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A couple of years ago Nicolas Cage was on the desperate search for his disappeared daughter in Simon West's Stolen. Now, it's his son that's gone missing in rather different circumstances, in Uli Edel's horror Pay The Ghost. See how he copes in the new trailer.The film's based on a short story by British Fantasy and horror novelist Tim Lebbon (Dusk). Dan Kay (Timber Falls wrote the adaptation. Cage plays an English LIterature professor at Nyu (apparently one who occasionally wears Sailor Rilpey's jacket), whose son goes missing at a Halloween parade, immediately after saying something weird. A year later, Prof. Cage starts seeing his son again, and begins to unravel the clues leading to a boogieman operating every Samhain.The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies co-stars, along with Veronica Ferres and the Saw series' Lyriq Bent. Shooting took place in Toronto last autumn, and Pay The Ghost »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
In the film, Cooper plays British Special Forces op John Stratton, who is tracking down an international terrorist cell. Stratton is based on the first in a series of eight novels by ex-sbs (Special Boat Service) commando, author Duncan Falconer.
Austin Stowell, Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film, which is directed by Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2).
Stratton will be released in 2016.
Here’s the synopsis from The Hostage, the first in the Stratton series.
- Paul Heath
The European action-thriller Stratton has only just commenced shooting, and yet it’s become something of a talking point due to its last-minute casting dilemma. One week prior to the commencement of principal photography, Henry Cavill – aka the Man of Steel – dropped out of the project, leaving Gfm Films up that proverbial creek minus a paddle. Luckily, another superhero stalwart found a space in his schedule to take over the rugged leading man duties: Dominic Cooper.
Cooper seems an unlikely candidate for the role of action hero. Especially when compared to Cavill, whose buffed-out physique adheres to the Jason Bourne-style theatrics Stratton must endure. Described in the official synopsis as “a determined and dedicated Sbs operative”, the film finds him working with MI6 “to prevent a revenge attack in London,” therefore making the beefcake build somewhat of a necessity.
To celebrate the start of production, the first image from the movie has arrived, »
- Gem Seddon
A week before shooting was to begin on the Simon West-directed Stratton, it's lead star and producer, Henry Cavill, left the project citing "creative differences." With production ready to go, a replacement had to be found on the fly, and that replacement was Dominic Cooper. Marvel fans may recognize him as Howard Stark, but as you can see in the first image from the film below,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The first photo has been released of Dominic Cooper in the Simon West-directed "Stratton," the potential first of a franchise action feature based on Duncan Falconer's eight-book series about the titular member of Britain's elite Special Boat Service.
In the film, Stratton teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. Falconer is an experienced former member of this special forces branch of the British intelligence network.
Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Tyler Hoechlin, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film which originally had Henry Cavill in the title role until he dropped out just before filming began. Cooper was quickly pulled in to replace him and shooting is underway in Italy now before shifting to London next month.
"Stratton" is due to open in 2016.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Empire, we’ve got our first look at Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) as John Stratton in the currently-in-production action thriller Stratton from director Simon West (Con Air)…
Stratton is based on the book series by Duncan Falconer and sees Cooper as a member of the Sbs (Special Boat Service), who teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) in order to take down an international terrorist cell. Also featuring in the cast are Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother.
- Gary Collinson
Director: Simon West
Running Time: 92 minutes
It’s been a while since we’ve seen William Goldman‘s name on a script. The now-legendary writer brought us Marathon Man and All The President’s Men, before going on to write industry bible Adventures In The Screen Trade and fantasy classic The Princess Bride. Now he’s back with Wild Card, an adaptation of his novel Heat. It’s an Elmore Leonard-style tapestry of world weary characters seeking vengeance or enlightenment in the neon jungle of Las Vegas. You could easily see an actor-director combo like Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel taking on the material – though of course the book was published in the Eighties, »
- Steve Palace
London-based production company Gfm Films has rescheduled principal photography to begin in Brindisi, Italy on July 15 before moving on to Rome, working together with Italian producers Eagle Pictures. Production will then move from Rome to the UK for filming in London and surrounding locations.
Cooper, the British actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also known for roles in Need For Speed, Dracula Untold and Mamma Mia!. Upcoming projects include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft.
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From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The life of a Hollywood screenwriter might sound like a glamorous one, but it's not all premieres and champagne.
As one of the smaller cogs in an often complex machine, the writer can often find his or her work changed almost beyond recognition by other hands. Such is the case with the following movies, which were all changed quite drastically in one way or another between their original draft and their final cut.
