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The character of Igor has become part of horror movie lore, thanks to horror film legend Bela Lugosi who played him in the Son of Frankenstein and the Ghost of Frankenstein (See picture above) as well as Marty Feldman who played the hilarious parody character Eye-Gore from Young Frankenstein. The first image that comes to mind of Igor is of a crazed, misshapen guy, dressed in peasant clothes. However, we’ll be getting a new interpretation of the character in director Paul McGuigan’s currently-filming Frankenstein.
Daniel Radcliff continues to distance himself from Harry Potter-type roles, and is taking on the part of Igor. However, he will be playing a more attractive and well-dressed version of the character. »
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Just like the cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, which have sprouted from the desert in a flurry of glass and steel, the film industry in the Persian Gulf has been built from scratch. But while the cities of this region are quite literally built on sand, their film fests are making a solid statement with attention to short films, which offer the burgeoning young filmmakers of the Gulf a solid foothold from which to launch their careers.
“Short films are accessible. It’s something you can do with friends on a weekend if you want to,” says Ben Caddy of ExtraCake, creator of the Middle East Film & Comic Con, which this summer joined forces with the Dubai Intl. Film Fest to launch a short film competition.
The winning script, “Serenity Now,” a sci-fi treatment set in a post-apocalyptic universe, was selected by screenwriter Max Landis and will be »
- Debra Kamin
Daniel Radcliffe continues his quest to step out of the shadow of Harry Potter by taking on the role of Igor for Paul McGuigan's (Lucky Number Slevin) adaptation of Frankenstein, and with production now underway the British tabloid The Sun has got our first look at Radcliffe in character...
Frankenstein is set for release on January 16th 2015, with McGuigan directing a script from Max Landis (Chronicle). Radcliffe is joined in the cast of the film by James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Victor Von Frankenstein and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Lorelei, described as "a beautiful circus performer who forms a close bond with Igor". »
- Gary Collinson
The first look at Daniel Radcliffe as Igor in 20th Century Fox's next stab at the classic tale of Frankenstein has arrived via The Sun, and we have the eye candy right here. Look for the flick in theatres on January 6, 2015.
Paul McGuigan is at the helm of this revisionist take on Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Based on a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), this adaptation of Shelley's novel of the same name puts a more sci-fi spin on the classic story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.
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- Uncle Creepy
The latest cinematic re-interpretation of the sci-fi/horror classic novel is headlined by former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and young Professor X (i.e. award-winner James McAvoy) as Victor Von Frankenstein, alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as the object of Igor’s affection. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis penned the script, with Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) set to direct. In theaters on January 16, 2015. »
We’ve just received our first look at Daniel Radcliffe (The Harry Potter Series) as Igor from an upcoming Frankenstein adaptation, directed by Paul McCuigan (Lucky Number Slevin). Igor is the lab assistant of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein, who creates a monster using the reanimated body parts of several dead men. The doctor will be played by James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class).
Here’s our glimpse of Radcliffe in character.
Notable here is that they’re not going for the hobbled-over hunchback of previous incarnations. The character of Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant has taken several forms in the cinematic adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel. The character’s name has even changed several times, with Igor being the name that stayed in the pop culture lexicon.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has seen a multitude of adaptations since it first hit the shelves all the way back in 1818. It has spawned sequels, retellings, stage adaptations and numerous films, most of which have very little to do with the original novel. Paul McGuigan’s version of the Frankenstein story looks to be no different, adapting characters who never appear in the original novel into a story likely to be a bit different from the Frankenstein tales of the past.
The first image of Daniel Radcliffe as the lead character Igor has surfaced from the Frankenstein set, but it does not tell us much about the film. Radcliffe looks suitably early 19th Century in a purple suit and cravat, a far cry from his boy wizard days. If the film keeps to usual characterizations of Igor, he’ll be a bit of a sad figure, tortured and bullied by »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
We've already heard that the Igor in Paul McGuigan’s adaptation of Frankenstein was going to be very different from anything we've seen before. The character is being played by Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, and as you can see, he's not sporting the hunchback that Igor has become famous for.
