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Written by Im Sang-yoon
Directed by Won Shin-yun
South Korea, 2013
It feels safe to argue that the Bourne film series has had a major influence on the action-espionage genre. Granted, spy thrillers that grilled governments for nefarious cover-ups, as well as espionage escapades featuring greater doses of fisticuffs and explosions (such as the Bond franchise), existed long before 2002’s The Bourne Identity and continue till this day. That said, what directors Doug Limon and Paul Greengrass did to the genre was infuse it with a gritty realism in addition to combining stories of unbelievably well-trained spies and political conspiracies. How many action films, be they concerned with spies or otherwise, have strived for the similar documentary ‘in the moment’ visual style? Not all have succeeded, mind you (the term ‘shaky cam’ is used in derogatory fashion more often than not), but those that have deliver in often spectacular ways. »
- Edgar Chaput
David Fincher's Gone Girl, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller about a husband suspected of murdering his missing wife, will kick off the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is scheduled make its world premiere as the festival's opening-night selection on September 26th.
David Fincher's thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and based on the bestselling page-turner by Gillian Flynn, will open this year's 52nd annual New York Film Festival. Variety reports that the film will bow at the fest's Opening Night Gala on September 26, a week ahead of the film's wide release on October 3. Back in 2010, Fincher's Oscar-nominated "The Social Network" opened the fest, which is under the new management of executive director Lesli Klainberg as of this year. "Gone Girl," like Paul Greengrass' 2013 Nyff opener "Captain Phillips," is a major Hollywood movie and not typical festival fare. But is Fincher's dark thriller about a man coping with the disappearance of his wife an Oscar contender? Nyff's Opening Night has produced Academy contenders in recent years, from "Social Network" to "Life of Pi" and "Phillips." "Gone Girl" trailer is below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Will "Travis McGee" finally get made? The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, at one time was positioned as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio (who is still producing), while directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone circled at various times. Now James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") is attached to direct and an old friend may star. Christian Bale is in early talks for the movie which is franchise material, based on the books by John D. MacDonald and centers on a beach bum “salvage consultant,” who specializes in recovering client's otherwise forever lost property in return for half the property's value as a fee — his first case (based on the novel "The Deep Blue Good-By") finds him reluctantly in search of a treasure hidden by a soldier after World War II. Will Bale be the one to get this moving? We'll see. [THR] Speaking of long developing projects, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The literary works of American author John D. MacDonald could be said to have a very specific tone. With published titles including The Executioners – from which the film Cape Fear was adapted – his stories conjure suspenseful, sinister atmospheres in hardboiled narratives. There are, then, few people better suited to adapt his work for film than Dennis Lehane – himself the noted author of original novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. The story he has adapted is A Deep Blue Good-by featuring the character of Travis McGee, and it is a project with franchise potential – particularly since it seems to have caught the eye of Christian Bale.
Travis McGee is a hard-nosed salvage consultant, who makes his living recovering stolen property – keeping half the value as his fee, with a view to funding an early retirement. In A Deep Blue Good-by, McGee finds himself on the trail of the powerful and evil Junior Allen, »
- Sarah Myles
Circling through various stages of development for some time, it looks like John D. MacDonald’s best-selling series is finally about to make it to the big screen, with Christian Bale eyeing the lead in The Deep Blue Goodbye.
The 1964 novel is the first of twenty-one in the Travis McGee series, and has previously had the likes of Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.
DiCaprio is still on board as a producer, but talks have commenced with Christian Bale to star as the hero, Travis McGee. And though there’s no offer yet, Bale is reported to have agreed to star, and an offer is expected shortly.
James Mangold, coming off the back of helming The Wolverine, has just closed his deal to direct, and DiCaprio will be producing alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran (The Ides of March, Out of the Furnace »
- Kenji Lloyd
The casting of True Detective season two is ongoing, with the latest reports being that Colin Farrell has been targeted for one of the leads roles this time around. One person who won't be taking the project on is Christian Bale though, who has reportedly turned down the show.
Instead, he's gravitating towards starring in the long-in-gestation film adaptation of John D MacDonald's novel, The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel, which centres on the character of Travis McGee as he comes to the aid of a friend in need - and in the path of an unpleasant man named Junior - has been targeted for a film for some time. Directors such as Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone have been mooted in the past, with James Mangold currently in the director's chair. »
The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen. Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster). Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons. He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made). Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached). Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
After spending years in development, it seems the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By, featuring John D. MacDonald's recurring character Travis McGee, is finally making progress. The Wolverine director James Mangold boarded the film this past spring, after directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone flirted with the project and Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to star. But now a new name might end up with the lead role as Variety reports Out of the Furnace and American Hustle star Christian Bale is in early talks to play the self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game who appears in 21 books. Read on! Bale doesn't have an official offer, but apparently the actor has agreed to star and is currently working out a deal as we speak. Mangold is officially signed to direct for Chernin Entertainment and Leonardo DiCaprio will still produce through his Appian Way banner along with Jennifer Davison-Killoran. »
- Ethan Anderton
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Even if you've never set foot in the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con, you likely know that there are always a healthy number of surprises that aren't listed on the already-massive schedule. Last year, Warner Bros. dropped perhaps one of the biggest bombs in Con history, by simply unveiling a logo, the merging of Batman and Superman's iconic symbols that let everyone know the forthcoming Man of Steel sequel was, in fact, something much, much greater: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Marvel did the same thing last year as well, with Joss Whedon announcing that the Marvel's The Avengers sequel will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, thus revealing the main villain in the same breath.
