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James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Begins Production

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    Tommy Lee Jones to Replace Harrison Ford in Legal Drama The Burial

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    Amazon’s The Wheel of Time Series Gets Early Season 2 Renewal

    Amazon Studios has confirmed that production on the upcoming series adaptation of Robert Jordan’s bestselling novel series The Wheel of Time has finally been completed in the Czech Republic. The filming wrap also comes with the announcement that Amazon has officially granted the Rosamund Pike-led fantasy series an early second season renewal.With this many Ta’veren in one place, one season was never going to be enough. #TheWheelOfTime #TwitterOfTime pic.twitter.com/CtuGitxPSn— The Wheel Of Time (@TheWheelOfTime) May 20, 2021“The belief Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television have shown in The Wheel of Time has been incredible to see throughout the entire process of making this show. Getting a second season order before the first season has even premiered is such a vote of confidence in the work we are doing and the property itself, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to continue to live and work in the world Robert Jordan created,” showrunner and executive producer Rafe Judkins said in a statement. “This property is one I’ve loved since I was a teenager, and seeing it brought to life with the resources to make it truly worthy of what’s on the page is something I can’t wait for the other fans of the books to see. And Season 2 just keeps expanding the world we built in Season 1.”RELATED: Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 Finally Wraps Production!Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders added, “The Wheel of Time is a beloved series of fantasy novels from Robert Jordan, renowned for the rich world and diverse characters he created. The approach Rafe and his team have taken with this project is a testament to Amazon Studios’ commitment to deliver something special for the devoted fans around the world. In partnership with the team at Sony Pictures Television, we wanted our Prime Video customers to be delighted that a second season is already in the works so that they would know that the journey would continue.”The project has been in development since 2017 at Sony Pictures Television and had only secured a series order from Amazon in 2018. 20 years ago, NBC was actually the first one who attempted to adapt The Wheel of Time novels. However, it was ultimately canceled and the network lost the screen rights, with Jordan selling the film, TV, video game, and comic rights to Red Eagle Entertainment in 2004.Click here to purchase the first book in the series!The Wheel of Time is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine (Pike), a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the ‘Aes Sedai’ as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.The series features an ensemble cast led by Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Daniel Henney (Wolverine), Álvaro Morte (Money Heist), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Kae Alexander (Game of Thrones), Madeleine Madden (Tidelands), Zoë Robins (Power Rangers Ninja Steel), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), Barney Harris (Clique), Marcus Rutherford (Obey), Josha Stradowski (Just Friends), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Taylor Napier (All About April) Emmanuel Imani (Black Earth Rising) and more.RELATED: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Synopsis Teases Setting & Familiar CharactersThe series is developed and executive produced by Rafe Judkins, who also serves as the showrunner. Emmy nominee Uta Briesewitz (Westworld) directed the first two episodes. It is produced by Sony Pictures TV, with Harriet McDougal, Jordan’s widow, will serve as a consulting producer. Executive producers are Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures and Darren Lemke with Pike also set as producer.Wheel of Time began with The Eye of the World back in 1990 and ended with A Memory of Light in 2013. The final book was finished by Brandon Sanderson, as Jordan passed away in 2007. The eighth through fourteenth books in The Wheel of Time series each reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. There are 14 novels in the series, which was nominated for a Hugo Award after its completion. Combined, the books have sold more than 90 million copies, second only to fantasy novel champion The Lord of the Rings — which is also being developed into a series for Amazon.

