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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.

'Win Win' Director Tom McCarthy Writing Supernatural Comedy-Drama 'Home Movies' For DreamWorks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2011 2:20 AM
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With this year's "Win Win," writer-director Tom McCarthy not only proved that "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" were more than flukes, but he also made one of the best films of the admittedly lackluster year (thus far). It's already his biggest box office success to date, and the actor-turned helmer is more in demand than ever -- he's already taken one big studio gig, writing the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" for Disney (having worked with the studio once before, penning a few drafts of Pixar's "Up"), and now another one is lined up as well.

Rumor: Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy Among Depressing Choices To Helm Inevitable 'Pirates 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 1:02 AM
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Chris Weitz, Alfonso Cuaron Also Allegedly In The Running"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" might have made the much-mocked second and third Gore Verbinski-helmed entries in the series look like masterpieces in comparison, but audiences don't seem to care much -- especially internationally, moviegoers love them some Johnny Depp and it's already raked in a staggering $650 million in less than two weeks in release. Inevitably, this means that talk is turning to a fifth installment, a script for which has already been commissioned by Disney from Terry Rossio, who with partner Ted Elliott wrote all four installments to date.

Shawn Levy Is Going To Take Your Kodachrome Away

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 11:42 AM
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If there is any doubt that Shawn Levy is one the hottest directors around town, just take a look at some of the projects that he's been linked to in the past little while. The "Date Night" and "Real Steel" helmer currently has an animated "Mr. Men" movie he's producing; the James Cameron-produced 3D "Fantastic Voyage"; a re-team with Hugh Jackman on a Carlton Cuse ("Lost") penned action-adventure movie and a modern re-telling of "Romeo & Juliet" penned by the "(500) Days Of Summer" writers on his plate. And with already plenty of options to choose from, he's added one more.

Shawn Levy To Produce Animated Adaptation Of The 'Mr. Men' Series

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 8, 2011 3:03 AM
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Filmmaker Shawn Levy is seemingly everywhere these days and very much in demand. The director of the "Night At The Museum" franchise and rather toothless comedies like "Cheaper by the Dozen" "Date Night" and "The Pink Panther" remake is putting his finger in multiple pies, and has seemingly graduated to the next level of filmmaking

Shawn Levy To Direct 3D James Cameron-Produced 'Fantastic Voyage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 4:13 AM
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Wow, we guess the folks at Fox really like what they've been seeing from "Real Steel," the forthcoming robot boxing movie thingy starring Hugh Jackman.

Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy To Reteam On Untitled Action-Adventure From 'Lost' Writer Carlton Cuse

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2011 1:00 AM
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Pitch Can't Possibly Be As Stupid As Robot Boxing, Can It?If the box office in the last few years has made anything clear, it's that contemporary audiences like nothing more than the combination of CGI robots and punching. The first two "Transformers" movies grossed $1.5 billion between them, with the third likely to join them as a huge hit this summer. But that's not enough for DreamWorks, who teamed "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman on "Real Steel," a future-set tale of robot boxing.

Shawn Levy and '(500) Days Of Summer' Writers Teaming For Modern Teen Re-Do Of 'Romeo & Juliet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2010 2:45 AM
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(500) Days Of Bummer Is it just us, or is Shakespeare suddenly back in vogue? Catherine Hardwicke's "Hamlet" might have fallen apart, but we're about to see Julie Taymor's take on "The Tempest" (for better or worse...), with the animation "Gnomeo and Juliet" and Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus" coming next year, and the sci-fi picture "Henry5" currently gathering financing. All in all, the long-dead playwright hasn't been quite so popular since the turn of the millennium brought adaptations of "Love's Labours Lost," "Hamlet," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Titus" (plus "The Taming of the Shrew" re-rub "10 Things I Hate About You").

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