14 items from 2017
After J.A. Bayona walked away from the World War Z-equel, rumors began flying around that Brad Pitt had asked his old Fight Club buddy David Fincher to take over. As the potential franchise’s star and producer, Pitt’s been very hands-on, butting heads with previous helmers over adapting the Max Brooks novel just so for the second outing. Despite reviews, the first movie managed to make a killing at the box office, so Paramount is moving forward with the sequel, which it’s just confirmed will be directed by Fincher.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount boss (and former Fox chairman) Jim Gianopulos talked about various projects and challenges at his new studio home, including the fitful production of World War Z 2, or whatever it’s actually being called. Gianopulos said the sequel is in “advanced development,” with Fincher “and Brad Pitt” at the »
- Danette Chavez
In some pretty awesome news, it has been announced that David Fincher is about to sign up to direct Brad Pitt in the sequel to zombie flick World War Z. While the director hasn’t signed on the dotted line as yet, it looks promising that he will reunite him with his Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leading man.
The news comes via Variety who say that the moving forward on World War Z is all thanks to Paramount Pictures’ new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. The trade says that the film isn’t officially greenlit as yet but Gianopulos is expected to do so in the coming weeks. They report that the film could start shooting as early as the first part of 2018.
- Paul Heath
30 March 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Netflix has optioned the upcoming sci-fi thriller novel Change Agent.
Written by Daemon scribe Daniel Suarez, Change Agent follows an Interpol agent who has suffered a genetic attack that leaves him looking like the dangerous cartel leader he has been ordered to bring down.
ICM repped the novel, which Penguin Random House will release on April 18.
- Mia Galuppo
On an electric Real Time with Bill Maher last night, Maher hosted a boisterous and controversial group with conservative Matt Schlapp, left of center reporter Chris Hayes, writer Max Brooks, conspiracy reporter Louise Mensch and academic Timothy Snyder. In two particularly heated moments, one during the main show and one during the online Overtime segment, Maher literally shut down Mensch and Hayes on the topic of Islam. During the main panel discussion, Maher brought up Wednesday’s London terror attack in which a 52-year-old British-born islamist terrorist – who had been previously investigated by British Intel – killed four people outside of London’s...read more »
- April Neale
Way back in March of 2014 it was announced that Sony had picked up the rights to Max Brooks’ World War I graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters, tapping Brooks to pen the script for a feature film adaptation from Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.
Although the movie failed to get off the ground, Heat Vision is now reporting that Overbrook, A+E Studios, and Immersive Pictures have retooled the project as a six-hour event series, which has been picked up by the History Channel and has Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio (San Andreas) working on the script.
Here’s the official synopsis for the graphic novel:
“The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author »
- Gary Collinson
10 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio, who wrote the Dwayne Johnson earthquake adventure movie San Andreas, are on board to pen what is being developed as a six-hour series that will hail from A+E Studios in association with Overbrook Entertainment and Immersive Pictures.
Hellfighers, illustrated by Caanan White, was based on the real-life U.S. Army's 369th infantry division, an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. Breaking down racial barriers, the unit spent more time in combat than »
- Borys Kit,Lesley Goldberg
MaryAnn’s quick take… Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good fantasy action movie
I’m “biast” (con): was worried about the apparent whitewashing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The Great Wall, set somewhere around a thousand years ago, opens with a rather incongruous zoom in from orbit down onto that impressive structure. Nobody was watching from up there back then, but it’s kind of a joke, I guess, a reference to the not-true “fact” that the wall is the only human-made object visible from space.
On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Matt Damon stars in a laborious historical fantasy, doing battle with CGI monsters in order to steal gunpowder from Imperial China
Zhang Yimou’s new film is a laborious fantasy spectacular crossed with a CGI monster movie, set in the days of Imperial China, in a military garrison on the Great Wall. Here, it is revealed that the wall’s purpose is to keep out hordes of Tao Tei – terrifying creatures with T rex heads and great spiny teeth. There is, however, no way of making the Tao Tei actually pay for the wall.
The film credits a host of writers including Tony Gilroy, Max Brooks, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, whose opening credits cheekily claim that their story is based on one of the legends of the wall, while outrageously borrowing a key plot point from Jaws.
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- Peter Bradshaw
The Great Wall, 2016.
Directed by Yimou Zhang.
European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.
Don’t buy a ticket with great expectations coming into The Great Wall. Yimou Zhang is certainly a gifted director (most known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers) now making his English-speaking film debut, but he’s unfortunately working with a highly generic and cliché story. Will dishonorable mercenary William (Matt Damon in one of his weakest and little defined roles ever) change his selfish ways and begin fighting for honor over greed? Will Willem Dafoe’s completely superfluous and useless character betray everyone at some point? Will the beastly »
- Robert Kojder
20th Century Fox has tapped Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps to produce a big screen adaptation of Raymond Villareal’s A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, which is being pitched as “World War Z with vampires.”
THR reports that the book is a “fictitious oral history of the appearance, assimilation and ultimately epic, violent confrontation of vampires (who now prefer being called the Gloamings) with the human race.”
Similar to Max Brooks World War Z novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is told through multiple points of view including a Cdc investigator who discovers a mysterious virus, an FBI agent who forms the first Gloaming Crimes Unit, a civil rights attorney’s analysis of the Gloaming Equal Rights Act, an obsessive Vatican librarian, a celebrity gossip site, and a theological magazine.
Levy and Cohen’s 21 Laps recently produced the Oscar-nominated Arrival, and is »
- Amie Cranswick
Following the revelation that the new Friday the 13th movie has been canceled after Paramount Pictures removed it from their release schedule, some are fearing that the World War Z sequel might suffer a similar fate after vacating its 2017 release slot, but it appears that director David Fincher is still interested in keeping the living dead project alive.
According to THR, David Fincher remains “very creatively interested in directing the movie” after Paramount took the sequel to 2013’s World War Z off of their release schedule, presumably to set it for a later release in 2018 or ’19. World War Z 2 was initially slated to come out on June 9th of this year.
Back in August, it was first reported that Finhcer was in early discussions with the film’s star and producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel after J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) departed the project. Fincher has previously worked with Pitt on Se7en, »
- Derek Anderson
As there have been no true production updates in quite some time, and shooting would have had to have already started, it should come as no surprise that World War Z 2 has been yanked from Paramount's impending release schedule. While a delay in the release date was expected, it now sounds like this movie might be dead altogether.
News of World War Z 2's inevitable delay comes just as Paramount Pictures canceled their Friday the 13th remake, which would have been the landmark 13th movie in that horror film franchise. The Hollywood Reporter doesn't give a definite reason for this halt in production on World War Z 2.
The original World War Z movie, which was based on Max Brooks zombie survival guide of the same name, was faced with quite a few problems of its own during production. And it underwent quite a few reshoots before hitting theaters. »
The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market, »
- Mark Keizer
The countdown to The Great Wall movie has begun. Legendary Comics released today a prequel graphic novel to the movie, which will reveal important backstory on the secret society of heroes who have been defending the world from within the Great Wall. Before you go out and pick up this graphic novel today, Legendary has given fans a sneak peek, debuting the first three pages of this 128-page hardcover graphic novel, entitled The Great Wall: Last Survivor.
What if an army was created to defend our world from an enemy so dangerous, its very existence must be kept a secret? Built to keep out the ferocious Tao Tei, The Great Wall is the most powerful defensive structure ever built; but it is the heroes within that make the wall great: The Nameless Order. Set sixty years prior to the film, in the mysterious lands of ancient China, tragedy forces »
14 items from 2017
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