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The great thing about Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is that each episode has the scope and panache of a cinematic production. Though these mini-films are made with a fraction of the budget of a blockbuster movie, the ideas on show are easily worthy of being put up on the silver screen. It’s no surprise, then, that Hollywood has come a-knocking several times.
That’s what producer Annabel Jones revealed while chatting with Collider at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con. However, she seemed to dismiss the idea, explaining that she and her team are happy with what they’re doing at the moment.
“We have [been approached] yes, flatteringly a few times. But in our maybe pretentious heads we sort of feel we’re already making a film, you know? They’re certainly structured like films and they’re all independent, so I don’t really feel the need to do that. »
- Christian Bone
Daniel Kaluuya is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here.
“In the original ending, basically he kills everybody,” Kaluuya says of his lead character, Chris, whose girlfriend (Allison Williams) has ulterior motives when she takes him to meet her family. “I knew then that this is going to be a thing.”
Kaluuya, whose credits also include TV’s “Black Mirror” and “Skins,” says he knew Peele’s work with Keegan-Michael Key in Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” and that he has a habit of creating works that “really resonate with the public consciousness.” He remembers returning to London after “Get Out” was released and walking down Warren Street while on the phone when a black woman suddenly “looked at me, hugged »
- Whitney Friedlander
You have to give writer/director Omar Naim a lot of credit for perseverance… Becoming, a film of his that we’ve been writing about for close to five years, has a casting update and appears to finally be ready to kick… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
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Penned and to be directed by Omar Naim (The Final Cut), the film centers on a young woman who learns her fiancé has become possessed by an entity which takes over bodies, kills families and then moves on to new bodies. But now he wants to start his own family, which leaves her faced with an impossible choice about the one she loves.
- Rebecca Ford
After getting his beard in a twist over Cinema Sins’ Everything Wrong With Kong: Skull Island video, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has hijacked Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer to provide his own rather scathing critique of the MonsterVerse blockbuster; check it out here…
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Kong: Skull Island sees Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise), Brie Larson (Room), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), John C. Reilly (The Lobster), Thomas Mann (Me and Girl and the Dying Girl), Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead), Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron »
- Gary Collinson
Actor Jamie Bell who portrayed Benjamin Grimm, aka The Thing, in the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot has recently said that he and the rest of the cast were "bitterly disappointed" with the way that the movie came out. As it turns out, the cast of the reboot were not the only ones to be disappointed in the movie. The Fantastic Four reboot was a complete critical and commercial failure, which currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many reviews savaging the Josh Trank directed movie.
Bell recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times and shared his thoughts on filmmaking as well as the flop that was the reboot of The Fantastic Four. There were a lot of fingers being pointed when the movie came out and tanked in such a magnificent way, but Bell says that he and the cast were unaware of what was going on behind the scenes. »
Following the disastrous reception to 2015’s failed “Fantastic Four” reboot, a lot of the players involved kept a stiff upper lip. Both Kate Mara and Miles Teller said they would return to make another instalment. Meanwhile, Toby Kebbell said fans were right to be disappointed, but praised director Josh Trank‘s darker vision of the movie that didn’t making it out of the editing bay.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film boasts an all-star cast, including [deep breath] Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbell, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Adrian McLoughlin, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs and Paul Whitehouse.
The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.
In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.
A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin is »
- Paul Heath
Foresight Unlimited handles international sales on action-thriller set to begin filming in France end of this year.
The Devil's Brigade centres on the true story of Davie Berman, the only Jewish member of the Luciano mob, who is requested by the Us military to help turn the tide of events against the Germans in Italy.
In organising a team of Sicilian Cosa Nostra to work with the Americans, he almost single-handedly drives the Germans out of the southern region of Italy, and returns to America as a decorated hero. Moshe Diamant will produce.
On the TV side, Noyce is currently »
“We haven’t heard the idea from Noah [Hawley] for what the fourth season would be,” Landgraf said. “What we’ve encouraged Noah to do is think about it and make sure he has an idea he’s excited about.”
