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Here we go again! After a number of set backs too numerous to recount here, The Crow is about to hit another wall. This remake of the Alex Proyas comic book adaptation from 1994 has been in development forever, and has gone through quite a few directors and leading men. Now, The Wrap reports that director Corin Hardy is getting ready to fly the coop.
Producer Edward R. Pressman has filed an objection to the inclusion of The Crow in Relativity Media's assets as it prepares for a sale following its declaration of bankruptcy. Thus far, Relativity Media claims to have sunk over $7 million into the fledgling project since at least 2010. This includes $2.5 million to exercise the options to acquire and maintain the franchise rights, which includes sequel, prequels and remakes. These rights are set to revert back to Edward R. Pressman if principle photography hasn't started within three years »
Taking a break from his run of guns and gung-ho action thrillers and dramas, Gerard Butler is tackling something a little more low-key. He’s signed on to star in The Headhunter’s Calling. Though it sounds like another action-orientated concept, it’s actually the story of a ruthless, hard-charging corporate headhunter called Dane Jensen, who has been surging at the company he works for and is primed to snatch the top job. But then his young son falls gravely ill and Jensen’s priorities take a major shift.Mark Williams, a producer on the likes of Flawless and Malice In Wonderland, is making his directorial debut with the film, written by The Judge’s Bill Dubuque. Voltage Pictures is selling the rights to the film at the Toronto Film Festival and it’ll kick off shooting in the city later next month.Butler has just seen weatherpocalypse thriller Geostorm »
One of the more surprising and lesser-known facts about Sam Mendes’ second film, Road to Perdition, is that it’s actually adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The plot follows Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an Irish mob enforcer as he goes on the run with his son Michael Jr. after Jr. witnesses a murder and their family is killed in an effort to cover up any witnesses. There’s many great things in this film that standout, such as Jude Law’s creepy performance as assassin Harlen Maguire, one of Paul Newman’s final and finest performances as mob boss John Rooney, and Hollywood got an early look at the talent of Daniel Craig as the unstable Connor Rooney. However, it’s the climax that remains the most memorable thing in it, featuring some of the most iconic work from »
You might have forgotten, but a few years ago, Warner Bros. had an ambitious plan in place to make John Milton's "Paradise Lost" a big 3D movie. Alex Proyas ("Dark City") was going to direct and Bradley Cooper (Lucifer), Djimon Honsou (Abdiel, the angel of death), Casey Affleck (Gabriel, God’s noted messenger and angel), Camilla Belle (Eve), and Callan McAuliffe (Uriel, one of seven archangels) were all slated to star. Pre-production was well underway, and a schedule had been set, but the studio got nervous about the cost and eventually scrapped the movie. But big screen adaptations of classic literature seems to be a thing now (see "The Odyssey") so WB is gonna take another bite at the apple. Read More: Hugh Jackman Looking To Take Homer's 'Odyssey' They snapped up the rights to a pitch by Dwain Worrell for "Dante's Inferno." Of course, this effort has "franchise potential, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The phrase “development hell” is tossed around a lot these days, but few films know the meaning of it better than the long-mooted reboot of The Crow. The project, which has been percolating under various creative gazes for almost a decade now, and has seen several high-profile actors come and go (Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans were all at one time attached), hit a new stumbling block with the disintegration of its financier Relativity.
This still hasn’t dissuaded the character’s original creator James O’Barr though, who feels the reboot is still healthy.
Talking as part of a panel at the Twin Tiers Comic-Con in New York, O’Barr had this to say:
“It’s still very much a live property. The company, Pressman Films, that owns The Crow film and TV rights, licensed it to a studio named Relativity. And Relativity made like »
- Daniel Kelly
Thanks to the $372 Million performance of Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy”s shot right back to the top of the action A-list. This is probably central to the news that New Line have tapped him to star in and produce an adaptation of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s gnarly comic 100 Bullets.
New Line have been developing the project for a while with screenwriter Chris Borrelli. The comic’s hook has a mysterious entity named Agent Graves empower victims with the names of people who’ve wronged them, and 100 bullets with which to extract revenge. How that’s being formed into a singular narrative remains under lock and key, but it sounds like the sort of dark, adult role Hardy thrives in.
100 Bullets is part of DC’s edgier Vertigo range of product, a subset of the company absorbed by New Line a little while back. Other »
- Daniel Kelly
The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.
Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.
Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.
Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly »
- Don Groves
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Palen has played key roles in the promotion and expansion of the company’s lucrative Hunger Games franchise, which has brought in $2.3 billion in worldwide box office. With the final film, “Mockingjay – Part 2,” launching in November, the new long-term agreement locks in a well-respected marketing executive for the studio.
Palen will continue to serve as the top film marketing executive, running worldwide theatrical marketing operations including marketing campaigns and strategy, media, creative advertising and digital media initiatives. He reports to CEO Jon Feltheimer in his capacity as chief brand officer and to Motion Picture Group Co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in his capacity as president of worldwide marketing.
