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One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.
Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
The British star and Comic-Con deity has signed on to Legendary Entertainment’s 2016 release with Jordan Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.
Legendary chief Thomas Tull announced the project and showed teaser footage at Comic-Con in July.
Vogt-Roberts directed and served as executive producer on the Sundance 2013 entry The Kings Of Summer.
Hiddleston famously stars as Loki for Marvel Studios and his upcoming releases include Legendary’s gothic horror Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J G Ballard’s socially minded thriller High-Rise and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.
Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.
This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »
- James Garcia
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
At this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures confirmed that along with Godzilla 2 they were developing a King Kong origin story called Skull Island. No additional details were revealed, though we have since learned that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein would be penning the screenplay for this monster movie.
That has now been confirmed via press release today as the studio have announced that Jordan Vogt-Roberts is attached to direct Skull Island. He’s best known for popular Sundance film The Kings of Summer, but he’s also attached to Sony’s big screen adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise.
Skull Island is set to be released on November 4th, 2016 and a brief (but rather vague) description of the film was included in the announcement. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences »
- Josh Wilding
After announcing Skull Island (a King Kong movie) at this year's Sdcc, fans have been anxious to know more about the upcoming creature feature from Legendary Pictures. Today they're finally giving out some details as they've confirmed a director for the project and also reveal that fan-favorite actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Marvel Universe) will be starring in the film! Come inside to learn more!
From Legendary's Press Release:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Tom Hiddleston made an unannounced appearance at a music festival and sang to the crowd.
The actor surprised visitors at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan yesterday (September 6) by singing 'Move It On Over' by Hank Williams on stage.
Hiddleston will be playing Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light, which starts shooting in Louisiana next month (October).
The Midnight in Paris star will do his own singing in the film, which will feature country songs including 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' and 'Your Cheatin' Heart'.
Other cast members in the project have not yet been revealed.
A new poster has arrived online for High-Rise, the upcoming film from Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Doctor Who), which is based upon J. G. Ballard’s classic thriller novel and sees Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) leading a cast that includes Sienna Miller (The Girl), Jeremy Irons (The Borgias), Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), James Purefoy (The Following), Dan Renton Skinner (House of Fools) and Wheatley regulars Reece Shearsmith and Peter Ferdinando. Take a look…
High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
- Gary Collinson
It sounds like he was smiley all during filming: Actor Michael Smiley, who portrayed Dalek-fighting Colonel (and uncle!) Morgan Blue in last Saturday night’s Into the Dalek, has talked about how he loved his short stint filming the show and was happy to act alongside Peter Capaldi, re-team with director Ben Wheatley, and surprise his
- Drew Boynton
Right from the start, the anthology horror film The ABCs of Death, produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, came with one major handicap: The film is divided into twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director (spanning fifteen countries), and each assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given carte blanche to indulge in their most grotesque impulses. Each letter is presented sequentially, and the director’s chosen word is revealed only at the end of each short – sometimes as a punch line or a revelation, and often to underscore or enlighten the segment’s theme. (weaker efforts find the directors taking a cheat). The problem is a lack of cohesion.
Highlights included T is for Toilet by British director Lee Hardcastle, Unearthed by Ben Wheatley, A by Nacho Vigalondo, D for Dogfight, X is for Xxl by Xavier Gens, and the self mocking Q for Quack, »
Let's take a moment and spare a thought for the poor advertising people. An advertising employee's life is a tricky one. He or she may have a fat bottomed bank balance that makes their world go round but they face a tricky task. How do they put a new spin on a familiar advertising icon and keep it fresh? From puppies rolling around in loo paper through to cartoon tea northerners in big caps, these are the faces of vital products and if they get tired or stale, the folks won't buy 'em any more – leaving those poor advertising sorts as crying puddles in corners.
