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A Look at ‘I am Number Four’

A Look at ‘I am Number Four’

DreamWorks Studio released details about February’s thriller I Am Number Four. Given the behind-the-scenes crew and the cast, we’re certainly intrigued. Take a look and you tell us.

Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed…he is Number Four.

Genre:            Action-thriller
Rating:            TBD
U.S. Release date:    February 18, 2011

Cast:    Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand, Callan McAuliffe
Director:        D.J. Caruso
Producer:        Michael Bay
Executive Producers:    Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, David Valdes
Screenplay by:        Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Marti Noxon

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Kurtzman/Orci Productions Names President, Production Slate

Kurtzman/Orci Productions Names President, Production Slate

Hollywood’s hottest dynamic duo, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci have named Bobby Cohen as president of Kurtzman/Orci Prods, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pair have set up their own shop based on their commercial heat after working on The Transformers, Star Trek and related genre offerings.

"Alex and Bob started at DreamWorks as writers and have steadily evolved into a super-talented, multitasking filmmaking duo," DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg said in a release. "Their taste for unique stories is unparalleled, which is why we’re excited to have them on the DreamWorks team."

On their own, they produced Paramount’s fall hit Eagle Eye and their second offering will be June’s The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

Among their proposed slate of projects includes the adaptation of Platinum Studios’ Cowboys and Aliens which K/O have written; an adaptation of Platinum’s Atlantis Rising with Len Wiseman (Underworld) set to direct for a summer 2011 release; Deep Sea Cowboys, based on an article from Wired; 28th Amendment, an original thriller written by K/O and to be directed by Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others); an adaptation of the espionage novels starring spy Matt Helm; and, The Big One: An Island, an Obsession and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish, adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner David Kinney’s non-fiction book.

DreamWorks To Do List Heavy on SF

DreamWorks To Do List Heavy on SF

DreamWorks outlined for The Hollywood Reporter which of the properties it retained after its divorce from Paramount are now on their “high-priority list”. Among them are a few genre properties including:

Cowboys and Aliens:
The adaptation of the Platinum Studios comic is still being written by  now executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Ron Howard’s Imagine is producing with Robert Downey, Jr. still attached to star.

Real Steel: A futuristic boxing movie written by Les Bohem (Dante’s Peak).

Button Man: The John Wagner and Arthur Ransom graphic novel is being adapted by screenwriter Hillary Seitz (Eagle Eye).

Hereafter: A supernatural-themed original screenplay by Peter Morgan with Clint Eastwood said to be interested in directing the story.

‘Chihuahua’ is #1 for 2nd Week in a Row

‘Chihuahua’ is #1 for 2nd Week in a Row

Dogs continue to rule the box office as Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua takes the top spot for the second week in a row, earning $17,511,000, burying the competition.  The second spot went to Fox’s Quarantine, a remake of the Spanish film REC, which debuted with $14,200,000.

Surprisingly, Body of Lies, starring Russell Crow and Leonardo DiCaprio opened in third with just $13, 120,000.  A serious box office disappointment, the film received mixed to negative reviews despite the captivating perofmances.

Audiences, instead, seemed to want lighter fare as the economic woes spread from coast to coast.  The action thriller, Eagle Eye, dropped just 37.8% and brought in an additional 11, 015,000, bringing its three week total to $70,551,000, confirming Shia LaBeouf as our latest action star.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist rounds out the top five with another $6,500,000, bringing it to $20,810,000 after two weeks.

Other new releases fared less well as Universal’s The Express opened in sixth place with just $4,731,000. Fox’s City of Ember, with Bill Murray, also opened poorly with just $3.2 million.

Showing slight drop offs were Appaloosa with $3,340,000 and Nights in Rodanthe taking in $4,610,000.

Several major releases have proven disappointing to the studios including Greg Kinnear’s Flash of Genius, which has brought in just Flash of Genius after two weeks, and Miracle at St. Anna, which has only $7,427,000 after three weeks of play.

And for the record, The Dark Knight is a mere $12 million shy of the $1 billion worldwide mark and continues to play across the globe, probably crossing that threshold this month.

‘Chihuahua’ Takes Box Office Biscuit

‘Chihuahua’ Takes Box Office Biscuit

Filmgoers like dogs it seems as Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua captured the box office crown this weekend.  According to estimates from Box Office Mojo, the film took in an impressive $29,000,000.

