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More than twenty years after he was fired from the project three days into shooting, South African filmmaker Richard Stanley has revealed that he may get another opportunity to direct a film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic tale The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Stanley spent years developing the 1996 feature starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, only to be removed from the production (finding out via fax) and replace by John Frankenheimer. However, during a chat with Birth.Movies.Death, Stanley has revealed that plans are afoot for a new adaptation thanks to David Gregory, filmmaker behind the 2014 documentary Lost Soul which details the film’s troubled production.
“At this stage, I can’t say exactly by who, and how long it will take, but the project does live again, largely thanks to David,” said Stanley. “We’re currently scripting and designing the thing. It’s going to be an all-new »
- Gary Collinson
photograph by John Mathieson
Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.
Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My »
- Michelle Hannett
Dirty Thirty: 7 Facts to Celebrate 30 Years of Dirty DancingDirty Thirty: 7 Facts to Celebrate 30 Years of Dirty DancingKurt Anthony8/17/2017 10:29:00 Am
It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes, find yourself a bungalow bunny, and start practicing the pachanga, because today is the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing!
Leaping onto the silver screen, Dirty Dancing made its theatrical debut on August 21, 1987 and instantly won over the hearts – and feet – of teen and adult audiences alike. Directed by Emile Ardolino (Sister Act) and featuring the rhythmic chemistry of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, the romantic dance drama went on to earn over $213M worldwide, along with being the first film to sell more than a million copies on VHS.
With a multi-platinum soundtrack, the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award for Best Original Song (“(I’ve Had the Time of My Life”), and choreography by former Gene Kelly student, Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, »
- Kurt Anthony
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Next up: blockbusters and popcorn fare for even the pickiest of cinephiles.
“It” (September 8)
While 2017 has been a relatively low-key year for horror, the promise of a remake of one of Stephen King’s most beloved and horrifying works, “It,” still glimmers on the horizon. Long before the creepy clown scares of summer 2016 (but not too »
- Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Jamie Righetti, David Ehrlich and Michael Nordine
With the many criticisms of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman, at least in my opinion (which is likely to be the minority), was one of the parts of the film that I liked most. I also didn’t hate the film in general like a lot of people did. This interpretation of the beloved character was somewhat different than we have seen on screen before. Following a much more grounded performance by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight trilogy, Affleck’s Batman lives in a world where super powered heroes exist. He also seemed to be more vengeful than any iteration of the Caped Crusader we have seen before.
Speaking with EntertainmentWeekly, Ben Affleck said we will see a Batman that is going have to do some things that he isn’t used to doing, asking for help.
“He’s put in this »
- Seth McDonald
The studio has set up the project with Fox-based producer John Davis, who produced the original. The writing team of Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles have been tapped to script the female-centric remake.
The original film centered on Haim’s 16-year-old character who sneaks out to party with his girlfriend, played by Graham, and damages his grandfather’s 1972 Cadillac, after failing his driver’s license tests. The original was directed by Gregory Beerman and grossed $22.4 million at the box office.
- Dave McNary
1996's would-be blockbuster Island Of Dr. Moreau is notorious as one of the most troubled productions in history. The first director, Richard Stanley, was fired just a few days into production (after over four years in pre-production) and replaced by veteran director John Frankenheimer. Then egomaniacal stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer made the set a living nightmare, with things like Brando demanding a... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Universal Pictures has released a new poster for Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s best-selling novel The Snowman featuring Michael Fassbender as Detective Harry Hole. The upcoming thriller features a cast that also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Chloë Sevigny and Sofia Helin; take a look below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Snowman here
When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
The Snowman is set for release on October 13th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. In the film, “When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on […] »
- Brad Miska
All of the way back in 1996, Stanley was ejected from the set of the in-production movie, starring the likes of Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, and replaced with John Frankenheimer. The fact that Stanley looks set to move forward with a new version, is looking to be partly because of David Gregory, who made the 2014 documentary Lost Soul. Stanley explained to Birth.Movies.Death:
“At this stage, I can’t say exactly by who, and how long it will take, but the project does live again, largely thanks to David. We’re currently scripting and designing the thing. It’s going to be an all-new screenplay and an all-new cast of beast-people; the original creatures are copyrighted »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Aug 15, 2017
Director Richard Stanley might just get to make his take on The Island Of Dr Moreau after all...
