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Sean Penn is poised for action in The Gunman. The actioner finds Penn in the hands of director Pierre Morel (Taken) as a former military contractor and solder who just wants to retire happily, only to learn that shadowy forces just won't let him go. And now you know exactly when you can get to see Sean Penn wreck some fools on the big screen. Open Road has announced February 20th, 2015 to be the release date for The Gunman, putting it in the same early year period that made Taken a hit. The movie is based on the book The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette, with a script from Pete Travis (Dredd) and Don MacPherson (1998's The Avengers). Co-starring in the film are Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca and Mark Rylance. Somehow, Luc Besson is not involved with this. This release date pits the film directly against »
While Urban could not confirm that a sequel to Pete Travis and Alex Garland's 2012 comic book movie would happen, he seemed optimistic and told attendees to turn to Kickstarter to help get it off the ground.
He promised that he would not turn down a return to the role if it was offered.
Urban spoke about Garland asking him how he felt about acting through the entire film without taking off his helmet.
"Mate, I wouldn't be sitting here reading the script with you if Dredd removed his mask," he claimed to have told the filmmaker.
Dredd failed to gain traction in the Us box office but has gone on to be »
Though today marks the opening of Cannes, it’s one of the features that’s closing the festival which has since piqued our interests, as HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be at a special event hosted by the BBC, where they unveiled their new slate, with poignant drama Pride set to close the director’s fortnight at the prestigious, annual film festival.
That’s not all the BBC wanted to discuss, as Christine Langan, the Head of BBC Films, was thrilled to announce that they will be collaborating once more with Alan Bennett, reuniting the team behind The History Boys to bring us The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.
Langan commented, “Our ambition is to be a creative hub enabling exciting British filmmakers to tell their stories. From Pride at Cannes through to today announcing The Lady in The Van with Alan Bennett, BBC Films »
- Stefan Pape
Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher and starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films. BBC Films will continue their collaboration with playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett on the adaptation of his celebrated memoir "The Lady in the Van." This will reunite BBC Films with Bennett, Oscar-nominated in 1995 for "The Madness of King George," for the first time as a writer since "History Boys" in 2006. Starring Alex Jennings (as Bennett), "Lady" is based on his experiences with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a vagrant who lived in his driveway for 15 years, and it's directed by Nicholas Hytner. Director Pete Travis' "City of Tiny Lights" will also be produced by BBC Films. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, and written by Patrick Neate from his own novel, the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — BBC Films has boarded “The Lady in the Van,” which reunites the team behind “The History Boys.” The pic, which is an adaptation of playwright Alan Bennett’s memoir, will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Producers are Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Hytner.
BBC Films also has revealed that it will be producing “City of Tiny Lights” with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, the film will be directed by Pete Travis, and adapted by Patrick Neate from his novel of the same name.
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers.
The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.
Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.
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Heading into the Cannes market, Open Road Films has scooped up all U.S. rights to the political actioner "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn and directed by Pierre Morel ("Taken," "Transporter"). Even philanthropists have to collect a payday once in a while, so Penn seems to be following the Liam Neeson playbook--but has attracted a stellar ensemble around him including Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. Adapted by Pete Travis from leftist Jean-Patrick Manchette’s noir novel "The Prone Gunman," the Euro-thriller follows a former special forces mercenary suffering from Ptsd (Penn) who wants to reconnect with his longtime flame (Jasmine Trinca)-- who has a husband (Bardem). Unfortunately various opponents are tracking our anti-hero as runs from Barcelona to London. The Studiocanal-financed big-budgeter was produced by Penn, Joel Silver and Andrew Rona and executive produced by Adrian Guerra and Peter »
- Anne Thompson
Though 2012′s comic book adaptation Dredd earned critical raves and a rabid fan following, it basically tanked at the box office, never even breaking even on its $45 million budget. However, fans banded together to launch the Make A Dredd Sequel campaign, which is still going strong. Home video sales have been huge as well, so many believe that Dredd 2 isn’t dead yet.
