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Timur Bekmambetov directs Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer written by Seth Grahame-Smith and stars Benjamin Walker Paradise Lost), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing) and Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double). This week has brought us two great posters from 20th Century Fox. Earlier this week we got to see the first Prometheus poster and today we have two posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel by the same name. The posters recall old fashion horror with a dark feel and design. One poster shows the 16th President in a dimly-lit office while holding an ax and in the other poster Honest Abe is underneath a full moon-lit sky. »
Bradley Cooper as the devil aside, we're thinking Paradise Lost will be Alex Proyas' triumphant return to visually mind-blowing cerebral cinema (though honestly I was quite a fan of Knowing). He's been a favorite of ours since Dark City and The Crow and though we haven't reported much on the comings and goings of his next outing, Paradise Lost, we've been tracking the project with high high expectations.
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With all the brilliant casting news we’ve been hearing for Alex Proyas’ upcoming adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, it’s fair to say that a lot of people have been getting excited for it already. Bradley Cooper was set to take on one of English literature’s most notorious figures in the form of Lucifer, with Casey Affleck, Djimon Hounsou, Dominic Purcell, Diego Boneta, Camilla Belle, and Benjamin Walker heading up the supporting cast.
The film was originally to go into production next month, but it seems that that’s no longer going to be happening, with Deadline now reporting that Legendary Pictures are postponing the start date in order to cut back on the budget.
Initially set at $120m., the projected costs are thought to have been increasing by 10-15%, which is of course a significant amount of money, and a substantial rise from the original budget, »
- Kenji Lloyd
John Milton’s famous blank-verse 17th-century poem, Paradise Lost, is set to be given the blockbuster treatment by Legendary Pictures. The studio has recruited an impressionable cast that includes people like Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, and Oscar-nominee Djimon Hounsou to bring the Biblical epic’s various mystical characters to life (under the supervision of The Crow and Dark City helmer, Alex Proyas).
Principal photography on Paradise Lost was previously slated to begin by January of 2012; however, it has now been semi-indefinitly delayed, due to studio heads’ concerns over the project’s budget spiraling out of control.
Paradise Lost will utilize a combination of digitally-based effects tools (green screens, motion-capture suits, etc.) in order to properly realize both the original story’s multiple Archangel characters and three massive action set pieces ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Hold the phone! Alex Proyas' 'Paradise Lost' has been put on hold due to financial difficulty. Legendary Pictures and producers have been forced to go back to the drawing board to cut around their overblown budget. The costs for the epic flick based on the famous poem by John Milton have exceeded its $120 million allocated budget and so the accounts department are going to have to do a little trimming to get things back on track. The studio are hoping at this stage to push forward once again with the project in late Spring slash early Summer. Production was all set to kick off next month with Bradley Cooper -below ('The Hangover') in the role of Lucifer with Benjamin Walker ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'), Casey Affleck ('Tower Heist'), Rufus Sewell ('Dark City'), Sam Reid, Djimon Hounsou, Diego Boneta and »
This was a project that was getting many excited, including me, but it now appears Alex Proyas’ angels-at-war epic Paradise Lost’s production will be halted. The film was to be based on John Milton’s iconic poem that explained the idea of a war in heaven eventually lead to Lucifer being banished to Hell. The film had already had its cast and crew in place with shooting scheduled to begin early next year in Australia but unfortunately will now be postponed. For how long is uncertain but considering the films finance is already over budget hopefully it will not be too long.
The Crow and Dark City director Alex Proyas was to helm the project with lead Bradley Cooper set to take the reins as the evil Lucifer. Benjamin Walker (soon to be seen in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Camilla Belle, Casey Affleck, Djimon Hounsou and »
- Craig Hunter
Production on Alex Proyas. big-budget flick Paradise Lost has reportedly come to a halt. According to Deadline, production company Legendary Pictures has pulled a temporary pin on the eight-week shoot, which was expected to.start in Sydney next month. Sources have told If the film had been delayed over budget disagreements between Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) and the production company. The budget is reportedly about $US120 million and it is being reworked. Plans are reportedly being made to shoot the film, inspired by John Milton.s epic 17th Century poem about heaven and hell, around May-June instead. It is unclear if this has affected VFX company Digital Domain.s plans to set up a Sydney office. If reported in September that the company . founded »
- Sam Dallas
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros have pulled back on the reigns of the upcoming adaptation of John Milton's biblical-war poem, but the project has not been cancelled. Paradise Lost, which is said to include plenty of high octane action and aerial warfare with a chance of being shot in 3D, follows Lucifer and Michael, -- God's greatest archangels -- who share the bond of extraordinary friendship until God produces his greatest creation: Man. Unable to remain subservient to God if it means bowing down to humanity, Lucifer begins his dark descent and is cast out - only to plot his revenge. Directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing, The Crow), Paradise Lost was written by a collective of screenwriters including Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, Return of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Last month, we reported that Max Irons (Vivaldi, Red Riding Hood) had joined the cast of the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s first adult novel, The Host, as the other male lead role of Jake. Exciting casting news continues on for this Andrew Niccol-directed film.
