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With the calendar year winding down, some are already looking ahead to figure out what movies might be up for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. While most of the big awards-season movies don't hit theaters until November or December, some fans are hoping that this summer's blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road will get some Oscar love when the nominations are announced in January. The film was both a critical and commercial hit, earning an impressive 97% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while taking in $153.6 million domestic and $374.7 million worldwide, from a $150 million budget. As it turns out, Warner Bros. is giving Mad Max: Fury Road an awards campaign, with critic Mike McGranahan spotting the studio's "For Your Consideration" ad.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Since production began, Milla Jovovich has been sharing photos from the franchise-concluding Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and now she's provided the first look at the movie itself. Admittedly, the screen capture of Jovovich as Alice looks pretty rough, but that's balanced by a photo of the evident joy of the actors on set. The film is heading for theaters on January 27, 2017. [Instagram via Coming Soon] The Gray Man: Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) is in talks to star in The Gray Man, based on a novel by Mark Greaney about a man who is "an expert CIA op-turned-assassin ... forced to evade adversaries as he saves the lives of daughters he didn’t know he had." Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain...
- Peter Martin
Charlize Theron may not be a part of George Miller’s immediate Mad Max sequel, but the aura of her kingdom-shaking turn as Imperator Furiosa is still emanating across Hollywood. Case in point: Deadline reports that the actress has now topped the shortlist for Sony’s adaptation of The Gray Man, signalling that a gender swap could be on the cards.
Based on Mark Greaney’s thrilling novel series, The Gray Man orbits around a CIA operative-turned-assassin known as Court Gentry, who sets about evading mysterious forces in order to save the lives of the daughters – daughters who aren’t even aware of his own existence. Two years ago, when Sony originally picked up the rights to adapt, James Gray and Brad Pitt were attached to direct and star, though the project stalled before the cameras could begin rolling.
- Michael Briers
Actor to take rejigged role in thriller originally about a CIA operative-turned assassin, amid increase in use of gender-swapping to give women access to more interesting roles
The role will be rejigged for Theron, according to Deadline. The original script, based on the first book in novelist Mark Greaney’s Gray Man series, was written by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of the Marvel superhero caper Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Parts 1 and 2.
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- Henry Barnes
Charlize Theron looks set to join an assassin thriller in the lead role - which was originally written as male.
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In the original script, the protagonist must rescue the daughters he never knew he had while being heavily pursued by his enemies, according to Deadline.
However, there's a chance that Theron might not be returning for the Mad Max sequel as the scene-stealing Imperator Furiosa.
Previous examples of gender-swapped heroes include Salt - which was »
Back in 2013, Brad Pitt dropped out of James Gray's espionage thriller The Gray Man, after two years of development. It looked like that film was doomed to development hell, but recent developments have stoked the fires . as Charlize Theron has been named as the new lead for the long dormant film. Deadline picked up the scoop that Theron is in talks with the folks at Sony Pictures to take the lead role that Brad Pitt vacated when he left the project. Of course, there's one small problem: the film was originally written to follow the story of a ex-cia operative who goes on the run to save two daughters he never knew existed. Naturally, script doctoring will be required, and it's not an impossible feat . considering it's been done before, and under the same roof too. The last time something like this was an issue was when Tom Cruise »
After languishing in development for several years, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with their adaptation of Mark Greaney's 2009 novel The Gray Man. The Tracking Board reports that Charlize Theron is attached to star as the female lead, with the studio currently searching for a director to tackle the script by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The writers were initially set to direct as well, but now that they are locked into making Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, they are no longer available to direct.
The story centers on a American covert operative named Court Gentry, who is also known as The Gray Man. He has become a legend in the covert world for pulling off impossible missions, before fading into obscurity. He must spring back into action in a race against time to save his daughters, who have been targeted by international assassins. »
This won’t come as much of a surprise given the franchise’s penchant for shaking up its supporting cast, but Mad Max creator George Miller has revealed that we won’t be seeing much – if any – of Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa in his two planned follow ups to Mad Max: Fury Road.
I’m not sure, is the answer,” Miller tells Digital Spy. “She’s not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there’s an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can’t really say more than that because it’s still in progress.”
Miller went on to reveal that the next movie may not use the title Mad Max: The Wasteland, as he’d previously suggested: “That name came out, that was just a working title.”
