In the first of what is yet to come in terms of the major studio film announcements, Warner Bros. revealed today its cinema panel lineup at Comic-Con 2014. On Saturday, July 26 at 10 AM, the studio is bringing Peter Jackson and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to Hall H as well as director George Miller who’ll present a sneak peek at his Mad Max: Fury Road. In addition, there will be a first look at the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Attending stars will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, fans can start lining up at the Gas Lamp Theatre for a 10 PM pre-Con fan screening of New Line and Village Roadshow Pictures’ upcoming “cli-fi” thriller Into the Storm on Wednesday, July 23.
However, the big question Comic-Con attendees really wanna know is: Will Disney bring Star Wars: Episode VII in any shape or form to the fanboy confab? Will J.J. Abrams possibly start that August break just a little earlier and bring the gang to San Diego? Disney did not reveal any sneek peeks of the franchise at their D23 convention last summer.
UPDATED: Warner Bros and Village Roadshow were set to open the Wachowskis’ sci-fier Jupiter Ascending on July 18 after moving it up by a week in the summer 2014 tentpole calendar back in December. Now the actioner starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis won’t fly into theaters until February 6, 2015. WB’s action pic Run All Night, starring Liam Neeson as a hitman protecting his family, had occupied that February date but has been moved off the schedule completely as Jupiter slides into its place. I hear the Wachowskis needed more time to complete visual effects work on their CG-heavy space epic, which spans intergalactic worlds and follows the story of a woman (Kunis) who links up with a space warrior (Tatum) and learns she’s the heir to Earth. The shift to February now pits Jupiter Ascending against Johnny Depp in Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Universal’s fantasy actioner Seventh Son, which ironically endured multiple date changes and millions of dollars in extra fees when its own VFX schedule was thrown into crisis by the Rhythm & Hues bankruptcy.
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It’s been more than three months since we got our first look at Jupiter Ascending, now comes the second trailer for the sci-fi actioner written and directed by the Wachowskis. Look for warriors, crafts that soar through space and under water, bees, toilets and battles for the very future of our Earth. Channing Tatum plays an interplanetary warrior and Mila Kunis is a janitor who’s meant for much greater things. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also star. Warner Bros will release the Village Roadshow co-production on July 25. Check it out:
We scooped here last month that Joe Wright will direct Pan, the Jason Fuchs-scripted take on the Peter Pan myth that has come together fast at Warner Bros. Now the studio has set a June 26, 2015 release date for the pic, which will be in 3D. In this update, an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against the evil pirates. Javier Bardem has been offered the lead role of Blackbeard. Greg Berlanti is producing under his Berlanti Productions banner. Sarah Schechter is the executive on the adaptation of the J.M. Barrie tale. Warner Bros also said it is shifting its sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending from Lana and Andy Wachowski by a week on its 2014 slate — from July 25 to July 18. That moves comes just a couple of days after the studio debuted the trailer for the pic starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
Channing Tatum stars as an interplanetery warrior and Mila Kunis stars as a janitor who discovers she’s meant for a greater destiny in Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from Lana and Andy Wachowski. The Matrix duo most recently released the sprawling sci-fier Cloud Atlas following their 2008 bomb Speed Racer. Warner Bros. will release the sci-fi action pic and Village Roadshow co-production on July 25, 2014. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also star. Check out the first trailer:
Chris Elliot and J.K. Simmons have signed on to join Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and Allison Janney in the still untitled romantic comedy from Marc Lawrence. Simmons will portray Dr. Lerner, Chair of the University’s English department where Grant’s Ray Michaels character teaches. Lerner takes former Oscar winning screenwriter Michaels under his wing. Simmons is represented by The Gersh Agency. Elliott will play Jim, a Shakespeare professor and neighbor to Michaels. Elliott is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content. Lawrence is writing and directing the film, which is scheduled to start filming in NYC next month.
David Ajala has joined the cast of Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.The British actor will play Ibis in the sci-fi action film. The character is the leader of the cyber hunters who are after Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis’ characters. Besides Tatum and Kunis, the Warner Bros-Village Roadshow co-production also stars Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. Jupiter Ascending is set to shoot in London and to be released on July 25, 2014. Ajala can next be seen by blockbuster audiences in Fast & Furious 6. He is repped by managers Jeff Golenberg and Matt Goldman and the UK’s Oliver Slinger from Independent Talent Group.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Aussie actor Kick Gurry has joined the cast of Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending, his second collaboration with the siblings following Speed Racer. Gurry was offered the role by the Wachowskis when he was in London shooting Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. A WB-Village Roadshow co-production, Jupiter Ascending stars Sean Bean, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne and Mila Kunis and is set to shoot in London. Gurry’s credits include the TV series Cybergeddon, Offspring and Tangle. Gurry doesn’t have a U.S. agent. The deal was negotiated by his Australian rep, United Management’s Natasha Harrison, and Richard Genow of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.
Warner Bros has moved the Robert De Niro-Sylvester Stallone fight movie Grudge Match to January 10, 2014 from November 15, 2013. Kevin Hart plays the promoter in the project directed by Peter Segal. Tim Kelleher wrote the script and the most recent draft is by Entourage‘s Doug Ellin. The only other film currently set to open that weekend is Lionsgate’s tentatively titled horror movie Ghosts. And the studio set Andy and Lana Wachowski’s new sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending to open July 25, 2014. Sean Bean, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, and Mila Kunis star in the WB-Village Roadshow co-production. The only other movie slated opposite Jupiter is Paramount’s Hercules project with Dwayne Johnson.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Village Roadshow is extending its collaboration with Lana and Andy Wachowski, joining Warner Bros. to co-produce the action sci-fier starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Sean Bean. That will be VR Entertainment Group’s fourth collaboration with the Wachowski siblings following The Matrix trilogy and Speed Racer. VREG is also partnered with WB on The Great Gatsby, All You Need is Kill and Fury Road. Village Roadshow Ltd. today announced net profit after tax of $A33.5 million ($34.3 million) in the half year to December 31, up 18.4%. The main drivers were theme parks in Australia, Arizona and Hawaii ($44.2 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization), film distribution in Australia ($27.2 million) and cinemas in Australia and Singapore ($25.5 million). The firm’s Gold Class Cinemas in the U.S. recorded a small loss but managing director Graham Burke tells Deadline that business is growing strongly. VREG is committed to co-produce 6-8 Hollywood films per year after renewing its joint venture with WB for five years and increasing its U.S. credit facility to $1.1 billion last November. VRL draws an annual dividend of $5 million from its 47% stake in VREG, as Burke notes the firm continues to build the library, now at 72 titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Bean has been set by Warner Bros for a starring role in Jupiter Ascending, which Lana and Andy Wachowski will direct as their next film. Bean will play Stinger, a Han Solo-type character written older than co-star Channing Tatum. He joins Eddie Redmayne, Tatum and Mila Kunis. Bean is represented by CAA and Independent Talent in the UK and attorneys Marcy Morris and Karl Austen.
I still haven’t gotten over Bean getting killed in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, but he has been working steadily, including Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters. This should be a high-profile gig for him. We can all just hope that this will be that rare movie where Bean’s character lives to the end credits.