Last month, Karl Urban uploaded a YouTube response, thanking fans for their support and revealing that sequel talks were actually happening between the studio, Urban, writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis. The announcement overjoyed fans, many of whom jumped to the conclusion that a Dredd sequel was close to becoming a reality. Now, unfortunately, producer Adi Shankar is raining on their parade.
In a conversation with DweebCast, Shankar said:
I’m going to tread lightly here. I feel like Karl made a small statement that got »
- Isaac Feldberg
Star Wars Last week, rumors began circulating that J.J. Abrams might be revisiting some of the classic environments of the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII, namely the ice planet Hoth and the desert planet Tatooine. Now, THR is adding some weight to at least half of that rumor by reporting that a "source" inside the production has revealed that Abrams is building a "re-creation of Tatooine." Abrams is a self-avowed devotee of the original movies and the entire Skywalker storyline revolves around the desert planet so this seems like one slam-dunk of a rumor.
Far less certain is the recent rumor that a virtual unknown has landed a major role in the new trilogy. Again, THR is out in front of this rumor, placing Oxford-educated actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers "in line to nab" a key role, possibly as the Jedi daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. So far, the »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Don’t give up, Dreddheads! Though 2012′s Dredd didn’t exactly take off at the box office (grossing only around $13 million in the U.S. and $36 million worldwide), the film was a massive hit with fans of the iconic comic-book antihero, and those same fans are still loudly clamoring for a sequel, organizing campaigns to boost sales of the home release and even pulling together a graphic novel sequel.
Now, Karl Urban, who starred as the titular Judge, is pitching in with a video aimed directly at that devoted fanbase. Though the video is brief, Urban reveals that “we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” most certainly referring to writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis, in addition to himself and others involved with Dredd. Check it out below:
Though the film’s box office numbers probably should have killed sequel talk immediately, the impressive praise that »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 2012 remake of Dredd wasn’t a big hit financially but critically, and among fans, it was revered. Since its release, fans have clamored for a sequel, starting Facebooks and even an online petition. Star Karl Urban, writer Alex Garland, director Pete Travis and others have all expressed interest in continuing the franchise but, unfortunately, they […]
- Germain Lussier
News Ryan Lambie 5 Mar 2014 - 08:43
The Raid 2: Berandal is out next month, and it's already being touted as a great action film. But while the fame of both the series and those involved in it continue to rise, American production company Screen Gems has been working away on an English-language remake of The Raid, having snapped up the rights shortly after it screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
When it was released back in 2012, Dredd 3D did not have a great showing at the box office, taking in an abysmal $13.4 million domestically and $22.2 million in international markets for a worldwide total of $35.6 million. Despite these numbers, the comic book adaptation starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd was well-received by critics and fans alike, many of whom have been clamoring for a sequel. During a recent press conference in Germany, Karl Urban revealed that a follow-up may actually happen.
The actor said that "conversations" are currently ongoing between Lionsgate and screenwriter Alex Garland. While he agreed that the box office performance was poor, he added that the studio has taken note that the movie has found an audience on Blu-ray and DVD.
To celebrate the release of Stalingrad, the first war film shot completely in 3D, we’ve taken a look through some of our favourites!
One of the stand-out 3D films has to be Dredd. The film which, in a way, is a reboot, stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. The film feels like Robocop mixed with The Raid, and is full of blood, guts and grit, something which was sorely lacking in Sylvester Stallone’s camp nineties outing. Although the film didn’t receive a particularly high box-office (though it’s worth remembering that it was an 18 and therefore a lot of potential audience is lost), the film has come into it’s own since it’s home entertainment release. Fans of the original source material were also happy that Urban’s Judge Dredd managed to keep the iconic helmet on for the »
- Dan Bullock
In the wake of Ma-Ma's death, other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are moving into the power vacuum, trying to fill the gap in the market left by the Slo-Mo drug. When a corpse dump is discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth?
It's fair to say that 2012's Dredd took a lot of people by surprise. Many felt burned by the mid-90s big screen effort and the movie's untimely release meant that it came out shortly after The Raid, a film which it shares a lot in common with. As such, not many people saw it. However as word of mouth spread, the movie started gaining some traction with DVD and Blu-Ray sales climbing and the »
15 items from 2014
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