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Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. With The Crow, director Alex Proyas made a huge mark on the main stream showing a lot of promise with his signature style and dark tone. While the likes of I, Robot and Knowing have seen his styleget diluted throughout the years, it was his third feature that showed Proyas at his best, and gave us a great sense of what he could achieve. That movie was 1998's Dark City. One full year before The Matrix (which also used some of the same sets), Dark City explored many similar themes and even shared many plot beats with The Wachowski's sci-fi classic, but while that movie went big and flashy, Dark City went smaller and deeper, with Rufus Sewell's John Murdoch discovering the city »
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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch from the studio’s Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman played James Brown for the studio this summer after breaking out as Jackie Robinson in 42. He sold the thriller pitch with writing partner Logan Coles and is attached to star in a story described as being in the vein of The Fugitive. Universal-based Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for Marc Platt Productions and Coles will serve as co-producer.
Boseman and Coles most recently collaborated on the 2012 short Heaven, which Boseman directed and Coles produced. Boseman next stars in Summit’s Gods Of Egypt from helmer Alex Proyas. He’s repped by Greene & Associates, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham.
- Jen Yamato
Upcoming slate includes franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent, Gods of Egypt and Now You See Me 2.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Lionsgate have extended their feature film output agreements in Canada, Australia and Spain.
The agreements extend eOne distribution across all media through 2018 for Lionsgate and Summit label films in Canada and Spain and Summit films in Australia.
The collaboration has already been responsible for launching The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent: franchises in the three territories.
The upcoming pipeline covered under the agreements includes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2; the next three films in the Divergent series (Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 & 2); Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, which just wrapped production in Australia; and Now You See Me 2, which starts production this fall.
Lionsgate recently relocated its international sales operation to London. The move is aimed to allow the studio to better servce its numerous output partnerships.
Lionsgate International recently expanded output agreements with Studiocanal and Tele »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Maybe you think you know the story of Dracula, but Dracula Untold is unfurling a drama-packed revamp of the classic vampire tale full of gruesome war, family loyalty, and heinous curses. In the trailer above, see Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6) as Vlad Tepes, a man who will risk anything to save his family from the greedy maws of war, even if it means becoming a monster. Dracula Untold, or Dracula: Year Zero as it seems it's being called overseas, is intended to be a key step in Universal Pictures effort to reboot their classic monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman. While the announcement of that plan is relatively recent, this particular re-imagined origin story has been a long time in coming. Back in 2007, The Crow's helmer, Alex Proyas, was hired to direct the project. »
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
eOne UK is aiming to release around 35 films per year going forward as it looks to cement its position as one of the top five distributors in the UK.
Upcoming films on the slate include The Rover (August 15), A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (September 19), The Homesman (October), Mr Turner (October 31), Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? (November), Foxcatcher (January 9) and The Water Diviner (January).
Also on the impressive roster are Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg (July 22, 2016), J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Denis Villeneuve’s A Story Of Your Life, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, court-room drama The Whole Truth and franchise sequel Insurgent.
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I like Luke Evans. He's talented, he's handsome and it was only a matter of time before he had a chance to lead a movie. I'm not convinced Dracula Untold is going to raise him into superstardom but it likely won't sting too badly either. Or so I hope.
Written by newcomers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the pair also responsible for the script of Alex Proyas' upcoming Gods of Egypt, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes, a prince who rebels against a Sultan (Dominic Cooper) who is raising an army. Rather than allowing his young son to be recruited, Vlad stands against the Sultan and in a last ditch effort to keep his family safe, he strikes a deal with a creature that turns him into a vampire.
It's not exactly a new take on the vampire story, it's basically the [Continued ...] »
Trevor Hogg chats with director Robert Stromberg, production visual effects supervisor Carey Villegas, visual effects supervisors Seth Maury and Kelly Port, digital effects supervisor Darren Hendler, and previs supervisor Mark Nelson about reviving a Disney classic…
“There are not many production designers/visual effects people who have made the leap which doesn’t make sense to me because it seems like the perfect breeding ground to moving up into directing,” reflects filmmaker Robert Stromberg who started as a matte painter and became the Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar  and Alice in Wonderland . “On Master and Commander  I met Peter Weir and we hit it off. I came in as a Visual Effects Supervisor and spent so much time with Peter that I became a liaison between him and Ilm. We started talking about other things especially about characters and what it is like to direct. I learned so much from »
- Trevor Hogg
Some promo art has surfaced from the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas for films and TV shows that a lot of us are looking forward to seeing. Some of the films on display include Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis; Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye; Jon Chu's G.I. Joe 3; Magic: The Gathering, Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Max Steel, plus TV shows like Gotham and Arrow and more. Check out all of the photos below. Thanks to Comingsoon and Collider for the photos.
- Joey Paur
We have some new information on three upcoming films that are being released over the next couple of years. Thanks to Collider we have synopses for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein, and Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. All of the films sounds like they are going to be great, and one day we'll get to witness the adventures when we watch them up on the big screen!
