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(Cbr) The "Constantine" pilot received a rousing reception after an advance screening at New York Comic Con on Saturday night, as did the show's star, Matt Ryan. "He's good, isn't he?" said a smiling David S. Goyer, show writer and executive producer, as Ryan took the seat next to him on the dais. Also on hand for the discussion was actress Angélica Celaya, who plays Zed Martin (a replacement for Lucy Griffith's pilot character Liv). "You saw her back at the very end of the pilot," noted panel moderator Brian Truitt of USA Today. Truitt first asked Goyer what makes writing John Constantine special versus some of the big name DC Comics characters he's worked with, like Batman and Superman. "He is a bastard," Goyer said dryly, promising fans that they haven't "de-balled him for network TV" and noting that he's "so much fun to write." "And so much fun to play, »
- Benjamin Kaye, Comic Book Resources
The site reports that the film is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, and centers on a young American woman (Dormer) who goes in search of her missing twin sister. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders the forest.
This will be director Jason Zada’s first feature length film. He has previously directed three short films, most recently Take This Lollipop (2011). The Forest is based on an original idea by David S. Goyer who wrote the screenplay for Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Batman v. »
- Amy Richau
20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Dash Shaw’s — the creative mind behind comedy-drama, Bottomless Belly Button — independent graphic novel Doctors, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell us that David Goyer is also on board to produce the project alongside his production company, Phantom Four.
In terms of the source material itself, Doctors follows a group of doctors (who would’ve thought?) who are as tech-savvy as they are medically brilliant. One day, the medical experts find themselves in possession of a technology that allows them to temporarily assimilate their own subconscious with that of the recently deceased and bring them back to the land of the living for a short period of time. However, a spanner is tossed in the works when the titular group come across a young mother who, despite her daughter’s pleas, doesn’t want to come back.
It’s an interesting premise, »
- Michael Briers
For starters, “Constantine,” the TV show derived from DC’s “Hellblazer” comics, is better than “Constantine,” the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves, which amounts to damnation with faint praise. Matt Ryan is certainly appealing as the doomed-to-hell exorcist/demonologist, and the concept is perfectly positioned as a companion to NBC’s “Grimm,” premiering right before Halloween, no less. That said, the series — adapted by Daniel Cerone with an assist from genre specialist David S. Goyer — nearly chokes on its mythological mumbo-jumbo, and frankly, yelling at demons in foreign tongues seemed a whole lot scarier back when “The Exorcist” first turned heads.
Like all good demon fighters, Ryan’s Constantine is plagued by a dark past, haunted by the 9-year-old girl he couldn’t save, sentencing his own soul to hell. When introduced, in fact, he’s checked himself into an asylum, only to wearily — and wisecrackingly — rejoin the battle against demons visiting Earth, »
- Brian Lowry
Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell in "Game of Thrones," has signed on for her first starring role, and it sounds awesome. Dormer and her fabulous smirk will star in "The Forest," which is about a woman who goes searching for her twin in Japan's infamous Aokigahara Forest.
Here comes the creepy part. Aokigahara Forest is also known as the Suicide Forest, and it's the one of the most popular places in the world to commit suicide. According to Atlas Obscura, "Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara's trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest's depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area's volcanic soil." Yikes. Naturally, our protagonist meets a whole bunch of angry ghosts in the forest during her journey.
David Goyer, »
- Jenni Miller
• Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »
- C. Molly Smith
Finally, news that potentially involves the words “expanded universe” that doesn’t cause involuntary pulling out of one’s hair. Because when DC Comics and Warner Bros issued that great decree of Justice League-centric films last week (also, Suicide Squad), there was one extremely noticeable omission: David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s Sandman. Sandman‘s a film based on a DC Comic, and as the point of last week’s announcement was “Behold! Our supply of DC movies has no end!,” you’d think WB would want to pad the list with as many as possible. Heck, they included Lego Batman on the list, and no one’s expecting Batfleck to split Justice League Bat-duties with a tiny gravel-voiced Lego piece. Yet, no Sandman. But now we have a handy explanation for why Dream of the Endless and his trippy, otherworldly exploits were left unmentioned when Green Lantern, Wonder »
- Adam Bellotto
Natalie Dormer is one tough cookie, as evidenced by her steely turns in Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Elementary, and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now she’s going to use that spirit to battle supernatural forces for David Goyer. The British actress has just signed on for The Forest, a thriller set in Japan’s Aokigahara […]
- Angie Han
Dormer plays a woman who goes in search of her twin sister in Japan’s haunted Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mt Fuji. Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca penned the script based on an idea by David S. Goyer. [Source: Screen]
Levy plays a former video store magnate who loses his fortune, forcing his family to move to the small town that he once bought as a joke for his son. O'Hara plays his actress wife. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four’s supernatural thriller, The Forest, has now set their leading cast member in Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay's Natalie Dormer. Come inside to learn more about the upcoming film and the role Ms. Dormer will play in it!
