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Gary Hamilton has struck a partnership with president Zhao Yifang of China’s Huace Group to collaborate on a slate of at least three high-concept features a year.
Huace and Aurora Alliance, a new venture created through the partnership, will jointly produce the slate of Chinese, Us and Australian co-productions, while Arclight will handle sales outside China.
The parties claim to have secured “top-tier Hollywood directors” to each project and are in final talks with James McTeigue to direct what they say will be one of the most expensive Chinese co-productions ever, which is being developed with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.
Arclight and Huace are to set up Aurora Alliance Films, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of “high concept” international co-productions and deliver three films per year. The companies said that the first pictures under the new banner have all secured Hollywood directing talent.
James McTeigue is in advanced talks to direct an untitled Chinese co-production being produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road (“Gods of Egypt”). The film is an international action thriller that will shoot in Australia and China, and which Arclight says will be one of the biggest budgeted Chinese productions ever mounted.
Huace and Arclight are also working on “Safecracker, »
- Patrick Frater
His companies have filed a copyright infringement suit in Oregon against sixteen individuals who they claim to have pirated spy thriller "Survivor" which starred Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan and Dylan McDermott. The James McTeigue-directed film opened in May in limited release and VOD.
In a complaint filed in federal court the other week, it says: "The motion picture Survivor is being wrongfully distributed on the Internet through the BitTorrent network and is now being widely pirated limiting its ability to gain access to and benefit from conventional market outlets. Plaintiff comes to court seeking relief as the motion picture Survivor has been downloaded through BitTorrent hundreds of thousands of times with over 10,000 instances of »
- Garth Franklin
James McTeigue's Survivor wasn't exactly one of the biggest blockbusters on the block this summer, but that doesn't mean that the folks behind it are any less pissed off about piracy. To prove it, they've filed a copyright infringement suit against 16 individuals in Oregon who reportedly uploaded the film and allowed it to be downloaded "hundreds of thousands of times" via BitTorrent. According to Deadline, Avi Lerner.s Nu Image and Millennium Films filed the lawsuit back on August 20th, and while the plaintiffs don't have names quite yet, there are plans in the works to reveal them. Currently the production companies only have the IP addresses for those responsible for uploading the film, but the complaints notes that they are seeking a subpoena that will force Comcast to reveal the owners of the accounts. There is also apparently an offer on the table to the "John Does" stating »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The planned remake of Logan's Run has been chuntered about now for over five years. At one stage, back in 2010, director Carl Rinsch was attached to the movie (he eventually made 47 Ronin instead), with producer Joel Silver wanting to make the film in 3D. Then, Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was attached at one stage, with the idea being that Ryan Gosling would star. Previously, Bryan Singer and James McTeigue have been linked with the film too.
And yet the Logan's Run remake never got going. At least until now.
The project has come back to life, with the news that X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and Fantastic Four writer Simon Kinberg has been hired to write and produce the new Logan's Run. Joel Silver remains attached to the project too. »
Carl Rinsch was in talks in 2010 to direct “Logan's Run” for Warner Bros. with Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. At that point, the project — focused on a man trying to escape a mandatory death sentence on his 30th birthday — had been in development at Warners for more than a decade, with Bryan Singer, Skip Woods, Robert Schwenke and James McTeigue associated at various points as possible directors.
- Dave McNary
Turns out The Wachowskis have still got it, whatever “it” is exactly. The directors of The Matrix trilogy are back on form – after disappointing with pretty much everything they did ever since the first Matrix, including anime adaptation Speed Racer and the racially troubling Cloud Atlas adaptation – thanks to their Netflix series Sense8. You may not have heard.
Unfortunately, a lot of the hype behind their sci-fi show has been swept aside in favour of the streaming service’s other blockbuster original series, Orange Is The New Black, which returned for its third season. There’s likely plenty more surprising plot twists and developments in that prison dramedy, but nothing that compares to the madness of Sense8.
In collaboration with Babylon 5 writer J Michael Straczynski and directors Tom Tykwer and James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ latest project is even more out there than 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. And that’s »
- Tom Baker
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Survivor is a film so lazy the only way to rationalise its existence is to imagine the crew only had a long weekend to make it. It’s one of those cheap spy thrillers that fills out the few screens at the multiplex not taken by big budget spectacle in the summer months and the film has seemingly no qualms with aiming that low. Not only is the acting phoned in and the plot paper-thin, but the whole production is so irritatingly sloppy that you’d feel robbed if you’d got this from the direct-to-dvd section of Poundland.
The cast feel like they’ve been brought over from a different film by mistake. Milla Jovovich is Kate Abbott, an illustriously regarded American immigration officer, which could be read as an attempt to go against type (if a starring role in one lowest common denominator franchise can be »
- Alex Leadbeater
If there’s a thriller to be found in international travel regulations, this is not it. Makes a mockery of the unsung heroes it’s meant to celebrate. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Not even from Milla Jovovich (The Three Musketeers, Stone). She’s a badass security consultant — that’s a thing, it seems — riding a desk at the U.S. embassy in London, and she is on the lookout for suspicious physician and pharmaceutical types trying to travel to the United States, because bombs can be made from stuff you find in the Or . I’m sure that’s true… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: James McTeigue; Screenwriter: Philip Shelby; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour, James D'Arcy; Running time: 96 mins; Certificate: 12A
There's little to enjoy about this daft spy thriller beyond the sight of Pierce Brosnan looking vaguely like a Spanish pimp when he wears a pencil-thin moustache as a disguise. Survivor is played straight, but laden with laughs that are entirely unintentional and make you feel somewhat sorry for the impressive cast.
