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” but development work has already begun on a sequel. It’s a show of faith from DreamWorks and producer Steven Spielberg.

The 'Fantastic Voyage' Can Wait, Shawn Levy May Take Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2011 10:35 AM
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Updated: It's official, Shawn Levy is now attached to this project.

Can Will Smith Keep Shawn Levy Interested In Directing 'Fantastic Voyage'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2011 8:31 AM
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Levy Considering A Frankenstein Flick & 'Maleficent' In case "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and "The Lone Ranger" haven't tipped you off, these days studios are more wary than ever about the coin they spend. It's an irony considering that only tent-pole fare seems to get greenlit these days, but even then, expensive, costly gambles like "Cowboys & Aliens" are projects no movie executive can afford to make. Which brings us to "Fantastic Voyage." Produced by James Cameron, and set to be in 3D, the hot project found a number of directors circling or involved at various points including Paul Greengrass, Tarsem, Darren Aronofsky, Jonathan Mostow, Timur Bekmambetov and Louis Leterrier, before Shawn Levy signed on in February. But it seems the director and Fox are at odds over how to proceed with the production.

Paul Greengrass & David Yates Sought By Fox For Yet Another 'Frankenstein' Project

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 1:19 AM
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Rising Writer Max Landis Will Pen The Script Once again, the 'Creature of the Moment' wheel has spun in Hollywood. We've seen spates of vampire, alien and zombie movies in recent years, so it was anyone's guess as to what monster would become in vogue next, but we've got bad news to any writers with hip reboots of yetis or gill-men sitting on their hard drives: Frankenstein is in. Danny Boyle tackled Mary Shelley's myth on stage earlier in the year, and there's four different projects in the works focusing on a creature made from reanimated body parts: Guillermo Del Toro has a take, one of his 3,649 dream projects; "Limitless" helmer Neil Burger has a remake of "Bride of Frankenstein" at Universal; "Tomorrow, When The War Began" director Stuart Beattie is attached to comic book adaptation "I, Frankenstein"; and Summit have "This Dark Endeavor," a collaboration between "Mean Creek" writer Jacob Estes and "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves.

Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2011 11:37 AM
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When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd."

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