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Thanks to Production Weekly, we have production updates on three upcoming films. First up, Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak is now slated to begin production July 2014 in Toronto, a few months later than the previously reported start date of January. The ghost story from Legendary Pictures currently boasts an impressive cast consisting of Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Benedict Cumberbatch. We also have updates on two 2014 films - Relativity Media's Stretch Armstrong and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Both movie are expected to commence filming this summer in Montreal. The former, based on the action figure of the same name, has director Breck Eisner (Sahara) attached, and is slated for an April 11th, 2014 release date. The latter, which has the working title Flora's Letter, has a start date of August 6th and will be released November 7th next year. Interstellar currently stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain »
In a frantic run-up to the annual film market, a cloudburst of English-language movies has swept onto the international stage.
“It’s nightmarish, amazing. This is going to be one of the busiest Cannes ever,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazilian distributor Imagem.
Martin Moszkowicz, at Germany’s Constantin, agrees that last year was robust but this year is even more so.
“There’s a huge number of projects being offered. We’ve gotten well over 200 projects over the last two or three weeks,” he said.
But he cautioned that two-thirds of projects received weren’t ready to come on to the market because they didn’t have a finished screenplay, or a director or cast fully attached.
And without these elements, there’s no guarantee they will happen.
“For the last year or two, studios have been offloading films like ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Solace’ and ‘The »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
Odd List Simon Brew 25 Apr 2013 - 06:50
As blockbuster season is now underway, with the release of Iron Man 3 and Oblivion, it's traditional for us to look ahead to what's coming next summer, and to examine what treats are on the horizon. We've thus sliced out the big films, that we know of now, that are being released between April and August 2014 (Noah, due at the end of March, just misses the cut, as does early March Tom Cruise vehicle, All You Need Is Kill).
And while there's some familiarity to them, there are signs it might just be a more interesting summer than you may think....
Someone at Marvel has been watching the paintball episodes of Community too. That would explain »
To celebrate Friday’s Us release of Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s notorious 1981 gore-filled effort, we’ve decided to put together a list of our top favourite horror remakes. We’ve included genre offerings that gave a refreshing spin to their respective source material, some going on to match, and even surpass the originals. Read on to see if any of your favourites made the list…
10. Willard (2003)
The excellent and underrated Crispin Glover puts his heart and (demented) soul into this fascinating take on 1971s Willard, to play the social outcast-turned-sociopathic title character. A film I first caught at an empty cinema in Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Willard tells the story of a young man with the capability to control an army of rats, after suffering years of mental abuse from his domineering mother and boss. Final Destination creator Glenn Morgan made his »
- Craig Hunter
Last week it was reported that producer Joel Silver is set to produce a new feature film adaptation of Escape From New York. Before Silver took it on, it was supposed to be directed by Breck Eisner (Crazies), and Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hardy were up for the role of Snake Plissken, who was previously played by Kurt Russell.
New York Daily News is now reporting the Hardy is still in the running for the part along with action star Jason Statham. Each actor has their strengths and weaknesses, but I could see either one of them in the part.
Silver is planning a new and different take on the material, with the goal to turn it into a trilogy. They will start off with an origin story similar to how they developed Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
I'm a fan of the original film, which »
- Joey Paur
It appears Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are favourites for the lead role, at least amongst those at Silver Pictures and Studio Canal, after the two companies landed the remake rights to John Carpenter’s cult action classic, Escape From New York. The role of wise-cracking bad-ass Snake Plissken was made famous by the brilliant Kurt Russell in 1981, as well as the bonkers 1997 sequel, Escape From L.A.
Both studios have united to remake Carpenter’s film as an origin story and hope to continue it as a new franchise/trilogy. The deal came about after New Line’s decision to let the rights lapse following their own previous attempt at a remake that saw Breck Eisner and Gerard Butler sign on as director and star, before the project eventually collapsed.
