Julius Avery to Write and Direct ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake for Fox

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“Overlord” director Julius Avery has been tapped by Fox to write and direct the “Flash Gordon” remake, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

“Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn, who circled the project in 2015 to direct, will now produce with John Davis and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Group. Fox senior vice president Matt Reilly is overseeing “Flash Gordon” for the studio. C.J. Kettler is overseeing for Hearst.

The story follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

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“Flash Gordon” has been adapted into multiple formats, most recently as a live-action series on Syfy and famously as a 1980 feature film that starred Sam J. Jones.

“Overlord,” which is set for theatrical release in November, follows Allied paratroopers in World War II who are shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day and discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.

Avery directed from a script by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The cast includes Jovan Adepo (“Fences”), Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”), and Wyatt Russell (“Black Mirror: Playtest”).

Avery is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tyre; Vaughn is repped by WME and Brillstein.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Matthew Vaughn Blames ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Delay of His ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake

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Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct the “Flash Gordon” remake in 2015 and there’s kind of been radio silence since — now, the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” director says he’s still developing the project but a recent blockbuster threw a monkey wrench into his idea.

“Yeah, we’ve been working on it,” he told Collider. “For me, the only problem with ‘Flash Gordon’ is ‘Guardians [of the Galaxy]’ kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it.”

The filmmaker, whose credits include 2010’s “Kick-Ass” and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” said that it’s taking him a bit longer than he anticipated to figure out where he wants the story to go, given that space-themed movies have been done over and over again.

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“You’ve got ‘Star Wars,’ you’ve got ‘Guardians,’ so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises,” he added.

The director became attached to Fox’s remake of “Flash Gordon” in 2015. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the latest script based on the comic-strip character created in 1934 by Alex Raymond.

John Davis and George Nolfi are producing the film.

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The story of Flash Gordon follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

“Flash Gordon” has been adapted into multiple formats, most recently as a live-action series on Syfy and most famously as a 1980 feature film starring Sam J. Jones.

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‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Remake in the Works at Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has launched a remake of the classic science-fiction movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and set the project up with producer John Davis. “The Conjuring 2” screenwriter David Leslie Johnson has been tapped to write the script. The original 1956 movie is based on Jack Finney’s 1954  novel “The Body Snatchers” in which… Read more »

‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’ Coming To Life At Warner Bros

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Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

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“Ride Along” director Tim Story will helm New Line’s upcoming “Shaft” reboot, TheWrap has learned.

The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.

Story broke out with 2002’s “Barbershop,” starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson. He is best known for directing the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises, and also dipped into the Marvel Universe, helming the 2007 Fox superhero film “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” His most recent project was stand-up comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” which made $23.6 million at the domestic box office.

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“Shaft” isn’t just a niche cult classic — it’s a franchise that’s had notable financial success.

MGM’s original “Shaft,” a 1971 blaxploitation film with Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft and a soundtrack provided by legendary crooner Isaac Hayes, took in $13 million at the box office on an estimated $500,000 budget. A 2000 John Singleton-directed sequel with Samuel L. Jackson in the title role also featured Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale and Busta Rhymes. It opened atop the box office and took in $107 million worldwide on an estimated $46 million budget.

Story is represented by UTA and attorney Matt Johnson at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Game Night’

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Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to star in New Line comedy “Game Night” alongside Jason Bateman, TheWrap has learned.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”) will direct the movie, while Bateman will produce alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

Bateman recently signed on to star but has been a producer on the project since the film was pitched.

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“Game Night” is about a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night, when something goes horribly wrong. Dana Fox and Mark Perez previously worked on the script.

Bateman is currently in production on “Ozark,” a new Netflix drama series. He is an executive producer on the project, and will also star in and direct several episodes. The show will premiere this year. His most recent credits include “Office Christmas Party,” “Central Intelligence” and “Zootopia.”

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McAdams’ period drama “Disobedience” is currently in development. She last starred in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and “The Little Prince.”

Bateman is represented by CAA and Shelter PR, while McAdams is represented by WME and ID Public Relations.

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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Adds ‘Batman v Superman’ Cinematographer Larry Fong

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Larry Fong, the cinematographer on this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will shoot Shane Black’s “The Predator,” for 20th Century Fox, TheWrap has learned.

Fong is best known as the director of photography for Zack Snyder’s films such as “300,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch.” He next has “Kong: Skull Island” for Warner Bros. and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Black’s reboot of “The Predator,” now in preproduction, is scheduled to begin shooting in February with stars Boyd Holbrook (“Narcos”) and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”).

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Shane Black, who had a small role in the original 1987 film, is directing the movie, for which plot details haven’t been released yet. Fred Dekker wrote the script. Producing are John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original film.

The original “Predator” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team tasked with rescuing hostages from guerilla-controlled territory in Central America, where they encounter the title character, an advanced and aggressive form of extraterrestrial life. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura played fellow commandos, and Kevin Peter Hall played the Predator.

“The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.

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Fong is repped by Worldwide Production Agency.

Slashfilm first reported Fong’s involvement with “The Predator.”

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Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Star in ‘Predator’ Reboot

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“Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook is in talks to star in Fox’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action flick “Predator,” TheWrap has learned.

Benicio Del Toro was reportedly circling the role, but his participation in the film was never confirmed. And as it turns out, it’s not going to happen after all, as Fox has decided to go with Holbrook, who will play antagonist Donald Pierce in the upcoming Fox X-Men movie, “Logan.”

Shane Black, who had a small role in the 1987 film, is directing the movie, which hasn’t released plot details yet. Fred Dekker wrote the script. Producing are John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original film. “The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.

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The original “Predator” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team tasked with rescuing hostages from guerilla-controlled territory in Central America, where they encounter the title character, an advanced and aggressive form of extraterrestrial life. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura played fellow commandos, and Kevin Peter Hall played the Predator.

In addition to “Narcos,” Holbrook has acted in”The Skeleton Twins,” “Very Good Girls,” “Gone Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Free World. He is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn.

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