According to EW, Oscar winner William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Dark City) is in negotiations to join the cast in “the pivotal role of Jeb, eccentric uncle to Saoirse Ronan’s [character]. Jeb is one of the grizzled leaders of the human survivalists fighting the alien invasion.”
“The Host” is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
James McTeigue spent over a decade working as an assistant director on Hollywood productions, including stylized sci-fi works such as Dark City and the Matrix trilogy. The latter proved to be all the more a blessing for McTeigue, seeing how his working relationship with the Wachowski siblings helped him land the job of directing the popular V for Vendetta comic book adaptation.
McTeigue has not fared so well since there, having served (uncredited) as a co-director of the little-seen The Invasion and helmed the underwhelming Ninja Assassin. Hopefully, things will work out better with his new project: the historical (fiction) murder-mystery, The Raven.
Click to continue reading ‘The Raven’ International Trailer Is Shorter, Still Grisly & Gothic
- Sandy Schaefer
They gave her no choice. Sometimes I love a good UK quad because they can utilize the space and design a lot differently in a horizontal way than vertical with most posters, and that's certainly the case here. Empire has unveiled a new UK quad for Haywire, directed by Steven Soderbergh, the action flick starring Gina Carano as a female covert ops specialist who's betrayed and must hunt down everyone involved to survive. We've seen trailers aplenty for this, I even gave it a rather mediocre review from AFI Fest, but the imagery and marketing they're putting out for this still remains badass. See the latest Haywire poster in full below. Haywire is directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, following up The Informant and The Girlfriend Experience, from a script by Lem Dobbs, of Soderbergh's The Limey, as well as Dark City and Kafka. In Haywire, an electrifying tale »
- Alex Billington
It’s 1959. A creepy little girl, having spent several minutes staring at the sun, listening to apparently non-existent voices, returns to her classroom and begins to scrawl a lengthy stream of numbers on a piece of paper. Sealed up in a time capsule for five decades, those numbers eventually fall into the hands of an astrophysics professor, who sees in them a terrible portent of doom.
It’s a sci-fi concept so 50s, and so reminiscent of an old Twilight Zone episode, you can almost imagine the distinctive voice of Rod Serling introducing it. Perhaps this is why, for me, Knowing is one of the most underrated sci-fi movies in recent years – it has the trappings of a great genre mystery, but with an apocalyptic tone that is strikingly modern. »
After recently watching Trespass on Blu-ray, The Ward on Netflix Instant and catching J. Edgar on its early rollout, I began to notice a trend of legendary and/or highly touted filmmakers who have tailed off in recent years. So I began thinking of other helmers that have fallen onto similar hard times and came up with a list of nine who, in my opinion, have lost their fastball. It's important to note that while it's difficult to evaluate all of these directors on an equal scale, all of these names were selected based on one basic criteria: their recent output has failed to live up to their once impressive past. Outside the nine below, there were a few I others I considered. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Cameron Crowe, but ultimately I didn't think their declines were as steep as those I chose to profile, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
They can't stop her. Relativity has debuted another brand new trailer on EW.com for Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, the sorta-action revenge drama thriller starring Mma fighter Gina Carano. The film recently premiered at the AFI Fest to mixed reactions; I saw it there and didn't think it was that great, but the fights are good. The supporting cast includes Michael Fassbender, who gets into quite a tussle with Carano in the beginning, as well as Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton. The only problem is besides all the action in the trailer, there's not much more to the film. Watch the second official trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, originally via EW.com: Haywire is directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, following up The Informant and The Girlfriend Experience, from a script by Lem Dobbs, of Soderbergh's The Limey, as well as Dark City and Kafka. »
- Alex Billington
