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Rickman, Holmes, Wood join Taxonomy

16 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.

Alan Rickman, Katie Holmes, Evan Rachel Wood and Zosia Mamet have joined Liz Garbus comedy Taxonomy ahead of the Efm.

Goldcrest will be tempting buyers with the hot indie package, which is based on Galt Niederhoffer’s novel A Taxonomy of Barnacles.

Holmes, Wood and Mamet will star as the New York-raised Barnacle sisters who share a gigantic apartment overlooking Central Park with their self-made and Darwin obsessed father Barry.

Rickman will play Barry Barnacle who is increasingly frustrated by the unending chaos of being surrounded by beautiful, teenage daughters and their adventures in love and life.

Robot & Frank producer Niederhoffer will produce with Amy Hobby (Secretary) for Tangerine Entertainment

Production is due to get underway in New York this spring.

Acclaimed documentary director Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World) will direct Amy Lippman’s (Masters of Sex) script.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Wild Card Review

29 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jason Statham is one of the most magnetic action stars of his generation, although you wouldn’t know it from the middling to mediocre line-up of moderate-budgeted releases he has headlined over the last decade. The actor’s steely cool and casual intensity is often the best part of fleeting, forgettable genre films. However, if given a meatier character or some prime dialogue to chew on, Statham shows a drive, confidence and vulnerability that his other vehicles only hint at.

It turns out that Statham needed a refreshingly low-key slice of old-school noir from veteran screenwriter William Goldman, of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame. Wild Card is certainly not a classic near the pantheon of those films, but it is above average for a high voltage flick with Statham’s name above the marquee. Goldman adapted the lurid thriller from his novel, »

- Jordan Adler

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Jason Statham in Wild Card: new UK trailer and poster

28 January 2015 4:28 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Statham stars as a tough Las Vegas bodyguard in action thriller, Wild Card. Here's the new UK trailer and poster...

In 1986, there was Heat, a thriller written by William Goldman and starring Burt Reynolds. Far from a hit critically or financially, Goldman later described the film as "One of my major disasters" - in no small part because its production was such a nightmare.

Heat was initially headed up by Robert Altman, but he was quickly replaced by Dick Richards, who got into a fight with Reynolds and left the set in an ambulance. Richards later returned, only to fall from a camera crane and depart, once again, on a stretcher.

Wild Card is essentially a remake of Heat, this time starring Jason Statham. But director Simon West says this is a more faithful version of William Goldman's original script, which was unfortunately compromised by the 1986 film's revolving door of directors. »

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Jason Statham Is Much More Badass Than Wild Card

27 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Sadly, the first film scripted by William Goldman to hit theaters since the anus-monster mess Dreamcatcher is no return to form, and this time, there's no ass-obsessed Stephen King book to blame. Goldman's script adapts Wild Card from his own 1985 novel Heat, a Las Vegas noir in which a tough with a gambling problem rents himself out to folks who need muscle — and, on the side, runs into lots of friends whose problems can only be solved through his skills weaponizing any sharp object he happens to clutch. Don't mess with him if he's got cutlery!

Director Simon West's film doesn't improve much on the 1986 version, the Heat that's not Michael Mann's, but star Jason Statham proves a more credible improv-killer than Burt Reynolds did. Overstuffed and »

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The Chips Are Down For Jason Statham In New Poster For Action Flick Wild Card

27 January 2015 9:02 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Given the cult status of The Mechanic, it’s no wonder that it has only taken four years for director Simon West to reunite with his no-nonsense star Jason Statham for another bout of high-octane action. Only this time around, the filmmaker is shifting the action to Sin City for Wild Card, which will see the Stath step into the shoes of an ex-marine with an uncontrollable penchant for gambling.

With a script from William Goldman — creative mind behind Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride – there’s certainly an air of promise with the pair’s latest outing. Centering around Nick Wild (Statham), Wild Card will see our protagonist get in deep with the sharks when he steps up to protect a friend, only to find that he has gotten on the wrong side of some of the most ruthless mob bosses in town.

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- Michael Briers

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Weitz to Script 'Star Wars' Spin-off, West Directing 'Blob' Remake and Reynolds Happy 'Deadpool' is On the Way

26 January 2015 4:24 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Cinderella) is coming on to rewrite the script for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off after Gary Whitta bounced after completing a first draft. THR Simon West (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) will direct a remake of the 1958 horror classic The Blob, which will likely be a complete nightmare with West saying things such as, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It's a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans." Ummmm, apparently you missed what made the first movie such a classic. Good luck with that as this won't be the first time it has been remade, but hopefully the last. Deadline Ryan Reynolds spoke with MTV about Deadpool finally getting off the ground telling the site, »

- Brad Brevet

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Con Air Director Simon West to Remake The Blob Horror Film

24 January 2015 1:07 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Blob" horror film was originally released in 1958. Exactly thirty years later, in 1988, we got a remake. And now comes word that "Con Air" director Simon West is attached to remake "The Blob" again. The story focuses on a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everyone in its path. "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of 'The Blob,'" said West. "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It's a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans." The plan is to begin shooting this summer and start getting the word out at the Berlin film market next month. »

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The Week in Horror: Ariana Grande is a 'Scream Queen'; can 'Sleepy Hollow' survive?

