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The past summer’s Salt (starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Shreiber) marked Clear and Present Danger director Philip Noyce‘s welcome return to mainstream filmmaking. Salt was a slick, entertaining espionage thriller that grossed $293 million worldwide. Now, ComingSoon.Net reports (via MovieHole) that Noyce will not return to the director’s chair if a sequel is greenlit.
“Those 3 [alternate] Blu-ray cuts [of the film] represent just about everything I have to offer on Evelyn Salt,” Noyce told Moviehole. “If there ever is a sequel, better its directed by someone with a completely fresh take on what I believe could be a totally entertaining and complex series of stories.”
This news is not terribly surprising, given Noyce’s indifference to the Hollywood system. Salt may have been something fun, as well as a way to position himself once again at the forefront of Hollywood’s more commercial directors.(He’s the man behind the Jack »
- Anthony Vieira
The Blu-ray, rated 15, contains no less than three versions of the movie: the original theatrical release, a director's cut and an extended cut.
The disc offers these alternatives with - as far as I could see - no further hints at how they differed (such as 'new ending' etc) so without any onscreen assistance, I plumped for the director's cut for no reason other than I had to pick one of them.
Jolie pours every grain of herself into the role of Evelyn Salt, and the opening »
- David Bentley
Salt is released on Blu-ray today on DVD and Blu-ray and to celebrate, Sony Home Entertainment have been kind enough to give us three copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray. Salt stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, and Chiwetel Ejiofor and is directed by Phillip Noyce.
Synopsis: Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a trusted and loyal CIA operative who is forced to go on the run when a Russian defector convinces her superiors that she’s a double agent sent to assassinate the President of the United States. As the intense manhunt heats up, Salt uses all of her skills as a covert operative to elude capture as she fights to uncover a secret so explosive it could change the course of world history.
- David Sztypuljak
Chris Pine is set to take over the role of Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's most famous protagonist, in reboot of the action-thriller film franchise, but it won't be a complete reworking of the character. Jack Ryan has been immortalized in over a dozen best selling novels, as well as four films over the past three decades. First, the character was portrayed by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, immediately followed by Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games, and finally Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. Now, Chris Pine (Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk) will take over the mantle for Moscow, yet another reboot of the franchise. IGN caught up with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who discussed how he is planning on bringing Ryan back to the silver screen: "We're not »
- Pietro Filipponi
Relativity Media has a preemptive deal for “Timeless,” a spec script written by Bill Kelly (Enchanted). The story involves a man who inherits a fortune from his departed wife. Then he decided to invest the money into a time machine to see her one last time. Phillip Noyce is negotiating to direct the film. Noyce has directed “Salt,” “The Quiet American,” and “Clear and Present Danger.” There are no other announcements about this project at this time.Source: Deadline »
Relatively Media has a preemptive deal for “Timeless,” a spec script written by Bill Kelly (Enchanted). The story involves a man who inherits a fortune from his departed wife. Then he decided to invest the money into a time machine to see her one last time. Phillip Noyce is negotiating to direct the film. Noyce has directed “Salt,” “The Quiet American,” and “Clear and Present Danger.” There are no other announcements about this project at this time.Source: Deadline »
While Salt was no great shakes (...), Phillip Noyce has nonetheless delivered in the directorial department before with such films as The Quiet American and Rabbit-proof Fence, as well as the Jack Ryan films Clear And Present Danger and Patriot Games. But how will the filmmaker fare with a time travel film? According to Deadline, the Australian-born director will tackle just that in a film entitled Timeless from a spec script by Enchanted writer Bill Kelly (Premonition, Blast From The »
- George Merchan
Director Phillip Noyce (Salt) is currently in negotiations to direct a time-travel film called Timeless. The flick comes from a spec script written by Bill Kelly, who also wrote the surprisingly great Disney film Enchanted. Deadline reports that the premise involves, “a recently wed man [who] loses his wife and discovers after the fact that she left him a fortune. Haunted by an unresolved issue between himself and his wife, the man invests the money to build a time travel device, just to see her one last time.”
