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Take another look @ screen capture images from the leaked teaser trailer of director Duncan Jones' upcoming 3D fantasy feature "Warcraft", based on the Blizzard Entertainment "World Of Warcraft" video game series:
Jones (son of David Bowie) co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt for producers Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Tessa Ross, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Stuart Fenegan and Chris Metzen. Cast includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky as 'Orgrim' leader of the orcs.
"...'Warcraft' follows the origins of the of the initial encounters between humans and 'orcs', with an emphasis on the 'Alliance' and the 'Horde' sides of their conflict...
"...including characters 'Durotan' and 'Lothar', set in a variety of locations first established in the video game series..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Warcraft" ...
- Michael Stevens
Guillermo del Toro has always been terrified and captivated by the supernatural.
His latest big-screen endeavor, “Crimson Peak,” marks the ninth movie in which the director explores otherworldly phenomena, and incorporates a recurring element of what he calls “horrible beauty.” The opening scene of the film, which hits theaters Oct. 16, was inspired by a ghostly encounter his mother had as a child, and was undoubtedly drawn from his own fears.
Born and raised in Guadalajara by a poet mother and businessman father, del Toro had his first spectral experience at around age 12. While in a room that once belonged to his late uncle, the boy heard the older man’s voice. Though the young del Toro was already deeply interested in the supernatural, and had even told his uncle to send him a sign if there was something beyond death, he wasn’t prepared for an occurrence. “I got very scared, »
- Jenelle Riley
Friday night's State Dinner with President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House drew a who's who list of Hollywood and Silicon Valley execs -- after a day of private meetings between Obama and Xi where they discussed both industries' concerns regarding cyber attacks and piracy issues. Attendees included: Disney chief Bob Iger, DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, Disney's John Lasseter, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with his pregnant wife Priscilla Chan, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Narayana Nadella, Oracle's Larry Ellison, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff,
- Tina Daunt
The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal, but recently moved to WB, where the studio hopes to have a cross-over with the “Godzilla” franchise it currently holds rights to.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the pic, and Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will serve as exec producers. Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy penned the script.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team »
- Justin Kroll
Legendary Pictures has released a new TV spot for their highly-anticipated thriller Crimson Peak, arriving in theaters October 16 from director Guillermo del Toro. This 60-second video reveals new details about Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who claims that ghosts are real, since she has seen them her entire life. Unfortunately for her, the new house she's currently inhabiting is filled with lost souls who have perished from incredibly violent deaths.
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place ﬁlled with secrets that will haunt her forever, that breathes, bleeds... and remembers. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
The all-star cast also includes Charlie Hunnam, »
Update 9/18/15: Hop to the bottom of this post for Guillermo del Toro's response to the news. Today the Hollywood Reporter ran a piece called "Hollywood Gorilla Warfare" exploring the shifting relationship between three of the biggest players in Hollywood - Warner Bros., Universal and Legendary Pictures - and the future of two of cinema's biggest monsters, King Kong and Godzilla. It's mainly a lot of inside baseball, but since it does effect Kong, Godzilla and, surprisingly, the fate of Pacific Rim 2, we wanted to break it down. First, who is Thomas Tull? Thomas Tull is the CEO of Legendary Pictures, the company that has had a hand in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, 300, Watchmen, Clash of the Titans...
- Peter Hall
All looked lost for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim: Maelstrom when Universal Pictures placed the monster mash on hold indefinitely, though the director has kept hopes alive by revealing that he is still working on the sequel’s screenplay, and expects to turn in an initial draft, along with a proposed budget, in three weeks’ time.
Despite issuing the greenlight on development, doubt was cast over the chances of the follow-up seeing the light of day, with reports indicating that internal tension between Universal and Legendary Pictures president Thomas Tull threatened to sink Maelstrom before filming could begin in the early stages of 2016. And though the latest report coming out of pre-production doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, del Toro remains hopeful that the Kaiju-sized pieces will begin falling into place sooner rather than later.
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- Michael Briers
We all know that Hollywood is a bizarre place, and movies show up for reasons we cannot begin to guess, and then go away without explanation. Budgets are a tricky thing, and we often here stories about how the money moves around in ways that don’t seem to make any sense, often apparently so that a movie doesn’t seem to lose as much money as it really did.
When a movie is suddenly put on hold, it often means little, and no one has time to wonder why, and few care anyway. Unless it was the movie you were most looking forward to, you aren’t going to bother figuring out the machinations of an industry that doesn’t make a lot of sense at the best of times.
But, once in a while something happens that is so strange that it can actually set off the strange »
- Marc Eastman
Guillermo del Toro committed in June, 2014, to making a sequel to “Pacific Rim” with Universal scheduling the release for April 7, 2017. In April, the studio then decided to move the release date back to Aug. 4, 2017.
Del Toro was planning to start shooting in November, but Legendary has decided to put the project on the back burner for now. It had no comment on Wednesday, when news of the delay emerged.
Universal also had no comment Wednesday, but had not changed the Aug. 4, 2014 release date for the sequel.
- Dave McNary
Last week, we reported the surprising news that Legendary Pictures has moved its highly-anticipated King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island from its new studio home, Universal Pictures, to its former home, Warner Bros. The move back to Warner Bros. will help set up a new project, Godzilla Vs King Kong, which will reportedly go into production after Godzilla 2, set for a June 2018 release. Today we have news from The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Kong: Skull Island will actually help set up Godzilla Vs King Kong, with references to 2014's Godzilla.
