16 items from 2011
by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
From 1428 films and the crew who brought you the Friday the 13th documentary His Name was Jason, Never Sleep Again is the mammoth four hour documentary that details the Nightmare on Elm Street series, warts and all.
Wonderfully narrated by Heather Langenkamp (Who portrayed Nancy from Nightmare 1 and 3), and featuring unique interviews with over 100 cast and crew members spanning all eight films, this documentary is an informative and detailed look at the making of each film in the series, covering the origins of Freddy himself to the oddball entry Freddy Vs. Jason to the short-lived television series Freddy’s Nightmares.
The impressive interviews are insightful, revealing, candid and very captivating, covering the likes of on-set clashes, production stories and hiccups and discussions on that intriguing homoerotic subtext from Nightmare II.
There are just too much great stories here that even the most die-hard fan are »
David Cronenberg has two new films in the can and at least one heading to Tiff and now we have news of his upcoming project. Personally Cronenberg is my favourite director of all time, one of the reasons why our podcast was originally titled The Naked Lunch. While some people were a bit disappointed with Eastern Promises (looking at you Simon Howell), I felt it was one of the filmmaker’s strongest works. There were rumours that his next project would be the follow up to that, but now it seems Cronenberg has chosen something else and will be adapting a film based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem, As She Climbed Across The Table. The book is a satirical science fiction story set on the campus of fictional Beauchamp University in Northern California. Particle physicist Alice Coombs rooms with Philip Engstrand, an anthropologist researching conflicts between and within disciplines. »
A while back, it was revealed that director David Cronenberg would be making his way through his slate, which would include an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel As She Climbed Across The Table. However, the trail on that project had went cold for some time. But now, it’s gotten and oddly intriguing shot right into the arm.
Deadline is reporting that writer Bruce Wagner, best known for films like A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and episodes of Tracey Ullman’s State Of The Union, will be penning the film. Cronenberg and Wagner have worked together before, with the former producing the latter’s directorial debut I’m Losing You, and while Wagner does have a spotty CV, there is something oddly interesting about that fact.
The film follows a physicist whose relationships begin to fail due to a growing obsession with The Lack, a vacuum »
- Joshua Brunsting
David Cronenberg's planned adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's1997 sci-fi novel As She Climbed Across the Table has been picked up by Media Rights Capital. The company acquired the rights to the book as part of a package which also has Bruce Wagner as screenwriter and Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch as producers, Deadline reports. It first emerged last year that Cronenberg was attached to (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
It's more than a year since we heard the initial rumblings of David Cronenberg working on an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel As She Climbed Across the Table. Since then there's been silence, but it's just been broken with the news that Media Rights Capital (Elysium) have picked up the package, with Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch producing, and Bruce Wagner writing the screenplay.Lethem's novel involves a physicist, Alice, creating a "nothingness" called The Lack. And if that sounds like it precludes Viggo Mortensen starring, fear not! He can play Philip, whose obsession with Alice matches Alice's addiction to her discovery. It's a weird love triangle between two physicists and a black hole (They can use that as a tag-line on the poster, but we want a credit).Wagner's CV would seem to make him an odd fit for a Cronenberg project. He wrote Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, »
Media Rights Capital has acquired the film rights to Jonathan Lethem's dark comedy thriller novel "As She Climbed Across the Table" and is packaging it as a vehicle for David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises") to direct reports Deadline.
The novel is a love triangle between an academic, his particle-physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that comes as the result of her lab experiments to replicate the origins of the universe.
The physicist dumps her boyfriend to spend all her time with the black hole and the university professor will do anything to win her back, even confronting his rival for her affections.
- Garth Franklin
Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) is in negotiations to direct a Short Circuit remake for Dimension Films. Hill is replacing Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr. Hill will supervise a new script adapted from the 1986 film in which a robot named Johnny 5 was built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon. He develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning and befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family with the military in hot pursuit. [Deadline]
David Cronenberg will see A Dangerous Method hit the Toronto and Venice Festival circuit this month and next, he's busy working on Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti and now Media Rights Capital has made a preemptive acquisition of the Jonathan Lethem novel "As She Climbed Across The Table," in a package that has Cronenberg directing and Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) writing. »
- Brad Brevet
While it's hard to tell how much horror might be involved from the description, anytime David Cronenberg gets involved in a project, our ears perk up so we had to share the news that he's been tapped by Media Rights Capital to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel As She Climbed Across the Table. Read on for the details.
According to Deadline, Mrc made the acquisition in a package that has Cronenberg (pictured, right) directing, Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) writing, and Film Rights' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch producing.
