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13 items from 2008


Shannon and Swift Bring Horror to Saints

18 November 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Friday the 13th screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift have been hired to do an overhaul on Paramount's urban crime drama Inland Saints , which Joel Schumacher is attached to direct. The project, formerly called "Fix" and set up at the studio last year based on a pitch by Kurt Sutter, had centered on the leader of a dangerous street gang who meets and falls in love with the daughter of the detective hired to bring down the gang. According to Variety , Shannon and Swift are taking the project and turning it into an action horror film set in a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs, with plot details still being hashed out. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing via his Paramount-based company alongside Eli Holzman. Erik Howsam is executive »

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Friday the 13th Writing Duo Clean Up 'Inland Saints'

18 November 2008 1:48 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

This movie has it all. Action, horror, Joel Schumacher and scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote New Line Cinema's forthcoming Friday The 13th and the popular Freddy Vs Jason. The duo were brought in to do a complete overhaul of Paramount's urban crime drama Inland Saints, which Schumacher is attached to direct. Read all about it inside. The project, formerly called "Fix" and set up at the studio last year based on a pitch by Kurt Sutter, had centered on the leader of a dangerous street gang who meets and falls in love with the daughter of the detective hired to bring down the gang. Shannon and Swift are taking the project in a new direction. It is now described as an action horror pic set in a small-town desert wasteland gripped by drugs and gangs, with plot details still being hashed out. »

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Schumacher's Inland Saints Changes Tack

18 November 2008 12:02 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The last time we checked, Joel Schumacher’s next movie, Inland Saints was called Fix, and was a gritty urban thriller about a gang leader who falls in love with the daughter of a detective tasked with bringing down the gang. Well, not any more. Schumacher has brought on new writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift to retool Kurt Sutter’s script, and the result is a new title and a bold new direction.For the movie is now an action horror set in a small-town desert wasteland. Plot details are scarce at the moment, but gangsters and drugs are still involved… just not in the way they once were. It’s perhaps no surprise that the film has moved in this direction. After all, Shannon and Swift are the writers of the upcoming Friday The 13th remake, so horror comes naturally to them, while Schumacher – director of The Lost Boys, »

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'Sons of Anarchy' to go for another spin

6 October 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX has picked up "Sons of Anarchy" for a second season.

The motorcycle-club drama from creator/exec producer Kurt Sutter has been given a 13-episode order for its sophomore run, with stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman on board. John Linson and Art Linson also exec produce the drama, from Fox 21 and FX Prods.

While first-run episodes of the drama are performing modestly, FX cited the series' cumulative viewership numbers in announcing the pickup. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, "Sons" is averaging 3.5 million adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered 1% more viewers in the demo than its premiere week. In total viewers, the series is averaging 5.4 million on a cumulative basis and is off only 3% from its premiere.

"We've never had a drama hold up so consistently in its first five weeks on the air," FX president/Gm John Landgraf said. "It hasn't buckled »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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The Real Punisher War Zone Story

22 August 2008 3:57 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Thanks once again to Screen Rant reader “Nomad” we have another inside scoop on what’s been going on behind the scenes of Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: Warzone (aka Punisher 2). Nomad says that although the source cannot be named, they are Highly reliable.

What follows are the details of what’s happened behind the scenes of the production from the first draft of the screenplay, to the Comic-Con, PG-13 accusations and the revelation that yes, the movie will be rated R. I’m posting what I was sent unedited for the most part, and have added my thoughts here and there.

Keep in mind I really don’t have any bias towards this film one way or another…

 

Punisher: War Zone rumors deconstructed

I have a very dear friend who’s been around Hollywood for a long time. He’s a unique person here, because his ethics are still intact »

- Vic Holtreman

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Punisher 2 Will Not Be PG-13, Lexi Still Involved

17 August 2008 3:28 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The saga of the Punisher: War Zone movie production has got to be one of the most soap-opera-ish things I’ve seen in the time I’ve been covering movie news here on Screen Rant. Rarely have I seen such angst and pain among not only fans of the comic book character that is being brought to the big screen, but movie fans in general.

 

Of course the roots run deep… all the way back to 1989 when New World Pictures brought us the first Punisher movie, starring of all people Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren playing the title character that was supposed to be a hard-boiled New York City cop. At the time he was considered “hot,” having come off of a couple of Rocky movies, and some genius thought it would be a great idea to cast him in the role.

Actually, if you want a good laugh, I’d recommend »

- Vic Holtreman

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Chris Gorak to write, direct 'Sis' for Warners

19 July 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warners Bros is setting an Eta on "Sis."

The studio is developing the acronym-inflected project, a cop drama in the vein of "Training Day." Chris Gorak, a noted art director whose credits include "Fight Club" and "Minority Report," is attached to direct and pen the screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce.

Casting is presently under way for the project, which is described as having a soft greenlight. Jessica Goodman and Matt Milam are overseeing for Warners.

"Sis" began life several years ago as "In-Crime," with Kurt Sutter, a showrunner on FX's "The Shield," penning the first draft of the script and initally attached to direct. Russell Gewirtz, who wrote the Spike Lee hostage film "Inside Man" and Overture Films' upcoming Robert De Niro-Al Pacino cop drama "Righteous Kill," also subsequently wrote a draft of the screenplay.

Sis stands for special investigations section, a unit of the police force built to combat some of the most brutal criminals while they are in the midst of committing crimes, and often operates under looser restrictions than a traditional police unit. The feature will center on characters in the Sis unit of the Lapd.

Gorak made his writing and directorial debut in "Right at Your Door," an action picture about a man who discovered a nuclear weapon in modern-day Los Angeles, which Roadside and Lionsgate released in 2006. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Jay Karnes to recur on 'Anarchy'

6 July 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"The Shield" co-star Jay Karnes is staying at FX with a recurring role on the cable network's upcoming drama series "Sons of Anarchy."

