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Back in May, two months before Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation hit theaters in July, a report surfaced that Paramount has already started developing Mission: Impossible 6. Tom Cruise was confirmed to return as Ethan Hunt, and produce alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams. Today, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie revealed on his Twitter account that he has come aboard to direct Mission: Impossible 6.
This marks the first time that the same director has taken the helm for back-to-back movies in the Mission: Impossible franchise. The series kicked off with 1996's Mission: Impossible, directed by Brian De Palma, followed by director John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011). J.J. Abrams made his directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III, and he has stayed on board as a producer ever since.
Tom Cruise revealed in »
Streaming services are a crucial addition to modern civilization, but only in December do they become a truly indispensible survival tool. Whether curled around your laptop in order to keep warm or retreating to your favorites queue in a desperate attempt to hide from your loved ones, this is the season when having something good to watch can mean the difference between life and death.
Fortunately for us, Netflix, Hulu, and the other major hubs have busted out the big guns just in time. From indisputable classics to contemporary gems, »
Sometimes They Come Back…Again, starring Hilary Swank as a damsel in distress prone to and-then-i-woke-up-and-it-had-all-been-a-dream moments, was bad enough, but anyone seeking proof of how desperate producers are to profit from the King brand need look no further than Carrie The Musical.
Transferred to Broadway at a cost of $8 million (more than Brian De Palma’s 1976 film cost to make), the production was compared to the Hindenburg disaster by critic Frank Rich, who lambasted its “faceless bubble-gum music” and “uninhibited tastelessness.” He had a point. Act II opened with Out For Blood (which was presumably performed ‘unplugged’), a song and dance number about the slaughter of a pig.
The show opened on May 12, 1988, to widespread derision, »
- Ian Watson
Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are in final talks Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie to return to the franchise to pen the script for the sixth instalment, as well as possibly directing.
Should they reach a deal with McQuarrie, it would mark the first time in the series that a director has returned for a second outing, with previous entries directed by Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.
Tom Cruise – who is currently shooting another sequel in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – is set to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt for Mission: Impossible 6, while there’s also on Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson to return.
- Gary Collinson
Currently making the festival rounds, writer/director Peter Hearn’s Scrawl is a fascinating, micro-budget journey into the (dangerous) minds of a group of teenagers in England, including a pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley. Daily Dead recently caught up with Peter for a chat about the film and the inspirational story behind its making.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to Daily Dead, Peter. As Scrawl is just starting to make its way around the festival circuit, could you give our readers an idea of what it’s about?
Peter Hearn: Gosh, where do I start? If I were to pitch it I would describe it as Big meets A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors by way of Phantasm and The Evil Dead. The story revolves around a boy who writes a comic book with his best friend, before finding situations depicted »
- Scott Drebit
Variety are today reporting that Christopher McQuarrie could be returning to the Mission: Impossible series to direct the sixth movie. If this is the case he will be the first director to direct multiple movies in the series. Every movie up until now has been helmed by a different director – Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and McQuarrie took hold of the first five movies, which kicked off with the original back in 1996.
The trade says that McQuarrie is in talks to direct M: I 6 following his impressive turn on this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which we absolutely loved. Production is set to start by next August with a 2017 release eyed.
Variety says that Paranount is also holding an option for Rebecca Ferguson to reprise her “Rogue Nation” role of Ilsa Faust. Tom Cruise will obviously return as Ethan Hunt in the sixth adventure, and »
- Paul Heath
One of the factors that’s given the Mission: Impossible series of movies some distinction is that each film thus far has had a different director. Helmers such as Brian De Palma, John Woo, Brad Bird and Jj Abrams have each brought something a little different to their chapters of the story.
Variety is reporting that McQuarrie is in talks to return as writer/director for Mission: Impossible 6. At the moment, he’s certainly being eyed to write the next movie, but there’s a chance he may direct it too.
Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this summer's massively successful Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is in talks to return for Mission Impossible 6, Variety reports. If the deal closes, McQuarrie would be the first to return to the long-running series, which, so far, has had a new director for each installment, Defense Against the Dark Arts-style. Tom Cruise, completely relaxed human being that he is, has already promised to do the sequel, while Variety reports that Paramount is holding an option for Rebecca Ferguson to return as well. The studio is reportedly eager to begin production as soon as possible, and shooting may begin as early as summer 2016. There's no word on what special curse former Mission: Impossible directors Brian de Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird will exact upon McQuarrie for this hubris. »
- Jackson McHenry
Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie is in negotiations to return to write and direct “Mission: Impossible 6” for Paramount and Skydance, an individual familiar with the situation has told TheWrap. Representatives for Paramount and Skydance had no comment. McQuarrie directed this summer’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and previously worked with star Tom Cruise on “Jack Reacher,” though Ed Zwick is currently directing the sequel to that film. Each “Mission: Impossible” movie has been directed by a different filmmaker, and McQuarrie would be the first director to return to the hit action franchise. Brian De Palma directed the first film, while subsequent installments. »
- Jeff Sneider
The man behind such film classics as Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983) and The Untouchables (1987) has found his next project. Lights Out is being billed as an action/thriller about a blind Chinese girl who uncovers a secret assassination program. Brian De Palma, one of Hollywood’s most decorated directors, has agreed to work behind the camera. […]
The post Director Brian De Palma Is America’s Latest Export To China appeared first on FilmReview.com. »
- Jeff Bricker
UK release from Second Sight.
