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By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 7:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Heroes Day meetingHBO last night debuted the first full-length trailer for Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming series The Leftovers with its new premiere date, June 29. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, Leftovers chronicles the aftermath of the Rapture gone awry. The high-concept drama, Lindelof’s follow-up series to Lost, shut down two weeks ago after wrapping Episode 6. Because of the unplanned hiatus in the originally very tight production schedule, HBO on Friday moved the premiere from June 15 to June 29.

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Premiere Date For Damon Lindelof’s HBO Series ‘The Leftovers’ Pushed By 2 Weeks

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 12:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Heroes Day meetingWith Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming 10-episode HBO series The Leftovers still on hiatus, its premiere date has been pushed from June 15 to June 29. The high-concept drama, Lindelof’s follow-up series to Lost, shut down two weeks ago after wrapping Episode 6 for what HBO described at the time as “a short hiatus to prep our final episodes.” There is no date set yet for resuming production, leading to today’s announcement. “Our production schedule shifted and subsequently that necessitated a change in our debut date,” HBO said. On June 15, the premiere of The Leftovers was going to follow the sure-to-be-huge season finale of Game Of Thrones. Such a great launching platform is hard to let go to waste, so HBO brass could slate a preview of The Leftovers’ pilot episode or the final season debut of True Blood behind it.

Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, The Leftovers takes place after the Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. It’s the story of the people who didn’t make the cut — and a world that never will be the same. Here the first teaser for the show:

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‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ To Trend On Twitter One Day In July

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 3:57pm PST

sharknadoIan Ziering and Tara Reid are packing up their chainsaws and heading to Manhattan for Sharknado 2: The Second One, which will trend on Twitter some as-yet-unspecified day in July, Syfy warned today. Not only are Ziering and Reid back, Anthony Ferrante again will direct the screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado, so as to make sure the sequel is as craptastic as the original. And Syfy and producer-distributor The Asylum have hired casting director Mike Fenton and his partner Ann Frederick, of Fenton-Frederick Casting, to supervise cameo casting. So, Damon Lindelof, Mia Farrow, and Greg Berlanti — get in touch with them quickly, because shooting begins next month. In Sharknado 2, Syfy says, “a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a ‘sharknado’ on the city’s population and its most iconic sites, with Fin and April the only ones able to save the city.”

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TCA: ‘Lost’s Damon Lindelof Mocks Network TV During HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Panel, Says Quality Is Higher On Cable

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 5:44pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154“We can all agree that cable is far superior to network,” said Damon Lindelof today at the TCA panel for his upcoming series The Leftovers on HBO, which marks his return to TV almost four years after the end of Lost. “I think that when you slow the conveyer belt down, Lucy and Ethel, the quality control goes up,” he added. 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 1“[Leftovers] is a grower not a shower — not to compare it to an erect penis but the metaphor is apt,” the Lost co-creator half-joked. “The beauty of working with HBO is they say how much story do you got?” he said, adding that frees him from filling “weeks of episodes that are not essential.” Leftovers co-scribe Tom Perrotta and star Justin Theroux joined the showrunner onstage in Pasadena. HBO picked up The Leftovers up for series last September.

Leftovers is written by Lindelof and Perrotta based on the latter’s 2011 bestseller. With a pilot directed by Peter Berg, the 10-episode drama looks at the world three years after the Rapture took 2% of the world’s population and some of the unchosen left behind — though the salvation may not have actually occurred. “The show is really focused on showing these people’s lives in motion not delivering tremendous amounts of exposition,” said Lindelof. “One of the things I love about Tom’s book and the show in general is it is not necessarily for everyone.” Lindelof waved off comparisons to CBS’ summer series Under The Dome – but he did take a mock swipe at it. “The Leftovers will answer what the dome is in our second episode just to f*ck them,” he said laughing. Read More »

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Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Series Order At HBO

