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Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
The collaborations between director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley haven't just been limited to the films they've made together ("Atonement," "Anna Karenina," "Pride & Prejudice"). For the past few years, the actress has been the face of Chanel, and right alongside her, Wright has been guiding the campaigns behind the camera. Now, a new ad created by the pair has dropped online. Titled "She's Not There," the minute long spot features Knightley in some futuristically retro nightclub making eyes at some dude, turning into a boxer (!?) and then randomly appearing in a motorboat on a riviera because fashion advertising. Yeah, have no idea what's going on here, but it looks glamorous, so mission accomplished we suppose. Watch below. [The Inspiration Room] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Early footage of the film of El James' bestselling books has disappointed, with the S&M toned down in favour of romance
• Fifty Shades movie pushed back to Valentine's Day 2015
It is the high-profile, big screen adaptation of a knee-trembling literary sensation that has left more than 70m readers hot under the collar. But verdicts on the first footage from Sam Taylor-Johnson's take on El James' Fifty Shades of Grey suggest the film version of the S&M-flavoured novel may in fact be rather tame.
Studio Universal screened scenes for journalists and cinema owners at the annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas yesterday, with reports suggesting there could be little in the way of erotic tension on show when the movie hits cinemas next year. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who play kinky billionaire Christian Grey and his willing, well-remunerated "sex-slave" Anastasia Steele, were mostly seen "making moon-eyes at each other", suggested attendees. »
- Ben Child
Paramount preps an undersea adventure; Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin story finds its Pan; Zhang Yimou will direct The Great Wall; Omar Sy joins Jurassic World; Everest‘s release has been delayed by 7 months; and Ellen Page’s Queen & Country nabs a director.
Michael Bay will produce an upcoming undersea project for Paramount based on an untitled pitch.
Thus far, details are almost non-existent regarding this project, but we do know the film will incorporate the sea in one form or another. Similarly, there have been some rumblings that Bay might also direct the forthcoming film, but nothing is set in stone yet.
What is set in stone, however, are the ...
- Anthony Taormina
The complaint by the Care2 organization is over the apparent 'racial whitewashing' of the Native American princess character. The petition says: "The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie, telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable."
It has previously been stated that the production plans to boast a multi-racial/international cast that would challenge previous conceptions of the various characters. So far the four major roles announced - Blackbeard, Captain Hook, young Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, are all Caucasian. Indeed, Mara beat out both an Oscar-winning black actress and an acclaimed French actress for the part.
The petition goes on to say: "It stars Mara and two white guys »
- Garth Franklin
It was recently reported that Rooney Mara was in talks to join Warner Bros' upcoming "Peter Pan" prequel, which already has Hugh Jackman on board as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook and Levi Miller as Peter Pan. The problem is that Mara will play the role of Tiger Lily, a character that Care2 organization says is a Native American princess in the Jm Barrie classic. "The casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie," stated a new petition. "Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable." That petition has been signed by more four thousand people. It goes on to say: "It stars Mara and two white guys - Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund. Not so multi-racial after all. Tell Warner Bros to stop casting white actors to play characters originally written as people of color!" "Peter Pan" will be directed by Joe Wright and »
It seems that some film fans are upset over Warner Bros.’ decision to cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in a new version of the Peter Pan story. More than 5,000 people have so far signed a petition calling for a Native American actor to be handed the role, according to Britain’s the Guardian. “This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie,” the newspaper quotes the petition as stating. “Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.” Mara reportedly beat out Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican-Kenyan star who won a best supporting actress Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” and Adele Exarchopoulous of France, whose performance in “Blue is the Warmest Color” was widely acclaimed, the newspaper reports. Hugh Jackman is also set to star in the Peter Pan film. Directed by Joe Wright, the film is expected to be released in July, 2015, the Guardian adds. »
Thousands sign petition objecting to decision by Warner Bros to assign role of Native American princess to a white actor
More than 5,000 people have so far signed the motion, which calls for Warner Bros to stop casting white actors in non-white roles. Mara, who is white, was earlier this month named as the frontrunner to play Tiger Lily in the film, entitled Pan. She reportedly beat off competition for the part from Lupita Nyong'o, the Mexican-Kenyan star who won a best supporting actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, and Adèle Exarchopoulos of France, whose performance in Blue is the Warmest Colour was widely acclaimed.
"This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children's movie," said the petition. »
- Ben Child
Let me say at the top: Rooney Mara is remarkable. She is a talented actress, gorgeous and mesmerizing onscreen. That doesn't mean she can't be miscast. And according to an online petition that's gaining momentum, she has been in Joe Wright's upcoming live-action Peter Pan origin story, Pan. This isn't the case of fanboys gone rabid like that whole Batfleck debacle. It's political to its core. Essentially, the petition presented by Kristi Arnold begs Warner Bros. outright "Stop Casting White Actors to Play People of Color!" If you'd asked me last month about Wright's track record on making impeccable film adaptations of beloved books, I'd tell you he could do no wrong. Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina are each breathtaking, tonally faithful to their inspirations, poignant and totally gorgeous. So when word hit that he'd be helming Warner Bros' Pan, by the J.M. Barrie novel, I was positively »
The backlash continues.
After news broke that Rooney Mara had been cast to play the character Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s live-action Pan, an online petition surfaced urging Warner Bros. to stop casting white actors to play people of color.