The report reveals that the Kong: Skull Island script features references to Monarch, the monster-hunting agency from Godzilla, which Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) worked for. It isn't known how Monarch fits into the Kong: Skull Island universe, or if this means that Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins's characters will return to reprise »
This story first appeared in the Sept. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Universal Pictures' decision last week to let Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures take its Kong: Skull Island project to Warner Bros. in the midst of a five-year production and financing deal is being read as a symptom of relationship trouble between the companies. Several sources say there has been strain, in part because Tull kicked off the deal in 2014 with a couple of clunkers that he put through Universal's distribution system and then upset some at the
- Kim Masters
Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is seeking a "proper welcome" from Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), the sister of her husband Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) in a new clip from Crimson Peak. While we don't get anything too scary in this scene, Jessica Chastain's Lucille Sharpe makes it clear that Edith shouldn't go into certain parts of the house. We'll have to wait and see whether or not Edith will heed this warning, as we get closer and closer to Crimson Peak's October 16 release.
Written by both Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, Crimson Peak is a co-production between Legendary and Universal Pictures. Set in the aftermath of a family tragedy, the film follows an aspiring author, who is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, »
Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull is moving upcoming Kong: Skull Island film from Universal to Warner Bros, according to reports on Thursday. Legendary reportedly wants to create a new King Kong vs. Godzilla movie and are making efforts to keep the popular franchises under the same distributor. ‘Godzilla Vs. King Kong’ Film In The Works Kong: […]
- Shantel Whitaker
With all of its casting news floating around (read here, here and here), it looks as though Kong: Skull Island‘s sequel could be grabbing all the headlines.
Deadline are reporting that Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull is moving Kong: Skull Island away from Universal’s distribution to Warner Bros. as they have had a very fruitful working relationship in the past. However, the real reason for this move is because Warner Bros. and Japanese studio Toho are keen to reboot the 1962 monster rumble classic King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Gareth Edwards will be directing Godzilla 2 once he has finished working on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the movie is rumoured to feature classic kaiju King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. So if today’s report is true, we won’t be seeing King Kong and Godzilla tearing each other apart until Godzilla 3.
The third movie released with The King of the Monsters, »
- Luke Owen
When Legendary Pictures parted ways with Warner Bros. back in 2013, some of their projects stayed with Warner Bros., like 2014's Godzilla, while others, like this year's Seventh Son, were moved to their new home at Universal Pictures. Legendary announced at their 2014 Comic-Con panel that they are developing both Godzilla 2, set for release in 2018, and Kong: Skull Island, which explores the homeland of the monstrous King Kong. Today we have a report from Deadline, which reveals that Legendary's Thomas Tull is moving Kong: Skull Island back to Warner Bros. from Universal, so it can eventually unite this potential franchise with Godzilla for a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie.
This report claims that, after Godzilla 2 debuts in 2018, Warner Bros. and Legendary will put together a movie that pits Godzilla against the mighty King Kong. The deals are being hammered out very quickly, with the Japanese company Toho, which holds the original Godzilla rights, »
Setting the stage for yet another franchise universe, Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull will be moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal over to Warner Bros. Why is this being done you might ask, well Deadline's sources tell them that this is being done to unite the property with Legendary's other giant monster who already has a home at Warner Bros., Godzilla.... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Legendary and Warner Bros. are creating a shared monster universe in order to facilitate the showdown between two giant icons. Legendary has been assembling Kong: Skull Island, basically a King Kong prequel, with distribution partner Universal. But now, as that film gears up to shoot, Legendary boss Thomas Tull has pulled a switch. He’s taking Skull […]
- Russ Fischer
An interesting turn of events took place for Legendary Pictures tonight, the studio that unceremoniously left Warner Bros. for Universal as their backer due to the early unimpressive showing of “Pacific Rim”—a movie that WB only distributed and didn’t fit the bill (though it went on to $400 million worldwide and has already launched a sequel). Though this was probably just the straw that broke the camel's back as relationships between Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Warner Bros. were described as vacillating between “cool and frosty” in the winter of 2013 as the producer felt under appreciated there (Legendary would officially part ways with WB a few days before the July 2013 release of “Pacific Rim” and signed a five year deal with Universal). But Tull and Legendary seemed to have had a change of heart, or, the CEO just knows good business opportunities when he sees them. Deadline reports that »
- Rodrigo Perez
In a move that is setting the stage for yet another film universe to be created, sources tell Variety that Legendary is planning on moving its “King Kong” prequel, “Kong: Skull Island,” from Universal to Warner Bros.
The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal. The prequel was announced at Comic-Con.
Sources close to the situation say while this is not a done deal, things are moving forward and that the idea is to have future “Kong” films possibly cross over with “Godzilla” films, to which WB owns the sequel rights.
As of now, the release date for “Kong: Skull Island” is expected to remain Mar. 10, 2017.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: In a movie move that portends a clash of giant monsters, Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull is moving his untitled Skull Island King Kong film to Warner Bros. This is being done to unite the property with Legendary’s other giant franchise, Godzilla. In what would be a pretty epic pairing, the Godzilla sequel that is in the works will be followed by a movie that pits the giant ape versus the giant fire breathing reptile. I’m told this is happening very quickly with… »
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