The novel is a love triangle among an academic, his particle physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that forms as the result of her lab experiments to replicate the origins of the universe. The physicist dumps her boyfriend to spend all her time with the black hole--which she calls Lack--and the university professor »
- The Woman In Black
Cronenberg is back in business. He's already finished with his anticipated fall drama A Dangerous Method and just finished shooting Cosmopolis, so what's next for David Cronenberg? Well, Deadline is reporting he's attached to another project, an adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across the Table that Media Rights Capital has preemptively acquired. Writer Bruce Wagner (Showtime's "State of the Union") is adapting the script that is part comedic, part thriller about a female physicist who creates a black hole and "dumps her boyfriend" to devote all her time to working on said black hole. Perfect for Cronenberg. The 1997 novel is about a love triangle that narrator Phillip Engstrand, a university professor, gets into with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist engaged in a bold attempt to "replicate the origins of the universe." The result of the experiment is "Lack", a very selective black hole that sucks some »
- Alex Billington
It would seem that David Cronenberg has absolutely no desire to sit on a couch and relax for any extended length of time. While the filmmaker hasn't released a film since 2007, the last year has kept him quite busy. While we're still waiting for the arrival of A Dangerous Method - which, sadly, still doesn't have a release date - the director has been hard at work on Cosmopolis, the Don DeLillo adaptation starring Robert Pattinson. But while that movie is still in post-production, Cronenberg has already chosen his next project. According to Deadline, Media Rights Capital has acquired the rights to the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across the Table and David Cronenberg is currently attached to direct. Bruce Wagner wrote the adaptation of the story, which centers on a love triangle between "an academic, his particle-physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that comes as the result of »
Media Rights Capital has acquired the rights to Jonathan Lethem’s slightly insane novel As She Climbed Across the Table. We reported last year that David Cronenberg is directing (a fact I previously failed to remember), and now Deadline reports that Mrc has acquired the package with Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) writing the screenplay. Steven Zaillian and Garrett Basch are producing. The story centers on a love triangle between a university professor, his particle physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that results from her experiments attempting to replicate the origins of the universe. The professor’s girlfriend spurns him in favor of the black hole (which she’s named “Lack”), and the academic risks being sucked into the metaphysical rabbit hole in order to win her back. While the premise is decidedly strange, I relish the thought of Cronenberg taking on this Eternal Sunshine-esque material. With Mrc’s backing, »
- Adam Chitwood
Who would have thought that David Cronenberg might be the first to bring a Jonathan Lethem adaptation to the screen? Quite a few producers and other filmmakers have tried to mount films based on Lethem novels over the years. Most famously, Edward Norton has been slowly brewing a screen version of the great novel Motherless Brooklyn, as a starring/directing effort. Last year we heard that David Cronenberg was attached to direct  a film based on the author's third novel, As She Climbed Across the Table. It's a book that features love, physicists, and a semi-sentient black hole. If that sounds like a tricky prospect, just cast your memory back across David Cronenberg's impressive resume, considering particularly that he's the man who made a bloody great movie out of the nigh-unfilmable novel Naked Lunch. Then read on for the details about how the film just took a step closer to realization. »
- Russ Fischer
We have to admit, we sort of totally forgot about this especially in the wake of David Cronenberg moving quickly on the forthcoming "A Dangerous Method" and "Cosmopolis," but last summer it was reported that the Canadian helmer would be tackling an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's "As She Climbed Across the Table." We hadn't heard anything since, but it appears the project is continuing to inch forward. Media Rights Capital is now joining the previously reported Film Rites in getting the film moving, and more importantly a writer has now been announced: Bruce Wagner. Who? Admittedly, his CV is a… »
Exclusive: Media Rights Capital has made a pre-emptive acquisition of the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across the Table, in a package that has David Cronenberg directing, Bruce Wagner writing and Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch producing. Lethem is the author of Motherless Brooklyn. The novel is a love triangle among an academic, his particle-physicist girlfriend, and the black hole that comes as the result of her lab experiments to replicate the origins of the universe. The physicist dumps her boyfriend to spend all her time with the black hole -- which she calls Lack -- and the university professor will do anything to win her back, even confronting his rival for her affections and risking a trip down a cosmic rabbit hole. The premise has comedic and thriller elements, and Film Rites brought it first to Cronenberg, who has covered dangerous and creepy obsessions in »
- MIKE FLEMING
David Cronenberg has been attached to a project that's part love triangle story, part sci-fi, part thriller, says Deadline. He's set to helm "As She Climbed Across the Table," based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem. Writer Bruce Wagner will adapt the tale originally released in '97. Here's the synopsis from the publisher: Particle physics, false vacuum bubbles, an alternate universe--this is the stuff of Jonathan Lethem's novel As She Climbed Across the Table. The tale echoes Alice in Wonderland in its mad tumble through a rearranged reality. Narrator Phillip Engstrand is a university professor who has made a career out of studying academic environments. Engstrand is in love with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist engaged in a bold attempt to replicate the origins of »
FX has closed a deal for a drama series project executive produced and directed by Oliver Stone. It hails from Virgin Produced, the production arm of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, marking the first major scripted TV sale for the fledgling company. Adam Gibgot will write the project, which centers on a secret group known as Darkhorses who manufacture fake news stories on grand scale to service powerful clients' agendas. The project, whose research included interviewing a real Darkhorse, was developed internally at Virgin with Gibgot. Stone, well known for tackling conspiracy theories in his movies, Gibgot and Virgin pitched the drama to several cable networks before setting it up at FX in what the producers said was a competitive situation with Showtime. Fox TV Studios will produce. Stone is slated to direct the potential pilot and executive produce the series, which was packaged by CAA. Last year, he signed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
16 items from 2011
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