Fantasy adventure is big business nowadays, particularly at Warner Bros., who currently have Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy firing on all cylinders. Now, the studio has acquired the rights to make a movie based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
It seems like a no-brainer; Dungeons & Dragons has generated more than $1 billion in revenue from books and merchandise since its launch in 1974, and with the advancements in filmmaking technology that have come along since Jackson adapted the “unfilmable” Lord of the Rings novels, it looks as though the WB is putting this one on the fast track. They already have a script from Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood scribe David Leslie Johnson.
The film will be produced by Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon, who are behind the currently-developing The Lego Movie. Solomon actually directed a Dungeons & Dragons film starring Jeremy Irons that died a painful death at the box office in 2000. (That movie barely registers on Flickchart, with a global rank of #9805 and a nasty 13% win percentage.)
One can hope Warner Bros. will do the popular property a better favor with this new version.
Google has a fantastic video tribute to Saul Bass on their homepage today. Known for designing movie posters and title sequences for filmmakers including Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and Alfred Hitchcock, Bass’s work was incredibly unique in its minimalism and striking imagery.
The video is timed to celebrate Bass’s 93rd birthday. Bass died in 1996 in Los Angeles at the age of 75.
Visual effects giant Ray Harryhausen passed away Tuesday at the age of 92. He was revered in Hollywood for his pioneer effects work in the 1950s and ’60s, having invented many stop-motion and animation techniques that have become industry standards.
Check out all of Harryhausen’s highest-ranked films on Flickchart, and while you’re at it, you can revisit some of the master’s greatest creature creations, from Jason and the Argonauts to Clash of the Titans, in this fan-made compilation video:
With Tom Cruise back on top of the box office with last month’s Oblivion, it is now officially confirmed that he will be making a sequel to his highest-grossing film of all time, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
The fourth in the spy franchise, Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird and grossed more than $700 million worldwide. Naturally, a fifth film has been widely rumored since then. Now, Cruise is officially set to make the film, though a director and writer have not yet been chosen.
The Mission: Impossible franchise has featured very different directors for each outing, with their differing styles being a highlight of the series. As such, it will be interesting to see who Cruise finds for this project. Rumor has it that his Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie, could be tapped for the gig. McQuarrie’s next project, however, will be a remake of the 1968 Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra.
It seems Jack Reacher, based on the novel series by Lee Child, could be getting a sequel of its own, based on a $216 million worldwide gross on a $60 million budget. But in the meantime, Cruise will next appear in Doug Liman‘s sci-fi war movie All You Need is Kill, due for release March 7, 2014, and is set to star opposite The Lone Ranger‘s Armie Hammer in a big-screen adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director Neill Blomkamp and actor Sharlto Copley are going for the sci-fi hat trick. The duo that brought us District 9 and the upcoming Elysium will reunite for Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie. Copley will play the title character, though details on the plot of the film – which Blomkamp describes as a “science-fiction comedy” in “an unusual setting” – are still under wraps. Copley made a big splash in his feature film debut in District 9, and Elysium - also starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster - opens this August. Copley is also part of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Europa Report and Disney’s Malificent. [EW]