“This casting choice is particularly shameful for a children’s movie,” the petitioner wrote. “Telling children their role models must all be white is unacceptable.” They hope to get 5,000 signatures. (At press time, they’d reached 4,785.)
The spirit of the protest is in line with many of the complaints that have been waged since Mara’s name was attached to the role, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Warner Bros. and director Joe Wright have cast the young Levi Miller (Terra Nova) to play Peter Pan in their movie Pan. The director spent a long time looking for the right actor to take on the role of Pan, and I guess this is the kid that matches his vision for the film. He will join Hugh Jackman who will play Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund who will play Hook, and Rooney Mara who is in talks to play Tiger Lily.
I find this following statement really interesting, "Wright is planning to create a world that is very international and multi-racial, effectively challenging audiences’ preconceived notions of Neverland and reimagining the environment." Why do I think that's interesting? Because everyone who's been cast in the movie so far is white. I don't see any multi-racialness going on at all yet.
The script for the film was written by Jason Fuchs, and »
- Joey Paur
Well, Ariel does know a thing or two about being Lost in Translation. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct Universal's live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Joe Wright, best known for Atonement and other period films starring Keira Knightley, had been previously attached to direct. The Little Mermaid marks a departure from the adult themes of Coppola's previous films, which include Lost in Translation, Somewhere, Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring. THR also reports that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. »
- Alex Heigl
Written by Jason Fuchs, Pan tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.
Hugh Jackman will star as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund will play Captain Hook. According to TheWrap, “Wright is planning to create a world that is very international and multi-racial, effectively challenging audiences’ preconceived notions of Neverland and reimagining the environment.”
According to Variety, Wright was looking for a new discovery for the role of Pan. There »
- Laura Frances
Sofia Coppola is set to direct Universal’s adaptation of The Little Mermaid, a new, live-action version of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale. Joe Wright had previously been circling the project, but given his involvement with Warner’s upcoming Pan, it seems as though his fairytale slate is currently full up. Tim Burton favourite Caroline Thompson is on board to script the film, with the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas suggesting she’s the perfect match for the material. She...
- George Wales
Never say never, as the old saying goes, but feel free to say it with "land" behind it all you want during this story. Warner Bros. has been hot on the trailer of the young actor who will lead (or follow within) their upcoming reimagining of Peter Pan, and now they.ve found him, without the help of Tinkerbell no less. Newcomer Levi Miller will make his feature debut in Pan, British director Joe Wright.s follow-up to 2012.s Anna Karenina. The whole point of Wright.s U.K. casting calls was to find an unknown actor to take the part, according to THR, and Miller is just that. His acting resume consists of a single episode of Fox.s shortlived sci-fi series Terra Nova, and two short films. One of those is Gerald Lambkin.s imaginative Great Adventures, a preview for which you can see below. And before that »
The long line of fairy tales queued up at studio doors waiting for their moment in the reimagining machine shows no sign of shortening just yet. And Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid has been a live-action target for at least two companies. Universal and Working Title are pushing ahead with their version, and Sofia Coppola is the surprising new choice to direct.We say surprising in that Coppola hasn’t traditionally focused on tales for younger audiences – her movies tend to delve into adult issues, though last year’s The Bling Ring did focus on young people looking to achieve their dreams, so perhaps this is simply an extension of that. You know, with less thieving and celebrity obsession.Joe Wright – who is busy building the new world of Pan – had been down to direct, with Kelly Marcel and Abi Morgan both producing drafts of the script. Now »
• Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) is in talks to board Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. The details of the comedy are being kept under wraps, but it stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Colin Quinn. Swinton would be joining as Schumer’s boss. Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer and Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) also recently boarded the movie, set to hit theaters on July 24, 2015. Swinton is currently starring in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. She can be seen next opposite Tom Hiddleston in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire pic Only Lovers Left Alive »
- Lindsey Bahr
She might be best known for her quiet, lyrical portraits of loneliness and privilege, but Sofia Coppola is looking at a very different type of film. EW confirmed Tuesday that the Lost in Translation and Bling Ring director is in talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
Deadline first reported the news.
The Universal Pictures and Working Titles film is still in the script phase, according to the report. Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands scribe Caroline Thompson is at work on a rewrite. Previous versions were written by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Lindsey Bahr
Warner Bros. has found its Peter Pan for next year's live-action retelling of J.M. Barrie's classic story, with Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now) set to play the boy who never grew up in Pan from director Joe Wright (Atonement).
Casting has been picking up pace on the film lately, with Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) set to play Blackbeard alongside Garrett Hedlun (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Hook, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily and Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) as Smee.
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, and is described as "the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan." »
- Gary Collinson
The latest Disney classic to be given the live-action treatment is The Little Mermaid. Based on the fairy tale written by Hans Christensen Andersen, the film looks set to be directed by Sofia Coppola.
Joe Wright was once onboard to direct but he has moved onto another classic children’s story with Pan. Coppola is more known for her subversive, existential dramas, so it will be interesting to see how she handles a project intended for a younger audience. One thing is for certain, it will more than likely have a killer soundtrack if previous works like Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides are anything to go by. The script is being written by Caroline Thompson of Edward Scissorhands fame.
The next task for production company Working Title will be to capture it’s mermaid Ariel. The character is currently being embodied by JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC’s magical Once Upon A Time, »
- Kat Smith
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