Production Exclusive – Developments in Movie Adaptation of John Green’s “Paper Towns”

With the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars just months away from hitting theaters, Fox 2000 Pictures has likely seen that fans want more movies based on Green’s novels. Deadline is reporting that the production company has started development and will be adapting Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns.

Fox also seemed to like the team that worked on The Fault in Our Stars movie. It was announced yesterday that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will once again be penning the script, and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will also be returning. There is currently no director signed on to the project.

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A cover of “Paper Towns” (photo via JohnGreenbooks.com)

John Green will be an executive producer on this project along with Neustadter and Weber. In some other interesting news, actor Nat Wolff, who portrays Isaac in Fault, has been cast as Quentin.

Paper Towns follows Quentin, a young man who shares a strange connection with his neighbour Margo. As kids, they found a man who committed suicide in a local park. Margo ends up distancing herself from Quentin. until one night when she drags him out on a crazy adventure of revenge. The next morning she has vanished and Quentin takes it upon himself to search for her.

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Nat Wolff (photo via IMDb)

Sounds like it is going to be one big reunion on set! What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting and production news for Paper Towns?

Sources: DeadlineIMDb and JohnGreenbooks.com

Movie Exclusive – “Entertainment Weekly” Releases New “Divergent” Stills

This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly has a major feature on the upcoming Divergent adaptation that fans will surely love to read. EW has recently shared some more amazing new images from the highly awaited film! We have been very spoiled this week initiates!

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These new images give us a deeper look at the character relationships between Tris and the other Dauntless initiates. There are also some new images of Tris working hard during training sessions. Plus, some of the photos show the detail put into the set construction, props, and costumes.

Take a look at some of the stills in the gallery below and be sure to check out the rest on Entertainment Weekly.

Divergent is directed by Neil Burger and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, and Jai Courtney.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Entertainment Weekly” Reveals Exclusive “Divergent” cover

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the most recent cover for a special edition of the magazine. This issue is going to have some exciting exclusives from the Divergent movie adaptation. The cover, of course, features Shailene Woodley and Theo James as their characters Tris and Four.

A major part of the feature is going to focus on the importance of a strong box office performance and how the Divergent series could be the next major young adult franchise.

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There will also be interviews with some of the stars of the franchise, exclusive photos, and some behind-the-scenes coverage. Be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands later this week.

Additionally, EW released another exclusive still featuring also featuring Woodley and James. In this new still, Tris and Four seem to be taking a break from training and having romantic moment.

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What do you think of the new cover and the exclusive still? Will you be buying this edition of the magazine? Do you like reading behind-the-scenes information and articles? Do you think Divergent could be the next big young adult franchise? Share what you think in the comments below!

Sources: Entertainment Weekly (cover article), Entertainment Weekly (image)

Exclusive New “Divergent” Still of Shailene Woodley and Theo James

People released a new exclusive still from the Divergent adaptation featuring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

In this new still, Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) seem to be having a private moment, which most likely happens after an intense action scene as Tris has a visible wound on her shoulder.

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Divergent is directed by Neil Burger and stars Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Kate Winslet. The release for this highly anticipated film is only a few weeks away (March 21, 2014). Stay tuned for a review Luminaries!

Are you looking forward to the Divergent adaptation? What do you think of this exclusive new image? Who is your favorite Divergent character?

Source: People.com

Movie Exclusive – “Divergent” Sequel Finds a Director

Summit Entertainment recently announced that they have officially found a director for the second movie in the Divergent series. Just as with the book series, the sequel will be called Insurgent. 

The studio has decided that director Robert Schwentke will helm the next instalment. Production on Insurgent has been pushed ahead and it is already set to be released on March 20, 2015. Due to this tight scheduling, the studio, unfortunately, is not able bring back director Neil Burger, as postproduction on the first film will be conflicting with preproduction for the sequel.

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Robert Schwentke on the set of “Red” (Photo by Frank Masi for Summit Entertainment)

Schwentke and Akiva Goldsman will be working on the script based off of a draft that was previously written by Brian Duffield. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will also be producing Insurgent and representing Red Wagon Entertainment.

Divergent will be hitting theaters March 21, 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, and Jai Courtney.

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Theo James and Shailene Woodley in “Divergent”

Sources: Deadline and Huffington Post Entertainment

Casting News – Tom Hardy Officially Signs on to Elton John Biopic “Rocketman”

There have been rumors circulating for months about Tom Hardy potentially be playing Elton John in a biopic entitled Rocketman. Yesterday, it was announced that the talented actor had officially signed on to this biopic and he was indeed cast as Sir Elton John.

With this news , some production details also came to light. Rocketman will be released in the U.S. by Focus Pictures and it will tell Elton John’s amazing story, starting with his childhood and then his rise to fame. The singer is going to record some of his biggest hits to match different emotional moments in the film.

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Michael Gracey will be directing the film and Academy Award nominee Lee Hall will be writing an original screenplay. Production on Rocketman is set to start filming in fall 2014 and there are no details on a set release date yet. Be sure to check back in for more as early production on Rocketman continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – First Look at Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”

Entertainment Weekly shared the first exclusive photo from the set of Disney’s live-action Cinderella film. Principal photography began on the highly awaited, Kenneth Branagh-directed film yesterday in London, England. This first photo feature Lily James as the iconic and classically beautiful princess.

According to an article on Entertainment Weekly, James is not being portrayed as your typical Cinderella and there will be some subtle changes to the story. In the classic story of Cinderella, she and the Prince (Richard Madden) first meet at the ball. In Branagh’s version, Cinderella meets the Prince before the ball, but he lies and tells her that he’s a palace employee.

In a statement yesterday, Branagh was explaining how happy he is with his cast by saying: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”

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What do you think of this first exclusive look at the new Cinderella film? Are you looking forward to seeing more from the set as production continues? Do you think Branagh is the right director for this project? Will you be heading to theaters when Cinderella is released on March 13, 2015?

Source: Entertainment Weekly