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I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »
- Drew McWeeny
Comic-Con wouldn’t be the same without Ron Perlman. This year, Hellboy/Clay Morrow strutted in, primed to spew F-bombs, rile up Guillermo del Toro and, presumably, win fans for his new show, Hand of God. Not only was Perlman’s appearance the first for a TV panel at the convention, but it also marked Amazon Studio’s debut at everyone’s favorite yearly gathering in San Diego. Hand of God follows Perlman as Judge Pernell Harris, the most powerful, and potentially corrupt, man in the fictitious city of San Vincente, a place that could be next door to True Detective’s Vinci on an imaginary map of La. With his son in a coma after what might have been a staged suicide, Harris believes God is speaking to him through his comatose son, and guiding him on a path of vigilante justice. The pilot, directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, »
- Sasha Perl-Raver
Amazon Studios has unveiled a sneak peek of its newest original series. The digital studio behind the hit series Transparent released the official trailer for Hand of God, a psychological drama show starring Ron Perlman.
Directed by Marc Forster, Hand of God stars Perlman as Pernell Harris, a corrupt judge who suffers a traumatic breakdown and believes God is calling him to greater things -- like vigilante justice. What ensues in each hour-long episode is Harris’ attempt to track down and exact revenge on the rapist who destroyed his family’s happiness. Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany as Harris’ wife Crystal, Garret Dillahunt as Kd, and Julian Morris as Reverend Paul Curtis.
Amazon originally ran the pilot for Hand of God in its third pilot competition back in August 2014. A few months later in October, Amazon ordered a full season of the show after the pilot managed to garner »
- Bree Brouwer
Hollywood producer Steven Paul has teamed with Thai real estate mogul Pimol Srivikorn to launch movie production company Good Times Films.
The company will focus on film production in Thailand with annual output of 2 or 3 movies per year. All will be shot in English. Movies will be jointly financed by Paul and Srivikorn and be made with fully financed budgets of $3 million-$50 million. Some are likely to be structured as co-productions with Chinese companies, in which case Good Times would provide up to 20% of the budget.
Distribution, including in Thailand, will be effected through the multi-territory deal between Paul’s Sp International and Sony Pictures Releasing that was signed earlier this year.
First up will be the previously announced “Born to Be Ghosts,” which will shoot from early 2016 predominantly in China and partially in Thailand and be directed by Patrick Alessandrin (“District 13: Ultimatum”). “Born” is a $35 million thriller being »
- Patrick Frater
It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes. (Bursting at the seams, the Con will stay where it is through 2018.) And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel. But this year...
- Anne Thompson
It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes. (Bursting at the seams, the Con will stay where it is through 2018.) And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel. But this year »
- Anne Thompson
ScreenCrush critic Matt Singer this week came up against one of the most common attacks against film criticism after sharing his thoughts on Jurassic World: “Stop thinking so much! It’s a movie. Just turn off your brain and enjoy it.” Any critic who loves movies and wants movies to be enjoyable knows how frustrating this sentiment is from their readers. On our 13th episode of Sos This Week, we explain why thinking about a movie and enjoying it inherently go hand in hand, even for big, loud, dumb blockbusters.
Marvel sets Tom Holland as next Spider-Man, Jon Watts to direct solo film Filmmaker Marc Forster to make Stanley Kubrick’s The Downslope into a trilogy Titanic and Avatar composer James Horner dead after plane crash Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are just friends in Sleeping With Other People trailer
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- Brian Welk
Deadline is reporting that director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z) has signed on to develop a trilogy of movies based around The Downslope, an unproduced screenplay from Stanley Kubrick, which was written in 1956. Forster will direct the first film in the series, as well as producing all three.
An anti-war tale based upon real historical events, The Downslope “focuses on a bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between young Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby (known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth strategies). His cavalrymen, known as Mosby’s Rangers, continually outsmarted the much-larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, which enraged Custer and eventually created a fierce cycle of revenge between the two men.”
The site reports that the subsequent films will expand Kubrick’s original story “and journey west, as postwar Americans settled the new frontier, »
- Gary Collinson
"Uncharted" continues to be Sony's white whale. David O. Russell and Neil Burger have already come and gone on the long brewing adaptation of the hit video game. But things seemed to start coming together last year, with Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") signing up to direct and a summer 2016 release date slated. However, Sony is not going to make that target. Gordon has exited the movie once again putting the entire project back at square one. Sony's new head Tom Rothman apparently wanted to change creative direction, rather than cut the budget for the flick, but that still sounds euphemism for getting this thing made more cheaply. And one does have to wonder how much money has been burned into development costs so far. Read More: Marc Forster To Direct Futuristic Thriller 'Red Riding' & Seth Gordon Will Helm Lewis Carrol Pic 'Queen Of Hearts' The plan »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The anti-war tale based on Stanley Kubrick’s unfilmed script will be the first in an ambitious trilogy that charts American history from the wild west era onwards
Marc Forster, the German director of The Kite Runner and World War Z, is to take charge of the first in a trilogy of movies based on Stanley Kubrick’s unfilmed American civil war screenplay The Downslope.
