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]

  • AS

    If there were ever two directors with such dramatically different aesthetics, it's Spielberg & Kubrick.

  • Aleonardis

    Who wants to bet that the Napoleon thing goes to Netflix?

  • Randall P McMurphy

    I really hope someone else does the Napoleon movie Kubrick wrote, maybe Steve McQueen or Fincher

  • Winchester

    Weren't Kubrick and Spielberg actually friends and well aware of each other (I might be recalling something from the extras on 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence or maybe somewhere else)...........anyway I doubt people need to get overly concerned about Spielberg if the intention is to make it for television. It would have to be something very particular for him to go to TV as a director I would imagine.

    Of course, if Scorsese can do it................

    The logline for 'Tomorrowland' plus the title change does make me a wee bit less interested in it. But then Bird has a pretty solid track record and it's a good ways off yet.

  • TorryZ

    Really excited about Sinister 2!

    • Ryguy815

      Same! Although I have not yet seen the first one, it looks really good!

  • Criterion10

    The news about Napoleon is interesting. Still have conflicting opinions about it though. On one hand, it would be great to see someone tackle Kubrick's vision, but on the other, it is certainly a risky job that I wouldn't want to see go to waste. I don't have a problem with Spielberg behind the film, even though I still have mixed feelings towards him as a whole. The good thing is that he is working with the Kubrick estate.

  • Chris138

    I doubt Spielberg is going to direct the Napoleon mini-series, but he'll likely produce it. I think it's good that he's able to get it off the ground, and I'll be curious to see the results. I know it's a divisive film but I actually think A.I. is one of Spielberg's finest hours.

  • SmartFilm

    "I remember the last time someone made Raimi do something for a movie and we ended up with Spider-Man 3." Touche Brad. And seriously, who wants to see fat, grumpy Bruce Campbell in anything?

    • Danny

      Bruce Campbell whether he's in shape and happy or "Fat and Grumpy" is always entertaining... So I would see a an EVIL DEAD 4 with his much older, grumpier Ash in a heartbeat...

  • Helgi

    Stanley first made A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) when he couldn´t get NAPOLEON off the ground, because if would be so expensive and most period movies were bombing around that time (Waterloo anyone?). Finally he made BARRY LYNDON in 1975. The scripts of BARRY LYNDON and NAPOLEON are quite similiar in style.