Writing partners Rashida Jones and Will McCormack just added a big movie project. Slash Film reports that they've signed on to cowrite Toy Story 4, the latest sequel to Pixar's megahit franchise after the original film in 1995 and two sequels in 1999 and 2010. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news that Pixar will release the film on June 16, 2017 with original director John Lasseter onboard to direct. No details on the plot have been confirmed yet, but Lasseter called it a "love story" in an interview with the LA Times. Here's what he had to say on the sequel in a statement:
We love [...]
"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"
- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.
Adam McKay’s path to becoming a director began as a notoriously mischievous improvisor under the tutelage of guru Del Close in Chicago, then joining SNL as a writer, eventually ascending to head writer in the mid-nineties. It was there he began his collaboration with Will Ferrell that would come to define his feature directing career. The two have collaborated on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, establishing a formula of highly designed and actively structured plays on genre that have shaped the modern comedy landscape beyond their work alone.
Since Judd [...]
The writing/directing duo behind The Lego Movie might not be returning to the director's chair for the sequel, but they've officially signed on to pen the script. According to Variety, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will both write and produce the upcoming Lego Movie sequel, though a director has not yet been found despite March's reports that Chris McKay had signed on for the project (he's onboard as a producer). The Lego Movie 2 is now slated for a release sometime in 2018 after Ninjago in 2016 and Lego Batman in 2017 starring Will Arnett.
Over the summer it was announced that FX passed on Charlie Kaufman's comedy pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes, but now Kaufman has a new project in the works with a big comedy star. Deadline reports that Kaufman has signed on to rewrite the film adaptation for IQ 83 based on Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel about a virus outbreak that lowers humanity's IQs, and Steve Carell is attached to star. Here's a description of the book via Coming Soon:
You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could [...]