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Sequel Confirmed For Tomorrow, When The War Began

14 December 2010 4:01 PM, PST | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

When Filmink posed the question of sequels to Stuart Beattie back in August - just prior to Tomorrow, When The War Began releasing - the writer/director was careful not to look too far ahead. "All that is just dreaming," he told us, "but the potential is there. It all depends on the crowds and who shows up!"   Well, the crowds definitely turned up for Tomorrow, When The War Began, the adaptation of the first novel in John Marsden's beloved series. After the film's commercial success, it comes as little surprise to learn that Beattie has been asked to oversee its sequel. »

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Animal Kingdom sweeps Australian Film Institute Awards

11 December 2010 5:13 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

From Alt Film Guide. David Michod’s crime family drama Animal Kingdom bagged 10 Australian Film Institute Awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 11 in Melbourne. Among Animal Kingdom’s ten »

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Animal Kingdom Wins 10 Australian Film Institute Awards

11 December 2010 4:29 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom David Michod's crime family drama Animal Kingdom bagged 10 Australian Film Institute Awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 11 in Melbourne. Among Animal Kingdom's ten trophies were those for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Jacki Weaver), Best Actor (Ben Mendelsohn), Best Supporting Actor (Joel Edgerton), and Best Original Screenplay (Michod). Other AFI winners included Best Supporting Actress Deborah Mailman for Bran Nue Dae (Mailman also won the supporting/guest television actress award for Offspring) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Tomorrow When the War Began (Stuart Beattie). The AFI International Awards for successful Australians abroad went to Avatar's Sam Worthington and Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska. At an "industry" ceremony held on Dec. 10, Jane Campion's Bright Star won three AFI Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver has recently won the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actress Award. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Animal Kingdom, Bright Star Take Home Trophies: Australian Film Institute "Industry" Awards 2010

10 December 2010 11:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Bright Star David Michod's Animal Kingdom tied with Jane Campion's Bright Star at the Australian Film Institute's "industry" awards, which were announced Dec. 10. The "top" awards will be announced Dec. 11. Animal Kingdom received trophies for best editing (Luke Doolan) and best original music score (Antony Partos and Sam Petty), in addition to the AFI members' choice prize — a sort of "side" Best Picture award. Bright Star, which was screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, won AFI awards for best cinematography (Greig Fraser), best production design (Janet Patterson), and best costume design (also Patterson). Other feature-film winners were Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow When the War Began, winner of the best sound award, and Peter and Michael Spierig's Daybreakers, which was given the award for best visual effects. Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing, a semi-finalist for the 2011 Academy Award »

- Steve Montgomery

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Johnny Depp’s role was written for Hugh Jackman

5 December 2010 4:41 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Apparently Johnny Depp wasn’t the actor in mind when the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Captain Jack Sparrow character was created.

The screenwriter of the first film, Stuart Beattie, reportedly had Hugh Jackman in mind when he wrote the script, states Digital Spy (via Fox News). He even named the character after Jackman, but Disney wasn’t on board.

It seems Disney was reportedly unsure as to whether or not Jackman was a big enough name to carry this film.

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Jackman was almost cast as Captain Jack

5 December 2010 8:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Screenwriter Stuart Beattie has revealed that Hugh Jackman was the original actor considered for the part of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Beattie, who wrote the first film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, claimed that Disney was unsure about the choice of Jackman and felt he might not be a big enough star to carry the film. "I initially wrote that (more) »

- By Tom Ayres

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Shiver Me Timbers! 'Pirates' 5 & 6 In The Works?

3 December 2010 12:17 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Could Wolverine pull off Captain Jack Sparrow?!?

Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman was the inspiration behind -- and original choice to play -- the mischievous rum-loving "Pirates of the Caribbean" swashbuckler, according to Fox News.

"I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind," "Pirates" franchise screenwriter Stuart Beattie told Fox News' Pop Tarts on Monday. "Hence the name Captain Jack Sparrow."

At the time of "Pirates" casting, Hugh was a well-known actor Down Under, but wasn't a big name stateside. Disney reportedly chose to "dismiss" Stuart's suggestion, and seek out Johnny Depp for the role of ...

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Jack Attack: Screenwriter Reveals Jack Sparrow First Written for Hugh Jackman

2 December 2010 8:03 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

With his kohl-rimmed eyes and smoldering smirk, it’s hard to imagine “Pirates of the Caribbean”‘s Captain Jack Sparrow as anyone but the devilishly charming Johnny Depp. Sit down, my friends, and listen to the tale I shall tell, because it wasn’t always so.

Screenwriter Stuart Beattie recently admitted that Depp was not the person originally intended to play the role.

