13 items from 2015
Marrakech: Dubbed by some as the “enfant terrible” of Moroccan cinema, 59-year old helmer Ahmed Boulane is prepping a feature film about Moroccan drug lords, which he describes as a Moroccan “Scarface” project.
Born and raised in the former pirates’ republic of Sale, Boulane specializes in “factions” – fiction films based on real life events. Over the last 12 months, he has been investigating Morocco’s drug cartels with a leading Moroccan journalist, including interviews with drug barons held in Moroccan prisons.
Boulane considers that the subject offers ideal material for an insight into a lesser-known side of his country, while providing the dramatic ingredients for an international project.
He aims to develop the project as a co-production with Spain and Italy, following in the footsteps of his recent Moroccan-Spanish co-production, “La Isla,” which is screening out of competition at Marrakech.
Boulane has dual Moroccan-Irish citizenship, through his previous marriage with Darina O’Byrne, »
- Martin Dale
While plot details are still under wraps, the film will likely focus on the return of legendary mass murderer Jason Voorhees, who has terrorized inhabitants of the Camp Crystal Lake for the past three decades.
This will mark the 13th film in the franchise, with the most recent bowing in 2009 for New Line and Warner Bros. As part of the deal that allowed Warner Bros. to come on as co-producers on “Interstellar,” the studio traded the rights to “Friday the 13th” to Paramount, which is where Platinum Dunes also holds a first-look deal.
- Justin Kroll
"Wolf of Wall Street" producer Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are developing a remake of the 1973 prison drama "Papillon" that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote Denis Villeneuve's 2013 thriller "Prisoners," wrote the script. The remake will be directed by Danish helmer Michael Noer (R, Northwest). The original "Papillon" was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon's prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison. »
The big problem with remaking any movie that starred Steve McQueen is that you have to, you know, find someone to play a role that was played by Steve McQueen. So the newly announced remake of the prison escape drama Papillon is already at a creative deficit. 2015 does not breed men like McQueen – […]
- Jacob Hall
Based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere and the final screenplay of acclaimed writer Dalton Trumbo, McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison.
Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon's prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison. Danish director Michael Noer is attached to helm the remake from a script by Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners").
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like the remake craze has claimed its latest project. Recent news tells us that Steve McQueen.s classic jailbreak adventure flick Papillon is headed for a brand new adaptation - with some interesting talent behind the wheel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danish filmmaker Michael Noer will be directing the caper film that tells the story of Henri Charriere and his many escapes from the infamous French Guiana prison colony, Devil's Island - both failed and allegedly successful. The film will be produced by Red Granite, the studio behind The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as Dumb and Dumber To; and is written by Prisoners screenwriter, Aaron Guzikowski. The original Papillon was released in 1973 and starred the dynamite duo of Steve McQueen as Charriere, and Dustin Hoffman as his friend and escape partner, Louis Dega. The name of the film, Papillon, comes from the French word for »
Because even classic status these days is no protection from the drive for remakes, reboots and re-imaginings, another film is headed for a new coat of cine-paint. Steve McQueen prison break biopic Papillon is being made anew by Red Granite pictures and director Michael Noer. Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski is responsible for the script, which will once again be based on a memoir by Henri “Papillon” Charriere, played in the original by McQueen. It tells the story of his life as a petty criminal in 1930s France who is unjustly convicted of murder and sent packing to a penal colony that has a bad reputation for violence and corruption.It’s there that Charriere meets the nerdy but wealthy Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), who in return for protection agrees to fund his friend’s prison escape. No casting has been announced for the new version yet, but whoever takes the »
Producers are Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. Executive producers are David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern.
“Papillon,” released in 1973, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. wrote the script, which was Trumbo’s final screenplay.
The film’s title is French for “Butterfly,” referring to Charriere’s tattoo and nickname.
McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon’s »
- Dave McNary
In his most substantial post-Breaking Bad role thus far, Bryan Cranston is going back in time. The actor takes the lead in Trumbo, a Jay Roach-helmed biopic centered on the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The writer’s credits for Roman Holiday, Spartacus, Papillon, and A Guy Named Joe are only a very small part of the story. During the anti-Communist fervor of the ’50s, the suspected Red was driven from Hollywood — by which point his career and personal life was left in tatters. The amazing part? Trumbo managed to continue writing thereafter, eventually receiving a public revival of sorts through the support of John F. Kennedy, Otto Preminger, and Kirk Douglas.
Ahead of a release next month, we now have a new trailer and clip for the film. While we didn’t get a chance to check it out at Tiff, Variety said, “If history is written by the victors, »
- Leonard Pearce
The film follows the successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist. Cranston plays the title role.
Trumbo was responsible for writing some of the greatest movies of the last century, including Spartacus, Papillon, Roman Holiday, and even the original screenplay for the Steven Spielberg movie Always.
Jay Roach directs the biopic, which arrives in North American cinemas on November 6th, and the UK on January 22nd, 2016.
- Paul Heath
Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The Thomas Crown Affair. Bullitt, The Getaway. Grand Prix. The Towering Inferno. The Great Escape. The Magnificent Seven. Papillon. Every film a classic and every one of them starring Steve McQueen. Thirty-five years after his untimely death at the age of fifty, the world will finally be getting the biopic of one of the greatest movie stars in Hollywood history. The announcement comes via Lake Forest Entertainment and The Exchange have teamed up to finance the film which will be titled »
- Alex Maidy
Are you reading more comics now but enjoying them less? Worse still – if you happen to be a comics publisher – are you reading fewer comics now and still enjoying them less?
If the Internet is any indication, plenty of people are cutting back, bailing out, and getting highly more selective about their purchases. I realize the Internet has but three purposes: 1) as a medium for obtaining free porn, 2) as a platform for spirited anonymous bitching, and 3) to prove to the world that your cat is cuter than everybody else’s. Only #2 is relevant here, but you can’t use the Internet’s bitchy overtones to dismiss everything you don’t like. I think there’s a real problem here.
Part of this response is due to the fact that Marvel and DC have been making it exceptionally easy to rocket out of their universes by rebooting, refurbishing, and retconning their family jewels. »
- Mike Gold
13 items from 2015
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