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“Stargate” Trilogy With Roland Emmerich Announced

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MGM and Warner Bros. announced this week that they are launching a new trilogy of films based on the 1994 film Stargate.

The original film starred Kurt Russell and James Spader (also know as the man who sends shivers down my spine). At the time of release it set the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in October and later went on to earn nearly $200 million worldwide in the box office.

The plot centers around the premise of a “Stargate,” an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe. The film’s central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.

Roland Emmerich is on board to direct. He also directed and co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin. The new trilogy will also be produced by Devlin.

Science Fiction Author Sues Warner Bros. for Gravity

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Gravity may have been one of the best films in the last year but that doesn’t mean it is immune to controversy. Tess Gerritsen has filed suit against Warner Bros. for stealing the concept of the film.

Gerritsen is the author of a 1999 space science fiction novel also called “Gravity.” She is suing for $10 million plus damages as well as “based on the book by Tess Gerritsen” credit on the film.

There are definite notable similarities aside from the name between the novel and film. The novel features a woman trapped in space (though this time it involves a virus.) However, when the book was being developed for film 14 years ago, she wrote additional material that included scenes of satellite debris hitting the space station. Not to mention that Cuaron, the film’s director, may have one been attached to the film adaptation of Gerritsen’s novel.

Whether Gerritsen wins the suit will depend on whether a significant connection came be provided.

Warner Bros. Wins Lawsuit Claiming It Stole “The Matrix”

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Today, Warner Bros., Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Joel Silver have officially won the lawsuit that claimed their blockbuster film, The Matrix, was stolen.

Thomas Althouse filed the lawsuit in California federal court in 2012. He says the reason it took so long to file the lawsuit was that he didn’t actually watch the film until 2010. Who hasn’t watched The Matrix?? Regardless, after seeing the film he began investigating the similarity between the franchise and his own personal script titled, “The Immortals.” Althouse said he had submitted his script to Warner Bros in 1993.

The script from Althouse follows a CIA agent who gains immortality from a drug and finds himself in the year 2235 where Adolph Hitler and co. have been reanimated from cryopreservation. The script’s spy protagonist fights with the also immortal Nazis who seek to oppress and destroy all “short-lifers.”

You are probably thinking what I and most people are thinking and what Judge R. Gary Klausner said.

The basic premises of The Matrix Trilogy and The Immortals are so different that it would be unreasonable to find their plots substantially similar.”

However, Althouse maintains that they are similar in that both stories have allusions to Jesus Christ and other religious undertones.

“Plaintiff alleges that both stories have allusions to Christ,” notes the judge. “However, allusions to Christianity in literature date back hundreds of years and are not generally protectible. Looking at the details of the works, the two works express these themes very differently. The Christian allusions in The Immortals concludes with the literal Second Coming of Christ, whereas The Matrix Trilogy concludes with a metaphorical reference to Christ, as Neo sacrifices himself to save others.”

Sorry, Althouse, that wasn’t even a good try.

“Minecraft” Heading to the Big Screen

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I will be the first to admit I don’t care for playing “Minecraft.” I know, I know, how is that possible? I don’t know but It has never grasped me. However, even if I did like the game, I would still be wary of film adaptation. Regardless, Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to the game for a live action adaptation.

“Minecraft” has sold over 35 million copies across platforms such as Xbox 360 and iOS devices since being introduced in 2009. And that’s on top of the 14 million units sold for PC. It was created by Swedish programmer Markus Persson, who first tweeted the news, and published by Mojang.

The world-creation game will make its way to the big screen using a similar path of The Lego Movie‘s development in the sense that an approach and story will have to be created by a moviemaker since the world of the game has no real narrative except one ventured by the players.

Jon Berg will oversee the movie for the studio. CAA reps “Minecraft” and brokered the movie deal.

Warner Bros. Plans Temple Run Feature Film

 

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Somehow this is actually happening. David Heyman is set to adapt the popular video game, “Temple Run” into a film. Heyman is most known as being one of the key producers behind the “Harry Potter” franchise and the recent science fiction film, Gravity. So I guess, if this has to happen, he will at least make it look awesome.

According to The hollywood Reporter, Heyman is looking to work with Warner Bros. to bring the mobile game to film.

“Temple Run” follows a treasure-seeking protagonist on the run from demonic monkeys In addition to two tie-in spinoffs (“Temple Run: Brave” and “Temple Run: Oz”), “Temple Run” released a direct sequel, “Temple Run 2,” earlier this year.

“From the makers of the award-winning best-seller ‘Harbor Master’ comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store,” reads the game’s official description. “Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!”

It appears that currently, Warner Bros. is searching for a screenwriter for the project.

 

Tim Burton Eyeing Beetlejuice Sequel

 

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Everyone’s favorite Tim Burton film (at least it should be, if it isn’t, you must hate awesomeness) is finally getting a sequel over a decade since it first hit theaters in 1988. The sequel was first announced in 2011 by Warner Bros. and fans have been anxiously awaiting news. Finally, it seems like the project is moving forward as the Wrap has reported that Burton has been asked to return as director.  Continue reading Tim Burton Eyeing Beetlejuice Sequel

Screenwriter Ari Eli Coleite Joins The Twilight Zone

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As if the upcoming The Twilight Zone film adaptation could not get anymore delayed, the projected continues to have writers and directors drop-out and join like a merry-go-round of frustration. Joseph Kosinski was recently hired to helm the project after replacing Matt Reeves, which has been in development since 2009. However, according to Variety, Ari Eli Coleite is now attached to pen the project. Continue reading Screenwriter Ari Eli Coleite Joins The Twilight Zone

Warner Bros. Announces The LEGO Movie Videogame

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Warner Bros. has officially announced that they have teamed up with TT Games to create the next LEGO game. This one, however, will be based on the upcoming LEGO feature film. I’ll be the first to admit that the LEGO games make up about 99% of my guilty pleasure gaming purchases yet, I am still not certain I will buy this new installment. I’m waiting for more information which is set to be revealed closer to the release date.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Releases Deluxe Edition This October

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that a deluxe double edition of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns will be released this October. The set will include both animated film adaptations of the Frank Miller series as well as the bonus features from both individual released. It is also expected to harbor some exclusive features.  Continue reading Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Releases Deluxe Edition This October