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Exclusive: Sony Pictures is crossing swords with Chris Boal, signing the playwright and scribe to reboot its Zorro franchise. The reboot has been a Sony priority for some time, and the studio has Parkes/MacDonald’s Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing it. They are also spearheading the studio’s reboot of Men In Black. Lauren Abrahams is overseeing it for Sony and Marc Resteghini for P/M. I’m told that the ambition of the movie is less traditional swashbuckler, and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came from Europe and created a deadly combination of action and lethal fighting systems that combined swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer. He just adapted the sci-fi »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Review Duncan Bowles 4 Mar 2014 - 05:49
Classic literature makes it to the big screen in this epic sequel to Zack Snyder's 300...
As a classical literature geek, I’ve always thought it’s a great shame that there’s such a dearth of epic Hollywood takes on a subject rich with unique tales and especially one that is so full of fantastical visual imagery.
A decade ago there was plenty of promise in Wolfgang Petersen’s take on The Illiad, Troy, with its near perfect casting and lengthy run time, yet the end result was strangely flat considering the endless slew of brutal action described in the original text. Since then most films have either embraced full blown fantasy in the likes of Wrath Of The Titans (let’s not mention the remake of Clash), or chosen more grounded tales such as the disappearance of the Ninth Legion as seen »
Sam Dickerman has left his position as Executive Vice President, Production for Columbia Pictures and joined Walt Disney Studios with the same title. He will report directly to Sean Bailey, the President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and will be responsible for the development and production of Disney’s live-action films.
“It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of The Walt Disney Studios,” said Dickerman. “While I will always cherish my time at Sony and Columbia Pictures, I am tremendously excited to join Sean and the Disney production team and can’t wait to get started.”
“Sam is a talented executive with a history of creating dynamic and compelling films,” said Bailey. “His passion for filmmaking, proven track record, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
Science fiction writer John Scalzi has become something of a content factory for Hollywood. Or maybe less a factory, more a workshop in the wilds of Ohio. But with his novel Old Man's War already in development by Wolfgang Petersen, his Star Trek satire Redshirts has been optioned as a TV show by Us network FX.The channel, home to the likes of Justified, Sons Of Anarchy and American Horror Story, has Office veteran director Ken Kwapis and producer Jon Shestack developing the show based on Scalzi’s book.Redshirts is set in the 25th century, and follows a group of new recruits on the Starship Intrepid. While they’re initially delighted by their high profile assignment, they begin to realise that crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Digging into the deaths, they learn that a Trek-style science fiction show from our century is intruding into their reality and altering destinies via its plotlines. »
With the news that the African Queen has become a tourist boat on the Nile, we look at other screen boats that have captured film fans' imaginations
Boats and films go together like the seaside and scampi. There's the 320-tonne steamboat in Fitzcarraldo that Werner Herzog famously had the film's extras cart over a hill to get it from one tributary of the Amazon to another. Then there's Kevin Costner's trusty trimaran in Waterworld, the U-96 of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, Forrest Gump's shrimping vessel, and Jenny and One-Eyed Willy's ship, The Inferno, which the truffle-shuffling gang come across in The Goonies. This year, we'll be popping our life-jackets on again in readiness for another boat film, Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah.
With the original African Queen now reincarnated as a tourist boat on the river Nile, we decided to take a look at what other »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
6 items from 2014
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