23 January 2015 5:54 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series casts a pint-sized Mariah Carey,  a beloved '90s series may be coming back and, yes, another unnecessary remake is in the works. 1. Lea Michele and Ariana Grande may be forced to share a soundstage, God help us The "Glee" star and the diminutive pop idol have joined Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts in Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series, which has also signed on "True Blood" bear magnet Joe Mangianello, permanently scowly former child actor Abigail Breslin and fictional spelling bee champion Keke Palmer. Season 1 of the 15 episode horror-comedy will be set on a college campus that's been rocked by a series of murders. It's slated to premiere this fall on Fox. #2 The "Blob »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Con Air's Simon West to direct remake of The Blob

23 January 2015 2:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon West has signed up to direct a remake of The Blob.

The Con Air and Expendables 2 filmmaker has teamed up with producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Devil's Knot) for the project, which may begin shooting this summer.

"With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob," West told Deadline. "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It's a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans."

Steve McQueen starred in the original 1958 B-movie horror, in what was his first leading role.

The Blob centred around a gelatinous alien goo that arrived on Earth via a meteorite and began increasing in size each time it consumed people.

Dallas star Larry Hagman directed a low-budget sequel in 1972 titled Beware! The Blob, while Frank Darabont co-wrote a remake in 1988.

Rob Zombie also planned »

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The Blob remake lands Con Air director

22 January 2015 11:34 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon West is to direct the remake of The Blob, and promises to use modern CGI to realise its potential...

To the people who had been requested a remake of The Blob? Someone out there, whoever you are, has granted your wish.

Producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten are behind this one, and they've hired Simon West to direct the movie. West remains best known for the mighty Con Air, although he's also directed the likes of The Expendables 2, The General's Daughter and The Mechanic.

Production begins this summer on the new film, which Goldcrest Films is backing. West has said, in a slightly worrying statement, that "with modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob". Hmmm.

The rest of his statement reads: "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to »

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Another 'Blob' movie is coming! 6 more horror films with multiple remakes

22 January 2015 5:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Because we were obviously in desperate need of a new "Blob" movie, cinematic auteur Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") has signed on to helm yet another remake of the 1958 drive-in classic, which was previously remade in 1988 by director Chuck Russell. Kevin Dillon starring vehicles were all the rage back then, obvs. Did we ask for this? I don't know, I think I'm good honestly. But since it's happening and there's pretty much nothing we can do about it, take a trip back with me as I revisit a few more horror films Hollywood just couldn't keep their hands off of - and judge which of the versions is the best. "King Kong" The 1933 classic was first remade in 1976 with Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges, who starred opposite the robotic ape from the Universal Studios tram ride. Nearly 30 years later Peter Jackson decided to remake it as an epic three-hour film, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Berlin: Simon West to Direct ‘The Blob’ Remake

22 January 2015 5:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Berlin move, action specialist Simon West has come on board to direct a remake of the iconic 1958 horror-science fiction film “The Blob.”

Goldcrest Films, which is co-producing and co-financing, will launch sales at the Berlin market. UTA is handling U.S. rights.

Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten. Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation are co-financing in their first venture into an English-language production. Shooting is planned for the summer.

The Blob” starred Steve McQueen in his first leading role and centered on an alien life-form that oozes out of a meteor that’s landed in Pennsylvania and devours everything in its path. The film ended with a question mark.

West’s credits include “Con Air,” “The General’s Daugher,” “The Mechanic” and “Expendables 2.”

Jack Harris, the 96­‐year-­old producer of the original film, will exec produce along with Judith Parker Harris, Shara Kay and Laurence Freed. »

- Dave McNary

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'The Blob' Remake Is Back with the Director of 'Con Air'

22 January 2015 5:05 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

A few years ago, right before Halloween II hit theaters, Rob Zombie was attached to a remake of the sci-fi/horror classic The Blob, about a gelatinous creature that overtakes an idyllic American town, growing in size with each new person it eats. Immediately fans of the original film groaned, and understandably so, since it was hard to picture Zombie's particular brand of grungy horror working well with the Americana-versus-monster vibe of the original movie. Thankfully that version never came to pass. But that doesn't mean the world was spared a remake of The Blob indefinitely. News has hit today that Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) is heading up a new redo of the movie. We really don't know anything about the new version yet as far as story goes, but this...