Natalie Dormer is certainly branching out and becoming more of a household name these days. Next month she'll be in the new Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 1, and of course, we'll be seeing more of her in Game of Thrones. Now, it's been announced that she'll be leading an upcoming supernatural thriller set to release on January 8, 2016. Check out the press release for more information on The Forest:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The story is set in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, a real location where many people go to end their own lives. Natalie Dormer plays Sarah, an American woman who journeys to Japan in search of her sister who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite warnings from the locals not to stray from the path, Sarah enters the forest, only to be confronted by the numerous evil spirits who haunt anyone that dares to enter.
Jason Zada is directing, with Nick Acosta and Sarah Cornwell rewriting the screenplay. David S. Goyer is producing alongside Lava Bear's David Linde and Phantom Four's Nellie Reed. No production schedule has been given, but Focus Features has handed out a January 8, 2016 release date. »
She’s already got a couple of films demanding her attention, but Natalie Dormer is lining up more work. She’s now signed on to the lead for supernatural thriller The Forest.Set in the same location as Gus Van Sant’s new Matthew McConaughey-starring drama Sea Of Trees, The Forest finds a young American woman searching for her vanished twin sister in the Japanese forest of Aokigahara. It’s a place at the foot of Mount Fuji where people traditionally end their lives. But though she’s seeking answers, what she actually discovers is a forest full of the angry souls of the dead who have perished there before. We’re guessing there will be running and screaming before the final credits roll.Jason Zada is directing this one from a script currently undergoing work by Nick Acosta and Sarah Cornwell with Dark Knight trilogy writer and prolific »
In essence, the film will chart the journey of an American woman (played by Dormer) who ventures forth into Japan’s infamous Aokigahara forest in search of her missing twin sister. With Jason Zada in the directing chair, the script for The Forest is being overseen by Sarah Cornwell, Nick Antosca and Goyer himself — who originally pitched the idea to the studio.
Going off of face value, it’s easy to dismiss The Forest for its conventional, play-it-safe premise, but there’s one key factor that lends credence to this project becoming a bona fide hit: the location. Situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the woodland area known as Aokigahara has quite the reputation.
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- Michael Briers
"Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer is prepared to enter some dark places in the upcoming "The Forest." Dormer -- who will soon be seen in the "The Hunger Games" Mockingjay Part 1" -- will star in the he supernatural thriller, with Jason Zada directing from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca. "The Forest" in question is the seemingly haunted Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, outside of Tokyo. There, a young American woman (Dormer) begins a desperate search for her missing twin sister. The story idea was originally hatched by "Man of Steel" and "Dark Knight Rises" producer David S. Goyer. Lava Bear Films is producing the film along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner, while Focus Features will distribute in North America. "The Forest" will be released January 8, 2016. »
- Dave Lewis
Game of Thrones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay actress Natalie Dormer has nabbed another role: the lead in supernatural thriller The Forest. Jason Zada is directing the film from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca and based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. The film, set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, centers on a young American woman (Dormer) who goes in search of her missing twin sister. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to
- Rebecca Ford
David Linde’s Lava Bear and Goyer — the screenwriter of the “Dark Knight” trilogy — tapped Jason Zada last year to direct “The Forest,” set in Japan. Nick Acosta and Sarah Cornwell are re-writing the script.
During the Cannes Film Festival, Focus Features picked up North American rights and announced plans to release the film on January 8, 2016. Good Universe has partnered with Lava Bear to handle international sales on the film.
The movie is set in a forest called Aokigahara, a real location in Japan where people go to end their lives, where a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister who has mysteriously disappeared — only to be confronted by the angry souls »
- Dave McNary
Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star Natalie Dormer will lead the David Goyer-produced supernatural thriller The Forest, about an American woman who ventures into Japan’s legendary Aokigahara forest in search of her missing twin sister. Jason Zada is directing from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, based on a Goyer idea. Goyer is producing for Phantom Four alongside Lava Bear Films, whose Tory Metzger is overseeing for the company.
Focus has domestic rights and has set a January 8, 2016 release while Good Universe and Lava Bear sell international.
- Jen Yamato
Games of Thrones' Natalie Dormer is set to star in the supernatural thriller The Forest. The project was first announced earlier this year and is a Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four production that will be released on January 8, 2016 from Focus Features.
- Ryan Turek
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Lionsgate and Google are teaming for "District Voices," a weeklong video series in which top YouTube creators tacke the dystopian world of "The Hunger Games". The move is part of the distributor's efforts to promote next month's release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1".
Each episode will cover a different facet of life in the fictional world and will be presented as "programming sanctioned by the totalitarian Panem regime". The videos will run on both the Capitol TV website and the film's YouTube channel. Amongst those participating are members of popular Youtube channels such as iJustine, Feast of Fiction, Veritasium, FightTIPS and Threadbanger. [Source: Variety]
The story follows a doctor and his team who can go into »
- Garth Franklin
Of all the DC Comics movies announced last week, one in-development project was noticeably absent: the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal and beloved comic Sandman. The last we heard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was working on the film with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and Gaiman himself, with Skins and This is England scribe Jack Thorne on scripting duties.
Sandman‘s omission from the DC announcement raised some eyebrows, and left fans worried that the project had (once again) fallen off the rails. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Gaiman himself, Sandman wasn’t included in the DC announcement because it’s not technically a DC property…
“It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”
So, fret not, Sandman fans! The film is still very much in the works, »
- James Garcia
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