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Cannes 2015. Directors' Fortnight + Critics' Week

23 April 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The complete lineups for the Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week sidebars at Cannes have been announced.Directors' FORTNIGHTOpening Film: In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)A Perfect Day (Fernando León de Aranoa)Beyond My Grandfather Allende (Marcia Tumbutti)Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)Les Cowboys (Thomas Bidegain)Embrace the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)Fatima (Philippe Faucon)Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)Much Loved (Nabil Ayouch)Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)Peace to Us in Our Dreams (Sharunas Bartas)Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloé Zhao)The Here After (Magnus von Horn)The Brand New Testament (Jaco Van Dormael)My Golden Days (Arnaud Despleschin)Special Screening: Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (Takashi Miike)Closing Film: Dope (Rick Famuyiwa)Shorts:Blue Thunder (Jean-Marc E. Roy & Philippe David Gagné)Calme ta joie (Emmanuel Laskar)The Broken Past (Martín Morgenfeld & Sebastián Schjaer)Kung Fury (David Sandberg)Pitchoune (Reda Kateb)Trials, Exorcisms (Susana Nobre)Pueblo »

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight 2015 line-up

21 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Jaco Van Dormael among line-up; Jia Zhangke to receive Golden Coach.

A 17-strong line-up of titles for the 47th Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) run by the French Director’s Guild, has been announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference in Paris this morning.

As previously announced, the opening film on May 14 will be In The Shadow Of Women, by Directors’ Fortnight habitué Philippe Garrel.

The closing film on May 22 will be Rick Famuyiwa’s La-set comedy drama Dope, a Us film first seen at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Also previously announced was Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, a contemporary re-telling of One Thousand And One Nights that comprises three films spanning more than six hours.

A special screening will be given to Takashi Miike’s gangster-vampire hybrid thriller Yakuza Apocalypse: [link=tt »

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Best of the Week: SXSW Reviews, Pee-wee Herman is Back and More

20 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Important News We got our first look at Pee-wee Herman in his new movie. Alexandre Desplat will score Star Wars: Rogue One. Josh Gad joined the cast of Beauty and the Beast. And Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline also joined Beauty and the Beast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in Fraggle Rock. Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella opened bigger than Kenneth Branagh's Thor. Kevin Smith is making Mallrats 2. Eddie Murphy will play Richard Pryor's father. Blue Thunder is being remade. And Little Women is being made again. And Selma and Friday are heading back to theaters again. Mad Max: Fury Road fortunately received an R rating. Jason Voorhees and the Predator are part of the new Mortal Kombat video...

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Movie News: First Official 'Spectre' Teaser Poster; Watch a Scary New 'Insidious: Chapter 3' Trailer

18 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Spectre: The first official Spectre teaser poster has been released, showcasing the steely-eyed stare of Daniel Craig as legendary special agent James Bond. The movie follows 007 as he seeks to uncover the dastardly secrets of a sinister organization. Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz also star; look for it in theaters on November 6. [Twitter]   Blue Thunder: Action thriller Blue Thunder is returning to the big screen -- but the supercharged surveillance helicopter in the 1983 movie starring Roy Scheider will not be back. Instead, a drone will be the featured attraction of a modern version that is under development by producer Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey). Craig Kyle, who has penned a slew of animated titles for Marvel, is...

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Blue Thunder set for the remake treatment

17 March 2015 11:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

There's a new version of Blue Thunder coming. Only it'll be about a drone, rather than a helicopter...

So: were you an Airwolf person or a Blue Thunder person? Both had helicopters, both were popular in the 1980s, and as with the mighty Whizzer And Chips (a reference that, er, may not hit with too many of you, to be fair), you tended to pick one side or the other.

Blue Thunder, anyway, is coming back around again, as Sony is developing a remake of the 1983 movie. Only there's, well, been a bit of a change. Rather than being about a kitted out helicopter, the new Blue Thunder will be a drone. An advanced drone, but a drone nonetheless.

Roy Scheider starred in the original movie, although we're some way away from casting on this one. The new Blue Thunder does have a screenwriter, however. Craig Kyle will pen the »

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News Briefs: Official 'Spectre' Teaser Poster; Freaky 'Insidious 3' Trailer

17 March 2015 10:51 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Spectre: The first official Spectre teaser poster has been released, showcasing the steely-eyed stare of Daniel Craig as legendary special agent James Bond. The movie follows 007 as he seeks to uncover the dastardly secrets of a sinister organization. Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz also star; look for it in theaters on November 6. [Twitter]   Blue Thunder: Action thriller Blue Thunder is returning to the big screen -- but the supercharged...

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Blue Thunder Is Getting Remade Because Drones Are So Hot Right Now

17 March 2015 10:37 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a radio controlled harbinger of death that's being piloted by an Air Force colonel in Nevada! That's right kids, drones are Hollywood catnip right now, as they've become the new clichéd menace in action and science fiction flicks that deal with technology gone wrong. Be it a new flick created from whole cloth, or in the case of Sony's latest project, yet another remake of a 1980's cult classic, the skies are about to get a little less friendlier. Looks like Blue Thunder is going to be striking in a completely different manner this time around. The Hollywood Reporter reports that former Marvel Studios employee Craig Kyle is writing a remake of the Roy Scheider original for Columbia Pictures, with drones replacing a stealth helicopter at the center of the film.s plot. The original saw Scheider's »

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The Blue Thunder Remake Will Not Be About a Helicopter

17 March 2015 4:56 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Remember Blue Thunder? I do, but not well, and that’s for personal reasons as much as it’s for the fact that it’s a 32-year-old drama that hasn’t been thought of much by anyone beyond some hardcore fans. The personal reason for me is the opposite of the reason most of those fans love it: I hate (really, I’m afraid of) helicopters. It’s the same reason I didn’t get into the TV series it inspired, Airwolf (it also spun-off its own shorter-lived show). Anyway, it’s being remade, which is fine given there’s only a minority of people who’ll cry out in protest. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, fortunately for me, it won’t be about a helicopter. I knew before I even clicked on Slashfilm’s post on the movie, the headline of which doesn’t mention this, that the remake would be about drones. Never »

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'Blue Thunder' Remake Will Be a Drone Thriller

17 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Columbia Pictures is set to remake the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder, only this time instead of a tricked-out hi-tech helicopter, the story will revolve around a more advanced piece of surveillance weaponry with a state-of-the-art Drone at the center of the action. Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle (Thor) is updating the screenplay, with Fifty Shades of Grey's Dana Brunetti set to produce. The movie will reunite Brunetti with Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at Columbia, and will oversee the project.