Rufus Sewell has joined the cast of Legendary Pictures' "Paradise Lost," an adaptation of the epic 17th-century English poem by John Milton.According to Variety, Warner Bros. will distribute the film worldwide in late 2013.Shooting is set for January 2012 in Sydney, Australia.Bradley Cooper, Ben Walker, Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, Callan McAuliffe, Dominic Purcell, Diego González Boneta and Camilla Belle have already been cast.Australian director Alex Proyas ("Dark City," "Knowing," "I, Robot" and "The Crow") will direct with the special-effects heavy film being shot in 3D.Sewell starred in "Dark City" for Proyas.Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce along with Vincent Newman and Proyas. Stuart Hazeldine wrote the main draft of the screenplay that was originally written by Byron Willinger »
- Adnan Tezer
As Steven Soderbergh tells the story, he was up late one night after being fired from directing a major motion picture (it was Moneyball) when he flipped to a mixed martial arts fight on TV. Having never watched Mma, he was impressed by the fighting chops of the contenders - especially those of female fighting sensation Gina Carano. So Soderbergh got to thinking, why is Angelina Jolie the only actress who gets to also be an action star? This put together a series of events that involved meeting Carano, hiring screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey, Dark City), and developing the project that would eventually become Haywire. The result is a very competent international spy thriller and the launch of what could very possibly become »
“Dark City” is, easily, the most underappreciated film of Alex Proyas’ career. It’s the best comic book movie ever made that isn’t based on a comic book movie. The ending is pure awesome, and I would kill for a sequel. Alas, we probably will never get a sequel. Unless, of course, “Dark City” star Rufus Sewell and director Proyas find that they really, really like working together on “Paradise Lost”, which Sewell has just joined the cast of, and decide, “Hey, let’s make another movie together! How about that ‘Dark City’ sequel!” And yes, if they could get Jennifer Connelly back, that would be nice, too. Hey, hope springs eternal. Anyways, Sewell has officially joined the cast of Proyas’ “Paradise Lost”, his big-budget, action epic sorta-kinda based on the John Milton poem about angels battling over us puny humans. Sewell will play Sammael, and joins a cast that already includes Bradley Cooper, »
In late October, we brought you news of Sam Reid’s (Whitechapel, Anonymous) casting in Warner Bros/ Legendary Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem, Paradise Lost. Now, we have news of a reunion of a familiar face, working again with director Alex Proyas (Knowing, The Crow).
Variety reports that Rufus Sewell, who starred in Proyas’ 1998 sci-fi noir Dark City, has been cast as the archangel Samael, “Lucifer’s partisan who urges him to start the rebellion in Heaven.” Sewell joins the cast of Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Djimon Hounsou, Casey Affleck, Callan McAuliffe, Dominic Purcell, Sam Reid, Diego Boneta and Camilla Belle.
Lucifer (Bradley Cooper) and Michael (Benjamin Walker), God’s greatest archangels, share the bond of extraordinary friendship until God produces his greatest creation: Man. Unable to remain subservient to God if it means bowing down to humanity, Lucifer begins his dark descent and »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
As reported in late August Brit actor Rufus Sewell ('Dark City') was in negotiations to join Alex Proyas' new feature adaption of 'Paradise Lost', based on the John Milton poem. And now the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sewell will indeed be joining the cast of the Heavenly war flick. Rufus will be joining the likes of Benjamin Walker ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'), Casey Affleck ('Tower Heist'), Sam Reid, Djimon Hounsou, Diego Boneta and the gorgeous Camilla Belle. 'Limitless' star Bradley Cooper will be playing the role of the dark overlord Lucifer. Proyas and Sewell have worked previously on the cult sci-fi thriller 'Dark City' back in 1998 »
Rufus Sewell has reportedly joined the cast of Paradise Lost. The Zen actor will reunite with director Alex Proyas, who had previously worked with him in Dark City. He will play Samael, Lucifer's agent who tells him to begin the rebellion in heaven, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sewell will appear alongside the likes of Bradley Cooper, Benjamin Walker, Casey Affleck and Djimon Hounsou in the film. Paradise Lost focuses on Lucifer (Cooper), who assembles (more) »
- By Tom Eames
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