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18 items from 2014


3 of the Greatest Book to Movie Adaptations

10 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…

American Psycho

Author, Bret Easton Ellis.

Screenplay, Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner.

Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.

And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »

- Gary Collinson

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With announcements for 'Executioner' and Remo Williams, Hollywood seems crazy for pulp

25 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »

- Drew McWeeny

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Shane Black bringing Remo Williams back to the screen with The Destroyer

25 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In 1985, MGM brought former cop turned government agent Remo Williams to the screen with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (a.k.a. Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous), hoping to launch a franchise based upon Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of pulp novels with Fred Ward (Tremors) in the lead role.

While that effort failed to take off, it looks like Sony is looking to give the character another chance at big screen success, with Deadline revealing that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) has signed on to direct The Destroyer from a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, co-author of several books in the series.

“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film,” said Charles Roven (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), who will serve as producer. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shane Black to Direct The Destroyer for Sony Pictures

22 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Art by Lee Weeks

Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has signed on to direct a film project for Sony Pictures called The Destroyer, which is based on an adventure book series. Black also recently signed on to direct a Predator sequel for Fox, Doc Savage for Columbia Pictures, and also a film at Warner Bros. called Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The director is definitely keeping himself busy. The movie will be written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, who is the author of the books. Here's a description of the story and characters:

Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out »

- Joey Paur

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Iron Man 3's Shane Black directing Sony spy thriller The Destroyer

22 August 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Shane Black has signed on to direct Sony Pictures' The Destroyer.

The Iron Man 3 director will bring the Remo Williams novels back to the big screen, reports Deadline.

Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir launched the long running series of novels about the secret Us operative in 1971.

The script was penned by Fight Club writer Jim Uhls in collaboration with James Mullaney. Mullaney has previously written books for the Destroyer series.

The series revolves around a Newark cop (Remo Williams), who is framed and sentenced to death. His execution is faked and he is enlisted as an assassin for Cure, a secret agency operating outside the law that was founded by President Kennedy.

Black is also working on the Doc Savage film, which is based on the classic stories of the pulp hero.

The Destroyer series was previous adapted into the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. »

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Shane Black to direct The Destroyer

22 August 2014 12:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Shane Black's on board to direct an adaptation of the adventure book series The Destroyer, with Fight Club's Jim Uhls on script duties...

Since the blockbusting success of Iron Man 3, Shane Black has found himself well and truly back on top in the fickle corridors of Hollywood. So much so that not only is he currently in the throes of making his next film - noir-ish thriller The Nice Guys, which sounds like a welcome throwback to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - but he also has two other high-profile projects in the works.

You might recall that these are an adaptation of Doc Savage for DC, and also a new Predator movie, which he's going to write with his old Monster Squad friend Fred Dekker.

As if all that wasn't enough for Black to be thinking about, it's now being reported that the screenwriter-turned director is also »

- ryanlambie

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Shane Black To Helm 'The Destroyer' For Sony Pictures

21 August 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution.  The reason?  To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government.  Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to "clean up" and take out those who oppose America’s interests.  The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Shane Black Will Direct ‘The Destroyer’ and We Desperately Hope He Includes Some Were-Tigers

21 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Shane Black has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for bringing relevance to the extremely irrelevant. When did anyone talk about Doc Savage before Black got his hands on it? The same goes for Predator. That ingeniously designed Stan Winston beastie had been reduced to TV movie-like blandness after four sequels that no one cared about even a little. Yet now that Black has his sights on the Predator, we’re all, oooooooohh, this has potential! Does Black have the time to rejuvenate all the franchises your dad (or grandpa) is so very fond of? Who cares! Let’s just throw another one on the pile and see what happens. That’s the strategy Sony has apparently taken, as they’ve commissioned The Destroyer from adapting writers Jim Uhls and James Mullaney (one of the many authors of the “Destroyer” book series). Now, according to Deadline, they’re handing that script to Black and instructing him to run »

- Adam Bellotto

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'The Destroyer' Gets 'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black

21 August 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Almost 30 years after Fred Ward starred as the title character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Sony Pictures is bringing this New Jersey cop back to life with a new adaptation of The Destroyer, which will be directed by Shane Black. Take a look at Sony's official press release below, then read on for more details.

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney. Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steve Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. »

- MovieWeb

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Shane Black joins Sony’s The Destroyer

21 August 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Iron Man 3 director is on board the adaptation of the novels about a former police officer who gets signed up to a secret government arm.

Jim Uhls of Fight Club fame will write the screenplay to what is being described as an adventure with “rapid-fire capers full of slick banter, social satire, and sudden violence.”

Charles Roven, Steven Chasman and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Chasman is Jason Statham’s manager however there was no word on casting at time of writing.

