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David Koepp, who's probably better known as a screenwriter than a director, has set up his next directing project at Sony. Koepp will helm Premium Rush, a bike messenger action movie, being produced by Gavin Polone (who last worked on Zombieland). The story centers on a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University to deliver. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope as well, and chases the bike messenger throughout the city. The screenplay was written by Koepp and his frequent collaborator John Kamps. I've got to admit, this sounds like it'll be awesome, I'm already excited to see it. Koepp last directed Ghost Town as well as Secret Window, Stir of Echoes, and The Trigger Effect before that. His most recent screenplays include Angels & Demons, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Zathura, and War of the »
- Alex Billington
Apparently, David Koepp likes the directing chair. Although this year’s Ghost Town broke a four-year hiatus from directing, Koepp is getting behind the camera again, this time for Premium Rush. Unfortunately for music fans, it will not be a behind-the-music look at everyone’s favorite Canadian rockers. Instead, Premium Rush will tell the story of a twentysomething bike messenger who innocently picks up an envelope from Columbia University. Of course, a dirty cop wants the envelope and will stop at nothing to get it. Though Koepp has written fantastic movies like Jurassic Park and Spiderman he has directed bad films like Stir of Echoes and Secret Window. Which will Premium Rush be? It’s too soon to tell but Variety is reporting that it will be a big-budget action flick so at the least it will have things that go boom.
- David Corbin
Here’s an interesting thing: David Koepp, one of the most powerful screenwriters in Hollywood, is at last going to direct the kind of movie that he bangs out on a regular basis for his regular boss, Steven Spielberg.Which is to say that Koepp has signed to direct Premium Rush, sadly not a biopic about the greatest striker in Liverpool’s history but instead a high-concept, big-budget thriller about a bike messenger who picks up a parcel so important that he’s chased through a city by a corrupt cop, who’s desperate to get his mitts on it.So far, Koepp’s four directorial outings have all been relatively low-key affairs that have been based, to some degree or other, on a supernatural/fantastical premise, from Ghost Town to Stir Of Echoes to Secret Window to The Trigger Effect.Premium Rush, from the deliberately ridiculous title to the plot, »
David Koepp is best known as one of Hollywood's highest paid screenwriters (and one of Spielberg's scribes). His screenwriting credits include everything from Toy Soldiers, Jurassic Park, and Carlito's Way, to Panic Room, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For the last decade he's been trying to make the transition into feature film directing. He made his debut with the promising Stir of Echoes, but has since followed up with some lackluster efforts, the 2004 Stephen King adaptation Secret Window and the 2008 Ricky Gervais supernatural romantic comedy Ghost Town. Honestly, I think Koepp is a much better screenwriter than he is a filmmaker, and that's not saying much considering the abundance of lackluster screenplays he's been involved with in the last 10-12 years. With that kind of intro, you must be really interested in his next directorial effort (yes, that was »
- Peter Sciretta
What would you do if you were given the opportunity of receiving a million dollars? Unfortunately there is a catch. Someone you don’t know will die. That is the intriguing premise behind “The Box”, a movie that is both thrilling and baffling. Director/screenwriter Richard Kelly has been waiting a long time to spring another mind trip on people like he did with “Donnie Darko”. That was a movie that became a cult classic after going to video. That was way back in 2001. After that, Kelly wrote the screenplay for the universally panned “Domino” and directed the little seen “Southland Tales”. He was due to bring his furtive mind back to the forefront. What better way to do it than bringing short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson to the big screen. Matheson’s previous work includes “A Stir of Echoes”, “I Am Legend”, “What Dreams May Come” and countless “Twilight Zone” episodes. »
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This past weekend saw the upset of the ages as sleeper hit Paranormal Activity bested the reigning champion that is the Saw franchise at the box office. So, in honor of one of the scariest films to come along in a while, we thought it’d be fun to offer a countdown of the 10 greatest ghost films ever made.
In the end, »
- Masked Slasher
Variety is reporting that Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in Real Steel, a film about a ex-fighter father and his 13-year-old estranged son who reunite to compete in a futuristic robot fighting league. The Dreamworks film is being directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper By The Dozen), who is taking over directing duties from Peter Berg (Dune, Hancock 2).
Jackman is reportedly in talks to the play the role of the father, who becomes a promoter for the robot fighting league after his career as a human boxer is deemed obsolete.
With the news that Hugh Jackman is eyeing a role in Real Steel, we also get a little more about what the film will actually be about. According to Variety, the father character starts out at a disadvantage in the robot league, only having access to sub-standard parts - that is until he discovers »
- Kofi Outlaw
7 items from 2009
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