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‘The Wild Geese’ To Fly Again With William Monahan Writing For New Republic Pictures, Filmula

Exclusive: New Republic Pictures and Filmula will co-finance an updated version of The Wild Geese, the 1978 cult favorite mission movie that starred Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris as British mercenaries sent to Africa to restore a leader to power. William Monahan is set to write the script, based on the novel by Daniel Carney. New Republic’s Brian Oliver is producing with Filmula’s Johnny Lin, and Greg Shapiro and Patrick Milling Smith are also producing…
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Sony Classics Buys Liam Neeson’s Watergate Drama ‘Silent Man’

Sony Classics Buys Liam Neeson’s Watergate Drama ‘Silent Man’
Sony Pictures Classics has bought North American rights to Watergate era drama “The Silent Man,” starring Liam Neeson as FBI official Mark Felt.

Felt revealed himself in 2005 as Deep Throat, the nickname given to him by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncovered the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Felt died in 2008.

The Silent Man” also stars Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Brian D’Arcy James, Kate Walsh, and Noah Wyle. “Concussion” director Peter Landesman directed “The Silent Man” from his own script.

The Silent Man” has been set for a September release with Sony Classics referring to “recent political turmoil” as sparking a renewed public interest in Felt’s story.

That’s a reference to President Donald Trump’s May 9 firing of FBI Director James
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Review: Black Butterfly

  • JoBlo
Plot: A reclusive writer (Antonio Banderas) suffering from writers block, takes in a mysterious drifter (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who saved him from a local bully. Review: Black Butterfly is highly reminiscent of William Monahan’s recent Mojave, which shared the same essential premise: a reclusive artist finds himself in a violent collision course with a drifter who possesses frustrated delusions of... Read More...
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Liam Neeson to Star in ‘Retribution,’ Remake of Spanish Thriller ‘El Desconocido’

Liam Neeson to Star in ‘Retribution,’ Remake of Spanish Thriller ‘El Desconocido’
Liam Neeson has signed on to star in the independent thriller “Retribution,” a remake of the 2015 Spanish film “El Desconocido.”

No director has been set yet. The production companies are Studiocanal, The Picture Company, and Ombra Films. The producers are Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman under The Picture Company’s Studiocanal deal, along with Jaume Collet-Serra and his Ombra Films partner, Juan Sola. Shooting is expected to start in the fall.

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“El Desconocido” followed a bank executive (Carlos Tosar) who received an anonymous phone call while taking his children to school, telling him that bombs had been placed under the car’s seats and would explode if any of them left. The film was nominated for eight Goya Awards.

Neeson will play a Wall Street executive in the remake, which has been written by Chris Salmanpour and Andrew Baldwin.
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Liam Neeson to Play Philip Marlowe, Channing Tatum to Lead Netflix’s First Animated Film & More

With his second feature Mojave under his belt, writer-director William Monahan (The Departed) has decided to return to the writer’s chair with an adaptation of Benjamin Black‘s novel “The Black-Eyed Blonde.” Variety now reports that producers Nickel City Pictures and Gary Levinson have found their lead in Liam Neeson, whose no stranger to the dark crime underworld. Neeson will star in Marlowe as the titular character Philip Marlowe of Raymond Chandler fame.

The character has a special set of skills that involve being restless and lonely until a beautiful woman shakes up the hard-bit private detectives world, sending him on a dark quest through a twisted mystery. You know, classic noir stuff with Liam Neeson. Scribe Monahan said:

The book by Benjamin Black was a pleasure to adapt, and with Marlowe there’s no chance of even being asked to do it left-handed. You have to do Chandler justice,
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Liam Neeson to play Philip Marlowe

Variety has revealed that Liam Neeson has signed on to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Humphrey Bogart, James Garner, Elliott Gould and Robert Mitchum by taking on the role of Raymond Chandler’s iconic private eye Philip Marlowe. Neeson is set to play the lead in Marlowe, a spec script from Oscar-winner William Monahan (The Departed), which is being produced by Nickel City Pictures.

Marlowe will be based on Benjamin Black’s book The Black-Eyed Blonde, and “follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more
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Liam Neeson to Add Playing Philip Marlowe to His Particular Set of Skills

  • Movies.com
Bogart. Gould. Mitchum. Neeson! That's right, Liam Neeson is joining the list of portaryers of Philip Marlowe, the iconic hardboiled detective created by Raymond Chandler. This time, though, Chandler is not the direct source of adaptation. According to Variety, the eponymously titled Marlowe will be based on John Banville's authorized 2014 novel The Black-Eyed Blonde (written under the name Benjamin Black), which features the character as its hero.  Set in the 1950s, the book centers on a missing persons case that involves a rich and powerful family. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, adaped the work for the screen, and while it's not an actual Chandler novel he's working off, he says he has done the author...

