14 items from 2015
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
From title changes to the addition of rubber demons, here's a selection of some rather strange movie alterations from cinema history...
The course of film production seldom runs smooth, and even the greatest films can suffer from all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems. For a very recent example, just look at Fantastic Four, a film with which suffered the kind of difficult production that will no doubt inspire books on the subject in the near future.
At any rate, the movies on this list are all examples of strange (and sometimes last-minute) changes, often imposed by producers or executives. In some unfortunate cases, the changes haven't been particularly beneficial, but one alteration turned out to be a pioneering moment in cinema history.
In every instance, the changes are unusual, surprising, or sometimes downright baffling ...
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)
A classic of German cinema, Robert Weine's silent horror film is widely »
And we thought we were doing well for remake stories this week. After a month or so where a whole bunch of remakes were revealed, here's another to add to the list of joy: Wolfgang Petersen's masterpiece, Das Boot, is up for fresh treatment.
The original started as a television series, before being cut into a really quite brilliant movie, the kind of film with a last act too that resonates for a long, long time. But in its native Germany, Bavaria Studios has picked up the rights to the film, and is planning to remake it.
There's no more word than that on the project thus far, although it's a fair bet that Petersen won't have much to do with it. We'd be surprised if the likes of Jurgen Prochnow and Herbert Gronemeyer were lured back too. »
What’s that you say? You can hear a mournful klaxon howling in the distance? And now it’s turning into a sonar ping? That might be because someone has decided that Wolfgang Petersen’s legendary U-boat drama Das Boot is ripe for a remake. German studio Bavaria Film, which backed the original, has been raiding its archives and announced the plans for a new version of the tense film, talking to Blickpunkt about the idea, with Variety picking up the details.The original, for those who have never seen it, starred Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer, Klaus Wennemann and Hubertus Bengsch. Based on Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s novel, it dives you straight into the claustrophobic world inside a U-Boat during World War II, as the craft patrols the Atlantic Ocean and its crew contends with long stretches of boredom interspersed with terrifying moments of combat.As the battles rage on, the weather worsens and supplies dwindle, »
Wolfgang Petersen’s classic 1981 U-boat drama Das Boot is set for das reboot treatment, with German studio Bavaria – the company behind the original movie – announcing that it is developing a remake of the Oscar-nominated film.
According to German magazine Blickpunkt Film (via Variety), Bavaria chief Christian Franckenstein, the studio is now looking to explore more profitable projects after the box office disappoinment of its historical drama Ludwig II and budgetary issues with Beloved Sisters, and will look to remake other titles in its library including the sci-fi TV series Raumpatrouille Orion, a.k.a. Space Patrol.
Adapted from the 1973 novel of the same name from Lothar-Gunther Buchheim, Das Boot followed the fictional U-96 during World War II, and starred Juergen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann.
- Gary Collinson
The World War II German U-boat drama, which starred Juergen Prochnow, Herbert Groenemeyer and Klaus Wennemann, was nominated for six Academy Awards. It was later aired on television as a six-part miniseries.
Christian Franckenstein, Bavaria’s co-ceo, told Blickpunkt that the company would also be looking to remake other titles in its library, including 1960s science fiction TV series “Raumpatrouille Orion” (Space Patrol).
In his Blickpunkt interview, Franckenstein also spoke about a change of emphasis for the movie production side of Bavaria. After cost over-runs on Dominik Graf’s costume drama “Beloved Sisters,” which played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and was Germany’s Oscar entry, and a box-office flop on another bigger-budget historical drama “Ludwig II,” more attention will now be on a movie’s potential profitability. »
- Leo Barraclough
Based on the novel by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim, the claustrophobic submarine drama starred Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer and Klaus Wennemann. It became one of the most successful German films of all time, and scored six Oscar nominations.
Bavaria boss Christian Franckenstein told German trade magazine Blickpunkt Film recently that "Das Boot" is one of several properties from its rights library the company is looking to relaunch. Another was the 1965 low-tech sci-fi series "Raumschiff Orion".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
John Seale was retired. Then George Miller dangled a "Mad Max" movie in front of his face and, well, how can an Aussie say no? The 40-year veteran jumped right into the maelstrom Miller and his team were conjuring in the desert of west Africa and, along with killer second unit teams, captured one of the most innervating experiences of the year in "Mad Max: Fury Road." Oh, and he turned 70 years old while doing all of this. Seale won an Oscar for "The English Patient," the first of a three-film collaboration with the late Anthony Minghella. He also partnered up with Peter Weir on a trio of projects ("Witness," "The Mosquito Coast" and "Dead Poets Society") and he's worked with many great filmmakers besides, from Sydney Pollack to Ron Howard, Rob Reiner to Wolfgang Petersen. In addition to the win, he has three more Oscar nominations to his credit and I must say, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »
- D. Zhea
Terry’s first major appearance came in 1968 in Anthony Harvey’s “Lion in Winter,” where he played Prince John alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The British actor went years without another big film role until “Excalibur” came along, which also starred Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.
Terry played the titular Italian painter in the 1986 “Caravaggio,” directed by Derek Jarman. He and Jarman worked together on four more films: “The Last of England” (1988), “War Requiem” (1989), “Edward II” (1991) and “Blue” (1993).
He was born in Bristol and studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He worked extensively in theater, including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company (including leads in “The Duchess of Malfi” and the title role in “Pericles, »
- Alex Stedman
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
At the premiere in New York of Kevin Macdonald's action-packed marine thriller Black Sea, starring an intrepid Jude Law with Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, I asked Law about his relationship to the ocean and talked with producer Charles Steel about the horror of shackled skeletons. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly gives the world an ultimatum and I found out from the director that for him grapefruit rituals differ from continent to continent.
Law's face in Black Sea, looking a bit more roughed up and disillusioned than we are used to, commands the story of survival and greed. Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot meets Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, meets Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly. The latter because of the team of McNairy [as Daniels] and Mendelsohn [as Fraser]. The two actors form again a wildly entertaining duo of unsavoury immoral characters. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
14 items from 2015
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