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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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Tony Sokol Aug 24, 2016
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 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 »
The project marks Warner Bros. TV’s first co-production pact with Amazon.
Richman is writing the pilot and exec producing with Roy Lee, Michael Connolly, Graham King, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Sarah Esberg, Tripp Vinson, Doug Davison and Gianni Nunneri. Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment are also producing.
The new spin on “Departed” revolves around a young cop who infiltrates a Latino gang in Chicago and battles the gang’s own plant in the police department. Like “Departed,” the series adaptation is also inspired by the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller “Infernal Affairs.”
- Cynthia Littleton
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 »
- Drew McWeeny
Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016
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? »
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 »
If you Frankensteined the DNA of the Hulk, Wolfman and a velociraptor in a petri dish, you’d get Raptorman. He was due to appear in a Jurassic Park film, but it ultimately wasn't meant to be.
Raptorman was part of a screenplay envisioned by John Sayles and William Monahan when they were penning an earlier take on Jurassic Park 4, featuring genetically enhanced soldier-o-saurus reptiles created by a corporation to be mercenaries that are supposed to wrangle the rogue dinos trampling North America.
The military dinos died out after studio execs decided this one big leap for dinosaur-kind was just too bizarre. It was this script that Jurassic World outlived to become the official fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. The closest that ever got to the Sayles-Monahan concept »
Signature Entertainment is set to release the dark thriller Mojave starring Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD here in the UK on May 16th, and to celebrate we have two copies on DVD to give away. Read on for details of how to enter…
In this intense classical thriller, from an original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan (The Departed), a violent artist, Thomas, (Garrett Hedlund, Tron: Legacy) has an ominous encounter in the desert with a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter, Jack, (Oscar Isaac, Star Wars The Force Awakens). Jack follows Thomas back to his privileged L.A. home life, holding a dark secret over his head as he attempts to infiltrate and destroy his seemingly-perfect life. Thomas must go head-to-head with his nemesis in a riveting two-man clash that plays out in exciting and unexpected ways. Mojave also stars Mark Wahlberg »
- Gary Collinson
Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”), William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, T.I., Kathy Bates and John Leguizamo are starring in the independent dramedy “Krystal” with Macy directing.
Great Point Media is producing with principal photography starting in April in Atlanta. The film is being produced by “Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and Dan Keston, who have been developing the project since 2002.
Winter initially brought the project to Macy for him to star in back in 2005. Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve are executive producers and the film is being fully financed and produced in association with Great Point Media.
Written by Will Aldis, the story centers on a young man (played by Robinson) who has never had a drink in his life and upon meeting the woman of his dreams — an ex-hooker-stripper-junkie-alcoholic — pretends to be in Alcoholics Anonymous to try and woo her.
“We are so »
- Dave McNary
With his new film Mojave set for release in the UK tomorrow (Friday March 25th), we take a look back at some of the work of the great Oscar Isaac, arguably the best working actor in Hollywood right now…
Up until mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens you could very well be forgiven for asking, ‘Who is Oscar Isaac?’ Since then it’s more likely to be ‘Where can I see more Oscar Isaac?’ The talented 36-year-old, Guatemalan born leading man has won a lot of hearts in the last few years. His early roles had a tendency to leave him lurking in the background, simmering with intensity in films such as Drive. But more recently his immense charisma has positioned him as leading man or chief bad guy. And as new La psycho-thriller Mojave hits cinemas, we take a look at the performances that led him to where he is today. »
- Scott J. Davis
Depressed, self-indulgent writer-director Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) takes a break from the Hollywood rat race to drive out to the desert. There he crosses paths with Jack (Oscar Isaac), a dodgy-looking drifter full of smart-aleck patter, cheeky biblical references and Shakespeare quotations. Things do not go well, and when Jack catches Thomas making a fatal mistake, the latter finds he has a crafty new stalker, who then follows him home. Underneath the almost defiantly lazy thriller mechanics, this is more of a satire of Tinseltown mores, where it’s impossible to tell, as Jack asks at one point, who’s the bad guy since both leads are equally loathsome in different ways. That in itself is pleasantly subversive, given our collective fixation on “likable” protagonists, and it’s not hard to see parallels with writer-director William Monahan »
- Leslie Felperin
★☆☆☆☆ Pablo Picasso once said that good artists copy but greatest artists steal. Mojave's opening moments see noted filmmaker Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) sit in the squared off aspect ratio of an interview. Comparisons are made to Lord Byron and fame from the age of nineteen is bemoaned. Highly pretentious beginnings capture the entirety of writer-director William Monahan's sophomore attempt behind the camera in a nutshell. An awful lot of very big ideas, elaborate rhetoric and name-dropping of cultural luminaries attempt to elevate an old-fashioned game of cat and mouse to a higher plain but are lost in the mire. With aspirations a long way above its station the whole endeavour is soon caught in quicksand before going under completely.
