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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman will direct the biopic “Marie Colvin” about the life of the war correspondent of the same name.
Arash Amel adapted the script, based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin was the American reporter who died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.
She reported from several conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001.
Heineman’s “Cartel Land” received five Emmy nominations. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 for best documentary feature and premiered in the U.S. documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the best director award »
- Dave McNary
Combine the director of a beloved Best Picture nominee with a recent Pulitzer winner and you have… well, the results have yet to be seen, but Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner‘s RatPac Entertainment (what a vile name) are tapping Brooklyn helmer John Crowley for The Goldfinch, their adaptation of Donna Tartt‘s 2013 novel of loss, grief, violence, and redemption. [Deadline]
This might be the most natural choice among contemporary directors, though The Goldfinch has a much darker undertone than Crowley’s smash hit. Tartt’s epic kicks off with a terrorist attack (upon New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art) that spares 13-year-old Theodore Decker and takes his mother, with whom he stays connected through Carel Fabritius’ eponymous painting — an item he stole from the attack’s site. That work follows him through years and years of pain, up to and including an eventual redemption.
The Goldfinch is likely to »
- Nick Newman
Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman has been tapped to direct Charlize Theron-produced biopic Marie Colvin, about the eponymous Us war correspondent who died in 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict.
Screen understands that the production could get underway at the end of the year however there is still no official word on whether Theron will also take on the lead role in the film, something she has done on most films produced by Denver & Delilah to date, including Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster, for which Theron won an Oscar.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Back in 1982, John Carpenter's "The Thing" was released in cinemas and proved a bomb both critically and commercially - a surprise considering it is now often considered his greatest work in various critical polls. In the wake of that failure, he had to come up with something more commercially viable and appealing.
The result was "Starman," the acclaimed romantic sci-fi film starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who crashes on Earth and takes the form of the recently deceased husband of a widow (Karen Allen) in order to get her help to get back to his people.
Now a remake of the film is on the way at Sony Pictures with "Real Steel" and "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy at the helm. Levy, who helmed episodes of the new Netflix series "Stranger Things" which premieres on the streaming service on Friday, spoke with Coming Soon this week »
- Garth Franklin
The news broke this April that a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman is currently being worked up at Sony. Real Steel and Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy is to direct and produce, joined by original producer Michael Douglas and Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel on scripting duties.
“Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. »
Lotus Entertainment is launching international sales for “Boy” at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mattson Tomlin’s script for “Boy,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, centers on a teenage boy who is born with special abilities and spends his childhood switching names and cities to keep his identity hidden. When his conservative, suburban neighborhood discovers the risk he poses and blames him for a mass, tragic event, he and his mother must flee from the authorities who are looking to destroy him and seek the trust and support of an underground rebellion group.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh and Leon Clarance are producing. The trio worked together on “The Titan,” starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson. Kavanaugh-Jones and Clarance also produced “Come and Find Me,” starring Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis. »
- Dave McNary
Roughly half of John Carpenter's feature films have either already been remade or have remakes in the works. Apparently that's just what happens when you make some of the most popular and influential genre films of the '70s and '80s. And now we can move one more to the remake column, as THR breaks news that a new Starman is in the works with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) directing a script from Arash Amel (who is writing another '80s remake, WarGames). A Starman...
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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has signed on to direct a remake of the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman, which will be scripted by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco).
Directed by John Carpenter, the original movie starred Jeff Bridges as an alien who comes to Earth and assumes the identity of a woman’s (Karen Allen) dead husband in an effort to evade capture by the government. Coercing the woman into driving him cross country to a rendezvous point, a romance then blossoms between the two.
Levy, whose last directorial efforts were 2014’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and This Is Where I Leave You, will also serve as a producer on the remake alongside Michael Douglas, who produced the original.
- Amie Cranswick
The cinema of John Carpenter has already been heavily pillaged for remakes over the past decade or so, but up until now, Starman has been excused. However, plans are now afoot to revisit the 1984 sci-fi flick, that originally starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.
The original Starman saw an alien visit Earth in response to a message from Nasa. He then takes on the body of Bridges, and a chase ensues. The new Starman is being panned by Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) with Michael Douglas reprising his position as producer.
Directing this time will be Shawn Levy, best known for the likes of Real Steel and the Night At The Museum trilogy. We're promised that the new film will be set in the 21st century, and thus brought up to date. »
Roughly half of John Carpenter's feature films have either already been remade or have remakes in the works. Apparently that's just what happens when you make some of the most popular and influential genre films of the '70s and '80s. And now we can move one more to the remake column, as THR breaks news that a new Starman is in the works with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) directing a script from Arash Amel (who is writing another '80s remake, WarGames). A Starman remake could fair quite well in this day and age, at least better than some other Carpenter re-dos (we're glowering at you, The Fog). Not because the original needs improvement - it's actually one of Carpenter's best films - but because it simply has a wonderful, compassionate story...