“There’s at least some possibility he won’t have have that idea for quite some time,” he continued. “He has a really busy schedule because he’s working actively on the second season of ‘Legion’…and he has a burgeoning feature film career…we’re going to have to share him with our film studio and we’re going to have to figure out how to make that work.”
Season 3 of the series premiered in April of this year, with the new season starring Ewan McGregor as twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. It »
- Joe Otterson
“The Dark Tower” is finally arriving in theaters after decades in development. Reports surfaced earlier this week that test screenings for the Stephen King adaptation were so awful that Sony Pictures considered replacing director Nikolaj Arcel and bringing in someone new to oversee post-production and turn the film around.
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Unfortunately, news like this is becoming all too familiar in the age of studio-driven tentpoles. More and more, executives have the final call, not directors, and it’s leading to one production nightmare after another. As the studios become the driving forces behind blockbusters, directors’ voices continue to be stifled. No wonder the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, and Lynne Ramsay have all struggled in the studio system. Below is a rundown of the 9 most troubled film productions of the 21st century (so far).
“The Bourne Identity” (2002)
Nobody expected “The Bourne Identity” to become a worldwide hit and a franchise-starting success story, especially not director Doug Liman and screenwriter Tony Gilroy. The production was living hell from day one as Universal and Liman became mortal enemies. The studio hated Liman’s slow pacing for the film and his execution of small-scale, intimate action scenes (which led to certain set pieces being entirely re-shot so they could be more fast-paced). Liman was forced into filming re-shoots, which raised the budget by $8 million to the $60 million mark. Gilroy was delivering script re-writes throughout the entirety of filming as Universal kept scrapping scenes. Other points of contention included the studio forcing Liman to set some of the film in Paris in order to keep the budget down and Liman’s demand for using a French-speaking crew.
“The Brothers Grimm” (2005)
Terry Gilliam needed a hit after the box office failure of his passion project “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and that pressure kept him away from the big screen for seven years. He finally decided to return with “The Brothers Grimm,” a fairy tale blockbuster from MGM and Dimension. Problems started when MGM dropped out after struggling to raise the necessary budget. The movie went into production with an $80 million price tag, but Gilliam always knew a movie of this scale required a budget upwards of $120 million. He ended up in a tense relationship with the Weinstein brothers, who took control of the film away from Gilliam and fired his cinematographer and regular collaborator Nicola Pecorini after six weeks. Things got so bad that filming was shut down for two weeks. Gilliam ended up finishing the project and has admitted the final version is the result of two competing visions and neither winning.
“Fantastic Four” (2015)
“Fantastic Four” was released in theaters on August 7, but it was not the version director Josh Trank had cut, nor was it the one actors Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell signed up to make. Trank had originally pitched his movie as a superhero spin on a David Cronenberg body horror film, but this darker version was not what 20th Century Fox ended up wanting. The studio believed the movie hewed too close to Trank’s own “Chronicle” than a superhero tentpole.
Producers Hutch Parker and Simon Kinberg rewrote Trank’s original script and gave the film a different ending during filming. Fox still didn’t like Trank’s theatrical cut, so they began making changes to certain scenes and omitting entire set pieces without Trank’s knowledge. The director bashed the film on Twitter when it was released, claiming it was entirely different than the version he originally cut. Only later was it revealed that the poor relationship between the studio and the director led the latter to completely shut down on set. Trank reportedly trashed some of the sets and appeared intoxicated during filming. The film never recovered and was a box office flop.
“The Fountain” (2006)
It was only inevitable that a movie as ambitiously conceived as Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” was going to have production troubles. The director originally planned to kick off filming in summer 2002 with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but Warner Bros. got nervous over the budget and threatened to drop out if a co-financier wasn’t found. Aronofsky brought in Regency Enterprises and a start date was set for October 2002 with a $70 million budget. It would have been smooth sailing, but Pitt wanted script revisions and left the movie just seven weeks before production was set to begin. Warner Bros. dropped the film and expensive sets and props had to be auctioned off. Aronofsky remained committed to the film and rewrote it from the ground up in order for it to be made on the cheap. His revision did the trick. Warner Bros. returned and signed on to make the movie for $35 million.
