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Luke Evans is now set to star in the upcoming remake of The Crow. Bradley Cooper was once attached, Tom Hiddleston was rumoured, even James McAvoy was considered, but it's official: Evans will don Draven's corpse paint. Speaking to Evans at the Fast & Furious 6 junket recently, Empire asked him about it, and here's what he had to say. brightcove.createExperiences();Though he doesn't reveal too much about the angle the reboot will take - that's a question for director F. Javier Gutierrez - it's interesting to see how positive and confident Evans is about challenging the first adaptation from way back in 1994, brought to us by director Alex Proyas and star Brandon Lee. This new Crow was kickstarted by Stephen Norrington in 2009, with the Blade director planning to shoot his own screenplay, which would have taken place in Detroit and the American Southwest. Nick Cave wrote a draft in 2010, before »
The movie was written by Robocop remake scribe Josh Zetumer. Not much is known about the story, but we do know that it "follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness." There are so many different ways this story can go. The role of the other brother will be cast soon.
Labeouf has been taking on several different roles recently. I was never a big fan of his until I saw Lawless. That film proved to me that the guy can be a great actor. It gave me a newfound respect for him, even though he's still kind of a nut.
Source: Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/cannes-28-weeks-later-helmer-juan-carlos-fresnadillo-and-shia-labeouf-take-villain-turn/) »
- Joey Paur
In “hey, I’ll give these guys a shot at this” news, Deadline reports that 28 Weeks Later and Intruders director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, newbie screenwriter Joshua Zetumer (he just penned the new Robocop remake), and Even Stevens and Holes star Shia Labeouf are set to team up on Zetumer’s Villain. Fresnadillo will direct (uh, of course) the psychological thriller that “follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness.” Labeouf will play one of the brothers (the villain?), with the other brother role reportedly set to be cast soon. For now, that’s all we know about the project, but that tantalizing bit of plot information is certainly rich with possibility. Obviously, there’s still a lot that could go wrong with this one, and much of the film’s success will depend on who they get to star opposite Labeouf (perhaps his Orphans replacement Ben Foster?), an actor who seems to be screaming out »
- Kate Erbland
Shia Labeouf receives a lot of flack for his personal antics, and deservedly so, but there’s no denying that he’s a good actor and as demonstrated in The Company You Keep, he’s still a compelling screen presence. Today, Deadline is telling us that Labeouf will be adding another project to his slate in the form of the indie film Villain.
Based on the Black List script by Josh Zetumer (who also penned the Robocop reboot), the film will follow “a man confronted and tortured in the mountains by his brother, who blames him for having his kids taken away by social services.” David Slade was originally set to direct but now Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for 28 Weeks Later, will helm the picture.
The film will be sold at Cannes this week so we assume that more casting news will follow shortly. For now though, there’s »
- Matt Joseph
Actor Shia Labeouf has been having a ball lately after leaving the overblown world of big Hollywood epics behind. For his next project he'll be working with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo on a film called Villain.
Deadline reports that the flick, a psychological thriller written by Robocop remake scribe Josh Zetumer, follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness. The role of the other brother will be set shortly.
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- Uncle Creepy
The film follow two brothers who mysteriously reconnect while in the wilderness.
The role of the other brother will be cast shortly, according to Deadline.
They could stand to come up with a more original title…
Excited for this one at all?
