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There still might be some second-unit scenes left to film, but it seems principal photography has wrapped for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on these recent celebratory tweets by producer Don Granger and star Danika Yarosh. Production on the sequel kicked off in October of last year, with Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai director Edward Zwick taking over for Christopher McQuarrie, and a cast that also... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
With every new year comes a new set of anniversaries for fans to celebrate, and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the movie that made Tom Cruise a global superstar, Top Gun. The blockbuster took in $176 million, making it the highest-grossing movie at the box office in 1986, which, when you adjust for inflation, equates to a $414.5 million today. Over the past 30 years, development on the sequel Top Gun 2 has had more than its fair share of ups and downs. Now it seems the project may be on the right track, thanks to a new tweet from producer Jerry Bruckheimer which confirms Tom Cruise will be back to star.
The last we heard about Top Gun 2 was back in November, when original Top Gun star Val Kilmer revealed through social media that he was offered a role in the sequel, although the actor later clarified that he "jumped »
After last week’s bumper edition, The Week in Star Wars is looking ahead to Episode VIII and why its been pushed back. We’ve also got some rumours surrounding Rogue One, a crossover with Marvel, Kylo Ren on Undercover Boss and more…
We’re running a competition to win this set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pop! Bobble-Heads containing 11 figures released for the new movie. Competition closes on February 7th – so you’ve got time to enter!
We’re going to kick things off this week with Star Wars: Episode VIII, as it was revealed this week that Disney and Lucasfilm were pushing the movie back from May 26th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017. This means we’re now getting one Star Wars movie every Christmas, rather than spread out through the calendar year as originally planned. The May date was first put in place as it marked the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise, »
- Luke Owen
Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam of On Entertainment received Unifrance’s French Cinema Award at its annual Rendez-vous in Paris over the weekend in recognition of the global success of their recent production, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince.
The $57m production has drawn more than 15 million spectators worldwide since its release last July, making it the most successful French-produced feature-length animation of all time, and has still to hit screens in the Us, where Paramount Pictures has set a March 18 launch. UK and Canada releases are due around the same time.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Did Christopher McQuarrie step in during filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to "tighten up and fix" the screenplay? A rumor first surfaced last fall and now another report adds that the Academy Award-winning McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation) was called in "fairly early" after production began and is credited with 'saving' the movie. It's scheduled to open in theaters on December 16. [Latino Review/BirthMoviesDeath] Die Hard: Year One: Back in October, we heard about plans for a sixth installment in the Die Hard franchise, with the bulk of the story set in 1979 when John McClane was a young police officer in New York City. Bruce Willis was touted to show up in modern-day...
- Peter Martin
It looks like the "Star Wars" franchise has been in need of some script doctoring. Reports have sprung up today about re-writes being performed on both Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars: Rogue One" and Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" - albeit for different reasons.
First up, Latino Review has reportedly confirmed a report from back in October that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie ("Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," "Jack Reacher") was brought in last year to spend a few weeks doing a re-write on 'Rogue One'.
Gary Whitta penned the original draft of the script which Chris Weitz subsequently re-wrote. However the site indicates the studio was still not fully happy with where the script was at and so was brought in McQuarrie to do a two-week polish on it - presumably after his "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" commitments were complete.
McQuarrie is used to being a script doctor, »
- Garth Franklin
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer and director Christopher McQuarrie was apparently brought on board the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to polish the script, so reports Birth.Movies.Death.
McQuarrie, who is beavering away on the screenplay for the next M:i movie, reportedly tweaked the script early on in production. Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz have also contributed to the screenplay for the stand-alone Star Wars movie which releases in December.
A source told the website: “It’s unlikely that McQuarrie will get a credit on the movie, although one source used the word ‘saved’ when talking about McQuarrie’s contribution to the film.”
Latino Review also posted an article (last October) which reported the same news, briefly stating that ‘Christopher McQuarrie did a two-week polish on the script.’ His contribution to the movie, which is set around a heist aboard the Death Star, is an exciting prospect, »
- Paul Heath
Production continues on the next Star Wars adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is the one that's going to be set just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and that Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing.
The screenplay for the movie was originally penned by Gary Whitta, and then Chris Weitz was brought onto the project when he left the film. But it seems as though further help was sought towards the end of last year, as it's being reported that early into production, Christopher McQuarrie came in to do some tuning on the screenplay.
McQuarrie has worked as a script doctor of course for a long time, in addition to penning his own screenplays (The Usual Suspects) and directing movies (Mission: Impossible - »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Did Christopher McQuarrie step in during filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to "tighten up and fix" the screenplay? A rumor first surfaced last fall and now another report adds that the Academy Award-winning McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation) was called in "fairly early" after production began and is credited with "saving" the movie. It's scheduled to open in theaters on December 16....
