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Since launching in 2011 through a partnership between theater chains AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, distributor Open Road Films has amassed a sui generis blend of often genre-leaning product that stands apart from the competition. Movies like Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” (longtime readers will recall my affinity for that, the best film of 2012) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” were favorably received by critics, while others like Jon Favreau’s “Chef” were hits as well. But none truly flirted with the awards season until last year’s “Nightcrawler.”
Nevertheless, Dan Gilroy’s broadcast news thriller came up short, too. It picked up surprise notices from the producers and screen actors guilds and was, for obvious reasons, adored by press and critics groups. But only the writers branch of the Academy spoke up for it come Oscar time. It was a scathing film, one that packed a heavy and cynical punch — perhaps too cynical. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Playing Easy-e in F. Gary Gray’s adorned musical biopic, Mitchell turned heads and raised eyebrows with his breakout performance, and now the up-and-comer is plotting course for the blockbuster scene. No word yet on who he will play in Skull Island, though word of his casting arrives on the heels of Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell joining the project, which is to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
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Truth be told, Kong: Skull Island sidestepped a potential pitfall earlier in the year when it lost both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons – two actors who are widely seen to be hot property in the wake of Birdman and Whiplash. And though the origin tale is yet to fill in those »
- Michael Briers
Just a few weeks after Corey Antonio Hawkins joined Legendary Pictures' Kong: Skull Island, Variety reports the actor's Straight Outta Compton co-star Jason Mitchell is in talks to join the cast. If the actor does sign on, he will join a cast that also includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. We reported earlier this month that Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson are being eyed to replace Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons in Kong: Skull Island.
The story centers on a group of explorers who go on an expedition to Skull Island, the home of King Kong. The story is said to be in the spirit of Legendary's recent blockbuster Godzilla, keeping the same established mythology of the creature intact while placing the story in a new and distinct timeline. If he signs on, Jason Mitchell will portray a pilot, but no details were given for the other characters quite yet. »
Sources tell Variety that Mitchell is in negotiations to join Legendary and Universal’s “Kong: Skull Island,” which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and his “Straight Outta Compton” co-star Corey Hawkins.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the pic, and Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will serve as exec producers. Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy penned the script.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. Mitchell will play a pilot in the pic.
Mitchell was recently announced as one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch. »
- Justin Kroll
At the rate we’re going, Kong: Skull Island could end up a full-fledged Straight Outta Compton reunion. With Corey Hawkins already aboard the adventure film, Compton co-star Jason Mitchell is now set to sign on to the cast. With Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and other recent recruit Toby Kebbell locked in, Mitchell is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in negotiations to play a wise-cracking pilot. Little else is known about the film’s story right now, but we do at least know that it sees a brave (or foolhardy) group heading to the fog-shrouded, mysterious titular island, home to the world’s biggest, angriest ape and a whole host of other creatures. As they venture deeper within the place, they encounter yet more surprises.Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in charge of marshalling the monster mash, working from a script that has seen work by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and, »
Having wrapped up script duties on Isla Nublar and Colin Trevorrow’s box office behemoth Jurassic World, screenwriter Derek Connolly is ready to set sail for a new resort according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island now smack bang between his crosshairs.
With filming set to kickoff later this year, it’s understood that the extent of Connolly’s work will be relatively minor, adding an extra sheen of polish before the cameras begin rolling on the film’s Hawaiian set – it’ll also shoot in Vietnam and Iceland. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ creature feature has been doing the rounds across some of the industry’s more notable writing talents, with Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy all contributing to the screenplay over the past few months.
- Michael Briers
King Kong lovers will get to see where it all began for the beloved beast when Legendary and Universal's Kong: Skull Island hits theaters in 2017. With filming slated to begin on the project in October, the script is still being shaped, with the film's fourth scribe, Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly, now on board to give the project's printed pages a polish before they're translated to the big screen.
News of Connolly's attachment to Kong: Skull Island comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Connolly will work on a final draft of the script before cameras start rolling in Hawaii in late October (with shooting locations also including Vietnam and Iceland). The Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer is the fourth scribe to lend a pen to the Kong: Skull Island script, with Max Borenstein (2014's Godzilla), John Gatins (Flight) and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) preceding him.
A Legendary film, Universal Pictures »
- Derek Anderson
Derek Connolly, one of Colin Trevorrow.s frequent collaborators, helped make Jurassic World the third highest-grossing movie of all time in co-writing the script. Can he bring the same magic touch to another island full of monsters? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Connolly has been tapped to work on the script for Kong: Skull Island, a prequel of sorts to the story of King Kong. A handful of writers worked on the script previously . Max Borenstein of Godzilla, John Gatins of Flight, and Dan Gilroy of Nightcrawler . though the trade states that Connolly.s role is to perform "some late minute work." Marvel star Tom Hiddleston and Short Term 12.s Brie Larson are headlining the creature feature alongside Corey Hawkins, who recently starred as Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton. In addition to the script, the casting underwent a few shakeups. Birdman.s Michael Keaton and Whiplash.s J. »
Connolly, who also worked with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow on Safety Not Guaranteed, has been brought onto Kong to do some last minute tweaks on the script, with the film currently midway through casting and pre-production. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and John Gatins (Flight) previously worked on the script.
Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) have already signed on to the film, with rumours last month suggesting Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are in line to join the cast, »
- Scott J. Davis
Legendary's King Kong prequel movie, Kong: Skull Island, has the bulk of its cast in place. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins are heading this one up, and Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) is directing the movie,
Kong: Skull Island is heading into production by October, with the shoot set to visit multiple countries. But there's still some work to be done on the screenplay. The drafts to date have been penned by the likes of Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein, but it's been revealed that Derek Connolly has now been hired to go through the screenplay again. We're assuming this is more of a polish, but it's certainly cutting things a little fine. That said, given the films that have begun shooting »
Perhaps Universal is hoping that a little of their Jurassic World success will spill over to their other giant monster film; per THR, it seems that Derek Connolly, co-writer of Jurassic World, will be heading on over to Kong: Skull Island to take a crack at the script. Max Borenstein (Godzilla), John Gatins (Flight), and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) had previously worked on the script, but THR... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The “Jurassic World” co-writer has come on to do a polish on Legendary’s “Kong: Skull Island” script. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson star in the film, which is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. “Straight Outta Compton” star Corey Hawkins also recently joined the cast.
Story is a new telling of the “King Kong” story and sees a team of explorers who venture into the mysterious island that is also the home of Kong. Samuel L. Jackson is circling another role in the tentpole.
“King Kong” is set to bow on Mar. 10, 2017 with production set to start in the first quarter of 2016.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and »
- Justin Kroll
The script for Kong: Skull Island is going through one of those typical phases that most of the big movies seem to suffer these days; call it Multiple Writer Syndrome. With the monster movie weeks away from shooting, Jurassic World’s Derek Connolly is coming aboard to take a pass at the screenplay.Given that Universal and Legendary have high hopes for the movie – which sees a group of explorers including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins heading for the mysterious island in search of adventure and giant creatures – we suppose it make sense to call in one of the writers behind the year’s most successful film. Which just so happens to feature big beasties rampaging on an island. Writers including Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy have worked on the script already, so Connolly will likely just be polishing and shifting things around, especially in light »
Colin Trevorrow's frequent writing partner and "Jurassic World" co-scribe Derek Connolly has been brought onboard Jordan Vogt-Roberts' upcoming "Kong: Skull Island" at Legendary and Universal Pictures.
Connolly will do some late minute work on the script ahead of the film's production which is slated to begin shooting in late October in Hawaii, Iceland and Vietnam.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to the $372 Million performance of Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy”s shot right back to the top of the action A-list. This is probably central to the news that New Line have tapped him to star in and produce an adaptation of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s gnarly comic 100 Bullets.
New Line have been developing the project for a while with screenwriter Chris Borrelli. The comic’s hook has a mysterious entity named Agent Graves empower victims with the names of people who’ve wronged them, and 100 bullets with which to extract revenge. How that’s being formed into a singular narrative remains under lock and key, but it sounds like the sort of dark, adult role Hardy thrives in.
100 Bullets is part of DC’s edgier Vertigo range of product, a subset of the company absorbed by New Line a little while back. Other »
- Daniel Kelly
After losing Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons to scheduling clashes last month, Legendary/Universal and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts are moving quickly to secure replacements. The filmmakers are now trying to lock in Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Wilkinson to join the cast.Wilkinson appears to be the one closest to committing – according to Deadline, he has an offer on the table and may end up signing on to the adventure film. As for Jackson, he’s in early talks to take on the role that Simmons was to have played, but there’s no firm negotiations yet. And Reilly? He’s sitting atop the wish list of people being sought to take on Keaton’s vacated part.If they do all actually join the film, they’ll be part of a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and the recently cast Corey Hawkins. »
He’s been receiving early praise for his performance as the younger Dr. Dre in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton (which you can read more about here), and now Corey Hawkins is going on an entirely different sort of journey. He’s joining the cast of Kong: Skull Island.Jordan Vogt-Roberts is preparing to direct the film, which sees a team (currently including Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson) heading to the fog-shrouded, mysterious titular island, home to the world’s biggest, angriest ape and a whole host of other creatures. As they venture deeper within the place, they encounter yet more surprises.Quite what those are, we don’t yet know, but the script comes from Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy. It’ll all gear up to shoot later this year with a March 10, 2017 release date on the calendar. As for Hawkins, who has had roles in the likes of Non-Stop, »
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island.
Legendary seems to want to keep building on this relationship following early reviews of the N.W.A. biopic that signal the film could be a sleeper hit of the summer. Besides “Straight Outta Compton, »
- Justin Kroll
Lavigne plays Snow White, Tisdale is Cinderella and Qem is Sleeping Beauty with the trio joining Demi Lovato as the female lead Lenore. The story follows what happens after the princesses discover they are all engaged to the same prince. [Source: Deadline]
Jordan Vogt-Roberts helms the film which will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy penned the script. [Source: Variety]
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- Garth Franklin
Time to drive. If you need an afternoon wake-up, or need some inspiration on how to shoot car scenes, or just want to take a "Nightcall" break, then fire this up. Thanks to a tip from One Perfect Shot, there's a video called "Driving at Night" to watch that features footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 film Drive and Dan Gilroy's 2014 film Nightcrawler. The video is just a basic side-by-side profile of the car sequences in both films, but since these two films have such great car scenes, it's very mesmerizing to watch. Especially set to the music they use from Drive. I also really love the car (chase) cinematography in Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, which also comes to mind with Jake Gyllenhaal driving. Anyway, watch below and enjoy the ride. Direct from Vimeo, this was made by Jack Mugglestone. "A side by side comparison of the night time »
- Alex Billington
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