18 items from 2015
Earlier this month, a report surfaced that Paramount's Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before the 2002 thriller The Ring, exploring the origins of Samara Morgan's reign of terror and how the deadly VHS tape was first created. Over the weekend, Rings director F. Javier Gutiérrez took to his Twitter account to confirm that his project is actually a sequel, set 13 years after the events of The Ring. The filmmaker also confirmed earlier today on his Twitter page that principal photography is starting today in Atlanta.
It's possible that Rings still may examine both Samara and the VHS tape's origins, but no story details have been confirmed, aside from where the movie is set within The Ring franchise timeline. The director has been posting several images to his Instagram account over the past few days, which confirm Samara Morgan's presence in the thriller, although we don't quite know »
It's hard to believe that it was 13 years ago when director Gore Verbinski lent his atmospheric touch to Japanese horror and brought The Ring to cinemas. That film brought mystery and some serious scares to PG-13 horror, and a sub-par sequel killed the potential franchise just as fast. The latest we've heard about the third Ring film was that it would be 3D and for those of you wondering how a VHS tape could do Any damage in today's society, the answer is that it »
- Sean Wist
While there has been some suggestion that it would wind up being either a spin-off or a reboot, it turns out that the recently announced addition to the Ring franchise, titled Rings, is actually going to be a prequel. According to Blooding Disgusting, Rings will be set before the actions of the 2002 American remake, while it will also have the added bonus of being a 3-D film too. Whether that.s actually a positive is still very much up for debate, though. The source also revealed that Rings will revolve around the years before the dreaded VHS tape was actually created, and it will explain how Samara was able to begin her spooky antics. The Ring was an American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror flick Ringu. Directed by Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.s Gore Verbinski - who used the success of this film to »
Thirteen years ago, Gore Verbinski tackled the inevitable Hollywood reboot of Japan’s hottest export at the time – The Ring. The original trilogy was a worldwide hit in spite of its cautionary narrative, which drove audiences away from plunging another videocassette into the Vcr. Nevertheless, Verbinski’s 2002 outing spawned another sequel – The Ring 2 – and recently, word has landed about yet another Westernized remake.
The cunningly-titled Rings hit headlines briefly last month. In a move that no-one saw coming (because no-one really knew the film was in development), F. Javier Gutierrez (formerly attached to helm the new Crow reboot) came forward as the film’s director alongside leading lady Matilda Lutz. Apart from the matter of their involvement, little has been announced regarding the actual plot.
Until today that is, as Bloody Disgusting’s Brad Biska delivered a chunk of new information concerning the forthcoming movie. Namely, the fact that »
- Gem Seddon
Back in January, we reported that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Rings, a continuation of The Ring franchise starring Italian actress Matilda Lutz. That report revealed that Rings will follow the same timeline established in the 2002 hit The Ring and its 2005 sequel The Ring Two, but with an all new cast. Today, a new report from Bloody-Disgusting reveals that Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before The Ring.
The Ring starred Naomi Watts as a woman trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious VHS video tape. Anyone who watches the tape turns up dead just seven days later. According to this report Rings will examine how the tape was created and delve into the origins of Samara's reign of terror. The site also reports that casting is currently under way, although it isn't known when production may begin. Back in January, Paramount handed out a November 13, 2015 release date, »
Suicide Squad: The Joker, Batman's most iconic villain, will not actually be making an appearance in Batman v Superman. His first stop in the new DC Comics movie universe will be in Suicide Squad, and actor Jared Leto has teased out a tiny bit about the role. First, he's having to gain a lot of weight for it, so don't expect a rail-thin Joker. Second, Leto called him a "nearly Shakespearean character" and a "beautiful disaster." [Hollywood Reporter] Gore Verbinski: The director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies has a new adventure comedy in the works. Sony Pictures has bought up a pitch that he's attached to direct about a transcontinental car race that's...
- Peter Hall
Following "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg eyed reteaming with Daniel Day-Lewis on "Thank You For Your Service," an adaptation of the book by David Finkel. It didn't come together with Spielberg going on helm his upcoming Cold War drama with Tom Hanks, and following that with "The B.F.G.," but it's still percolating. The Daily Mail reveals Jason Hall ("American Sniper") is writing the script from the book that details the true life struggles of soldiers returning from service from Iraq and Afghanistan, and chronicles their struggle to adapt back into regular life as they battle Ptsd and other disorders. Filming will apparently begin later this year. Here's one to file under: wtf. Deadline reports that Gore Verbinski (a bunch of "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies) has pitched Sony on a movie he will direct that's basically like "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" but with driverless cars helmed by competing software. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s […]
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- Germain Lussier
If you're getting sick of fast-paced racing flicks where there's drivers behind the wheel, then Sony Pictures might have the remedy (kind of). Deadline reports the studio that just struck a promising deal to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios has picked up a pitch being called "the Driverless Car Race pic" that will be written by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steve Conrad and directed by Pirates of the Caribbean franchise helmer Gore Verbinski. It's an action adventure that follows a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles that starts as a software competition but takes a comedic turn. Read on! While the race between these driver-less cars was set up in order to determine which software company would take the lead on the future of these game-changing vehicles, the competition ends up heading into It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World territory. The passengers placed inside these cars »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch from director Gore Verbinski and writer Steve Conrad for a project revolving around driverless cars. The comedy reunites the writer and director, who previously collaborated on The Weather Man and were set to make the North Korean-set Pyongyang, before 20th Century Fox pulled out in December. This new movie is currently untitled, but it is being called the Driverless Car Race for now.