When director Richard Stanley stepped onto the set of The Island Of Dr Moreau just over 20 years ago, it followed the many years he’d spent trying to get the adaptation of H G Wells’ story to the big screen. A glittering cast had been assembled, led by Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. Everything was in place. And then Stanley was fired three days into filming. By fax.
The story was told in the excellent documentary Lost Soul. It recalled how replacement director John Frankenheimer was brought in, and how he, er, ‘failed to get on with the crew’. Then there were reports of Brando’s behaviour, of Kilmer’s behaviour as well, and general unrest on set. And that was before the terrible final cut of the movie was released. »
Over the years, there’s been a lot of speculation surrounding Kurt Russell’s level of involvement behind the scenes of the classic 1993 western Tombstone, particularly following the firing of its original director Kevin Jarre a month into production, and the subsequent appointment of his replacement George P. Cosmatos.
“I was there every minute and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine, the one thing he’s totally correct about is, how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director, »
- Gary Collinson
For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.
There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting »
12 August 2017 5:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Val Kilmer on Saturday rode through the streets of Tombstone, Ariz., in a horse-drawn wagon to the chants of "We love you Val!" as the actor returned to the Old West town that was the setting of one of his most famous roles.
Kilmer came to Tombstone for the "Doc Holli-Days" event to celebrate the life of gunslinger Doc Holliday, whom the actor played in the 1993 movie Tombstone. He also met with fans and was to attend a party to mark Holliday's birthday on Aug. 14.
Kilmer wore a cowboy hat, sunglasses and bright green shoes as he was »
- the Associated Press
Did Kurt Russell actually direct the 1993 Western classic “Tombstone” instead of credited director George Cosmatos? That story has followed the film around since its release in 1993, and even Russell himself pretty much said it was true in a 2006 interview. But according to Russell’s “Tombstone” costar Val Kilmer, it’s not quite true. Cosmatos actually did direct it, Kilmer says in a post to his personal blog. But it was Russell who did the lion’s share of behind-the-scenes work that made the film’s completion possible, and he is “solely responsible” for its success. “I’ll be clear,” Kilmer said. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Val Kilmer recently wrote a blog post in regard to the high amount of questions that he was receiving about the movie Tombstone, which some have deemed the Godfather of western movies. Among those questions that were asked, one topic kept coming back up as it has over the years. The topic in question refers to who really directed the movie after writer-director Kevin Jarre was fired from the position, which was early on in the production of the movie. Jarre was replaced by Rambo 2 director George Cosmatos, but there has always been speculation that Kurt Russell put forth the most energy to the project.
As it turns out, Russell did a lot more work than probably anybody else on the project according to Kilmer's official website. Val Kilmer starts off his blog post by saying that Russell made the movie happen. He explains.
"Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone's success, »
David Crow Aug 14, 2017
It’s long been debated who deserves credit for directing Tombstone, the 1993 Western hit that surprised everyone, including its studio, with its quality. Starring Kurt Russell as the rugged and slightly amoral Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as the scene-stealing and violent gun fighter, Doc Holliday, the movie opened at the end of 1993, and sucked all the attention from the following year’s much more expensive Kevin Costner-headlined Wyatt Earp. In fact, many speculate that Kilmer could have competed (and maybe even won) an Oscar for Best Supporting actor if the studio had known what they had on their hands.
See: 11 films that were apparently ghost-directed
But that is a pretty hard thing to predict considering that about after a month of production, the film’s initial director, »
Not unlike “Poltergeist,” 1993’s “Tombstone” has long provoked discussion about who truly deserves to be credited as director. Kevin Jarre, who wrote the screenplay to the classic Western, was initially set to pull double duty; he was replaced by George Cosmatos after falling behind schedule.
“Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question,” wrote Kilmer on his blog yesterday; the unequivocal statement was in response to a question about Russell’s behind-the-scenes role. “I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director, George Cosmatos, who came in with only two days prep. »
- Michael Nordine
11 August 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Having been questioned countless times about the circumstances behind the 1993 Western, John Henry "Doc" Holliday actor Val Kilmer decided it was time to lay all his cards on the table about his close friend — both on- and offscreen — who played Wyatt Earp.
In a lengthy blog entry Thursday, Kilmer made it plain and clear: "Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question."
Initially, the late screenwriter Kevin Jarre »
- Ryan Parker
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