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Soon to be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare conspiracy Anonymous, actor Sam Reid has been cast in Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost. The film is based on John Milton’s 17th century poem about the war in heaven between battling angels that eventually lead to Lucifer being banished to hell.
This type of plot has been attempted a few times before (although never based on John Milton source material), the best being Gregory Widen’s The Prophecy (1995) a fantastic and enjoyable attempt at the idea of warring angels. A magnificent Christopher Walken appeared as the archangel Gabriel attempting to get to a hold of a deceased evil military colonel who was said to have the darkest soul of all. Viggo Mortensen also starred in a small scene-stealing turn as Lucifer. Four sequels soon followed but were all poor in comparison.
- Craig Hunter
Summit acquired the rights to remake the film from Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., May 2008.
Summit's "Highlander" is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. Rcr Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film with Justin Lin.
The original, $16 million "Highlander" feature, released in 1986 by 20th Century Fox, was directed by Russell Mulcahy, based on a story by Gregory Widen, following 'Connor MacLeod', an immortal Scottish swordsman.
The film depicted the climax of an ages-old battle between warriors, focusing on an elaborately-interwoven past integrated into present day storylines.
"...From the 'Dawn of Time' we came, moving silently down through the centuries, »
- Michael Stevens
When Connor MacLeod said “there can be only one” at the end of Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 cult classic Highlander, he clearly had no idea how popular the film was going to become. USC film student Gregory Widen’s tale of immortals living amongst us – forced to fight to the death with swords in a battle known as The Gathering – caught on with geeks around the globe (we geeks love swords – which made Highlander becoming popular a no-brainer) and spawned one of the worst sequels ever (Highlander 2), a decent third and marginal fourth entry, a television series that ran six seasons, a spin-off series, a terrible film on SyFY, comics, a kid-friendly animated show, an awful videogame…and now, a remake. Early reports about a Highlander redux...
- Mike Bracken
The original "Highlander" fantasy-action feature, budgeted at $16 million, from Thorn Emi Screen Entertainment and Highlander Productions Limited, distributed by 20th Century Fox, was released in 1986, directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen.
Starring actors Christopher Lambert as 'Connor MacLeod'/ 'Russell Nash', Sean Connery as 'Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez', Clancy Brown as' The Kurgan/'Victor Krugerand' and Roxanne Hart as 'Brenda Wyatt', depicted the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors, focusing on an elaborately-interwoven past and present day storylines.
"...From the 'Dawn of Time' we came, moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the 'Time of the Gathering', when the few who remain will battle to the last. No »
- Michael Stevens
This week, The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, gets released to theaters, and Kevin Smith’s long awaited horror-comedy Red State will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. There’s big money to be found in horror films, and ironically, religion has provided a great deal of source material for the genre. It’s not hard to imagine why, with fights between angels and demons, plagues, vengeful gods, and people rising from the dead (and let’s not go into the similarities between communion and vampirism). Where some find inspiration, others find the darkness. So while we wait for these two new offerings in this holy genre, let me offer these films as the best of the religious horror phenomenon...
10: Demon Knight (1995)
Gregory Widen was just an undergraduate in the screenwriting program at UCLA when he wrote a script entitled Shadow Clan for a class assignment. He sold the script for $200,000 to producers William Panzer and Peter S. Davis, who then sent it to be re-written. Add one music video director (Russell Mulcahy), a charismatic leading man (Christopher Lambert) and an ensemble cast, and film history was made. While not a box office success on release in 1986, Highlander did well overseas, and gained a cult following on home video, eventually leading to five sequels, three spin-off television series, an animated direct-to-video movie, books, comic books, video games and a slew of quotable lines (as well as many welts, since my friends and I spent many hours with makeshift swords fighting each other). Highlander has become a cult classic in the hearts of many.
Flashback to Connor’s youth, as he and his »
Gregory Widen, the creator of the 1980's Highlander films, is set to adapt the popular graphic novel Ascend for theatrical production.
Ascend was created by Keith Arem and Christopher Shy, and describes the post-apocalyptic 'Purgatory Wars'. Apparently all hell has broken lose - in a rather literal sense. In the realm of Ascend, all of Heaven and Hell has ruptured into chaos and war, and the forces of good and evil are locked in combat for control of human souls.
The story of Ascend revolves around the two brothers Sebastian and Gideon. Gideon has risen through the ranks of angels to become one of the most powerful among the Legions of Heaven; however, Sebastian realizes he carries the 'key' to ending the war, and must somehow stop his own brother from carrying out his plan in order to prevent the entire realm of existence from falling into ruin.
- Tristan Sinns
7 items from 2011
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