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An adaptation of the massively successful Gran Turismo game franchise has taken a step closer to becoming a reality with the news that two writers have signed on to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jon and Erich Hoeber have been brought on by Sony to help bring the game to the big screen. Plot details are underwraps at present, but the film is set to “play with the conceit of a gamer-turned-racer.”
The writing duo have had plenty of experience in the action genre, with work on both Red films as well as Battleship and the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter, which stars Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine.
Since the game first debuted in 1997 on Playstation, Gran Turismo has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, making it »
- Scott J. Davis
Lionsgate's Origins will begin filming in February and isn't expected to be completed by the time Fox needs him for the Kingsman follow-up.
Nerdist reports that Egerton is contractually obliged to film the sequel for Fox when the studio wants him, although production on the Robin Hood reboot is much further along.
Vaughn is currently still writing the sequel's script, with a director yet to be hired, though it is possible Vaughn could return.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, Harvey Weinstein vowed to get Jake Gyllenhaal an Oscar nomination for Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw” after the actor was shockingly passed over for a nod in last year’s “Nightcrawler.” It appears that wasn’t just lip service: The Weinstein Company announced Thursday that the film will be re-released on more than 300 screens tomorrow, Oct. 2.
The move gives the film a chance “to be seen by a more drama- and awards-focused fall audience,” according to the distributor. Added TWC President of Theatrical Distribution & Home Entertainment Erik Lomis, the re-release “gives more serious-minded audiences who may have missed it the first time around a chance to see a film that we feel is a very serious contender.”
It would certainly be tough to make an impact with an earlier release in a category that is, as ever, very competitive. So a re-release helps. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Despite an impressive cast made up of names like Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson, no one expected big things from Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year. However, the movie exceeded expectations thanks to positive reviews and a haul of over $400 million worldwide.
It should come as no surprise then that Fox wants to get a sequel moving, and a new report reveals that they’re hoping to begin production in April 2016. The only problem with that right now is the fact that Taron Egerton will be starting work on Lionsgate’s Robin: Hood Origins in February, leading to a potential clash. Don’t fret about the talented Welsh actor being replaced, however, as it’s thought that both studios will be able to work around his schedule.
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Matthew Vaughn is currently writing a sequel to the movie based on a comic »
- Josh Wilding
If everything goes according to plan, Kingsman 2 will shoot this spring. But there is a major problem that needs to be worked out first. Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton has become a hot commodity in Hollywood following the film's release earlier this year, and he is being sought by some of the biggest studios for quite a few high priority projects. He's actually landed one of these projects, and it could cause a scheduling issue for 20th Century Fox and it's impending sequel.
Taron Egerton is set to lead Robin Hood: Origins for Lionsgate, which is going to start shooting this February. The film likely won't be wrapped by the time Fox wants production to begin on Kingsman 2. Right now, it looks like there will be a conflict with the sequel's start date. But the hope is this issue can be resolved soon.
There may be »
At the heart of The Last Witch Hunter rests a Witch War that has raged for centuries. But how did it all begin? Summit Entertainment has summoned four DeviantArt artists to make short animations that dive into this supernatural world. The artists had 60 days to create their animations, and now they're complete! These bewitching animations will terrify and amaze you! You can read the artists' interviews here to get an inside look at the creative process and learn how each artist conjured their beautiful animations.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. »
Imagine Beverly Hills has been carpet-bombed. The mansions are gone. Where could Hollywood’s uber-celebrities move to? In 1997, the answer was Stella Street in London: a quiet corner of the city that offered sanctuary to the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and other stars from Britain, the Us and beyond. In a single leafy street (actually Hartswood Road in W12, still a place of pilgrimage for fans of the show) they could have peace, and nip out to do their shopping paparazzi-free at the local newsagent, which was run by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
This was the absurd scenario dreamed up by Comic Strip director Peter Richardson, and acted out with documentary seriousness by just two actors. It was YouTube before YouTube, »
- George Bass
Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
Last November, I had a chance to sit down and talk to Vin Diesel on the set of his upcoming fantasy film “The Last Witch Hunter.” Ostensibly we were supposed to discuss Diesel's immortal witch hunter character Kaulder and how the lore of the witch world differs from any other telling audiences have ever seen. Instead we talked about Dungeons & Dragons. Oops? What was it about “The Last Witch Hunter” that attracted you? Vin Diesel: Let me go way back. For the 30th anniversary Dungeons and Dragons the company at the time asked me to write the foreword for the book. [In it] I talked about my experience growing up playing Dungeons and Dragons religiously. I even talked about a character that I had named Melkor — a name that obviously I stole from “The Silmarillion” — and [how] that character was a witch hunter. [Then] about four years ago I met with a writer »
- Donna Dickens
Visiting a movie set is always an adventure into the unknown. Will you be on a sound stage or oudoors? On location or in the comfort of a climate controlled warehouse? In the case of Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter” last November, the answer was weirdly…“yes.” It was a cold day in Pittsburgh when the publicist herded us onto the bus to see Breck Eisner’s vision for a world of witches and those who hunt them. I’d been told to dress for the weather and be prepared for a long day, none of which sounded appealing. Who wants to be outside for twelve hours in sub-freezing temperature? No one. Driving through a Pittsburgh forest stripped bare for the winter, Lionsgate had other plans. We were about to enter the literal underground world of “The Last Witch Hunter.” Pittsburgh is rich with abandoned limestone mines like the one converted by Wampum Underground. »
- Donna Dickens
This year’s San Diego Film Festival again partners with Variety to honor four stars: Adrien Brody will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award; the Reframed Humanitarian Award will go to Geena Davis; the Auteur Award is being given to Brit Marling; and John Boyega will get the Rising Star Award.
