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The Book: Any Philip K. Dick novel
Why it should be adapted:
This is the final installment of the “5 Sci-Fi books that should be adapted” column and I was a little bit stuck on what the last book should be. Call it an editorial writer’s block, if you will. Now, some of you might consider this to be lazy or uncreative, but I stand by this choice. If you were to list some of the best Science Fiction that’s ever been written, some of Philip K.Dick’s novels would likely show up a time or two, at the very least.
It isn’t unprecedented for a Dick novel to be adapted for a movie. Some of the more popular movies that have been a Philip K. Dick novel are Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner, and The Adjustment Bureau. These are just a small handful of movies »
- Drew Koenig
Update, 6:08 Pm: Philip K. Dick’s daughter Laura Leslie issued a statement today about the settlement between her father’s estate and Media Rights Capital. From the sound of it The Adjustment Bureau will not be the last time Mrc has a hand in an adaptation of a Dick property. Take a read: Media Rights Capital (Mrc) and the Philip K. Dick Estate have resolved their claims against each other concerning The Adjustment Bureau. The settlement includes the opportunity to work together on future Philip K. Dick Estate properties. “The Estate is pleased to continue our relationship with Mrc. Mrc’s talent-friendly executives and proven track record of producing high-quality entertainment across multiple platforms make them an ideal partner for us,” said Laura Leslie, Philip K. Dick’s daughter and trustee for the Estate. Previously, 4:05 Pm: Exclusive: That legal dispute between Media Rights Capital and the Philip K. Dick »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in a statement issued Tuesday, other than the disclosure that the settlement includes the opportunity to work together on future Philip K. Dick Estate properties.
“The Estate is pleased to continue our relationship with Mrc,” said Laura Leslie, Dick’s daughter and trustee for the estate. “Mrc’s talent-friendly executives and proven track record of producing high-quality entertainment across multiple platforms make them an ideal partner for us.”
- Dave McNary
The legal fight over The Adjustment Bureau has been resolved. Media Rights Capital, which produced the Matt Damon film, traded lawsuits with the estate of author Philip K. Dick over claims that the rights to the sci-fi story were in the public domain. But the two sides are settling the case, releasing the following carefully crafted statement on Tuesday: “Media Rights Capital and the Philip K. Dick Estate have resolved their claims against each other concerning The Adjustment Bureau. The settlement includes the opportunity to work together on future Philip K. Dick Estate properties." “The Estate is pleased
- Eriq Gardner
In another movie based on a true story, Tom Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips whose American cargo ship was overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. Directed by The Bourne Identity and United 93's Paul Greengrass, we can be sure to get enough hold-on-to-your-seat action and the new trailer for Captain Phillips certainly has your heart racing already.
Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. The film is directed by Oscar® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced
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Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass' (The Bourne Supremacy, Green Zone) adaptation of Richard Phillips' A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips, which tells the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Adapted for the screen by Billy Ray (State of Play, The Hunger Games), Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) in the lead role, with a supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener (Capote, A Late Quartet), Max Martini (The Unit, Pacific Rim), Yul Vazquez (American Gangster, The A-Team) and Chris Mulkey (Cloverfield, Boardwalk Empire). Check out the first trailer here...
Captain Phillips is due for release on October 11th. »
- Flickering Myth
Watch the trailer for the Paul Greengrass-driected Captain Phillips. The action thriller from Columbia Pictures opens October 11th, and stars Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Billy Ray wrote the screenplay based upon the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty." Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca produce while Eli Bush, Gregory Goodman and Kevin Spacey serve as executive producers. »
The thriller from Bourne director Paul Greengrass follows the real-life story of a Us Merchant Navy ship that is taken hostage by Somali pirates.
In 2009, the pirates seized the Us Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
Captain Phillips will be released at cinemas on October 11 in the Us and UK. »
Sony Pictures has unveiled a UK trailer for Tom Hanks' "Captain Phillips," based on the memoir "A Captain's Story: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals and Dangerous Days at Sea." Check out the trailer below. Plot: Tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Phillips spent three days as a hostage of the Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALs in a raid. The new movie is directed by Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum) from a script by Billy Ray (Flightplan). It's set to hit theaters on October 11th. Trailer: »
It's never too early to pick fresh Oscar bait! Tom Hanks and dicey situations—both based on a true story and imagined—often equal Academy Award nominations, and his heroics in the upcoming Captain Phillips could easily add to his career haul. The two-time Oscar winner plays real-life Captain Richard Phillips, whose Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009, the first hijacking of an American cargo ship in 200 years. Way to break the mold, right? The first trailer for the Paul Greengrass-directed film—with a screenplay adapted from Phillips' memoir, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea—kicks off with »
Here’s the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ action-thriller Captain Phillips. Starring two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks, the film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
The film is directed by Oscar® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.
