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The BBFC have been under fire as of late by letting some movies pass at the 12A mark. Transformers: Age of Extinction, for example, passed at a 12A despite having violence, bad language and a joke about statutory rape.
The 12A was created in the UK in the early 2000s and was to allow for more access to 12 rated movies like The Bourne Identity and Spider-Man. The 12A means anyone can go to see the movie, as long as they are accompanied by an adult if they are under the age of 12. Through research conducted last year, the BBFC found that 75% of parents understood what the 12A rating meant.
In order to let parents know what the 12A rating means, the BBFC have launched a new advert which will be shown in cinemas in the UK this summer.
BBFC Director David Cooke said: “The 12A certificate is twelve years old »
- Luke Owen
Written by Im Sang-yoon
Directed by Won Shin-yun
South Korea, 2013
It feels safe to argue that the Bourne film series has had a major influence on the action-espionage genre. Granted, spy thrillers that grilled governments for nefarious cover-ups, as well as espionage escapades featuring greater doses of fisticuffs and explosions (such as the Bond franchise), existed long before 2002’s The Bourne Identity and continue till this day. That said, what directors Doug Limon and Paul Greengrass did to the genre was infuse it with a gritty realism in addition to combining stories of unbelievably well-trained spies and political conspiracies. How many action films, be they concerned with spies or otherwise, have strived for the similar documentary ‘in the moment’ visual style? Not all have succeeded, mind you (the term ‘shaky cam’ is used in derogatory fashion more often than not), but those that have deliver in often spectacular ways. »
- Edgar Chaput
The Important News Shane Black's '70s crime comedy Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling has found a home at Warner Bros. Mission: Impossible 5 has found its leading lady, whom you have probably never heard of. Meanwhile, Scarlett Joahansson and Jonah Hill have joined the cast of Hail Caesar! and Dwayne Johnson will headline The Janson Directive, based on a book from the writer of The Bourne Identity. Star Wars: Episode VII will be filming in IMAX, and it just cast two new fresh faces. Richard Linklater's remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet may star Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. Oh, and J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter story online. Because nothing screams heartwarming family movie like the writer of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Disney...
- Peter Hall
Published in 2002, the story follows Paul Janson, an ex-Navy Seal whose sadistic C.O. in Vietnam turned him over to the enemy. He escaped and returned with evidence of war crimes that caused his Co's execution.
Years late, Janson is now a private security consultant whose latest job is rescuing an important man. When the job is botched, he is targeted for termination and his investigations lead him to uncover a massive scandal.
The studio reportedly sees this as another potential 'Bourne' style franchise but with Johnson in the lead. Writers are currently being sought to pen the script as a previous draft by John Hlavin has been scrapped.
The project is one of several film adaptations of Ludlum books in development. »
- Garth Franklin
He is about to don the loincloth for Brett Ratner’s sword and sandals epic Hercules, and will next be seen in disaster actioner San Andreas as well as another Fast And The Furious movie, and now Universal are planning a new franchise for the former wrestler. So, are they setting him up as the new Jason Bourne? Well, Variety are reporting that Johnson is set to star in a film version of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Directive, a novel that was published back in 2002.
The late author Ludlum is behind the famous Jason Bourne movies that begun with Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity over a decade ago, and ‘Janson’ has a very similar plot line to the hugely successful series.
When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. »
- Paul Heath
Universal Pictures is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to star in their adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive. The studio is currently seeking writers for the project, and if a deal is made with Dwayne Johnson, he will also produce.
The project has been in development at Universal since October 2011, when John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening, Risk) signed on to write the script, but that was the last we heard about The Janson Directive.
The story centers on Paul Janson, a former Navy Seal and spy for the government agency Consular Operations, who leaves the agency after a number of sanctioned serial killings. He becomes a private security consultant, teaming up with a sharpshooter, striving to help only those who are in need, although he must uncover a vast conspiracy when he is targeted for assassination. No production schedule was given.