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- Zack Sharf
Foresight Unlimited represents international sales on Vietnam War-related drama.
Production has wrapped in Atlanta and relocates to Thailand where the young cast will go through boot camp in preparation for the action sequences.
The new additions join lead Sebastian Stan as a Pentagon investigator working on the case of a Medal Of Honor candidate to be played by Irvine (pictured) who served many years earlier as a pararescue officer in the Vietnam War.
Previously announced cast includes Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Amy Madigan, Bradley Whitford, James Jagger, John Savage, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache, LisaGay Hamilton, Robert Pine, and Alison Sudol.
“As The Last Full Measure moves into the Vietnam battle stage of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Knowing that everyone would have their attention turned toward whatever Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios had in store for us at San Diego Comic-Con, it made sense that Fox dropped quite the bombshell one day prior to said Hall H presentations by revealing that a Doctor Doom movie is being planned. Granted, the studio has thrice failed at adapting one of Marvel’s greatest villains, but maybe with the right filmmaker helming yet another reboot, gold can be struck. After all, the Latverian has enough rich history behind him that a solo endeavor just might work.
As is the case with bringing any beloved icon to life, proper casting is key. Well, you can say that for the most part. Toby Kebbell is certainly no slouch when it comes to his craft, but just look at what he was given to work with in 2015’s Fantastic Four. That being said, »
- Eric Joseph
Variety is reporting that Netflix has picked up The Angel, an upcoming spy thriller from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), which has been scripted by Vromen and David Arata (Children of Men) and is based upon Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.
The $12 million-budgeted film depicts “he true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.”
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has boarded “The Angel,” a $12-million spy thriller to be directed by Israeli helmer Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”). The film is based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”
The Netflix Original will depict the true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.
“The Angel” begins shooting this month in London under cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Elvis & Nixon”). It will also shoot in the U.K., Bulgaria, and Morocco this summer.
- Elsa Keslassy
We've got late-breaking news, a production update and big-budget action heading for the small screen. Let's get to it! Doctor Doom We first saw the villainous Doctor Doom on the big screen more than 10 years ago in Fantastic Four, portrayed by Julian McMahon (above). McMahon reprised the role in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer two years later. The character returned for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four in 2015, known simply as Doom and played by Toby Kebbell. Now he'll finally star in his own movie, apparently. Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo and Legion) appeared at Comic-Con and announced, per Birth Movies Death: "I'm developing a movie at Fox, and I'll just say two words to you guys: Doctor. Doom." No other details have been...
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As the San Diego Comic-Con panel for FX’s X-Men series Legion was winding down, showrunner Noah Hawley dropped a massive bombshell that seems to indicate he won’t just be sticking to the small screen to tell stories about comic book characters.
Hawley began teasing fans about a movie that he was developing at Fox, and it didn’t take long for him to spill the beans. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.
Sources later told The Hollywood Reporter that he is, in fact, building a feature film around the iconic Fantastic Four villain and eyeing the director’s chair.
Doctor Doom has appeared »
- Justin Cook
It really is a shame what happened with the Fantastic Four reboot. You had a promising, young director at the helm, with an impressive cast set to bring the titular family to life. All signs pointed to an exciting new take on the property, but then the film hit theaters.
What went wrong, you ask? Well, just about everything, actually. One of the biggest disappointments though was the way the villain, Doctor Doom, was handled. While Toby Kebbell didn’t necessarily do a bad job in the role, the reshoots ended up cutting a lot of his scenes, leaving the character as a pretty underwhelming antagonist in the final product. That’s why we’re so excited by this most recent bit of news coming out of Comic-Con.
- Matt Joseph
The showrunner let slip the revelation at the end of a panel dedicated to his TV hit Legion, which will return for a second season in 2018.
However anybody hoping to hear more left empty-handed: Hawley merely said: “Two words: Doctor. Doom.”
The character of Doctor Doom has appeared in three films opposite the Fantastic Four, a property Fox licensed yet has never managed to turn into a popular franchise as it has done with the X-Men films.
Hawley recently wrapped production on Season 3 of Fargo. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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