The historical epic centres on the fierce rivalry between Union general George Armstrong Custer and Confederate colonel John Singleton Mosby, nicknamed the Gray Ghost for his stealth and cunning on the battlefield. The screenplay was written by Kubrick in 1956, after the American director’s little-seen 1953 debut feature Fear and Desire and prior to his 1957 first world war period piece Paths of Glory.
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- Ben Child
As reported by Deadline, Stanley Kubrick’s written script for The Downslope will now be made into a film series by World War Z and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, who will serve as producer for all three films and director for the first. Kubrick wrote the script in 1956 after his film Fear and Desire hit theaters, and before he started working on Paths of Glory. The film is said to be “a sweeping, historical action-drama,” according to Deadline, and will revolve around the Civil War. The first film of the trilogy will be based on Kubrick’s script and concept, and the subsequent films will expand on his original ideas and focus on the after-effects of the Civil War.
Kubrick’s death in 1999 has obviously not stopped his ideas from reaching the big screen, as seen with Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. That film was brought about »
The Downslope, Midnight Sun, Imagine Agents, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, And Their Amazing Around The World Adventure
Warner Bros. has preemptively acquired author David Howard’s book proposal “Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, And Their Amazing Around The World Adventure” for Robert Downey Jr. to produce and potentially star
The book proposal details the FBI’s first foray into white collar crime-fighting and its use of agents as long-term, undercover operatives. The story follows two young FBI agents as they infiltrate the world of Phil Kitzer, the charismatic mastermind behind dozens of multi-million dollar schemes and his international network of associates known as The Fraternity. »
- Rollo Tomasi
New Stanley Kubrick movies?! Not just one, but an entire trilogy? Whoa! Cool. Deadline is reporting that Marc Forster, director of Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher and World War Z previously, has signed on to develop a feature film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's lost original screenplay The Downslope, that Kubrick wrote in 1956. Forster will direct & produce the first movie in the trilogy, then will only produce the other two, with other directors being lined up (most likely, but as of yet unconfirmed). This will be a "sweeping, historical action-drama" during the Civil War about Confederate Army Col. John S. Mosby who goes after Gen. Custer. The legendary, seminal filmmaker Stanley Kubrick originally wrote the script for The Downslope in 1956, apparently spending years "studying, developing and writing the story." He wrote it after the release of Fear and Desire, »
- Alex Billington
There's no question that Stanley Kubrick's way of filmmaking brought some serious attention to his films (and still do), and while kids these days may not get a chance to experience a new Kubrick film in theaters, it looks like they're going to get the next best thing. Director Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum Of Solace) is developing a film trilogy based on a 1956 screenplay written... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Deadline reported earlier that a screenplay that Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket) wrote in 1956 will be developed into a trilogy. Kubrick wrote the civil war era screenplay, The Downslope, between other war films, Fear and Desire and Paths to Glory. The trilogy of films will be produced by Marc Forster (Monster's Ball and World War Z) and he will direct the first installment. An anti-war story, The Downslope focuses on a bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between young Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby (known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth strategies). His cavalrymen, known as Mosby's Rangers, continually outsmarted the much-larger enemy forces in a sequence of...
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As one would expect from the ever audacious, thoughtful filmmaker, there are more than a few projects Stanley Kubrick developed but never brought to the screen. Though efforts have been made in the past to bring his unfinished works to life, namely through Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence or the multiple rumors over the years to satisfy his vision of Napoleon in the form of a film or mini-series, most were put to rest with the filmmaker back in 1999. But apparently one of his earliest unmade screenplays -- 1956's The Downslope -- was dusted off the shelves somewhere in Hollywood recently, and director Marc Forster (World War Z) has decided to take a stab at bringing Kubrick's lost script to the screen. And because it's Hollywood, it'll be not just one film but an entire trilogy. Forster's only attached to direct the first, but plans to produce all three installments, »
- Will Ashton
One of late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's unproduced screenplays, entitled The Downslope, is now being developed as a movie trilogy, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z). The director will also produce alongside Philip Hobbs (Full Metal Jacket) and Steve Lanning (The Secret Garden), who hold the rights to the script, with the project moving forward with the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Lauren Selig (Black Mass), Barry Levine (Hercules) and Reneé Wolfe (All I See Is You) are also producing and developing the script with Marc Forster.
The Downslope is described by The Wrap as a "cautionary, anti-war tale". The story follows a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth and elusiveness. His cavalrymen, Mosby's Rangers, continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, »
Stanley Kubrick lives on, not only in his classic movies, but also in his unproduced screenplay, The Downslope. The movie is now being developed into a trilogy of “sweeping, period action-dramas based on historical events,” specifically, the Civil War. The movie, which Kubrick wrote between Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory, “focuses on a bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth and elusiveness. His cavalrymen, known as Mosby’s Rangers, continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, which enraged Custer and eventually created a fierce cycle of revenge between the two men.” When paired with Kubrick’s vigorous research, (the movie “was developed with renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote, Kubrick’s story is based on historical events. Deeply passionate about the time period, »
- Matt Goldberg
Sixteen years after Stanley Kubrick‘s death, a new Stanley Kubrick project is on the way. Marc Forster is set to helm The Downslope, from an unproduced screenplay written by Kubrick in 1956. The plan right now is to turn The Downslope into a trilogy. More details on the Stanley Kubrick Downslope movie after the jump. Variety […]
- Angie Han
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