The story is described as a large-scale action-adventure that centers on a transcontinental race with driverless cars. The race begins as a beta test between competing software companies that would spearhead a driverless car initiative, but it quickly takes an unexpected turn as these companies turn this test into a major race from Paris to Beijing. The plot centers on normal people who are passengers in these autonomous cars, who try to take control of the experiment as these vehicles go off-road and off the grid. »
Sony Pictures has picked up a pitch from director Gore Verbinski and writer Steve Conrad, who previously teamed on 2005's Nic Cage film "The Weather Man," for an untitled project which has been nicknamed "Driverless Car Race".
The story is described as a large-scale action-adventure that centers on a transcontinental race with driverless cars. Starting out as a beta test between competing software companies to spearhead a driverless car initiative, it quickly takes an unexpected turn as the test becomes a major race from Paris to Beijing.
The focus will be on the everyday people who are passengers in these autonomous cars who try to take control of the experiment as these vehicles go off-road and off the grid. In a statement, Verbinski says:
"Essentially, we are going to take the funniest comedic actors of this generation and slowly unleash them as we examine the very notion of 'passengers' who fundamentally cannot remain passive. »
- Garth Franklin
Though cars driving by themselves aren’t particularly mind-blowing nowadays thanks to the advances in technology and well, Knight Rider, Sony see it as the ideal vehicle (geddit?) for a movie idea. Coming from Deadline, reports are in that the the studio is heading onto the tarmac with writer Steve Conrad and director Gore Verbinski for a new comedy with no one behind the wheel.
Steering into It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-like territory the currently ‘Driverless Car Pic’ (working title, naturally) sees two leading companies in the automotive world go head to head with vehicles that don’t need any human input. Keen to show the other up, said parties set up a transcontinental trip that eventually sees the cars go a bit out of control and off the route, with passengers inside each vehicle keen to take control. Laughs are had, cars are dented and someone nearly drives into a cow, »
- Nicholas Staniforth
New Regency may have cancelled Gore Verbinski's North Korea-set thriller starring Steve Carell, but The Lone Ranger director has several other projects in the works, and Sony has just picked one of them up. Deadline is reporting that the studio has acquired an untitled pitch from screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man), with Verbinski set to direct. While the film doesn't have a title yet, it's being referred to as the Driverless »
- Jesse Giroux
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch that Steve Conrad will write and Gore Verbinski will direct. It’s untitled but is being called the Driverless Car Race pic. It’s a large scale action adventure comedy that’s best described as a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles. The race originates as a beta test to vet competing software companies that would take the lead on futuristic driver-less vehicles, but it all takes an It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, M… »
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise marches on, with the Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon Tiki) directed fifth installment beginning production today, and the title of the latest entry has been officially revealed as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. A bit of a mouth full, but it does remind of Gore Verbinski's wonderfully weird original trilogy of Pirates movies more than the disappointing On Stranger Tides. The similarities to the first three movies continues with the official synopsis, which brings back the supernatural element missing from the fourth installment: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of »
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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
Fleming: I just can’t get past that a superb Super Bowl shaping up as one for the ages fell off the cliff so abruptly. Seahawks down by four, little over a minute left, both teams with timeouts. A miracle catch by Seattle by Jermaine Kearse who’d fallen on the ground. Seattle hands to the best goal line back in football, and Marshawn Lynch gets to the half yard line. I’m already thinking he scores on the next run, Seattle kicks off and Tom Brady, now down by three, has to race the Patriots up 40 yard for the game tying kick and overtime. No! Instead Seahawks coach Pete Carroll okays Russell Wilson to pass into the teeth of the Patriot defense. »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
In the wake of the hike from 20% to 30% in the rate of the Trip international tax rebate scheme, effective from Jan. 1, 2016, Film France expects major growth in international shoots in France.
In terms of international visibility, France benefits from the fact that it’s the world’s leading tourism destination. Landmark monuments such as the Eiffel Tower benefit from instant recognition amongst billions of people around the world.
This means that when foreign shoots are looking for maximum marketing synergies from their foreign production spend, scenes shot in France, in particular Paris, are sure to be included in both the film itself and in the trailer.
The seven-strong team at Film France has two main fields of activity – helping foreign productions shoot »
- Martin Dale
London — For more than three decades, foreign countries lined up to see American-made films with big stars and directors, plenty of noisy spectacle and the latest hi-tech innovations from CGI to 3D. Hollywood became one of the America’s leading exporters and an attractive global investment target. And if its U.S.-centric happy endings came at the expense of Russians, Chinese, or Middle East villains, too bad.
Cut to the New Now. DVD revenues flattened. Swing-for-the-fences movies, the ones that can generate $1 billion in global ticket sales, became astronomically expensive, Every studio is owned by a global conglomerate whose fortunes fluctuate. All of them impose tight fiscal restrictions which work in some industries but strangle a creative business traditionally known for excess. Domestic box office has become a smaller piece of a movie’s P&L each year, as non-u.S. ticket sales today account for 70% of business and climbing. »
- Ali Jaafar
18 items from 2015
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