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It's still unclear whether Michael Bay will return for a fifth "Terminator" installment. But now comes word that he'll take a break from the franchise to direct "13 Hours" Benghazi political drama. Bay will direct from a script by Chuck Hogan (The Town), who adapted Mitchell Zuckoff's book about the September 11th, 2012 attack on an American compound in Libya that left Us Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. The focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. They only partially succeeded: Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed in one attack, and two contract workers were killed during a second assault on a CIA station nearby. »
Michael Bay is in talks to direct a Benghazi movie. The film in question is 13 Hours, based on the book 13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Paramount optioned that book prior to publication, and Chuck Hogan has scripted an adaptation. The deal isn’t set yet, but few things seem […]
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- Russ Fischer
A Banghazi political drama is a different movie for Michael Bay.
Don’t worry though. It’ll still have plenty of explosions and flying bullets.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bay is in talks to direct “13 Hours,” an adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on the American embassy in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
The focus will be on a security team that tried to defend the compound from terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012.
The project will be under the Paramount banner and has a budget in between $30 to $40 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Gig Patta
With over $1bn in the bank and counting for its latest outing, Transformers has once again proven itself the most critic-proof movie franchise on the planet (well, outside of Pirates Of The Caribbean). Transformers: Age Of Extinction's gross to date is $1.08bn, slightly down on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, but still more than enough to reward the investment in it. The DVD and Blu-ray release is yet to come as well.
Michael Bay had hinted that he wouldn't direct another Transformers film after Age Of Extinction, and at the very least, it looks like he's after a smaller-sized production again. He made Pain And Gain between the last two Transformers films, and it might be he's on the lookout for something of that ilk once more.
The Hollywood Reporter reckons he's opting for 13 Hours as his next project, »
Michael Bay's next project probably isn't what you were expecting. The "Transformers" director is in talks to direct "13 Hours," an adaptation of the book by Mitchell Zuckoff about the attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Libya on September 11, 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chuck Hogan ("The Strain") wrote the script for the Paramount film, which will focus on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to stave off the aggressors. Four Americans including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens were killed in the attacks on the embassy and a nearby CIA compound, which was alleged to have been carried out by members of the Libyan terror organization Ansar al-Sharia. The incident resulted in widespread criticism of State Department officials (including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) for alleged security lapses at the consulate. Bay's last film was "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. His »
- Chris Eggertsen
He was back in battle with the Transformers this year, but Michael Bay has his eye on a much more real-life conflict for a potential future film. He’s in negotiations to tackle 13 Hours, which will be set during the fateful attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote The Strain trilogy with Guillermo del Toro and worked on the TV adaptation, is responsible for the script, which is sourced from Mitchell Zuckoff’s book. The focus will be on six members of a security team who fought to defend the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound when terrorists attacked the place. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and one of the compound’s workers died in the initial assault and two contractors were killed during another attack on a nearby CIA facility.The attack and the Us administration’s response has since become a political talking point, »
It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would attempt a cinematic rendition of the attack in Benghazi, Libya on a U.S. State Department compound. What exactly happened that night is still a politically charged issue, and so we'd reasonably assume that a filmmaker with some sense of nuance and care would be assigned the job. We were wrong. THR reports that Michael Bay — yep, the guy who made four "Transformers" movies — is in talks to direct "13 Hours." The movie will be based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff, with a script from Chuck Hogan ("The Town," "The Strain") that will focus on the six members of the security team that struggled to defend American life during the attack. And while the film is described as a "political drama," we'd wager there's still some room in there for Bay-style explosions. Though maybe not Victoria's Secret models. Here's the book synopsis: The harrowing, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just five months after his big-budget tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters, director Michael Bay is tackling the political drama genre, entering talks to direct 13 Hours for Paramount.
The plot is based on Mitchell Zuckoff's book of the same name, which details the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack at the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghai, Libya, which claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens. The story centers on six members of a security team, who fought to defend the lives of several Americans stationed at the facility. Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed during one attack, and two contract workers also died during a second attack at a nearby CIA facility.
The project brings Michael Bay back to Paramount, »
Well this... this is something. If Pain & Gain was one for him, and Transformers: Age of Extinction was one for them, then Michael Bay's potential new Benghazi movie 13 Hours is definitely payback for putting in the hours with those giant robots. Given that Benghazi is an extremely touchy political issue it will be interesting to see where Bay, whose instincts for crowd pleasing are often spot on, falls along the spectrum of public opinion. I actually think Bay is a smart guy who knows what he's doing (and I think he does Transformers movies, at least in part, in order to gain the power to do stuff he's more passionate about) so I'm actually looking forward to seeing what he's thinking with this one. 13 Hours will be based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name and will be adapted for the screen by The Strain writer Chuck Hogan. »
- Evan Dickson
Sources tell Variety that Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount’s “13 Hours,” which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Chuck Hogan penned the script based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” to which Paramount acquired rights in February before it was published. Erwin Stoff produces through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production shingle.
