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Universals hires writers for Wanted 2

Universal Pictures has hired Derek Haas and Michael Brandt to work on Wanted 2 . The duo worked on the 2008 adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book. Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy starred and Timur Bekmambetov directed.

Source: Heat Vision | THR

Sony moving forward with Salt sequel

Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to last July’s hit action film Salt. Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as Evelyn Salt. Kurt Wimmer has been tasked by Sony to pen the screenplay for the sequel.

The original was directed by Phillip Noyce and grossed nearly $300M worldwide ($293.5M / $118.3M domestic / […]

The Hangover Part II opens to $31.6M on Thursday + Kung Fu Panda 2 debuts with $5.8

The highly anticipated R-rated comedy The Hangover Part II grossed an incredible $31.610 million from an R-rated record 3,615 theaters on Thursday (including an R-rated record $10.4M from Thursday midnight screenings). That’s a new record for the biggest opening day ever for a live-action comedy and nearly doubles the original, which grossed $16.734M in […]

Tim Burton no longer directing Maleficent

Tim Burton is no longer attached to direct Disney’s live-action “Sleeping Beauty” film Maleficent. The studio has immediately began the search for a new director, with David Yates (“Harry Potter”) a rumored replacement.

Angelina Jolie is still attached to star, and the project is being targeted for a 2013 release.

Source: Heat Vision […]

Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel no longer a prequel; Now titled Prometheus; Noomi Rapace to star

Deadline reports that the Ridley Scott-directed Alien prequel has morphed into a non-prequel film titled Prometheus. The project will be released on March 9, 2012. Here’s what Ridley Scott had to say:

“While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and […]

Phillip Noyce won’t direct Salt sequel

Although Sony hasn’t greenlit a sequel to the 2010 Angelina Jolie hit Salt, despite rumors that it will be moving forward, director Phillip Noyce has confirmed to Moviehole that he will not be directing said sequel:

“Those 3 [alternate] Blu-ray cuts [of the film] represent just about everything I have to offer on […]

James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in 3D Cleopatra?

Deadline is reporting that James Cameron and Sony Pictures are “exploring the very real possibility” that Cameron will direct Angelina Jolie in a 3D version of Cleopatra, Sony’s adaptation of the Stacy Schiff book Cleopatra: A Life:

Jolie is attached and anxious to make the movie. Scott Rudin, who acquired the book, […]

Weekend Box Office: Inception #1 again with $42.7M; Salt a strong #2 with $36.0M [UPDATED]

Update: Article updated with weekend actuals.

Christopher Nolan’s Inception held onto the top spot this weekend with an impressive $42.725 million from 3,792 theaters. The film was down just 32% from the weekend prior, an incredible hold for a summer action film and another sign that points to continued strong legs for this […]

DiCaprio’s Inception holds off Jolie’s Salt — $13.2M to $12.7M — in Friday box office

Angelina Jolie’s Salt put up a strong showing against the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer Inception, but in the end it was the Christopher Nolan-directed spectacle that took the #1 spot on Friday. Inception grossed an estimated $13.23 million from 3,792 theaters, down only 39% from its week-ago opening and pushing its 8-day cume to a strong est. […]

Darren Aronofsky in talks to direct Serena, with Angelina Jolie to star

Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie are in talks to develop a big-screen adaptation of the 2008 Ron Rash novel Serena: A Novel, which would be a starring vehicle for Jolie and Aronofsky would direct. Chris Kyle (“K-19: The Widowmaker”) wrote the screenplay for the project.

Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 […]

Angelina Jolie also passed on Cuarón’s Gravity

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed Vulture’s report about Angelina Jolie not reprising her role in Wanted 2, but the site adds that Vulture was not right when they reported that Jolie opted to do Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller Gravity instead:

Jolie’s reps say the actress has passed on doing Gravity at Warner Bros. […]

Angelina Jolie turns down Wanted 2, Universal pulls plug; Jolie now eying Cuarón’s Gravity

NY Mag’s Vulture blog is reporting that Angelina Jolie has turned down the chance to reprise her role in Wanted 2 and rather than recast the lead, Universal has decided to pull the plug on the Timur Bekmambetov-directed sequel:

We’ve just heard the actress has pulled out of the planned Timur Bekmambetov-directed sequel at Universal, and the studio has pulled the plug rather than recast the film.

As for Jolie, Vulture reports that the actress is now eying the Warner Brothers space thriller Gravity, from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón, which he co-wrote with his son Jonás:

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