Other first-timers include Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Kat Dennings and Michael Cera, bowing in the number three slot with $12,000,000. The mean spirited political satire, American Carol, took in just $3,810,000, good for ninth place. Right behind it was Lionsgate’s Religulous which earned $3,500,000. The more limited release of Greg Kinner’s Flash of Genius grabbed just $2,328,000 but had the more impressive per screen average of $2120.

Eagle Eye, despite poor reviews, had a below average sophomore week dip of just 39.3%, earning $17, 700,000 pushing its total to $54,605,000. Warner’s Nights in Rodanthe had a sharper slip of 45.2%, bringing in just $7,355,000.

Appaloosa, going into wide release, earned $5,015,000, totaling $5,570,000.  The buddy western, based on Robert B. Parker’s novel, got reasonable reviews and adapting the sequel is already on the drawing board.

The variety of movies is wider than it has been in months and people seemed to spread across the genres. Comedy seems to be ruling over drama and romance as people seek a distraction from the tumultuous economy and presidential campaign.

Having said that, not every comedy has clicked with audiences.  The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading continues to chug along while Paramount’s Ghost Town hasn’t a ghost of a chance of earning back its $20 million budget through domestic release.  After three weeks, it has earned a paltry.

Another disappointment has to be The Women, the tepid remake of the classic female ensemble film.  It sank to 22nd place, behind The Dark Knight (yes, still in theatres and still raking in the bucks — $525,833,000 and counting), bringing in only $795,000 on over 1000 screens.

In the coming weeks, a flurry of horror films will be opening to capitalize on Halloween while other films, such as The Duchess, go wide.  Oscar contenders will start to turn up as well, beginning with Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, providing additional depth and distraction.

Science Fiction Sequel Talk

Science Fiction Sequel Talk

If they had their way, the folks at Amblin Entertainment would enjoy nothing more than to use that memory-scrubbing flash doohickey to make you forget all about Men in Black II.

"There’s been some conversations, just recently actually, because I don’t think we did the best possible job on the second one," producer Walter F. Parkes once told Cinema Confidential. "It would be great to pull the franchise back."

Apparently, now might be that time. A source close to Parkes tells Parade Magazine that Parkes is looking to get the gang back together for another round.

"The challenge is getting the script right and finding a time when our busy stars are available," the source says. "But everyone, including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, wants to do another."

Those aren’t the only Men making a possible comeback. Slash Film reports that Eagle Eye co-writer Travis Wright is developing a sequel to Blade Runner. The script is being written independently without any sort of studio involvement. At this point, Blade Runner 2 is a pet project without major backing, and is likely to be shut down faster than a blade runner dispatches a replicant. Which, on second thought, isn’t necessarily that fast…

Potential Men in Black and Blade Runner sequels join the increasing list of follow-ups to long gestating franchises such as Ghostbusters and Tron, both of which announced development on new installments over the past few months.

Special thanks to Moviehole for the report.

‘Eagle Eye’ Captures Box Office Crown

‘Eagle Eye’ Captures Box Office Crown

Shia LaBeouf is the new man of action as his Eagle Eye narrowly exceeded estimates and took in $29.2 million at the box office according to Box Office Mojo.  The movie averaged well over $8000 per screen and despite tepid reviews, brought in audiences.

Eagle Eye jumpstarted the fall box office, and we couldn’t be happier," said DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan, adding the movie drew men and women in roughly equal numbers. The conceit of the film is intriguing to all. Between GPS, employee codes, bank PIN numbers, this could conceivably be within the realm of possibility within a few years."

Among other opening films this weekend, the drama Nights in Rodanthe, reunited Diane Lane and Richard Gere used up a lot of tissues and took in $13,570,000. The indie film Fireproof opened to just $6,514,000, running on fewer screens, but averaging nearly $7000 per screen, much better than Rodanthe.  Spike Lee’s Righteous Kill had a poor opening with just $3.8 million earned.

Films in their sophomore week saw reasonable drops with Samuel L. Jackson’s Lakeview Terrace losing 53.3% of the crowd and brining in $7 million, good for third place. Ricky Gervais’ Ghost Town has been a disappointment, though, with just $9,239,000 to show after two weeks in theaters.

The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading did well, with $6,514,000 added to their totals, which now stands at $45,540,000.

September tends to be a mixed bag of releases as the shift in content goes from light to serious as witnessed by Rodanthe’s romance and Lakview’s drama.  MGM’s Igor, for kids, has chugged along, in sixth place this weekend with $5.5 million.

