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Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics In the Works

20 July 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

We're nearing the end of The Hobbit trilogy as The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to arrive in December 2014. The film will culminate director Peter Jackson's 13-year-long, six-film voyage into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, and judging by the billions of dollars both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generated worldwide at the box office, there is no end to the thirst among moviegoers for all things Tolkien. With that in mind, to help fill that Gollum void, two different movie studios are planning competing J.R.R. Tolkien biopics. »

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Two J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics In Development

17 July 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In terms of cultural impact and influence, there are not many bigger writers than J.R.R. Tolkien and we’re also aware of the struggles that he had to produce those magnificent novels after experiencing the horrific realities of World War I and II.

There have been rumours of films being developed for a while and now it seems that two will be out there with one very specifically exploring his life, times and friendship with another classic author; C.S. Lewis.

Chernin Entertainment & Fox Searchlight have been backing Tolkien with a script from David Gleeson and now Attractive Films are behind Tolkien & Lewis, which is to be (unexpectedly) directed by The Expendables 2 helmer Simon West, who also did Con Air, and although we see the War/Action element, unless it’s done right I don’t think anyone want that kind of film about Tolkien’s turbulent life.

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- Dan Bullock

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West To Helm Film About Tolkien & C.S. Lewis

16 July 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Simon West ("The Expendables 2," "Con Air," "Tomb Raider") is attached to direct the $18 million indie feature "Tolkien and Lewis" for Attractive Films.

Set primarily at the beginning of World War II, the story centers on "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship with his University of Oxford colleague, the "Chronicles of Narnia" author C.S. Lewis.

Tolkien, a devout Catholic, converted Lewis to Christianity which became a key element of his 'Narnia' series and in turn made the author something of a poster boy for Christianity. On the flip side, Lewis encouraged Tolkien to finish his "The Lord of the Rings" volumes despite "The Hobbit" author being haunted by memories of the first World War.

The friendship is ultimately poisoned by jealousy, paranoia and creative and religious differences. The producers are aiming for an Easter release and will court the lucrative "faith-based" audience demographic. 

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- Garth Franklin

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J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis' friendship will be the subject of a new film

16 July 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

British fantasy literature has two towering figures: J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. The two were longtime friends, and now their relationship will be the subject of a new movie: Tolkien & Lewis, an $18 million drama, will be produced by UK-based production outfit Attractive Films and directed by Simon West, known for The Expendables 2Con Air, and a certain Rick Astley music video.

Attractive describes the movie as “a drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship, and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Second biopic of The Hobbit's Jrr Tolkien in the works

16 July 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A second Jrr Tolkien biopic is in the works.

Attractive Films' independent film Tolkien & Lewis will target the faith-based market with the story of the writer's relationship with Cs Lewis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Expendables 2 director Simon West is attached to the film, which centres around the Hobbit and Narnia authors' time at Oxford.

Devout Catholic Tolkien converted the formerly agnostic Lewis to Christianity, while the latter encouraged his friend to complete Lord of the Rings.

Set between the First and Second World Wars, it will also document the haunting of Wwi veteran Tolkien as Europe slides back towards conflict.

Tolkien and Lewis's relationship eventually soured.

"Lewis becoming the poster boy for Christianity upset Tolkien," said Attractive's Wernher Pramschufer. "And obsessive genius Tolkien is blocked, terrified of finishing The Fellowship of the Ring, for fear of the strange, psychotic visions which torture him."

Fox Searchlight is developing Tolkien, »

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Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Movies Race to Theaters (Exclusive)

16 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. J.R.R. Tolkien's novels have been dramatic source material for filmmakers, and now the author's own life is getting not one but two screen treatments. Chernin Entertainment is developing Tolkien for Fox Searchlight with a script from Irish writer David Gleeson, and now a smaller independent studio is aiming to beat that project into theaters. London- and Brisbane-based Attractive Films' Tolkien & Lewis, to be directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2), is an $18 million feature financed via U.K. tax credits, presales

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Rage | Review

9 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Cage Against the Machine: Cabezas’ English Debut Labors Through Borrowed Themes

Playing like the cheap echo of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, director Paco Cabezas flaunts his English language debut on the haunches of the increasingly erratic reputation of Nicolas Cage. Another brick in the growing pile of fecal matter from the unwavering Cage saga, Cabezas retools basic genre themes (you’ll probably be reminded of Taken at some point in the mix) for a film that plays like it could just as well be the third part of a trilogy including Cage’s turns in strikingly similar B fare like Roger Donaldson’s Seeking Justice or Simon West’s Stolen. To his credit, Cabezas’ Rage is no worse than the offerings of these more accomplished directors, but that doesn’t make the experience of it any more worth your while. Painstakingly generic, one only wishes it would »

- Nicholas Bell

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Neeson, Johannson, Costner Power Up Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Revenues

24 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Powered by English-language actioners – Liam Neeson’s “Taken” and “Taken 2,” now Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Lucy” – plus high-end TV drama production, Luc Besson’s Gallic major EuropaCorp punched €213.1 million ($290.4 million) in 2013/14 full year revenues.