Sources claim that Universal views this as a Jason Bourne-esque franchise. »
Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?
One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It’s been four years since 4321 but Noel Clarke is back behind the camera once again for The Anomaly. Boasting an impressive cast that includes Brian Cox and The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder, the sci-fi thriller – which Somerhalder describes as The Bourne Identity meets Memento – sees Clarke tackle the the lead role of Ryan, a former soldier who is the subject of a bizarre experiment.
Ahead of its UK release this week, we sat down with the director to talk about why there aren’t many British sci-fi’s, what it was about the script that appealed to him, and the challenges of building a character 9 minutes and 47 seconds at a time.
The Anomaly is out in UK cinemas on Friday.
- Amon Warmann
Four years after his last directorial outing 4321, Noel Clarke steps back into the director's chair for The Anomaly - a high-concept sci-fi thriller that star Ian Somerhalder has dubbed "The Bourne Identity meets Memento".
As if calling the shots wasn't demanding enough, Clarke also takes on the lead role, playing a soldier who only experiences consciousness for 9 minutes and 47 seconds at a time. It's dizzying for his protagonist, and for the audience along for the ride too. Digital Spy sat down with Clarke to discuss making the film, throwing in Doctor Who cameos and why he's still reaching for the stars.
I just really liked the fact that Simon had written something that could be quite high concept, but at the same »
With "summer" blockbuster season becoming increasingly a thing of the past (this year's began in March with Captain America: The Winter Soldier), narrowing down the Best Of shortlist for even half a year's worth of cinema has never been tougher.
Since we're going by UK release dates for this list, we had both the cream of the awards season crop to consider alongside the tentpoles, not to mention a handful of exceptional indie offerings from spring.
Below are Digital Spy's top ten movies of the year so far. Be sure to vote for your favourite in our poll, and leave your own list in the comments!
10. 12 Years a Slave
"Despite the overall lack of McQueen's stamp, the film's physically unflinching treatment of its subject matter is where he does make himself felt. This is a tremendously powerful drama that simultaneously highlights the human capacity for cruelty and for resilience, bolstered by an extraordinary, »
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
As much credit as we give to the 80s for canonizing overkill in action films, we don’t give enough recognition to the 90s for producing some of the most out-and-out insane premises to action films that you can’t make today. In the center of it all was Nicolas Cage. Cage has made a career out of not being pinned down, and his turn from Oscar Winning actor for Leaving Las Vegas to following it up with a string of action films certainly displays that. In 1996-1997 Cage made 3 films in a row as Hollywood’s 2nd most bankable action star (Will Smith being the only one to top him both years) of the time that looking back, really define a lot of the characteristics that made the 90s action film distinct from other decades. It was a wonderful time to be Nicolas Cage. How did someone like him »
- Dylan Griffin
Hard though this is to believe, it's been more than four years since Noel Clarke last directed a movie. He had a triple whammy of writer-producer credits in 2012 with Fast Girls, Storage 24 and The Knot. Now he's back behind the camera, parlaying his Storage 24 and Star Trek Into Darkness experience into a low-budget but high-concept science fiction thriller.
Clarke plays the lead role of Ryan, a former soldier who finds himself captive in the back of a van and only able to stay conscious in bursts of precisely 9 minutes and 47 seconds.
Digital Spy sat down with Ian Somerhalder on the film's London set last summer to discuss the joys of shooting sci-fi on a shoestring, the film's Memento-like premise, and his work with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
What appealed to you about The Anomaly?
Noel is so prolific at what he does, and I was really excited to »
Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "The Bourne Identity") is attached to direct the World War II soccer-themed "Victory" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Gavin O'Connor is writing the script, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name.
The story follows a group of allied POWs preparing for a soccer match against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. But amid the preparations, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.
Meanwhile, Steve Pink ("About Last Night," "Hot Tub Time Machine 2") is set to direct the family adventure "Overnight" for Disney Pictures. Ruben Fleischer was previously in discussions to direct in February, but it never progressed.