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In his follow-up to Lost, Damon Lindelof has received a 10-episode series pickup by HBO for drama pilot The Leftovers, which was directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, the project takes place after the Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut — and a world that never will be the same. Warner Bros TV, where Lindelof and his Adventure Corps are under a rich overall deal, is producing in what marks the studio’s first series for HBO. The Leftovers, Lindelof’s first TV project after Lost, had a smooth sailing through development at HBO, where it was originally set up last summer, through pilot to a series order. Read More »

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Amy Brenneman To Co-Star In HBO Pilot ‘The Leftovers’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Private Practice and Judging Amy alumna Amy Brenneman has joined the cast of Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Also cast as a regular in the project, based on Tom Perrotta’s book, is Emily Meade (Gimme Shelter). The Leftovers takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to and centers on chief of police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). Brenneman, repped by CAA and Mosaic, will play Laurie, a woman who has left her entire life behind to join a mysterious cult. Meade, repped by Innovative and Authentic talent, plays Amy, an uninhibited high school student who seemingly takes the apocalypse in stride. Cast as a guest star/recurring in the pilot is Jake Robinson (The Carrie Diaries), who plays the guy we all wish we were in High School.

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‘World War Z’ Helmer Marc Forster Reflects On Watching His Zombie Movie Get Fed Through The Gossip Woodchipper

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

When Marc Forster was a kid, he was fascinated by how a collective swarming movement made everything from ants to cancer cells more potent. Those images informed the depiction of the hordes of zombies in World War Z. It had never occurred to Forster that the same phenomenon could happen to his movie. Unsubstantiated reports about overruns, creative clashes and re-shoots cropped up and then mutated and spread virally on the web. It got to the point where the question was no longer would WWZ work, but how cataclysmic a failure it might be. That began turning around when Paramount began showing the film, and it’s not a big factor as the film opens today. But what was it like for a director to get caught in such an unprecedented media maelstrom, a lot of which was based on some truth, and some inaccurate or exaggerated reporting?

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“I never went through anything like that, not on Quantum Of Solace, not on anything,” Forster said during a break from promoting WWZ in Russia. “I would read that Brad Pitt and I had no communication, and we would look at each other and say, where could this come from? Is somebody just making up these stories? When articles like those come out and start spreading, it causes you to take a look at yourself, but the thing is, I never doubted the movie, or my own intuition. So few original things get made on this scale. This isn’t a sequel, it isn’t based on a superhero in a comic book. We saw it as an opportunity to take a genre and create something new and unique within it. That challenge excites me, but uniqueness always comes with criticism. As a filmmaker, all you can do is hope you get to the point where people feel as excited and as passionate about the film as you felt making it. Sure, we felt like the media wanted the project to fail, but we knew what we had, and we felt it would work. Then came the first preview, and the movie played like gangbusters.”

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Quartet Cast In Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot ‘The Leftovers’

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd (Compliance), former Dr. Who Christopher Eccleston and Amanda Warren (The Closer) are set to star opposite Justin Theroux in Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s 2011 book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Coon will play Nora Durst, a wife and mother who is suddenly neither. Dowd, repped by Innovative, will play Patti Levin, leader of the local chapter of the Guilty Remnant, an organization that is somewhere between a cult and a movement. Eccleston, will play Matt Jamison, former Reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid. Warren, repped by MJ Management and Geoff Oblath, plays Lucy Warburton, Mapleton’s take-no-prisoners mayor. Theroux plays the chief of police. Coon, repped by Gersh, New Wave and Peikoff Mahan, was nominated for a Tony this year for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. This marks the first U.S. regular series role for Eccleston, repped by U.K.’s Independent and Principal Entertainment, who previously recurred … Read More »

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Justin Theroux To Topline Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot ‘The Leftovers’

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Justin Theroux is set as the lead in Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s 2011 book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Theroux will play chief of police Kevin Garvey, a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion. Warner Bros. TV is producing, with Lindelof serving as executive producer/showrunner and Perrotta, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Berg and Sarah Aubrey also executive producing. This marks actor-writer Theroux’s return to HBO where he did arcs on Sex And The City and Six Feet Under and most recently the comedy pilot Documental, which he wrote, directed and starred in. He is with CAA.