    Naomi Watts to Star in Amazon’s English Remake of Goodnight Mommy

    Naomi Watts to star in Amazon’s English remake of Goodnight MommyIt’s been over two years since we last heard word about director Matt Sobel’s English remake of the 2014 Austrian horror thriller Goodnight Mommy but now Variety has brought word that Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (Boss Level) has officially signed on to star in and executive produce the Amazon Studios project.RELATED: Timo Tjahjanto In Talks to Helm New Line’s Train to Busan Remake“My favorite films are those that invite the audience to step inside their protagonist’s journey,” Sobel said in a statement. “In our re-imagining of Goodnight Mommy, fear of abandonment — and the dreadful realization that those close to us may not be who they seem — create an immersive nightmare, with visceral sensations front and center. I can’t wait to create this heart-stopping story with Amazon and the peerless Naomi Watts.”The British actress is no stranger to the genre, having previously starred in horror and thriller films including David Lynch’s short film series Rabbits, the Gore Verbinski-helmed American remake of The Ring, 2005’s Stay, the english remake of Funny Games and 2011’s Dream House.Pick up a copy of the original film here!Written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (The Lodge), Goodnight Mommy followed twin brothers who, when sent to stay with their mother, are surprised to find her swathed in bandages from a recent procedure. As her behavior grows increasingly erratic and unusual, the twins become convinced she is an imposter. Their suspicion sets off a roller-coaster of emotional mind games and misunderstandings between mother and her children, that eventually explodes with irreparable and heartbreaking consequences.The English remake will be directed by Matt Sobel (Take Me to the River) from a screenplay written by Kyle Warren based on their vision for the film. Original film directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are executive producing with David Kaplan, Joshua Astrachan, Valery Guibal and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert set as producers. The project is a co-production between prestige label Animal Kingdom and Playtime, who was the one that acquired the rights to the remake. Amazon Studios has signed on to finance and release the film worldwide.RELATED: Matt Reeves to Produce English-Language Remake of Sci-Fi Feature SputnikThe original film made its world premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it earned rave reviews from critics for its captivating plot, dark and moody atmosphere and chilling pace. It was also selected as Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film a the 88th Academy Awards.(Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

    Amazon in Talks for Jurnee Smollett Action Vehicle Fuel

    Amazon in talks for Jurnee Smollett action vehicle Fuel Fresh off working together on HBO’s acclaimed adaptation of Lovecraft Country, star Jurnee Smollett and executive producer Misha Green are reuniting for an action vehicle Fuel with Amazon Studios currently in talks to acquire the pitch in a heated bidding war, according to Deadline. RELATED: Lovecraft Country’s Misha Green Tapped to Write/Direct Tomb Raider Sequel The film, which is being penned by Kat Wood (Diplomatic Courier, Envoy), will center on a wheel woman, a modern take on a familiar character, and is described as “an action-packed female empowerment story that will subvert the relationship between cars and masculinity” and will see the heroine coerced into working for a criminal and breaking all the rules she set out for herself. Smollett, also coming off the well-received DC Extended Universe ensemble pic Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), is currently set to star in the film and produce alongside Green while Wood is attached to executive produce the project, with no director currently attached to the project. In addition to Lovecraft, Green and Smollett previously worked on together on the acclaimed WGN America series Underground, which ran for two seasons. RELATED: Hellsing: Amazon & John Wick Writer Adapting Japanese Manga into Film Fuel marks the latest venture into the film world for Green after over a decade working in television, including her recent signing on to write and direct the Alicia Vikander-led Tomb Raider sequel at MGM in Green’s feature directorial debut and penning and producing The Mother, recently acquired by Netflix in a similarly-competitive bidding battle, and Warner Bros. revival of Cleopatra Jones. (Photo Credit: Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

