This time, Hugh Jackman will play a part that combines his Wolverine side with his one-man broadway show side. The Jack-of-all-trades actor is in talks to play Odysseus, the main character of The Odyssey in a major film adaptation of Homer’s epic poem. One of the The Hunger Games directors, Francis Lawrence, will direct the film, which is set to begin production next year. The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus (In Roman, “Ulysses”) and his journey home from Troy, including an escape from Calypso's island. So, a role that includes masterpiece literature and inevitable high-production actions scenes—that has Jackman written all over it. Discuss
Remember riding the Jungle Cruise ride when you were a kid (or earlier this summer)? Well, the safari ride at both Disney World and Disneyland is floating onto the big screen. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in a yet-untitled movie based on Disney’s popular ride. Plot details for the project—which has been be percolating with various writers and actors since 2004 (previous actors include Tom Hanks and Tim Allen)—are still unclear. One thing we do know is that the film is a period piece, and according to Vulture, could “be reminiscent of 1951's African Queen.” You know, the last time Disney did a ride-to-film project, Pirates of the Caribbean happened. And that turned out pretty well. Discuss
Yet another of your childhood’s favorite shows is getting a big-screen reboot. Warner Bros. is reportedly working on a new animated Scooby-Doo feature film. If you’re a fan of the original series though, you have reason to be hopeful. The producer—Allison Abbate—helped bring acclaimed stop-motioned films including Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Frankwenweenie to audiences. And, as Uproxx notes, Warner Bros. recently helped successfully get another well-known kids’ franchise to the big screen with The LEGO Movie. Discuss
Star Wars: Episode IX has officially found its director. Colin Trevorrow, the 38-year-old filmmaker behind the movies Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World, will be at the helm of the third movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy that kicks off in December with J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens. In a statement, Trevorrow said,
This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.
Episode IX hits theaters in 2019, two years after Rian Johnson’s (Looper, Breaking Bad, Brick) Episode VIII. Discuss
Even though it’s not in English, the trailer for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the autobiographical Amos Oz novel A Tale of Love and Darkness is still pretty powerful. The film, which was directed by and stars Natalie Portman, is set in the 1940s during the time the modern state of Israel was established. The movie is completely in Hebrew, and for now, an English-subtitled trailer hasn’t been released. Discuss
Zach Galifianakis may soon be squaring off with the dynamic duo of Will Arnett and Michael Cera in Lego Batman. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, Galifianakis is in talks to voice supervillain The Joker in the upcoming animated comedy. The Lego Movie spin-off hits theaters in February 2017. Discuss