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UPDATED: Why Is TV Guide Sponsoring WGA’s 101 Best-Written TV Series?

By | Saturday June 1, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT

SATURDAY UPDATE: Who in the world at the WGA thought it was a good idea to let TV Guide sponsor this? And why didn’t more of the union’s scribes know about this online WGAW and WGAE member vote on both coasts? How could the WGA diminish the value of its name and integrity in exchange for a lame Red Carpet event? Deciding what 101 shows are the best written TV series of all time should be serious business for the Writers Guild and all its membership. Especially since this special tribute event at the Writers Guild Theater and exclusive live webcast will be presented on WGA.org  on June 2nd at 7 PM PT. But already it’s being called into question especially with TV Guide celebrating its 60th anniversary with all kinds of lists. Will this WGA-affiliated event just represent what’s convenient for the media outlet in terms of attracting recognizable current-day names and not necessarily the best of the best or even best of the past? The ’101 Best Written TV Series’ list is supposed to span seven decades of programming and cover just series, not episodes. All genres were eligible for consideration, but the shows had to be written in English and broadcast on U.S. airwaves. Individual or non-serialized programs were deemed not eligible, including telefilms, MOWs, specials and miniseries with less than six hours of programming. According to the WGA, “panelists” scheduled to appear include: Steven Bochco, James L. Brooks, Vince Gilligan, Winnie Holzman, Norman Lear, Steven Levitan, Merrill … Read More »

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Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta’s ‘Leftovers’ Gets Pilot Order At HBO

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 11:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tom Perrotta LeftoversDamon Lindelof LeftoversDamon Lindelof’s first series project since Lost, drama The Leftovers based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book, has received a pilot order at HBO where it had been in development since last summer. The project, which the two co-wrote together, marked the first foray into cable for the Lost executive producer/co-showrunner and the first project under the rich three-year overall deal he signed with Warner Bros. TV last spring. The Leftovers, produced by WBTV, takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Lindelof and Perrotta executive produce with Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Lindelof serves as the showrunner.

HBO acquired rights to The Leftovers for series development with Perrotta attached as writer/executive producer and Yerza and Berger as executive producers in August 2011, shortly before the book came out. Lindelof read the novel that fall and immediately fell in love with it. He tracked the rights down to HBO. Once Lindelof’s deal at ABC Studios expired, he met with Perrotta. The two hit it off and began discussing what a potential Leftovers series would look like.

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Steve Levitan, Damon Lindelof, Tim Kring & Anthony Zuiker On Pilot Season, Network Notes, Agents, Ratings And Nikki Finke

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 10:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here are four top series creators — Modern Family and Just Shoot Me‘s Steve Levitan, Lost‘s Damon Lindelof, CSI‘s Anthony Zuiker and Heroes, Crossing Jordan and Touch‘s Tim Kring — sharing what they really think about pilot season, network notes, agents, Nielsen ratings as well as Nikki Finke and Deadline. The word association quiz conducted by Young Hollywood during last week’s NATPE confab, prompted answers ranging from “powerful” and “necessary” to “irrelevant” and “abominable.” Here is the video:

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Comic-Con: Drew Goddard Scripts New Ending To Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While reports had Damon Lindelof coming in to write a new ending to the Marc Forster-directed Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z, it actually was his Lost compadre Drew Goddard who did the bulk of the writing of the finale. Lindelof, who reworked Prometheus and co-wrote the Star Trek sequel, cracked a potential new ending of the film, but Lindelof didn’t have time to do the scripting so that task fell to Goddard, who most recently adapted Robopocalypse, which is Steven Spielberg’s next film at DreamWorks.

