9 items from 2015
First announced back in 2013, a live action movie based off popular video game series Gran Turismo has been stuck in development hell, but it looks like it has found its way to second gear.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to direct the adaptation which will be developed with Sony and Columbia Pictures. The trade also states that the movie will not be focused solely on driving as per the game, but series lead designer Kazunori Yamauchi has said the film will be about video game player who becomes a racer.
Think The Last Starfighter but with less space.
Gran Turismo first debuted on the PlayStation back in 1997 and has been a flagship title for Sony’s home consoles with Gran Turismo 7 currently in development for the PlayStation 4. Watchman scribe Alex Tse had previously drafted a script for Gran Turismo »
- Luke Owen
Why has there been no sequel or remake to The Last Starfighter? The reason seems to have become clear...
Given that most of 1980s cinema now appears to have been pillaged for either remakes or sequels, it's surprising that The Last Starfighter has thus far resisted the onslaught. And yet the 1984 sci-fi cult movie remains a one-off, in spite of constant rumblings of a new version.
So what's happened? Well, in an new interview with Slashfilm, screenwriter Gary Whitta has shed some light on the issue. He's someone who's keen to have a go at bringing a fresh take on the film to the screen it seems (Seth Rogen is another who's voiced considerable interest in the past). When asked, his immediate response was "man, I wish". He added that "I'm one of a very long list of screenwriters who would kill for the opportunity to bring that back".
Now Whitta isn’t the first man to attempt this. Seth Rogen was looking to get a remake of the 1984 cult movie written by Jonathan R. Betuel and directed by Nick Castle. Sadly for Rogen, the rights to The Last Starfighter were not for sale. Rogen tried for years and would eventually lament his pains to Steven Spielberg, who tried to convince Betuel to give up the rights but he wouldn’t budge. And if Steven Spielberg can’t get the rights, then who even has a chance?
There was a rumour back in 2008 that The Last Starfighter was heading for a sequel when a script was doing the rounds simply titled Starfighter. All indications were that it »
- Luke Owen
Though not a substantial hit when it first arrived in theaters way back in 1984, The Last Starfighter, renowned for being one of the first movies to ever use CGI visual effects, has gained quite a cult audience over the years. A remake seems like a no brainer, especially with its timely story of a video game obsessed teenager who is called upon to save the universe. But that may not happen anytime soon according to writer Gary Whitta, who loves the idea of doing a reboot. Unfortunately, it seems the rights are currently tied up and almost impossible to obtain.
Remaking The Last Starfighter is Gary Whitta's dream project. And he's not alone. There are apparently many in the industry who would love to take on the project. About remaking The Last Starfighter, the former Star Wars Spin-Off writer states:
"Man, I wish. I'm one of a very long »
Today is the last installment of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth). Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened. Today in the fifth and final installment which primarily focuses on some […]
- Peter Sciretta
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
Here’s a movie oddity for this time of year. While we’re shoveling and shivering, a big-time space epic blasts into theatres. But, to borrow a phrase from the airlines, its arrival was delayed just over six months. Hmm, odd indeed. Oh, and this one isn’t completely set in one of those galaxies far, far away. A good chunk of this tale rests on that city of big shoulders. It purports that alien races are battling away, hidden from view, right under our noses. I flashed right back to one of those classic made-for-tv flicks from 1970, “The Love War” about aliens in human form fighting on Earth (Lloyd Bridges and Angie Dickinson are from opposing forces who, of course, fall hard for each other). And with this story we’ve got a downtrodden human unaware that they have special gifts that can save the planet. That theme goes »
- Jim Batts
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Our best look so far of the villain Yellowjacket from Ant-Man (via Cinema Blend): Watch scenes from A Clockwork Orange remade using a Grand Theft Auto video game (via Dangerous Minds): It was only a matter of time before someone mashed J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot logo with droids from his next movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (via Topless Robot): This modern-style fan-made trailer sure does make me want to watch The Last Starfighter again (via Reddit): The following alternate poster for Interstellar is nominated in the special-edition category for a 2014 Imp Award. See all the contenders in...
- Christopher Campbell
Directed by Todd Holland
Screenplay by David Chisholm
Although e-sports have long been a part of video game culture since the early 70′s, competitions saw a large surge in popularity in 1989 when Universal Pictures produced The Wizard, about a trio of kids who make their way to a national Nintendo video game championship (Video Armageddon) for a grand prize of $50,000. The charismatic and rising star of television’s Wonder Years, Fred Savage, stars as Corey, a boy who escorts his deeply traumatized younger half-brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) away from a group home and sets off on a cross-country trek, chased by their father (Beau Bridges), their older brother (Christian Slater), and a child-finder, hired by their mother to bring him back home. Along the way they meet little Haley (Jenny Lewis) and discover that Jimmy is a real prodigy when it comes to video games. They make a stop off in Reno, »
9 items from 2015
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