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The story charts the abuse of Native Americans and an activist’s attempt to even the score by kidnapping the son of a Washington politician.
“The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert’s brilliant writing and it is something I’ve always wanted to turn into a film,” said Villard (pictured). “I remember the rights being unavailable when I first pursued the Soul Catcher project in the 80s, but as my producing career developed I never forgot the powerful effect the story had on me.
“Now, with full support from the Frank Herbert Estate, we have the opportunity to make a culturally impactful film that combines elements of suspense, high drama, mysticism and Native American history that will resonate for years to come and appeal to the millions of Frank Herbert fans worldwide »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Reported over at Deadline, Villard said, “The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert’s brilliant writing, and it is something I’ve always wanted to turn into a film. I remember the rights being unavailable when I first pursued the Soul Catcher project in the ’80s, but as my producing career developed I never forgot the powerful effect the story had on me.”
The Frank Herbert Estate have given their full support towards Villard – after he negotiated with them for a year – in his pursuit in bringing Soul Catcher to the screen. Dimitri Villard is now looking to secure a director who can steer the character-driven story in the right direction; Villard has already added »
The story follows a militant Native American student who kidnaps the thirteen-year-old white son of a U.S. politician, intending to sacrifice the child for vengeance against wrongs committed against his people.
As the captor and the captive flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question.
Villard pursued the rights to the project in the 1980s before his career took him away from film altogether. Now he's back and after a year of negotiation with the Herbert estate he scored the rights. He's currently seeking a director.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Frank Herbert’s most famous work of fiction Dune is the topic of this week’s 1984 look back series. Showing uncanny timing news has reached us that another of the author’s works has just been optioned. The story in question is Soul Catcher, a story that was first published in 1972.
Surprsingly although Herbert has the accolade for having written the best-selling science fiction novel ever, Dune remains his only work to be transformed into celluloid. That might have some to do with the reception the Dune film received, with director Lynch distancing himself from the project (read all about it in our feature). Before his death in 1986 Herbert had written dozens of stories including several Dune sequels.
Soul Catcher appears to have a rather strange and interesting plot. A militant Native American student seeking vengeance for his people kidnaps the teenage son of a Us politician. The pair then »
- Kat Smith
Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher has been optioned for film.
Soul Catcher centres around a young Native American student who kidnaps the 13-year-old son of a Us politician, planning to sacrifice him in vengeance for the wrongs committed against his people.
As the pair flee from federal hunters, they form a bond which threatens to derail the plan.
"The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert's brilliant writing, and it is something I've always wanted to turn into a film," said Villard.
"I remember the rights being unavailable when I first pursued the Soul Catcher project in the '80s, but as my producing career developed I never forgot »
Even though it makes up a major plot point (actually pretty much the plot) of Lucy, the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain has been pretty thoroughly debunked.
But for whatever reason, mostly because Hollywood doesn’t really need to pay attention to science, this pseudo-science, with varying numbers tacked on, still appears throughout film and television. The possible outcomes of using the other 90 percent, however, differ between cases. There are the standard examples, like Lucy and Limitless, which promise intelligence-related superpowers. Others, like Seinfeld and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (the TV version, natch), just promise intelligence. »
- Jackson McHenry
Three young friends meet a robot alien in Earth To Echo. Here's Pete's review of a sweet yet uneven family film...
Some of the most memorable family films to come out of America in the 1980s told the stories of ordinary young children (often boys) flung into extraordinary scenarios. Movies such as E.T., The Goonies and Flight Of The Navigator captured our hearts and our imaginations, and have never truly let go of them.
This is particularly true for the makers of Earth To Echo, whose film is an unashamed homage to those beloved classics. It tells the story of three friends spending their final night together before leaving town. Having received mysterious signals on their mobile phones, and seeking one last adventure together, they get more than they bargained for when they find Echo, a small alien robot who needs their help if he is to find his way home. »
Hollywood has introduced us to a ton of awesome robots over the years. Robots have always been extremely cool, and they've sparked the imagination of what is possible. The robots we've seen in the movies have inspired technology and science. There are engineers out there who have created robots of their own and are constantly trying to perfect them. One day those robots will take over the world and destroy us all.
We all have our favorite robots, and I thought I'd come up with a top 10 list of my personal favorites. Note: Cyborgs like RoboCop don't count as robots on this list.
