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Yasuke is one step closer to the big screen.
Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing the film as a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.
The period action drama is based on the historical tale of Yasuke, who is known to be the first black samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Under a warlord named Oda Nobunaga in the mid-1500s, he is known to be the only known African to reach that ranking in feudal Japan.
Widen co-wrote Highlander, the 1986 film about »
- Ashley Lee
Exclusive: Lionsgate has commenced Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai, an action drama grounded in the historical tale of Yasuke, reputed to be the first black-skinned samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Mike De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing, and the film is a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions. Yasuke lived in the mid-1500s, and history on his origins and exactly how he came to become a sword for a warlord… »
As TV continues to catch up, and in some cases surpass, cinema in terms of production values, action sequences and story lines, the race has not stayed confined to Hollywood. Brazilian broadcasters Globo represent perhaps the best positioned company to do just that in Latin America. With an overwhelming free-to-air market share, muscular resources, historic studios and large production expertise, the company is also innovating in a format where it has few rivals, the high-end telenovela.
A case in point: Colonial era epic “Novo Mundo.” Two centuries ago, the Austrian Archduchess Leopoldina was dispatched by her Hapsburg Holy Roman Emperor father to Rio de Janeiro to marry the man who would become Brazil’s first Emperor, Dom Pedro. The Duchess was loved: Dom Pedro sided with Brazil’s liberals, wrenching independence from the Portuguese crown in 1822. The novela focuses heavily on Leopoldina’s sea journey to her new kingdom, the »
- Jamie Lang
Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.
Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.
Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:
Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)
L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired »
- Scott Drebit
Stunt-man turned director Chad Stahelski has certainly had a good start to his burgeoning career as an action auteur. John Wick began what is now in the process of becoming a hugely successful franchise. Two films in, with a booming and expansive box office appeal. Next up for him is, all being well (as this project has long gestated and had directors come and go, year on year) is a remake of Highlander.
Now I should state two things now. Firstly, I love Highlander. The first film is an underrated piece of brilliance. From the visuals, to the music to the sheer style of it, Highlander is one of a kind. It then spawned four more films (none of which were good) and a TV show, as well as comics, anime and more. »
- Amie Cranswick
An eclectic array of international producers are assembling on intriguing European Film Market (Efm) script See How We Are, the new project from Gregory Widen, the creator of the Highlander and The Prophecy franchises.
Producers on the fantasy project include Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) of Solipsist Films, Phin Glynn (Mad to be Normal) of Bad Penny Productions and Wild Tales [pictured], The Secret In Their Eyes and Neruda producer Axel Kuschevatzky.
Widen, who also wrote 90’s thriller Backdraft, has written the script and will direct, marking only his second feature as director after the first instalment in The Prophecy (1995) franchise, starring Christopher Walken and Viggo Mortensen.
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The James Bond franchise is currently in a place of relative uncertainty. Daniel Craig may or may not come back to do another movie, but Sony definitely wants him to. Even if he does, it has already been established that director Sam Mendes, who did both Skyfall and Spectre, won't be returning to the director's chair for James Bond 25. That means someone will have to fill those shoes and John Wick director Chad Stahelski would be interested in taking the job.
I recently had the chance to speak with Chad Stahelski, who directed Lionsgate's John Wick and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2. There are clearly some parallels between the John Wick franchise and the James Bond franchise. When asked if he would be interested in directing a James Bond movie in the future, he seemed very interested, assuming the producers were interested in his take on it. Here »
Back in November, Summit Entertainment brought on John Wick and John Wick 2 director Chad Stahelski to direct their long-gestating Highlander remake, which has been in various forms of development since Summit picked up the rights to the franchise back in 2008. Directors such as Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders) and Cerdric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter's War) had been attached to direct over the years, and at one point, Ryan Reynolds was even attached to star, before dropping the project in 2013, which is interesting since Chad Stahelski is also directing Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2, taking over for the departing Tim Miller. Now the gestating remake seems to be on the right track, with the director revealing that he's not only developing one movie, but he's starting to put a trilogy together.
For years, the Highlander remake was passed around various writers and directors like the cinematic equivalent of a hot potato, effectively sentencing Lionsgate and Summit’s fantasy actioner to the shelf in perpetuity. The dormant project was then given a lifeline late last year after John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski climbed aboard to direct and develop Lionsgate’s reboot, and the filmmaker has now offered up some tantalizing new details while doing the press rounds for the imminent John Wick: Chapter 2.
First up, Stahelski spoke to Collider regarding his long-time affinity with Highlander, along with the possibility of expanding the universe into a bona fide trilogy. News that Lionsgate is eager to engineer a new series of fantasy blockbusters isn’t all that surprising, particularly now that The Divergent Series has been overhauled for a TV finale and is all but set to go out on a whimper.
- Michael Briers
Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017
Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.
Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year. »
Clive Barker’s feature film directorial debut, Hellraiser is a remarkable cinematic experience for numerous reasons. Released in 1987, Hellraiser forged Barker’s career in the realm of cinema after he enjoyed success in the literary world, pushed the boundaries of the horror genre in ways audiences had never seen before, and also introduced us to Doug Bradley as an exciting new face in horror, firmly establishing his character as an icon whose influence would resonate for decades (and decades) to come.
And, of course, one of the biggest components of Hellraiser’s perversely wonderful success are the special effects brought to life by designer Bob Keen and his insanely ambitious and talented crew. With all that in mind, for this installment of Practical-ly Perfect, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the brilliant special effects of Hellraiser and hear more from Keen about his experiences collaborating with Barker and »
- Heather Wixson
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