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Sundance missed out on the opportunity to present Shotgun Stories (2007) to the world (Berlin landed the film instead) but made up for it for it with Jeff Nichols films number two Take Shelter (2011) and three Mud (2012). The filmmaker originally from Little Rock, Arkansas lined up a major studio gig for Midnight Special, re-teamed with Michael Shannon and added Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, young protag Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard on the January shoot. Worth noting, that’s January of 2014. Unlike Take Shelter, a film that needed its own good dose of special effects, Warner Bros. has tried to figure out the best course of action to unveil this original piece. Tied with a March 18th, this is likely headed to SXSW (Dunst let slip out of the bag) but we’re thinking a special screening (Sundance’s way to incorporate a major studio film from auteurs working for »
- Eric Lavallee
A 7th art bloodline that keeps sprouting new I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. filmmakers, the Coppola legacy continues with a one time actor (appearing in cousin Sofia’s The Virgin Suicides) and Rooney frontman Robert Schwartzman. Besides the cast (Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Frankie Shaw and Beverly D’Angelo) and other noteworthy creds such as The Forbidden Room cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke (see pic of the two above) not much is known on the under-the-radar Mf, except that it began lensing last March and was recently completed in post.
Gist: Co-written by Schwartzman and Benjamin Font, the details for this film are unknown.
Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Comp?
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. ICM (domestic). Tbd (international)
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- Eric Lavallee
You can only have an actor attached for so long until they “grow” out of the role and you can only have a director on board for a short lapse until they move onto other projects. The wobbled history of Goat, a book to film adaptation begins back in 2004 when we first reported that David Gordon Green would direct the project. A 2005 update that Emile Hirsch would topline and then the baton was passed onto Jeff Nichols in 2007 when he was suppose to have taken over the director’s chair. Flash-forward to late last year when James Franco joined forces with Killer Films, and Andrew Neel (a fiction and non-fiction filmmaker with already five features under his belt including 2012’s King Kelly) was hired – thus landing the coveted directing gig. Production took place in May in Cincinnati, and if this takes a truly savage, rough hewn approach, no doubt that »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie, "Midnight Special," starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. Check it out below. Plot: A father (Shannon) and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. The new movie is directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and is set to hit theaters on March 18th, 2016. Trailer: »
Michael Shannon has been in each Jeff Nichols feature so far, and with Midnight Special the director/star duo of Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud graduate to (seemingly) big-time studio money. (The actual number, per this interesting article, is a relatively modest $18 million.) It’s a sci-fi chase movie — the trailer gives off the general vibe. The film drops March 18. »
- Filmmaker Staff
Following the release of the first poster and image [check them out here], a trailer has now arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, which is written and directed by Jeff Nichols and stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Adam Driver. You can watch it below after the official synopsis…
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, August: Osage County) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (Girls). It is a full-on chase, »
- Amie Cranswick
With Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver along for the ride, Michael Shannon once again teams with take Shelter director Jeff Nichols for sci-fi thriller Midnight Special as a father who goes on the run to protect his son (Jaeden Liberher) after he begins to exhibit special powers. Our first trailer is very brief, giving us just a taste of what is in store for us, but it does promise a return to old school, almost 70’s era sci-fi, with the action driven by the characters (not a surprise, considering the caliber of actors on display) as opposed to the more fantastical elements. Needless to see, this has be very intrigued. Released: March 18th 2016 (U.S.)/ April 15th (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The trailer for Midnight Special, a new sci-fi drama headlined by Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton has arrived online. The film follows a father and son who go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
This one’s a good way off with a release date set for April 15th, 2016, though we’re liking what we’re seeing so far. Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver also star, while Shannon’s Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichols directs.
Watch that first trailer below.
- Paul Heath
A trailer has landed for the fabulous-looking sci-fi movie, Midnight Special. See it right here...
Had things gone to plan, then Midnight Special – the new movie from director Jeff Nicholls – would have already been released. Yet the movie was pushed back to a new 2016 slot, and that means we’ve been waiting for some time for Nicholls’ movie. Given that his last two films were Mud and Take Shelter, his work is likely to be worth waiting for.
This time, his cast features Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, Bill Camp and Scott Haze. And the new trailer for the movie has landed.
Here, firstly, is the official synopsis for the film…
If writer-director Jeff Nichols isn't already on your "I'll watch anything this person makes" list, it's probably because you just haven't seen any of his movies. He's only made three so far and while they're all very different they do have one thing in common. They're about enduring whatever insanity life throws at you, be it family tragedy (Shotgun Stories), potential mental illness (Take Shelter), or a fugitive drifter (Mud) and still making the effort to be a good human being. That same theme definitely looks like it's carried through to Nichols' fourth film, Midnight Special, only this time it's filtered through the same genre spectrum that gave us '80s classics like Starman, E.T., and Firestarter. It's about a father...