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Both of those guys are off to other projects, so it’s quite possible that Paramount will tap another writer to punch up this ending — if the studio decides to use it. I’m hearing Christopher McQuarrie, whom the studio is high on after he adapted and directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, based on the Lee Child novels. That isn’t set in stone because McQuarrie is Cruise’s go-to guy and he will be doing some script work on All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman-directed action film that Cruise will next star in after he completes Oblivion. So it is questionable whether he will be available or whether Paramount will need him. No date has been set for the reshoots that will be needed to implement the new ending, but insiders say Forster will be shooting those scenes. Read More »

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Damon Lindelof Teams With Author Tom Perrotta For ‘The Leftovers’ Series At HBO

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 8:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first TV series project since Lost, Damon Lindelof is heading to HBO for The Leftovers, a drama based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book, which the two will co-write together. This marks the first foray into cable for the Lost executive producer/co-showrunner and the first project under the rich three-year overall deal he recently signed with Warner Bros TV. Tom Perrotta LeftoversDamon Lindelof LeftoversThe Leftovers, produced by HBO in association with WBTV, takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Lindelof and Perrotta will co-write the script and executive produce the project, now in development, with Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. If The Leftovers moves forward, Lindelof will serve as the showrunner.

Related: Damon Lindelof Finalizing Deal With WBTV: “I’m Ready To Come Back To TV Full Time”

Leftovers HBO SeriesHBO acquired rights to The Leftovers for series development with Perrotta attached as writer/executive producer and Yerza and Berger as executive producers in August 2011, shortly before the book came out. Lindelof read the novel that fall and word is he immediately fell in love with it. He tracked the rights down to HBO, which is a network he, like many writers, had been looking to work at. Once Lindelof’s deal at ABC Studios expired, he met with Perrotta. The two hit it off and began discussing what a potential Leftovers series would look like. The two are expected to start writing the script towards the end of summer after Lindelof completes his feature commitments. CAA-repped Lindelof recently co-wrote Prometheus and Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel. He just finished his script 1952 for Disney and is doing a rewrite on World War Z.  Read More »

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Damon Lindelof Finalizing Deal With WBTV: “I’m Ready To Come Back To TV Full Time”

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 6:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Exactly two years after Lost bowed out with one of the most talked-about finales in TV history, the series’ co-creator/co-showrunner Damon Lindelof is returning to the TV island after treading feature waters for the past two years. Lindelof is finalizing a rich three-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, which also is the TV home of Lindelof’s mentor-turned-frequent collaborator, Lost co-creator  J.J. Abrams.

While he will consider developing projects with other writers down the road, “at this point I still look at myself as a writer,” Lindelof said. “This (deal) is about me creating my next show.” As for what that show would be, he would like to do a broadcast series again, and he definitely wants to try his hand in the cable arena. In terms of genres, after working on several back-to-back sci-fi features, most recently Prometheus and Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, “I think certainly film-wise, I’m spaced out, I think I’ve got the robot-spaceship future bug out of my system.” On the TV side, “I probably won’t be the guy who creates the next Mad Men or Breaking Bad, though I love both of these shows,” he said. “What I love about television is character-based storytelling, and I want to continue to explore fantastical way of doing it where characters live in a world that is a little skewed.” But don’t expect a new Lost from him. “I won’t be the one that would come up with the next Lost,” Lindelof said, adding that he has no interest in doing more shows with “wackadoo mythology.” Read More »

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Brad Bird To Helm Damon Lindelof’s Secrecy-Shrouded Script ’1952′ For Disney

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

Brad Bird 1952 DisneyEXCLUSIVE: Brad Bird has been set to direct 1952, a script that Disney paid former Lost producer Damon Lindelof last year to write. The film, which Lindelof is writing with Jeff Jensen, is a closely guarded secret at Disney, but it’s a big-scale tentpole film. I’m not sure if it’s a reference to the year, or a Lost reference. But it has multi-platform aspirations, and the studio hopes it will be the next film directed by Bird, who made the leap from animation to live action feature directing with the blockbuster Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. The intention is to get the film into production next year, after a long prep, with Lindelof producing. Bird has been developing his own projects, including 1906.