By Tim Greaves
A quartet of ageing gentlemen friends (Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Melvyn Douglas) meet up on a weekly basis in the snow sprinkled town of Milburn, New England in order to exchange scary stories. Self-dubbed ‘The Chowder Society’, they challenge one another to come up with something truly unsettling. Good natured entertainment takes a sinister turn when a dastardly secret that has lain dormant for more than 50 years rears its terrifying head. Drawn helplessly from sweat-sodden nightmares into a living nightmare more frightening and deadly than anything conjured up in their yarning sessions, the comrades’ collective fate falls to the hands of a seemingly unstoppable entity hell bent on revenge. But revenge for what? What could the friends have possibly done all those years ago that was so terrible?
Now wait just a moment... Fred Astaire made a horror movie? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Jamie McKelvie (with backup stories by Julia Scheele and Luis Sopelana)
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Published by Image Comics
In an ongoing story about music and image, it feels only appropriate that the intermission in the story directly borrows from a comic about bands, growing up, and superpowered fights that are not out of the ordinary.
If you can guess from the cover and the title “(Let’s Make This) Precious Little Life,” the fourth issue of Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl is one big Scott Pilgrim send up.
And it works.
The issue is focused around Lloyd (aka Mr. Logos) and Laura (aka Laura Black fka Laura Heaven), two of the central characters in the previous Phonogram arc “The Singles Club”. It has been a year and some change since the night that arc took place, »
- Ashley Leckwold
The Film Farm, the Toronto-based indie producer behind films by Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma and Sarah Polley, will exec produce drama “I’m Not a Bad Person,” the sophomore pic by Canadian director Andrew Huculiak (“Violent”).
The deal was struck at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, where “I’m Not a Bad Person” was selected for the second edition of Cabos Discovery, the competitive forum for projects in development, made in or co-produced by Mexico, U.S. or Canada.
Media Darling’s Amy Darling and Welker House’s Nicole Irene Dyck negotiated the partnership on behalf of the filmmakers, with The Film Factory’s co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss signing on to preside over development and production.
The parties first met at Los Cabos last year, where brothers »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.The biggest news of the week for us is the online release of new films by two Notebook contributors: Gina Telaroli's Here's to the Future! and Kurt Walker's Hit 2 Pass, two fundamentally undefinable and wildly adventurous movies made and released independently. (The two filmmakers discussed their independence in a conversation published on the Notebook.) Both films will be be available to stream through November 22, 2015, and all proceeds they make on the release will go towards their future film projects.The full trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has been released, above, and it looks like the man generally derided (unfairly, we must add) as a kind of adolescent film nerd has made a film that looks akin to Alain Resnais' late films—and we couldn't be happier. »
Variety is reporting that Brian De Palma has signed on to direct the action thriller Lights Out, which is being financed by Aurora Alliance Films, a joint venture between Arclight Films and China’s Huace Pictures.
Lights Out will follow “a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.”
“De Palma is a proven master of suspense; in the hands of the legendary director, ‘Lights Out’ promises to be a thriller for the ages, full of empowering messages, harrowing plot turns and great action sequences,” states Ying Ye, MD of Aurora Alliance.
- Gary Collinson
The movie will tell the story of “a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.”
- Paul Heath
Brian De Palma has earned his place in cinema with films like Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and others; but despite those classics, I've found it hard to get all that excited about his work over the past decade. Brian De Palma's next film will see the director returning to the land of action thriller's with Lights Out, a film which sounds as though it... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Brian De Palma has been attached to quite a few promising projects over the years. Most exciting of all, the director was going to reunite with his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star, Al Pacino, for a film about coach Joe Paterno. Whether De Palma is still involved with Happy Valley is unknown, and the same can be said for The Key Man and Heat. But […]
- Jack Giroux
Huace Pictures and Arclight Films is pushing ahead with its all-new action thriller Lights Out, and according to Variety, the studios have tapped none other than Brian De Palma to take the reins of the genre piece.
Acting as the director’s first foray behind the lens in almost three years, Lights Out bears semblance to Marvel’s Daredevil comic in some ways in that it orbits around a young and blind Chinese girl who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a clandestine assassination program. Granted, it’s not as though this protagonist actively indulges in vigilantism, but that mixture of urban crime and an inherently vulnerable lead character is certainly rich in potential.
Tailored to be a Chinese production from the ground up, Variety notes that casting is currently underway to find an A-list star to step into the shoes of our heroine. It’ll act as the first motion picture »
- Michael Briers
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