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Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
Director: Lisandro Alonso
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’re used to our favorite auteur Argentinean filmmakers making us wait and this will have been the longest he has been between feature film projects. An expert in the vérité form, the untitled fifth feature following La libertad, Los muertos, Fantasma and Liverpool, Lisandro Alonso teamed with the linguistically versatile Viggo Mortensen for what should be one more distinctly art-house item.
Gist: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Release Date: He has been in the Directors’ Fortnight and Un Certain Regard sections at the Cannes Film Festival. Perhaps he’ll attain the “highest” section of them all with a Main Comp showing…
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- Eric Lavallee
Phase 4 will release the film in autumn. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
At some point, I.d love to be able to report on a story involving Viggo Mortensen joining a screwball comedy in which he plays the funniest man on Earth, but his career has just featured a string of characters that are either caught up in the aftermath of some devastating event, or they.re actually going through said devastating event. To be expected, the Oscar-nominated actor won.t be changing things up with Captain Fantastic, the Electric City Entertainment drama in which Mortensen is in talks to take the lead. If only this were a superhero film, or a big screen version of the interstitial character from Do Not Adjust Your Set. Oh well. The film.s description, via Deadline, doesn.t go into much detail, but it paints a somewhat solemn picture of adaptation in the modern world. Mortensen will play a man whose idealism led him to »
Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in a film called Captain Fantastic. The title of the film can be deceiving, but just know that it's not a superhero movie. It's actually a drama that will be written and directed by Matt Ross.
Mortensen will play "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society."
We all know Mortensen is very picky with the projects he chooses, so this must be a good one. Here's what the young director had to say about landing such a talented actor,
”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s »
- Joey Paur
We have not heard a great deal from Viggo Mortensen recently. The Lord of the Rings star is very particular in the roles he plays, and the result is that he does not appear in films that often. His last performance in a major film was as a minor character in On The Road, and he has no credits at all for 2013. But that’s all about to change. In addition to his upcoming part in The Two Faces of January, Mortensen is taking on the lead role in Captain Fantastic from Electric City Entertainment.
Captain Fantastic tells the story of a father who has spent a decade living off the grid in the Pacific Northwest and now must return to society. With six children in tow, he must handle all the issues that re-assimilation brings with it. It’s an intriguing plot synopsis, made all the more so when »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The actor will portray a father, who has lived off the grid in the Pacific Northwest forest with his six young children for the past decade. He must now return to acclimate his children to modern society.
"Viggo Mortensen's dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he's telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he's in is a film I want to see. He's one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that's happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her. »
Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson are set to join the Sarah Gavron's "Suffragette". Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Meryl Streep also star in the film which begins shooting this coming Monday in the UK.
Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the early feminist movement who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. [Source: Screen]
Mortensen plays an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Though it appears the long string of casting rumours for Fantastic Four may finally be behind us, Viggo Mortensen will not be popping up in that film (we reserve the right to alter this line if he does, for some reason show). Instead, he’s signed on to an altogether different sort of story in Captain Fantastic.Actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross is behind the indie film, which boasts a leading role that would appear well suited to Mortensen’s ease in the wilderness. Captain Fantastic follows an idealistic father who has to end a decade living off the grid with his six kids in the forests of America’s Pacific Northwest and assimilate the family back into society. It sounds a little like an updated version of 1986 Harrison Ford drama The Mosquito Coast, though with fewer actual mosquitos.Ross appears delighted with his leading man score: ”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication »
No, Viggo Mortensen isn't starring in some new Marvel movie, despite the name of the developing drama "Captain Fantastic." Instead, the actor will be joining "28 Hotel Rooms" director Matt Ross' film about "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society." Man, just wait until he discovers "Breaking Bad" and "True Detective." No spoilers. Production begins this summer. [Deadline] Tina Fey is getting ready to do "The Taliban Shuffle" (attn producers: please change title—it's not cutesy, it's kinda dumb). Anyway, Robert Carlock ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live") has penned the adaptation of Kim Barker's memoir about a journalist who is "a fish-out-of-water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war correspondent culture. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Check out today's latest casting news: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Captain Fantastic, a drama written and to be directed by Matt Ross. Jennifer Aniston is in early talks to star in New Line's competitive suburbanites picture, Mean Moms, directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Deadline reports that Mortensen is in talks for Captain Fantastic, in which he'll play not a superhero, but "an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society." Here's what Ross had to say about the casting: “Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Captain Fantastic, a drama written and to be directed by Matt Ross. Production will begin this summer. Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof of Electric City Entertainment are producing. Lest you think that Mortensen is being fitted for spandex for a superhero role, think again. While unforgettable for his trilogy turn as Aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings, that’s probably as close to superhero as he’ll get. In Captain Fantastic, Mortensen will play an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. What does it mean for a young filmmaker to land an actor like Mortensen, who is so particular in the roles he plays? ”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Not to be confused with another Fantastic project on the way, Deadline is reporting that The Lord of the Rings trilogy star Viggo Mortensen is in talks to play the lead in writer/director Matt Ross' ( 28 Hotel Rooms ) indie drama Captain Fantastic . Set to shoot this summer, Captain Fantastic follows a father who, having spent six years in the remote woods of the Pacific Northwest, has to return to society with his six children. Mortensen can next be seen in writer/director Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January opposite Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Captain Fantastic will be produced by Electric City Entertainment's Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
Check out this video from the "In Conversation" series from Tiff Bell Lightbox, where Canuck auteur David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen discuss their working relationship, which has now spanned three films together ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method"). In the video, the two talk about the perceived "control" in Cronenberg's films. Cronenberg rebuffs this notion, saying he's an "anti-storyboard" person; Mortensen agrees, saying the reason he enjoys working with Cronenberg is that before a film the director "plans everything, he tries to think of it from every angle, so that when [he] gets to the set [he] can throw it all away and see what happens." Cronenberg's next project is actually a non-Mortensen one: "Map to the Stars," starring Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher and John Cusack. It could very well land at Cannes. »
- Beth Hanna
Though the film noir genre has spawned some of the finest movies ever made, illuminated by the likes of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man – it seems to be a classic style mostly confined to the past, encapsulating the treasured 1940s era of cinema.When tackled in contemporary film, we tend to see subversions of the genre, with the likes Sin City and Drive, for example. However, Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s eponymous novel, The Two Faces of January, is noir in its purest form, as a real attempt to recreate the quintessential pictures of old, and remain faithful to the discernible tropes and conventions. Though admiring Amini for giving it a go, this particular endeavour is uninspiring and forgettable.
Set in Athens, Oscar Isaac plays Rydal, a tour guide by day and chancer by night, always looking to make a cheap dollar off a »
- Stefan Pape
Patricia Highsmith provides the plot and writer-director Hossein Amini supplies the culture in “The Two Faces of January,” a gripping old-school suspenser starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac that plays like “The Talented Mr. Ripley” minus the sultry sexual chemistry among its three leads. While the love-triangle dynamic lacks spark, this tony adaptation should have no trouble seducing Hitchcock fans and smarthouse types with its golden-hued tour of southeast Europe. What better way to see Turkey and Greece than in the company of such beautiful law-breakers as they try to stay two steps ahead of the local authorities?
Originally developed through “Ripley” director Anthony Minghella’s Mirage shingle, this lesser-known Highsmith novel has been smoldering on Amini’s to-do list for nearly 15 years. Best known as the screenwriter of such subtext-rich adaptations as “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive,” Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, »
- Peter Debruge
Writer Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman) is making his directorial debut with The Two Faces Of January, an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for her books Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The thriller stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac as three people intwined in a murder/conspiracy who end up on the run from authorities. The first trailer for the film presents a mysterious and suspenseful vibe and looks like »
- Paul Shirey
The first trailer has arrived for The Two Faces Of January, starring Viggo Mortensen as a con man whose past catches up with him, having fled to Athens with his wife, Kirsten Dunst. Fortunately for the couple, assistance soon presents itself in the form of Oscar Isaac's tour guide, a local scam-artist who pledges to help them escape from the long arm of the law. Only problem is that Isaac isn't the most trustworthy of characters… that said, neither is Mortensen, and as the fates of both become more entwined, the web of intrigue...
- George Wales
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "The Two Faces of January" thriller, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, and Oscar Isaac. Check it out below. Plot: In 1962, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. "The Two Faces of January" is directed by Hossein Amini, the writer of "Drive" and "Snow White and the Huntsman." The new movie is playing at the Berlin Film Festival, but has yet to be acquired for distribution. Trailer: »
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