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The Justice League – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash… All of the DC universe’s greatest heroes uniting in a single team. In theory, this should be a sure-fire hit of a franchise for Warner Brothers, the parent-company of DC.
In practice, however, the film version of the superfriends’ team up has had a rough life. The first attempt to put the team together on the big screen was in 2007, when Justice League: Mortal, a script written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the duo behind 2009′s Paper Man and 2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was set to be directed by George Miller. The studio was hoping to film in Australia before the 2007-2008 writer’s strike, reportedly considering doing the entire film in motion capture (in the style of Beowulf, which at that time returned the previously dead fad of 3D cinema).
The movie ended up being scrapped, »
- Dziugas Matas
Due to start shooting in Sydney and western Nsw on November 18, the film will feature Adelaide actress Mandahla Rose as E, a beautiful, sexy DJ who stumbles on a stash of cash and is forced on the run into the Outback.
In her film debut, Billington will play Trish, E.s lover, with whom she has a messy break-up. .She is strong, full of conviction, humour, and also vulnerable. It's a beautiful cocktail to play,. says Julia of her character.
A Nida graduate, Billington has numerous stage credits with companies including Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company and the Darlinghurst Theatre. She received rave reviews for her portrayal in My Name is Rachel Corrie, a one-woman show documenting the tragically short life of the young peace activist.
The cast includes Brett Rodgers as Matt, »
- Don Groves
The upcoming Batman vs Superman is far from the first attempt at getting multiple DC heroes on screen together. A Justice League film has been talked about, dreamed about, and in 2007, nearly happened. Mad Max director George Miller was set to direct the film but due to some unfortunate events, the movie never happened. If you’re one of the many fans who was dismayed that the project never got out of development, you’re in luck now, as long as you have a little imagination and don’t mind reading a script instead of watching the final product.
That’s right, the screenplay for Miller’s Justice League film (called Justice League: Mortal) is now available online and can be read at Batman-News. That script was written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, and is absolutely huge in scope. The budget of this version shot up over $200 million, which »
- Alexander Lowe
Right now, we're less than two years away from a Batman and Superman team-up, the kind of geeky synergy that many thought would never happen. Because it's not like DC hasn't tried it before.
The tentatively titled "Batman Vs. Superman" is the second attempt at that specific team, but there was another project in 2007 that would have brought together the entire Justice League, something that still might be years down the road for this current "Man of Steel" iteration.
That version was to be directed by "Mad Max" mastermind George Miller, and it was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Common as John Stewart.
The script for that project has recently leaked online (via Superhero Movie News), and it provides an interesting look into an alternate universe where that project didn't fall apart in the development phase. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Marvel may have edged out DC cinematically with their adaptation miracle of “The Avengers” and the goodwill that it afforded them, but if a series of calamitous episodes never befell director George Miller back in 2007, the record might have been a little different. Borne from the development of “Batman Begins” and decent reception for “Superman Returns,” the “Mad Max” director was tapped to direct a “Justice League” film for WB, but as the budget surpassed $200 million, tax incentives changed for the worse in their planned shooting location of Australia, and the writers' strike hit, the project quickly fell apart. Well, now the blueprints for the catastrophe have been revealed for any interested parties. Based on three comic book story arcs—“Jla: Tower of Babel,” “Superman: Sacrifice” and “Crisis on Infinite Earth” #8—the script for the film written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney has been leaked and offers a glimpse into »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Very few Australian films in recent years have focussed on strong female characters, according to writer-director Louise Wadley.
Wadley is doing her bit to redress the gender balance with The Trouble with E, a road movie/romance/thriller with two female protagonists.
Adelaide actress Mandahla Rose will play E, a beautiful, sexy DJ who stumbles on a stash of cash and is forced on the run into the Outback. An actress whose contract is being finalised will play Trish, E.s girlfriend, with whom she has a messy break-up.
The cast includes Brett Rodgers as Matt, E.s gay best friend who marries her to get a visa, Kim Antonia-Hayes as her mother Nadine and Simon Bolton as Johnny Rock, a villain who runs a nightclub as a front for peddling drugs.
Wadley developed the project with the assistance of Outfest Los Angeles, which picked her screenplay for its mentoring program. »
- Don Groves
File this under films to start paying some serious attention to. Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou is circling Quasimodo, the Josh Brolin vehicle based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
If you don’t know who Yimou is, let me throw a few titles out there: House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Raise the Red Lantern, and the more recent The Flowers of War, about the Rape of Nanking. Now do you understand why this piece of information is so exciting?
Variety reported that Yimou is interested in directing Quasimodo, a project that Josh Brolin pitched to Warner Brothers way back in 2011. Brolin has plans to star, presumably as Quasimodo. The film is being written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows).
Quasimodo will follow the story of Esmeralda, a gypsy girl who takes sanctuary in the Notre Dame Cathedral after being accused of murder. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Back in February of 2011, news surfaced that Tim Burton was working on a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Warner Bros. with Josh Brolin attached to star. But since then, there haven't been any updates. However, it appears Burton has fallen away from the project which is now going by the title Quasimodo, as Variety reports Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is in talks to take over the project based on the classic Victor Hugo novel about Zhang Yimou the deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral who falls for a beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda. Yimou is an interesting choice for this film with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the duo behind the recent stylized Sherlock Holmes franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. His hiring implies that there will likely be some kind of action in this adaptation, but the »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Zhang Yimou ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers") is in talks to direct "Quasimodo" for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The latest adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the story follows a gypsy girl who is framed for murder. Only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Quasimodo, can save her.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is in negotiations to join Warner Bros' Quasimodo.
