The studio picked up the adventure package from writers Matt Mider and Kevin Burrows.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Universal is taking a triple shot of Jason Momoa.

The studio has picked up Shots! Shots! Shots!, an action-comedy from scribes Matt Mider and Kevin Burrows that has Momoa attached to star.

Momoa will also produce the feature project with partner Jeff Fierson along with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, the banner behind the billion-dollar-grossing live-action Aladdin and Oscar-nominated drama The Two Popes.

The story details are being kept under the umbrella, but the project is described as a family-centric adventure that has tones of James Cameron’s True Lies, Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise and recent Paramount hit The Lost City.

Mider and Burrows will executive produce as will Rideback’s Ryan Halprin.

Universal Pictures executive vp Matt Reilly and creative development executive Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Rideback is in post on Haunted Mansion, starring Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson and set for a March 10, 2023, release. The company also produced Easter Sunday, Amblin and Universal’s comedy starring comedian Jo Koy, which opens Aug. 5.

Mider and Burrows previously wrote about a vacation gone wrong in the 2018 Netflix comedy The Package. They are developing the comedy Stoned Alone, a Home Alone reimagining about a 20-something stoner, for Ryan Reynolds and his Maximum Effort banner. The duo is repped by WME and Silver Lake Entertainment.

Momoa, repped by WME, is currently shooting Fast X, the latest Fast and Furious installment, in London. He also has Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in postproduction for a March 17, 2023, release. Momoa’s Netflix fantasy Slumberland, based on the Winsor McKay comic strips, is set for streaming debut later this year.




The film is being written by ‘Eternals’’ Kaz and Ryan Firpo.

COLLIDER: Jason Momoa has become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. His role as Aquaman in particular has stolen the hearts of many genre fans and Momoa’s next project is staying in the family. Reported exclusively by Deadline, Momoa’s murder mystery tentatively titled The Executioner has landed at Warner Brothers after an intense bidding war. The screenplay for the project was written by Eternals‘ writers Kaz and Ryan Firpo.

The film’s plot is under wraps, but it is being pegged as “a fun action murder mystery in the spirit of Knives Out meets The Lord of the Rings”. Peter Safran will be producing for WB. He should be a familiar name for genre fans as he has been a part of some of WB’s biggest franchise successes, producing The Conjuring, The Suicide Squad, Shazam!, and Aquaman.. The producer was also a part of The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker for HBO Max. The Conjuring and DC have both been franchises that have passed the $2 billion mark for Safran.

One of those billion dollar films was the Momoa starring Aquaman. That film’s highly anticipated sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to hit theaters next March. However, beyond just Aquaman, Momoa his shown he can be more than just a broody superhero with films like Dune and Sweet Girl. He also starred in hit shows Game of Thrones, See, and he is currently working on a new Apple TV+ series Chief of War. The actor will be seen in upcoming films like Fast X and the Minecraft film as well, the latter of which will also be a WB produced project.

On the writing side of things, the Firpos put a great blend of humor, heart, and drama into Eternals. The emotional scope of that superhero epic is severely underrated. This all bodes well for a film that is trying to smash together two wildly different genres. There is so much talent behind this project and the concept sounds really fun. It is easy to see why there was a bidding war over this project. The murder mystery genre has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years with the previously mentioned Knives Out, Kennth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptations, and the revival of Scream. It will be exciting to see Momoa in this kind of heightened environment and how the “Lord of the Rings scope” will be applied to the story.

The Executioner does not have a director attached to the project or a release date yet, but we are sure to uncover more about this mysterious film as it gets closer to its production.




DEADLINE: Jason Momoa (Dune) is in early talks to star in a live-action Minecraft film in the works at Warner Bros, sources tell Deadline.

Minecraft is a first-person survival game developed and published by Mojang Studios that spans multiple platforms. The first installment in the franchise debuted in November 2011, with the latest, Minecraft Dungeons, being unveiled in May 2020. While specifics as to the long-gestating film’s plot have been kept under wraps, Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is now set to direct from a script by Chris Bowman & Hubbell Palmer (Masterminds).

Mary Parent, Roy Lee and the late Jill Messick will produce alongside Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Vu Bui, with Jon Berg, Cale Boyter and Jon Spaihts serving as exec producers.

