After Hours: Dead Island, James Franco And More

After Hours, just what is After Hours, well it is a movie column named after one of my favorite Martin Scorsese films. After Hours will feature any movie news that we might have missed during the day. After all we are human.

The announcement trailer for the video game Dead Island has sparked an interest in Hollywood. In the wake of the release of that trailer, Sean Daniel, movie producer of 20 plus years, has purchased the rights for the film. Although the trailer offers no game play footage, it has quickly become an internet sensation thanks in part to its intense cinematic sequences and score. Bear in mind only the rights to the film were purchased and currently there is no director, screenplay writer, or cast for this movie. Could it be a hit? Maybe. But it was worth purchasing the rights for if Daniel saw something just from the trailer alone. (HitFix)

Steve Carell could possibly be cast along side Meryl Streep in Great White Springs. Deadline is reporting that the actor is in neogitations to star in the comedy/drama directed by David Frankel. The screenplay was penned by “Alias” and “Everwood” writer Vanessa Taylor. Carell would play Dr. Feld, a marriage therapist who tries to help a couple rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage Steep would play the wife and Frankel will cast the husband.

Warner Brothers did not have to look to far for a scribe to write the screenplay for Akira. According to Variety, Harry Potter franchise screenplay writer Steve Kloves has been hired to pen the screenplay. Kloves will be working on a script previously written by Albert Torres, with earlier drafts written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.

The live-action adaptation based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel will be directed by Albert Hughes. Albert’s brother Allen, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will act as producers.

Shawn Levy may have been chosen as director of the James Cameron 3D produced Fantastic Voyage over Louis Leterrier, but that is not stopping the Clash of the Titans director from taking on other projects. Leterrier is now attached to direct the magic heist film called Now You See Me. Leterrier spoke exclusively to The Playlist and said,

It’s amazing. Only great people involved.

The film will follow FBI agents tracking down illusionists doubling as thieves who shower their audiences with their newly stolen goods.

Fox has acquired the rights to the 1936 classic children book The Story of Ferdinand, reports Vulture. The film will be directed by Carlos Saldanha, the man behind all three of the studio’s Ice Age films as well as the upcoming Rio.

Warner Brothers has released the red band trailer for Hall Pass

With the Oscars a little over a week away, James Franco doesn’t know if he will be funny enough to host the Oscars. So who better to ask for advice than the master of comedy himself Judd Apatow.