The Lindelof deal was made last June and came out of a series of meetings that Lindelof had with Disney’s production president Sean Bailey and senior exec Brigham Taylor, and it’s the first film he is producing from the ground up. He has had an enviable run as a screenwriter since Lost wrapped. Hired to rewrite Jon Spaihts’ Alien prequel, Lindelof came up with an idea that Ridley Scott embraced and it turned the film into Prometheus, a free-standing film. He also co-wrote the Star Trek sequel for JJ Abrams. Bird is repped by UTA, Lindelof by CAA.

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Ridley Scott To Direct New ‘Blade Runner’ Installment For Alcon Entertainment

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After revisiting his classic Alien with the upcoming 3D Fox film Prometheus, Ridley Scott is committing to direct and produce a film that advances his other seminal and groundbreaking science fiction film from the past. Scott has signed on to direct and produce a new installment of Blade Runner. He’ll make the film with Alcon Entertainment, producing with Alcon partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. This would be the most high profile project for Alcon since The Blind Side. They got control of the franchise earlier this year, but it’s a whole different ballgame with Scott at the helm.

I’m not getting a clear sense at this point whether Scott intends to do a sequel or a prequel to the 1982 film that was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Also unclear is whether they start fresh or reach out to Harrison Ford. The original took place in dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, in which organic superhuman robots called replicants escaped and are hiding somewhere on earth. Ford played Richard Deckard, a burnt out blade runner assigned to hunt them down. His tired life gets altered when he himself falls for one of the replicants and struggles to keep her from being destroyed.

The film was not a blockbuster when first released–it grossed $32 million in its original run–but the film has gained esteem over time. From the bleak but breathtaking  visuals to the complex storyline and themes of mortality, Blade Runner became a classic. There has periodically been talks of doing a sequel but those never really went anywhere.  After injecting state of the art 3D in reviving Alien, imagine what Scott can do with Blade Runner? Now, the filmmaker is ready to engage. Alcon has its output deal with Warner Bros, which remastered and released a 25th anniversary version on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2007. Warner Bros made the original film. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Creators Proud Of Being Part Of ‘Lost’ Generation

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

If viewers of the ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time note certain unmistakable references to a certain iconic ABC show called Lost while watching the pilot, it won’t be much of an accident, critics attending TCA were assured this afternoon during a Once Upon a Time panel. The co-creators and showrunners of the new series, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, were Lost staff writers who grew to become executive producers by that show’s final two seasons. And they made no secret of packing the Time kickoff with homages to their former show. “We can’t help ourselves,” Horowitz admitted. Horowitz and Kitsis, who also wrote the feature Tron: Legacy, also employed their Lost boss Damon Lindelof as an adviser on the pilot. “Damon has been a godfather to us,” Kitsis said. “He’s one of our closest friends. And when we first kind of sold the show to ABC, and they said, ‘Great, do an outline,’ we were like, ‘What do we do?’ We immediately went to Damon’s couch and started crying. So, I mean, his name is not on this show, but he’s in the DNA of it. But he also really wants it to be our show, so sometimes he helps and sometimes he gives us tough love.”

In addition to Lost, the Once Upon a Time team also faced the inevitable comparisons to Bill Willingham’s Fables comic-book series. Kitsis maintained … Read More »

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JJ Abrams Moving Toward Helming ‘Star Trek 2,’ But ‘G.I. Joe’ Sequel Will Get His June 29, 2012 Release Slot

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Now that the launch of Super 8 is behind him, JJ Abrams is moving toward a commitment to direct Star Trek 2. But just as Deadline has been telling you, there’s no way that he’ll be able to make the June 29, 2012 release date that Paramount carved out for the film. I’m told that the studio will give that slot to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel that will be directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.

Abrams has just returned from vacation and is hunkering down with writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to work on the Trek script and beginning prep for a Trek sequel that will likely begin production in January and either be dated for release for the fourth quarter of 2012 or summer 2013. Abrams hasn’t formally committed and hasn’t approved a script yet, but the studio has exercised its option on the cast and they will be ready when Abrams is. All this means that Chris Pine will definitely play Captain Kirk before he reboots Jack Ryan for the same studio. Read More »

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