- CineVue UK
Directed by William Monahan.
Movie writer and producer Thomas disappears off into the desert for some solitude and the contents of several vodka bottles. As night falls, he’s approached by a drifter, Jack. Their encounter ends with an argument and Thomas comes off better, leaving Jack on the ground. But he’s not dead, and follows his prey out of the desert and back into the L.A. lifestyle. Adept at wheedling his way in and out of situations and other people’s homes, he’s soon stalking Thomas, with just one aim in mind.
Two thirds of the way into William Monahan’s Mojave, there’s a head to head between movie producer Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) and drifter Jack (Oscar Isaac). Isaac asks if his adversary has figured out yet which one of them is the bad guy. »
- Freda Cooper
Mojave review by Kat Hughes. Mojave is made up of several talk-heavy scenes between lead character Tom and Jack as they spout quotes from various texts and practitioners. This over reliance on references will leave some viewers alienated and struggling to keep up, though thankfully after the head-scratchingly confusing beginning, events slowly (and I mean slowly) start to fall into place.
There’s every chance that Mojave could have been a film that just disappeared, however the inclusion of a certain Oscar Isaac is sure to mean it will reach a wider audience. After his turn as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens the world and his dog fell in love with Isaac and he’s developed quite the loyal following. With Mojave they will get a treat as not only is the actor once again on top form, »
- Kat Hughes
“Bessie” director Dee Rees is directing the film. Cassian Elwes (Elevated), Charles King (Macro), Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson are producing. Poppy Hanks will exec produce. MacRo will co-finance with Zeal. Good Universe is selling foreign rights.
Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) penned the screenplay based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. It revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.
No distributor is currently attached, with producers planning to showcase the package in the coming weeks.
Former Wme partner King launched the media venture MacRo in 2015. The entertainment company is focused on premium content creation, distribution and engagement for African-American, »
- Justin Kroll
There’s a moment in William Monahan’s sun-kissed psychological thriller Mojave where Oscar Isaac’s Jack turns to the suicidal artist Thomas, played by Garrett Hedlund and asks, “Do you know yet which one of us is the bad guy?” A question that could just as well be posed to the viewer, as one that lays
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- Stefan Pape
To mark the release of Mojave on 25th March, we’ve been given 1 set of movie merchandise including an Exclusive Oscar Isaac canvas A4 print, ‘Light House: A Trifle’ novel by William Monahan, a Funny Mark Wahlberg Key-ring, and a Hunky Garrett Hedlund fridge magnet to give away. In this intense classical thriller, from an
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If you’re looking for an alternative to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this Good Friday, then you may be interested in writer-director William Monahan’s upcoming thriller Mojave starring Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac, which has just received a new poster and trailer. Take a look below…
Mojave is a classical, cerebral thriller about a brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas (Garrett Hedlund), who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter—Jack (Oscar Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals. The game intensifies when Jack, while in murderous pursuit of Thomas, witnesses Thomas’ accidental killing of an innocent man he has mistaken for Jack. The chase moves from the spectacular vistas of the American desert to a noir Los Angeles, where Jack discovers Thomas’ notoriety as an artist and continues »
- Amie Cranswick
Up until mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens you could very well be forgiven for asking, ‘Who is Oscar Isaac?’ Since then it’s more likely to be ‘Where can I see more Oscar Isaac?’ The talented 36 year old, Guatemalan born leading man has won a lot of hearts in the last few years. His early roles had a tendency to leave him lurking in the background, simmering with intensity in films such as Drive. But more recently his immense charisma has positioned him as leading man or chief bad guy. And as new La psycho-thriller Mojave hits cinemas, we take a look at the performances that led him to where he is today.
Is he in Drive you ask? Indeed so! Starring alongside Ryan Gosling’s Hollywood stunt driver as the ex-convict husband of Gosling’s neighbour. The hyper-stylish crime drama from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn is »
- The Hollywood News
Though he’s 73-years-old and one of our greatest living filmmakers, Martin Scorsese shows no signs of slowing down or resting on his laurels. He’s producing Vinyl for HBO, is producing no less than six movies in various stages of production and pre-production, and his directorial effort, Silence, about Jesuit priests in Japan, drops later this year. The Departed, the film that finally won him a Best Director Academy Award, is a modern crime classic, and as it turns out, it almost had a sequel. Roy Lee produced The Departed, as well as dozens of other notable films, and when Collider caught up with him, he revealed that there may be a TV series in the cards. That said, he also noted there was almost a proper cinematic sequel at one point. Writer William Monahan had an idea for The Departed 2, which somehow involved bringing back characters »
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