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Simon West Directing A New Blob Remake

22 January 2015 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. And after years in development, another new version of The Blob is inching glutinously ever closer towards us. Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2) has just signed up to direct the film.The Blob was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension, but is now taking shape at Goldcrest. Rob Zombie was attached to the Weinsteins' version for a while, and seemed to be talking about dispensing with any notions of big, red blobbiness. "That's the first thing I want to change," he said. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now." He eventually moved on, however, presumably reasoning that another remake after »

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The Expendables 2 director to remake The Blob

22 January 2015 10:38 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Blob freaked people out in 1958 as it moved through town devouring everything that crossed its path. I know, sounds scary doesn’t it? Now it’s back to do it all again in a remake of the old sci-fi classic, set to be helmed by The Expendables 2 director Simon West.

West should prove to be a good fit for the material. He not only created the above-mentioned explosive addition to the Sylvester Stallone rampage but he is also responsible for such films as Con Air, When a Stranger Calls and The Mechanic… so yeah he should know how to balance the right amount of action and camp.

The original film follows a mysterious gluey alien life-form that bubbles and oozes its way across Downtingon, Pennsylvania, consuming anything it comes in contact with. It starred Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut, and was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, who also made 4D Man and Dinosaurus! »

- William Fanelli

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The Blob Will Ooze Its Way Into Cinemas Once Again

22 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It would appear that the life cycle for a The Blob movie is around 30 years. That is just enough time for a generation to get old enough to be called 'Okay, Grandpa!' when they gripe about another remake. We said it in 1988 when those old enough to recall the original in 1958 griped about that remake. Hell, that generation might have griped themselves when Beware! The Blob came out in 1972. Alas, now it is our turn to be called old, Goldcrest Films is going to be producing a new The Blob this Summer. Simon West, who started out with Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider around the turn of the twenty-first century is attached to direct. West did a bunch of TV work throughout...

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The Blob Is Getting Remade, Get The Specifics

22 January 2015 10:17 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The upcoming remake for one of the most important and seminal films in the sci-fi/horror genre has reportedly nabbed a director. The Blob, the 1958 schlock classic depicting a monstrous gelatinous mass that consumes everything it encounters will reportedly be getting a modernized action treatment with director, Simon West behind the camera. According to Deadline, West, the director of modern action-classic, Con Air, along with Angelina Jolie.s first Tomb Raider film and the aging action star sequel extravaganza, The Expendables 2 will begin shooting what looks to be an exciting, action-centric insidiously amorphous remake this summer. Apparently long in the making, going back to 2009, this remake project at one time had Rob Zombie attached and will now move forward with a director known primarily for straight-forward, in-your-face action sequences. While West.s body of work doesn.t seem to indicate any specific stylistic direction for this new imagining, it »

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‘Con Air’ Director Simon West Remaking ‘The Blob’

22 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Blob has been one of horror’s most enduring enemies for decades. The unforgiving, gelatinous destructor first oozed into the public consciousness in 1958. Thirty years later, it was remade. Now, nearly thirty years after that, The Blob is back for the 21st century. Simon West, the director of Con Air and Tomb Raider, is […]

The post ‘Con Air’ Director Simon West Remaking ‘The Blob’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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‘Con Air’ Director To Tackle A New Remake Of ‘The Blob’

22 January 2015 9:18 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Simon West, seasoned director of modern action movie Con Air, The Expendables 2 and The General’S Daughter, will switch genres for a new remake of the horror The Blob. An updated version of the film is in the works from producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Devil’S Due). The original movie was released all of the way back in 1958 with a remake surfacing in the late 1980s courtesy of Chuck Russell and writer Frank Darabont.

The original movie was one of the first motion pictures that Hollywood legend Steve McQueen led.

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A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve (Steve McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness »

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The Blob Remake Is Happening, With The Expendables 2 Director Simon West At The Helm

22 January 2015 8:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

B-movie classic The Blob is getting another remake. Why? I couldn’t tell you, but here we are. Goldcrest Films is moving forward with the project, which the studio has set The Expendables 2 helmer Simon West to direct.

The 1958 cult classic, directed by Irvin Yeaworth, starred a young Steve McQueen as a teenager whose small Pennsylvania hometown is unexpectedly threatened when a gelatinous alien life-form emerges from a meteor and begins to consume the townfolk, growing larger in size with every new victim and oozing forward with no indication of stopping.

The Blob, though received with mixed reviews at the time of its release, is now held up as a prime example of B-movie entertainment. It birthed a sequel, Larry Hagman’s 1972 Beware! The Blob, and was previously remade in 1988 by Chuck Russell. Producers on this remake are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten.

West said of his new take: »

- Isaac Feldberg

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