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Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is back with his third feature film, and the first images have been released. Based on Solomon Northup‘s 1853 autobiography, McQueen’s latest, is just what it sounds like. The film which the director describes as “a very painful, brutal experience,” follows Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. McQueen says his journey “was the Anne Frank story of America of that time” comparing the central character to a Sidney Poitier or even Harry Belafonte type. There’s a certain kind of class and dignity about him. He brings that with him wherever he goes.” The film boasts an incredible cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis and Brad Pitt, who doubles as producer. Fox Searchlight »
- Kyle Reese
Today we get our first look at Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Based on a true story, the film is said to be more brutal than his previous two efforts, Shame and Hunger. Considering that both of those, while excellent, were extremely tough watches, I cannot even imagine what McQueen has in store for us with his upcoming flick.
A slave drama set in the deep south, those who have seen it describe the film as “Django Unchained without the comedy.” It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, “a free man tricked, captured and sold into slavery in the film based off of Northup’s autobiography.” Supporting Ejiofor are Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Paul Giamatti, among others. Quite the cast, eh?
Thanks to USA Today, we now have our first look at the film. In the photos seen below we catch a glimpse of many of the main stars, »
- Matt Joseph
Fox Searchlight is finally lifting the lid and bringing us some official first look pictures from Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. The film is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role, telling of Northrup's tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation until his rescue 12 years later. Ejiofor is joined by an impressive cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson Alfre Woodard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Quvenzhane Wallis and Lupita Nyong'o (pictured in the second to last photo), whom I've been told is quite great in the film. Many, myself included, thought the film would show up at the Cannes Film Festival considering it has already been screened for test audiences and been rated by the MPAA, but with a December 27 release date set, »
- Brad Brevet
A movie by U.K. helmer Steve McQueen is always cause for celebration, but this one sounds like it's going to be his most brutal. And it's not like "Hunger" or "Shame" were easy walks in the park either. Based in a true story, McQueen's latest, "12 Years A Slave," is just what it sounds like, a harsh slave drama set in the South. In fact, someone on Twitter the other day says a friend saw it and described it as "Django Unchained" without the comedy. Sounds like a bundle of laughs, right? Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the actor plays Solomon Northup, a free man tricked, captured and sold into slavery in the film based off of Northup's autobiography. The rest of the cast is rather stellar too and features Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard. USA Today has a first look from »
- Edward Davis
The first images from director Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated new film Twelve Years a Slave have arrived. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) plays Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. The film boasts a wildly impressive ensemble cast and marks McQueen’s follow-up feature after the critically acclaimed 2011 drama Shame, and so we’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time. Ejiofor looks fittingly intense as the film’s lead, but it’s the menacing Michael Fassbender who stands out in these debut images as a slave owner. With this debut set of photos hitting today, we should see a trailer for Twelve Years a Slave soon. »
- Adam Chitwood
Director Bryan Singer released yet another photo from the X-Men: Days of Future Past set in Montreal today, which reveals a few intriguing things about the story. For one, since this is obviously taken from the White House Set, President Nixon, featured in a photo from earlier this month, seems ready to take action against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who were likely responsible for an attack in Paris. While it has not been confirmed, this scene could lead to the creation of the Sentinels, who hunt down every mutant on Earth. The Paris attack is likely the reason for the war protesters seen outside the French Embassy in another recent set photo. Stay tuned for more photos from Bryan Singer as shooting continues in Montreal on this superhero sequel, revealing one plot detail at a time.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) June 18, 2013
Bryan Singer has been active on Twitter ever since he began production on X-Men: Days Of Future Past two months ago. In today's tweet, he posted the following behind-the-scenes image. It appears to be a set-up for a speech from the Us President (Richard M. Nixon?), and the speech addresses an incident in Paris as well as facing "the gravest threat in our history". Could this be an attack from Magneto and his Brotherhood? Check out the image below, and speculate in the usual place. #xmen #DaysOfFuturePast pic.twitter.com/pZMvY5G4VM— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) June 18, 2013 X-Men: Days Of Future Past stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore. The film is set to hit theaters July 18th, 2014. »
For years Scoot McNairy has been a character actor working on the fringe of fame in film and television. Then in 2010, his career gained noteworthy momentum thanks to his starring role in Gareth Edwards' tense invasion indie Monsters. Critics cheered the gritty character drama that was shouldered by McNairy and co-star Whitney Able playing a pair of Americans trying to avoid rampaging alien forces as they make their way out of Mexico and back to the States. Soon, bigger opportunities.though not bigger roles.followed for McNairy. Last year, he made appearances in the Brad Pitt-fronted crime thriller Killing Them Softly, the Academy Award darling Argo, and Gus Van Sant's political drama Promised Land. Plus, he lined up a reunion with Pitt, joining the cast of Steve McQueen's already-anticipated period piece 12 Years a Slave, which boasts such noteworthy names as Benedict Cumberbactch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, »
Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.
Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.
Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.
A writer announcement has been expected for some time, ever since Damon Lindelof announced that he would not be returning to write the screenplay for the sequel. That announcement resulted in a gossipy story about how producers were pissed because Lindelof wrote them into a corner. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is moving forward, and 20th Century Fox has hired Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the film. As of right now, Scott is only attached as a producer on the film so there's a chance he won't be back to direct it. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to reprise their roles though.
There's no information on what the story will entail, but one of the last things we heard was that Scott and the studio were having a hard time cracking the story. I just don't think those issues were as bad as they were made out to be. I'm sure they had some kind of plan in place while making the first film.
A lot of fans blamed Damon Lindelof for the ridiculous aspects of the first film, but they forget that making a movie is a collaborative effort, and Scott himself could »
- Joey Paur
The sequel to the controversial Prometheus has been in works since before the movie even hit theaters, and now the untitled sequel has a screenwriter. That would be Jack Paglen, who wrote Transcendence, the first film directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister that’s coming in 2014 (and has a helluva cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall and more). Clearly Paglen is on the rise.
Ridley Scott has agreed with the writer’s vision for the sequel, and will likely direct the film, from Scott Free Productions. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are likely to return for the second installment, though that hasn’t been set in stone. »
- Andy Greene
Prometheus 2: The sequel to a reboot that turned out to be a prequel is moving forward. Jack Palgen, a writer who recently gained heat with his script for Johnny Depp's upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence, is in talks to pen the screenplay for the sequel to Prometheus, which has not yet been given the green light by Fox. Ridley Scott will serve as one of the producers, with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace hinted for returning roles. [Variety] Frozen: Disney's animated movie Frozen, based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, is due in theaters on November 27, but the studio has kept its cards close to the vest in regard to the look of the characters. New pictures (and the first trailer), however, reveal the film's heroine, voiced by Kristen...
- Peter Martin
Despite being one of the most divisive films in recent memory, Prometheus was a solid hit at the box office, with Ridley Scott's sort-of-prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien pulling in over $400 million worldwide, so it comes as little surprise that 20th Century Fox is keen to push ahead with plans for a sequel.
According to Variety, Fox has tapped screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transendence) to pen the script for the follow-up, which may or may not see Ridley Scott returning to the director's chair (although he is set to at least produce the film through his Scott Free banner). Both Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are expected to return to the cast.
- Flickering Myth
Ridley Scott and Fox have at last found a worthy scribe for the sequel to their 2012 galactic epic, Prometheus. The two are eyeing Jack Paglen, writer of Wally Pfister’s first directorial effort Transcendence, which will be released in April of next year.
Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return as Elizabeth Shaw and android David. Though it is still uncertain if Ridley Scott will be directing, he will be producing with his company Scott Free Productions.
Not much is known of the sequel’s plot. All Scott has revealed in interviews is that while the first film was heavily rooted in the Alien franchise, the second instalment will stray farther.
Prometheus was written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and brought in over $400 million worldwide. Jack Paglen has a lot to live up to with the sequel, especially so since there are many, both fans and detractors, »
- Katherine Kranz
They say that if you play with fire, you're going to get burned. Just ask the Greek god Prometheus. He played with fire and got burned to the tune of an eternity of birds eating his innards. Some might say there's an object lesson in that.
