Universal has seen plenty of misfires and almost-hits this year, between 'Battleship' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' they didn't have a great summer (though 'Ted' managed to save them a little), while fall picture '47 Ronin' was bumped into 2013. But studios are all about franchises these days, and one of the few films that worked for them in 2012 was 'Safe House.' Big surprise, they want a sequel.
Though he's already won an Oscar for 'Traffic' and was nominated for 'Syriana,' Stephen Gaghan has been relatively quiet recently. But he's looking to get back into writing and directing with 'Candy Store,' which has lined up a powerhouse cast with Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt both in talks to join the film.
Those hoping that Denzel Washington would make a return to more serious, challenging roles will have to wait a little longer. He's set to star in 'The Equalizer,' an adaptation of a semi-forgotten '80s television series, a role that will surely allow him to stare quietly at bad guys before pounding the stuffing out of them (which has become something of his acting modus operandi these days). In typical Hollywood fashion, the film doesn't have a director yet, but it officially has a release date.
For Robert Zemeckis's return to live-action filmmaking, he's got Denzel Washington in the middle of an averted tragedy. The trailer for 'Flight' shows Washington pull off something miraculous, but that may not be enough for the press and public.
Though Adam McKay is deep into writing 'Anchorman 2,' we've just found out that he's in the running to remake 'Uptown Saturday Night.' The original starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, and for the remake they're talking about getting Will Smith and Denzel Washington.