Some scripts were pressed into service as sequels. Some began in one genre and wound up in another. Rather than put together an exhaustive list, we've chosen a few examples of the script changes that intrigued or bemused us most.
Nic Cage with lank hair and a thick southern drawl. An »
It's left the director scrambling to find a replacement lead before cameras start rolling.
The film is hoped to be the first in a franchise based on books by ex-serviceman Duncan Falconer; the first one is based around John Stratton - a special forces operative who works with MI6 to shut down a global terrorist cell.
Empire reports (via Screen Daily) the Man of Steel's exit is down to not being able to make changes he had suggested to the shooting script.
"He had a different vision of what the film should be to us and the »
Gfm Films, which is providing financing and was selling the film last week at Cannes, said in a statement Thursday that it plans to press on with the project: “It is with great regret that we announce that Henry Cavill has pulled out of ‘Stratton’ due to creative differences on the script of the movie. With production due to commence next week, we wish to keep the production team together and Simon West as director so are working now to replace Henry. Production will be delayed whilst we do this. Further announcements will be made in due course. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
Gfm Films is providing finance and worldwide sales and was selling the film at Marché du Film in Cannes last week.
But Gfm co-founder Guy Collins told ScreenDaily that it was now contacting distributors to inform them of the change.
“After securing many distribution deals ahead of the market, we had a really good Cannes and had closed more deals ahead of production next week,” said Collins.
“But just before leaving Cannes last Friday we were informed by the production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Carnaby Intl. has added international sales during the Cannes Film Festival on Simon West’s action-comedy “Salty” and espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt.
“Salty” went to Flins y Piniculas for Spain, Raon in South Korea, Kru Studios in Malaysia, Vistcom for Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and India, and Hgc in China. Carnaby had previously inked deals for Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film), and Turkey (Central Park).
The film follows an ageing rock star, and reformed sex addict, who is persuaded to take a holiday by his wife, a former supermodel. Things take a turn for the worse when she’s kidnapped by Thai pirates raising money to buy a new boat. West’s credits include “Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Expendables 2.”
At Cannes, »
- Leo Barraclough
Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast of The Blob remake. The new version of the classic story, which has been filmed in 1958 and 1988, will be directed by Simon West (Con Air, Wild Card), with Goldcrest Films handling distribution and global sales.
The movie, much like the 1958 original, will revolve around an alien life form that threatens a small town. Jackson will play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.
West released the following in a statement: “I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is a unique talent in the industry, definitely one of a kind. I am so pleased that we will finally get to collaborate on this project.”
- Paul Heath
The perpetually busy Samuel L. Jackson has lined up his next gig. He’s become the first actor to join The Blob, a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic. Simon West (Con Air) is directing. More details on the Samuel L Jackson The Blob casting after the jump. The Blob remake sees a small town threatened by […]
- Angie Han
Another remake of 1958’s The Blob is currently in the works, and we can only hope it’s half as good as 1988’s version was. Con Air director Simon West is at the helm of the ship, and now we know… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
There.s a lovely sensation that you can.t help but feel tingle when you hear of a genius bit of casting. And the idea of Samuel L. Jackson going up against The Blob is certainly a cinematic amalgamation that you'll immediately smirk over. Which is why we should all be rejoicing that Goldcrest Films have decided to pair the two together for an upcoming remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic. The Hollywood Reporter have announced that Samuel L Jackson has signed up to play a biochemistry professor in Simon West.s upcoming remake of The Blob. Jackson.s character will be tasked with stopping the rotund beast from devouring everything that it comes across after it starts roaming the earth having emerged from the abyss of our planet. Jackson.s addition will hopefully mean one thing: an endless array of profanity and exacerbated facial expressions as he tries to come »
The long-gestating remake of The Blob is starting to come together quite nicely. Shortly after confirming Simon West as the director, Pascal Degove, Managing Director of Goldcrest Films have announced today that Samuel L. Jackson will headline the cast of this sci-fi thriller, a remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic about a killer alien that oozes it's way through a small town. The Blob shoots this fall with more casting announcements sure to follow shortly.
Samuel L. Jackson is playing a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth. Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten will produce alongside Jack Harris, the 96-year-old producer of the original 1958 The Blob, Judith Parker Harris, and Taewon Chung. Goldcrest Films, representing global sales and distribution, launched the film to distributors at the Efm earlier this year to plenty of buzz and has already secured deals in Germany, Italy, China, Latin America, »
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