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From the outset, David Fincher has honed a very distinctive visual style. Gritty and visceral, yet clean and precise, his back catalogue is very impressive. From Fight Club and Seven to The Social Network and Gone Girl, he has managed to make films that are both high quality and that people love. Yet they often also cost a lot of money and, due to the often uncompromising nature of his films, studios can be reluctant to give him exactly what he wants. The inevitable result is that differences become irreconcilable and projects collapse.
Below we look at some of the projects that have fallen by the wayside.
The story about fans of an obscure underground comic book who find themselves embroiled in a »
Austrian actress Susanne Wuest galvanized international audiences at the Venice Festival last year in horror pic “Goodnight Mommy.” Since then, the 35-year-old thesp had more than half a dozen projects either in the can or on her agenda, including Gore Verbinski’s horror-mystery “A Cure for Wellness,” which she’s currently filming.
First Act: Wuest grew up in rural Austria, with no TV in the home, she says. “When my parents took me to the theater for the first time, it was overwhelming, and I saw that’s what I wanted to do. It didn’t make them very happy!”
Fearless Flier: After high school, Wuest joined Vienna’s Volkstheater. “When you are 18 or 19, you have such faith in things. I just showed up and asked to work there, and they took me in. But it’s not something I would do now,” she laughs. She’s worked with top Austrian directors, »
- Carole Horst
Hit the deck! Rat-a-tat-tat!! These are the sounds of a cinema staple, the gangster genre. From the early silent days, “thugs with dirty mugs” were the source of many a “hit” at the box office, of course. Soon after the Brothers Warner began their studio, they quickly became the premiere producers of these “blood and thunder” morality plays, featuring a “murderers’ row” of movie icons headed by James Cagney, Edward G Robertson, and Humphrey Bogart. In the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, these thrillers often merged with the biography genre with the stories of real-life 20’s and 30’s criminals like John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, and Clyde Barrow, and, the big man himself, “Scarface” Al Capone. With the phenomenal success of The Godfather, these “public enemies” were back in vogue, continuing even to this day. Now the Warners are back in the true tale gangster biz, but they’re »
- Jim Batts
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Funds Mdm and Fff Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
New films by Gore Verbinski, Steve Barron and Margarethe von Trotta are among the projects backed with more than $9.4m (€8.6m) by two German regional funds, Mdm and Fff Bayern, in their latest funding sessions.
Mdm stumped up $437,000 (€400,000) production support for Verbinski’s horror film A Cure For Wellness, which wraps shooting today (July 24) at the Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg’s Hechingen, the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern.
The cast for the production by Blind Wink Productions, New Regency and Studio Babelsberg includes Dane deHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, and 20th Century Fox is planning a Us theatrical release in September 2016.
A Cure For Wellness is the third major international project co-produced by Studio Babelsberg this year after serving as a partner on Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, and for the fifth season of the Us series Homeland »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
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, »
Cannes — In 2015, it's much easier to tell which company produced an animated movie as opposed to who directed it. That’s a tad disheartening considering how much energy the studios behind these films exert trying to nudge their directors into the spotlight. For instance, you can immediately tell a Pixar film by its character design and a story that almost always has a life message it wants to tell (which you can predictably see a mile away, for better or worse). Walt Disney Animation has soared in recent years by blissfully keeping the movie musical alive or finding the heartstrings in action-packed adventures. DreamWorks Animation films skew toward broad, interactive 3D animation that overshadows their peers and a sense of humor that can often appeal more to adults than kids (at times). Laika’s gorgeous stop-motion work has the quirky, dark corner completely covered. The artists at Universal’s Illumination »
- Gregory Ellwood
While he can bring pretty much any character to life, Jason Isaacs is often at his best when he gets to be bad. Gore Verbinski has realised that, casting the actor in his supernatural horror pic A Cure For Wellness.Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe – who worked with Verbinski on The Lone Ranger – is on script duty for this one, which focuses on a young man (DeHaan) sent to fetch his boss from a therapeutic institute nestled in the Swiss Alps. But while he’s there, his boss disappears and he has to extend his stay at the place. Which is when he realises he’s actually trapped and starts to uncover the dark secrets lurking around the hallways. Mia Goth is co-starring in the film, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Isaacs will be the aristocratic director of the institute, a man who has dark ideas for her character. »
Gore Verbinski is returning to horror. 13 years after The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker is toning down the blockbuster spectacle for a supernatural scare film set at a wellness spa. Dane DeHaan and the incredibly named Mia Goth are set to star, with Jason Isaacs newly added as the villain. In A Cure for Wellness, DeHaan will…
The post A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs Joins Verbinski’s Horror Return appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The story follows an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European 'wellness spa.' He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.
Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man with dark designs on a patient (Goth). Filming begins in Europe in June.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Jason Isaacs has signed on to play the villain in Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror project A Cure for Wellness. Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth are starring in the New Regency feature project, which tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European "wellness spa." He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients. Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man who has dark designs on a patient (Goth). Production is slated to start in
- Borys Kit
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
If a '70s road trip adventure with Karl Rove and Lee Atwater is what you like to see at the multiplex, get ready. The long-delayed Young Americans, previously titled College Republicans and Young Republicans, has now come together with Kill Your Darlings stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan reuniting with both one another and director John Krokidas to play Atwater and Rove, respectively. With StarStream Media committed to produce and finance, and Xyz Films selling the movie at Cannes, Young Americans tells the true story of two ambitious college buddies who go on a road trip cross-country and "tarnish the American dream one state at a time." They travel from "the South all the way to the White House in a crash course of dirty tricks and politics." DeHaan's Rove is portrayed as "the straight-laced and ambitious student who was running for the head of the College Republicans" and »
- Will Ashton
It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.
Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds
It’s an inevitable »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Joss Whedon's tired. There is a certain kind of fatigue that is particular to the directors of these giant mega-budget high stakes sequels, and if you end up talking to one of those directors, you can see it in their eyes. They're zombies. I remember talking to Gore Verbinski near the end of the third "Pirates" film, and it was like he was having an out of body experience. Because Whedon's tired, he's been candid about some of the speed bumps they experienced making the new "Avengers" film. He's spoken in the past few days about the decision to bring Coulson back to life after "The Avengers," the things he regrets about "Agents Of Shield," and more. When I sat down to speak with him a few days after seeing the film, I told him that I wanted to ask about an amazing sequence that was in the original »
- Drew McWeeny
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
We learned at the tail end of last year that Gore Verbinski (The Ring) is returning to horror with a film titled A Cure for Wellness, and at the time we promised we’d have more info real soon. That day… Continue Reading →
The post Gore Verbinski Finds A Cure for Wellness; First Casting Details appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
There was a time before The Lone Ranger and Pirates of the Caribbean when Gore Verbinski was known not as Disney’s go-to director for big-budget bores, but rather as the exciting helmer behind excellent horror remake The Ring. Now, he’s attempting to regain some of that credibility by taking on a small-scale supernatural horror pic at New Regency called A Cure for Wellness, and to aid him in that pursuit, Verbinski is calling on the talents of Kill Your Darlings star Dane DeHaan and on-the-rise actress Mia Goth.
DeHaan will star as a man who is sent to Europe in order to retrieve his boss from a “wellness spa,” only to become trapped in the facility and realize that its staff members have a far more nefarious goal than simply improving the health of their patients.
Goth, meanwhile, is in negotiations to take on the supporting role of »
- Isaac Feldberg
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