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Irish actor Colm Meaney may join the cast of high-profile Troubles drama The Journey, starring as Martin McGuinness opposite Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley in the story of the two Northern Ireland political titans’ unlikely friendship.
The BBC reports that Meaney, 62, is in advanced talks to sign up for the Oscar-bait project. Spall confirmed he would play firebrand former Democratic Unionist Party leader last month. The Irishman is best known for his role on television as chief Miles O’Brien from Star Trek: The Next Generation, , and on the big screen for portrayals in The Commitments, Con Air and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
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- Ben Child
Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is launching an interactive publishing division to offer content from printed graphic novels with digital video.
The graphic novels will debut at New York Comic-Con in early October, with 451 Media offering a sneak peak of the content on Machinima.
The creators for 451’s graphic novels include Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air”), Skip Woods (“Wolverine”), George Pelecanos (“The Wire”), Mark Mallouk (“Black Mass”), Clay McLeod Chapman (“The Avengers”) and Peter and Paul Williams (vfx for “Avatar,” “The Avengers”).
451 Media is touting Touchcode technology from T+ink to span print and digital worlds, in which ink used in the printing process of graphic novels published by 451 will unlock access to exclusive content on users’ touch-screen-enabled mobile and tablet devices.
“We discover great stories by way of our team of top-notch writers, screenwriters and authors and then work with our technology partners to turn those stories into truly immersive entertainment experiences, »
- Dave McNary
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
In the film, Cooper plays British Special Forces op John Stratton, who is tracking down an international terrorist cell. Stratton is based on the first in a series of eight novels by ex-sbs (Special Boat Service) commando, author Duncan Falconer.
Austin Stowell, Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film, which is directed by Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2).
Stratton will be released in 2016.
Here’s the synopsis from The Hostage, the first in the Stratton series.
- Paul Heath
Thanks to Empire, we’ve got our first look at Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) as John Stratton in the currently-in-production action thriller Stratton from director Simon West (Con Air)…
Stratton is based on the book series by Duncan Falconer and sees Cooper as a member of the Sbs (Special Boat Service), who teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) in order to take down an international terrorist cell. Also featuring in the cast are Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother.
- Gary Collinson
Move over Reacher, Bourne, Bauer and to a lesser extent Christmas, because Stratton has stormed in. Who needs first names when you're an armed-to-the-teeth special forces operative? Dominic Cooper, as this first still demonstrates, certainly doesn't. He's in name-taking mood as the film's Sbs trooper tackles a range of terror threats.Stratton sees Cooper's titular hardman teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. He's the hero of an eight-book series by pseudonymous ex-military type Duncan Falconer - the man also behind the screenplay - and an experienced member of the elite Special Boat Service (like the Sas, only with extra canoeing) seconded to a cutting edge corner of the British intelligence network.The movie, which originally had Henry Cavill in the title role, has been shooting in Italy and gets underway in London next month. Co-starring with the lead are Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, »
I've made my affections for Nicolas Cage no secret on this site. It's a love ironic and not. I truly believe the actor can command a strong performance when given a chance, even today despite the rantings of those who believe otherwise -- I'll point to Joe and the first Kick-Ass to back my case. Even when he's bad, though, his odd fixture usually remains alluring. The mannerisms, delivery and personality traits he gives to his characters are entirely his own, and only occasionally does that not work in his favor with regards to entertainment, like in last week's The Runner. His most insane performances, from The Wicker Man to Vampire's Kiss, are not always celebrated but they're sure-as-hell remembered, and that's the case for the actor as well. Talking to Time about his filmography while promoting his aforementioned new political drama, the kookier and/or more emotionally demanding roles »
- Will Ashton
The ever-industrious Nicolas Cage has yet another film heading our way, with political drama The Runner his latest production. As part of the publicity work for the film, he chatted to Time magazine about the roles across his career that are his favourites. And it'd be fair to say he covered a mix of his work.
"I though that Werner [Herzog] and I got up to something special in Bad Lieutenant. Certainly, Mike Figgis and I found something pretty emotionally naked in Leaving Las Vegas", he said, the latter being his Oscar-winning role.
The other two roles he cited?
"I was very happy with Vampire’s Kiss, which in my opinion was almost like an independent laboratory to start realising some of my more expressionistic dreams with film performance. Then using what »
London-based production company Gfm Films has rescheduled principal photography to begin in Brindisi, Italy on July 15 before moving on to Rome, working together with Italian producers Eagle Pictures. Production will then move from Rome to the UK for filming in London and surrounding locations.
Cooper, the British actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also known for roles in Need For Speed, Dracula Untold and Mamma Mia!. Upcoming projects include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Trevor Rabin had no idea that, on Nov. 4, 2008, he was about to be immortalized.