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Liam Neeson to Play Philip Marlowe in William Monahan-Scripted ‘Marlowe’

Liam Neeson to Play Philip Marlowe in William Monahan-Scripted ‘Marlowe’
Liam Neeson has signed up to play detective Phillip Marlowe in a film hailing from Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed). The project, titled Marlowe, is based on Benjamin Black‘s “The Black-Eyed Blonde.” Some incredible actors, including Eliot Gould (The Long Good-Bye), Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep), James Garner (Marlowe), and Robert Mitchum (Farewell, My Lovely), have played Raymond Chandler‘s famous […]

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Liam Neeson To Follow In Bogart’s Footsteps And Play Philip Marlowe

Liam Neeson has confirmed that he’s attached to star in Marlowe, an in-development gumshoe drama based on the novel The Black-Eyed Blonde. William Monahan (The Departed) is adapting the book, with the project under the auspices of production company Nickel City Pictures and Gary Levinson. Neeson will be playing iconic detective Philip Marlowe, who was a fixture on cinema screens between 1942 and 1978 and was most famously played by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (though I’m a fan of Elliot Gould’s interpretation in 1973’s The Long Goodbye).

This’ll mark Philip Marlowe’s first appearance in a major motion picture since 1978, with the story coming courtesy of Irish writer John Banville (writing under the pen name of Benjamin Black). His 2014 novel is an attempt to produce a convincing interpretation of Raymond Chandler’s character, with the book (and presumably the film) set in early 1950s Los Angeles,
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Newswire: Liam Neeson is the latest Philip Marlowe

Liam Neeson will follow in the footsteps of many hard-boiled men before him to play the legendary private-eye Philip Marlowe, previously embodied by the likes of Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart, Elliott Gould, and Robert Mitchum. Variety reports that Neeson is going to tackle the role in a film titled, well, Marlowe, which is based on not one Raymond Chandler’s novels, but The Black-Eyed Blonde, a more recent work by Benjamin Black. (Black is a pseudonym for John Banville.) The plot follows Marlowe as he investigates the case of a woman’s missing former lover—you know, your usual noir stuff.

William Monahan of The Departed fame is writing the screenplay for the project, and told Variety: “It’s hard to tell who has the more of a lion’s heart and soul, Philip Marlowe or Liam Neeson. I hope I’ve done the both of them and a picture
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Liam Neeson will play detective Phillip Marlowe in movie by Departed scribe

  • JoBlo
It was announced today that after being brought to life by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Elliot Gould and Robert Mitchum that Liam Neeson will be the next actor to bring the character of Phillip Marlowe (created by Raymond Chandler in 1939) to the big screen.  Neeson will bring his tough guy persona to the noir-era detective in the movie titled Marlowe from a script by The Departed scribe, William Monahan.... Read More...
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Liam Neeson, ‘Departed’ Scribe William Monahan Team Up for Philip Marlowe Movie (Exclusive)

Liam Neeson, ‘Departed’ Scribe William Monahan Team Up for Philip Marlowe Movie (Exclusive)
Liam Neeson has attached himself to the spec “Marlowe” to play the iconic Raymond Chandler character Philip Marlowe. “The Departed” scribe William Monahan penned the script with Nickel City Pictures and Gary Levinson producing.

Based on the book “The Black-Eyed Blonde” by Benjamin Black, the story follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay Cities who are willing to go to any length’s to protect their fortune.

“The book by Benjamin Black was a pleasure to adapt, and with Marlowe there’s no
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Jurassic World 2 Begins Filming

Jurassic World 2 (or, I guess, Jurassic Park 5) is out of the paddock and in front of cameras. Earlier this month, producer Frank Fields marked the beginning of production with a Tweet that read: “so it begins.” Following that up, today Bryce Dallas Howard, who stars as Park Operations Manager Claire Dearing (menaced as much by her high heels as the dino attractions) marked the commencement of filming with the following social media post:

"We have an asset out of containment. Put Acu on alert. This not a drill."

