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14-year-old Academy Award nominee, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) has signed on to star in the big-screen adaptation of Cat Patrick‘s debut young adult science fiction novel, Forgotten. The book was released in June, and tells the story of a 16-year-old who has her memory erased at exactly 4:33 each morning. All she can remember are events from her future.
THR reports that screenwriter Oren Uziel who is currently penning New Line Cinema’s reboot of Mortal Kombat has been hired by Paramount Pictures to adapt Patrick’s novel, and the project will be produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck) and Stephanie Savage (Fun Size).
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- Jason Moore
Hollywood's hunger (games) for adapting young adult fiction for the movies isn't close to being satiated, and that's good news for fans of Cat Patrick's "Forgotten." The science-fiction novel was optioned by Paramount in February before it was even published.
Now, Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star as the 16-year-old amnesiac heroine, London Lane.
London's memory is erased every night so she has to take copious amounts of notes to remember what's happened to her the day before; instead of memories, London sees snippets of the future in "flash-forwards." Things start getting sticky when a cute new boy arrives at school but isn't showing up in any of London's premonitions.
The project's picking up speed now that Paramount's handpicked a writer for the movie adaptation, up-and-comer Oren Uziel. Uziel is currently hard at work on "Mortal Kombat," and his sizzling hot script "The Kitchen Sink" was bought by Sony earlier this year. »
- Jenni Miller
Oren Uziel is adapting the script which follows a 16-year-old who has her memory erased at exactly 4:33 each morning. All she can remember are events from her future. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will produce.
Uziel is also writing the planned "Mortal Kombat" reboot for New Line, while Steinfeld is attached to play the role of Juliet Capulet in both Carlos Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and Fox 2000's "Rosaline". »
- Garth Franklin
Screenwriter Oren Uziel has been hired by Paramount Pictures to write the script for their Sci-Fi film project Forgotten, which will star True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld. The film will be an adaptation of the novel written by Cat Patrick.
Steinfeld will play London Lane, a 16-year old whose memory is erased at 4:33 every night. The following morning, all she can remember are events from her future. After meeting a new boy at school, London becomes frustrated that she can't seem to find him in her memory of things to come.
Sounds like it will make for a cool movie, and the fact that Steinfeld is on board to star is a plus. She's a great young up-and-coming actress.
Screenwriter Oren Uziel has signed on to write the adaptation of Cat Patrick's recent sci-fi novel Forgotten. Hailee Steinfeld is set to star as a 16-year-old who loses her memory at 4:33 every morning, but she can still remember the events from her future. It's a neat premise although I will be in no way surprised if there's a scene where she flunks a test but she remembered she was going to flunk it. No director is currently attached, but the book was picked up by Paramount back in February as a starring vehicle for the young Oscar-nominee. Steinfeld is also attached to a spec script based on Sleeping Beauty and she's in talks to star in the Romeo & Juliet re-imagining, Rosaline. Uziel has been on a hot streak lately. He's set to write the reboot of Mortal Kombat and his script The Kitchen Sink was picked up by »
- Matt Goldberg
Sometimes fan films really do pay off. Thanks to the success of his recent YouTube hit, Portal: No Escape, Dan Trachtenberg has just landed a deal to direct his very first feature film. No, it won't be a Portal movie, but according to Deadline, he is now attached to direct a thriller called Crime of the Century for Universal Pictures based on a pitch that he put together with screenwriter Dan Kunka (12 Rounds). The movie was acquired by Universal through Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan who has a two-year first-look deal with the studio. Crime of the Century is based on an original idea from Trachtenberg and Kunka that is described as "a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist." Not much else is known about the film thus far, but Kunka also recently sold another spec script to Sony after a major bidding war. That script is called Agent »
Back in 1995, enthusiastic audiences showed up for the adaptation of Mortal Kombat, based on the popular video game series. Two years later, those same audiences stayed home for the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Fast-forward 11 years and a reboot is now in the works. Warner Bros. has brought in a huge action director for the job — Kevin Tancharoen, who directed the Fame remake and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. Wait, what?
