EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has locked Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, the sequel that will bring back Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 original, which grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and ended with $343 million worldwide. Eisner, repped by CAA and Management 360, most recently directed the gritty horror film The Crazies. It is an important film for the studio that has placed a premium in the care and feeding of franchises with global appeal. The original 1984 Karate Kid is a beloved film, but let’s face it, that crane deal at the end would never have worked, and this kid is way more believable as a martial artist.
EXCLUSIVE: Breck Eisner has been set to direct The Last Witch Hunter, and Vin Diesel is in early talks to star. The film is being co-financed by Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films. In the Cory Goodman-scripted film, the protagonist is an immortal witch hunter who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. Summit is out to Diesel to play the Witch Hunter. Goodman’s script made the 2010 Black List. His manager, Adam Goldworm will be exec producer.
Eisner most recently helmed The Crazies, and Diesel will next be seen in the Justin Lin-directed Fast & Furious 6, and the David Twohy-directed Riddick. Diesel is repped by CAA and Brillstein and Eisner by CAA and Management 360. Goodman is repped by WME and Aperture Entertainment.
Emmett/Furla is at the center of numerous big scale films that most recently include a team-up with Universal and Working Title on Everest, the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film that has Christian Bale attached to star; the Kormakur-directed 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and Lone Survivor, the Peter Berg-directed adaptation of the Marcus Luttrell memoir about how Luttrell and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu …
Breck Eisner has signed on to direct the live-action movie Stretch Armstrong based on the Hasbro property, his agency CAA confirmed. The Relativity Media production is slated for release April 11, 2014. The script is being written by Dean Georgaris, who’s also repped by CAA. Eisner directed the horror movie The Crazies for Overture Films and the adventure Sahara for Paramount. Georgaris wrote scripts for The Manchurian Candidate, Paycheck and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life. Relativity is handling domestic distribution and arrange international through various partners. Eisner is also repped by Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: If eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken is going to slither in a reboot, it won’t be at New Line and Warner Bros. They’ve allowed the option to drop on a remake they’ve been developing, meaning that the reboot of the John Carpenter-directed 1981 classic is up for grabs. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane within the city walls. Snake’s offered a pardon if he’s successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline. New Line and producer Neal Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that include Allan Loeb and X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Moss. There have been rumors of interest from Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner. Those guys were never confirmed and more recently there was word the studio courted Tom Hardy, whose work in Inception, Warrior and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises has made him a go-to guy for tough man work. Eisner and Moritz are also working on Flash Gordon, and Eisner also is attached to The Last Witch Hunter at Summit.
EXCLUSIVE: Breck Eisner is in early talks to direct The Last Witch Hunter, a Cory Goodman pitch that puts Twilight Saga maker Summit Entertainment into the witch business. Summit made a pre-emptive mid-six figures acquisition of the property a year ago from Goodman, who scripted Priest. It was bought with the attachment of Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, who has been preoccupied with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The protagonist is one of the last remaining witch hunters, a breed that keeps the population of witches and warlocks in check. They are about to repopulate in a major way unless he can stop them. Bekmambetov is attached to produce and Adam Goldworm is exec producer. Eisner, who directed The Crazies, has also been in the mix for MGM’s Hercules, based on the Radical Comics title.