Bay said in August that while the next “Transformers” is already dated, he would not be returning to direct, and while this film will not feature the same elements, it still fits into his wheelhouse of action-heavy »
- Justin Kroll
In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama. Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, the adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead. See more Highly Paid Film Stars Chuck Hogan wrote the script adapting the book, which details how on Sept. 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. The focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans
- Borys Kit
"The Strain" author Chuck Hogan has penned the script for the film which looks into the September 11th 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in the Libyan city which left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others dead.
The focus will be on six members of a security team that fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. Erwin Stoff is producing.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Well this is certainly a different view for Michael Bay. The explosive director is looking at taking on a dramatic feature for his next project with the political drama 13 Hours. It’s based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11. The focus of the movie according to THR will be on the six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed »
- Graham McMorrow
Paramount Television is again reaching into the studio archives, announcing that it is partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer on a television adaptation of the 1980 Richard Gere-Lauren Hutton film “American Gigolo.”
Bruckheimer, who was a producer on that crime drama centered around a superficial male escort in Los Angeles, will exec produce the project. Paul Schrader, the film’s director and writer, will serve as exec consultant.
“With its signature noir aesthetic, ‘American Gigolo’ has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with [Paramount's] Brad [Grey] and Amy [Powell] on remaking it into a television series,” said Bruckheimer on behalf of Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
Bruckheimer signed a first-look film deal with Paramount last year, where he is developing film sequels to his »
- Whitney Friedlander
A puzzling quiet blankets Imax’s sprawling Santa Monica complex on a recent October afternoon. Trailers for “Dracula Untold” and “Jupiter Ascending,” screaming, “See it in Imax!” play in a loop, but most of the company’s employees are absent. Stacks of film canisters for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” line the hallway, outnumbering the executives and technicians on hand.
There’s a reason for this veritable ghost town. The Imax crew is overseeing a Universal CityWalk screening, for theater owners, of Nolan’s space adventure. In their absence, Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment, and the company’s ambassador to Hollywood, is jittery. He’s desperate to know how the pic played.
“I feel an emotional connection, »
- Brent Lang
Withnail & I, 1987.
Directed by Bruce Robinson.
Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.
Perpetually wasted Withnail and the introspectively uptight I (Marwood), disappear half way up a mountain near Penrith to share some quality time……
There is a difficulty encountered by all reviewers when it comes to writing something subjective on a confirmed cult classic. In terms of tricky it sits somewhere between negotiating an extension from a loan shark, while convincing lie detectors Age of Extinction was a good idea. »
- Gary Collinson
You might know Shia Labeouf from those Michael Bay robot movies (admit it, you’ve seen them), or some of the other countless big Hollywood blockbusters he’s been in. And there’s no shame in that, he’s a fantastic actor. The guy’s got a lot of talent, it’s just a matter of how he chooses to use it.
Labeouf has been circling major news outlets quite a bit over the past year or so, but most of the time, it has had nothing to do with the movie industry. Without a doubt, actors and actresses are always a little peculiar and distinctive, that goes without saying. But still, in case you hadn’t already noticed, the year 2014 has been a very, very strange one for dear Shia.
The actor seems to keep getting himself into odd situations, and each time we think it can’t get any weirder, »
- Tuomas Hakola
The year 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, and it's slated to be the production start of it's long-awaited sequel. So says the star it launched, Ewan McGregor. In an interview with Details, the Scottish star talked about the highs (his recent stint on Broadway in The Real Thing) and lows (Michael Bay's The Island) of his career, and in the midst of this, delivered an update on when we might expect a Trainspotting 2 to actually get made. He told the magazine: "It looks like it might happen. The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I'd be up for it. I wouldn't have been 10 years ago, but I am now." Based on the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting hit theaters in the summer of 1996, bringing with it fearless humor, an addictive soundtrack, »
Final Update, Monday, 2:25 Pm: The finally tallies are in with Universal’s horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/Qed’s Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox’s animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity’s The Best of Me wasn’t as lucky (-54%). Noteworthy: We’ve included the grosses for the Bollywood heist film Happy New Yea from our own sources as Rentrak did not report for it. There are still no official numbers for the the film which we know tallied biggest opening weekend in Indian Cinema history (per its producer). Strange as to why they are not touting the numbers and reporting them as soon as possible, but »
- Anita Busch
Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi film Interstellar was recently screened for members of the press, and the reviews are mostly positive. Many of the reviews praise the incredible looking visuals of the film and technical direction, but it seems like the emotional core of the story didn't hit with everyone. I try to stay away from reviews for movies like this until after I see it, but I couldn't help myself this time around. I had to read them! The movie is set to be released in theaters a week from tomorrow, and I already have my tickets to watch it in 70mm IMAX.
I included several excerpts from certain interviews below for you to read. You can click on the links to read the full interviews for each one. Look them over if you want and let us know if they sway your excitement for the movie in any way. »
- Joey Paur
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