It’s unknown how soon the project will go into production, as Noyce has a rather full schedule at the moment. He recently signed on to direct another spy thriller, Wenceslas Square, and has been preparing an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Dirt Music for some time now with Russell Crowe eyeing the lead. He also has the sequel to this summer’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Are the casting, creative choices an epic fail?
As we learn more about Sony's planned reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, the question must be asked: are we just setting ourselves up for more disappointment? Can this film possibly match the hype already surrounding it over a year and a half before it is even released?
Let's take into account where the film stands so far. That means grading each cast member announced so far, as well as a hard look at the filmmakers Sony is entrusting their comic book golden goose to.
The Creative Team
Director (Mark Webb): C+
I know there are many with high hopes for Webb at the helm, based largely on whether you liked his film 500 Days of Summer. My problem with Sony's choice is rooted mainly in the fact that he is largely unproven. Besides Summer, Webb has directed episodes of Lone Star (we »
Unlike many of Clancy’s books, Without Remorse does not centre around the character of Jack Ryan (who has already been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, with a rumoured Chris Pine reboot also in the works), following instead CIA-operative John Kelly. John Kelly appears in some of Clancy’s books under the alias John Clark and was played by Willem Defoe in Clear and Present Danger and Liev Schreiber in The Sum of all Fears.
In Without Remorse, Kelly goes up against a Baltimore drug ring who were responsible for the death of his girlfriend and although the novel itself is set in the 1970′s, no decision has been made yet as to whether the film will be set in the present day. »
- Dave Roper
The 1971-set book follows John Kelly (aka. John Clark), a former Navy Seal returned from Vietnam, taking charge in two operations - an official military rescue of POWs, and a personal vendetta against the drug runners who raped, tortured and killed the first woman he became involved with since his wife's death.
Clark has been portrayed on-screen twice before by Willem Dafoe in "Clear and Present Danger" and Liev Schrieber in "The Sum of All Fears". Attempts have been made to translate this book to film before, but have failed each time.
- Garth Franklin
Vulture is reporting that "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has signed on to write the script for Paramount's Without Remorse , based on Tom Clancy's 1993 best-seller. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are expected to produce with David Ellison's Skydance Productions. "Without Remorse" centers on former Navy Seal and CIA operative John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, who first appeared in 1994's Clear and Present Danger (played by Willem Dafoe). Liev Schreiber also played the character in 2002's The Sum of All Fears . Stuart Beattie wrote the original draft of the script. Ryan is currently executive producing the new FX series "Terriers." »
In perhaps the best news of the day, Paramount Pictures has chosen The Shield creator Shawn Ryan to adapt Tom Clancy’s best-selling 1993 novel Without Remorse into a feature film. According to Vulture, Transformers scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce the film along with David Ellison. The film is a means of establishing a new franchise for the studio, who recently sold their major Marvel titles to Disney.
Set in the Jack Ryan universe, Remorse tells the origin story of CIA operative John Clark (who figured prominently in other Clancy novels, most notably Clear and Present Danger) and his rise to prominence as a lethal government spy. The character was played by Willem Dafoe in the film adaptation of Clear and Present Danger, whilst Liev Schrieber briefly took on the role in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. No word on whether this film will tie in with »
- Jeff Ames
Shawn Ryan is not to be confused with Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's most famous character. For one thing, he's bald. For another, he created The Shield, which is more than Cold War hero Jack ever did. That said, Ryan is now on course to develop the story of another Clancy hero, as he signs on to script Without Remorse.The story is one of Clancy's novels which focuses on hulking ex-Navy Seal / Vietnam veteran / CIA agent John Kelly (aka John Clark) as he tries to take revenge on the Baltimore drug ring responsible for murdering his girlfriend. The novel is set during the 70s and the Vietnam War, but there's no word yet on whether the film will stay in that period.Kelly, as Clark, appeared in the Jack Ryan books Rainbox Six and Patriot Games, and was previously played by Willem Dafoe (Clear and Present Danger) and Liev Schreiber »
One of the most anticipated panels at New York Comic-Con this year was for Your Highness, the newest film from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Justin Theroux. The panel and trailer both lived up to expectations, and if the latter was any indication, we have a great action/comedy to look forward to this spring.