Day 1.#jurassicworld #jurassicworld2 #thisisnotadrill pic.twitter.com/Rend3l0PxZ

Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) February 24, 2017

Dallas Howard’s Tweet quotes her character in Jurassic World, the dialogue marking the moment where the glossy family friendly amusement park begins changing into a buffet for gigantic prehistoric monstrosities. Given the nature of the Jurassic franchise, we can probably expect to see further examples of
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18 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Departed’ for Its 10th Anniversary (Photos)

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18 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Departed’ for Its 10th Anniversary (Photos)
Now that 10 years have passed since it entered theaters, “The Departed” is easily considered among the canon of all-time great movies. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Vera Farmiga, TheWrap takes a deeper look at the acclaimed gangster film to discover facts you probably didn’t already know. 1. It Took Only One Day to Decide to Make It “We read the script in one day and called each other the next day and said ‘Let’s do this,'” recalled DiCaprio in an interview of regarding his group decision with Scorsese to do the film.
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Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg gives update on The Six Billion Dollar Man

Simon Brew Sep 29, 2016

A new writer has joined The Six Billion Dollar Man movie, and the film is very close to getting made, Mark Wahlberg tells us…

Director Peter Berg and producer/star Mark Wahlberg reunite for the second time with Deepwater Horizon, that’s in cinemas in the UK today. Previously, they made Lone Survivor together, and they’ve already shot their third movie, Patriots Day, which tells the story of the Boston marathon bombing of 2013, and the hunt for those responsible. That gets a wide release early next year.

The pair now have plans for a fourth collaboration too, with a remake of The Six Million Dollar Man, that somewhat inevitably is going by the name of The Six Billion Dollar Man.

Chatting to us whilst promoting Deepwater Horizon, Wahlberg confirmed that there’s been some significant progress on the project.

“We’ve been working on The Six Billion Dollar Man
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Infernal Affairs Heads to Amazon via The Departed

Ten years ago, Martin Scorsese's somewhat ungainly The Departed took flight from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's terrific thriller Infernal Affairs, eventually earning Scorsese his long overdue first Academy Award. Now a new version is heading to the Amazon streaming service. Scorsese's remake, scripted by William Monahan, also borrowed elements from the original's two sequels. As I wrote in my review at the time: "Instead of simply 'Americanizing' the whiplash twists and turns of the original Hong Kong police thriller, which generated terrific tension in its first 30 minutes, the filmmakers used the material as inspiration for making a juicy, straightforward crime epic in which the characters are painted in varied shades of grey." The premise remains the same: a young cop goes undercover in...

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The Departed: Amazon picks up TV reboot

Tony Sokol Aug 24, 2016

Martin Scorsese’s modern gangster classic The Departed is heading to TV via Amazon Studios and Warner Bros...

The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s 2006 modern mob classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, is coming to TV as a series. The Oscar-winning movie will get a reboot as a crime drama series from Amazon Studios as well as the original film’s producers Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment. This is the first time Amazon has bought anything from Warner Bros. TV.

The script for The Departed series was written Jason Richman, who created Detroit 1-8-7.

The original film was set in Boston where Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello, played by Nicholson, paid for Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) to complete police training and get set up in the Massachusetts State Police. DiCaprio plays William "Billy" Costigan, who pretends to get
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In appreciation of Eva Green, one of Hollywood's great underutilized assets

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In appreciation of Eva Green, one of Hollywood's great underutilized assets
The first real rabid Penny Dreadful fan I talked to was Greg Ellwood here at HitFix. He was a steadfast believer the entire time it was on the air, and he encouraged me to watch it. I was busy cutting the cord, though, moving away from cable subscriptions. I had no cable in the house, none in my office, and chose not to watch anything on TV. I used Hulu, Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime. And if a show didn’t land in one of the services I used, then it just went on a list of things to watch someday. Maybe. Today is that day for Penny Dreadful for me. After Greg, the person who really picked up that ongoing advocacy for the show was Brian Duffield, who shares my deep abiding love of Eva Green’s work, and he has always been insistent that I was missing some
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11 strange or ill-advised abandoned movie sequels

Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016

Jessica Rabbit kidnapped by Nazis. Costner rescuing Princess Diana. We look back at a few strange movie sequels that were never made…

The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.

Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana?
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Jurassic Park 4: the versions that never were

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Since life finds a way, Jurassic Park 4 was eventually made under the title Jurassic World. But many ideas floated around beforehand...

Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.

Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...

Early ideas stage

The long and winding
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