Development Buffet – Chow Down on What’s Getting Made News

American Made and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman already has a lot of projects in various stages of development; adding to this will be his take on the young adult sub-genre with Unearthed for Columbia Pictures.

According to Variety, Columbia Pictures recently acquired the rights from Cross Creek Pictures, who will co-produce the project after purchasing it last year. Jez and John-Henry Butterworth script the story about a scholar named Jules Addison and scavenger Amelia Radcliffe as they reluctantly team-up to explore an extinct alien planet with the hopes of keeping humanity alive. Alien tombs, desolate worlds and the fate of all humanity stand on the horizon.

The Unearthed novel will reach bookshelves in January 2018. The dates for the beginning of the film production are unknown at this time.

Thanks to Screenrant.

 

In Marvel Cinematic Universe news, Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1&2 director James Gunn has opened up in an interview with IGN regarding his involvement in the broader Universe.

IGN: When guys were promoting Guardians a few weeks ago, Kevin [Feige] said that he could see you in the future perhaps overseeing other aspects of Marvel’s cosmic universe beyond Guardians. Is that something you’ve talked to him about? Are there other things in the back of your mind you’d like to branch off on?

Gunn: We talk about it all the time. It’s already a part of what I’m doing with Marvel and the conversations that Kevin and I have every day. When we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and that story, that’s a story that will lead to other stories. It’s innate to the DNA that that’s the end of a trilogy but it’s the beginning of a whole other element of the Marvel Cosmic universe. That’s a part of what I’m doing now.

There’s obviously a lot of things planned for the Guardians in Volume 3; five credits scenes set up, not the least of which, the arrival of Adam Warlock. The movie itself had brief cameos from the original comic book Guardians of the Galaxy team and without the immediate constraints that other MCU films sometimes have with regards to continuity and story interaction, Gunn has a whole universe to play with.

When asked about a scene in Volume 2 where bizarre aliens are briefly seen fighting, Gunn replied slyly:

They’re called Kronans, is what they are, and they’re specific characters. You might see them somewhere else in the future…

Thanks to IGN.

 

On the other side of the aisle, the DCEU is still enjoying their acclaim with regards to the positive reviews of Wonder Woman, so much so that several MCU stars toasted the success of the film:

But not content to rest on their laurels, the DCEU is going full steam ahead with more planned releases.

Screenrant reports that Justice League Dark and Batgirl are the next projects on their calendar after James Wan’s Aquaman hits theaters in December 2018. Whether or not the decision to bring Justice League Dark to the forefront has anything to do with the legal rumblings aimed at Universal’s Dark Universe is unknown; likewise The Batman’s troubled production history thus far may be an indicator as to why Batgirl has jumped the queue on the development schedule.

Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash and Shazam are all currently in early pre-production.

 

On the Suicide Squad 2 side of things, Joel Kinnaman (the actor portraying Rick Flag) spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and divulged that the film’s script was being written.

He had this to say:

As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I’ll definitely come back for it.

Ultimately, I’d love for David Ayer to direct it, but if he doesn’t want to direct it then someone who is great with character and that’s able to ground the story and maybe put these characters in a more normal situation. It would be really interesting to see these crazy characters interact with regular people as well.

The rest of the interview can be found at here, though it mostly focuses on Kinnaman’s role in the Netflix series House of Cards. Many Season 5 spoilers are contained within.

It’s also known that should Ayer not return to helm Suicide Squad 2, Guy Ritchie has previously expressed tentative interest in the director’s chair. The King Arthur director said:

I quite fancy doing Suicide Squad 2, because I thought I could do a good job with it. I can’t do it because I’m doing something else. But I’ve felt I could really do something with that.

Thanks to Screenrant.

 

Finally Sofia Boutella will be playing a leading role in HBO’s upcoming Fahrenheit 451 adaptation and joining Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed).

Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) is directing the series based on Ray Bradbury’s classic book which is a tale of censorship and totalitarian governments set in a future where history is outlawed and books are burnt by ‘firemen’.

Thanks to Variety.

 

Whelp, that’s all for now, Exiles, another buffet done. In honor of DBMI who’s currently regaining strength after mortal combat with some hell-virus, I thought I’d wrap up with this.