    Day, Slate, Rodriguez & More to Lead Amazon’s Ensemble you’re wanted by me Back

    Day, Slate, Rodriguez & more to lead Amazon’s ensemble I Want You Back As production on the romantic comedy is about to get underway, Amazon Studios has unveiled the cast for I Want You Back which features an ensemble roster of stars including Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Jenny Slate (Big Mouth), Gina Rodriguez (Kajillionaire) and more. RELATED: Lost and Found: Zachary Levi & Gina Rodriguez to Star in Amazon’s New Comedy Adventure Emma (Slate) and Peter (Day) thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them. In their thirties and terrified that they have missed their shot at happily ever after, Emma and Peter are horrified to learn that their partners have already moved on. With no prospects on the horizon and the threat of dying alone hanging over their heads, they hatch a desperate plan to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and win them back. “It’s a dream to be able to bring Isaac and Elizabeth’s brilliantly authentic vision to the world! It will surely capture the hearts of our Prime Video customers,” Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to see this amazing ensemble come aboard this fun and witty story that audiences will fall in love with.” Alongside Day, Slate and Rodriguez, the ensemble cast for the film is set to include Scott Eastwood (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Clark Backo (Letterkenny), Jami Gertz (Difficult People), Jordan Carlos (The First Wives Club), Midori Francis (Dash and Lily), Mason Gooding (Love, Victor), Isabel May (Alexa & Katie) and Luke David Blumm (The King of Staten Island). The film is being penned by Love, Simon writers and This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger and helmed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence), with Peter Safran and John Rickard producing for The Safran Company alongside The Walk-Up Company’s Aptaker and Berger. “I immediately fell in love with Isaac and Elizabeth’s funny, heartfelt script, and I am so honored that they, along with the amazing team at Amazon are allowing me to bring their timeless love story to life, and that I get to do it with such an incredible group of actors,” Orley said in a statement. RELATED: Donald Glover Inks Eight-Figure Overall Deal With Amazon Production on I Want You Back is set to begin in early March in Atlanta. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    Lost and Found: Zachary Levi & Gina Rodriguez to Star in Amazon’s New Comedy Adventure

    Lost and Found: Zachary Levi & Gina Rodriguez to star in Amazon’s new comedy adventure According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is currently in the process of developing a new treasure hunting comedy film titled Lost and Found with Shazam! star Zachary Levi and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez attached for the leading roles. The project hails from Pink and Jeff Morris. RELATED: Harold and the Purple Crayon: Zachary Levi to Lead Sony’s Live-Action Film Lost and Found is described as a comedy adventure film that will center around a headstrong lawyer and an off-the-grid renegade who reluctantly team up to find a long-lost buried treasure by the Mississippi River. The screenplay is written by Pink and Jeff Morris. On top of starring, both Levi and Rodriguez are also serving as producers through their respective production companies, Wyldwood Studios and I Can and I Will Productions. The film will also be produced by Pink Morris for Pink Machine banner. The idea for the project was conceived after Pink Morris and Levi’s previous feature titled Undercover was shelved due to the ongoing pandemic. RELATED: Solos: Amazon Sets Star-Studded Cast For New Anthology Series Levi is best known for his superhero role in DC Films’ Shazam! which grossed $365 million at the worldwide box office. He will next be seen in American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story, The Unbreakable Boy, and the highly-anticipated Shazam sequel. Rodriguez gained recognition for her leading performance in The CW’s Jane the Virgin which ran-air for five seasons from 2014-2019. It also earned her her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She will next be seen in the upcoming second season of Disney+’s Diary of a Future President. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images & JC Olivera/Getty Images)

    Amazon Greenlights I Know What You Did Last Summer Series

    Amazon greenlights I Know What You Did Last Summer series The update of the cult classic ’90s teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer has found its home at Amazon Studios with Preacher veteran Sara Goodman attached to write and executive produce alongside horror maestro James Wan via his Atomic Monster banner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: James Wan Producing I Know What You Did Last Summer TV Series “We are thrilled to have I Know What You Did Last Summer with our incredible partners at Amazon Studios,” Sony Pictures TV Studios co-president Jason Clodfelter said in a statement. “Neal Moritz and Original Films’ development consistently fires on all cylinders and that is proven once again with Sara Goodman’s contemporary and pulsating character weaving suspense thriller.”A theatrical reboot of the series, loosely based on the novel of the same name, was previously announced in 2016 with then-up-and-coming writer/director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) set to co-write and direct the project. After languishing for three years that attempt is now dead in the water, with Flanagan even taking to Twitter to confirm he is no longer working on it. That feeling when you won’t be asked for updates on I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER anymore… pic.twitter.com/35BaOyI46G — Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) July 27, 2019 Click here to purchase the 1997 original film!  “The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this I Know What You Did Last Summer series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie,” Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film.” The 1997 film version, directed by Jim Gillespie with a script by Kevin Williamson, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze, Jr. as a group of high school students who accidentally hit and kill a man with their car one night. Although they believe they have successfully covered up their crime, the group finds themselves at the receiving end of a slasher killer’s serial rampage one year later. RELATED: CS Video: James Wan on Expanding The Conjuring Universe I Know What You Did Last Summer was followed by a theatrical sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer in 1998 and a direct-to-video third film, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, in 2006. Neal Moritz will produce the series alongside Original Film’s Payun Shatty, Atomic Monster’s Wan, Rob Hackett and Michael Clear, while Shay Hatten, who was originally set to pen the pilot, will executive produce with Goodman and Erik Feig.

