I’ve added the first official poster for the upcoming thriller Z for Zachariah as well as two new additional stills of Chris from the film. Z for Zachariah hits theaters August 28th, 2015!
If – and despite the studio’s driving need for franchises and the evergreen nature of the title, it is still just ‘if’ – Paramount decides to make a Star Trek 4, it can count on Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock reporting for duty. Actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have renegotiated their contracts to allow for a fourth Trek adventure, in a move that also boosts their salary.
It’s all part of deal negotiations that have taken place as the third Star Trek movie – called, at least for now, Star Trek Beyond – finally cranks up the ol’ warp drive and moves into production, with Pine, Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and the rest scoring wage raises along the way.
Not much is known about the third Trek movie’s plot so far – rumours have included more action with the Klingons – and Pegg, who has co-written the current script with Doug Jung, has said he wanted to get back into the exploration and adventure at which Star Trek excels. We do know that Justin Lin is the man guiding the action this time and the movie has started filming in Vancouver. It’ll arrive here on July 8 next year.
Wonder Woman is about to get hot and heavy with Chris Pine. Sources tell Variety the “Star Trek” actor is in negotiations to join Gal Gadot in the upcoming superhero pic for Warner Bros.
Pine would play Gadot’s love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Patty Jenkins, who recently replaced Michelle MacLaren, is directing from a script by Jason Fuchs. “Wonder Woman” will be released on June 23, 2017.
Charles Roven is exec producing the DC Comics tentpole for Atlas Entertainment. Zack Snyder, director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is also producing.
In the comics, Steve Trevor was an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons. He was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. There she became Wonder Woman (and also his co-worker, Diana Prince).
Rumors had suggested that Scott Eastwood had landed the part, but insiders tell Variety that Eastwood was given a choice to test for the Trevor role or sign on for a guaranteed supporting part in “Suicide Squad,” which he opted to take.
Warners tested a handful of other actors but later decided to look at more high-profile names and go with a straight offer. Pine won over production execs and Gadot at his meeting, leading the studio to pursue him for the role.
Pine, having starred as Captain Kirk in the last two “Star Trek” movies, is no stranger to the fanboy world, but “Wonder Woman” will mark his first venture into cinema’s most popular genre and should lead to more opportunities in DC’s Justice League universe. Gadot’s Wonder Woman, of course, plays a key role in Snyder’s forthcoming “Batman v Superman,” which arrives next March.
Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.
Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation.
It is a directorial debut for actor and wrier Sheridan, whose writing credits also include action thriller Comancheria, another hot property at this year’s Cannes market.
Sicario producers Thunder Road and Peter Berg’s Film 44 are producing.