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Kellan Lutz have landed recurring roles on the CW network's new drama "90210."

"Anarchy," from FX Prods. and Fox 21, revolves around a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's efforts to protect their town of Charming, Calif., from drug dealers and local corporate developers.

In a six-episode arc, Karnes will play Atf Agent Scott Kohn, reuniting with "Shield" writer/executive producer Kurt Sutter, who created the series.

In "90210," a contemporary spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210" from CBS Paramount, Markle will play vixen Wendy, a sexy student at West Beverly Hills High who takes every advantage of her looks. Lutz will play George Evans, a star lacrosse player who comes from a wealthy family.

Additionally, Markle has nabbed a potential recurring role on ABC's drama pilot "Good Behavior" as Sadie, the sexy, spoiled daughter of Burt Valencia (guest star Treat Williams).

She is repped by Gersh and Shelter Entertainment.

Lutz, repped by Innovative and manager Jamie Freed, next appears on HBO's "Generation Kill." »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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'Jericho' Actresses Seek Out Other Acting Gigs

2 May 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Jericho<Pamela-Reed-Sprague-Grayden.jpg" alt="" />When fans were able to bring back Jericho by bombarding CBS with tons of nuts, they thought they made an impression. However, the series has now become double dead with the second season cut short after just seven episodes. Fans were disappointed, and a few are still hopeful that they could pull off another save-the-show campaign. The fact that the show was shut down twice says something about Jericho. The low-rated show just can't survive on CBS.

Nonetheless, some are hoping that Comcast will enter the picture and save the day--or the show, for that matter. Recently, there have been talks that Comcast may enter a similar deal like that of DirecTV for another struggling but highly acclaimed show, Friday Night Lights. But now that the future of Jericho is terribly bleak, the actors and actresses have resigned to pursuing other endeavors than waiting it off in the meantime. »

- BuddyTV

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FX picks up 'Sons of Anarchy'

30 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Let the motorcycle wars begin.

FX on Tuesday picked up Sons of Anarchy to series for a September launch.

The cable network handed out a 13-episode order to the drama from The Shield writer/executive producer Kurt Sutter, FX Prods. and Fox 21, which is set in the world of motorcycle clubs.

The news comes days after HBO began production on the pilot for its own biker-themed drama, "1%."

Sons, which Sutter is exec producing with father and son Art and John Linson, explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's efforts to protect their town of Charming, Calif., from drug dealers and local corporate developers. It centers on Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), whose love for the brotherhood comes into direct conflict with his growing apprehension regarding the club's lawlessness. Katey Sagal, who is married to Sutter, stars as his force-of-nature mother. The other central role, that of Jax's stepfather, who is the club's president, will be recast. It was played in the pilot by Scott Glenn.

"Doing research, I had the opportunity to spend time with members of outlaw motorcycle clubs," Sutter said, "and was amazed at how the outside world takes them seriously and within their fraternity, they have a great sense of dark humor and don't take themselves seriously."

Sutter is planning to infuse more of that dark humor into the script, which led to the reimagining of the stepfather character and the recasting of the role, he said. »

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FX picks up 'Sons of Anarchy'

29 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FX has picked up "Sons of Anarchy" to series.

The cable network has handed out a 13-episode order to the drama from "The Shield" writer/executive producer Kurt Sutter, which is set in the world of motorcycle clubs.

Sutter, who is exec producing with father and son Art and John Linson, has described "Sons" as a multigenerational family drama that centers on Jack Charlie Hunnam), a man in his early 30s who suddenly is faced with his own responsibilities as a new father and is unsure how he's going to balance those with his involvement in a motorcycle club.

The pilot, which was directed by Allen Coulter, also stars Katey Sagal as Jack's mother and the matriarch of the club.

"Sons", from Fox 21 and FX Prods., is targeted for a September launch.

HBO's similarly themed motorcycle drama, "1%," is in a pilot stage. Filming on the pilot began Friday. »

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Salivary glands fully functional: Tarsem's The Fall

28 February 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- I've been talking about how much I'm looking forward to seeing this film (more than 12 months now) and earlier in the week the c**k-teasing folks at Roadside Attractions decided to release the trailer onto the web without a definite release date (so far we have the month of May to work with). What will be gawked at until its finally hits theaters was an under-appreciated title for American distributors - Tarsem's self-financed film is elusive to most because this is high-end art: check out the trailer to see what I mean. Making its debut at Tiff in 06', the excruciatingly long wait for the The Fall should end shortly, but not quickly enough for those who saw a mangled hopscotch tour of the world in Doug Liman's The Jumper. Inspired by a short, Bulgarian film the director saw at a film festival almost a decade ago »

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FX ready for 'Anarchy'

11 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Charlie Hunnam, Scott Glenn and Katey Sagal are set to star in and Allen Coulter has signed on to direct the FX pilot Sons of Anarchy.

Anarchy, previously known as Forever Sam Crow, is a drama from The Shield writer/executive producer Kurt Sutter set in the world of motorcycle clubs. Fox 21 has come on board to co-produce the project with FX Prods.

Anarchy, executive produced by Sutter, veteran feature producer Art Linson and his son and producing partner, John Linson, is a multigenerational family drama that centers on Jack (Hunnam), a man in his 20s who is faced with his own responsibilities as a new father and is unsure how he's going to balance that life with his involvement in the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club founded by his late father.

Glenn will play Jack's stepfather, the president and patriarch of the club. Sagal will play Jack's mother and the matriarch of the club. The role was written for Sagal, who is married to Sutter. »

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