You can vaguely understand why actors of the calibre of Brosnan, Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour and James D'Arcy signed up to the project. After all, the basic premise is an intriguing one, involving the capture of an American soldier in the Middle East leading to severe repercussions in London.
Security expert Kate (Jovovich) notices something suspicious at the Embassy, propelling her into »
Flexing his rarely used bad guy muscles, Pierce Brosnan is the Watchmaker, big bad of James McTiegue’s (V for Vendetta) Survivor, a master assassin who is sent to eliminate Mila Jonovich’s State Department worker after she uncovers a terrorist conspiracy. It may be hard to imagine the one time James Bond as the bad guy, so thankfully a new clip has come our, showing the assassin going about his job with ruthless efficiency. Released: June 5th »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Read More: Watch: Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are Divorcées Turned Crime Capers in New 'Love Punch' Clips [Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. "Survivor," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] You could be forgiven for confusing James McTeigue's new film "Survivor" with the long-running reality television series of the same name. Watch the clip from the film above to clear that all up. It features Milla Jovovich being scolded by a U.K. bureaucrat for unorthodox work tactics. In the film, Jovovich ("The Fifth Element," "Resident Evil") stars as a security officer who is forced to go on the run after accidentally uncovering a terrorist conspiracy at the U.S. embassy in London. Pierce Brosnan ("Goldeneye," "The World Is Not »
- Becca Nadler
Milla Jovovich plays a falsely accused Foreign Service Officer who works to thwart a terrorist plot as she runs from the authorities in “Survivor,” a sturdy wrong-woman thriller that feels grotesque in its citations of 9/11 and other intimations of real-world import, but also steals a few good moves from “North by Northwest” and “The Fugitive” for a solid middle section. A generic title and low buzz factor are hurdles for this day-and-date release, a meat-and-potatoes offering from helmer James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “The Raven”).
The prologue, in which two Americans in Afghanistan are captured after a helicopter crash, gets the proceedings off to an unpromising start; the poorly staged action and a lack of background density give off the vibe of a videogame cut scene. One of the men is identified as a potential bargaining chip, and his fellow soldier is quickly immolated.
Cut to London, several months later, »
- Ben Kenigsberg
There was a time when James McTeigue’s ascendance as a top tier blockbuster director seemed assured. After working with the Wachowskis on “The Matrix” trilogy as first assistant director, he made his debut feature with the smash hit “V For Vendetta,” which the siblings endorsed with a producing credit. But from there things took a decidedly downward turn. The next team up between the Wachowskis and McTeigue, “Ninja Assassin,” was a flop, and so too was his outing behind period pulp piece “The Raven.” And things continue in a downward trajectory with “Survivor,” a thriller that lines up decent actors for a credulity straining affair that aims to honor American law enforcement for stopping terrorist attacks post-9/11, but winds up trivializing their job in the process. Milla Jovovich leads the movie as Kate Abbott, a hot shot security expert brought in to help the American embassy in London look »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During a more than 60-year acting career, Michael Caine has had a lot of highs and lows. One of his most embarrassing moments was a supporting role in the reviled sequel Jaws: The Revenge – a film that came out the same year he picked up an Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters. In one of the actor’s most enduring interview quotes, Caine said of the sequel that he had never seen the film. “By all accounts, it is terrible,” he said. “However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
Caine’s droll attempt at transparency routinely came back into this reviewer’s mind during Survivor, a film that is cluttered with action movie clichés and may be most fondly remembered by its principal cast for helping them renovate their homes. Despite the presence of director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) and thriller author »
- Jordan Adler
Im Global and producers Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter and Richard Tanne announced that they have cast Parker Sawyers as the young Barack Obama in Southside with You. The romantic dramedy was inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. Parker Sawyers joins Tika Sumpter who will play Michelle.
The film covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Parker Sawyers, an American actor based in the UK, recently completed Oliver Stone's Snowden with Joseph Gordon Levitt and is about to shoot a supporting role in the feature The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. »
Lana and Andy Wachowski are about to branch out into a new medium, and anticipation is high as audiences ponder whether their particular brand of storytelling might fare better on the streaming platform Netflix than in cinemas. Since the mixed reactions to 2012’s Cloud Atlas, and the undeniable disappointment of the recent Jupiter Ascending, the heady days of The Matrix brilliance seem increasingly to be a fading memory. For this reason, the arrival of the first trailer for Sense8 is a significant development.
Woven together with a seemingly omnipresent Naveen Andrews, we find eight characters suddenly and inexplicably linked through their own senses. Executive producer Grant Hill outlined the premise of the series to Games Radar.
“At its heart it’s a drama, it’s love stories, it’s contemporary, so it doesn’t have that futuristic element. It has this one basic conceit, which is very much the core »
- Sarah Myles
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Survivor
After being mysteriously framed for a terrorist bombing, a Foreign Service Officer (Milla Jovovich) must evade government capture and death by a ruthless assassin (Pierce Brosnan) in order to stop the real perpetrators’ master—and much deadlier—plan.
- Gary Collinson
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