Liosngate’s Hunger Games Exhibition nationwide tour will launch in Times Square next month, its Hunger »
- Dave McNary
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Relativity is once again searching for a new actor to star in its remake of “The Crow,” as Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) has exited the project due to a scheduling issue, TheWrap has learned. Corin Hardy is directing the movie, which is a remake of Alex Proyas’ 1994 classic based on the comic by James O’Barr. Brandon Lee starred alongside Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson in the original movie. Andrea Riseborough and Forest Whitaker are in talks to take on Wincott and Hudson’s respective roles as villain Top Dollar and cop-turned-ally Sgt. Albrecht. Also Read: Forest Whitaker in Talks »
- Jeff Sneider
Nb: the following contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
For Universal, the success of Jurassic World is the $500m pay-off to a story which began well over a decade ago. Work on a third Jurassic Park sequel originally began after the release of Joe Johnston’s coolly-received Jurassic Park III way back in 2001, yet the film languished in a pre-production quagmire as writer after writer seemingly struggled to crack the story.
William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) was the first screenwriter to step up to the plate, announced at a time when Keira Knightley was reportedly in the running for a major role. Around that time, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough were also thought to be returning to their respective roles of Ian Malcom and John Hammond. »
“Jurassic World” stunned the movie business this weekend with its massive $204.6 million opening.
It’s the second-biggest debut in history and a sign that a franchise that appeared to have run out of gas 14 years ago, when “Jurassic Park III” petered out with $368.8 million at the global box office, has been reinvigorated.
So how did Universal Pictures, the studio behind the dinosaur thriller, pull off the cinematic comeback? Here are five key ingredients in the summer blockbuster’s success:
1.) Chris Pratt is a star. Period.
In an era of would-be leading men like Jai Courtney and Garrett Hedlund, Pratt shows what a true movie star looks like. After “Guardians of the Galaxy” proved he was an actor to watch, with his tongue-in-cheek work as a galactic adventurer drawing comparisons to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, “Jurassic World” offers up a second major franchise to stick in his quiver. That’s »
- Brent Lang
Steve just tracked down two brand new logos at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, one for the upcoming Power Rangers movie and one for director Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt. Lionsgate recently recruited Project Almanac director Dean Israelite to helm Power Rangers. Israelite called Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz's script "mature but still playful" and also noted that the project is currently in a "soft pre-production." The film is due in theaters on January 13, 2017. Gods of Egypt is an Egyptian mythology-inspired action-adventure starring Gerard Butler as Set, the god of darkness who usurps Egypt's throne causing the empire to devolve into chaos. Brenton Thwaites will step in as Bek, a mortal who teams up with the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to take down Set and restore peace and prosperity to the region. Gods of Egypt is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2016. Here's the official synopsis for Gods of Egypt: Magic, »
- Perri Nemiroff
San Andreas, 2015.
Directed by Brad Peyton.
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.
If I made a compliment like “they don’t make ‘em like this much anymore” about San Andreas I’d forgive you for thinking I’d gone mad but only if you hadn’t seen the film. Anyone who sees the movie is guaranteed at least one of two things; the most fun you’ll have had for the price of your ticket in 2015 so far, and just maybe you’ll agree just where I’m coming from with my unapologetic glee.
Make no mistake, San Andreas offers nothing new to the disaster movie genre, »
- Gary Collinson
What if I told you "Casper" was an important film in movie history? Twenty years ago today, Universal released "Casper," and it did okay. It was not a critical hit, and it was not a box-office sensation. But in its way, "Casper" was revolutionary, and at the time, I was absolutely fascinated by the movie and, more specifically, by the Ilm work in the film. In late 1994 and early 1995, I was dating/living with/engaged to a young woman who was working in marketing at Universal. She was about as low on the totem pole as she could be, but excited about what she was doing and excited about the various films she got to work on. Because she had to basically immerse herself in each of the films she was working on, that meant I had that same opportunity. I remember reading three scripts in particular during her time there that got me curious. »
- Drew McWeeny
Long in development, a new iteration of The Crow is finally underway with director Corin Hardy helming, and Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay set to star as the doomed lovers whose deaths the former will return from the grave to avenge. Who will be responsible for their cruel fate? In Alex Proyas’ 1994 favorite Michael…
- Samuel Zimmerman
With a new tragic hero firmly on board in the shape of Jack Huston, director Corin Hardy is looking to make an interesting choice for his new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He has Oblivion’s Andrea Riseborough in talks to play the main villain.This could be a fascinatingly fresh take on the character of Top Dollar, as portrayed in the 1994 version by Michael Wincott. In the graphic novel, Top Dollar is the head of a crime syndicate responsible for the brutal murder of rocker Eric Draven and his fiancée, with Draven brought back to supernatural life to avenge the killings.Hardy has Claire Wilson working on the latest draft of the script, which will follow the graphic novel even more closely than Alex Proyas’ effort thanks to O’Barr’s contributions as consultant. Relativity Studios is backing this one, with the cameras expected to start »
Now playing around the world is George Miller’s masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road. Loaded with some of the craziest action set pieces I’ve ever seen, Fury Road is the kind of movie you need to see on the biggest and loudest screen. Trust me, Fury Road is not just a great action movie; it’s great cinema. As most of you know from the numerous trailers and featurettes, Tom Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky, a former cop who’s completely broken after losing his family. However, when Max crosses paths with Charlize Theron‘s Imperator Furiosa, he agrees to join her cause to help a group of girls reach a safe place and escape Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones and Abbey Lee. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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