Believe it or not, some theaters are still showing The Dark Knight and after 11 weeks in play, it has earned $524,465,000.

D.J. Caruso says ‘Y’ is Next

D.J. Caruso says ‘Y’ is Next

Director D.J. Caruso has spoken with Marvel about Thor, as we reported last week, but clearly he expects his next film to be the first of a planned trilogy adapting Brian K. Vaughn’s Y the Last Man. He spoke recently with Sci FI Wire and indicated he delivered the most recent draft of the screenplay to Warner Bros. just last week.

“I’d love to prep that late in the fall if I can and roll into shooting that … after the winter,” Caruso said. “So Warner’s pretty hot on moving forward.”

Caruso told the website that he sees speeding up the film’s pace compared to the 60 issue comic from Vertigo.  “Primarily in the first movie, I mean, it’s really important to stay focused on Yorick. And we do deal with Alter…the Israeli army and then the Chinese faction that’s coming in as well. But, you know, to get us going, to get us grounded, it’s really about Yorick. You know, the anchor of this particular film would be the Yorick-355 relationship.”

He confirmed that the studio was eyeing a late 2010 release and Shia LaBeouf, his star in the forthcoming Eagle Eye, remained his top choice for Yorick, the slacker who wakes up one morning to discover he was the last man on Earth.  “Well, I think Yorick is a fantastic role for Shia. One, because Yorick has great sort of self-deprecating humor. … One thing Shia really brings to him is that … realistic acting style and being put in some crazy … super-realistic situations. Shia always keeps them real and keeps it grounded. He’s endearing. I’m hoping that the 355 relationship … I always thought it would be really cool to have that be sort of a [Robert] De Niro-[Charles] Grodin … banter type relationship, like they had in Midnight Run. I think that Shia would be a great sort of receiver and giver on both sides of that. I think he’d really bring a lot to it.”

As for the remainder of the casting, Caruso also acknowledged the recent rumors over singer Alicia Keys being added as Agent 355, who winds up protecting Yorick on his global journey. “I have not met her, but I mean she might be an interesting 355. I thought she did a cool job in the Joe Carnahan movie [Smokin’ Aces].”

D.J. Caruso, Asgard Bound?

D.J. Caruso, Asgard Bound?

Director D.J. Caruso, while out promoting his forthcoming Eagle Eye, has expressed interest in heading to Asgard for his next project.

While talking with IESB, he said, “You know…I would definitely tackle [Thor] and I sort of wrestled with it before and I was always a fan of Thor growing up as a kid. I know that they [Marvel] have a script, but there’s something, there’s a fear I have about Thor and depending on what Thor story you want to tell, whether you want to bring Thor into the modern world or if you want to go back to Asgard and get the history of what’s happening between him and his brother and dad. That’s one I’ve always been interested in and it also would be, it would be a monumental task so, I could definitely see myself getting myself into that.

“I have had some talks with Marvel about it but I have not seen a screenplay. It could be something that I am interested in.”

Caruso, who also directed Disturbia, is the first director attached to the project since Stardust’s Matthew Vaughn was associated with the project last year.  Thor remains on Marvel/Paramount’s schedule for a Summer 2010 release along with Iron Man 2.

Paramount to use Mobile Comics

Paramount to use Mobile Comics

Paramount Pictures is embracing the mobile content aspect of movie marketing by hiring Singapore-based Omnitoons to craft comic stories based on current films.  According to Variety, the first film will be Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, a British feature from Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham). The movie is currently in release throughout Europe but lacks a domestic release date.

The Manga-style stories will appear on enabled phones in single panel manner with each strips taking up to four screens and short stories up to 20 screens. The next release to receive this treatment will be the Shia LaBeouf actioner Eagle Eye. Mission: Impossible, not currently an active film franchise, was also mentioned in the story indicating Paramount is examining their library for appropriate series to work with.

The mobile comics are now available in MMS and J2ME formats in the U.S., Australia, Europe and India. The phone companies will likely treat these promotional comics as premium content and will charge users for downloading each installment.

"By adapting movies to the mobile comics format, we believe fans will be able to extend their entertainment experience at their own pace, with the privacy of their phone," Karen New, CEO of Omnitoons, told the trade. "Omnitoons aims to continue our pursuit of bridging the mobile and movie industries by creating even more comics based on popular film titles through innovative and cost-efficient techniques.”