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The Mark Gordon Company is developing a terrorism crime drama for ABC, hailing from scribe Michael Finch and “Hostages” co-creator Jeffrey Nachmanoff who will direct the pilot, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project is loosely inspired by the achievements and expertise of Ray Kelly, the longest serving Police Commissioner in New York City’s history. It follows two Joint Terrorism Task Force Agents, a FBI Special Agent and a NYPD detective, both very different people with secrets who are thrown together to solve the terror crime of the century before it happens. Their target is a man who knows everything about terror because he was designed to sow it. Two of these people know each other intimately — but not the ones you think, or in the way you think.
Kelly, who served nearly 50 years in the NYPD, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Shortly after Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters hit theaters in January 2013, Paramount Pictures announced a sequel was happening. While the action-thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton only made $55.7 million domestically, it did much better overseas, with its foreign gross of $170.6 million giving the movie a $226.3 million worldwide total, from just a $50 million budget. After spending the last two years in development, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 is finally moving forward, with French filmmaker Bruno Aveillan taking over for original director Tommy Wirkola. While it isn't known when production will begin, we do have a look at some new artwork that shows how the film may have looked had Bruno Aveillan not won the job.
The artwork comes from Steven Ilous, a visual effects artist turned director, who reveals on his official website that he was in contention to direct Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 earlier this year, before Bruno Aveillan landed the job. »
By now it's pretty much a done thing to walk into any movie based on a video game with rock-bottom hopes.
This time around Homeland's Rupert Friend gets a shaven head and barcode tattoo to play the eponymous assassin, who's tasked with tracking down the elusive Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), a woman whose long-lost father holds the key to the genetic enhancement 'Agent' programme.
Hot on their heels is Zachary Quinto's John Smith, an agent for a shady organisation (dubbed Syndicate International and headed up by Thomas Kretschmann's Le Clerq) looking to get their hands on the Agent tech for their own nefarious gain.
Bullets and blood spray thick and fast across Hitman's slender 98 minutes, meaning »
Sony Pictures has brought on Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost to take a crack at the Masters of the Universe script, according to a new report at Variety. The project has been in development for years, but fans hoped that it may finally get off the ground earlier this year, when the studio released a new Masters of the Universe logo, and it was revealed that Jeff Wadlow's (Kick-Ass 2) script was complete. It seems the studio is going back to the drawing board with yet another writing coming on board.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. It isn't known how much the plot »
Directed by Aleksander Bach
Video game adaptations are not only uninteresting, but they can’t possibly be anything close to their source material given that the mechanics and visceral nature of video games aren’t easily recreated on film. Hitman is stealthy, meticulous and never-failing, but because none of those qualities translate to the bigscreen, 20th Century Fox released another loud, dumb action movie into theatres before summer ends.
Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a genetically engineered killing machine endowed with the trial and error of 46 past clones. A cold, emotionless killer as a central figure requires a strong supporting cast and an engaging story, but because Hitman: Agent 47 has none of those things, massive retinkering is required. The script by Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard), unfortunately treads largely the same steps »
- Colin Biggs
There should be a moratorium on writing “You and I are not so very different,” and its variants in all future screenplays. Screenwriters Skip Woods and Michael Finch didn’t get the memo when writing “Hitman: Agent 47,” treating their audience to that gem of a line as well as dozens of others that are uninspired or sound vaguely familiar if you’ve ever seen another movie. Woods and Finch have a history with franchises, separately penning the scripts for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “A Good Day to Die Hard” and “Predators” with Finch slated to tackle “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2." Even the last of those films, the sequel to the reviled "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," likely has a better script than the final product here. “Hitman: Agent 47” boasts everything from flaws in logic to a flood of lines so terrible and unoriginal that they elicited giggles from a room »
- Kimber Myers
During a rare moment of quiet amid the glass-smashing, brain-bashing mayhem of “Hitman: Agent 47,” a character offers the wise observation that we are all a bit more complicated than our internal circuitry might suggest. Applying this logic to the movie itself, it’s fair to conclude that while Aleksander Bach’s directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-’em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite do it justice. But what to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach? Fox is surely hoping that “surprise box office hit” might be a plausible alternative, though the best one will likely be able to say on that front is that where disastrous franchise relaunches are concerned, »
- Justin Chang
According to The Tracking Board, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with its plans for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, having enlisted acclaimed French filmmaker and artist Bruno Aveillan to direct.
Aveillian will replace the outgoing Tommy Wirkola, and the site reports that he will be working on a new take on the sequel, witht he search currently underway for a screenwriter to rework Wirkola’s screenplay, which has also had work from Michael Finch (Hitman: Agent 47).
- Gary Collinson
It's been a while since we've heard about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. The sequel was announced shortly after Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters proved to be a hit way back in 2013. But there has been no mention of it in the press over the last year. That changes today, as The Tracking Board reports that a director has been found. And Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return to rid the world of evil fairytale forces yet again.
