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Last week, producer Joel Silver made some surprising comments about the 2009 adaptation Watchmen, stating that director Zack Snyder was too much of a "slave" to the original graphic novel by Alan Moore, while revealing that he preferred Terry Gilliam's original take on the project.
"It's funny, because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane."
In the original graphic novel, an alien squid attack is the event that brings all the warring nations of Earth together, but in the movie adaptation, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) was perceived as this world-altering threat. In Terry Gilliam's ending, Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) convinced Dr. Manhattan to go back in time and prevent his own creation, which caused several different changes to the story. »
While doing press for his upcoming action-thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver revealed new details about an earlier version of Watchmen that was worked on by director Terry Gilliam and writer Sam Hamm, which was much different than Zack Snyder's version. If you haven't seen Watchmen or read the original graphic novel, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this story.
While the producer felt that Zack Snyder approached the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore in the right way, he revealed that the director was too slavish to the source material, and Terry Gilliam's take was a much better movie.
"It was a Much much better movie [...] I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it Back from the studio at that point, because I ended up with both V for Vendetta »
Earlier this month, The Weinstein Company reportedly paid $7 million (£4.3m) for the historical film, which is the first English language movie from director Morten Tyldum.
Speaking about his decision to acquire the rights to the film after seeing only 20 minutes of footage, Weinstein told Deadline: "It was easier in that we all knew the script and could see the level of performance Morten Tyldum got in his first English language film."
He praised Cumberbatch - who plays Alan Turing in the biopic - for finding the right balance of Turing's "vulnerability", "genius" and "arrogance".
"Alan Turing is not outwardly very sympathetic. He's brilliant, but the way that Benedict Cumberbatch played him showed us these guys found the right level of vulnerability, genius and the arrogance of the character, too.
"We felt »
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
This is Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s highly anticipated follow-up to his international breakout success, 2011’s Headhunters. We’re happy to see him back with another dose of twisty suspense. If the film sounds familiar it’s because there was a 2001 film called Enigma, directed by Michael Apted that was, very loosely, based on the same mathematician. We’re certain Tyldum’s will usurp a superior status, especially considering the numbingly busy Benedict Cumberbatch is headlining.
Gist: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Release Date: The Weinstein Co. were so confident about the title that they just grabbed it for a cool 7 million. Expect a nice, fat premiere slot at »
- Nicholas Bell
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game centres on Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who was one of the key figures involved in solving the Enigma Code which led to the Allies' defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war.
However, he was prosecuted and convicted by the UK government in 1952 when homosexual acts were still deemed illegal in the country.
The Weinstein Company beat five other competitors to acquire The Imitation Game after a 15-minute compilation of scenes was shown.
One of the likeliest awards contenders of 2014 now has a home.
In what's expected to be the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a $7 million deal for Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game".
Likely to be shaped as a potential major awards contender, Graham Moore penned the much-heralded screenplay about Alan Turing, a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing while Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode also star. Weinstein won against several bidders who made the deal after being shown a 20 minute compilation of scenes from the film. »
- Garth Franklin
Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) directed the project, based on the life story of crypotgrapher and mathematician Turing, who cracked the German “Enigma Code” during WWII and was later prosecuted by the British government in the early 1950s for being a homosexual.
CAA brokered the deal at Berlin, presenting a promo reel of scenes.
Warner Bros. originally developed the project after Graham Moore’s script landed at the top of the 2011 Black List. “The Imitation Game” is based on the biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.
In September at the Toronto Film Festival, TWC also paid $7 million for U.S. rights to John Carney »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Keira Knightley also stars in a film that will be shaped as a major release for the next awards season. CAA brokered this deal based on a promo reel that had five bidders going after it hard before TWC just took it off the table, with the feeling that it has one of its major Oscar hopefuls for the next race. TWC currently has Philomena in the Best »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Korean visionary Chan-wook Park – director of the notorious Oldboy - makes his Hollywood debut with a typically unsettling psycho-thriller simmering with family secrets and sexual tension. Following her father’s death on her 18th birthday, quiet loner India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is not pleased when her mother (Nicole Kidman) invites his enigmatic, long-lost brother Charlie (Matthew Goode) to live with them. But while there’s something about Uncle Charlie that India doesn’t trust, she finds he brings out her deepest, darkest urges »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
New Batman Vs Superman mystery role possibly in the works,new details. According to a new report from Comicbookmovie.com, a new mystery role for the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" super hero/action flick, might be in the works as British actor, Matthew Goode (left), has reportedly met with Warner Bros. Pictures to discuss it. Their source,named General Napier, told them that Matthew has met with the studio to enter into talks for this role. However, that's all that was revealed. There's currently no other details about the role, thus making it a complete mystery at the moment. Matthew was actually considered for the Superman role back when all that was going on, and at one point, was also considered for the Batman role in "Batman vs. Superman." So, it sounds like they're really itching to fit him in somewhere. Matthew apparently has a history with the director, Zack Snyder, »
According to Comic Book Movie, British actor Matthew Goode has recently spoken with the producers of Batman vs Superman about coming onboard. While no one knows what role this conversation centered on, this is all ready the fourth time he’s been linked to director Zack Snyder’s DC films. Goode played Ozymandias in Snyder’s Watchmen, and then two separate times has been said to be in the running for roles in the Man of Steel franchise.
