5 items from 2013
Lilo & Stitch is, in effect, this generation’s Dumbo.
Having lost money on previous films The Emperor’S New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, CEO Michael Eisner decided their next film would have a much smaller scale, a move inspired by the little pachyderm, and it worked.
Lilo & Stitch was in fact the first animated feature to use watercolour-painted backgrounds since Dumbo and hand-drawn (if computer-coloured) cells. A conscious effort was made to give it a warmer,old-fashioned look, dispensing with the “Deep Canvas” technique used in Tarzan, Atlantis and it’s immediate followup Treasure Planet, and having a minimum number of shots using either a “multiplane” or “3D camera” effect. This decision required a lot of background artists to be trained in the technique.
The lead character, Stitch, had been created some fifteen years earlier by head storyboard artist Chris Sanders »
- Rob Burch
In Seventh Son, Jeff Bridges plays Master Gregory, a gruff knight who has spent centuries protecting the ancient world from malicious supernatural forces. When the most powerful witch he has ever imprisoned, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), returns to unleash her fury upon the land, Gregory must hurry and train young Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) – the seventh son of a seventh son – so that he may fulfill his destiny: become humanity’s new defender against the many dangerous creatures, sorceresses and specters waiting to strike.
The film is based on the first book in author Joseph Delaney’s The Wardstone Chronicles, titled “The Spook’s Apprentice,” and was adapted for the screen by Max Borenstein (he co-wrote the upcoming Godzilla reboot). Rounding out the cast are solid character actors like Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), Djimon Honsou (The Tempest), Jason Scott ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Universal are planning to reboot Timecop. Destined for another big screen outing, this time producers Mark Shmuger and Tom McNulty are developing the time travel actioner under the Global Produce label.
Based on a story by Dark Horse Comics, Timecop was originally introduced as a three part tale in an anthology. The 1994 adaptation was penned by the comic’s creators Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Directed by Perer Hyams and starring Jean Claude Van Damme as the time enforcement officer, the flick follows the Timecop as he solves crime across the ages. Ron Silver played the dirty politician Van Damme brought down in that first adaptation.
THR stated that Universal are on the hunt for writers for what will be “a re-imagining of the concept.” News first broke back in 2010 about Universal’s desire for a new Timecop franchise. At that time the project »
- Gem Seddon
I was never a huge fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s output but I do have a soft spot for a trio of his frankly ridiculous actioners. John Woo’s bonkers Hard Target was highly entertaining thanks to some silly set-pieces and a hammed-up Lance Henriksen. The brilliant and underrated Powers Boothe, also on villain duties, raised Peter Hyams’ Sudden Death into something fairly watchable, while a re-teaming with Hyams with The Muscles From Brussels on an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic-book Timecop by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden, brought my favourite bout of Van Dammage, in part due to a fascinating concept and a slimy Ron Silver (you see a theme here).
The 1994 sci-fi thriller also spawned a woeful Stv sequel (led by Jason Scott Lee), as well as a short-lived television series but Universal Pictures believe now is the time to resurrect the promising premise of the »
- Craig Hunter
The 1994 sci-fi action-thriller Timecop is getting the reboot treatment at Universal Pictures. The studio is seeking writers to craft a completely re-imagined concept and story. Marc Shmuger (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) and Tom McNulty (The Watch) are producing.
Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the original as a security company agent who regulates time travel. He tangles with a corrupt politician (Ron Silver) with ties to his past. Jean-Claude Van Damme will not be a part of this project.
The original is based on the Dark Horse Comics series created by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Mike Richardson went on to produce films such as Hellboy, 30 Days of Night, and R.I.P.D., while Mark Verheiden has made his mark on the small screen, producing shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Falling Skies. There is no word whether they will be involved in the reboot.
Timecop also spawned a »
5 items from 2013
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