The Sony-based studio Escape Artists were simultaneously developing their own take on the material, but will now join this remake as a producer. The new version of the story is said to be 'timely', as it will explore the exploding use of drone technology in our society, both privately and in government sectors. This is just one of many Drone movies heading our way soon. »

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'Social Network' Producer Developing a Remake of 'Blue Thunder'

17 March 2015 3:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, producer Dana Brunetti, who was also behind The Social Network, is looking to bring a remake to the big screen next. THR reports Columbia Pictures is developing a remake of Blue Thunder, an action thriller from 1983 about a Los Angeles police pilot (Roy Scheider) tasked with learning to fly a new specially modified helicopter called Blue Thunder meant for police work, armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. But soon he learns there may be more to this advanced helicopter than meets the eye. But the new version will involve the world's most advanced drone instead. Brunetti is producing the film by way of his Trigger Street Productions with Marvel Studios executive and writer Craig Kyle writing the script. It's no coincidence that this project is getting set up at Columbia Pictures since Michael De Luca helped Brunetti produce Fifty Shades of Grey »

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A ‘Blue Thunder’ Remake Is Moving Forward and Is Actually a Great Idea

17 March 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Here’s a movie that is a great choice for a remake. Blue Thunder was a 1983 action/thriller featuring Roy Scheider as the pilot of a state of the art helicopter being used as an experimental addition to the Lapd’s arsenal with the idea of controlling crowds during the 1984 Olympics. It has hung around as an […]

The post A ‘Blue Thunder’ Remake Is Moving Forward and Is Actually a Great Idea appeared first on /Film. »

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Fifty Shades Producer And Thor Writer Developing Remake Of Blue Thunder

17 March 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Per THR, Sony’s in-house production company Escape Artists will produce a modern day revamp of 1983 thriller Blue Thunder.

The talent assembled for the remake hail from genres that are at times in complete opposition. Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dana Brunetti is producing under his Trigger Street Productions tag, and Craig Kyle – a Marvel Studios executive who is currently penning Thor: Ragnarok – is scripting. His work will be based on the original screenplay by Dan O’Bannon (Alien) and Don Jakoby (Evolution). At the moment, there’s no further information on who might be at the helm, but if development continues, we might see a shortlist of contenders in the near future.

The original movie, directed by John Badham and starring Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern, focused on the pilot of a military-style combat helicopter designed to mute crowd aggression during the 1984 Olympic Games. It’s believed that this »

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"Blue Thunder" Remake In The Works

17 March 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A remake of the Roy Scheider-led 1983 action thriller "Blue Thunder" is in the works with Dana Brunetti ("Fifty Shades of Grey") set to produce for Sony Pictures.

The original film starred the "Jaws" actor as the pilot of an experimental helicopter being used by the Lapd to help control crowds during the 1984 Olympics. Not that well received as a film, it nevertheless has scored a cult following in subsequent years.

Marvel exec and screenwriter Craig Kyle will handle the script for the new version which is expected to focus on a drone rather than a chopper. One of the original film's themes was that of police force militarization, something which seems very timely considering recent events.

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Blue Thunder Remake Rumbling At Sony

17 March 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Surveillance and the militarisation of the police is a tightly topical theme at the moment, much as it was when chopper thriller Blue Thunder flew into cinemas back in 1983. Sony has decided to update the idea with a reboot, hiring Marvel regular Craig Kyle to write the script. But forget any visions of a shades-clad pilot taking to the skies in a tricked out helicopter, Roy Scheider-style. Instead, this one will tap into the drone zeitgeist and follow the world’s most advanced unmanned weapon, which, we assume, will find itself at the centre of a moral quandary. Either that, or it’ll become self-aware and decide that wiping out humanity is the key to peacekeeping. After all, there are no strings...Kyle, a producer and writer who has been part of Marvel’s creative committee as it brought its cinematic universe to life (and has been scripting Thor: Ragnarok »

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Sony remaking 80s flick Blue Thunder; will trade helicopters for drones

17 March 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Your first thought of Roy Scheider may be Jaws or SeaQuest Dsv, but for me it will always be Blue Thunder. The 1983 action movie about a pilot using an enhanced military helicopter to patrol Los Angeles was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid. The John Badham movie was not the greatest movie made but it had some pretty awesome aerial sequences. Now, the movie is being remade at Columbia Pictures with a significant change to the technology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »

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'Blue Thunder' Remake Kicks Off Drone-Themed Film Frenzy (Exclusive)

17 March 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Columbia Pictures is bringing a remake of the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder to the big screen. But this time, the airborne surveillance weapon will be a world's most advanced drone instead of a tricked out helicopter. Craig Kyle, a former Marvel Studios executive and writer, will pen a modern-day take on the film that starred Roy Scheider. Dana Brunetti, hot off the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, is producing Blue Thunder for his Trigger Street Productions. The move reunites Brunetti with his Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca, who is now president of production at the studio

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