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Post by WyldeMan on 7/26/2017, 7:28 am

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up a female-centric spec action script titled Ballerina that will serve as a platform for a possible John Wick spinoff.

Basil Iwanyk, whose Thunder Road banner is behind the hit Wick action franchise starring Keanu Reeves, will produce Ballerina.

While Lionsgate is relishing the idea of a franchise expansion, the screenwriter behind Ballerina is living out a Hollywood dream.

The deal marks the first sale for Shay Hatten, a 23-year-old scribe who idolizes Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and is currently working as a writer's assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, Team Downey. Hatten has been on an upward Hollywood trajectory since graduating from Loyola Marymount’s School of Film and Television in 2016. He snagged an internship at Team Downey while writing a black comedy script, Maximum King!, in his spare time, and that script led to representation at CAA and ended up on last year’s Black List and Blood List. Hatten was then upped by Downey to writer's assistant, providing script notes and coverage on the company's many projects while tackling what would become Ballerina on nights and weekends.

Ballerina has been described as being in the vein of La Femme Nikita, the 1990 female-centric assassin movie that helped launch the career of filmmaker Luc Besson, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.

Details are being kept under the tutu, but the story is known to center on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family.

The script hit the studios last week, with Warner Bros. and Universal also vying for it, according to sources. Lionsgate saw in it potential to further grow its Wick franchise (a third movie is now in the works).


Hatten’s Maximum King! is a black comedy that takes a fictional look at how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed his horror movie Maximum Overdrive.

Iwanyk is a producer on The Current War, the upcoming movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon that is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also on his résumé is Wind River, the Jeremy Renner thriller that serves as the directorial debut of Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/26/2017, 10:14 am

This franchise is such a success, we gotta make a female version. Damn you Hollywood! And now they're throwing out ideas about a female Bond. WTF?
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Post by Tyger on 7/26/2017, 10:24 am

Not everything is like the Ghostbusters reboot ya know
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/26/2017, 10:36 am

@UltimateMarvel wrote:This franchise is such a success, we gotta make a female version. Damn you Hollywood! And now they're throwing out ideas about a female Bond. WTF?

They just announced Bond 25 last week and that sack of shit Daniel Craig is returning. They still brought that cunt back even after all his "slit my wrists" shit talking. Fuck Bond and his Martini weak sauce franchise, I'll take a lady hitter over his Limey ass any day of the week.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/26/2017, 2:20 pm

@Tyger wrote:Not everything is like the Ghostbusters reboot ya know

I suppose it depends on the actress but it's all the same reasoning. Atomic Blonde is pretty much a female John Wick, there was no need for this.

@WyldeMan wrote:
@UltimateMarvel wrote:This franchise is such a success, we gotta make a female version. Damn you Hollywood! And now they're throwing out ideas about a female Bond. WTF?

They just announced Bond 25 last week and that sack of shit Daniel Craig is returning. They still brought that cunt back even after all his "slit my wrists" shit talking. Fuck Bond and his Martini weak sauce franchise, I'll take a lady hitter over his Limey ass any day of the week.

You hate him for saying that? He was partially joking and this role can be demanding, I don't blame him. I don't care what he said, I like Craig as Bond. Him coming back is a good thing.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/26/2017, 4:20 pm

@UltimateMarvel wrote:You hate him for saying that? He was partially joking and this role can be demanding, I don't blame him. I don't care what he said, I like Craig as Bond. Him coming back is a good thing.

I hate him cause he's an overrated hack who's made one movie I enjoyed in his whole career "Layer Cake" and I find him to be a pompous arrogant douche bag. I wish someone would pull a Michael Sheen on that punk ass bitch.

@UltimateMarvel wrote:I suppose it depends on the actress but it's all the same reasoning. Atomic Blonde is pretty much a female John Wick, there was no need for this.

And there is ALWAYS a need for gorgeous ladies killing people in bad ass sequences, ALWAYS!
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Post by Tyger on 7/26/2017, 6:42 pm

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Post by Rusty on 7/26/2017, 7:41 pm

@WyldeMan wrote:
@UltimateMarvel wrote:This franchise is such a success, we gotta make a female version. Damn you Hollywood! And now they're throwing out ideas about a female Bond. WTF?

They just announced Bond 25 last week and that sack of shit Daniel Craig is returning. They still brought that cunt back even after all his "slit my wrists" shit talking. Fuck Bond and his Martini weak sauce franchise, I'll take a lady hitter over his Limey ass any day of the week.

Hell yes.

My only problem with this is they've already killed of Adrianne Palicki's character - so it can't be her Crying or Very sad . Plus her character wasn't exactly on the side of good. I so need her to get a good arse-kicking lead role.





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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/26/2017, 9:07 pm

I don't like how they're making a female version of every movie nowadays man. Ghostbusters to Ocean's Eight to an all female Expendables movie......and who knows what's next. If it's something original then I'm on board, like Atomic Blonde, but this needs to stop.
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Post by Rusty on 7/26/2017, 9:23 pm

But they're not making a female version of John Wick. They're making a movie about a female assassin that may be set in the same universe as John Wick. A universe that revolves around hired killers. One being female is not such a stretch.

It's not like it's going to be called Joan Wick.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 7/27/2017, 6:19 am

@Rusty wrote:But they're not making a female version of John Wick. They're making a movie about a female assassin that may be set in the same universe as John Wick. A universe that revolves around hired killers. One being female is not such a stretch.

It's not like it's going to be called Joan Wick.




ITA.


You guys sounds like the DW fanboys whining about the new Female Time Lord.

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Post by WyldeMan on 7/27/2017, 7:20 am

@ForeverBlu wrote:
@Rusty wrote:But they're not making a female version of John Wick. They're making a movie about a female assassin that may be set in the same universe as John Wick. A universe that revolves around hired killers. One being female is not such a stretch.

It's not like it's going to be called Joan Wick.

ITA.

You guys sounds like the DW fanboys whining about the new Female Time Lord.

But only one of all of us guys here is whining about the female concept, the rest of us seem to support this.

I also happen to be a big supporter of the first Lady Doctor.

Besides, we all know Abe is the only guy here who hates women and that's cause they terrify him. He doesn't know any better cause he's only seen content made in his lifetime and he's a big fan of hardcore gangsta rap.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/27/2017, 4:25 pm

@Rusty wrote:But they're not making a female version of John Wick. They're making a movie about a female assassin that may be set in the same universe as John Wick. A universe that revolves around hired killers. One being female is not such a stretch.

It's not like it's going to be called Joan Wick.

True. But they wouldn't have made this if it was a couple of years ago, just saying. I call it like I see it. Guess we have to agree to disagree.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/27/2017, 5:18 pm

@UltimateMarvel wrote:True. But they wouldn't have made this if it was a couple of years ago, just saying. I call it like I see it. Guess we have to agree to disagree.



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Post by Tyger on 7/27/2017, 9:25 pm

Oh shit, Abe just got Caged
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/28/2017, 6:55 am

@Tyger wrote:Oh shit, Abe just got Caged

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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/30/2017, 11:41 am

Well, I would be stupid to go against Cage.
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Post by kernel_thai on 8/6/2017, 6:15 pm

I think this is a very clever idea. What they r doing is taking the script for a Hanna type movie and porting it into the John Wick universe so they can use landmarks and rules they have established for the Wick movies. I certainly wouldnt mind seeing her pop into the Continental and have Lance Roddick at the front desk.
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