EuropaCorp’s financial year ended March 31.

Figure includes $32.6 million ($44.4 million) in royalties from the first two “Taken” installments under a buy-out deal with Fox.

Including that buy-out, EuropaCorp revs were up 14.7% for the year. Without it, they edged down 2.9%.

Also contributing to 2013/14 sales: First revenues from Universal on the Luc Besson-helmed “Lucy,” where Johansson plays a drug mule whose consignment seeps into her body, giving her superhuman intelligence. Universal has just put forward the U.S. release to July 25; and international deliveries on McG’s 3 Days To Kill,” with Kevin Costner as a CIA agent doing one last job.

Driven by such deals, international sales accounted for 52% of full-year revenues, two thirds of fourth quarter income. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Neeson, Johannson, Costner Power Up Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Revenues

24 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Powered by English-language actioners – Liam Neeson’s “Taken” and “Taken 2,” now Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Lucy” – plus high-end TV drama production, Luc Besson’s Gallic major EuropaCorp punched €213.1 million ($290.4 million) in 2013/14 full year revenues.

EuropaCorp’s financial year ended March 31.

Figure includes $32.6 million ($44.4 million) in royalties from the first two “Taken” installments under a buy-out deal with Fox.

Including that buy-out, EuropaCorp revs were up 14.7% for the year. Without it, they edged down 2.9%.

Also contributing to 2013/14 sales: First revenues from Universal on the Luc Besson-helmed “Lucy,” where Johansson plays a drug mule whose consignment seeps into her body, giving her superhuman intelligence. Universal has just put forward the U.S. release to July 25; and international deliveries on McG’s 3 Days To Kill,” with Kevin Costner as a CIA agent doing one last job.

Driven by such deals, international sales accounted for 52% of full-year revenues, two thirds of fourth quarter income. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: EuropaCorp Secures $450 Million Credit Facility To Bolster U.S. Expansion

15 May 2014 11:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes– After announcing a joint distribution venture with Relativity Media earlier this year, EuropaCorp has now inked with J.P. Morgan, SunTrust Bank and OneWest Bank to secure a new $450 million credit facility, plus a $100 million accordion.   Deal gives EuropaCorp five years to refinance the existing credit facility of 105 million Euros.

The new credit facility will bolster EuropaCorp’s growth strategy and gives it the means to expand into the U.S. market via Red (Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution), its U.S. distribution venture jointly launched with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media.

EuropaCorp will use the credit line to finance its slate of English language movies, as well as fund marketing and distribution costs related to this new production.

“This new credit facility illustrates the increased confidence in EuropaCorp’s credit quality and financial solidity. It is a major success, as it increases significantly EuropaCorp’s capacities to produce and distribute a wider range of films, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Blu-ray Release: The Mechanic (1972)

12 May 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Charles Bronson is The Mechanic.

The 1972 thriller The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson—which was remade (unremarkably) by Simon West in 2011 as a star vehicle for Jason Statham (Killer Elite)—makes its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time.

Directed by Michael Winner, The Mechanic stars Charles Bronson (Hard Times, The Great Escape) as a hardened professional hitman who’s feeling the strains of his profession. He joins forces with a ruthless up-and-comer (Jan-Michael Vincent, Damnation Alley) in a partnership that wavers between sustaining and profoundly dangerous…particularly when they get involved in a couple of tricky contracts.

Still considered by many to be the ultimate hitman flick, The Mechanic features a memorable score by the ever-prolific Jerry Fielding, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order »

- Laurence

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Indie Spotlight

11 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The ChairCamp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:

Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).

Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »

- Tamika Jones

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Night of the Living Dead: Origins Shambles to Cannes

9 May 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Night of the Living Dead: Origins has been shambling around for a few years now, and it will just not stay dead! The next stop for this 3D animated retelling of the George A. Romero classic is Cannes, and we have new stills and more for ya!

From the Press Release

With a seemingly unquenchable appetite for zombie movies, movie-goers will get their fill in 2014 with Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, a 3D animated reboot of the original 1968 horror classic.

The film features visual effects from The Graphic Film Company, Los Angeles, which relied on the iPi Soft iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture software solution. The software’s ability to easily create massive amounts of zombie action and seamlessly integrate it with the studio’s complex workflow provided the filmmakers limitless creative freedom.

“There are a scant few examples of animated horror films, let alone ones »

- Steve Barton

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Cannes: EuropaCorp Unveils Big English-Language Slate, Including ‘The Lake,’ ‘Warrior’s Gate’

9 May 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Months after announcing the launch of U.S.-based Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution, EuropaCorp is unveiling a large slate of English-language projects, including “Warrior’s Gate” and “The Lake.”