Paramount Pictures is moving forward on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 with acclaimed French director Bruno Aveillan. He replaces original director Tommy Wirkola. Many believed that the sequel had fallen into dire straights when Tommy Wirkola announced that he would not be returning to the director's seat. The sequel is said to be getting 'reworked' to fall in line with Bruno Aveillan's own personal vision. A source close to the project says that »
According to The Tracking Board (via Bloody Disgusting), Paramount Pictures has set Bruno Aveillan to helm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2. This will mark the feature film debut of Aveillan, who takes the directing reigns vacated by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead), the writer/director of the first film that followed the adult duo of Hansel and Gretel as they tracked down witches and fought evil. Wirkola wrote the screenplay for the sequel, but announced last September that he had decided to pass on directing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 in favor of trying something different.
- Derek Anderson
Thn’s Dan Bullock showed you the first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 back in February but now, we can show you the latest extended trailer and poster artwork for the film right here.
Genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is the culmination of decades of research and 46 earlier Agent clones. With unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence, Agent 47 is tasked with eliminating a mega corporation with intentions to reveal Agent 47’s secrets and create their own superior Agents.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in UK cinemas on August 27.
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- Sacha Hall
You won't know what hit you after coming into contact with a mysterious bald assassin in the new TV spot for 20th Century Fox's Hitman: Agent 47, arriving in theaters August 21. Rupert Friend stars as the title character, who is seen being questioned by Dan Bakkedahl's character, although he can't even give him his full name, only the number 47. We also get a brief glimpse at Zachary Quinto's character John Smith, along with more explosive action, including a scene where a helicopter crashes into a once-pristine office.
Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research - and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. »
In the latest trailer for “Hitman: Agent 47,” Rupert Friend gives us a better look at his impressive action star chops. Friend stars as Agent 47, a mysterious assassin genetically engineered to be the perfect killer. On his latest assignment, he finds that he must protect a woman named Katia (Hannah Ware) from an evil corporation that wants to use her DNA to create an army of agents like him. The film also stars “Star Trek’s” Zachary Quinto, “Game of Thrones” alum Ciarán Hinds, and Thomas Kretschmann. Aleksander Bach directed the film, while Michael Finch and Skip Woods wrote the screenplay. »
- Joe Otterson
Everyone keeps expected video game movies to take off the way superhero movies have, but that just hasn't happened yet, with most being critically derided and not very well received by fans. Hollywood is hoping to change that with two big 2016 releases, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed. If they are as successful as expected, more will surely follow. Including a movie based on the popular Deus Ex franchise. Square Enix, publisher of the title, arrived at E3 2015 with, not news of the movie, but news of an announcement for the movie. Yes, according to producer Adrian Askarieh, we'll definitely know more about the Deus Ex movie sometime this summer.
The new video game sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was being showcased at E3. It is a follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a title in the franchise that became so popular, it rejuvenated the series and was set up as a movie at CBS Films. »
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
After several years in development, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with their Masters of the Universe. Sony executive DeVon Franklin revealed through his Twitter account in January that the script by Jeff Wadlow is now complete. During the week, the executive revealed what appears to be our first look at Battlecat in the movie.
Masters of the Universe is based on the animated TV series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which also spawned the 1987 live action feature Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. No story details have been confirmed at this time and it isn't known if casting is currently under way.
Jeff Wadlow signed on to rewrite the script, which was previously worked on by Alex Litvak & Michael Finch (Predators), Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer). Are you excited to see Battlecat in action »
Rupert Friend has run into some big trouble on the latest poster for Hitman: Agent 47. Based on the popular video game series, 20th Century Fox is rebooting the action-packed adventure, which hits theaters at the tail end of summer. And if this latest sneak peek is any indication, we're about to see some epic gunfire as Agent 47 goes to work!
Hitman: Agent 47 follows an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits 47 of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts. And this time, his number may be up.
Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal's position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]
Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel thriller "Sicario". Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.
Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]
Giant Under the Snow
- Garth Franklin
The spec was written by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak and was originally at New Regency and 20th Century Fox with Rob Cohen on board to direct. The option on the spec ran out, and it hit the market again, with several studios in the bidding before Sony finally landed it.
Cohen is no longer attached to direct. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.
Story is set in medieval times with a “Dirty Dozen” twist following a group of dishonored knights looking to seek redemption. Given the buzz for Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” which also deals with a group of antiheroes and villains seeking a second chance, it makes sense that this spec gained momentum again when it came back on to the market.
Also, with shows like “Game of Thrones »
- Justin Kroll
Breaking: Sony is negotiating a deal for Medieval, a script by Michael Finch and Alex Litvak. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner, and I’m hearing it’s caught the fancy of Chad Stahelski, the John Wick helmer. David Leitch also will direct. If this project sounds familiar, it sold over five years ago as a spec to New Regency for high-six against low-seven figures. That company let it go and it was reintroduced on the spec market and kicked up a lot… »
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