If you'd like to share your own favorites, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!
Iron Giant - The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is by far my favorite robot. He's the one I would have loved to play with as a kid. »
- Joey Paur
At the end of my review of Maleficent I wrote: "Yes, movies such as this might be made for a young audience that will find something to enjoy in the magical CG flittering around, but once that audience grows up will they honestly turn to something like this for warm childhood memoriesc Dear God I hope not." It's a statement that has stuck with me since I wrote it. I was primarily thinking of how classic Disney animated films, such as Sleeping Beauty, hold up no matter how old you are. The more I thought about it, though, I began to wonder if I was simply being too precious when it comes to those classic animated movies and started to ask myself if there were any live action films I saw as a child, films that targeted kids and yet managed to appeal to adults then and maintain their value »
- Brad Brevet
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
courtesy of themoviescene.co.uk
30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
Some specialty festival events started this week that should be on your radar. The 17th annual Cine Las Americas festival runs through Sunday. Movies are playing at four venues, including the Marchesa and the Alamo Drafthouse Village. If you didn't get a film pass, you can buy individual tickets at the venues if the films aren't at capacity. The seventh annual Off-Centered Film Fest is also going on through the weekend. Special events include a 35mm screening of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master and Harold Lloyd's 1923 silent classic Safety Last!
The Marchesa will be tied up with Cine Las Americas screenings through the weekend, but Austin Film Society has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Richard Linklater returns on Wednesday night for his Jewels In The Wasteland series. He'll be presenting Ingmar Bergman's Fanny And Alexander in a 35mm print of the original 188-minute theatrical version. This »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Hollywood went back to the '80s earlier this week with the news that Police Academy, The Goonies and Gremlins are all heading back to the big screen. Digital Spy asked you for your views on the matter, and below are a selection of your responses and suggestions for more '80s classics you want to see revived.
Digital Spy commenters
"So what's happened is... the studios are now run by people in the 30-40 age bracket?" - Tedr
"Am I looking forward to a Goonies sequel? A bit. The movie was a classic. Maybe the cultural impact is as relevant as ever before." - Franky Ramirez
"No no no no no. They can't remake any of them! Majority of 80s movies were great for everyone and you feel that a lot of heart & soul into them but these remakes are all about money and stupid special effects." - LiamOK
"Goonies yeah Gremlins nay. »
Thn have received the first trailer for kid-based family adventure Earth To Echo, and it looks pretty interesting if you like an unexpected Alien-type adventure…both young and old!
At the end of last year, we saw the first teaser trailer for this and that set us up nicely. The first look gave a number of Thn writer’s flashbacks to the likes of Flight Of The Navigator, E.T. and, due to the found-footage style, a touch of Chronicle more recently. I also loved J.J. Abrams Super 8 for so many reasons, from nostalgia to the great concept, characters and storyline, it felt like a look back to those classic films from the 80s but completely updated and relevant for audiences today – who doesn’t love a bit of escapism and imagination?
On a basic level, Earth To Echo focuses around a group of friends who are sent a series »
- Dan Bullock
This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either go see Need for Speed or pick one of approximately 14 billion choices available to stream over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or various rental options. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of hearty recommendations. This week, we've loaded the best of video-game-inspired features, including a horror adaptation, a making-of documentary, and a sci-fi film that sheds light on the future of gaming.Cloak & DaggerThirty years ago, kids movies put their preteen protagonists in danger. The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, SpaceCamp — fantastical adventures where death is still a risk. Cloak & Dagger remains the most fearless film of that run. Capitalizing on the growing popularity of video games, the kid-centric espionage thriller pits E.T.'s Henry Thomas against a squad of »
- Matt Patches
Hello Sarah. Is Escape From Planet Earth your first animated movie?
I think it's the first full-length theatrical release. I don't recall any more, to be honest. I've probably done short-form voice stuff before. (1)
And this is your third space-themed movie.
It is? Remind me.
Well, there was Flight of the Navigator, and then Mars Attacks!
Ah, yes, you're right. I seem to be drawn to the genre, even though I don't even remember that I am.
In some ways, would you see this as the completion of a trilogy?
Oh my God, I love that you're looking at it with such a scholarly approach. Yes! Let's pretend that that's exactly why I did it. »
- Stuart Heritage
Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36
From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.
Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.
Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »
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