The movie has been described as a sci-fi take on the original Mary Shelley story, which focuses on themes of friendship and redemption. In a previous interview, screenwriter Max Landis revealed that it will be a period piece told from the perspective of the character Igor, and all the interesting misconceptions surrounding the mythology of the story and character. The movie will explore where Igor came from, and if Victor Frankenstein was actually a doctor or a drop out. Igor has also been described as being pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown's clothing. Radcliffe has this to say »
- Joey Paur
What makes this adaptation all the more interesting is its leading cast, with James McAvoy playing Victor Von Frankenstein, Daniel Radcliffe starring as his assistant Igor, and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay taking the female lead as Lorelei, a beautiful circus performer who forms a close bond with Igor.
Interestingly, Fox recently pushed the release date out of the expected Halloween 2014 window into early 2015. But the January slot is becoming more and more a place for horror films to make a name for themselves, and with the studio simultaneously dating David Fincher’s Gone Girl for October next year, it’s understandable that they’d want to push Frankenstein a little further down the line. Production is now getting underway, and with »
- Kenji Lloyd
The latest cinematic re-interpretation of the sci-fi/horror classic novel is headlined by former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and young Professor X (i.e. award-winner James McAvoy) as Victor Von Frankenstein, alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as the object of Igor’s affection. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis penned the script, with Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) set to direct. Frankenstein will hit theaters on January 16, 2015. »
The elusive “Golden Ticket”. Beginning next Wednesday (December 4th) in a wave of four announcements, is when the official word comes out. Plenty of filmmakers are already in the know, but some will find out over the course of this Thanksgiving weekend. Having covered the festival and fest circuit for some time now, we’re already aware that worthy films that were indeed submitted will be excluded from the ’14 edition. Thousands of filmmakers won’t get the phone call, and while it can bruise dreams, this is not a rejection of quality…but rather, a preference from a programmer/programming team which reflects a larger mandate. John Cooper, Trevor Groth et al. have a difficult job and the way I see it, it’s the equivalent to draft day for a major professional sport – where a team in a given turn doesn’t go for the consensus pick, but instead »
- Eric Lavallee
He quickly burst onto the scene as a YouTube sensation with his accurate, low-budget and hilarious "The Death of Superman" and "Drunk Comic Book History: The Robins" videos. In 2012, he made his professional screenwriting debut with Chronicle. It introduced the talented 28-year-old screenwriter to the mainstream audience and cemented him as a writer on the rise in Hollywood. Now, Max Landis is ready to embark upon a new chapter in his life. In April, filming will begin on American Ultra. A film that Max Landis penned about Mike, an unmotivated stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) living in a small, sleepy town with his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart). When Mike's past catches up to him, a government organization is hot on their tail with plans of wiping Mike out. Then there's this new Frankenstein movie that he wrote starring James McAvoy ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") as the doctor »
The family name got him onto film sets (on our end we call that the best film school), but it’s 2012 Chronicle that set the wind in the sails for Max Landis. When the uber film-geek wasn’t ranting about men with wear capes or penning another half dozen projects, he was directing his debut feature with what we can justifiably call a weirdo ensemble: Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Casey Wilson, Geena Davis, Lance Henriksen, Scott Bakula, Dustin Milligan, Angela Sarafyan, and future it girl Emily Meade (look for her nuanced perf in Lance Edmands’ Bluebird). Shooting began this summer and all points toward Sundance. The Prod Co., Big Beach Films have been doing comedy right for some time now, and as indie producers they have a direct line to Park City programmers – just about everything they’ve produced since Little Miss Sunshine has preemed in Park City, including »
- Eric Lavallee
Adventureland's Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will team up again for action comedy American Ultra, written by Max Landis, who penned the hit sci-fi found-footage movie Chronicle. Eisenberg will play a stoner, Stewart his girlfriend. Their lives take an unexpected turn when his past returns to haunt him. He becomes the target of a government operation to kill him. »
Apsara Distribution, Im Global’s pan-Asian rights buying and distribution division, acquired the film from FilmNation for Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and India.
