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The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
Kate Beckinsale will star in 'The Disappointments Room'. The 40-year-old actress has the lead role in the supernatural thriller, which will see her play a mother who drags her family to a country house where she is driven crazy by constant visions of a dead child who haunts the property. She now has her co-star for the movie. Lucas Till (Havok in two recent X-Men movies), will star star opposite Kate. D J Caruso has signed up to direct the movie from a script penned by Wentworth Miller, who wrote spooky thriller 'Stoker.' Meanwhile, Beckinsale has been approached to take the title role in the forthcoming movie 'Eliza Graves', which will be directed by Brad Anderson. The actress will portray a patient in a mental institution, which has been taken over by its inmates. She quickly catches the eye of a new Harvard Medical School graduate, »
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Each successive Spider-Man movie has earned less at the box office than the previous entry, calling into question the theory that audiences want more of the same. Despite this, THR reports that Lakeshore Entertainment has decided to go down a similar path and reboot the “Underworld” series. The vampires-vs-werewolves franchise is perhaps now best remembered for giving Kate Beckinsale fangs and machine guns, thereby turning her into an action star. Of course, film fans will always remember the series for spawning director Len Wiseman and unleashing him upon the world. To date, “Underworld” has spawned four films, with the last one, “Underworld: Awakening," a 3D effort that ended up as “the top earner in the franchise.” That film, which featured the return of Beckinsale after she sat out the 2009 prequel “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” was released in 2012. That’s only two years between that successful fourth film and whatever comes. »
- Cain Rodriguez
(Cbr) Vampires and Lycans will wage ware once again in a reboot of the "Underworld" action horror franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter Lakeshore Entertainment hired Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") to write the script. The series debuted in 2003 with director Len Wiseman’s Underworld, which introduced Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire determined to take revenge on the Lycans that killed her family. It was followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009 and "Underworld: Awakening" in 2012. The four films, which boasted a collective budget of $177 million, have grossed more than $458 million worldwide. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Fans of the vampires versus Lycans film franchise that began with 2003′s Underworld might be excited to learn that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld reboot. A writer has been hired for the project that would bring the battle between the two formidable species of the night back to the big screen for the first time since 2012′s Underworld: Awakening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman to pen an Underworld reboot that Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. Genre fans may remember Goodman as the writer of 2011′s Priest, which starred Paul Bettany and took place in a dystopian future where beast-like vampires reignite a war with the humans. Goodman also wrote the first draft of The Last Witch Hunter, an upcoming film starring Vin Diesel.
- Derek Anderson
Believe it or not, a reboot of the Underworld franchise is now said to be in the works. Writer and director Len Wiseman kicked off the series with the first instalment back in 2003, and that would be followed up by Underworld: Evolution in 2006, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009 and Underworld: Awakening in 2012.
The series starred Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire “Death Dealer” who found herself caught in the middle of a war between vampires and Lycans. Despite never finding much success with critics, each of the movies was reasonably successful at the box office and clearly good enough for Lakeshore Entertainment to confidently move ahead with another. A reboot so soon after the last one is surprising to say the least…it’s only been two years!
- Josh Wilding
There are some reboots you did not know you needed until they are already happening. Lakeshore Enteratinment is rebooting the Underworld franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first Underworld film dropped in 2003 and three sequels emerged in 2006, 2009, and 2012.Lakeshore has hired Priest scribe Cory Goodman to pen the script. Do you want a reminder of how well that film was received? He has also written the script for The Last Witch Hunter, which stars Vin Diesel, and is in pre-production right now. No word if Kate Beckinsale will assume the role that gave rise to her stardom or make any sort of appearance. ...
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Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") will star opposite Kate Beckinsale in D.J. Caruso's thriller "The Disappointments Room" at Relativity Studios. Wentworth Miller penned the script which Caruso has since done a rewrite on and filming begins in two weeks in North Carolina.
The story tells of a mother (Beckinsale) who moves her family to a beautiful house in the country. The discovery of a secret room in the attic leads to the woman unlocking the home’s bloody secret past and how it ties frighteningly to her own. Till will play a mysterious carpenter who works on the family's home. [Source: Heat Vision]
The story follows a haunted young woman who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school, »
- Garth Franklin
Just two years shy of its last theatrical outing, the "Underworld" series is getting a reboot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the vampire franchise, which launched actress Kate Beckinsale into a successful action career, is getting an update from Lakeshore Entertainment. Screenwriter Cory Goodman has been pegged to pen the script.
The "Underworld" films performed well at the global box office, raking in a total of $458.2 million. The first flick was released in 2003, followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009, and the last installment, "Underworld: Awakening," released in 2012.
Goodman previously wrote the script for 2011 supernatural thriller "Priest," which starred Paul Bettany as a man who hunts vampires (a credit that should help him with the vampires vs. werewolves theme of the "Underworld" franchise). He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Vin Diesel flick "The Last Witch Hunter."