Tancharoen was aware of his own reputation, and set out to prove himself with a non-authorized, 8-minute Mortal Kombat short, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, which led to the authorized 10-episode web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. "I knew nobody would risk putting my name in front of a genre movie," the director recently told The La Times. "There would be an outcry by fans with everyone asking, 'Why are you getting the guy who did Fame to make Mortal Kombat?' »
- Ryan Gowland
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"Blomkvist and Salander have an odd relationship." Daniel Craig seems to be putting the emotional core of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" a bit lightly in the excerpt from this month's Empire magazine cover story, but that relationship is exactly what the sexy photos released from the issue are highlighting.
From Craig's Blomkvist handcuffed to a chair, to Rooney Mara's Salander blowing cigarette smoke into his mouth, the newest images from the film are showing off director David Fincher's knack for sexy, sexy filmmaking. As if you had any doubts, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is looking much closer to Fincher's work on "Fight Club" than on last year's "The Social Network."
Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!
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- Terri Schwartz
Remember that weird Mortal Kombat: Rebirth viral trailer by director Kevin Tancharoen that led to the nine-part webseries Mortal Kombat: Legacy? Well, it looks like the gift that keeps on giving for Warner Bros, Tancharoen, and Mortal Kombat, as all three are coming together once again for a new Mortal Kombat movie. More details after the break. According to the La Times, Warner Bros.' New Line division will produce the film, which will be directed by Tancharoen, for a 2013 release. Given the success and lean budget of the Legacy webseries, whose nine parts were shot for less than 2 million, Tancharoen anticipates the new movie's budget to come in "well under $100 million." So what »
French beauty Berenice Marlohe is rumoured to be new Bond girl.
Earlier last month, Brazilian model Ana Araujo - girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood - was said to be close to landing the role.
Plans to take the next 007 adventure to India were scrapped. Most of the movie will be filmed in South Africa while the opening scenes will be shot in Istanbul. Bond site MI6-hq is reporting that producers have met ministers in the Turkish city to make arrangements before production begins in November.
Bond 23 hits cinemas on October 26, 2012, in the UK and November 9, 2012, in the USA. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise. »
- David Bentley
How many views does a web series based on one of the most popular video game titles of all time need in order to convince executives at a major motion picture studio to revitalize an all but defunct, decade-and-a-half old film franchise based on the same video game? I have no idea, but in the case of Kevin Tancharoen, Mortal Kombat, and Warner Bros. the answer is roughly 50,000,000 views across nine episodes for an average of about 5.5 million views a piece. New Line Cinemas announced plans to make a live-action, big screen reboot of the fatality-fueled movie franchise thanks to the wild success of Tancharoen’s nine-part Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. The studio tapped Tancharoen to direct and Legacy writer Oren Uziel to write the feature, which is expected to be produced for well under $100 million. Much like the web series, the flick is expected to premiere around the »
- Joshua Cohen
If you thought the recent viral web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth were the final fatalities to this lucrative franchise, think again. Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive is set to bring us a new Mortal Kombat feature film in 2013. Helmed by the recent web series and short film director Kevin Tancharoen (who also directed box office duds Fame and Glee 3D Concert Movie), the new Mortal Kombat movie will be a reboot, with a, "more realistic take on the characters." That’s about all we have for a plot, as of now, although Tancharoen added, "Up to this point we’ve only been talking 'Rated R.' I like realistic takes on things. I like it when it’s a little darker...
