Ben Whishaw as Paddington & More Movie News

Ben WhishawBen Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington. (Colin Firth had previously left the role.)

Christian Bale is in talks to play John D. MacDonald’s famous detective Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye.

Sony has acquired nonfiction book Tupperware Unsealed by Bob Kealing as a starring vehicle for Sandra Bullock.

Ridley Scott has optioned memoir The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White.

Warner Bros. has acquired forthcoming YA novel I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Movies in the Works: Marathon Bombing, Ancient Epics, & More

Lionsgate is developing Boston Marathon bombing movie Stronger, based on the book by survivor Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter.

Exodus isn’t out yet, but it looks like Ridley Scott is taking on David next.

I hope this Wicked Lovely movie buzz actually goes somewhere.

Oooh, Nathan Hale movie! Peter Facinelli has acquired M. William Phelps’s biography of “America’s First Spy.”

Warner Bros. is working on an epic Odysseus movie.

Robert Redford is adapting World War II book Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton.

Movie News: Fantastic Beasts, The Stand, A Monster Calls, & More

J.K. RowlingWarner Bros. has announced that J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the world of Harry Potter, will hit theaters on November 18, 2016.

Josh Boone will direct The Stand, and his The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff has been cast in the King adaptation.

Liam Neeson has joined A Monster Calls.

The Great Gilly Hopkins has added Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, and Billy Magnussen.

A Walk in the Woods has cast Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal.

Live by Night has been pushed to October 7, 2016.

Movie News: Wolverine, The Goldfinch, Pan, & More

The WolverineDavid James Kelly will write the next Wolverine movie.

Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) will produce the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.

Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily in Pan.

Andy Serkis will direct the Warner Bros. version of The Jungle Book.

Sean Daniel and Jason F. Brown have acquired David Morell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose for both film and TV.

Madonna will direct an adaptation of Rebecca Walker’s Adé.

Warner Bros. has acquired Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call from Heaven.

Movie Updates: Pan, Under Milk Wood, Wolverine & More

Levi MillerLevi Miller will play the title role in Pan.

Rhys Ifans is going to star in back to back English and Welsh adaptations of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

Fox has announced a bunch of release dates for Marvel things, including Fantastic Four 2 and a Wolverine sequel.

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action The Little Mermaid.

Warner Bros. has acquired Harlan Coben’s new book Missing You.

Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin may direct the adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s The Son.

Movie News: Fifty Shades, Fantastic Four, Peter Pan, Divergent, Catching Fire, & More

Movie News: Monuments Men, Little Women, Wild, & More

  • Boo: The Monuments Men has been delayed to 2014.
  • Sony is working on a new Little Women adaptation. I love the Winona Ryder version, but I’m curious to see what else could be done with it, too, so I’m tentatively in favor.
  • I’m also in favor of Nordic mysteries, so I’m happy Warner Bros. bought Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow. For Leo DiCaprio, apparently. Interesting.
  • Mo McRae and Laura Dern have been cast in Wild.
  • The Maze Runner won’t be out for almost a year, but Fox has optioned sequel The Scorch Trials just in case.

Fox Orders Commissioner Gordon Drama Gotham to Series

Commissioner GordonAccording to a Deadline exclusive, Fox has ordered drama Gotham directly to series. It’s set in the Batman universe and “explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series.” The series comes from Warner Bros. and Bruno Heller, creator of The Mentalist. Any of you big DC Comics fans? Do you like this idea, or do you wish they would do something else in the Batman universe for TV?

Movie Options: Wilson, Graveland, The Embassy House, The Husband’s Secret

Let’s catch up on some recently-announced movie options, so we know what projects we may be paying attention to in the future . . .

  • Warner Bros. has acquired Wilson, A. Scott Berg’s biography of the president, as a possible vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Alan Glynn’s murder mystery Graveland, about Wall Street corruption, has gone to New Regency.
  • Thunder Road has acquired The Embassy House by Sgt. Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis for a feature centered on Benghazi.
  • CBS Films has acquired Liane Moriarty’s novel The Husband’s Secret, about three women who find out their lives are tied together.

Warner Bros. & J.K. Rowling Teaming Up on Harry Potter-Related Movie

J.K. RowlingWhoa. More Harry Potter-adjacent movies are on the way! Warner Bros. announced today that Potter author J.K. Rowling will be writing a movie based on Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can read Rowling’s statement about the movie on her Facebook page. An excerpt:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

Are you excited for this new movie, HP fans?