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Oscar Isaac is to replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year co-starring Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain. Bardem had been announced earlier this year but has left the project due to script disagreements. Director J.C.Chandor, best known for 2011′s fast-paced drama Margin Call, explained the situation and how Isaac was awarded the part:
“It was very sad, after eight months of working on the script with Bardem, for that to fall apart. We just never could get there. As I was having these problems with Bardem, the answer was right in front of my eyes. It’s really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard, and he literally is this character.”
Not many plot details have been given away but we do know it will centre on a Hispanic man (Isaac) who immigrates to America in the 1980′s and becomes a very successful businessman. »
- Victoria Bull
The world is much changed since Batman and Superman were created – so what qualities would define a 21st-century hero?
And so it begins. Those smart folks at Sony have worked out that it doesn't matter so much if every other Hollywood studio owns the rights to more superheroes on the big screen than you do – so long as you have the ingenuity to invent your own masked crimefighters to light up the multiplexes.
Earlier this week, the Japanese-owned company behind the Spider-Man films revealed that it is teaming up with Stan Lee, the nonagenarian comic book legend behind dozens of Marvel's best-known characters, to bring a new superhero to cinemas. Sony's Avi Arad, who produced all four Spidey outings, will take on the challenge of helping Lee transform the comic book movie landscape once again.
It all sounds rather exciting, even if Lee's contributions to the superhero pantheon in recent »
- Ben Child
As Bruce Campbell proved to us all last week when he debunked the previous week’s announcement that Army of Darkness 2 was on its way, news of impending horror sequels should probably always be taken with a grain of salt. Countless sequels have been announced over the years, only to drop off the face of the earth shortly thereafter. It’s just the nature of the game, in a fickle business like the movie-making one.
Back in August we took a look at ten of those sequels that we’re still waiting to see, and today I’ve got ten more for ya. They were all planned, they were all announced, but none of them ever actually happened!
28 Months Later
A few months before the 2007 DVD release of 28 Days Later’s sequel 28 Weeks Later, the now defunct company Fox Atomic teased a third film, implying that the future of the »
- John Squires
A new Dredd fan-made sequel has debuted its first chapter.
A previous fan film was released starring 2000 Ad supporting character Judge Minty.
Fans have been vocal in demands for a sequel to the newest Judge Dredd film.
The chances of a follow-up were considered slim following the auctioning of props from the original, but strong DVD sales and support from the cast and crew have made the possibility of Dredd 2 seem more likely in recent months. »
Zombies, man. They're as hot as their skin is cold, and everyone is clamoring to have the next big undead thing shambling their way. Speaking of which... read on for the first news on Patient Zero.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Patient Zero features a unique hook — a protagonist with the ability to speak the language of the undead who interrogates zombies in the hopes of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife.
Those familiar with the script told the site that it features a rich mythology and has the potential to reinvent the zombie genre just as Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s 28 Days Later did in 2002. One individual described the project as being in the vein of “The Walking Dead” and Warm Bodies, »
- Uncle Creepy
Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber and Ted Levine have joined the cast of Big Game, which has been in production for the past eight weeks at Bavaria Film Studios. We also have the first photo featuring stars Samuel L. Jackson and Onni Tommila, which you can check out below.
The story centers on the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson), whose plane is shot down by terrorists. He teams up with a 13-year-old boy (Onni Tommila) to survive in the wilderness and evade those who want him dead. Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus also star.
Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Petri Jokiranta, who is also producing with Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Jens Meurer. Alex Garland (Dredd 3D) is serving as executive producer.
Here's what writer-director Jalmari Helander had to say about the project in a statement.
"Big Game »
Altitude Film Sales handles international rights and represents North America with Wme. eOne will release in the UK, Ascot Elite in German-speaking territories and Nordisk in Scandinavia.
Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus round out the key cast on the adventure tale about a young teenager who must save the President after Air Force One gets shot down in the wilderness.
The Finnish-German-uk co-production is nearing the end of its eight-week shoot on locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
Financiers include Finnish Film Foundation, Yle, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Visionplus Fund, Bavarian Film Partners, Bavarian Film and Television Fund, German Federal »
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First image released of stars Samuel L Jackson and Onni Tommila.
As previously reported, Samuel L Jackson and 13-year-old Onni Tommila lead the cast. They are pictured in this first image from the film. The cast also features Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus.
Big Game has shot for eight weeks on locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
Jackson plays the Us president, whose plane is shot down. He is stranded in the wilderness with only a 13-year-old boy to help him evade the terrorists.
A Finnish-German-uk co-production, Petri Jokiranta produces for Subzero, alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for Altitude Film Entertainment, with Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell Film as the German producer.
Alex Garland serves as executive producer.
The financiers include Finnish Film Foundation; Yle; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Visionplus Fund; Bavarian Film Partners »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Last seen on the big screen in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Samuel L. Jackson has an incredibly busy upcoming slate, and will star in a slew of next year’s biggest films. Amongst his many credits for 2014 is Big Game, an action-adventure blockbuster that sees him take on the role of the President of the United States.
The eight-week shoot is close to wrapping, and now the first image of Jackson opposite the young Onni Tommila has been released.
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving The President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only person around who can save him – a 13-year-old boy called Oskari.