Way back in 2008, my first year attending Sdcc, I was covering what I thought to be a rather innocuous Disney panel. Keep in mind, this is years before Disney had Marvel and LucasFilm in their stable. »
Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on the true story of the Mv Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship seized by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009. As the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. With Bourne and United 93 director Paul Greengrass calling the shots, it's a jaw-clenching test of everyone's nerve. »
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have announced the 15 participants taking part in their 2014 Guiding Lights programme.
In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications.
“The Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception,” said Lighthouse senior producer Emily Kyriakides.
“We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
This year, Lighthouse and Creative »
Back in March, we unveiled a list of one-time indie directors, including Bryan Singer, the Wachowskis and Paul Greengrass, who suddenly made the hyperspace jump to helming blockbuster projects, along with their associated blockbuster budgets. We could equally have included such transformative modern figures as Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg (who made the jump to blockbusters by inventing them). That piece noted that this was “a trend that’s become increasingly prevalent over the last decade or so” and sketched out some of the budget boosts these filmmakers had received, as amounts often 5 or 10 times the budget of their previous films were suddenly at their disposal. Results varied, quality-wise. But in the few months since that piece appeared, the phenomenon has gone from a trend to an epidemic, with a slew of young filmmakers being handed the keys to massive studio tentpoles on the strength of one or two. »
- The Playlist Staff
Damon starred in the original three films, based on the novels by Robert Ludlum, helping to make them an international success that changed the face of spy thrillers. Jeremy Renner replaced Damon as the face of the franchise for the fourth film, 2012′s The Bourne Legacy. In it he starred as Aaron Cross, a government operative who is part of a shadowy special ops program.
“I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It’s a summer movie, and »
- Mark Worgan
"I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start pre-production now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016."
Marshall has previously admitted that his dream for the next Bourne film is to "see Matt and Jeremy team up."
Damon, for his part, has said that he would be open to returning only if »
Movie News - Will Matt Damon return as Jason Bourne in 'Bourne 5'? The 43-year-old star is said to be in talks to reprise his role as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne following his departure from the series - which is based on Robert Ludlum's books of the same names - after the third Paul Greengrass directed film, 'The Bourne Ultimatum', in 2007. Damon claimed earlier this year that he wouldn't return to the series unless Greengrass returned as director, saying at the time: ''I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director.'' However, with Bourne 5's release date being delayed until July 15, 2016 the Latino Review has reported that it's because Damon has agreed to return to his signature role under the direction of 'Fast and Furious' filmmaker Justin Lin. Earlier this year, Universal hired 'Sherlock Holmes' scribe Anthony Peckham to »
Just as we decided to trust Latino-Review, one of their exclusive stories turns out to be wrong. The site reported that "The Bourne Legacy" sequel was delayed so that Matt Damon can reprise his role as Jason Bourne alongside Jeremy Renner, who's returning as Aaron Cross. Now comes word from "The Bourne Legacy" producer Frank Marshall that there's not truth to the story. "It's simply not true," he said. "[Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start pre-production now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016." Damon previously said that the only way he'll return to the Jason Bourne franchise is if Paul Greengrass returns to direct. Since Justin Lin is directing, »
Earlier today, we reported on a Latino Review floated rumor claiming that the secret reason Bourne 5 was delayed from summer 2015 to summer 2016 was to accommodate the triumphant return of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne to the franchise. While this would contradict Damon’s previous assertions that he would only return to the series if his friend Paul Greengrass came back to the director’s chair, it certainly wouldn’t be the first instance of backpedaling in Hollywood history.
Unfortunately for fans, longtime Bourne producer Frank Marshall has seen fit to shoot down the prospect of Damon returning, having told THR “It’s simply not true,” while once again emphasizing that the film will ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Earlier today, a report surfaced that Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in Universal Pictures' action trilogy The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reprise his popular role in the studio's sequel to The Bourne Legacy. Producer Frank Marshall has now debunked that report, stating that the decision to move the sequel from August 2015 to July 2016 was not because Matt Damon is coming back, but because the script is still not ready yet. Here's what the producer had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the story centers on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
"It's simply not true. [Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, »
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