Barack Obama had just been elected president of the United States, and as he finished his acceptance speech, the music that began to play was Rabin’s inspirational theme from the football movie “Remember the Titans.”
For a white South African whose family fought against apartheid when it was not just unfashionable but downright dangerous, this prominent showcase of his music — written for a movie about black and white high-school players learning to get along and win the season — was especially meaningful.
“I was happy I was on the winning ticket,” Rabin says with a laugh.
Yet that’s just one moment in a long, strange trip that began in Johannesburg and ended in Hollywood, where Rabin is now an in-demand film composer with no fewer than 13 Jerry Bruckheimer movies under his belt (including “Titans,” “Armageddon »
- Jon Burlingame
The life of a Hollywood screenwriter might sound like a glamorous one, but it's not all premieres and champagne.
As one of the smaller cogs in an often complex machine, the writer can often find his or her work changed almost beyond recognition by other hands. Such is the case with the following movies, which were all changed quite drastically in one way or another between their original draft and their final cut.
Some scripts were pressed into service as sequels. Some began in one genre and wound up in another. Rather than put together an exhaustive list, we've chosen a few examples of the script changes that intrigued or bemused us most.
Nic Cage with lank hair and a thick southern drawl. An »
However, this is far from the first time that The Punisher has appeared in live action – and it might not even be his first appearance in Marvel's shared film universe.
1. His origin story was truly explosive
The story of Frank Castle began to unfold in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in February 1974, as a creation of iconic Marvel writer Gerry Conway, art director John Romita Sr and artist Ross Andru. »
Exclusive: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
Gfm Films is providing finance and worldwide sales and was selling the film at Marché du Film in Cannes last week.
But Gfm co-founder Guy Collins told ScreenDaily that it was now contacting distributors to inform them of the change.
“After securing many distribution deals ahead of the market, we had a really good Cannes and had closed more deals ahead of production next week,” said Collins.
“But just before leaving Cannes last Friday we were informed by the production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
London — Carnaby Intl. has added international sales during the Cannes Film Festival on Simon West’s action-comedy “Salty” and espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt.
“Salty” went to Flins y Piniculas for Spain, Raon in South Korea, Kru Studios in Malaysia, Vistcom for Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and India, and Hgc in China. Carnaby had previously inked deals for Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film), and Turkey (Central Park).
The film follows an ageing rock star, and reformed sex addict, who is persuaded to take a holiday by his wife, a former supermodel. Things take a turn for the worse when she’s kidnapped by Thai pirates raising money to buy a new boat. West’s credits include “Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Expendables 2.”
At Cannes, »
- Leo Barraclough
Lionsgate has officially announced that production is underway on Deepwater Horzion, with the film now shooting in New Orleans, and with the news has come the first image featuring Mark Wahlberg…
Walhberg plays Mike Williams, a real-life hero who was involved in one of the biggest oil rig disasters of recent times in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. Peter Berg re-teams with Walhberg after 2013’s hit Lone Survivor on the film, which is based on the 2010 New York Times article by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul titled Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours.
Kurt Russell (Furious 7), John Malkovich (Con Air), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here) co-star in the film, which is set for release in September 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast of The Blob remake. The new version of the classic story, which has been filmed in 1958 and 1988, will be directed by Simon West (Con Air, Wild Card), with Goldcrest Films handling distribution and global sales.
The movie, much like the 1958 original, will revolve around an alien life form that threatens a small town. Jackson will play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.
West released the following in a statement: “I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is a unique talent in the industry, definitely one of a kind. I am so pleased that we will finally get to collaborate on this project.”
- Paul Heath
The perpetually busy Samuel L. Jackson has lined up his next gig. He’s become the first actor to join The Blob, a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic. Simon West (Con Air) is directing. More details on the Samuel L Jackson The Blob casting after the jump. The Blob remake sees a small town threatened by […]
- Angie Han
Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...
It's likely that by the time you finish reading this sentence a new cinematic universe will have been born. In fact, it may be one of the cinematic universes I propose later in this article. If that's the case, I apologise for my obsolescence. Furthermore, if you're reading this in the future and any of my proposed cinematic universes have come to pass and turned out awful, I also apologise.
Just know that I'm sorry, and I've a feeling that many of us are going to be sorry and that the film industry could be in a sorry and confusing mess in five years time thanks to 'Cinematic Universe Fever' (a real affliction, and currently a very common complaint on the casebooks of doctors and private physicians in Hollywood). Right now, really »
Another remake of 1958’s The Blob is currently in the works, and we can only hope it’s half as good as 1988’s version was. Con Air director Simon West is at the helm of the ship, and now we know… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
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