Source: Deadline »
- Alex Corey
We've got a few casting stories for you this afternoon. Briefly: Sam Elliott has joined Ivan Reitman's dramedy Draft Day starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, and Terry Crews. Michael Pena will co-star in David Ayer's WWII thriller Fury starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, and Logan Lerman. Speaking of Labeouf, he's set to lead Villain, a psychological thriller from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). Hit the jump for more on all these films. Draft Day takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL Draft, with Kevin Costner playing the general manger who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. As the day’s events unfold, "he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred »
- Matt Goldberg
As it's bubbled through development, psychological thriller Villain has seen more than one director come and go. Now the film has apparently locked in 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to call the shots and Shia Labeouf is set to star.Written by Josh Zetumer (who worked on the script for the RoboCop reboot), Villain follows two brothers (Labeouf will be one; the other is still to be cast) who venture into the unforgiving wilds of Alaska to confront their dark past. Estranged for a long time, they hope the trip will help them bond once more, but clearly they get more than they bargained for. If only they’d watched Sean Penn’s Into The Wild before heading out…David Slade was on board to direct last year, but has since dropped out thanks to his busy schedule.Labeouf will next be seen in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, »
Following his debut feature Intact, Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo rose fast, landing the helming gig on the eagerly anticipated horror-thriller 28 Weeks Later. After receiving positive reviews for that one, Fresnadillo burned much of his good will with critics on the insipid horror offering Intruders, which was widely scorned. But Fresnadillo has scored a second chance as well as a noteworthy leading man for his next effort. Deadline reports Start Motion Pictures (formerly Wayfare Entertainment) has hired Fresnadillo to helm Villain, a psychological thriller meant as a vehicle for Shia Labeouf. Penned by Josh Zetumer, the film will star Labeouf as one of two brothers who reunite under mysterious circumstances in a merciless wilderness. At this time, there's no word on who might fill the role other brother. But as Wild Bunch will be selling the pic at Cannes in the coming days, we expect an announcement on that front »
Exclusive: Start Motion Pictures has set 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct and Shia Labeouf to star in Villain, a psychological thriller written by Robocop remake scribe Josh Zetumer. Villain follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness. The role of the other brother will be set shortly. Start Motion Pictures’ Ben Browning, Sarah Shepard and Jeremy Kipp Walker will produce, and Michael Maher will executive produce with Zetumer. Start will also finance. Wild Bunch will be selling the film in Cannes, alongside their other titles that include the Nicolas Refn-directed Only God Forgives, James Gray’s The Immigrant and Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties. Start Motion Pictures, formerly Wayfare Entertainment, recently announced their re-branding as part of an ongoing effort of parent company Start Media LLC to unify the branding and operations of its growing portfolio of entertainment and media holdings. Start Media is also »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Almost a month ago Luke Evans was cast to play the lead character in Universal's Dracula, a film that has been in development for quite a long time, once attracting Sam Worthington in the lead role with Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) directing. Proyas' project fell apart and now Universal is putting it back together with Evans as the first aboard to tell the story of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire. First time feature director Gary Shore is helming the project, which should give you some idea of just what exactly Universal is putting together. Shore first came to the attention of most for his non-commissioned trailer for The Wolverine, which you can watch to the right. By the looks »
- Brad Brevet
After a lengthy search which has seen a host of actors linked to the part, Relativity Media has finally ended its search for the lead in the remake of The Crow, with Deadline reporting that Welsh actor Luke Evans has signed on to play Eric Draven in director F. Javier Gutiérrez's (Before the Fall) adaptation of James O'Barr's comic book series.
Since making his feature film debut in 2010's Clash of the Titans, Evans has racked up a number of roles, with appearances in Robin Hood, Tamara Drewe, The Three Musketeers, Immortals and The Raven. He will soon be seen as the bad guy in the action sequel Fast & Furious 6 and is also set to appear as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again as well as taking on his first lead role in Universal's Dracula reboot.
- Flickering Myth
British actor Tom Hiddleston could be set to follow his role as the God of Mischief in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by taking on another comic book adaptation, with The Wrap reporting that Hiddleston has entered early negotiations with Relativity Media about headlining the long-in-development remake of The Crow, which is currently in the hands of director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall).
Hiddleston is the latest in a long list of names linked to the role of Eric Draven, who was portrayed by Brandon Lee is Alex Proyas' 1994 version of James O'Barr's comic book creation. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) was originally attached to star back when Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was in the director's chair, while other names rumoured to have been in consideration include Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain) and Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines) and most recently, »
- Flickering Myth
It’s been a long and bumpy road for Relativity Media’s remake of The Crow. Over four years of development, the movie has had countless directors attached (from Stephen Norrington to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and a host of potential lead actors (from Mark Wahlberg to Bradley Cooper to James McAvoy).
