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From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.
Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed »
- Derek Anderson
Slow West, 2015.
Written and Directed by John Maclean.
A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as guide.
The western film is dead say some, a lost art of genre that very rarely makes the mustard with Hollywood these days amongst the multi-million pound extravaganza’s that are slowly clogging up cinemas quicker than you can say Fast & Furious. But the myth that westerns just don’t work in modern cinema is a ridiculous premise. Anyone who saw Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman last year will agree that when they are done right and with care and love, they are marvellously entertaining and cling to an old-fashioned part of cinema that is slowly, and sadly, being eradicated.
- Scott J. Davis
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
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- Christopher Campbell
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
This may sound like a mad fever dream, but it came close to actually happening in the wake of 1997's Batman & Robin.
Prior to that franchise-killing film's release, director Joel Schumacher and I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich teamed up to work on a script that would return Batman to his dark roots as he faced a roster of psychotic supervillains.
"It was going to be very dark," Schumacher told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember going to the set of Face »
San Andreas, 2015.
Directed by Brad Peyton.
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.
If I made a compliment like “they don’t make ‘em like this much anymore” about San Andreas I’d forgive you for thinking I’d gone mad but only if you hadn’t seen the film. Anyone who sees the movie is guaranteed at least one of two things; the most fun you’ll have had for the price of your ticket in 2015 so far, and just maybe you’ll agree just where I’m coming from with my unapologetic glee.
Make no mistake, San Andreas offers nothing new to the disaster movie genre, »
- Gary Collinson
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. The Liberator (Netflix)
While the idea of the historical epic has the ability to turn off a few cinephiles, this is a real gem of a film. From director Alberto Arvelo, The Liberator follows the story of one Simon Bolivar, with beloved Venezuelan thespian Edgar Ramirez in that very role. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Castle season 7 bows out on a sentimental note, and lacking in suspense. But here's hoping that season 8 will be an improvement...
This review contains spoilers.
7.23 Hollander's Woods
One of the things about trailers and previews (and other glimpses of television and film stories to come) is that they are rife with misdirection—and rightly so. If you are too upfront with the audience about what’s going to happen in the movie you are promoting, then there’s really no reason to see it in the first place. Anyone who saw the trailer for 1999’s Double Jeopardy, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd, could have skipped pretty much the entire film, since there was little in the movie that wasn’t in, or loudly telegraphed by, the previews. Quarantine suffered from another but related problem. The most shocking scene from the trailer—the one where something grabs a terrified »
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
Marvel: Ava Duvernay, who directed the Academy Award-nominated drama Selma (above), is under consideration by Marvel to helm "one of its diverse superhero movies," including Black Panther or Captain Marvel. The former title is reported to be more likely, since it has a slightly earlier release date of July 6, 2018; Chadwick Boseman is set to star as the titular hero. Marvel is looking at other directors as well, so it's not a done deal yet. [The Wrap] The Fugitive: A new installment of The Fugitive is on its way. The 1960s TV series was transformed into an exciting action picture starring Harrison Ford as a doctor accused of murdering his wife before going on the run, with Tommy Lee Jones as a dogged U.S. Marshal in pursuit; Jones returned in a 1998...
- Peter Martin
Between Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Blade Runner 2 and in all likelihood Indiana Jones 5, Harrison Ford is already set to (or expected to) reprise a handful of his most famous characters in the coming years, and it seems we might be able to add a fourth role to that list: Dr. Richard Kimble, the titular character of the 1993 thriller The Fugitive. That's right, a new sequel to the surprise box office hit and Best Picture nominee is in the works at Warner Bros., with Black List writer Christina Hodson set to pen the script, and while Ford isn't yet confirmed to return one has to wonder if the name recognition would help the films chances at financial success. The Fugitive received a sequel in 1998 in the form of U.S. Marshals, and while that film retained Tommy Lee Jones, who previously won an Oscar for his original performance as U. »
- Jordan Benesh
Warner Bros is now developing a new "The Fugitive" film and has hired Christina Hodson (Shut In) to write the script. No word if Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones will return, or whether the film will be a reboot. The original 1993 film grossed $369 million worldwide. It was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and spawned a sequel, called "Us Marshals," bringing back Jones and adding Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. "The Fugitive" was also a TV series that starred David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, a surgeon accused of murdering his wife. It lasted for four seasons on ABC. Warner Bros is hoping to enter production by early 2016. »
The outlet reports that Warner Bros. is keen to make the new version soon, but it is unclear as of yet whether the film will act as a reboot to TV show or a sequel to the original film. That said, there is a screenwriter attached to the project in the form of Christina Hodson.
The Fugitive TV show ran on ABC between 1963 and 1967 for 120 episodes. The feature film was released in 1993 and starred Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, the latter winning an Oscar for his performance before returning in the Ford-less sequel, U.S. Marshals, which also featured Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr.
- Scott J. Davis
It's not clear whether it's a sequel, reboot or remake, but a new movie of The Fugitive is on the way...
One of the biggest hits of 1993 (that didn't involve dinosaurs) was the big screen take on TV hit, The Fugitive. Harrison Ford starred as Dr Richard Kimble in a quality thriller, that won an Oscar for Tommy Lee Jones and picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture too. Oh, and it made megabucks.
There was a sort-of-sequel to The Fugitive that followed, in the shape of Us Marshals. That was basically a less impressive retread, with Wesley Snipes stepping in for Harrison Ford, and Tommy Lee Jones reprising that Oscar winning role. But since then, Warner Bros has left well alone.
Well, until now.
News has broken that Warner Bros is now planning a new The Fugitive movie, although it's not clear yet whether it'd be a sequel, »
We’ve all recited Samuel Gerard’s ‘out house’ speech at some stage in our lives. There’s no denying it. That wonderful, Oscar winning performance from Tommy lee Jones is just one of the many, many elements that came together to make 1993’s The Fugitive such a beloved modern classic. Now, it’s coming back to the big screen, with Deadline reporting that Warner Bros. have put a new version of The Fugitive into development. There’s no word on what this version of Doctor Richard Kimble’s (of course played by Harrison Ford in the 1993 movie) desperate quest to clear his tarnished name will actually entail. Will it be a reboot of the original 1960’s t.v. series? A sequel? Something new entirely? A sequel isn’t thinking too far out of the box. Ford isn’t adverse to returning for a sequel decades after the original (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Another day, another remake. Or this time a reboot. Or whatever the heck it will be. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is now in development on a new version of The Fugitive, working with producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson who helped make the first one. The Fugitive movie every knows, the one with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones from 1993, was actually adapted from a TV series from the 1960s. The report mentions it'll be a movie, with Christina Hodson (The Eden Project, Shut In) writing the script, but that's about it as details are sparse on what exactly it is beyond a new take. Maybe they want Harrison Ford back? Here's some of the best tweets collected regarding the news today - the funniest ones are at the bottom: The Fugitive Is Running Again at Warner Bros.: Sequel? Remake? Reboot? The details are still hazy.— Luigi Delarosa »
- Alex Billington
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