Black is currently attached to co-write and direct the pulp crime adaptation Doc Savage. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Iron Man 3′ Director Shane Black on Sony’s ‘Destroyer’

21 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has tapped “Iron Man 3″ director Shane Black to helm its adventure-action movie “The Destroyer.”

The project is based on the book series of the same name originally written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. Jim Uhls (“Fight Club”) and James Mullaney are writing the screenplay.

The series centers on a New Jersey cop who’s framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution in order to serve as enforcement for a top-secret arm of the U.S. government.

Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer on “The Destroyer” books until the series’ end in 2008.

Producers are Charles Roven, Steven Chasman and Andy Horwitz. Sony production president Michael De Luca will oversee with Lauren Abrahams for the studio.

“ ‘The Destroyer’ is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” De Luca said.

Black is currently attached to co-write and direct “Doc Savage” for Sony. »

- Dave McNary

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Shane Black Will Direct The Destroyer

21 August 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Shane Black, the energetic helmer behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, has been tapped by Sony Pictures to direct The Destroyer, an adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy.

In the long-running paperback series, which was last adapted into a 1985 film starring Fred Ward, Newark cop Remo Williams is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death. However, instead of executing Williams, the government fakes his death so as to train him as an assassin. Going to work for the clandestine U.S. agency Cure, Williams teams with Asian assassin Chiun and begins a long career of taking down evildoers across the globe.

Jim Uhls (Fight Club) penned the script with James Mullaney, who first co-authored entries in the Destroyer series then became the sole author until it ended in 2008.

Between The Destroyer and the recently announced Mack Bolan, men’s »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Shane Black to Direct The Destroyer Adaptation for Sony

21 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It was pretty much a given that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black would have some heat coming off of directing the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, but the guy is amassing a seriously stacked docket of upcoming projects.  The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer.  Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney.  The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the Us government called Cure.  The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce. Hit the jump for more on The Destroyer movie and Black’s current slate of upcoming projects. In addition to The Destroyer, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Shane Black To Direct "The Destroyer"

21 August 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Shane Black ("Iron Man 3," "Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang") has been hired to direct "The Destroyer" for Sony Pictures. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club") and James Mullaney have penned the adaptation of Warren Murphy's adventure book series.

The story follows New Jersey cop Remo Williams, a man sentenced to death and then resurrected following a botched execution. He now works for the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency Cure.

Teaming with an Asian assassin, together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America's interests. The books blend suspense, Eastern mysticism, and darkly comic capers.

Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Fred Ward previously played the character in a 1985 movie.

In a statement Roven says: "Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. [We] couldn't be more fortunate to be »

- Garth Franklin

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Iron Man 3 Helmer Shane Black to Direct The Destroyer

21 August 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of "The Destroyer" until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment. »

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Sony Pictures Taps ‘Iron Man 3′ Helmer Shane Black To Direct ‘The Destroyer’

21 August 2014 10:54 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls’ scripted adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that will give framed New Jersey cop Remo Williams another shot at a movie franchise. Uhls wrote the script with James Mullaney, who co-authored books in the series and became the sole writer of The Destroyer series until it ended in 2008. The film will be produced by Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Williams was a Newark cop until he was framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. He is given a second lease on life serving in the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency Cure. Williams teams with the Asian assassin Chiun and together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America’s interests. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Shane Black will direct the return of Remo Williams in The Destroyer

21 August 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Rejoice fans! Remo Williams is returning to the big screen! Sony Pictures announced today that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black will direct the big budget adaptation of The Destroyer, the novel series starring Remo Williams! Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins was the sole outing for the action hero. Since 1985, fans have been clamoring for the return of the character to cinemas. While Fred Ward may be too old to headline, Shane Black and Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls will do their »

- Alex Maidy

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Comic-Con 2014: David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk to Talk about Adapting Fight Club

14 July 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This October will mark the 15th anniversary of David Fincher's brilliant film Fight Club.  Although Fincher had impressed audiences with Seven and also had a cult hit with The Game, he took his style to the next level with Fight Club—a daring, irreverent, and influential film that came out of Chuck Palahnuik's terrific novel.  It should be noted that the book fell under the umbrella of "un-adaptable", but Fincher and screenwriter Jim Uhls made it work without losing the flavor or even much of the plot. Comic-Con has announced that Fincher, Palahniuk, and Doubleday executive editor Gerald Howard will be in attendance to talk about how they brought the book to the screen.  There will also be "special guests", and while I'm sure some are already thinking about the stars, I'm wondering why Uhls isn't on the panel.  Whatever the case may be, I'm going to try my best to make this. »

- Matt Goldberg

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