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Teen-focused sci-fi dystopias are all the rage at the moment, between this month's The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Host, and of course the mighty Hunger Games. But none of them can hold a candle to Michael Anderson's classic Logan's Run, which was made the year before Star Wars came along and changed sci-fi blockbusters forever.
Based on the cult novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, the film is set in 2274, with the remnants of humanity living in a computer-controlled, sealed, domed city after a non-specific apocalypse. 23rd century society is pretty much a utopia: citizens get to shop, take drugs and have sex as much as they like, with the central computers taking care of reproduction and, it's implied, child-rearing. There's just one catch: when you turn 30, you are deemed no longer useful to society and you have to either take your chances in a bizarre »
One of the many actors notorious for not giving into the franchise machine is Ryan Gosling, but that may change as three major studios are courting him for three big movies, including Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad and The Secret Life of Houdini.
In the recent past, Ryan Gosling has refused to give into the temptations of a super hero movie, especially one that would require him to sign on for sequels. But the actor may be softening his stance on that, unlike Joaquin Phoenix who walked away from the Doctor Strange role.
The actor is confirmed to have met with Marvel for Doctor Strange, and he has an offer out for Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini, which is now subtitled The Making of America's First Superhero. Sources close to the actor also reveal that he is being aggressively courted for a role in the DC villain ensemble action-adventure Suicide Squad, »
Walden Media, the company behind the Narnia films, financed this adaptation of Lois Lowry's dystopian novel for kids. The set-up is similar to that of sci-fi films such as Logan's Run and Divergent but the film suffers from an absurdly sanctimonious storytelling style. It is set in a black-and-white world of conformity and placid contentment. Anger, pain, desire and joy have been erased. »
Now that's an outfit!Former "Boy Meets World" star Maitland Ward is going the Adrianne Curry route these days, showing off her physique in some revealing costumes at a number of movie, comic and TV conventions.But last weekend at Comic-Con, she took it to a new level.The actress, now 37, showed up dressed as Jenny Agutter's Jessica 6 from "Logan's Run," sporting the character's sparkly green (and totally sheer) side-less and underwear-less look.She assured fans on Instagram that she kept her lady bits covered with the hashtag #yeseverythingscovered, but we're not so sure ... hence the censor.toofab's Brian Particelli caught up with a more-covered Maitland at CraveOnline and TNT's party for "The Last Ship," where she let us know what she's been up to since the Tgif staple went off the air in 2000 -- and revealed what she thinks of the new spinoff, "Girl Meets World."Check out the interview below! »
- tooFab Staff
The next edition of the Bourne film franchise has been delayed until 2016.
The fifth instalment of the spy saga was initially due for release on August 14, 2015, but has been pushed back until July 15, 2016.
The Bourne Legacy grossed $276 million (£163m) worldwide upon release in 2012. Watch the trailer below: »
Michael Bay's all-action Logan's Run-around stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta, two residents of a strange, sterile facility that takes intense care of its inhabitants. Apparently they are the last surviving humans after a contamination wiped out civilisation. Their only escape is to win the daily lottery, in which one inmate is whisked off to a paradise known as The Island. »
Nicolas Winding Refn is currently busy serving on the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but news has recently surfaced that he is eying a film titled The Bringing as his next feature. Set up at Sony Pictures, the screenplay was written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, inspired by the viral "video of a young woman who displayed erratic behavior in an elevator at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, the place where such killers as Richard Ramirez called home at one time or other, and where numerous suicides have occurred. The woman, Elisa Lam, was found dead in the water tanks at the roof of the hotel." See the video at the bottom of this post. The script has nothing really to do with that the Lam tragedy, but its inspiration led to a story that will contain supernatural elements as it follows a man investigating a death at the hotel. »
- Brad Brevet
Despite underperforming at the box office, Universal Pictures has been promising to make a sequel to Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy." Now, two years later, the studio hired Andrew Baldwin (upcoming "Logan's Run" remake) to write the script for the new installment. At this point Justin Lin (Fast Five) is attached to direct and Renner is set to reprise his role. Story details are being kept a secret, but it's not expected that Matt Damon will return to play Jason Bourne alongside Renner's character. Stay tuned. »
The fifth Bourne movie has hired Andrew Baldwin as its screenwriter.
The Bourne Legacy grossed $276 million (£163m) worldwide upon release. Watch the trailer below: »
Bourne 5 is due in cinemas next summer - but the script for Jeremy Renner's next adventure still needs work...
