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Goldsman Tackling “Rainbow Six” For Paramount Wednesday 12th July 2017

Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road production company banner have reportedly signed a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures after many years spent at Warner Bros. Pictures.

As part of the new deal, Goldsman will produce the long in the works film adaptation of the Tom Clancy bestseller “Rainbow Six” which Josh Appelbaum and Corin Nemec are adapting. He will also develop a film adaptation of the “Ologies” series of fanatasy books.

Goldsman shares producing and screenwriting credit for next month’s “The Dark Tower,” has a story credit on “Transformers: The Last Knight,” penned the script for “Rings” earlier this year, produced “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” and is an executive producer on the pilot for both “Star Trek: Discovery” and the “Bumblebee” movie.

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Monday 10th July 2017

Recording Sessions Begin For “Frozen 2” Thursday 6th July 2017

The long awaited “Frozen” sequel looks like its making some progress with actor Jonathan Groff, who voices Kristoff, revealing this week that he’s about to start recording voice work for the film. He tells EW:

“I think I just got an email yesterday where I’m about to go into the recording studio in a couple of weeks, or maybe a month? They’re about to really get into the thick of recording it, which I’m excited about. I don’t know anything about it yet other than I’m about to start recording my section of it.”

Key cast members like Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel are all expected to return for the film. However, It’ll be a while before we hear anything from though as is is currently slated for release on November 27th 2019.

Dark Horizons

“Top Gun 2” Set For July 2019 Monday 3rd July 2017

Paramount Pictures has announced a July 12th 2019 release date for the sequel to iconic 1986 action feature “Top Gun”.

Additionally, Deadline has confirmed that “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski will helm the film which doesn’t have an official title despite “Top Gun: Maverick” floating around this month.

Tom Cruise is slated to return for the film, reprising the role of United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

The story will deal with the rise of unmanned drones and pilots becoming obsolete.

The July 12th 2019 date has it opening in between the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel the week before and the live-action “The Lion King” the week after.

Deadline

007 Producers Consider Bond Universe Expansion? Thursday 29th June 2017

Back in 2002 around the release of Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as 007 in “Die Another Day,” there was talk of a potential Bond film series spin-off following Halle Berry’s Jinx character.

The film opened and, though financially doing well, was so soundly trashed that the talk quickly died. Bond was then rebooted with “Casino Royale” and things went from there.

Now, fifteen years on and with the success of the ‘cinematic universe’ model in modern cinema, could the franchise be trying something similar again?

The Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider this week reports that he’s heard that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are considering the option: “I’ve heard the Broccolis have caught Universe Fever and would love to explore other corners of the Bond franchise…simultaneously.”

In terms of possibilities there’s plenty – from following the handful of other 00 agents to exploring established characters like Felix Leiter. Even so, its a speculative rumor at best.

The franchise has more important things on its mind right now, such as determining whether to get star Daniel Craig back for one last outing or to recast and undergo the usual ‘refresh’ that comes with a changing of the Bond guard.

Dark Horizons

How The New “Predator” Connects To “Predator 2” Wednesday 28th June 2017

Filmmaker Shane Black has been adamant that his upcoming “The Predator” film is NOT a reboot or remake of the iconic 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic.

Instead it’s a ‘restart’, a mini-reboot which is effectively a sequel within the same continuity even as it refreshes and updates the cast, style and tone (ala. “Jurassic World,” “Doctor Who”).

Today, one of the film’s stars has now revealed one direct connection to the franchise. Speaking with The Red Booth, actor Jake Busey (“Starship Troopers,” “Contact”) confirmed that in the new film he’s playing the son of U.S. Government Agent Peter Keyes.

Keyes was played by Busey’s real life father Gary Busey in 1990’s “Predator 2”. In that film Keyes was the head of the top-secret Other World Lifeforms Taskforce which set out to capture the creature which was hunting around downtown Los Angeles during a heatwave. The younger Busey says Black made it clear to him right away about the familial connection:

“Shane Black called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son.’ And so as much as I have followed in my Dad’s footsteps career-wise, this is like really following in his footsteps by playing a character who is the son of the character he played. And I don’t think there would be any other forum where I would do that. I think this is the one thing.

We shot it up in Vancouver, and they were there doing it for about three or four months, but I was up there for three weeks. I play a scientist in the film, and I’m very excited about it. I think it’s going to be great. If you liked the very first movie a lot, you’ll really like this one. This one has a lot of essence of the first movie.”

Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay all star in the film which wrapped shooting earlier this month ahead of a planned August 3rd 2018 release.

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