“I initially wrote the character with Hugh Jackman in mind,” the scribe revealed at the Advance Lounge Chair series in Los Angeles, “Hence the name Captain—Jack— Sparrow.”

At the time, Jackman was a prominent actor in Beattie’s homeland of Australia, but wasn’t yet making waves on the international scene, which prompted the folks at Disney to dismiss Beattie’s casting contribution, and instead hunt down Depp, the New York Post reports.

Depp—who was already famous for playing off-kilter roles in films like “Edward Scissorhands »

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Depp's Pirates Character Written For Jackman

2 December 2010 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Johnny Depp almost missed out on playing his famous Pirates Of The Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow - the part was intended for Hugh Jackman.

Depp has thrilled moviegoers with his portrayal of the flamboyant pirate, who the actor has admitted was inspired by Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards, in all three films of the franchise.

He's currently shooting the next instalment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, set for release in 2011 - but the screenwriter of the original film, Stuart Beattie, has stunned fans by revealing Depp was not his first choice for the role.

Beattie wanted Jackman for the part - but the Australian X-Men star was a relatively unknown actor at the time, and Disney bosses opted to hire Depp.

He tells Fox News, "I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind. Hence the name Captain Jack Sparrow."

And Beattie also admits his pirate project took a decade to come to fruition: "I spent ten years pitching it (to) Disney and they weren't interested. Then finally, I got a call to come back in." »

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Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean was Named After Hugh Jackman

1 December 2010 5:47 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We just posted how Disney didn't like Johnny Depp's performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean," and now comes word from writer Stuart Beattie (Collateral, GI Joe) who said that Hugh Jackman was first considered for the role. "I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind," Beattie told PopTarts. "Hence the name Captain Jack Sparrow." At the time, Jackman was a prominent actor in Beattie's homeland of Australia, but was not yet well-known anywhere else, which prompted Disney to find another actor to play Sparrow. Beattie added that despite "Pirates" being a massive franchise, it took a while to convince the studio of the potential. "I spent ten years pitching it to Disney and they weren't interested," he revealed. "Then finally, I got a call to come back in." »

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Hugh Jackman could have been Captain Jack Sparrow

1 December 2010 4:49 PM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Here’s another one of those ‘what if’ casting situations for another iconic role. In a new interview screenwriter Stuart Beattie, who is credited as one of the “Story By” writers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, revealed that he original wrote the role of Captain Jack Sparrow with Hugh Jackman in [...] »

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'Halo' Adaptation: Should it be a Movie or a TV Series?

24 November 2010 2:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

The battle to get a 'Halo' movie has been a long struggle filled with big plans and dashed hopes. We've seen the likes of Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp attached to direct, Denzel Washington in talks to star and scripts arise from Alex Garland ('28 Days Later') and Stuart Beattie ('G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'). Time and time again, though, nothing comes of it. What's keeping one of the more epic and popular video game franchises from getting the Hollywood adaptation treatment? Nothing so dramatic, actually: disputes over contracts, budgetary concerns, licensing disagreements and so on and so forth.

So here we are, nearly a decade after the first Halo game arrived on the Xbox, shook up the whole gaming industry and went on to produce more than a few record breaking sequels. 'Resident Evil' got a few movies. »

- Jacob Hall

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'Halo' Adaptation: Should it be a Movie or a TV Series?

24 November 2010 2:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

The battle to get a 'Halo' movie has been a long struggle filled with big plans and dashed hopes. We've seen the likes of Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp attached to direct, Denzel Washington in talks to star and scripts arise from Alex Garland ('28 Days Later') and Stuart Beattie ('G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'). Time and time again, though, nothing comes of it. What's keeping one of the more epic and popular video game franchises from getting the Hollywood adaptation treatment? Nothing so dramatic, actually: disputes over contracts, budgetary concerns, licensing disagreements and so on and so forth.

So here we are, nearly a decade after the first Halo game arrived on the Xbox, shook up the whole gaming industry and went on to produce more than a few record breaking sequels. 'Resident Evil' got a few movies. »

- Jacob Hall

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Winners at the 2010 Inside Film Awards

15 November 2010 4:01 PM, PST | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

In somewhat of a surprise Tomorrow, When the War Began was this year's big winner at the annual If Awards, taking home four gongs - and defeating the critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom - to take home the award for Best Feature Film. Hosted by Angus Sampson, stars of the big and small screen as well as the country's top filmmakers congregated together to celebrate the award ceremony in Sydney.   Tomorrow, When the War Began's director and writer Stuart Beattie won Best Script while the Best Actress title went to film lead Caitlin Stasey (pictured), beating out strong favourite Jackie Weaver from Animal Kingdom. »

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News Shorts: November 8th 2010

8 November 2010 5:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first photo of Gary Oldman as the new George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Seann William Scott in hockey comedy Goon, Jason Segal in the new film about The Muppets, and heaps of stills from The Next Three Days.

