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'Rango' Collaborators Jim Byrkit & Alex Manugian Hired To Write Long-Developing 'Fraggle Rock' Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 31, 2012 10:57 AM
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After years spent in development purgatory (everyone from Ahmet Zappa to "Hoodwinked" writer/director Cory Edwards have worked on the project, from as far back as 2006), it finally looks like the "Fraggle Rock" movie, based on the beloved Jim Henson series, will make it to the big screen. Last year New Regency got the project going again, and just yesterday the Hollywood Reporter revealed that a pair of screenwriters have been secured – Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian, who both worked on last year's Oscar-winning animated western "Rango."

Nick Nolte Wants His Money Back In 'Bitterroot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2012 12:10 PM
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You need someone to play vulnerable and grizzled? Call up Nick Nolte. At 71, the actor's voice has never been more gravelly, nor his face more worn and he's been using it to great effect. He was outstanding in last year's unfairly slept-on "Warrior" and in many ways, he was emotional heartbeat of Michael Mann's canceled HBO series "Luck." He's been working at a clip lately, bagging supporting roles in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," "Gangster Squad" and "Parker" but now he's going to take a lead.

Gore Verbinski Updates Us On 'The Lone Ranger,' Cary Fukunaga's 'Spaceless,' Chris Milk's 'Bitterroot' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 14, 2012 12:03 PM
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Yesterday, we ran our conversation with "Rango" director Gore Verbinski, where he shared his inspirations for the Best Animated Feature nominee and discussed the development of the film's distinct and unique aesthetic. But with a director as talented and in-demand as Verbinski, he's got a number of movies in the works, either as director or producer. So we asked him to fill us in on a number of his projects, including "The Lone Ranger," Cary Fukunaga's sci-fi flick, "Clue," Chris Milk's "Bitterroot" and Nicolas Winding Refn's heist movie.

'Rango' Director Gore Verbinski Reveals The Top Ten Inspirations Of His Oscar-Contending Animated Feature Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2012 11:59 AM
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If everything goes the way it should in a couple of weeks, Gore Verbinski's surreal western "Rango" will walk away with the Best Animated Feature Oscar. And it will definitely deserve it, as the film is unique, wondrous, gorgeous and deeply involving epic about a chameleon (Johnny Depp) with an existential identity crisis. We caught up with Verbinski last week (who was calling from the New Mexico set of his next western, Disney's giant-sized "The Lone Ranger") to talk about the film and his top ten inspirations for "Rango." Some of them are quite surprising, indeed.

Acclaimed Music Video Director Chris Milk To Helm 'Bitterroot' Produced By Gore Verbinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 1:17 AM
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Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures To FinanceIt seems acclaimed music video director Chris Milk has found a new best bud in everyone's favorite young, billionaire movie producer/financier Megan Ellison. Earlier in the month it was announced the pair were teaming on an ambitious film adaptation of the album Rome, a record that teamed Gnarls Barkley/Beck producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi on an album of spaghetti Western homages. But it looks like he's going to get something a bit less high concept for his first crack at a feature film.

Lower Budget Turned In For 'The Lone Ranger'; Johnny Depp Sticking By Gore Verbinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 2:41 AM
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Ah, the saga of "The Lone Ranger" continues to ride on and in case you've been away here's the short version. Seeing "Cowboys & Aliens" tank, contrasted with the extraordinary $250-75 million budget that was in play for "The Lone Ranger," Disney panicked and yanked the cord on the film, sending the filmmakers scrambling to try and get the budget down to somewhere between $200-220 million while still retaining the eye-popping sequences people are going to be paying for. The result? Well, it's not back up and running but producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski are trying their damndest.

Will 'The Lone Ranger' Ride On Without Gore Verbinski?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Reporting from D23, Deadline noted a curious omission in comments by Disney exec Rich (not Rick) Ross regarding the currently-stalled "The Lone Ranger." “I’m hoping to do it," he says, "I’m certainly hoping. I think it’s a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer] and Johnny [Depp] more than me so we’ll see how it works.” Curious is the unmentioned Gore Verbinski, who has been in the director's chair for this project coming on a couple of years now.

So How Come 'The Lone Ranger' Was Going To Cost $250 Million? 5 Reasons Disney Got Cold Feet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2011 12:55 PM
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Assuming "The Lone Ranger" ever gets made, spoilers ahead

Universal Drops Gore Verbinski's 'Clue' But Project Still Moving Ahead With New Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 5:50 AM
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You not remember, but near the end of 2009 we made up a list of the Dumbest Movie Projects announced that year and among the them were "Battleship," "Candyland," "Monopoly" and "Clue." Yes, Hasbro is ready to turn their boardgames into viable franchises and while movement has been probably a bit slower than they might want -- "Battleship" won't come out until next year -- they are taking matters into their own hands whether or not they have studio participation.

Tom Wilkinson In Talks To Join Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 12:58 PM
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There's nothing that can make a director look good in retrospect as someone else coming into the franchise that they birthed and messing it up even more than it already was, and that's what happened to Gore Verbinski in the last month or so. The second and third entries in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series might have been bloated and CGI-heavy (although not without their charms, we'd argue), but they were "Raiders of the Lost Ark" compared to Rob Marshall's recent fourth installment, and if nothing else it's reminded us that Verbinski is a more talented director than many of his tentpole competition.

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