“The Lake” is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Expendables 2″ and “The Mecanic,” and Luc Besson. The epic thriller will follow a group of Navy Seals who embark on a journey to solve a long forgotten mystery while uncovering a hidden treasure in a lake in war-torn Serbia.

Genre film director Matthias Hoene has come on board to direct “Warrior’s Gate,” an S3D fantasy thriller penned by Besson and Robert Mark Karmen (“The Karate Kid”). Co-developped and co-produced by EuropaCorp’s Chinese partner Fundamental, “Warrior’s Gate” centers around a teenager who is magically transported to China where he trains to become a kung fu warrior in order to save a princess from danger. Pic will »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Movie Review – Tokarev (2014)

26 April 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tokarev, 2014.

Directed by Paco Cabezas.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, Danny Glover and Aubrey Peeples.

Synopsis:

When the Russian mob kidnaps the daughter of a reformed criminal, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Watching Nicolas Cage in Tokarev, having recently watched him in David Gordon Green’s excellent Joe just a few weeks apart, reminds me of a line from Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III; “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”. The difference being Cage’s decision to make utter rubbish like Tokarev isn’t a matter of potential life and death, it’s just exceptionally poor judgement from an actor who has shown us he still knows a good script when one lands on his desk.

Tokarev is the definition of what used to be called ‘straight to video’ and seeing Nicolas Cage »

- Rohan Morbey

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UTA Signs Director Simon West

7 April 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: UTA has signed British helmer Simon West and his producing partner Jib Polhemus. West is in post-production on Wild Card, William Goldman’s adaptation of his book that stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, with Sierra/Affinity financing. This comes after West directed The Mechanic with Statham and Ben Foster, and The Expendables 2, with Statham and Sly Stallone leading the macho ensemble. West left Resolution, and became in play after the recent exits of Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter. West also directed Con Air, The General’s Daughter, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He was exec producer on Black Hawk Down, and is re-teaming with that writer, Ken Nolan, to direct the adaptation of the David Zucchino book Thunder Run. West also works in TV, producing Fox’s Keen Eddie, CBS’s Close to Home, Fox’s Human Target and NBC’s The Cape. West and Polhemus continue »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Jason Statham to Reprise His Role in The Mechanic 2

7 February 2014 12:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Action star Jason Statham is set to reprise his role as Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic 2. The character is an "elite assassin with a talent for cleanly killing targets, often making it look like an accidental death and with a strict code of conduct."

THR is also reporting that German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave) is in talks to direct it. I'm not really that familiar with his work. The first film came from Expendables 2 director Simon West and co-starred Ben Foster. Foster is unlikely to reprise his role, because (Spoiler!) he died in the first one.

I liked the first movie. I didn't think it was a film we'd see a sequel to, but as long as they are making it I might as well watch it.  »

- Joey Paur

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Jason Statham To Return As ‘The Mechanic’

7 February 2014 11:39 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hot off the news that The Transporter is set to be rebooted by Luc Besson, minus a Jason Statham, we’re hearing via The Hollywood Reporter that the Stath will return for a sequel to one of his other, slightly less seen films.c

The Mechanic, released in 2011, was actually a loose remake of a Charles Bronson movie, and only took just above $50 million in box-office receipts around the world from a $40 million budget. That has not stopped Nu Image shopping around a proposed sequel to the film over in Berlin this week.

Rumour is that Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State) is all set to direct the film with Statham returning as assassin Arthur Bishop.

The first film also starred Ben Foster and was directed by Simon West who went on to direct Statham in The Expendables 2 the following year.

Source: THR

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- Paul Heath

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Jason Statham Returns for The Mechanic 2

7 February 2014 10:35 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jason Statham has signed on to return as Arthur Bishop in a sequel to his 2011 action-thriller The Mechanic, with German filmmaker Dennis Gansel coming on board to direct.

It isn't known if the project has a screenwriter attached yet, but Nu Image is currently shopping the sequel to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The original movie, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name which starred Charles Bronson, follows Arthur Bishop, an assassin who lives by a strict code of conduct, and has a penchant for making his killings look like accidental deaths. It isn't clear yet if The Mechanic co-star Ben Foster or any other cast members will reprise their roles for the sequel.

Simon West directed The Mechanic, which took in nearly $30 million domestically and another $22 million in international markets. It is said that the genre nature of the sequel, and Jason Statham's »

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Jason Statham to Return as The Mechanic

7 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

German director Dennis Gansel ( The Fourth State , The Wave , Before the Fall ) is in talks to direct a sequel to The Mechanic , says The Hollywood Reporter . Jason Statham will reprise the role of Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. The first film was directed by Simon West and co-starred Ben Foster, though it's unclear if Foster will return. The trade says that Nu Image is shopping the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The Mechanic , which was made for about $40 million, earned $51 million at the worldwide box office. »

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