Third "Harold and Kumar" Lit Up
"Harold and Kumar" scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are set pen a third installment for Mandate Pictures reports Variety.
The storyline is being kept under wraps, but stars John Cho and Kal Penn are expected to reprise their roles as the potheads as the studio has options on the actors for the third installment.
Greg Shapiro will return as producer. Warner Bros. will likely distribute the third "Harold and Kumar."
Aronofsky Officially On "Robocop"
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has signed Darren Aronofsky to direct and David Self to write a new installment for its "RoboCop" franchise. Aronofsky, the director of The Fountain, and Self, the writer of Road to Perdition, make a formidable creative team, fast tracking the RoboCop motion picture and spotlighting it as one of the most anticipated new films for 2010.
The announcement was made today by Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, MGM. In making the announcement Parent said: "Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of us at MGM couldn't be more excited."
Phoenix Pictures' Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites will produce "RoboCop." Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President Production at MGM will oversee the project for the studio.
Phoenix Pictures' Chairman and CEO Mike Medavoy said: "After making the first 'RoboCop' at Orion more than 20 years ago, I'm thrilled to be helping to return this character to the screen with our partners at MGM and through the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self."
Phoenix co-presidents Brad Fischer and David Thwaites added: "With a filmmaker of Darren Aronofsky's vision and imagination and a writer of David Self's caliber, we are poised to bring to the screen an entertaining and provocative film, which will now be under the creative guidance of two of the best storytellers working in our industry today."
The original RoboCop, which premiered in 1987, was "part man, part machine and all cop." The film's storyline focused on the future of law enforcement as a terminally wounded cop returns to the police force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. The original film was nominated for two Academy Awards -- Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
Legendary Finances "Gears of War"
Legendary Pictures is coming on board to co-finance and co-produce the "Gears of War" movie based on Microsoft and Epic Games' hit vidgame reports Variety.
Len Wiseman is directing with Chris Morgan writing the script based on a draft by Stuart Beattie. "Gears" centers on a world beset by aliens known as the Locust and a team of soldiers fighting to retake the planet.
A sequel game is coming out in November. Originally planned for Summer 2009, the film is now unscheduled.
Wasikowska Is Burton's "Alice"
Disney Pictures is in final talks with Australian actress Mia Wasikowska to star in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on a script by Linda Woolverton ("The Lion King"), Burton's new take on Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy novel will be shot with live-action and performance-capture footage and presented in Disney Digital 3-D.
Wasikowska started in the Aussie medical drama "All Saints" and became a regular on HBO's "In Treatment". She's also in a few upcoming films including the Daniel Craig WW2 thriller "Defiance" and the Hilary Swank-lead Amelia Earhart biopic.
Shooting begins in November.
Tyrese Gibson a Thundercat?
Superhero Hype! got a chance to speak with rapidly rising star Tyrese Gibson at the Death Race junket in San Diego on Sunday. We'll have the full video interview soon, but he did fill us in on another big project for him that will hopefully be happening the near future: Thundercats!
Tyrese said that he's been very involved in the attempt to bring the classic '80s cartoon series to the big screen and seemed to hint that a deal is very nearly complete. We asked him what character he'd be playing and he just smiled and said that there's a number of options on the table.
Late last year, the project was announced as a CG-animated feature at Warner Bros. Pictures that would be directed by video game veteran Jerry O'Flaherty. Whether that still stands is unknown.
Look for the full interview soon!