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'Another Earth' & 'Kick-Ass 2' Directors Are Among Those On The Shortlist To Helm 'Masters Of The Universe'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 26, 2014 7:31 PM
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Masters Of The Universe
Despite a risibly poor first attempt with Dolph Lundgren and a lot of aborted efforts in the late aughts, Sony Pictures hasn’t given up on trying to bring their He-Man movie “Masters of the Universe” back to the big screen. After all, imagine all those franchise possibilities if it hits, since aside from “Spider-Man,” Sony is currently the studio sorely lacking in franchises. A recent attempt almost happened with Jon M. Chu, the director of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” but he bailed last year. Terry Rossio ("The Lone Ranger" and every "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie) has penned the most recent version of the script and is eager to bring this franchise back to life, and Sony has apparently narrowed down the field for replacement directors.

Review: 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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The duality of humankind has largely been visualized, at least in cartoons and broad comedies, as a tiny angel sitting on one shoulder, while a devil is perched on the opposite shoulder. The inherent drama, of course, is watching as the character decides which symbol to listen to: the heavenly or the demonic. In the case of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (the ungainly subtitle is there because it's based on a series of popular young adult novels, and because the filmmakers and financiers are convinced this will be the beginning of a long and lucrative franchise), this dilemma is writ very, very, very large. But the inherent tension of this decision is diffused by a painful amount of clumsily introduced back-story, thin characterization, and a pace that makes the "Twilight" movies, which this movie is clearly inspired by, seem positively speedy in comparison.

Rumor: Brad Furman, Harald Zwart & Jeff Wadlow In The Mix To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 8, 2013 9:01 AM
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As every new trailer shows, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is slowly inching toward “Speed Racer” with tank tops, but that journey hit a bump last week when it was revealed that 'Furious 6' director Justin Lin would not return for the series' seventh installment. That didn't stop rumors from swirling about that film's villain, but it seems Universal have now made steps toward finding a new helmer, and quick.

We Read It: Casting Cassandra Clare's 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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With "Twilight" wrapping up this year, and "The Hunger Games" proving a giant hit, the hunt is on for the next big young adult movie franchise. And we suspect that of all the projects brewing, "The Mortal Instruments" has one of the best chances. The book series by Cassandra Clare has sold millions of copies across its four novels (plus two more in a spin-off series, "The Infernal Devices") to date, as many as any of its competitors. And since the movie version started development, the books' fervent fan-base has come out in force for any tidbit on the project.

Sony Picks Up 'The Mortal Instruments' & Dates It For August 23, 2013 Release

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 8:38 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" killing everything in its sights at the box office, Sony has decided to get serious about its adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments," which has the potential to become a "Twilight"/"Hunger Games"-esque franchise, but perhaps even bigger. Or, at least, longer. Like the other aforementioned franchises, "Mortal Instruments" is based on a series of novels targeted at young adults, though, unlike those other franchises, author Cassandra Clare has six volumes planned compared to "Twilight"'s four and "Hunger Games"' three. Like a Stephen King for the YA set, Clare has been cranking out a new "Mortal Instruments" volume once year since 2007, and somehow found time to simultaneously write two books for the prequel trilogy series "The Infernal Devices." And, finally, Sony is set to make them into movies.

'The Karate Kid' Director Harald Zwart To Direct Toy Franchise 'Bakugan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2010 3:36 AM
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We can just feel Universal Pictures execs Jeff Kirschenbaum and Anikah McLaren positively frothing as they get ready to bring the hugely popular strategic game and anime series "Bakugan Battle Brawlers" to the big screen. 'Bakugan' will be helmed by director Harald Zwart, whose reboot of “The Karate Kid” was the bona fide sleeper hit of 2010. But that’s not what they’re excited about. The Toy Industry Association named Bakugan Battle Brawlers “Toy of the Year" for the second year running and the propensity for a mega merchandise tie in with familiar Transformer-type characters, including special marbles that turn into monsters is, well, something to froth at the mouth about.

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