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"Penny Dreadful" concluded its first season last night. Our own Greg Ellwood reviewed the finale, and I have some thoughts on that episode and season 1 as a whole coming up just as soon as I return to the land of ice chips and cherry phosphates... At the beginning of the season, I called this show "entertaining, if largely nonsensical," and was dazzled enough by J.A. Bayona's direction and some of the performances (notably Eva Green and Timothy Dalton) to overlook some of the rougher patches. The directors who succeeded Bayona couldn't quite match his visual flair, but the show compensated in other ways. There's still a sense that John Logan is throwing a lot of ideas at the wall — with the finale revealing that Ethan is a werewolf(*) and that Brona will be resurrected as the bride of Frankenstein's monster — to see what sticks, but later episodes brought certain character arcs to the forefront, »
- Alan Sepinwall
There have been numerous interweaving and not so interweaving plots during this inaugural season of "Penny Dreadful," but there have been two constants. The first has been the search by Sir Malcom (Timothy Dalton) and Ms. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to save Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) from the clutches of a vampire demon. The second has been the systematic haunting of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway, Jr.) by his first creation (Rory Kinnear), a vindictive son who brutally demands a bride from his creator. If the series finale told us anything it's that creator John Logan had no intention of dragging these story lines out any more than necessary. More so, Logan appears to have a lot more in store for "Dreadful's" unexpected group of flawed "heroes." Two of the series' best performances have been from Green and Dalton. Their characters have behaved like two adversaries forced to grit their teeth »
- Gregory Ellwood
Yep, I'm obsessed. And, no, "Orange is the New Black" is not the object of my affection. Instead, John Logan and Sam Mendes' "Penny Dreadful" has me spinning. Set in Victorian England, "Penny" centers on a number of familiar literary characters who have allied to investigate supernatural mysteries. Our "heroes" (and that's a lose term here) include Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcom, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray and Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein (including someone's famous monster). The show could have easily been a pale imitator of Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" comic book or the 2003 movie that it inspired. Instead, its rambling storylines are somehow weaving a very different spell. While the concept was intriguing enough to watch the pilot, the real reason I was drawn to the show was Juan Antonio Bayona's involvement. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Renewing relations with Spain’s two most preeminent heavyweight auteurs, Spanish production and promotion powerhouse Telecinco Cinema has boarded both Juan Antonio Bayona’s fantasy-actioner “A Monster Calls” and Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller “Regression.”
Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate have teamed to finance and distribute “Monster,” which, repped by Lionsgate, reportedly sold nearly all major international territories at Cannes.
- John Hopewell
All the way back in December, we reported that Marc Forster wouldn’t be returning to helm the sequel to World War Z, an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel of the same name. Instead, The Impossible’s Juan Antonio Bayona would be helming it, and since then it’s been rather quiet as to the direction of the project.
However, we can expect to see Brad Pitt return to our screens in the near zombie-infested future, as Locke’s Steven Knight, oscar-nominee for Dirty Pretty Things, has been brought on board by Paramount and Skydance to pen the sequel.
World War Z surprised most critics back in 2013, when it earned more than $540 million worldwide, solidifying it as one of Pitt’s most financially successful ventures yet.
Source: Variety »
- Matthew Ceo
Get it? Because the zombies in this one are runners? Ahem. Thanks to box office muscle to the tune of $500-plus million worldwide, Brad Pitt will be back fightin’ zombies to save his family and the planet in a sequel to last year’s “World War Z.” Besides Pitt returning as the former Un badass turned unflappable zombie fighter, the sequel previously swapped out director Marc Forster, who had a dickens of a time on the first film, with “The Impossible’s” J.A. Bayona. Moving forward, the studio has now tapped “Eastern Promises” writer Steven Knight to take a crack at the script. The 2013 movie was notorious for its many behind-the-scenes problems, including an entire rewritten third act that drastically changed the ending of the movie. The last we saw of Pitt’s character, he, along with the world, seemed to have the zombie plague well in hand. Apparently not »
Steven Knight (Locke) has signed on to write the screenplay for the World War Z sequel to be directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) and again starring Brad Pitt returning in the starring role. Plot details are unknown, but the film is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks' popular novel. Variety Also on the sequel horizon is Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, which is currently slated for a July 1, 2016 release. It was announced Carter Blanchard will rewrite James Vanderbilt's script. Blanchard is an untested writer, never having a screenplay for a feature actually go into production, but he is responsible for at least one draft of Spyhunter at Warner Bros... if that matters. Deadline »
- Brad Brevet
J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) is attached to direct the movie with Brad Pitt set to reprise his role as Gerry Lane. There are no plot details for the sequel, but like the first one, I'm sure it will be very loosely based on Max Brooks' popular novel.
Knight recently wrote and directed Tom Hardy in the movie Locke. He was also the screenwriter on the David Cronenberg film Easter Promises. The guy is way talented, so it's great that the studio was able to bring him on to write this movie. I thought the first film was great, and with Knight on board to help bring the sequel to life, it could be even better. »
- Joey Paur
2013 was a good year for Brad Pitt; he not only won an Oscar for producing last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave (which he also costarred in), but also headlined the first (lucrative) installment in a budding franchise, World War Z. The sequel to Pitt’s zombie apocalypse thriller has been slow to develop over the past year – much slower than the infected creatures in the film move, anyway – but it may start picking up speed, now that it has a writer in place.
