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The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
Everything you need to know about Guillermo del Toro’s new horror television series…
A Boeing 747 lays dead on JFK airport’s runway, its lights off and crew not responding. Frantic control tower officials blame ‘technical faults’ and ‘terrorism,’ though there are no signs of struggle or escape. Whatever caused this is still locked inside.
No, this isn’t the beginning of Paul Greengrass’ latest movie, or a morally ambiguous Derren Brown special. It’s the opening of The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s bestselling vampire-epidemic trilogy of books, which then became a television series.
This is the story of those books. Of their journey from an eight-year-old Mexican boy’s already-twisted imagination to failed pitches, unlikely bromances and, eventually, a television series that could redefine vampirism for the modern age.
The Strain doesn’t restrain its soul to just vampires. It’s also a global conspiracy, virus outbreak thriller »
- Oliver Davis
As reported over at The Dissolve, highly respected British film magazine Sight & Sound is famous for its list of the greatest films off all time released once every decade. Since 1952, Citizen Kane held the number one spot until Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo dethroned it in the 2012 poll. Now for the first time Sight & Sound has released a list of the 50 greatest documentary films of all time. The list was compiled after polling from over 200 critics and curators and 100 filmmakers, including “John Akomfrah, Michael Apted, Clio Barnard, James Benning, Sophie Fiennes, Amos Gitai, Paul Greengrass, Jose Guerin, Isaac Julien, Asif Kapadia, Sergei Loznitsa, Kevin Macdonald, James Marsh, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anand Patwardhan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles, and James Toback”.
The top 10 are:
Man With A Movie Camera, (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) Sans Soleil, (Chris Marker, 1982) Night And Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989) Chronicle Of A Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, »
- Max Molinaro
Paul Greengrass has been linked to an adaptation of the book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book is about Morten Storm, a one-time Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Sony has picked up rights to the book, and Scott Rudin will produce […]
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- Russ Fischer
The book has not even been released yet, but Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda — which is being developed into a film by Sony Pictures — is already on track to be a massive Oscar contender.
Agent Storm seems like it is right up the director’s alley.
The nonfiction book, which comes out in September, follows the unbelievable account of Morten Storm, a red-haired Dane who adopted radical Jihadism. After a decade of militant extremism, Storm realized that his friends and colleagues had pushed his limits, and were becoming far too dangerous. Storm became a double agent for British, »
- Harrison Okin
Since last year's excellent and undervalued "Captain Phillips," Paul Greengrass has been keeping a low profile when it comes to new projects. In January he was attached to the cyber-espionage thriller "The Director," and now he's been linked to another true life political drama. Sony Pictures has snapped up Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister's "Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda," with Scott Rudin producing and Greengrass to direct. The forthcoming book will hit stores in September, and tells the remarkable story of a Western jihadist who defects and becomes a double agent. Here's the book synopsis: He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then - after a sudden loss of faith - Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent for the CIA, MI6 and MI5. Filled »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has picked up the rights to the upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, and are looking at Paul Greengrass to direct.
The book is based on the life of Morten Storm, “a troubled youth who, after spending time in prison in London, converted to Islam and moved to Yemen in 2001 to study the Quran. There, he met and worked with extremists, but he eventually realized how dangerous the groups were and was recruited by the CIA as a double agent.”
The post Paul Greengrass wanted for adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Greengrass will adapt the memoir of a former Al-Qaeda member.
Morten Storm's Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda follows the Danish covert to Islam, who became a member of the terrorist organisation.
After a loss of faith, he agreed to turn double agent for MI5, MI6 and the CIA and became involved in a plot to betray his mentor, high-profile extremist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Greengrass is developing the project with a view to direct.
He is also working with Rudin on Memphis, the tale story of Martin Luther King Jr's final march and murder.
Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda was released earlier in July. »
After the huge, deserved success of Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass is turning his attention to the true-life story of a former Islamic radical who became a double agent for the British and Danish.