- Garth Franklin
Unfortunately, audiences unwisely avoided the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow here in the Us, but the film is doing fine overseas. We just wish there was a bigger reception for the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, because he crafted one of the most fun films of the summer. But Liman is already looking to the future with a new project that feels pretty timely because of World Cup fever sweeping the globe. THR reports Liman is in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name (starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine) with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor scripting. In what sounds like a soccer version of Miracle, the film follows allied prisoners of war who prepare for a soccer match against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. But while the game is being set up, the »
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Bay – excuse me, the proper title is 2-time Criterion Collection released Michael Bay – is like the Kenny Powers of directors. He favors excess and showboating over all forms of thoughtful nuance and subtlety, he isn’t afraid to sell himself out and abandon critical respectability for money and fame, and he doesn’t give a single care to what you think about him. This weekend will see the release of his 4th Transformers movie with Transformers: Age of Extinction. My question is why is Michael Bay still making these films? Believe it or not, Michael Bay actually can do better.
Nobody glorifies America in their films more than Michael Bay does. If Michael Bay could drape himself in an American flag at all times he probably would. Michael Bay is freedom in all caps. Freedom. He’s practically a propaganda filmmaker working at a blockbuster budget level. What Leni »
- Dylan Griffin
Earlier today, a report surfaced that Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in Universal Pictures' action trilogy The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will reprise his popular role in the studio's sequel to The Bourne Legacy. Producer Frank Marshall has now debunked that report, stating that the decision to move the sequel from August 2015 to July 2016 was not because Matt Damon is coming back, but because the script is still not ready yet. Here's what the producer had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that the story centers on Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
"It's simply not true. [Director] Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, »
In what is unmistakably a sign of the apocalypse, Warner Bros is prepping a reboot of Scooby-Doo which was live action'ed in the long long ago era of 2002, the same year that spawned the original Spider-Man already two-years replaced to no one's advantage. We already know that Tomb Raider will happen sooner rather than later. What's next from the early Aughts? Red Dragon, which was itself a do-over of Manhunter (1986)? 8 Mile starring Macklemore? Stuart Little? Panic Room? Legally Blonde? Oceans 11 with an all new cast of younger cool? Charlies Angels?
The most depressing thing about the do-over craze isn't that it exists exactly since the movies have always tried to repeat successes. But that it did not replace sequels. Several franchises from the nineties and early aughts are Still producing sequels (Fast & Furious, The Bourne Identity, X-Men, Mission Impossible, etcetera). You can't have both, Hollywood. We'll have nothing new ever. »
- NATHANIEL R
In a move sure to delight readers of a certain age, cult cartoon Danger Mouse is headed back to TV. Following the misadventures of an intrepid rodent with a talent for espionage, the tongue in cheek format saw the title character take on the machinations of the evil Baron Greenback, all the while assisted by his fragile hamster assistant Penfold.
Voiced by David Jason and Carry On star Terry Scott, the show had quite a pedigree and though casting has yet to be confirmed it’s a likely bet Jason will return. He is reviving his Granville character for a full series of rebooted sitcom Still Open All Hours and is probably in nostalgic mood. As it only takes a quick trip to the recording studio I can see him lending his wily vocal talents to “Dm” once more. Scott is sadly no longer with us, so if Jason decides »
- Steve Palace
Exclusive: Writer-director Howard J. Ford has set genre thriller Never Let Go as his next feature to follow 2010 zombie road pic The Dead and its sequel The Dead 2: India. Pic follows an American single mother on vacation in a beautiful but unfamiliar land who takes the law into her own hands when her child is abducted. As her quest for justice continues, her political connections back in the U.S. raise the stakes higher than at first glance. The Latitude Films production is described as Taken and The Bourne Identity meets Run Lola Run. Ford is in preproduction casting […] »
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