Snyder was said to have been interested in the actor playing Superman, a role which later went to Henry Cavill. Then, later on, his name popped up again as a possibility for Batman. Some other guy got that role, too. Perhaps third time will be the charm for Goode?
Batman vs Superman is currently in production, so we can expect lots of these kinds of rumblings in the near future. Especially if »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
There is still a long way to go in casting the upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie. While we have a lot of rumors and conjecture, the only confirmed addition to Henry Cavill as Superman has been Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. No one else has been confirmed for any other parts but tons of names have been bandied around. One name that is newly being thrown into the rumor mill is Matthew Goode. Comic Book Movie has a source claiming that Goode has met with Warner Bros »
- Alex Maidy
News Simon Brew 30 Jan 2014 - 06:37
It seems as though principal photography has now formally begun on Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel follow-up, which we currently know as Batman Vs Superman. That, or it's about to. There's been no official announcement, but Henry Cavill is currently in Michigan, where he's been frequenting the local hostelries and chatting to people about what he's up to. Turns out he's there to film the Man Of Steel follow-up, and he's been telling people that filming has indeed begun on the movie.
At the very least, we suspect the Cavill is in Michigan to continue his training for the film. Until the official word comes in, we suspect it's best to class Batman Vs Superman as still in pre-production.
Fan accounts »
My source, General Napier, has informed me, Matthew Goode recently had a meeting with Warner Bros. executives to discuss a role in Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film. As for which role? That was not disclosed. In the past, Goode was one of several actors on Warner Bros. shortlist for the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, that eventually went to Henry Cavill ("The Count of Monte Cristo"). And this isn't even the first time Goode's name has been linked to Batman Vs. Superman. Last August, The Hollywood Reporter reported Goode was in contention for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, which eventually went to Ben Affleck ("Argo"). Goode previously worked with Zack Snyder on the 2009 adaptation of the classic comic, Watchmen. Currently, the English actor has a recurring role on the CBS hit-drama, The Good Wife. Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay »
Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett are sitting on top of the world at the moment. Following on from the critical and commercial success of genre mash-up You’re Next, their latest film, The Guest – a wonderful homage to 80′s B-movies featuring an incredibly brilliant performance from Dan Stevens – has just premiered at Sundance to widespread acclaim.
Amidst the furor, I was fortunate enough to have an exclusive sit down with the new-age kings of indie horror. During the interview, we discussed their newest film, Joe Swanberg, boring Roman Polanski movies, the casting of Dan Stevens and much more.
Check it out below and enjoy!
Dan Stevens was absolutely brilliant in the film, did he take to the role naturally?
Adam Wingard: Yeah, I mean going through the casting I always try to cast people that I feel already embody a certain amount of the character without even having to try, »
- Dominic Mill
The film is directed by BAFTA winner Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay and produced by Damian Jones whose previous credits include Oscar-winner The Iron Lady. It marks Asante’s second feature after A Way of Life in 2004.
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) and his wife (Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, but the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.
Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Keira Knightley looked glamorous in Chanel when she linked up with costars Chris Pine and Kevin Costner for the premiere of their latest film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in La on Wednesday. This marks the star's first red carpet premiere appearance in several months, the last being when she attended the premiere of Can a Song Save Your Life? at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. Keira has been laying relatively low over the past year, taking a break to get married to Klaxons keyboardist, James Righton, last May and to work on various film projects. Keira recently wrapped work on The Imitation Game, a World War II drama that also stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Goode. Keep reading to see Keira, Chris, and Kevin at the premiere of their latest action flick. View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Jacqueline Bisset vs. the Golden Globes 2014 get-lost orchestra NBC or whoever organized the Golden Globes 2014 ceremony sat Jacqueline Bisset way in the back of the awards ceremony ballroom. Never mind the fact that Bisset’s film career began nearly half a century ago and that she was a Golden Globe nominee in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television category for the mini-series Dancing on the Edge. As a result, it took Bisset, who seemed about as surprised as everybody else when her named was called up, more than a minute to reach the stage. (Photo: Jacqueline Bisset accepts her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television © HFPA.) Visibly moved, Bisset had to wait a few more seconds before she was able to talk. By the time she began with her somewhat rambling acceptance speech, »
- Zac Gille
I am most impressed by Weinstein Co's first trailer for The Railway Man, which looks to deliver excellent performances from leads Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Hiroyuki Sanada, as well as Stellan Skarsgård and War Horse star Jeremy Irvine. The story which is based on Eric Lomax's autobiography, is scripted by Andy Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Jonathan Teplitzky, known for TV's Spirited and 2011' Burning Man starring Matthew Goode, takes on the biggest project of his short career, and looks to have turned in a gem of a film. In The Railway Man, Lomax, a man scarred with memories from World War II's "Death Railway" finds love in Patricia Wallace (Kidman). When one of the men responsible for his torture is tracked down, Lomax confronts him. »
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