Captain Phillips will be in theaters October 11, 2013. Other films from Sony Pictures headed to cinemas this fall are Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore (Oct. 18,) and George Clooney’s Oscar hopeful The Monuments Men starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, »
- Michelle McCue
Pirates have made a big comeback in recent years thanks to the lawless activities happening off the coast of Somalia, but while we hear of multiple hijackings and kidnappings from the region they rarely involve American citizens. One of the exceptions though occurred in 2009 when the American cargo ship Mv Maersk Alabama was attacked and boarded by pirates. Paul Greengrass is bringing the story to the big screen as his first film since 2010′s Green Zone, and the first trailer promises a thrilling real-life drama happily free of politics. Having Tom Hanks in your title role never hurts either. Check out the first trailer for Captain Phillips below. Greengrass knows action and suspense as evidenced by his two Bourne films, but he’s also shown the ability to mix the thrills with sensitive real life events (United 93). The film is based on Captain Richard Phillips’ account of the hijacking, “A »
- Rob Hunter
Heads up, Academy voters. Hollywood's very favorite good guy is bringing it again.
The film depicts the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somalian pirates in 2009 after they boarded and seized the U.S.-flagged and unarmed cargo ship Maersk Alabama. He'd surrendered himself to the vicious group in order to protect the nineteen crew members on board who were then able to hide from the ship's attackers. After a dramatic five day stand-off between the Somali pirates and the U.S. Navy, Seal Team snipers executed three of the captors and returned the captain to his family, safe and sound.
Put simply, this is one heck of a nationalistic story — 'Merica ya'll! — and Hanks certainly had his work cut out »
- Amanda Bell
Sony has released the first international trailer for the real-life saga of “Captain Phillips.” Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), “Captain Phillips” tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Us-flagged Mv Maersk Alabama.
Pic is produced by Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey and based on the memoir “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” penned by Captain Richard Phillips.
- Stuart Oldham
Sony has released the first trailer for Captain Phillips from director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks as the title character. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates to keep his crew from having to leave the ship with them. Billy Ray (Breach) wrote the screenplay adapted from the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Richard Phillips and Stephen Tatty and along with Hanks, the film co-stars Catherine Keener, John Magaro, Max Martini, David Warshofsky, Chris Mulkey, Corey Johnson and Yul Vazquez. This is the first film from Greengrass since Green Zone in 2010 and, of course, before that he gave us The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum along with United 93. Captain Phillips is set for an October 11 release »
- Brad Brevet
There was definitely some nervous apprehension on my part before meeting Winona Ryder -- which, having done this sort of thing hundreds of times before, doesn't happen often. This most likely stems from my preexisting notion that she's shy or reserved -- or, at the very least, media shy and reserved in front of the press. Soon after meeting the petite actor -- who still doesn't look all that different from the person who danced to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line" at the end of "Beetlejuice" -- I discovered something that would have put my nervous mind at ease: Winona Ryder is, well ... a bit of a nerd.
Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but she is a fan of the original "Star Trek" television series and used to have a life-size poster of Ellen Ripley on her wall.
Ryder's new movie is "The Iceman," the latest »
- Mike Ryan
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Containing manic energy is a skill. Suppressing it is hazardous. When Tom Cruise was bouncing off walls and generally making himself into a punch line cliché, you could still sense the charisma that made him a star. In Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi epic Oblivion, Cruise smirks and struts his way through a post-apocalyptic earth like he's on downers and barely registers a heartbeat.
After Earth was ravaged by Scavengers (or Scavs) by destroying our moon, the human race fled to space station called the Tet and started a colony on Titan. Now it's 2077 and the only humans left on Earth are Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a tech support to huge machines siphoning our water to bring to Titan, and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), a communications officer who keeps things running, »
- Alexandra West
Tom Cruise’s latest action movie, the sci-fi-flavored Oblivion — out on April 19 — follows Tom through a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Earth. Drama ensues when his character, who has been assigned to extract Earth’s last resources, is forced to question the nature of his own mission. Oblivion promises to take viewers to another world, full of intrigue and action. But did it actually hit the mark? Some reviewers think Tom’s newest movie is a total flop, while others have called it an “adventure to remember” (but mostly, the reviews are not good). You’ll just have to read the reviews and decide for yourself!
The Reviews of ‘Oblivion’
Los Angeles Times
Oblivion is not perfect. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Apocalyptic and dystopian stories have always intrigued us. If societal structure was to break down, the void left behind would expose the basest of human impulses. And over the last century, movies have taken a sick sort of pleasure in showing us what the worst case scenario might look like, with ominous features of the future mirroring the most pressing concerns of the present.
1. 'Metropolis' (1927)
This groundbreaking German sci-fi flick from the silent era explores the division between upper and lower classes while, out in the real world, socialism was quaking the geopolitical landscape .
2. 'The Last Man on Earth' (1964)
- Ben Freiburger
As we’ve been reporting, Syfy had its Upfront presentation to potential advertisers Wednesday night, and they spent yesterday issuing press releases. It’s a good thing they held the event at a pier, as there is a boatload of information included in the summary press release below. We made sure to get it posted before the weekend, since it will take you the entire weekend to absorb it all.
Some of it is information we’ve already posted, like the Ringworld and Childhood’s End development and the High Moon pilot production, some of it we posted about fairly recently, like Ronald D. Moore‘s Helix, some of it we haven’t heard about in quite some time, like Orion, Proof, and Dominion, and some, like the nonscripted shows, the anthology, and some of the projects announced, are news to us.
You’ll also see ratings info and other »
- Erin Willard
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