The panel consisted of director Green and stars Franco, McBride and Theroux, and was moderated by Tom McCarthy, best known for directing The Station Agent and The Visitor. Some of the details that we learned from comments by the people involved with the film include:
It’s heavily inspired by films like Krull (referenced briefly in Green’s Pineapple Express), Conan the Barbarian, Hawk the Slayer and various other fantasy films of the 80’s. This is not a parody. Gordon Green said the more serious they pushed things, »
- Nick Newman
MTV caught up with director David Gordon Green at the New York Comic-Con and asked him about the rumored sequel to "Pineapple Express," which grossed over $100 million on a $26 million budget. Green said that talks have been going on ever since the first film hit theaters back in 2008. "We keep talking to the studio about it and they're going to organize a dinner some day and this dinner has been talked about for about two years now," he explained. "We're going to get together and throw all the millions of ideas that we have into a pot and see if there's any reason to make that movie." He continued: "The most interesting spin is to go in a 'Scarface' direction,. You could get me back in the ring with [Seth Rogen and James Franco] any day of the week. I want to see them in the Miami coke scene, it could get a little gruesome. »
When David Gordon Green helmed the stoner black comedy "Pineapple Express" in 2008, it was kind of a drastic departure for a man known for serious drams such as "All the Real Girls" and "Snow Angels." But the violent, hilarious Seth Rogen-James Franco buddy flick was a huge hit, and one that has had fans screaming for a sequel for the past two years.
MTV News caught up with Gordon Green at New York Comic Con, and the friendly filmmaker was kind enough to share his thoughts on the potential plots of "Pineapple Express 2."
"The most interesting spin is to go in a 'Scarface' direction," Gordon Green chuckled. "You could get me back in the ring with [Seth Rogen and James Franco] any day of the week. I want to see them in the Miami coke scene, I think... or maybe take it in the 'Clear and Present Danger' direction and go to South America. »
- Tom DiChiara
This is the kind of story I hate writing, but those of you still holding out hope for a Pineapple Express sequel probably ought to know what director David Gordon Green had to say about the matter during today's New York Comic Con panel for his next film, Your Highness. Someone in the audience brought up the idea during the Q&A, probably off the high hopes James Franco gave everyone back in January that it was actually happening, and here's what Gordon Green had to say: "Every now and then there's an idea. Any time Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] start talking about making it more like Scarface or Clear and Present Danger. I could be in for that." This is obviously one of those stories where people involved in a successful movie are just talking about making a sequel, in the same way you talk amongst your friends »
'I want to see them in the Miami coke scene. It could get a little gruesome,' David Gordon Green tells us at New York Comic Con.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Someone make a dinner reservation for James Franco, Seth Rogen, David Gordon Green and the rest of the folks involved in "Pineapple Express," Ok? That's the first stumbling block preventing a sequel to their 2008 comedy, and not until everyone breaks bread together will there be any hope of "Pineapple Express 2" kicking into action.
"We talk about it all the time," Green, who directed the film, told MTV News while promoting "Your Highness" at New York Comic Con. "We keep talking to the studio. They're going to organize a dinner someday. This dinner has been talked about for about two years now, where we're going to »
Tom Clancy's personality-free hero will return to a world forever changed by Bourne and Bauer. Is he tough enough to survive?
So there's to be another Jack Ryan film, the first since 2002's The Sum of All Fears. Anthony Peckham, screenwriter on Sherlock, has signed up to pen the script, while Lost's Jack Bender will direct and Star Trek's Chris Pine will become the fourth actor to play Ryan. Excited? No, you're probably not.
Although the four previous Jack Ryan films – 1990's The Hunt for Red October, 1992's Patriot Games, 1994's Clear and Present Danger and 2002's The Sum of All Fears – have each taken around $200m worldwide, their success seems to be in spite of their hero, not because of him. As a character Ryan is little more than a dim bulb, an empty shell with a pile of ridiculous achievements where a personality should be »
- Stuart Heritage
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