In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Felicity Huffman has joined the cast of Samuel L. Jackson starrer “Big Game,” which is being repped at next month’s Afm by Altitude Film Sales. The first image has been released from the set of the pic, which is shooting on location in Bavaria, Germany.
Huffman (“Transamerica,” “Desperate Housewives”) plays the director of the CIA in Jalmari Helander’s action adventure. As previously announced, Jackson stars as the U.S. President, playing alongside Onni Tommila as his 13-year-old sidekick Oskari.
Additional cast members have also been announced, including Victor Garber (“Titanic,” “Argo”) as the U.S. Vice President, and Ted Levine (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “American Gangster”) as General Underwood.
- Leo Barraclough
28 Days Later
Written by Alex Garland
Directed by Danny Boyle
There is an absolute basic terror to be found in Danny Boyle’s kinetic, vivid take on zombie films. Upon first viewing, 28 Days Later is one of the most viciously terrifying films made. It’s only on multiple viewings do you begin to see how amazing Boyle was in creating a world inhabited by monsters but made even scarier by the humans still left.
28 Days Later begins with flashing violent images as animal activists attempt to release monkeys from a lab. As a doctor pleads with them, one of the animals attacks. 28 days later, a young man, Jim (Cillian Murphy), wakes up alone, naked, injured in an empty hospital that’s obviously gone through some sort of devastation.
As he wanders an equally deserted and devastated London, he learns from old newspapers that some sort of plague has swept across the world. »
The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for Ten. Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing.
The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Vinterberg said it is “a great privilege to bring such a wonderful piece of very English literature to the screen”.
Langan added that Mulligan is “the perfect Bathsheba”.
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Big Game will shoot for eight weeks on locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
The film follows Oskari (Tommila), a shy 13-year old boy who ventures into a vast local forest, armed only with a bow and arrow and the aim of returning with a prize to prove himself.
But when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, Oskari discovers »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Big Game” tells the story of a nervous and shy 13-year old boy who must prove his manhood by spending a day and a night alone in the forest. That night, Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and the boy discovers the U.S. President in an escape pod and the two team up to survive.
In the pic, Jackson will star as the President while Tommila plays the part of the young boy.
Pic, a Finnish-German-u.K. co-production, is based on a story by Helander and Petri Jokiranta and will be shot on location from September 12 across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
- Diana Lodderhose
It’s easy to lament Hollywood for its lack of originality – given how many movies released each year are sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, reimaginings and adaptations – but isn’t it frustrating when the movies we actually want to get a sequel don’t get one?
Though the movies were successful enough to earn one sequel, they’re still another away from being a trilogy, as is the fashionable Hollywood formula for big movies. These 10 movie series all have one thing in common – they have plenty left to examine for a third go-around, and there’s without question a fanbase who wants to see it happen.
So, why haven’t they been released yet? The excuses are varied and mostly unconvincing, ranging from scheduling conflicts to creative disagreements, and a little more understandably, financial cold feet on the part of the studio. Still, there’s a good chance that these 10 sequels, »
- Shaun Munro
There's been a web video series called Halo: Forward Unto Dawn and Steven Spielberg has plans for a TV version, but despite everyone's best efforts, a feature film adaptation of the much-loved Halo gaming franchise has never happened. Even the power of Peter Jackson, District 9 (and Elysium's) Neill Blomkamp, Fox, Universal, Microsoft and scriptwriter Alex Garland couldn't bring it into existence, and now, speaking on the Empire Podcast, Blomkamp explains why he bowed out:"I haven’t been approached to do anything with [the new Halo TV show]. I still think the methodology in that world is cool. I just don’t know if I’m the right guy to do it. The problem for me with things like that is that essentially I want to be an artist, I want to be left alone to my own devices. The older I get, the more inheriting somebody else’s ideas becomes less appealing. »
The story follows a 24-year-old coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company. But when the coder arrives at the remote location, he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing the $15m feature through DNA Films with support of Film4 and Universal Pictures with the latter distributing the psychological thriller around the world.
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As we reported recently, there's a growing groundswell of support for a campaign to try and convince studio chiefs to get work moving on a sequel to Alex Garland and Pete Travis' excellent Dredd film, which stands as easily one of the most faithful and engaging comic book adaptations of recent years. The publishers of 2000 Ad themselves have thrown their weight behind the campaign, and whether or not it's successful, its very existence does show the appetite that's out there for such a strong and well-grounded take on the comic's long-running and beloved stable of characters.
While it would be fantastic to see another Dredd film from the same group of people, however, it's also worth noting that there has been »
Production on the project just got underway in the UK.
Law plays a salvage submarine captain that goes rogue and assembles a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. The crew soon start to turn on each other as the mission becomes increasingly uncertain.
Also having just begun production is Alex Garland's psychological thriller "Ex Machina" at Upi, DNA and Film4. Shooting is underway at Pinewood Studios in London before moving onto location filming in Norway.
The story centers on a young coder (Domhnall Gleeson) at the world’s largest internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to the reclusive »
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures International (Upi) and Film4 have announced the start of principal photography on DNA production Ex Machina.
The story centres on Caleb, a young coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company.
But when Caleb »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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