Apple has emerged victorious in what was an intense bidding war for a new live-action musical reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, beating out several other high-profile bidders.
Though the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Apple has reportedly agreed to pay more than $60 million in talent fees — including a whopping $35 million payday for Reynolds and $10-15 million for writers-directors Sean Anders and John Morris — on top of what is believed to be a hefty shooting and post-production budget.
Those numbers were simply too rich for the blood of such studios like Warner Bros., Paramount, and Netflix, who, despite making sizable offers, were not able to compete with the bids coming from Apple, which is looking to invest billions of dollars in original content for its new direct-to-consumer streaming service Apple TV+.
Producers on A Christmas Carol include Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum for Gloria Sanchez and Reynolds and George Dewey for Maximum Effort. Anders and Morris — who previously collaborated with Ferrell on the Daddy’s Home movies — are also producing via their Two Grown Men label.
‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure
20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.
Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.
Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.
The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.
Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.
Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.
The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard
Rating: R for violence and language throughout
4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
- “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
- “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
- “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
- “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
- “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
- “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh
Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series
Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.
The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.
S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.
Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.
Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.