The project is based on the original Hunchback of Notre Dame novel, and has been in development for more than two years, according to Variety.
The story has been adapted several times for the big screen, including 1939's black-and-white classic and Disney's 1996 animated version.
Quasimodo is yet to be assigned a release date.
Watch a trailer for House of Flying Daggers below: »
File this under: Projects You Forgot About. Way back in 2011, it emerged that Tim Burton and Josh Brolin were teaming on a new big screen version of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writing pair behind the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows." And then basically nothing was heard about it again. Burton has since directed "Dark Shadows" and "Frankenweenie," while we're not even going to list the movies Brolin has been in, but it looks like the project is kicking back to life. Variety reveals that the very unlikely choice of Zhang Yimou has been tapped by Warner Bros. to direct the movie that's not being called "Quasimodo." Brolin is still attached in the title role, where he'll play the bellringer who saves a girl framed for murder. Presumably with more explosions. And Yimou is no stranger to spectacle, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hero and House of Flying Daggers helmer Zhang Yimou is in talks to direct Quasimodo for Warner Bros. Pictures, reports Variety . With the story dating back to 1831, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has been adapted dozens of times across film, television, radio, and for the stage (including in musical and ballet versions). Set in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the novel tells of Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who dwells within and who falls in love with a dancing Gypsy, Esmeralda. The film has had Josh Brolin attached to star for more than two years. Kieran and Michele Mulroney wrote the original script. »
Warner Bros. are currently working on a new big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s iconic 1831 novel, ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame‘ from a script by Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ Kieran and Michele Mulroney. It’s a project, titled Quasimodo, that’s been stuck in development hell for quite some time but could now be moving forward with famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Josh Brolin has been attached since day one and is expected to take the lead of the deformed bell-ringer, who becomes the saviour of his beloved Esmerelda when the young gypsy girl is framed for murder.
The filmmaker behind the likes of international martial-arts hits Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, most recently impressed with acclaimed wartime drama The Flowers Of War starring Christian Bale. Hugo’s novel has been adapted many times, perhaps most famously by William Dieterle in 1939, starring Charles Laughton as the hunchbacked hero. »
- Craig Hunter
The film is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame which follows a gypsy girl who is framed for murder, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Quasimodo, can rescue her. Here’s an official synopsis:
In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo’s sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of »
- Laura Frances
The visionary behind such visual spectacles as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and The Flowers of War, director Zhang Yimou is reportedly in early talks to helm Warner Bros.’ Quasimodo film. Josh Brolin is attached to star in the adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel that centers on a gypsy girl who is framed for murder. Her savior comes in the form of Quasimodo, a hunchbacked and deformed bell-ringer. The script was written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Variety reported on Yimou’s potential attachment to the long-developing adaptation. »
- Dave Trumbore
The film has been in development for Warners for some time with Josh Brolin attached to star.
Kieran and Michele Mulroney penned the original script.
Zhang has made a career for his visual style and incredibly choreographed fight sequences in films like “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers.”
The CAA-repped Zhang most recently directed Christian Bale in the war pic “Flowers of War.” »
- Justin Kroll
Zhang Yimou, despite huge international success, has yet to make a film outside his native China (although he imported Christian Bale recently for The Flowers Of War). That may be about to change, however, with the surprising news that he's in talks with Warner Brothers to direct Quasimodo, their long-planned new adaptation of Notre-Dame De Paris, better known as The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.This is the same version of Victor Hugo's classic novel that once had Tim Burton involved, just post-Alice In Wonderland. Whether Burton is still attached as a producer is unclear, but the screenplay Zhang is considering is, as before, one by Kieren and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows). Josh Brolin seems still to be aboard as the Hunchback, despite his previous less-than-triumphal experience under make-up for Warners in Jonah Hex. Hey, maybe we'll get Megan Fox as Esmerelda.Hugo's tome has, »
Hollywood's love affair with comic books took decades to blossom, but there are few hotter properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. In the last year alone, we've seen The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises topple box office records the world over.
The runaway success of such films has paved the way for dozens of future projects, but not every filmmaker has enjoyed the same fortunes as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon when they delved into the world of powers and spandex.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives, James Cameron's Spider-Man and George Miller's Justice League are but a few examples of comic book projects that died an early death. Wondering what might have been, Digital Spy takes a look at 10 aborted superhero movies.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives
G.I. Joe Retaliation 3D director Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct Matched for Walt Disney Pictures. The filmmaker replaces David Slade (30 Days of Night), who was in talks to direct back in September, although a deal was never finalized.
The project is based on Ally Condie's young adult novel that is set in a future where the government controls every aspect of people's lives, from what they read, what to believe in, and who they should fall in love with. The story centers on a young woman who is set up with an arranged romance, which she turns down to forge her own path.
Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) wrote the adapted screenplay, with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot producing through their Offspring Entertainment company. No production schedule was released.
19 items from 2013
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