9 items from 2013
Uh oh – it looks like David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake is dead in the water for now according to Disney. The film’s production, which was supposed to start shooting in Sydney, Australia next month after a very hefty offer from the Government down under, has been pushed all the way back to 2014 – much to the dismay of an extremely eager Australia.
With Captain David Fincher (The Social Network/Fight Club) reuniting with his first-mate scribe Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) to take a crack at Disney’s epic underwater adventure, it’s a shame that casting troubles are to blame for the delay in production. Although there’s been talk hinting Channing Tatum could take the lead as Ned Land, there was also a rumor Fincher wanted Brad Pitt for the exact same role. While Tatum still hasn’t openly declined playing Land, the latter has, and »
- Matt Donato
The saga of director David Fincher’s delayed remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a long and painful one. There have been many incarnations of Jules Verne’s classic 1870 novel, both on film and television, but it’s the 1954 Disney production – the only science-fiction film produced by Walt Disney himself – which to date remains the most beloved and definitive version of the story.
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Fincher has been chasing this project for a long time. It was finally set to go into production a few months ago with Fincher’s Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker to rewriting a script by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns. Now the project has reportedly been put on hold once again, with production due to begin in early 2014.
The delay was reported by the Sydney ...
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- Anthony Vieira
John Doe’s apartment? As in the home of creepy, pervy Kevin Spacey from Se7en? Go ahead. Issue a worldwide “weirdo alert.” Sound the alarms, but I can’t help myself. David Fincher’s 1995 thriller still does a number on me to this day — just in a “feel good” kind of way. Good thing that doesn’t sound even creepier.
Among Se7en’s numerous successes is its ability to reprimand the viewer’s obsession with an overwhelming backlash of the morbid. Writer Andrew Kevin Walker achieves this in grim fashion and in less subtler ways throughout, but Se7en also pulls in the viewer with its killer’s cloudy cult of personality in “John Doe.” When detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) find Doe’s residence through a paper trail of library loans — works from the Marquis de Sade and Dante, naturally — it’s a drab apartment »
- David Klein
Every once in a while, news comes out of a movie in development that sounds as if there’s no way it could possibly fail. Then word comes out that for one reason or another (the director moved on to another project, negotiations between the filmmakers and the studio broke down, not enough funding was available…) the movie won’t get made and everyone is left to wonder what could have been.
This list shows some of the best rumoured projects that still have a chance to be made that for whatever reason haven’t yet. Each one of these movies has loads of potential and some movie studio needs to find a way to get these projects off the ground.
10. David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Despite their already being a very well known adaption of it, David Fincher has long been trying to get his own version »
- Paul Sorrells
The widespread eccentricities and perverseness of Craigslist has become mostly accepted nowadays, the site acknowledged as a place where sexual deviancy and under-the-table acquisitions are to be expected. So much so that some people may have completely forgotten about the newspaper want ads where the trend of anonymous goods and services being exchanged originated. Of course, not every ad is full of debauchery, but those ads make for boring movies. Deadline reports director Sam Taylor-Johnson is in negotiations to helm Sony Pictures. A Reliable Wife, an adaptation of the 2009 suspense novel written by Robert Goolrick. Taylor-Johnson .s only other feature to date has been 2009.s Nowhere Boy, which followed the young adult life of a pre-Beatles. John Lennon (played by Aaron Johnson, who would later become her husband). For the new project Taylor-Johnson will be working from a script written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, The Wolfman) The novel »
Exclusive: Sam Taylor-Johnson is in talks to direct A Reliable Wife, Sony Pictures‘ adaptation of the Robert Goolrick bestselling novel. The thriller has a script by Andrew Kevin Walker, and takes place in 1909 Wisconsin where successful businessman Ralph Truitt waits on a train platform for the woman who answered his newspaper ad for “a reliable wife.” His Chicago-born bride to be is actually a scheming gal with a dark past who plans to seduce and poison him, leaving town a rich widow. Turns out that Truitt has dark secrets of his own and their destinies intertwine in a remote estate where they are snowbound and a love triangle develops with Truitt’s adult son. The film is being produced by Michael De Luca, Jami Gertz and her Lime Orchard Productions, and Stacey Lubliner. Taylor-Johnson, a photographer who made short films and videos, made her feature directorial debut Nowhere Boy, about »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has been working on quite a few interesting projects over the past couple of years. Director David Fincher enlisted the scribe to work on his big-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Burns was also tapped to pen a draft of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Steve recently sat down with the screenwriter to talk about his upcoming thriller Side Effects, and during the course of the conversation Burns talked about the status of both 20,000 Leagues and Apes, discussing why Rupert Wyatt dropped out of the director’s chair for the Apes sequel. Hit the jump to read on. David Fincher has been developing a redo of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for a number of years, and Burns was one of the first writers onboard Fincher’s iteration of the project. The filmmaker later »
- Adam Chitwood
Gary Collinson presents an extract from his book Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen detailing director Wolfgang Petersen's aborted DC superhero cross-over movie Batman vs. Superman...
Although Warner Bros was finding it difficult to relaunch the Dark Knight after Batman & Robin, the struggle was nothing compared to that of its other major DC property, Superman. Having ushered in the modern superhero film in 1978 with Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, the Man of Steel had been absent from the screen since his own franchise-killer, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which the studio co-produced with Cannon Films back in 1987. The failure of Superman IV brought an end to a proposed fifth instalment in the Christopher Reeve series, with Batman producer Jon Peters subsequently coming on board in the early 1990s and commissioning a number of scripts based upon DC Comics’ ‘The Death and Return of Superman »
9 items from 2013
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