But Ridley Scott is apparently not one of those people, because according to Variety, the legendary director is proceeding full speed ahead with "Prometheus 2" despite widespread critical derision and fan disappointment with last year's "Prometheus."
At least he'll be doing it with a new writer.
That's because, as we reported last month, "Lost" creator and "Prometheus" writer Damon Lindelof has decided not to return for another go-round. Instead, it seems that Scott and the suits and Fox have targeted screenwriter Jack Paglen (who is responsible for the upcoming Johnny Depp sci-fi epic "Transcendence") to pen the next installment.
Just what "Prometheus 2" will actually be about, »
- Scott Harris
Rejoice or groan, the sequel to Prometheus is moving forward. According to Variety, both Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender should return, and Jack Paglen – the writer of Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence — will be writing the script. Hopefully all the cohesive elements of the screenplay that help make sense of everything will end up being in the movie this time around. But what else is there? Prometheus was so divisive that you’re either currently pumping your fist or pumping your fist with a sad look on your face. About the only general consequence is that it keeps Ridley Scott in this universe a little longer — theoretically preventing him from doing other projects. Although, presumably it’ll be holding him back temporarily from going back into other wells he’s drained before. So there’s that. The only confusing thing about this news is that Variety is claiming that this entry will “feel more like its »
- Scott Beggs
"Prometheus 2" is moving closer to reality. According to Variety, Jack Palgen is in talks to write the "Prometheus" sequel, which Ridley Scott will produce for Twentieth Century Fox. (Whether he directs as well is unclear.) Palgen is a new name among blockbuster screenwriters; his first credit won't happen until next year, as Palgen wrote the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence," which long-time Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister is directing as his feature debut.
As had been reported earlier, "Prometheus 2" won't be written by original co-writer Damon Lindelof. The bête noire of many internet commenters wasn't able to continue work on the "Prometheus" sequel because of prior commitments. After a report claimed that Lindelof left the project abruptly, angering Scott and Fox in the process, Lindelof cleared things up in an email to Slashfilm:
If I take on too many projects at one time, there is a higher probability of those projects sucking. »
- Christopher Rosen
The very first images from Steve McQueen's ( Hunger , Shame ) Twelve Years a Slave are now online, courtesy of USA Today . Check them out below! Set for release on December 27, Twelve Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, who was abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon.s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. The film, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, also stars Paul Dano, Benedict »
While working on the first "Prometheus" film, Ridley Scott brought on Damon Lindelof ("Lost") to help figure out the story for the movie. Lindelof ended up completely re-writing the script and taking the "Alien" prequel in a completely new direction. Scott and Lindelof worked out ideas for not only "Prometheus," but also it's follow-up. Unfortunately, Lindelof is too busy to return to write the actual script for "Prometheus 2." Now comes word that Scott and 20th Century Fox have hired newcomer Jack Paglen to write the sequel. Paglen doesn't have much of a resume, but he recently wrote the script for the upcoming "Transcendence" sci-fi thriller, which will be directed by "The Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister, and stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return for "Prometheus 2," which will show us the planet of the engineers and introduce us to god. »
Director Bryan Singer is currently bringing together 20th Century Fox's two X-Men timelines as cameras roll on next year's time-travelling mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the studio itself has bigger plans afoot, bringing in acclaimed comic book writer and producer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) to serve as creative consultant as it attempts to replicate the success of Marvel Studios' with its own shared movie universe.
Of course, given the fact Fox only has the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four (which is being rebooted in 2015 under Chronicle helmer Josh Trank), the studio will be hoping that the uncanny world of the X-Men provides enough of a pool of heroes to spearhead this universe. Speaking to SFX (via ComicBookTherapy), Singer has spoken briefly about Millar's role, as well as his own plans to develop the X-Men universe which he launched himself back in 2000:
"It’s been »
- Flickering Myth
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