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. »
- Joey Paur
Historical epics are sometimes terrific (Gladiator) and sometimes terrible (Pompeii), but I always look forward to seeing them, if just for the thrilling visuals and intriguing costuming. In 2o16, we’ll be treated to yet another action adventure deeply rooted in the past with Gods of Egypt, from I, Robot and Knowing director Alex Proyas. Instead of simply exploring ancient Egyptian civilization, however, the film includes many elements of mythological fantasy, with gods and monsters battling Egyptian warriors.
A new synopsis for the movie has shed some light on exactly what audiences can expect. Check it out below:
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set »
- Isaac Feldberg
Summit Entertainment has released an official synopsis for Gods of Egypt, director Alex Proyas’ (Dark City) fantasy adventure, which stars Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), Chadwick Boseman (42), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Geoffrey Rush (The Book Thief):
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »
- Gary Collinson
Update: The logo originally posted was (thankfully) not original, but we've included some cool set pics from the flick to make up for it. You can see Gerard Butler and Elodie Yung in their "godly" gear for the flick below! Summit Entertainment has released an official synopsis for their upcoming Gods Of Egypt, as well as the first promotional artwork for Alex Proyas' (Dark City, Knowing) new movie. The fantasy adventure stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj »
- Jesse Giroux
The official plot descriptions have been released today for 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein (formerly known as Frankenstein) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Summit Entertainment's Gods of Egypt and Universal's Untitled Pets Project. Take a look at the official synopses below for these upcoming projects.
Victor Frankenstein - January 16, 2015
James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley's classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man-and the legend-we know today.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - July 31, 2015
From director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale. Sixteen-year-old Jacob follows clues that take him to a »
Fans have become a bit jaded when it comes to these mythology-based fantasy epics (thanks Clash/Wrath Of The Titans), but can Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City), and a very impressive (though decidedly non-Egyptian looking) cast change that? Below we have the first artwork and an exciting sounding synopsis. Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic rebels opposing Set’s savage rule, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a bold and defiant mortal, enlists the aid of powerful »
Even though we won't be seeing these movies for a while, we now have the first official synopses for Victor Frankenstein (formerly just "Frankenstein"), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Gods of Egypt, and Untitled Pets Project. Briefly: Victor Frankenstein is directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) and stars James McAvoy as the title character and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is directed by Tim Burton and based on the book by Ransom Riggs. Gods of Egypt is directed by Alex Proyas and stars Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Elodie Yung. Untitled Pets Project is an animated family film that will feature the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart. Hit the jump for the synopses on these movies. Also, the Gods of Egypt image we've using is not from the studio, it's the Price of Egypt poster with the title Gods of Egypt. »
- Matt Goldberg
Not too long ago, NBC premiered a new Dracula series, featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character. The TV show re-imagined Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire as being more of a dark superhero, who faces off against an evil order hell-bent on (secretly) controlling the world – and though it had camp entertainment value, it failed to attract the viewership numbers required to secure a second season. We’ll see if Universal has more luck with its cinematic re-imagining, Dracula Untold (see the first look image, above).
Dracula Untold was, once upon a time, formerly known as Dracula Year Zero, with Sam Worthington set to star and Alex Proyas (Dark City) onboard to call the shots. The basic premise is still the same ...
- Sandy Schaefer
With the first two “Hunger Games” films having grossed $1.5 billion worldwide and “Divergent” launched successfully, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has touted the studio’s focus on creating more franchises.
Feltheimer listed “Now You See Me,” “Mortdecai,” “Gods of Egypt,” “American Ultra,” “Outliers,” “The Last Witch Hunter” and the recently announced “Power Rangers” as potential franchises for the studio during Friday morning’s call with analysts to discuss earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended March 31.
He noted that Lionsgate showcased two projects at Cannes – “The Expendables 3,” opening Aug. 15 with a massive cast, and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” with Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast showing footage to distributors. The CEO noted that the “Now You See Me” sequel will begin shooting later this year with Jesse Eisenberg (pictured), Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson reprising their roles.
In all, 12 of Lionsgate’s 25 upcoming films can be classified as franchises, »
- Dave McNary
The follow-up to the much-debated about "Alien" pseudo-prequel is remaining under tight wraps with even its stars like Michael Fassbender having previously admitted that, even though the film is happening, they are all being kept in the dark regarding specifics other than sometime later this year.
The UK tabloid's source says "it's the best kept secret at the moment, that Ridley is here to film the Prometheus sequel...Staff have been pulled off productions on the Gold Coast and Melbourne to take meetings about it."
They add that Scott and various other professionals only became aware of the fact upon Scott's arrival on Wednesday when the filmmaker reportedly took a VIP tour of the Fox Studios lot which is currently housing the final weeks of filming »
- Garth Franklin
Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures has boarded the European action/adventure project Ivanhoe and will co-produce the $34 million (€25 million) feature based on Sir Walter Scott‘s medieval-set classic. Iwanyk's credits with Thunder Road include Ben Affleck's The Town, Wrath of the Titans starring Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington and the upcoming Gods of Egypt from director Alex Proyas (I, Robot). He also has an executive producer credit on all three features in the Expendables franchise, including the upcoming Expendables 3. Iwanyk joins lead producers Film House Germany and Egoli Tossell on the feature, which K-Pax director
- Scott Roxborough
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