Momoa stars in Apple TV+’s See and has also recently been seen in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, as well as HBO Max’s Peacemaker. The actor is otherwise best known for roles in Warner Bros.’ Aquaman franchise and HBO’s Game of Thrones, and has also appeared on such series as Frontier, The Red Road and Stargate: Atlantis. Additional film credits include Zack Snyder’s Justice League, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Once Upon a Time in Venice, The Bad Batch, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Conan the Barbarian. Other upcoming films featuring the actor include Francis Lawrence’s Slumberland, James Wan’s sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 10 and Christian Camargo’s Western The Last Manhunt.

Momoa is represented by WME and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel; Hess by UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Bowman by Gotham Group and ICM Partners; and Palmer by Gotham Group and Felker Toczek Suddleson.




Momoa and Apple’s relationship continues with this new series.


COLLIDER: In its short lifespan, Apple TV+ has become the premiere service for talent-driven content. One of the hit shows for the service is the post-apocalyptic series See, starring Jason Momoa. That particular series was recently renewed for its third season, but Momoa is staying in the Apple business. It has been announced that the actor will star in a new limited series, Chief of War, for the streamer, and the show has received a straight-to-series order.

The eight-episode limited series follows “the epic and unprecedented telling of the unification and colonization of Hawaii from an indigenous point of view”. On top of Momoa starring in the series, he is also the co-creator, writer, and executive producer. Momoa created the series with Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, who is also serving as an executive producer. Other executive producers on the series include Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Erik Holmberg, and Doug Jung. Jung is also the showrunner. Lastly, Justin Chon is in negotiations to direct the first two episodes of the show.

Even though this series is in its very early stages, from the description and the talent behind the project, this appears to be a show to keep your eye out for. Momoa has had a very successful last decade, with hits like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Aquaman, Game of Thrones, and Dune. The future is even brighter for the actor, as he has Fast & Furious 10 and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on the horizon.

As mentioned previously, See has been a major success for Apple TV+ and has helped further showcase Momoa’s great versatility as an actor. He has always had an imposing physicality to him, but in recent years Momoa has nicely shown off his emotional range. It is going to be exciting to see what the actor will bring to this new series, specially since he is helping write the project. This is something we really have not seen from the actor, and it might hint at seeing a side of him that was left untapped by his other roles. This seems to be a personal show for the actor given Momoa’s Hawaiian heritage.

Momoa has garnered quite the fan base over the years. Due to this and the actor’s major role in this production this should be another hit for the streamer. Especially when you consider Apple’s amazing track record. As Chief of War gets further along in its development we should get more information on things like more casting and an Apple TV+ release window. Until then, you can catch up on Momoa’s Apple adventures on See.




 

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PEOPLE: Jason Momoa Attends the 2022 Oscars One Day After Hernia Surgery, Jokes He’s ‘Getting Old’

“Throwing bodies around … getting old, bro,” Jason Momoa joked at the 2022 Oscars of getting hernia surgery after finishing production on Aquaman 2

A surgery didn’t stop Jason Momoa from attending the 2022 Academy Awards!

The Aquaman 2 actor revealed at the 94th Oscars in a conversation with Extra ahead of the show on Sunday that he “just finished filming” the sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, and “had a hernia surgery yesterday.”

“Throwing bodies around … getting old, bro,” joked Momoa, 42.

The Dune actor, who is presenting at the ceremony, added of his sunglasses, “I got to read tonight. I can’t see far away … they are prescription.”

Momoa went on to tell Extra that he was “excited for Dune” — which is up in 10 categories, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography — “to win some awards.”

“[I’m] excited to see my friends and my [step]daughter [Zoë Kravitz],” he continued. “And I’m excited to announce these eight very important awards.”

The eight awards Momoa is referring to are the categories that will be presented in the hour before the live broadcast begins, with their wins edited into the live broadcast for viewers at home.

The categories are Best Documentary Short Subject, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Animated Short Film, Best Live-Action Short Film, and Best Sound.

Momoa is among several previously announced Oscars presenters including Lady Gaga, Kevin Costner, Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Zoë Kravitz, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Uma Thurman, Ruth E. Carter, Yuh-Jung Youn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Woody Harrelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Bailey, Daniel Kaluuya, Mila Kunis, Shawn Mendes, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes and John Travolta.

Joining the latter list are Elliot Page, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Bill Murray, Encanto’s Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Shaun White, Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater.

Most recently, the presenters list was also revealed to include Rachel Zegler, Josh Brolin, Jacob Elordi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jill Scott, J.K. Simmons, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

The 2022 Oscars are airing Sunday from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on ABC.