HBO Developing Pastor Drama From Jay Roach, Rhett Reese And Paul Wernick

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After delving into politics with the HBO movies Game Change and Recount, Jay Roach is turning to religion for his next project at the pay cable network. HBO has put in development drama Our Father, which has Roach set to direct and Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write. The three will executive produce the show, which falls under a two-year overall deal Roach signed with HBO earlier this year. Our Father centers on one of America’s most powerful pastors who fights to rediscover faith, reconnect with family, and return to dominance in the face of unlikely enemies. Read More »

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Universal And Marc Forster Team On ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 12:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the action film Cowboy Ninja Viking and has Marc Forster ready to make the graphic novel adaptation his next film. The graphic novel and a Disney-developed script by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were acquired by Universal after the script came in and was deemed too edgy for Disney’s family film mandate. The intention is to begin production later this year, after Forster completes the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z for Paramount and Skydance. The hope is to spawn a franchise.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. The title character comes from a secret government program to turn schizophrenics into assassins. The protagonist comes through the program with the skill sets of a cowboy, ninja and a viking. While most of the patients involved in the program are sent back to insane asylum after the program went awry in Iraq, he escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program. Read More »

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‘Zombieland’ Scribe Team Tackles Hasbro’s ‘Micronauts’ For JJ Abrams And Paramount

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are getting the job turning the Hasbro toyline Micronauts into a feature film for JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures. Along with the prospect of another Transformers film, Micronauts was one of the Hasbro brands … Read More »

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Adrianne Palicki Joins ‘G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Friday Nights Lights series star Adrianne Palicki will play the female lead in the Paramount sequel to G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. She’ll play Lady Jaye and joins a cast that includes Channing Tatum, as well as Dwayne Johnson, who … Read More »

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VFX Wiz Tim Miller To Direct ‘Deadpool’

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 2:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Miller, who has done strong visual effects work through his VFX house Blur Films, was just set by 20th Century Fox to make his feature directing debut on X-Men Origins:  Deadpool, the X-Men spinoff film expected to star … Read More »

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‘Zombieland’ Scribes Take On ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

By | Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 2:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: We’re already braced for Cowboys and Aliens, so how cool is it that the writers of Zombieland are taking on the tale of an assassin who mixes the skills of a cowboy with those of the ninja and the … Read More »

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