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Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s upcoming memoir “The Marriott Cell,” about his arrest with two other Al Jazeera English reporters at the Cairo Marriott hotel in December 2013 and the protracted incarceration that followed, is being developed into a feature film by British book-to-film agency The Development Partnership in tandem with Egyptian multi-hyphenate Amr Waked.
On board to pen the screenplay adaptation of Fahmy’s hotly anticipated memoir is Michael Bronner, the former CBS “60 Minutes” producer who more recently co-produced director Paul Greengrass’ “Green Zone,” “Captain Philips,” and “United 93.”
The Al Jazeera case, which became a cause celebre, saw Fahmy (pictured behind bars) and his two colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, spend more than 400 days in Egypt’s infamous Tora prison, also known as Scorpion, on Cairo’s outskirts on trumped-up charges of spreading “false news.” Egyptian prosecutors linked them to supposed student terrorist groups connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Michael Bronner, who co-produced Paul Greengrass’ United 93, Green Zone and Captain Phillips, has come on-board to adapt The Marriott Cell, a powerful account of the three innocent Al Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned for 400 days in Egypt’s Scorpion prison. The memoir was written by Mohamed Fahmy, one of the journos held for over a year. UK-based The Development Partnership has optioned the book, which will be published by Penguin Random House Canada in… »
20th Century Fox’s marketing campaign for Deadpool knows no bounds, it seems, now that The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Merc with a Mouth himself has been cordially invited to next month’s Super Bowl 2016.
Pegged for Sunday, February 7, the monumental sporting event is already playing host to the first-look trailer for Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon’s Bourne 5, though THR notes that Fox will have a major presence, too.
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Not only is the studio expected to debut a new TV clip during the Super Bowl, but sources close to the outlet claim that a number of publicity stunts are in the works for Tim Miller’s R-rated standalone feature, and going off Deadpool‘s excellent marketing campaign thus far, we can only imagine what insiders have cooking up for February 7.
Then again, Ryan Reynolds’ gun-toting mercenary isn’t the only film the studio plans to promote. »
- Michael Briers
Super Bowl 2016 is little over a week away and already, studios across the industry are aligning their major 2016 blockbusters to be showcased during the sporting event. One of the tentpole releases vying for your attention is Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon’s Bourne 5, and Universal has now slated the first-look trailer to be revealed alongside the Super Bowl on February 7.
At least, that’s according to Eric Van Lustbader, official write behind some of the Bourne novels. In a now-pulled post via Facebook, Lustbader expressed his own excitement about the seemingly imminent reveal, where we’ll also catch wind of the sequel’s official title. Here’s the post in question via ScreenCrush:
“The first trailer for the new Bourne film will be shown during this year’s Superbowl telecast. At that time I believe you’ll find out the title of the film. (I know it, but I’m »
- Michael Briers
The next Bourne film is a long time in the making. After the disappointment that was 2012's The Bourne Legacy, the studios knew they'd have to bring things back to Jason Bourne himself if they wanted to continue the franchise. So they did just that.
They locked down Bourn Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, as well as the series star Matt Damon. In addition, a good portion of the film is already in the can, as principal photography began last September. With its release date of July fast-approaching, the only thing fans are wondering is: where is the first trailer?
Sure, there's still half a year until the movie is set to hit theaters, but that's never stopped the hungry fans from asking. Luckily, author Eric Van Lustbader--who continues the legacy of Robert Ludlum with his own Bourne books--has our backs, and took to Facebook to tell us »
- Joseph Medina
Eric Van Lustbader, the author who took over the Bourne novel series after Robert Ludlum's death, confirmed on his Facebook page that the film's title and first trailer will be revealed during the Super Bowl on Sunday February 7th.
The Bourne films have so far kept the same order as the titles of the books, which means the new one will most likely be called "The Bourne Betrayal ".
The story will pick up in the present day with Bourne "in a dark and tortured place" and one which takes him through a post-Snowden, austerity-riddled Europe. Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Alicia Vikander, Riz Ahmed, Scott Shepherd, and Ato Essandoh also star. »
- Garth Franklin
She's nominated for an Oscar for her work in The Danish Girl, but Alicia Vikander also has the small matter of filming the next Jason Bourne movie on her plate. She's co-starring with Matt Damon in Bourne 5, that also sees director Paul Greengrass return to the series.