    Amazon in Final Negotiations to Acquire Coming 2 America

    Amazon in final negotiations to acquire Coming 2 America With the global pandemic still raging and theaters remaining shut down, studios are looking to shift from theatrical to digital releases and now word has come that Paramount has entered final negotiations with Amazon to acquire Coming 2 America, according to Variety. RELATED: Tracy Morgan Offers Details on Coming 2 America Character Sources report that the final details between the streaming platform and film studio are being worked out, including consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonalds and Crown Royal, which are expected to transfer over to Amazon Studios along with the film, which is also reportedly a priority for chief Jennifer Salke. The Amazon Studios exec has recently been behind the acquisitions of the Borat sequel and fellow Paramount Pictures acquisition Without Remorse, an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s novel of the same name starring Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther). Coming 2 America will follow Akeem, now set to become king, discovering he has a son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his father’s dying wish to groom his son as a new crowned prince, Akeem must once again return to America. The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Hustle & Flow, Blake Snake Moan, and the 2011 Footloose remake. black-ish creator Kenya Barris penned the script. Purchase the first Coming To America film here. The original film was directed by John Landis and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride. RELATED: Coming to America Sequel Adds Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, and More The cast includes original stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and Shari Headley. In addition, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Jermaine Fowler, Rick Ross, singer Teyana Taylor, and comedian Michael Blackson have also been cast for the sequel with Louie Anderson set to reprise his role as Maurice. Mbatha starred in 2017’s Hotel Called Memory and All About Love. Beauvais appeared in the original Coming to America, and has since appeared in a number of TV shows and films, including Spider-Man: Homecoming.

    John Cena & Idris Elba Reteaming for Head of State at Amazon Studios

    John Cena & Idris Elba reteaming for Head of State at Amazon Studios As audiences await to see the duo team up for James Gunn’s highly-anticipated The Suicide Squad, John Cena (F9) and Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw) have already set their next project with the action project Head of State, which has just been acquired by Amazon Studios, according to Deadline. RELATED: Peacemaker: The Suicide Squad Spinoff Series Coming to HBO Max! While plot details are currently being kept under wraps for the project, it’s being described as a being akin to the “two-hander, high-octane” action movies of the ’90s such as Air Force One and even Elba’s Fast and Furious spin-off, pairing “an odd couple in a high-stakes situation.” The duo pitched the project to Amazon Studios over Zoom alongside screenwriter Harrison Query (My Wife & I Bought a Ranch) and producers Peter Safran and John Rickard of The Safran Company, with the actors currently finalizing their deals in a reported six-to-seven figure deal for Query. The group were reportedly halted during their presentation as the studio wanted to quickly grab the project before they could pitch it to other studios. Following the conclusion of shooting on Gunn’s DC Extended Universe sequel, of which he was also a producer, Safran noticed a real chemistry between Cena and Elba and began working with the two to capitalize on their momentum and find a vehicle for them to lead together. RELATED: Beast: Idris Elba to Star in Universal’s Survival Thriller Helmed by Baltasar Kormákur The group subsequently turned to up-and-coming writer Query, who made a large deal with Netflix in July for a film adaptation of his Reddit six-part horror short story My Wife & I Bought a Ranch, which he is developing with his brother Matt and producer Scott Glassgold. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

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