- Peter Hall
The first film set I ever visited was for John Carpenter’s Starman. I was 13, and the film was shooting just outside Chattanooga, Tn, where I lived at the time. When I was leaving the set at the end of the day, the unit publicist (the great Peter J. Silbermann) gave me a copy of the script by Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon and Dean Riesner, the first actual film script I ever read. It could have been anything I read first, but I’m glad that as I started try to break down structure and character and the crazy magic trick that is writing words on a page that then come to life on a film set, it was that script which I was studying. It’s a lovely piece of writing, and there’s a reason Jeff Bridges got nominated for an Oscar playing the lead role of »
- Drew McWeeny
Per The Hollywood Reporter, it’s understood that the studio has drafted in Arash Amel (Erased, Grace of Monaco) to pen the screenplay, shifting the tale into the modern era. Michael Douglas, meanwhile, is attached to produce alongside Levy after working on the original more than three decades ago.
First released in 1984, Starman orbited around the story of a mysterious alien that responds to Nasa’s far-flung spacecraft Voyager II. After careering into Earth with the intention of paying a visit, the extra-terrestrial assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband, eventually directing her toward a strange rendezvous site before it perishes. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen anchored the ’80s feature, with the former earning an Oscar nomination at the time »
- Michael Briers
Night At The Museum helmer Shawn Levy is all set to direct and produce a new remake of the classic 1980s movie Starman. The original movie starred Jeff Bridges and was directed by John Carpenter, and has developed a cult following in the thirty years following its release. The remake is set up with original producer Michael Douglas set to return, while Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) is writing the screenplay.
The original told the story of an humanoid alien (Jeff Bridges) who came to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2 space probe. Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
The remake, like the original, is set up at Columbia Pictures.
- Paul Heath
Cue the David Bowie track, 'cause it looks like we're about due for the stars!
According to THR, the 1980s sci-fi film Starman (which starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen) is getting remade, and helming this project is Real Steel and Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy. Producing the film alongside him will be Michael Douglas, who also produced the original 1984 film, which was directed by John Carpenter.
Writing the script for Starman is Arash Amel, a relatively new talent with less than a handful of films to his name. On that list, however is a Nicole Kidman/Tim Roth film called Grace Of Monaco, which was released in 2014, but was not too well received by fans.
The synopsis for the original film is as follows:
"Answering a Nasa message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the »
- Joseph Medina
If you have a favorite movie and you'd like to see it get a modern remake, you pretty much just need to wait long enough and it will happen. Somewhere, there is now a contingent of 80's sci-fi fans who are either overjoyed or furious, as the newest film to get the remake treatment is Starman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, the director behind the Night at the Museum movies has signed on to direct the remake of the 1984 science fiction drama. The screenplay is currently being worked on by Arash Amel, who wrote the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco. The original Starman starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen and it plays as sort of a romantic version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A space alien crash lands on earth and, in an attempt to avoid capture by government agents, clones a human body for himself »
If Jeff Nichols' excellent "Midnight Special" spurs Hollywood to make more Amblin-esque, '70s/'80s era science fiction that's as big on character as it is concept, that would be a great thing. However, the industry is still in the business of redos, so while getting an original concept like Nichols' picture made will still likely involve jumping through a lot of hoops, Hollywood is just going to do another version of John Carpenter's "Starman." Read More: The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies THR reports that Shawn Levy, the guy behind "Night At The Museum," "Real Steel," and the "Pink Panther" remake, will helm the picture. Arash Amel ("Erased," "Grace Of Monaco") will pen the script that follows an alien from another world who takes the form of a woman's dead husband and falls in love with her, all while on the run from the government. It's high-concept stuff, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Douglas teamed with Larry J. Franco to produce the original, which was directed by John Carpenter with Jeff Bridges starring as an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the Voyager 2 space probe. Crashing in Wisconsin, he clones a new body for himself as the deceased husband of a widow, played by Karen Allen.
Bridges was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor for his role.
Matt Milam and Adam North are overseeing for the studio.
- Dave McNary
“Night at the Museum” director Shawn Levy will direct and produce a remake of “Starman” for Columbia Pictures, TheWrap has learned. The original 1984 sci-fi romance starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. The modern take based on the John Carpenter classic will be written by Arash Amel, who wrote the screenplay for the Nicole Kidman drama “Grace of Monaco.” Michael Douglas, who was a producer of the original, is also on board to produce. Dan Cohen and Robert Mitas are executive producing, while Matt Milam and Adam North are overseeing the project for Columbia. Also Read: 'Ben-Hur' Remake Trailer Boasts Shipwreck, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Jeff Bridges starred in the original as an alien who crash lands on Earth and assumes the form of a woman's dead husband. He forces her (Karen Allen) to take him to a rendezvous site but on the road trip, a romance blossoms, all the while the government is in hot pursuit to capture him.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Shawn Levy is shooting for the stars. Levy, the helmer behind the Night at the Museum movies as well as Real Steel, has signed on to direct and produce Starman, Columbia Pictures’ remake of the 1980s sci-fi romance that starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. Michael Douglas, who produced the original, will produce with Levy. Arash Amel, best known for writing the Nicole Kidman drama Grace of Monaco, is writing the script for the project. Starman told of an alien who crash lands on Earth and assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband. He forces the woman to
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