“Ultra” will re-team Stewart and Eisenberg five years after they starred in Greg Mottola’s “Adventureland.” “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh is on board to helm from a script by “Chronicle” writer Max Landis.
Eisenberg will portray a stoner who lives in a small town with his girlfriend (Stewart) when his past comes back to haunt him and he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
Shooting is set to start in April.
Aspara also acquired eight Asian markets for “The Night Comes for Us,” to be directed by Timo Thajhanto and Gareth Evans »
- Dave McNary
I was minding my own business while taking a walk through my neighborhood when suddenly three booms announced the appearance of a Delorean that I could have sworn wasn’t there before. The gull-wing doors extended up as a harried Bob Gale, screenwriter of the Back to the Future trilogy, stepped out. “You’ve gotta come back with me!” he implored. “Where?” I asked, attempting to ignore for the moment the rare sight of a Delorean. “Back to the future,” he said. “Something’s gotta be done about the sequel!” Before I knew it I was traveling with him to several years in the future… to learn the history of an impending catastrophe. December 2013 – A throwaway line in a Deadline article lists Back to the Future as a property that Universal intends to exploit soon. Almost immediately rumors begin about the possibility of a remake, a TV pilot or a fourth film. Days »
- The Bitter Script Reader
News Simon Brew 6 Nov 2013 - 06:39
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Chronicle.
It's looking less and less likely that we'll be getting a sequel to the excellent Chronicle, which arrived in cinemas and became a surprise hit early in 2012. Director Josh Trank is now putting together the Fantastic Four movie reboot for Fox, whilst writer Max Landis is no longer involved in Chronicle 2. Fox may choose to go its own way on the film, but given that it's lost the two creative forces behind it, that'd be a bold decision for it to do so.
He told Buzzfeed that the power source was Massive Organic Geoelectric Objects. »
"Chronicle" was one of the biggest surprise hits of last year. Almost everyone involved got a career boost thanks to the movie. And even though a sequel is in the works, the person responsible for the original film, writer Max Landis, is not being brought back. Because Landis has always envisioned "Chronicle" as a trilogy, and now that he won't be given a chance to tell the full story, he has decided to reveal the one thing fans have been asking about... How did the characters get their powers? Spoilers Ahead: In the movie, it seemed that a crystal deep underground was responsible for giving the boys their powers. But according to Landis, that crystal is actually a "massive organic geoelectric object," which belongs to "a race of crystalline organisms that communicate and propel themselves through radio waves, and turn higher life forms into telekinetic drones." Regarding the story of »
Be warned, for those who haven't seen 2012's Chronicle yet, there will be spoilers contained within.
Back in July, Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis revealed that he is no longer attached to write the sequel, Chronicle 2, and that director Josh Trank was no longer involved as well. Today, the writer revealed that his script would have shown fans what the source of Matt, (Alex Russell), Andrew (Dane DeHaan) and Steve's (Michael B. Jordan) superpowers really was. Here's how he described the superpower source, known as Massive Organic Geoelectric Objects (Mogo), in a recent interview.
"(They are) a race of crystalline organisms that communicate and propel themselves through radio waves, and turn higher life forms into telekinetic drones."
He also briefly described the plot of his very dark sequel script that was rejected by 20th Century Fox.
"Two embittered souls as antiheroes trying to catch the survivor of the first film."
Adventureland stars Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) are to reunite next year for the indie comedy American Ultra, which is to be directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle).
According to Variety, the film will see "Eisenberg [portraying] a stoner who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small town. His life takes an unexpected turn when his past comes back to haunt him and he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out."
- Gary Collinson
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