The next big project on Bad Robot’s docket is Overlord, a World War II-era film that — unsurprisingly — has a bit of a twist. Based on a story idea from J.J. Abrams and Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), the studio’s latest effort sounds both timely and somewhat ambitious, but it looks as though Abrams & Co. have found the perfect director for the job in Julius Avery — best known for helming the A24 thriller Son of a Gun.
Because things that are adaptations of other things tend to sell pretty well (see: the current reboot storm we’re in the middle of, or any TV show based on a movie, or any movie based on a musical or book or comic) studios are once again looking at classic literature to adapt to film. Today’s latest news comes from Disney, which is planning a Don Quixote movie, based on that giant classic work of literature you probably read an abridged version of in your Spanish class.
HBO previously took us to the 1920s East Coast for all the booze and bullets of 'Boardwalk Empire,' but will its next great drama switch sides? 'The Hunger Games' and 'Captain Phillips' screenwriter Billy Ray has been tasked to develop an HBO series around 'Great Gatsby' writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished work 'The Last Tycoon,' but how far along is the project?
Martin Scorsese's 'Sinatra' project has been kicking around for years now, but the director has a new writer for the project: 'Hunger Games' and 'Breach' writer Billy Ray. Will the script finally make it to screen this time around?