It’s rumoured they’ve targeted Hardy and Statham for the lead but The Transporter star appears to more likely »
- Craig Hunter
According to NY Daily News Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are in line to star as Snake Plissken - the role made famous by Kurt Russell - in the planned remake of John Carpenter's Escape From New York. Apparently Jeremy Renner and Gerard Butler had previously been linked to the role in the reboot of the 1981 sci-fi classic, but now it seems production bosses at Studio Canal are keen to land The Dark Knight Rises villain Hardy or The Transporter star Statham to portray anti-hero Plissken. Breck Eisner, Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have all been attached to the project in the past, but so far no new director has been mentioned in connection with the reboot. We're not 100% on this, so until it's confirmed treat it as a rumor for now. »
Of John Carpenter's most well known films, Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13, The Thing, And Escape From New York, his vision of a dystopian future where Manhattan had being turned into a maximum security prison has so far staved off any attempt of a remake. New Line were attempting a remake a few years back, with The Crazies director Breck Eisner at the helm, but they let the rights lapse. Now, the project has been resurrected with The Matrix producer Joel Silver's Silver Pictures and Studio Canal (who have teamed up already for Liam Neeson's Unknown and Non-Stop) planning an origin story and eventual trilogy for the movie's anti-hero Snake Plissken, whose infiltration of said prison island formed the entire basis of the movie. Silver has promised a new take on the material, so this lands the project firmly in reboot territory. There is no word on writer or director yet, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It seems as though Snake Plissken is next for the remake block with Deadline reporting that Joel Silver's Silver Productions and Studio Canal are looking to put a new look to the 1981 classic Escape from New York - and even build a trilogy around it.
A remake had been on the cards a couple of years ago with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) or Gerard Butler (300) in the leading role. However the project fell through when New Line let the option lapse two years ago.
The plan now is to reboot the film and give it a Rise of the Planet of the Apes style 'origin story' treatment. Does that mean we'll get to see New York become the prison it is in 1997?
A remake of John Carpenter's 1981 "Escape From New York" film has been in the works for a decade. About two years ago, "The Crazies" director Breck Eisner was working with New Line to get the film off the ground. Such actors as Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were in talks to play Snake Plissken. But things fell apart when the studio lost rights to the property. Now comes words that Studio Canal and producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) are the latest people to attempt to remake "Escape From New York." The goal is to develop a new trilogy, starting with an origin story. Studio Canal will finance the project. Search for a writer is underway. The original film starred Kurt Russell as Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He's tasked with rescuing the president, »
Kurt Russell starred in the original as the eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken. Set in a near future totalitarian United States where Manhattan Island has been turned into a maximum security prison, Plissken has one day to rescue the U.S. President who is being held hostage there.
New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures had been planning a remake for a while with the likes of Len Wiseman and Breck Eisner attached to direct at different points. Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were also previously linked to play Plissken in the earlier versions. The studios gave up though, letting their option to the property lapse two years ago.
Producers Silver and Andrew Rona have ambitious plans, a completely new and fresh take »
- Garth Franklin
No details were given regarding the story, but Joel Silver is working on an entirely new take on the plot. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a one-eyed convict in a future where New York has been turned into a maximum-security prison for the most dangerous criminals. Snake is tasked with rescuing the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence), who is being held captive by a dangerous inmate (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes into the city.
Everybody who has ever walked out of an ophthalmologist’s office has prayed that their eyepatch would look as cool as Snake Plissken’s, and no one’s ever has. Kurt Russell’s character from Escape from New York looked like he could chew nails and spit bullets, and then chew those bullets into tiny metal figurines of him kicking your ass. Even his name’s serpent-y sibilance could send shivers down your ssssspine.