Recently, however, the movie has finally been able to get on track. With new director F. Javier Guttierez running the show, The Crow is now looking to cast its lead role and a new rumor suggests that the actor could be Avengers star Tom Hiddleston.
According to The Wrap, Hiddleston “recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London.” The report also states that Hiddleston will “undergo a ...
- Rob Frappier
The reboot of The Crow has more than its fair share of ups and downs. While at one point it looked as though the film was going to be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and star Bradley Cooper, eventually both dropped off the project, and then Relativity Media had to deal with a lawsuit from The Weinstein Company (which was eventually settled). Since all of the drama the remake has gotten back up on its feet, with F. Javier Gutierrez set to direct and Warrior's Cliff Dorfman working on the script, and now it seems they have found a possible new star. The Wrap is reporting that Tom Hiddleston, who wowed both critics and audiences playing Loki in both Kenneth Branagh's Thor and Joss Whedon's The Avengers, is now in talks to play the new Eric Draven in The Crow. The role was most notably previously played by Brandon Lee, »
The long-gestating remake of The Crow has seen many creative teams come and go, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, and James McAvoy for the lead role and filmmakers Stephen Norrington, Nick Cave, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo vying for the director's chair. Now, original producer Ed Pressman has F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) lined up direct with a script from Cliff Dorfman (Warrior). The problem? They still don't have their Eric Draven, a role defined onscreen by the »
- Paul Shirey
Danny Boyle has discussed the possibility of a sequel to 28 Weeks Later.
After directing 2002 zombie thriller 28 Days Later, Boyle went on to executive produce Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 2007 sequel, which picked up six months after the events of the first film.
Boyle has suggested in the past that a third film could be developed, and recently told Wired that the odds of another sequel are "40/60".
"It's very difficult to know whether zombies are overexposed now as a concept. So it's 40/60 whether it happens or not. But we did have an idea of where to set it and what it might be about," he explained.
Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and executive produced28 Weeks Later with Boyle, has denied that there are any plans for a third film.
Filmmaker Danny Boyle shook up the horror genre with the widely acclaimed "28 Days Later…" a decade ago. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's follow-up "28 Weeks Later..." wasn't as well received but wasn't dismissed either.
For those holding out hope that Boyle might return to produce or direct a third film entitled "28 Months Later…", sorry but the filmmaker himself seems done with the whole zombie movie thing. Boyle tells Wired:
"I don’t like zombie movies. I never did. We took a genre and fucked with it. Zombie aficionados, they’re quite precious with all their rules. Like with running: 'They don’t do that!'
Of course there are so many manifestations of zombies now, the rule book has gone out the window. I saw one episode of 'The Walking Dead,' and it was very gripping. But the zombies were stumbling around again, which I hate."
"Given what we’ve just been talking about, »
- Garth Franklin
While there have been constant questions and perhaps some hope, the prospect of a third entry in the zombie franchise started with "28 Days Later..." has been increasingly dim. Last fall, writer Alex Garland stated "if there were plans for another movie, I would absolutely know about it." Meanwhile, director Danny Boyle has consistently remained cagey about coming back for the tentatively titled "28 Months Later..." (the second movie, "28 Weeks Later..." was helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and he continues to remain cautious not just about the movie, but about the genre as a whole. Speaking with Wired, Boyle once again reasserts that he's actually not a fan of zombie movies at all, and even popular fare leaves him cold. "I don’t like zombie movies. I never did. We took a genre and fucked with it. Zombie aficionados, they’re quite precious with all their rules. Like with running: 'They don’t do that! »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Looks like fans of Irrational Games’ Bioshock will have to be content with watching the story play out exclusively on their TV screens. Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational, has officially cancelled any plans for a movie adaptation. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango) was originally attached to direct with big plans to make Bioshock a very hard R-rated movie. After several years with the movie in development, Verbinski eventually left and passed the mantel to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The project halted when it was put into indefinite delay about two years ago, and a year later Fresnadillo confirmed he was no longer involved. Hit the jump to find out why the cancellation came about, and how it’s connected to the box office failure of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. Speaking with Movieweb (via The Playlist), Levine explained that the main reason behind the cancellation came »
- Bryce Fallon
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