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Warner Brothers has been quietly began getting its own all-star superhero movie back on track, with GANGSTER SQUAD writer Will Beall to pen JUSTICE LEAGUE based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes, Jeff Sneider reports. Warner Bros. had no comment on the top-secret hire, which — due to its timing — was more an anticipation than a reaction to the box office success of THE AVENGERS.
No so quiet anymore.
“I can honestly say I never drank at work on ‘Harry Potter.’ I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work. I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.”
The studio on Wednesday is launching “app editions” of its Christopher Nolan-directed pictures “Inception” and “The Dark Knight.” Consumers with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can at no charge download the app, which includes the first five minutes of the movie along with tie-in games, trivia, and other material. Users will then be able to access the full movie within the app for the standard iTunes price, $9.99 for “Dark Knight” and $11.99 for “Inception” in the U.S.
This is smart.
A CBS Films representative has confirmed that his studio is partnering with Warner Bros. to develop an adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Stand.” According to the rep, the two studios will co-develop and co-produce the project, which would be the first theatrical adaptation of the 1978 horror/sci-fi novel. (ABC ran a six-hour mini-series version of the book in 1994, which starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe.) Warner will handle worldwide marketing and distribution for the project, with CBS holding the option to participate in financing. Mosaic and Roy Lee are attached to produce.
The studio ignored London mayor Boris Johnson’s plea to site the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over here rather than Florida. Johnson has called for the public to write to Warner Bros, petitioning for a second theme park to be built in London. Mayor Johnson says it would be “utterly mad” to leave it to Americans “to make money from a great British invention”. “I appeal to the children of this country and to their Potter-fiend parents to write to Warner Bros and Universal, and perhaps, even, to the great JK herself”
It does kind of seem logical for a Harry Potter park to be in London.
Oh Warner Bros, you so sneaky.
Remember Good Will Hunting? Before Matt Damon became a megawatt action star, before Ben Affleck flushed his acting career down the toilet, before Robin Williams was reduced to lowbrow family fare - there was Good Will Hunting. And it was good. Will Hunting (sorry). Not only did it perform well at the box office (earning ten times its budget), but it produced Oscars for the aforementioned trio (Supporting for Williams, Best Writing for Damon/Affleck). Most importantly though, it thrust the dynamic duo of Matt and Ben into the spotlight.
And then what? Nothing. Surely they’d make another movie together? Alas, we never saw another co-written, co-starring feature (unless you count Kevin Smith’s Dogma). Fortunately for fans of Hunting news has broken that the New England born pals will be starting a new production company with a first look deal at Warner Bros. Maybe now we’ll finally see Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season.
Much has happened for these two in the thirteen years since Good Will Hunting. You may recall up until 2007 they did have a production company, LivePlanet, set up at Disney. Under that umbrella they created Project Greenlight for HBO, which produced the largely forgettable films Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights, and Feast. While both pursued acting careers, missteps lead Affleck to the writing-directing side with his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone being one of the tall man’s bigger successes. Damon on the other hand has had a fruitful acting career starring in everything from tent-pole franchises (Ocean’s, Bourne series) to award buzzers (The Departed, Invictus).
The timing and reason behind striking the deal are unclear. Perhaps Affleck’s renewed interest in creating had something to do with it. Another mystery is the first look condition with the studio, a situation often given to new producers who need the support. A name for the company and length of their stay at WB are also up in the air.