Chatting to The Wrap, she wasn't giving much of the game away with Bourne 5, but did confirm that "I'm not doing the conventional action but I'm very action-driven in this film".
She added that "but it's not in the way most people would think".
She also contrasted working with Bourne to the scale of the projects she's worked on elsewhere to date. "I came from Sweden where it’s like 30, 40 people [on a set], and here on The Danish Girl, doing a British film, it’s 100", she said.
Don’t let the lack of subtitle fool you, Universal’s Bourne 5 is still barreling down on its July release window. In fact, before the turn of the year, lead star Matt Damon revealed that Paul Greengrass’ franchise revival was past the halfway point in production, meaning the studio is likely prepping for post-production and VFX work as filming begins to wind down. But just how extensive will those CG effects be?
While the actress couldn’t comment on production or indeed the story specifics of Bourne 2016, Ex Machina breakout Alicia Vikander recently sat down with The Wrap to discuss her role opposite Damon in the upcoming espionage sequel.
Though Vikander didn’t realise it at the time, starring in Guy Ritchie’s action thriller The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has offered moviegoers a fleeting glimpse at how the Swedish actress fares in the genre, though Vikander will seemingly have a »
- Michael Briers
The Directors Guild of America kept strong guild streaks alive for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” Tuesday with nominations for filmmakers George Miller and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, respectively.
Historically, the DGA’s film nominations — decided upon by a vast body of more than 16,000 members — are a solid barometer for the best director and particularly best picture categories at the Oscars. Recent DGA-nominated directors who failed to score a nomination from the Academy’s directors branch include Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and, notoriously, Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
Recent films nominated by the DGA that failed to net a best picture Oscar nomination include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Into the Wild. »
- Kristopher Tapley
One of the projects that James Cameron has been working on over the past few years is a remake of Fantastic Voyage. It's a film that various directors have come close to making - Paul Greengrass and Roland Emmerich, to name but two), and it's one that Cameron can't do himself, given his immediate commitment to making a trio of further Avatar movies.
David Goyer is working on a screenplay for the movie, and will executive produce. The focus again will be on a scientist suffering from what's likely to be a fatal blood clot, who shrinks five of his colleagues and sends them into his bloodstream. »
More than any filmmaker I know personally, Guillermo Del Toro understands the need to always be developing more projects than you could ever reasonably actually make. He's had periods where he got derailed completely when things didn't come together, and there are several years in his filmography that are defined purely by things that didn't happen instead of things that did. That is not uncommon in Hollywood, but Guillermo is so full of ideas that it seems almost criminal for him to get sidelined by development cycles. Now comes word that with Pacific Rim 2 shelved for the moment, Guillermo is moving on and possibly signing to direct Fantastic Voyage for Fox. 20th Century Fox has been trying to get a new Fantastic Voyage off the ground for at least the last decade, but the desire to follow-up the 1966 original really started in 1987 when Isaac Asimov published Fantastic Voyage II as a novel. »
- Drew McWeeny
20th Century Fox's long-gestating Fantastic Voyage remake has been given new life, with Guillermo del Toro entering talks to develop and direct. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the director will work with writers David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes on the screenplay. The project is being eyed as a massive tentpole project for the studio, but an official release date has not yet been given.
James Cameron has been developing the project for several years now, and he will continue to produce with his Lightstorm Entertainment partners Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, with David S. Goyer set to executive produce. We reported in May 2014 that David S. Goyer was writing a new treatment for the project, and now he is set to co-write the script with Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers).
The original Fantastic Voyage hit theaters in 1966, centering on a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and »
Considering how his version of The Hobbit never saw the light of day and intriguing projects like At the Mountains of Madness never came to fruition, it was a bit disappointing when Guillermo del Toro‘s latest film, the entertaining gothic horror/romance Crimson Peak, failed to truly connect with audiences. Perhaps as a response, with Pacific Rim 2 shelved, he’s now looking to direct something with a wider appeal.
According to THR, he’s in talks to helm a James Cameron-produced remake of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. The original revolved around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. The story then followed the biological adventures the team encounters in trying to save the scientist and themselves.
It’s quite the long-gestating project, having been in the hands of Paul Greengrass, »
- Leonard Pearce
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