Sdff will fete the honorees on Oct. 1 at Variety’s Night of the Stars tribute and party.
Two high-profile films anchor the fest: It opens with “Septembers of Shiraz” (pictured), Wayne Blair’s Iranian thriller starring Brody and Salma Hayek; and it will host the world premiere of Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle, Walton Goggins and Danny Glover.
“This is a nice coup for us,” says programming VP Tonya Mantooth.
- Iain Blair
There will be Spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service below, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, read on at your own risk. Although it opened on the same weekend as box office juggernaut Fifty Shades of Grey, 20th Century Fox's action-thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service still held its own, pulling in $128.2 million domestic and $412.1 million worldwide during its impressive theatrical run. The studio gave the green light for a follow-up, Kingsman 2, back in April, with director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman currently working on the sequel script.
While discussing the sequel with IGN, Mark Millar, who created the comic book the adaptation is based on, revealed that the filmmakers are trying to find a way to bring Colin Firth back as Harry Hart. Of course, Harry died in a memorable scene towards the end of Kingsman: The Secret Service, but that still isn't stopping the filmmakers »
Roger Mitchell will write and direct the new adaptation, which follows Phillip Ashley as he seeks revenge on the woman he thinks killed his cousin and caretaker (via Variety).
The synopsis reads: "Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man he loved died far from home. He is also suspicious.
"While in Italy, Ambrose fell in love with Rachel, a beautiful English and Italian woman. But the final, brief letters Ambrose wrote hint that his love had turned to paranoia and fear.
"Now Rachel has arrived at Philip's newly inherited estate. »
See Also: New trailer and character posters for The Last Witch Hunter
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. »
- Gary Collinson
Roger Michell is directing and adapting “My Cousin Rachel,” which is based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel about an orphan who plots his revenge against a beautiful woman he believes killed his guardian. The original 1952 noir classic starred Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.
Insiders also tell Variety that Weisz is also in negotiations to join Tom Wilkinson in the drama “Denial.” Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment banner alongside Shoebox Films
“Denial” based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” The book recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the »
- Justin Kroll
Five years after the Michael Caine vehicle Harry Brown hit theaters, director Daniel Barber has returned to the director’s seat with a revisitation to period drama, which he first explored with his Oscar nominated short The Tonto Woman. With The Keeping Room, he, along with Brit Marling, Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru, relive the end of the American Civil War still firmly wrapped in the fraying husks of racism and sexism, yet his tale, penned by first time screenwriter Julia Hart, sees these barriers burned to the ground in a fit of valiantly feminine retaliation.
Bolstered by a set of strong female performances, Barber’s essentially feminist film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. I had the opportunity to sit down with the director to discuss how he came to the project, if he had any apprehensions about tackling American racism as a British filmmaker, »
- Jordan M. Smith
There have been many movies made about the Civil War, but very few, if any, have been told from a female’s perspective. Now, however, we have The Keeping Room, which attempts to look at history from that point of view and shatter any preconceptions anyone has about gender.
Directed by Daniel Barber, who got Michael Caine to turn vigilante in Harry Brown, and based on the 2012 Black List screenplay by Julia Hart, The Keeping Room stars Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld as sisters who are forced to protect the family farmhouse and fend for themselves when their dad and brothers go off to fight in the war.
When two renegade soldiers arrive in their small town, it doesn’t take long to see that they have no real interests other than destroying everything and everyone around them. When the soldiers find out where the sisters live, it’s up »
- Ben Kenber
Ruminations: Barber’s Sophomore Effort Brings the War Home
Director Daniel Barber returns with sophomore effort The Keeping Room, his first film since the Death Wish derivative Harry Brown (2009) starring Michael Caine. Based on Julia Hart’s screenplay, Barber takes us back to the waning days of the Civil War for this homestead invasion thriller which poses intriguing intersections of class, race, and the struggle for domination and survival. But though the presentation is compelling, particularly through its visual strengths and effective editing (often glossing over weaker moments in the script prolonging its formulaic third act), it often seems as if the film isn’t exploring its own potential, meekly elegiac in tone as it teases notions of female agency amidst an apathetic and violent backdrop.
- Nicholas Bell
- Sasha Stone
It’s hard to articulate just what makes Youth so special. Fresh off his Academy Award win for The Great Beauty, Sorrentino turns his attention towards two men, one a retired composer, and the other, a film director whose career has been in the decline for some time. Sorrentino is not exactly old by any stretch of the imagination, but he seems drawn on reflective works. Youth, his second English-language film, continues this trend with strong performances from Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. If there is another commonality between Sorrentino’s latest works it would be the beauty that is captured within every frame. Luca Bigazzi once again handles cinematography for Sorrentino and records every unique encounter and beautiful set piece. With stunning camera work and unique characterization, Youth is easily a much watch endeavor.
From the strange mind of Charlie Kaufman comes his latest film on loneliness and dreams. »
- Max Covill
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