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Age Of Ultron is about evil AI, and Ex Machina’s about a sentient robot. Ryan explores the link between these and other modern Sf films.
It’s an idea as old as literature itself: a lifeform is created, only for it to behave in a way its maker hadn’t anticipated - and sometimes with fatal consequences.
Writer-director Joss Whedon has drawn attention to the parallels between Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the latest opus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Whedon’s reading of Marvel comics lore, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark create Ultron - an artificial intelligence intended as a global defence program, but instead turns against the Avengers and humanity in general.
Brought to life by a peformance-captured James Spader, Ultron’s a charismatic example of a recent wave of AI characters in the movies. We’ve seen sentient, mutant »
Exclusive: The Solution Entertainment Group is packaging the psychological thriller for Wolf At The Door’s Brazilian director.
La-based The Solution optioned film rights and controls the screenplay and plans to produce, finance and sell the project once cast comes together.
Burn Site is a psychological thriller about a reformed convict who takes matters into his own hands when his step-daughter is murdered.
Busy Coimbra recently shot two episodes of Netflix’s original Pablo Escobar crime series Narcos produced by Gaumont International Television, Eric Newman and José Padilha that is set to air in August.
The filmmaker is working on his second draft of The Hanged (Os Enforcados) and will attend the June Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab with the dark comedy. The goal is to secure financing this year ahead of a 2016 shoot.
Wolf At The Door (O Lobo Atrás Da Porta) takes »
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We found lots to like in his RoboCop remake, even if it did have its flaws - the final act, in particular, had the distinct air of studio interference hanging over it. But Padilha is likely to get freer creative reign with his next project, since it's based on his own original concept rather than a potentially blockbusting pre-existing one.
It's called Mindcorp, and Deadline describes it as a sci-fi thriller about "next-generation mind-body experimentation and a priest who becomes responsible for the survival of humanity."
Mindcorp began life as a short story written by Padilha himself, »
Director José Padilha, who made his U.S. studio debut with last year's RoboCop remake, has signed on to direct Mindcorp, based on a short story he wrote. Warner Bros. picked up the short story, with the director set to co-write the script with Dwain Worrell. Gianni Nunnari has signed on to produce through his Hollywood Gang production company.
Deadline describes the story as a high-concept sci-fi thriller that centers on "next-generation mind-body experimentation." The plot follows a priest who ultimately becomes responsible for the fate of all mankind. Shannon Gaulding will oversee the project for Hollywood Gang, with Jon Berg and Jon Gonda overseeing for Warner Bros.
Before he directed last year's RoboCop, José Padilha directed Brazilian thrillers such as Bus 174, Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. He also directed a segment of the anthology film Rio, I Love You. Dwain Worrell became the first screenwriter to »
Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in negotiations to join Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk along side newcomer Joe Alwyn as the title character, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart. The Wrap Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) has replaced John Singleton as director of Morgan Creek's Tupac the long-in-development biopic about rapper Tupac Shakur, with casting underway. Shooting is planned to begin in August or September. Why is Singleton off the picc Here's how he tells it on Instagram: Variety
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling ... To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac ... It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Warner Bros has purchased Mindcorp, a science fiction thriller based on a short story by Jose Padilha that the Elite Squad helmer will direct. Gianni Nunnari will produce through his Hollywood Gang banner. Dwain Worrell has been set to write the script with Padilha. It’s the second studio gig for Padilha after the Robocop remake. They are keeping the logline under wraps but in broad strokes it’s a high-concept intense thriller involving next-generation… »
Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the rights to "Mindcorp," a high-concept sci-fi thriller short story which "Robocop" remake director Jose Padilha penned. Padilha is slated to direct the film as well.
The story is said to involve next-generation mind-body experimentation and a priest who becomes responsible for the survival of humanity, but specifics are being kept under wraps.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Joel Kinnaman is an actor who seems to be perpetually on the cusp, but hasn't quite broken through just yet. He's got another shot this coming weekend in "Run All Night" opposite Liam Neeson, and he's bagged a key role in "Suicide Squad" coming next year. But before either of those films, Kinnaman had another shot at stardom in last year's ill-advised "RoboCop" remake and he's pretty clear about why it didn't work. "I thought that Jose Padilha had a really interesting vision for that. But, then, at the same time, when doing these kind of comic book, these beloved characters, you also have to be really aware of what about it the fans love so much. And you have to understand that and sort of build your new idea on that," he told Uproxx. "What we did wrong on 'RoboCop,' we just did something new and didn »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 67th Berlin Festival looks set to go down in history for marking Latin America’s coming of age. Sporting 21 features in Competition, Panorama and Forum, Berlin’s 2015 Latin presence — comprising movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal — outranks Asia (20) and North America (15). Including all of Berlin’s official sections and Co-Production Market, Ibero-America boasts 63 films, 49 of them features, its highest movie count in memory.
Brazil leads the charge. Though lacking competition players, it has four films in Panorama, including its opener, Lirio Ferreira’s oneiric tale of impossible love “Blue Blood.” Five more works and two installations play Forum or Forum Expanded.
Berlin has always embraced Brazil, and Latin America in general. Wieland Speck, head of the Panorama, which focuses on international cinema, and Christoph Terhechte at the Forum, which frames younger filmmakers, both visit Brazil annually.
- John Hopewell
Director: Stephen Daldry; Screenwriter: Richard Curtis; Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15
Brazil has been thrust into the spotlight of late thanks to last year's World Cup and its forthcoming Olympic Games in 2016, but look past the sunny samba beat and you'll find a country overrun with corruption. It's this Brazil that provides the backdrop for Stephen Daldry's Trash, a fleet-footed adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel.
Daldry's film, adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis, follows three Rio street kids - Raphael, Gardo, and Rato - as they stumble across a wallet that leads them on an adventure that could pull them out of poverty. Hot on their heels are bent officials, led by cop Frederico Gonz (Selton Mello), who won't hesitate to turn violent in pursuit of their goal. The decay runs high up into Rio's authorities, »
It’s only a couple of days into 2015 and already fans have been treated to two major milestones on the TV calendar with the debuts of both Agent Carter and Lee Daniels’ Empire. To say those are the least of this year’s small screen goodies is an understatement: thanks to the successes of gigantic TV event shows over the past few years money has been flowing more steadily back to the supposedly lesser little brother of cinema, and the results are a packed roster of delights.
And the good news is it’s not all Ryan Seacrest and America’s Funniest Brain Injuries: even without the usually more eye-catching announcements of the Fall/Winter schedule, the strength of upcoming projects is simply phenomenal. Not only will superheroes make even more of an impact on the small screen and Netflix, but there will be massive returns for some »
- Simon Gallagher
11 items from 2015
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