Oren Uziel

Dave Franco

Hot on the heels of the massive success of Neighbors, stand-out supporting star Dave Franco has locked down his first potential starring franchise (because, yes, the Jump Street series is totally awesome, but that’s all the Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill show, and we all know it), and despite the title of its source material, this one could actually lead to a string of dark comedy outings, not straight thrillers. Thank goodness, we got a little worried there, ready to burn down Hollywood for not giving Franco the comedy franchise he deserves. THR reports that Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Shane Kuhn’s novel “The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller,” with an eye to turn the book into a Franco-starring franchise. Here’s hoping that the film will somehow necessitate a Robert De Niro impersonation, Jinxy cat and all.

read more...

Men in Black

What exactly can $625m in worldwide box office receipts buy you? A sequel script from a Black List screenwriter, if a new report from The Wrap is to be believed. The outlet shares that Oren Uziel (whose The Kitchen Sink made the 2010 Black List and is expected to go into production later this year) has been tapped to pen the “quietly” in development sequel to Sony’s 2012 Men in Black 3.  Details on the Men in Black 4 are being (predictably) “kept under wraps,” but it’s probably safe to assume it will somehow involve Will Smith and some incarnation of Agent K (either Tommy Lee Jones or Josh Brolin, or maybe even both, imagine that fun) fighting aliens with wit and nifty tools. While you may not know Uziel’s name just yet, the writer is something of a hot commodity around Hollywood, as the scribe has also been tasked with co-writing the new Mortal Kombat movie and adapting the big screen take on Chuck Klosterman’s first novel, Downtown Owl. Not enough variety for you? He’s also working on God Particle for Paramount and Bad Robot. Wait, you want more from the guy? The outlet also reports that Sony has set Uziel to rewrite the script for their upcoming 21 Jump Street sequel, which he will complete before turning his attention to MIB4, so it’s fair to say that the scribe is going to be up to his neck in buddy comedies, video games, and literary adventures in the coming months.

read more...

The past few years have seen Adam Scott go from bit actor to actor in demand. It turns out the Parks and Recreation regular isn’t content to just be one of the most successful comic actors on the planet, however, he’s also got some filmmaking skills he wants to introduce to the world – so he and his writer wife, Naomi Scott, have started Gettin’ Rad Productions, a company whose main goal is to facilitate them in making cool stuff. Before you ask, yes, Scott knows how ridiculous that sounds. He calls GRP a name that’s “both stupid and aspirational.” What kind of stuff are the duo going to be working on? Well, it turns out you might have already seen their first project, that Adult Swim special that turned out to be a shot-for-shot remake of the Simon & Simon opening credits starring Adam and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm:

read more...

While we all eagerly await the next production from Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot (that would be Star Trek 2, if you’re living under a rock), the studio and the filmmaker’s production shingle have picked up not one, but two brand-new scripts from fresh screenwriters that look to fit right into their wheelhouse. Hey, it’s not everyone’s wheelhouse that includes both Nazi hunters and sci-fi movies that rely on hard-core psychics to make sense, and that’s a credit to the partnership. First up, on the more official side of things, Paramount has sent out a press release (via Deadline Livermore) announcing their acquisition of a spec script from screenwriter Patrick Aison called Wunderkind that they will be producing alongside Bad Robot. The film is described as “an elevated two-handed action/thriller set in the 1970′s following a young Nazi hunter with the CIA and an older Nazi hunter working for the Mossad. The two become reluctantly intertwined in their hunt and shocking twists result.” Nazis! Action! Twists! While Aison is a new name in the screenwriting world, he does come with some solid interest attached to his name already. He’s co-written the upcoming Spierig Brothers film, Echo Station, with Brad Kean and his first spec script, Takedowns, was purchased by GreenStreet Films with Kevin Rodney Sullivan attached to direct. But as cool as Aison and his Wunderkind may be, it’s the other new possible pick-up for Paramount and Bad Robot that’s wetting my whistle…

read more...

In the summer of 2010, a Michael Jai White-starring short film set in the “Mortal Kombat” video game universe hit the Internet. Nobody really knew what it was at first, but it ended up being a proof of concept short that Kevin Tancharoen directed in order to prove that there was room for a new Mortal Kombat movie that would take a different approach than New Line’s original take on the material. That short has since become known as Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and though it didn’t immediately land Tancharoen an offer to do a full-length film, it did garner him some additional studio change from Warner Bros. to fund an entire series of web shorts, which were called Mortal Kombat: Legacy. I guess they were another toe dipped in the water to see if there was any interest in a new series of Mortal Kombat films. Stretching the original short out to a series of them had mixed results in this reviewer’s eyes, but the reaction to them must have been positive and large enough to prove something to someone, because it’s looking like Tancharoen is finally going to get to direct his feature. Heat Vision is reporting that New Line is picking up this ball and running with it, as they’ve hired Tancharoen and his writerOren Uziel to come and make a new feature-length Mortal Kombat for them. New Line’s last attempt at a full length Mortal Kombat movie was 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was pretty much a giant bomb.

read more...

Another 90s video game is being relaunched as a movie franchise following the heels of the 2009 mega-blockbuster “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.”

read more...
Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Fantastic Fest 2014
6 Filmmaking Tips: James Gunn
Got a Tip? Send it here:
editors@filmschoolrejects.com
Publisher:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3