No word yet on when this latest "Underworld" movie will get underway, »
- Katie Roberts
Underworld: After four installments, it's time for a reboot of the Underworld series. The first film, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003, the last (so far) in 2012, and now Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman (Priest, the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter) to write a reimagined version of the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise, which has made more than $450 million worldwide. [Heat Vision] King Arthur: Charlie Hunnam (TV's Sons of Anarchy) is in final negotiations to star in Guy Ritchie's untitled King Arthur project, an epic retelling of the legendary story that is intended to span six films. Last year Hunnam was set to star in the sexy 50 Shades of Grey before pulling out of the movie before production...
- Peter Martin
It’s only been two years since the last instalment but Lakeshore want to get a new broom in to clear away any cobwebs from the Underworld series and let new blood have a go on the cinematic jugular. Cory Goodman (whose upcoming project is The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel) is charged with breathing fresh life into the vampires vs werewolves saga. Though known as a high octane blend of Lycan-on-undead action with bucketfuls of blood and bullets, the franchise is also famous for finding star Kate Beckinsale her life partner (writer/director Len Wiseman) and giving pasty-faced roles to cheque-collecting British thesps such as Bill Nighy and Sir Derek Jacobi.
Beckinsale appeared in three of the four chapters (with number three Rise Of The Lycans a prequel) and while it is unclear whether she will feature or be rebooted out the door it’s obvious her butt-kicking »
- Steve Palace
2003 saw an unlikely milestone emerge in the form of the supernatural horror/action genre-blend franchise, Underworld. The vampires vs. werewolves flick featured an untested creative team (Len Wiseman and Kevin Grevioux) shepherding a collection of unlikely action stars, which included theatrically trained actors like Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Bill Nighy (Harry Potter); a pretty-boy leading man in Scott Speedman (Felicity); and Kate Beckinsale, who – at that point – seemed as far from an action star as one could be.
Despite the unlikely players in the mix, Underworld‘s genre-blend premise sold with audiences, thus launching a 2006 sequel (Underworld: Evolution), a 2009 prequel (Rise of the Lycans) and a 3D soft reboot in 2012 (Underworld: Awakening); not to mention sister films ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Though the last film in the series just arrived in 2012, it appears Lakeshore Entertainment believes it's time to reboot the Underworld franchise. THR reports screenwriter Cory Goodman has been hired to write the script for the reboot of the horror action franchise that kicked off 11 years ago. The series has followed Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a dangerous vampire warrior, entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end. And the battle between vampires and werewolves has spanned four total films. There's only been two sequels (Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Awakening), while the 2009 installment Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was a prequel. It seems strange that Lakeshore is rebooting the franchise since the fourth film in the franchise was the most successful at the box office. But maybe »
- Ethan Anderton
Before the Twilight franchise swept the box office, the Underworld series had a monopoly on the cinematic war between vampires and werewolves. Led by Kate Beckinsale, the original 2003 film spawned three sequels—and now it appears the series is getting rebooted.
As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported, the studio behind Underworld, Lakeshore Entertainment, has hired Cory Goodman to pen the reboot’s script. Goodman’s previous work includes the vampire-human war depicted in Priest, as well as the upcoming Vin Diesel film The Last Witch Hunter.
The last film in the series, Underworld: Awakening, debuted in 2012 and went on to »
- Jonathon Dornbush
A reboot of Underworld is being developed.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce along with Underworld and Underworld: Evolution director Len Wiseman, while Priest and The Last Witch Hunter scribe Cory Goodman will pen the new screenplay.
Details about the reboot are scarce, though it’s being reported that the new film may be called Underworld: Next Generation and focus on Eve, the daughter of original franchise protagonists Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman). If true that means that the film won’t be a typical “reboot,” and may exist within the continuity of the previous installments, though both Speedman and Beckinsale are not expected to return.
As always, we’ll have more information on the Underworld reboot as it becomes available. »
- James Garcia
It's been two years since the last Underworld film. Normally we would say that not enough time has passed to qualify a whole franchise for a reboot. But in this day and age, studios seem to be pressing the reboot button almost immediately after the final film in a franchise leaves the theater. With that said, let us announce that Lakeshow Entertainment is rebooting the entire vampire action franchise Underworld. Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) has been hired to write the first script.
Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003. The franchise starred Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire "Death Dealer" caught in the war between vampires and Lycans. The franchise also included 2006's Underworld: Evolution, 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 2012's Underworld: Awakening.
- Laura Frances
Notable for their slow-mo, acrobatic action and Kate Beckinsale as a vampire in black Pvc, the Underworld franchise began just over a decade ago. The original Underworld, released in 2003, wasn't a blockbuster in the Marvel sense of the word, but it launched a memorable action heroine and spawned three sequels: Underworld: Evolution (2006), Rise Of The Lycans (2009 - actually a prequel, technically speaking) and Awakening (2012).
To date, the franchise has made a shade over $450m - not a bad sum, given that they didn't cost a huge amount to make in the first place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is set to be rebooted, with Cory Goodman (who previously wrote the 2011 film Priest, which had a similar action-horror atmosphere) in charge of writing the script. Presumably, the success of »
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