- Peter Hall
Check out the first trailer for the highly anticipated Midnight Special.
In the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre – defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Midnight Special stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Oscar nominee Sam Shepard. Rounding out the main cast are Bill Camp, Scott Haze and Paul Sparks. »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. Pictures released the first trailer from writer-director Jeff Nichols' upcoming film "Midnight Special" starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, and Paul Sparks.
In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Check out the trailer below.
- Kellvin Chavez
Writer-director Jeff Nichols has become one of those storytellers who makes you stand up and take notice every time he has a new film coming out. True, the director only has three credits to his name. But since they include the outstanding Take Shelter and the incredible Mud, we.re pretty much on board with whatever type of story he.d like to tell next, especially when it looks like Midnight Special: Are you getting the same Amblin vibe off of this first footage for Midnight Special? The director once again teams with his lucky charm, Michael Shannon, for the story of a powerful young boy who is being pursued by powerful forces because of his unique abilities. Shannon is the man.s father, but who, then, is Joel Edgerton playing? From what we can tell in this trailer, the men have "abducted" 8-year-old Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and are »
After executing the dramatic – and critically-acclaimed – one-two punch with Take Shelter and Mud, director Jeff Nichols will return in a major way in 2016, releasing two feature films should all go according to plan. One of which is Loving, a brand new drama that stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; the other, arriving from the other end of the spectrum, is a sci-fi thriller known as Midnight Special.
Returning at the helm, the writer-director is evidently casting his eye to the genre films of yesteryear with his next project, with today’s trailer containing the some of the wide-eyed wonder found in such classics as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In terms of the plot driving the extra-terrestrial happenings on screen, Midnight Special will follow a loving father Roy (Shannon) who is left no choice but to go on the run with his son Alton after discovering that he inexplicably possess supernatural abilities. »
- Michael Briers
It start with an Amber alert for an eight-year-old boy and ends with child with glowing eyes causing massive disturbances: Judging by the first trailer for the star-studded sci-fi throwback Midnight Special, we may have a candidate for next year's best old-school Spielberg-esque film not made by the man himself.
A mysterious chase movie that filmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) has likened to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the movie tells the story of a man (Michael Shannon) and his uniquely gifted eight-year-old kid, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher »
Warner Bros. and Entertainment One have released the first trailer for Jeff Nichols‘ sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” and “special” it does look. Michael Shannon stars as a father who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately, his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever. Also Read: Michael Shannon »
- Jeff Sneider
Expectant joy greeted the news that director Jeff Nichols was reuniting with his Take Shelter tar Michael Shannon in a sci-fi about a man on the run with his preternaturally gifted son. Today we get a glimpse of what Nichols and Shannon have in store, with the fantastic first trailer for Midnight Special, due out
- Jon Lyus
Actor Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go well together. Shannon has been Nichols' good luck charm since his debut with Shotgun Stories, taking the lead in the exceptional Take Shelter and a pivotal supporting role in Mud. Now, Shannon stars in Nichols' sci-fi father/son chase movie Midnight Special. Is that a horrible way to describe the film? Yes, probably, but those are the basic building blocks of a movie that looks right at home on the multiplex screens of the early 1980s.While the trailer doesn't push any real wow factor, Nichols is one of the more interesting directors working in America today. Let's call this X-Men without the X-men; Superboy instead of man... A little E.T.,...
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The trailer for Midnight Special has just been released and it tells the compelling tale of a father trying to protect his son, all the while trying to find answers. The film stars Michael Shannon as Roy, a father who is on the run and doing whatever it takes to protect his son, Alton (Jaden Lieberher), who is gifted with special abilities. This looks to be an emotional and intense film, which focuses on the aspect of a father and son relationship instead of just a boy with superpowers. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud), and also featuring a supporting cast of incredibly talented actors such as Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, and Sam Shepard. After watching that trailer, Midnight Special hits theaters on March 18, 2016. In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, »
Fans of director Jeff Nichols' previous efforts (Take Shelter & Mud), get ready to be happy. The first trailer for his latest flick, Midnight Special, has arrived. Starring Nichols' go-to-guy Michael Shannon as a father on the run to protect his "gifted" son, this one has got a sci-fi/supernatural vibe, mixed with the familial ties that are typically found... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
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