- Keith Staskiewicz
Escape From New York remake was killed off by New Line Cinema a year ago with producer Neal Moritz (Total Recall 2012) and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) attached to direct. Looks like John Carpenter’s movie is going back into development with a new producer at a new studio. French powerhouse Studio Canal are financing development for the new series and have given control to producer Joel Silver and he is reportedly planning ‘an entirely new take on the material.’ The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise of the Planet of... Related posts: Gerard Butler Might Still Escape From New York Joel Silver wants new ‘Wonder Woman’ film First Trailer For Escape From Planet Earth Has Arrived & It Looks Awesome! Loudest, Slimiest, Coolest TV Spots For Escape From Planet Earth! Escape From Tomorrow Hot Sundance Clip »
- Nick Martin
Bidites and fanatics alike of John Carpenter's 1981 classic "Escape From New York" know how often plans for a remake have been talked about in the past ten years. Most recently being New Line's involvement, with Breck Eisner in line to direct, and A-listers like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy in talks for the role of Snake Plissken, the one-eyed mercenary, played by Kurt Russell in the original. That deal eventually fell through. However, hope is st… »
Growing up with John Carpenter’s classic output on constant VHS loop, you’d think the idea of a remake would rub me up the wrong way. However, I’m not the type of movie fan that gets in a pickle when one of his, and others, favourites are remade. I know can always stick the original in and be sucked back into those worlds and not bat an eyelid. We’ve had the good (Assault On Precinct 13), the average (Halloween) and the downright dire (The Fog) and now, after many attempts to kickstart the project, Escape From New York (1981) is moving forward with a reboot.
Joel Silver and Studio Canal are uniting to bring a new futuristic spin on iconic antihero Snake Plissken, previously played with sardonic class by Kurt Russell in both NY and 1997 sequel Escape From L.A. It follows New Line Cinema’s strange decision to let the rights lapse. »
- Craig Hunter
Back in July of 2011, our own Rob Hunter rejoiced with the news that New Line and Warner Bros. had let their option on the rights to that Escape From New York remake no one really seemed to want expire and thus, there would be no remake! Ha! We spoke too soon! Now Deadline Hollywood reports that Joel Silver, along with his Silver Pictures and Studio Canal have teamed up to remake the Kurt Russell-starring, John Carpenter-directed cult classic with all manner of attached buzzwords. The first film will be a “retelling” of the story that will somehow also be “an entirely new take on the material” with an eye to kicking things off with an “origin story” that will launch a new franchise, most likely a trilogy. And that, my friends, is a Hollywood remake bingo. Back when Warner and New Line were making their new Escape with producer Neil Mortiz and director Breck Eisner, a »
- Kate Erbland
Though director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and New Line Cinema were attempting to remake John Carpenter's Escape from New York a few years ago, with names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and more lined up to play Snake Plissken, that project died a couple years ago with the company let the option on the property die out. Now a remake is back in the cards, but this time it's Studio Canal, the company behind Unknown with Liam Neeson (and his forthcoming Non-Stop) teaming with super producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) and his Silver Pictures banner for the project starting from scratch. The original 1981 film was set in the future (then 1997) where New York City has become a maximum security prison in a post-apocalyptic world. When the president's place crashed into Manhattan, a hard-ass, convicted bank robber named Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is sent in to rescue him with »
- Ethan Anderton
Fans of John Carpenter's 1981 classic dystopian action flick Escape From New York – which introduced the world to one of the screen's coolest antiheroes, Snake Plissken – know how often plans for a remake have been kicked around for the past decade, the most recent being New Line's involvement, with Breck Eisner (who helmed the remake of George Romero's The Crazies) in line to direct, and A-listers like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy in talks for the role of the one-eyed mercenary, memorably played by Kurt Russell in the original. As you also might know, that deal eventually fell through... but according to a breaking story from Deadline.com, the option has been picked up by producer Joel Silver, with his company Silver Pictures partnering with Studio Canal to kick off the franchise at last. The same production partners produced the Liam Neeson action films Unknown and Non-Stop, and Neeson has now joined candidates Butler, »
- Gregory Burkart
News Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2013 - 06:22
The last time we heard anything about a remake of John Carpenter's fabulous Escape From New York, it was one of several projects lined up for director Breck Eisner, whose last movie was the extremely effective remake of George Romero's The Crazies. For whatever reason, production company New Line decided to let the rights to Escape From New York quietly lapse back in 2011, and that appeared to be the end of it.
Two years later, and producer Joel Silver is reportedly taking on the property. It's said that he plans to turn John Carpenter's sci-fi thriller into three films, with the first telling an origin story, not unlike Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
The 1981 film introduced Kurt Russell's eye-patched, »
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