Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Plotted, Raimi Forced to Write ‘Evil Dead 4’ and Spielberg Targets Kubrick’s ‘Napoleon’


Tomorrowland1.) A lengthy report from HitFix details what Brad Bird‘s secretive Tomorrowland movie is apparently all about giving the following logline:

A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.

The details continue in this explanation where George Clooney will play Frank Walker and Hugh Laurie will play David Nix:

The “Tomorrowland” that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World’s Fair. David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked. A girl named Athena saw great promise in 11-year-old Frank, though, and she snuck him into Tomorrowland. Eventually, Frank was discovered by Nix and thrown out, but not before learning that the girl he loved, Athena, was actually a robot.

The film is currently set for a December 19, 2014 release.

Evil Dead2.) Word is Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful will open to $80+ million this weekend and with press rounds for the film taking place recently Raimi has been asked about a potential Evil Dead 4, which was long rumored before the upcoming remake was ever announced. Speaking with Bleeding Cool it does seem he has some plans in that department:

“I would like to work on the script over the summer. That much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans… I am thinking about it, but a crowd goes ‘Come on Sam, do it!’ so I said ‘Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.’ But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit.

“I was saying to Ivan ‘Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?'” Raimi continues, “and he said ‘They want you to make a movie. You’re a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!’ I guess there’s something I don’t see. It makes sense when Ivan says it… I didn’t have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it.”

I remember the last time someone made Raimi do something for a movie and we ended up with Spider-Man 3.

Sinister3.) Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions is moving forward with Sinister 2, with creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill back to pen the screenplay, but no official word yet on whether Derrickson will once again direct. The first film starred Ethan Hawke and opened last year, grossing more than $87 million on a $3 million budget. [Deadline]

4.) Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct Merry Men, a revisionist take on Robin Hood tale, for DreamWorks, Original Film and Bandito Bros. The film has been described as a tentpole ensemble piece with a mission at its core (think Ocean’s Eleven) with Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) writing the script. [Deadline]

5.) Steven Spielberg has told a Canal+ reporter he’s been working on bringing Stanley Kubrick‘s unrealized Napoleon screenplay (read the 1969 version here) to television. Spielberg said in an interview, “I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay — for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago.” I’m not entirely sure I want Spielberg behind this, but I guess if he can attach the right director it still may work out well. [Cinema Teaser]