Universal has set a release date of August 2015 for the fifth chapter in its Bourne franchise, with this one set to be the second to focus on Jeremy Renner's character of Aaron Cross. There will be no Matt Damon and no Jason Bourne again.
Given how disappointing The Bourne Legacy was, it's not much of a surprise that things are being shaken up. Tony Gilroy isn't returning to direct, with Justin Lin - yesterday linked with a Lethal Weapon reboot - calling the shots this time around.
And now we hear that a new writer has come on board the project to rework the screenplay. Andrew Baldwin, who has previously worked on the lost in development hell Logan's Run remake, has been hired. He'll set to work building »
Justin Lin has been attached to direct this Robert Ludlum adaptation since November, with The Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner set to return as Aaron Cross. Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) wrote the original draft of the screenplay, although no story details have been released at this time.
Frank Marshall is producing alongside Justin Lin, Jeffrey M. Weiner and Ben Smith. No production schedule has been given at this time, although the studio has already issued an August 14, 2015 release date.
For many years, Warner Bros. has tried multiple times to develop a remake to the cult classic 1976 science-fiction film, Logan's Run. The film was based on 1967 book of the same name, written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. In the mid-90's, Joel Silver was brought in to write and direct a remake, but that didn't happen. Then in 2004, Bryan Signer was brought in to work on it, but that didn't happen. In 2007, WB hired Joseph Kosinski ("Oblivion") to work on a low-budget version, but that stalled out and Kosinki moved onto Tron: Legacy. In 2010, Carl Erik Rinsch was hired to direct, but left the project to work on 47 Ronin. In 2011, Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, was hired. Of course that too never materialized, but did come close as they at least had Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne lined up to star in »
The idea of a self-contained community sealed beneath a huge dome enclosure has been the source of many fantastic tales – from the flawed future societies of Logan's Run to the paranoid horrors of Stephen King's Under the Dome, and even the wicked satirical spin of The Simpsons Movie – but not many people remember just how close one American city came to becoming a real-life example of this surreal scenario. Back in the late '70s, city planners in the small town of Winooski, Vermont (just north of Burlington) embarked on what they hoped would be a grand experiment: creating an enclosed, climate-controlled city beneath a square-mile dome, offering a futuristic solution to the town's weather and energy problems. Image: International Dome Symposium The plans brought major media attention to the town, with multiple contractors bidding for the work, and federal funds were appropriated to research the project. An architect »
- Gregory Burkart
A quick review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I own stock in Trivial Pursuit's Baby Boomers Edition... "App Development and Condiments" ticked most of the boxes required for a good high-concept "Community" episode. It had an emotional character story at its center, as Jeff tried to get Shirley to acknowledge her manipulative ways (and vice versa), along with a more humorous character subplot in Britta exploiting the power of mustard on her face to start a Che-style revolution against the app. And it pushed the concept to its limits, presenting a fully-realized sci-fi dystopia with nods to "Logan's Run" and "Zardoz,"(*) among others. (*) Yes, Star-Burns' costume was one that was worn by Sean Connery in an expensive and terrible '70s sci-fi opus. Warning: clicking on that link will likely scar you emotionally. And I appreciated the extended Shirley spotlight; as she noted last week, »
- Alan Sepinwall
A few days ago, we reported that Colin Farell and Rachel Weisz would be starring in the English-language debut of Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos. At the time, the logline for the film stated, "an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life or death." If you've seen Dogtooth or Lanthimos' follow-up, Alps, you know his films are far stranger than that one-line synopsis. Today, we have a longer, more detailed synopsis, and it doesn't disappoint when it comes to Lanthimos' bizarre stories. Simply put, it sounds like Logan's Run meets The Island of Dr. Moreau. Hit the jump to read the synopsis. The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed (Alps), and Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth). Shooting begins on March 24th in Ireland. Here's the official synopsis for The Lobster: An unconventional love story set in a »
- Matt Goldberg
Evil Jester Presents is a slick new comic book from Evil Jester Comics. And knowing that a great story is the foundation for a great comic, the creators gathered tales from four hugely successful authors as the basis for the first book.
The twisted stories are written by none other than New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine, Rot & Ruin), international bestselling author William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), Bram Stoker Award Winner and international bestselling author Jack Ketchum (Red, The Girl Next Door) and Bram Stoker Award Winning Author Joe McKinney (Dead City). The artwork is provided by multiple artists who have illustrated for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Idw.
For more visit the official Evil Jester Presents website, "like" Evil Jester Comics on Facebook and follow Evil Jester Comics on Twitter (@EvilJesterComic).
From the Press Release
Evil Jester Comics has released its inaugural comic book, »
- Scott Hallam
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