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9 Film Projects That Were Rewritten to Become Sequels

30 January 2016 9:14 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We recently saw the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which started life as an independent film unrelated to Cloverfield but was rewritten as a sequel (of sorts). This got us thinking about other films that were conceived as original projects but were altered by studios to become sequels to existing franchises.

When 10 Cloverfield Lane started out, it was an independent film called The Cellar, about a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up injured and locked in the bunker-like cellar of a man (John Goodman) she’s never met before. The strange man tells her that he found after an accident and brought her there to minister to her wounds but then a cataclysmic disaster ravaged the surface world and she has to stay there. She doesn’t believe him and spends the rest of the film trying to escape, while her memories of the night of her accident slowly return. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Emily S. Whitten: Seven Movies for Surviving Snowzilla

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.

Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).

“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Blade Runner Sequel Begins Filming in July, Harrison Ford’s Return Confirmed

25 January 2016 3:51 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling will step in front of the cameras for the Blade Runner sequel this July, as Alcon Entertainment has officially marked that month for the beginning of principal photography, with Warner Bros. Pictures now on board to release the film in North America and Sony set for international distribution:

Press Release (via The Playlist): Los Angeles, CA, January 25, 2016 – Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner in all overseas territories in all media; with Warner Bros. Pictures distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars) who is reprising his role as Rick DeckardHampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green »

- Derek Anderson

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'Blade Runner 2' Shoots in July with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling

25 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute Alcon Entertainment's follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner in all overseas territories in all media. Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The studios have still not set a release date for the Untitled Blade Runner Project quite yet, but the official announcement did confirm that production is set to begin in July 2016.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the Untitled Blade Runner Project starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars) who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, »

- MovieWeb

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Blade Runner 2 Starts Filming in July

25 January 2016 11:54 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The time is fast-approaching for any longstanding bets of a Blade Runner sequel to be paid up. Despite the practically interminable development time (almost 35 years) the film has had, it looks like momentum has finally caught for Blade Runner 2, as Alcon Entertainment, Sony, and WB have finally announced that the film will begin shooting this coming July.

That's right. While all of us are kicking back watching The Bfg, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek Beyond, Blade Runner 2 will officially be in production. On board as director is Denis Villenueve, who has been on a role with films like Prisoners and Sicario. Returning to the franchise will be Harrison Ford, who seems to be making a pretty penny off of long-awaited sequels as of late, and joining the Blade Runner mythos will be talented pretty boy Ryan Gosling.

Check out the official press release below:

"Los Angeles, CA, January 25, 2016 – Sony Pictures Releasing »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Sony Takes International Rights

25 January 2016 10:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has landed international distribution rights for Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing in North America and Canada through its output agreement with Alcon.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original movie) and Michael Green have penned the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott.

The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of Scott’s iconic 1982 original — which was set in a 2019 Los Angeles, and based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. »

- Dave McNary

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Horror Channel unleashes a fear-filled February of premieres

22 January 2016 4:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Horror Channel has announced eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.

Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.

Full details in transmission order:

Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour »

- Gary Collinson

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Netflix Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Altered Carbon’ Based On Richard Morgan Novel

20 January 2016 1:16 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix is betting subscribers want to watch some more science fiction drama. The streaming video-on-demand provider has picked up ten episodes of the sci-fi series Altered Carbon.

Netflix’s Altered Carbon series is based on Richard Morgan’s titular 2002 cyberpunk sci-fi novel, which won the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel in 2003. Set in the 25th century, the book and upcoming Netflix show introduce audiences to a world where human personalities are digitized and can transfer from one body to the next or be saved as backups. The protagonist, a former elite warrior named Takeshi Kovacs, inhabits the body of a San Francisco-based policeman to investigate the possible murder of a man named Laurens Bancroft, whose backup was destroyed in what others believe was an attempted suicide.

The Altered Carbon Netflix series, which hails from Grace and Frankie studio Skydance Television, is created, written, and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Mindy Newell is Just Ramblin’ On

18 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Sometimes a writer can sit in front of the computer screen for hours, fingers poised on the keyboard, and – nothing happens. Not a word, not a syllable. Not a random thought, not a brainstorm. There’s not one single idea that can be expanded upon, not a hint of anything that seems at least remotely interesting.

Hmm, here’s something.