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Back in June of last year, director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Glee: The Documentary) put together a promo video for a "Mortal Kombat" movie. Fans loved it, but it was nothing more than an unauthorized pitch by Tancharoen to convince Warner Bros to let him reboot the "Mortal Kombat" film franchise. Then in January, the studio revealed that it will fund "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," a nine-episode digital series to be directed by Tancharoen. The last episode was released in July, and apparently Warners loved the series, because it has now greenlit a live-action "Mortal Kombat" reboot, with Tancharoen directing from a script by Oren Uziel. Entertainment Weekly caught up with the helmer, who is promising lots of violence in the new movie. "Up to this point, we've only been talking rated-r," he said. "I like realistic takes on things. I like it when it's a little darker and grittier. And I »
Back in June the unofficial Mortal Kombat: Rebirth fan short gained enough hype and buzz to result in an actual Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series from writer Oren Uziel and director Kevin Tancharoen. Now Deadline reports the online endeavor has now resulted in that same duo taking on a feature film reboot of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise from New Line Cinema, the company behind the original film adaptations. Back in January of 2010, Warner Bros. was said to be interested in remaking the property, but with New Line Cinema being absorbed into the studio, that's pretty much what is still happening right now. It's strange that such a film will be coming from the director of Fame and the Glee 3D concert movie, but Tancharoen and Uziel certainly put in some hard work to make their shorts impressive and gritty adaptations of the popular video games. Since his efforts »
- Ethan Anderton
Fans of Mortal Kombat owe Kevin Tancharoen a round of applause. Not only did his viral independent teaser trailer, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth sway Warner Bros. into financing a 10-part web series (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) but he has successfully earned himself the director’s chair for the full-length feature film reboot of Mortal Kombat.
Deadline has the news which confirms that New Line Cinema is going forward with the Mortal Kombat reboot, which will be directed by Tancharoen off a screenplay to be written by Oren Uziel, who also wrote Rebirth.
There’s no word on a budget or cast as of yet, but the Legacy webseries featured recognizable talent including Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan and Tahmoh Penikett. If Mortal Kombat is going to get a large budget and a big marketing push, there’s a good chance most, if not all of the actors from ...
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- Rob Keyes
The web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy definitely did a lot to wash away the rancid taste left behind by the fighting game franchise's last feature film foray, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but it looks as if the slate is now totally ready to be wiped clean.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line is hiring the filmmakers of the popular Mortal Kombat digital series, made earlier this year by corporate sibling Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, to take on a new adaptation of the classic 1990s fighting game.
The movie deal marks the end of a journey for Kevin Tancharoen, who will direct the new film. Tancharoen, a choreographer for Madonna and Britney Spears who directed the 2009 remake of Fame and more recently the Glee concert movie, directed a short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as a proof of concept for a Kombat movie he tried to pitch. A huge fan of »
- Uncle Creepy
The studio has signed a deal with Kevin Tancharoen, who directed both the Fame remake and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. But before you can say “he directed what?” Tancharoen also directed an eye-catching eight-minute short film titled Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (embedded below) that starred Michael Jai White as Jax and, Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade, among others as Johnny Cage, Scorpion, and Baraka.
It was intended as a “proof of concept” pitch to New Line, owned by Warner Bros (which bought Midway Games in May 2009 after the company filed for bankruptcy). While WB didn’t greenlight to a feature film from the short — in fact, they were upset by it until they saw the buzz the unauthorized spec generated — the studio did slide the idea over to WB Digital Distribution, »
- Jeff Leins
Looking to land yourself that dream gig in Hollywood? These days it seems like the best way to reach that goal is to take matters into your own hands. Just direct your own short film and throw it up on YouTube, and if the view count is high enough, studios will come knocking -- regardless of whether or not the final product is actually any good. Okay, I'll admit that's a little bit of a cynical way to look at things. I was not a big fan of Kevin Tancharoen's self-funded short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and I still haven't watched all of the web series that it spawned, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. But now he has been offered the chance to reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise for real, and that's all he really wanted. So yeah, we're getting a brand new Mortal Kombat film from the director of Fame »
A guy who at first glance seems like a poor choice given his filmography, Kevin Tancharoen has worked his way into becoming the director of the live-action theatrical reboot of 'Mortal Kombat,' reports Deadline. He has 'Fame' and 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' to his name theatrically, but the man has a much darker side. Back in 2010, his pitch for a reboot of 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Mortal Kombat: Rebirth' leaked online. It generated so much interest that Warner Bros. started looking at the property as a viable way of making some cash at the box office. They still weren't sold however as the video game based film series ran out of gas some years ago with 'Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.' So, Tancharoen was given a modest budget and some freedom to do the web series, 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy.' The well received series concluded a few months back. »
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