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- Sandy Schaefer
The Oscar nominated British scribe Steven Knight ('Eastern Promises') has been tapped for writing duties on board Paramount Picture's upcoming 'World War Z' sequel. Along with the announcement comes confirmation that Brad Pitt will be reprising his role in the follow-up. News that we all expected despite the many setbacks and delays that the first movie faced during production. There's nothing like good box office takings to wipe the slate clean. 'The Orphanage' helmer J.A. Bayona is set to direct with Pitt both starring and producing once more alongside Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for his Plan B production company. »
The sequel to 2013′s surprise hit World War Z just found another important building block. A few months back, director Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to write the screenplay. Variety broke the news about the World War Z sequel. Knight is pretty formidable screenwriter, […]
- Germain Lussier
Brad Pitt's "World War Z" was always envisioned as a franchise. So after the first film grossed over $540 million worldwide, a sequel was immediately announced. Now comes word that Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) has been hired to write the second installment, which will bring back Pitt and will be directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible). Meanwhile, Carter Blanchard (Spyhunter) has been set to re-write the script for "Independence Day 2," which will once again be directed by Roland Emmerich. Blanchard's job will be to take Will Smith out of the first script since the actor will not be reprising his role. »
Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Impossible") is already slated to direct and will work closely with Knight on the script. Details of the sequel are being kept under wraps, how much of it will come from the Max Brooks book is also uncertain at this time.
Emmerich and Dean Devlin worked on the earliest draft which Jamie Vanderbilt then took a crack at. Emmerich is prepping the film at the same time he shoots his Stonewall riots drama starring Jeremy Irvine.
Source: Heat Vision & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Pitt will return in the starring role, although no details are known of the plot at this time.
Knight won an Oscar in 2004 for his Dirty Pretty Things screenplay.
Plan B most recently produced the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.
Watch the trailer for Locke below: »
World War Z took a few people by surprise last year. After countless delays, several last minute re-writes and a complete lack of use of the source material, it turned a lot better than it should have been. It impressively also pulled in over $500 million dollars at the box office, so they were quick to announce a sequel which will again star Brad Pitt, who will also serve as producer.
And now Variety is reporting that Steven Knight (Locke) is to write the script. His other upcoming screenplays include fantasy Seventh Son, the comedy drama The Hundred-Foot Journey and the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice.
World War Z 2 will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) who replaces original movie director Marc Foster. There are no plot details yet, but Pitt has said in interviews that it will expand upon the universe they created in World War Z. »
- Luke Owen
Marc Forster’s World War Z surprised a lot of people last year by picking up some decent reviews and a big box office total, despite a publically troubled production with noteworthy departures from the source material.
As well as this good form in claustrophobia and close-quarters character study, Knight also penned the scripts for Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises and Jason Statham’s Hummingbird, which seems a promising sign for this zombie sequel.
Whether you liked World War Z or didn't, you knew there was going to be a sequel in the works. The Paramount film starring Brad Pitt went from being counted out before it had even shown a trailer to making $540 million worldwide, proving that sometimes a film can beat the odds to become a success story. With new director J.A. Bayona at the helm, it would seem like the perfect time for a new writer. Which is good news for screenwriter Steven Knight, as he just happens to be the new guy with the gig. Variety says that Knight has been hired to start writing the sequel to World War Z, which was originally based off Max Brooks' best selling book of the same name. This news comes after reports that Pitt was looking at possibly starring in another project also written by Knight. It would appear that the »
The Oscar-nominated scribe (for 2002′s Dirty Pretty Things) will be working closely with director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) in developing the screenplay, which finds Brad Pitt returning to reprise his role as United Nations worker and dad of the year Gerry Lane. Plot details for the zombie thriller are being kept under wraps, but it is expected to remain in the world of author Max Brooks’ original vision. Variety first reported the news.
Knight is also a director. His well-received thriller Locke, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Zombies and aliens both have new projects on the way with the upcoming sequels to World War Z and Independence Day. The former is fresh off the success from 2013 while the other has been in the works for 20 years. But both projects are in the same boat as each of them has landed new writers. First up, World War Z already has a director attached with The Impossible helmer J.A. Bayona behind the camera and Brad Pitt back in the lead. Now Variety has word that Locke director and writer Steven Knight has been tapped to script the sequel. Could his isolated, real-time story key us into the kind of follow-up we'll get for World War Z? It's hard to say, but with no book as source material this time around, anything is possible. Read on! As for Independence Day, the original script from James Vanderbilt is ready for a rewrite. »
- Ethan Anderton
Despite a series of production woes, extensive reshoots, and a bloated budget, last year’s summer zombie blockbuster World War Z defied the odds and managed to come back from the brink of death, earning generally favorable reviews and $540 million worldwide. Additionally, it became the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt’s career and was quickly given the greenlight for a sequel.
The Impossible director J.A. Bayona will take the helm this time around, replacing Marc Forster, with Pitt returning as former United Nations employee turned zombie fighter Gerry Lane. Today, Variety is reporting that Academy Award-nominated writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) has been hired to pen the screenplay.
At this point in time, we don’t know any plot details, or whether or not the film will use any material from Max Brooks’ popular novel, which served as the basis for the first film (which actually shared little »
- James Garcia
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