Set photos of Shia Labeouf stripping off for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Halle Berry with prosthetic giant lips shooting Truth or Dare, and new stills from Kutcher/Portman rom-com No Strings Attached.

A triptych poster for Tron Legacy along with one-sheets for The Zookeeper, Hall Pass, Rare Exports, London Boulevard, Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son, 127 Hours, The Tourist, Somewhere, Rio and an apparent bit of promo art for Star Trek 2.

"Ben Affleck has apparently been offered the lead role in Antoine Fuqua’s "Consent to Kill", an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel at CBS Films...." (full details)

"Ryan Gosling has apparently been offered the role of »

- Garth Franklin

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Entertainment One to Distribute 'Killer Elite' in Canada

2 November 2010 3:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a two-picture deal with Inferno Entertainment, Entertainment One has picked up Canadian distribution rights to two movies produced by Australia's Omnilab Media -- the Jason Statham action pic The Killer Elite and the action drama Tomorrow When the War Began.

In Gary McKendry's Killer, Statham plays a former Navy Seal who reassembles his old team, which includes Robert De Niro, for a confrontation with a former Sas member, played by Clive Owen. The film is produced by Michael Boughen through Omnilab's Australian production arm, Ambience Entertainment, and Joni Sighvatsson. Exec producers are Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street, David Whealy, Peter D. Graves and Steve Chasman.

The top-grossing Australian film of 2010, Tomorrow, written and directed by Stuart Beattie and also produced by Boughen, concerns eight teens who find themselves in the middle of a war.

The deal was negotiated by eOne's Lara Thompson and Inferno's Kimberley Fox. »

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Animal Kingdom To Rack Up Awards (...In Australia)

28 October 2010 6:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Remember that one year (2001) when the list-happy AFI (American Film Institute) decided to compete with the Globes and the Oscars in year end prizes? No, that didn't last long. But there's another AFI, The Australian Film Institute, that has been around for a long time and is in no such danger of being a one-off. This year, they're all about the amazing family crime drama Animal Kingdom which they awarded with a record breaking 18 nominations. Sure, the film is in danger of being way overhyped for people who are coming to it late (which is just about everyone given the sorry state of international distribution for dramas of virtually any kind) but for those who can slough off the "omg" raves, I guarantee you'll think it at least an insinuating and well executed crime drama.

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Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards

27 October 2010 9:09 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree and Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow, When the War Began. In addition to Best Film and Member's Choice Award, Animal Kingdom (which grossed just under $1 million at the U.S. box office and scored 96% on the Tomatometer) will compete for Best Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Lead Actor (both James Frecheville and Ben Mendelsohn), Lead Actress (Jacki Weaver, who goes against Bright Star's Abbie Cornish), Supporting Actor (both Joel Edgerton and »

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Animal Kingdom Tops Australian Film Institute 2010 Nominations

27 October 2010 1:35 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joel Edgerton in David Michod's Animal Kingdom (top); Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish in Jane Campion's Bright Star (middle); Lincoln Lewis, Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Phoebe Tonkin in Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow When the War Began (bottom)   Animal Kingdom, referred to by some as the Australian The Godfather, topped the Australian Film Institute's 2010 nominations announced today. Featuring James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Sullivan Stapleton, and Laura Wheelwright, all of whom were nominated in the acting categories, David Michod's debut feature film about a dysfunctional Melbourne crime family received a total of 18 nods. (Jacki Weaver's nomination is her third overall, and her first since winning as Best Supporting Actress for Caddie in 1976.) Jeremy Hartley Sims' World War I drama Beneath Hill 60 followed with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, and a Best Actor nod for star Brendan Cowell. Jane Campion's period romantic drama »

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2010 Inside Film Awards: Nominations and Predictions

25 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Not to be confused with The Australian Film Institute Awards, the Inside Film Awards are set to take place at the City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney on November the 14th. Picking up the most nominations, it has long been established that 2010 was the year of Animal Kingdom. The top category of Best Feature Film is comprised of four nominees: David Michod's crime drama, the tale of Australian Wwi miners Beneath Hill 60Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer, and Stuart Beattie's big concept thriller, Tomorrow When The War Began. The cateogry should be representative of the tussle between Animal Kingdom and Mao’s Last Dancer in the other categories - with Animal Kingdom winning all kudos. Here are the rest of the If Awards categories and predictions. Best Director: The heavyweight in this category is Bruce Beresford with Mao’s Last Dancer, who has tasted a »

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