We’re hearing that The Bourne Ultimatum man will be adapting ‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA‘. It’s not quite released yet, but will be later this year, and is written by Morten Storm, alongside Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. It tells the fictional-sounding story of his life as a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence, a quite unique tale indeed and will be produced by Scott Rudin with Sony Pictures.
It’s published in the UK on September 2nd and goes with these official words:
Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book »
- Dan Bullock
Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller. Here's the official synopsis of the book: Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, »
- Ethan Anderton
Captain Phillips was an incredibly taut and finely made thriller that ranked among the very best films of last year, so it’s very exciting to learn today that its director Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin are already planning another collaboration. Sticking to ripped-from-the-headlines drama, the pair are reteaming for the red-hot book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda, which is set to hit U.S. bookstores in September.
Written by Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, Agent Storm follows a former Islamic radical who becomes a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Greengrass is developing the story with intentions to direct, while Rudin is on board as a producer.
Amazon describes Agent Storm as follows:
Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The story centers on Morten Storm (pictured), a one-time Islamic radical who eventually became a double agent for the CIA, MI6 and Danish intelligence.
He ultimately must betray his friend and mentor al-Awlaki - al-Qaeda's biggest threat to the West. Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister wrote the book.
Greengrass is eyeing it as a directorial effort and also may adapt it.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of his critically-acclaimed true-story drama Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass is teaming up yet again with producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures for the adaptation Agent Storm, based on the upcoming book by Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister.
Here's the official description of the book, which will be published on September 2 by Atlantic Monthly Press.
"Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. »
Paul Greengrass scored a nice hit with his most recent feature Captain Phillips, which did fairly well at the box office and received a slew of critical praise. Deadline is reporting that the director is now attached to adapt another true story for the big screen. Greengrass will reteam with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin to adapt Morten Storm’s non-fiction book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda. Storm was a former Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA as well as British and Danish intelligence. Greengrass excels at turning true stories into powerful dramatic features, so this sounds like it could be a good fit. He’s still attached to the Martin Luther King Jr. film Memphis, which I hope comes together one day. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis for Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda. The book will be »
- Matt Goldberg
Sony Pictures has acquired the hot-button book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda, and it will reunite Best Picture nominees Paul Greengrass and Scott Rudin, who last made Captain Phillips together. Greengrass will develop to direct. The book, by Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, hits U.S stores in September. Related: Fleming Q&As Paul Greengrass The tale follows a former Islamic radical (Storm) as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Greengrass and Rudin also are teamed on Memphis, the superb story of Martin Luther King’s final march, his murder, and the […] »
Following their major critical and commercial success with Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin are once again set to collaborate on a true-life political thriller. Changing the parameters this time, however, they're turning their attention to terrorism rather than piracy and a spy rather than an Everyman. Agent Storm, adapted from a bestselling book, is the story of Morten Storm, a Danish former jihadist recruited by the CIA.Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda (written by Storm himself, with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister) is one of those non-fiction tomes that reads like a thriller. Storm was an off-the-rails teenager into crime and biker gangs, who then converted to Islam. His journey led him from Denmark to Yemen where he became a protege and close confidant of the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. But a twist in the tale saw him become disillusioned with his new cause. »
There hasn’t been much talk about a new Paul Greengrass project for quite some time; his last release, Captain Phillips, scored a number of wins critically but it’s been quiet ever since. Reports today suggest the director is now attached to adapt another true story for the big screen with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin. They will adapt Morten Storm’s non-fiction book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda. Here’s the official synopsis for »
- Graham McMorrow
Sony has acquired upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, which centers on the story of a one-time Islamic radical who eventually became a double agent for the CIA, and the British and Danish intelligence. Scott Rudin is producing the film; sources say Paul Greengrass is eyeing it as a directorial project and also may adapt it. The book chronicles the life of Morten Storm. Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister wrote the book, which will hit stores Sept. 2. Storm was a troubled youth who, after spending time
- Rebecca Ford
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.
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