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Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is on a nice winning streak. Two years ago his pen brought us the intense, sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow, and last summer he blew all of our minds both writing and directing Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. He is currently hard at work putting together the pieces for Mission: Impossible 6 - but if new reports are to be believed, he's actually been spending some time also "saving" the script for Star Wars: Rogue One. The Gareth Edwards-directed project about the heist of the original Death Star plans has gone through many different hands on the writing level, but Birth.Movies.Death is now reporting that Christopher McQuarrie did some quiet, uncredited rewrite work that has benefited Star Wars: Rogue One immensely. The site has sources that say that McQuarrie was hired by Lucasfilm and Disney when the movie was first going »
Back in October it was rumoured by that Disney and Lucasfilm had enlisted Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) to polish the script for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The original report claimed that McQuarrie spent a couple of weeks working on the original script by Gary Whitta (After Earth) and Chris Weitz (Cinderella). However, Birth.Movies.Death is now claiming that his involvement was actually much more than that, and that he was brought in early in the shoot to “save” the project as Lucasfilm felt that the script still wasn’t in the right place.
- Gary Collinson
Update 01.18.16 - BirthMoviesDeath is now confirming our scoop from October of last year. The original story is below.
It turns out "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" had more in common than the word "Rogue." According to one of our sources, "M:I5" director Christopher McQuarrie, did a two week pass on "Rogue One"s script
With yesterday’s new poster for Star Wars The Force Awakens featuring another planet-sized battle station, the term “new Death Star” started popping up around the internet. But until we get more facts from tonight’s new trailer, we can focus on the upcoming "Star Wars Story" we know features a Death Star: "Rogue One."
Gareth Edwards is directing the movie right now for release in December next year, though we’ve been tracking the so-called first “spin-off film” for over a year already. When Edwards was announced as director, »
- Kellvin Chavez
As hubbub continues to surround the now-month-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not much news has been released regarding 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today, however, a new report claims that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie was brought on to fix the script of the Star Wars spin-off film, which was previously handled by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz.
McQuarrie’s work may have “saved” the Rogue One spin-off, according to a source that spoke with Birth. Movies. Death. His work will remain quiet, however, with little possibility of his name appearing on the final credits of the film. Sources close to the production noted that even after work from Whitta and Weitz, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still “wasn’t exactly in the right place,” leading to the quiet hiring of McQuarrie on the project.
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Previously, McQuarrie was known for writing and directing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Mitchel Broussard
While we’ve been distracted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters and breaking office records and whatnot, Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been quietly filming, avoiding the microscopic analysis that pervaded J.J. Abrams’ sequel at every turn. And that’s almost certainly a good thing – after being completely and totally […]
- Jacob Hall
"Questions are a burden to others, answers are a burden for oneself"
It's possible this could be Scott's next movie after Alien: Covenant, but the negotiations on this are still far too early. There is, after all, the small matter of further Alien/Prometheus sequels too, that Scott intends to direct himself.
The original TV series of The Prisoner of course starred »
Ridley Scott is in early talks to direct The Prisoner, a feature adaptation of the 1968, cult British TV series of the same name. This project has been in development for a long time with many high profile writers giving their attention to it. Christopher McQuarrie wrote drafts, while most recent The Departed's William Monahan gave it a spin.
The Prisoner is one of my all time favourite shows and I've written about the weird and often psychedelic series on here before. In my review of the Blu-ray set, I mention it's one of the only shows I can remember where the protagonist loses week to week.
AMC brought the idea back in a 6 part miniseries that really didn't [Continued ...] »
A film adaptation of the cult British TV series "The Prisoner" (ask your Dad or Granddad about it) has been knocking around Hollywood for a long time now. At one point Christopher McQuarrie was attached, and Christopher Nolan toyed with it too, but neither iteration ever materialized. But Ridley Scott, who is plenty overcommitted with multiple proposed "Prometheus" sequels, "The Cartel," and more on his plate, has decided he could stand to be busier. Read More: Watch Directors Roundtable With Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle, And More Deadline reports that Scott is in early negotiations to helm "The Prisoner" for Universal, which has a recent draft of the script by William Monahan ("The Departed"). The story revolves around a government agent who is imprisoned in oddball seaside village that he can't leave — because he knows too much — but his life remains in danger, and attempts are made to capture him because of. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Ridley Scott already had plenty of momentum heading into Golden Globes weekend with a Best Director nomination, and now he has even more. I hear that Scott is in early negotiations on a deal to come aboard and direct The Prisoner, the screen version of the 1968 Patrick McGoohan British TV series. This has been a plum project at Universal for some time with numerous A-list scribes including Christopher McQuarrie writing drafts. The most recent version was by The… »
In the series The Prisoner (known only as Number Six) is a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job and finds himself imprisoned in an idyllic yet bizarre seaside village isolated from the world.
He can't escape because he knows too much, but that doesn't stop others trying to capture him for his knowledge. What he wants is to keep them at bay and find a way to freedom.
William Monahan ("The Departed") penned the most recent draft of the script which also had work done on it by Christopher McQuarrie. Numerous writers and actors are circling the project which Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce.
Scott is prepping "Alien: Covenant" for Fox which he'll shoot next, but he hasn't set his »
- Garth Franklin
Warning: possible spoilers below…
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out of the way and dominating the global box office, it’s time for rumours and speculation about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to begin. And it didn’t take long into 2016 for that to happen.
Keep this one stored away in the rumour pile for now, and we’ll have to wait for something a bit more official to come along.
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- Luke Owen
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