Did you read Denny’s column last week, the one about the Mighty Marvel Method? This writer came late to that particular game; in fact, I didn’t even know it existed, and the first time I heard the words “Marvel style” – another way to describe the “method” – I didn’t have a clue, though I was familiar with what a “script” was, having read numerous plays, including a whole lotta Shakespeare, in high school and college. I do think that, for novices, the best way to learn how to »

- Mindy Newell

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28th Annual USC Scripter Awards Nominees

12 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The USC Libraries have announced the nominees of the 28th annual Scripter Awards honoring each year's best adaptation of the printed word to film. And this year, TV category has been added. Winners will be revealed on February 20th.

Here's the nominees of the 28th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards:

Film

The Big Short

Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis.s nonfiction work .The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton

Brooklyn

Novelist Colm Tóibín and screenwriter Nick Hornby

Fox Searchlight and Viking

The End Of The Tour

Screenwriter Donald Margulies, adapted from David Lipsky.s memoir .Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.

A24 and Broadway Books

The Martian

Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard

Twentieth Century Fox and Crown Publishing Group

Room

Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay

A24 and Little, »

- Manny

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‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ Omnibus is A Fair Interpretation of the Novel

12 January 2016 8:43 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #1-24 (2009-2011)

Written by Philip K. Dick

Artwork by Tony Parker

Colors by Blond

Letters by Richard Starkings

Published by Boom! Studios

Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  originally started off a novel and soon had the film Blade Runner based on it. Fans of Blade Runner maybe taken aback at the contrast of the comic to the film adaptation. But still Tony Parker teamed up with Philip K. Dick’s original text to create a graphic novel version of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This allows the combination of comic images and the original text to flow fairly well together. Dick’s writing remains the strength from the original source, but some may find the beginning issues heavy on narration and information. The text heavy sections can be forgiven as Dick eloquently works to build his world in these sections. »

- Annie

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Round-Up: Ghostbusters Reboot Figures, Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Director Q&A, Robert Englund at Silver Scream Festival

9 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.

Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.

Original Ghostbusters stars Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, »

- Tamika Jones

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Why Today's A Great Day To Watch Blade Runner

7 January 2016 5:45 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We really do live in the damn future. You know how I know that, aside from the fact that we recently passed the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part 2? Because we.re only a few years away from the time of Blade Runner, and if the world of Ridley Scott.s 1982 science fiction film isn.t the future, I don.t know what the hell is. Sir Ridley.s loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick.s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? takes place in 2019 (there are apparently going to be some drastic changes in the next three years), but today, January 8, 2016, marks a very important day in this cinematic universe. Today is the birthday of Roy Batty, and to celebrate we suggest you watch your favorite version of Blade Runner. There are reportedly seven versions of Blade Runner that have been screened, though »

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‘The Big Short,’ ‘Room,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Nab USC Scripter Awards Nominations

7 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “The End of the Tour,” “The Martian” and “Room” have been selected as the feature film finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The organization also named “Games of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Masters of Sex” and “Show Me a Hero” as finalists in its first-ever television award.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 20 in ceremonies at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at USC. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford are serving as honorary chairs of the event.

The award honors the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. “The Imitation Game” won the trophy last year.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Film

The Big Short

Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis’s nonfiction work “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Big Short,’ ‘Room,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Nab USC Scripter Awards Nominations

7 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “The End of the Tour,” “The Martian” and “Room” have been selected as the feature film finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The organization also named “Games of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Masters of Sex” and “Show Me a Hero” as finalists in its first-ever television award.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 20 in ceremonies at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at USC. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford are serving as honorary chairs of the event.

The award honors the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. “The Imitation Game” won the trophy last year.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Film

The Big Short

Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis’s nonfiction work “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: Anomalisa

3 January 2016 2:56 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Charlie Kaufman and Duke Jones' Anomalisa is a deep, witty and moving portrait of alienation filmed in stop-motion animation. It's quite unlike anything else shown at Venice, or anywhere else for that matter, but if it helps: imagine Aardman Animation doing a Philip K. Dick adaptation. "What is it to be human?" asks Michael Stone (David Thewlis at his most drawling and grumpy), a famous motivational speaker in the midst of an existential crisis. "What is it to ache?" He is visiting Cincinnati for a speaking engagement, but he struggles with every interaction. He's tersely polite but barely able to keep the irritation out of his voice when dealing with his friendly taxi driver - "Go to the zoo: it's zoo-sized".

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- CineVue UK

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