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- Gary Collinson
There’s good and bad news going on in Hollywood. Tinseltown is so far back in the stone ages that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has to step in and is currently probing the huge inequality gap concerning female directors in film and television. But, the upside is, things are slowly changing. The current shift and trend is the gender swap. You’ve got Marvel characters flipping gender (see Carrie Ann Moss’ role on “Jessica Jones”) and perhaps more prominently Sandra Bullock’s lead role in the upcoming political satire, “Our Brand Is Crisis” which was originally written for a man and developed for George Clooney. Has it fixed things? No. But it’s a start. (The “Star Wars” universe is helping with all the female leads too.) Another gender swap is in the works over at Sony Pictures. “The Gray Man,” an assassin project that was once pegged »
- Rodrigo Perez
Perhaps with a revived taste for action following her storming success in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is grabbing the opportunity to star in what has hitherto been known as The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney's novel. She's prompted a gender switch in the lead role, which once had Brad Pitt attached. The story as we currently know it involves the world’s greatest assassin, Court Gentry: a former CIA operative whose name crops up on the “burned” list after a job goes wrong. On the run from unknown forces, without the usual go-to resources, our hero has to get pretty creative to survive. And as an extra headache, Gentry must also save two daughters who have no idea of their true parentage.When you put it like that, it doesn't seem as if all that much retooling would be required to make Gentry into Theron. It's »
How convincing was Charlize Theron’s action-star work in this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road? Sony Pictures is in talks with her to come aboard The Gray Man, an adaptation of the Mark Greaney novel that at one time had Brad Pitt ready to star with James Gray directing. Sony has been pushing me off this since July, and they still say it’s early, but I’ve confirmed that Theron is in the process of attaching herself as the star, with her Denver and Delilah label coming aboard… »
Sony Pictures is in talks with Charlize Theron to come aboard "The Gray Man," its long in the works adaptation of the Mark Greaney. Theron would star in and produce through her Denver and Delilah label alongside Joe Roth.
The original premise focused on an expert CIA operative-turned-assassin who is forced to evade adversaries as he saves the lives of daughters he didn't know he had. With Theron coming onboard, some minor re-writes will be necessary to accomodate the protagonist's change of gender, not an unusual situation for Sony who made the same accomodation for the Angelina Jolie-led "Salt" which went on to become a hit.
"Captain America: Civil War" writer/directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned the screenplay and were originally attached to helm before becoming Marvel's go-to guys in the wake of Joss Whedon's exit from the Marvel cinematic universe. Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray »
- Garth Franklin
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To call Charlize Theron‘s Imperator Furiosa a scene-stealer in Mad Max: Fury Road wouldn’t be fair to her performance. Although both Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa find hope and redemption, Fury Road is really more of Furiosa’s story than the road warrior’s. The character was a huge hit with fans and general audiences, and yet, there may be no Furiosa […]
The post Furiosa Might Not Return For ‘Mad Max: The Wasteland’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
When it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller and Charlize Theron brought to life one of the most badass heroines in cinema with Imperator Furiosa. Arguably, the film was more her story than that of Tom Hardy's Max, who was just passing through. Love it or leave it, it looks like that won't be the case with the next Mad Max film, if Furiosa shows up at all. Speaking with... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Last week, director George Miller revealed that he has two scripts ready for sequels to his beloved blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, but the filmmaker wants to make a smaller film before he returns to this post-apocalyptic world. During a new interview with Digital Spy, the filmmaker revealed that one of the main characters in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron's Furiosa, will not appear in the next sequel. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, revealing that she may turn up in the second sequel instead.
"I'm not sure, is the answer. She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say more than that because it's still in progress."
Imperator Furiosa. It’s a name that’s enough to evoke fear and admiration from the four corners of the Wasteland and one to have us fist-pumping all the way into Valhalla. But according to George Miller, it’s a name that won’t be appearing in the credits of his Mad Max sequel, after the director revealed that Charlize Theron’s one-armed badass won’t be reprising her role for the apocalyptic follow-up.
It was an omission that has been on the cards for some time, even if we didn’t want to admit it. Shortly after the release of Fury Road, Theron herself admitted her hesitation about returning for another blockbuster – in fear that it couldn’t emulate the original – but Miller’s comment doesn’t necessarily rule Furiosa out entirely.
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- Michael Briers
We could go on and on about Charlize Theron.s scene-stealing . actually, entire-movie-stealing . role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. But, sadly, here is not the place for that, because doing so would make the following update on the next Mad Max sequel too painful to bear. George Miller, the Fury Road director, is returning for another sequel following the film.s insane success. But someone who won.t be returning is . deep breaths . Furiosa. During an interview with Digital Spy, Miller was asked about Theron.s potential to return for the upcoming sequel, the working title of which is The Wasteland. Miller replied, I'm not sure, is the answer. She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories, there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say more than that because it's still in progress. It.s okay. Take a moment »
Even though Tom Hardy's Max was the title character, "Mad Max: Fury Road" really was all about Charlize Theron's bionic-armed, shaved headed Imperator Furiosa who stole the show throughout the acclaimed film's entire runtime.
Now, in a new interview with Digital Spy, Miller was asked about the potential of Theron's return in the next film. The response was not a good one for fans of the character, but not a complete lock out either:
"I'm not sure, is the answer. She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories, there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say more than that because it's still in progress."
Miller recently confirmed that he has talked with the studio about the direction of the sequel, but for now it's a question of when he would like to do it - something that seems a while off. »
- Garth Franklin
While George Miller has recently said he's got two sequel scripts in the works for "Mad Max: Fury Road," the director has also stated he wants to make a smaller, non-blockbuster movie next. All that said, it has been the general understanding (or hope) that Charlize Theron would reprise her role as the badass Furiosa (possibly even in a spin-off), even though the actress has already said she's not signed for a sequel, and reportedly had a difficult time shooting with Tom Hardy (who is inked for three more films). However, Miller has revealed that wherever the franchise goes next, Furiosa won't be at the center of it. "I'm not sure, is the answer," the director told Digital Spy when asked about Theron returning for the 'Fury Road' followup. "She's not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there's an interaction between [Max and Furiosa]. I can't really say »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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