Taking this concept into time and space, let's also spare a thought for the big cheeses at the Doctor Who studios. Doctor Who has its fair share of familiar icons – the sort that you'd list in a Family Fortunes studio to win a hefty jackpot cash prize. »
“Demons run when a Good Man goes to war,” went the ancient line. But the problem is, The Doctor is no longer sure he’s a good man. Further problem is, neither is Clara. So The Doctor’s not quite sure what he’s going to do when he’s invited to go…
Into The Dalek
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Human rebel fighter Journey Blue is about to have her ship destroyed by a Dalek saucer when The Doctor saves her by materializing the ship around her, a move for which he expects and demands a thank you. Returning her back to her command ship, he’s quickly arrested, until Journey tells them he’s a Doctor…which is lucky because they have a patient. The patient is a Dalek, who is malfunctioning. As in, it has become good – it is raving that the Daleks must be defeated. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 2, “Into the Dalek”
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on BBC America
This week, on Doctor Who: The Doctor doesn’t like soldiers, Clara is a master of the quick change, and Mr. Pink is a reader
Dalek stories are tricky. As monsters, they’re one trick ponies, but they’re also iconic and massively popular, so they’re trotted out every season or so for the Doctor to face*. They’re the Doctor’s oldest enemy (the First Doctor faced off with them in his second story), and frankly, the series ran out of new ways to use them a very long time ago. In season one of NuWho, Robert Shearman revitalized the creatures with his fantastic script for “Dalek”, but since season two, their appearances have mostly been a series of diminishing returns, »
- Kate Kulzick
Director: Ben Wheatley
The Story: The Doctor is in, and he has a new patient. The Timelord faces his greatest enemy with Clara by his side, but as he is forced to examine his own conscience, he will truly find out the answer to the question: Am I a good man?
Those time-old foes the Dalek’s are back! After the opening episode, we noticed a definite return to older sensibilities and Into the Dalek is encapsulated by that feeling. It’s written by Phil Ford, who also wrote the excellent Waters of Mars, so if you recall the darkness and depth of that episode - he’s here once again and it’s hugely impressive.
- Dan Bullock
The Daleks return and do battle with Peter Capaldi in Into The Dalek. Here's our spoiler-filled review...
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.2 Into The Dalek
"Am I a good man?"
No episode of Doctor Who is easy. Dalek stories? They carry a heavier burden of responsibility than most. As iconic a part of the show as the Tardis, these are the creatures that are supposed to be - but rarely are - the Doctor's deadliest foe. They can blitz away Cybermen without a second thought. They have weapons that can kill in the time it takes to admire a fiftysomething man's eyebrows. They make the BBC lots of cash through toy sales. And yet it's rarely a Dalek episode that's called out as a series highlight (Remembrance Of The Daleks the most recent towering exception, Dalek running it close).
Into The Dalek stakes one hell of a claim, »
Yesterday, we introduced you to new Doctor Who cast member Sam Anderson. Now tonight’s episode, which screens on BBC America, will find another person losing his Who-virginity: Michael Smiley. The actor and comedian is no stranger to much-loved cult TV, having appeared in both the Edgar-Wright-directed sitcom Spaced and the Idris Elba cop show Luther. He also starred in the deranged 2011 horror movie Kill List, whose director Ben Wheatley oversaw tonight’s ominously-titled episode of Doctor Who, “Into the Dalek.”
“It was just a call out of the blue,” says Smiley. “Ben was asked to do the first two »
- Clark Collis
Last August here in Saint Louis is a very distinctive time of year. We’re right on the cusp of September and as the rest of the continent starts to cool down, the summer doldrums morph into powerful storms and heavy rain. This happens in spring as well but that season is no fun because tornadoes show up and everyone has to flee for the nearest basement. No, the last week of August is much stranger; the temperatures are still high but as muggy days dissolve into balmy nights, the sky cracks open and oceans spill forth. I sound poetic about this because these changes herald the absolute most wonderful time of year, as many of our residents will testify; early autumn. September is a wonderful month for me, as it’s my birthday, and that is followed up by October, both the best month of the year, containing the best day of the year. »
- Chris Melkus
Anderson has been cast as Danny Pink on the BBC sci-fi series - a maths teacher and former soldier who romances Clara (Jenna Coleman).
"I was so excited to join Doctor Who - it's a quintessential part of British culture and I can't believe I'm part of it," the actor said earlier this year.
The episode airs on Saturday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
Doctor Who Extra: Has the BBC revived Confidential in all but name? »
Longtime fan Tal Zimerman's new documentary Why Horror? has gotten itself a rather sexy new one-sheet featuring artwork by acclaimed horror artist Gary Pullin. The flick will be haunting Canuck theatres this Halloween via WTFilms.
Why Horror? delves into the psychology of horror around the world. Among the interviewed subjects are names like George Romero and John Carpenter as well as Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Alex de la Iglesia, Ben Wheatley, Simon Barrett, Takashi Shimizu, Don Coscarelli, and Nicolas Lopez.
"For us who are fans of horror films and are dedicated to selling them, this is a dream come true," said WTFilms co-founder Gregory Chambet. "It’s fascinating to see that people from any country or gender are horror lovers and that scary movies translate the same everywhere. This is a love letter to genre, and it couldn’t be more fitting for WTFilms."
In the meantime, check out »
- Steve Barton
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