15 items from 2014
Superhero movies have been big business for quite some time now, but not every production company out there has access to a Marvel or DC Comics character, so every now and then we see a studio attempt at making its own superhero-esque franchise. Some of the most notable examples are Push, Hancock and Chronicle, and while they all have their fans, none have gone on to become franchises. And now we can add a new title to that roster of not-quite-superhero superhero movies: Black Chapter. Written by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Elektra, The Avengers) and directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall), Black Chapter is about an FBI agent ushered into a secret government program that trains people to develop and use paranormal abilities. Apparently the idea came about after...
- Peter Hall
Today, Underworld director Len Wiseman signed on to direct a supernatural sci-fi thriller titled Black Chapter for Skydance Productions. The project, which boasts a script from The Incredible Hulk writer Zak Penn, will focus on an FBI agent “who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.”
Though the Hellboy series (among others) utilized a similar-sounding set-up, the sky’s really the limit for where Penn and Wiseman (who collaborated with Penn on the original story) can take Black Chapter.
Paul Schwake will executive produce for Skydance Productions, while David Bernardi will executive produce for Wiseman’s Sketch Films. Wiseman will produce alongside David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. Of the project, Ellison said:
“Len and Zak have created a truly original piece of science fiction that reimagines the spy genre set in the world of the supernatural… This is exactly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Before taking on the lackluster remake of Total Recall in 2012, director Len Wiseman hadn't been behind the camera since 2007 with the equally disappointing sequel Live Free or Die Hard. Last year Wiseman directed the pilot for the seemingly silly Fox series "Sleep Hollow," and after his plan to direct the reboot of The Mummy for Universal fell through, he seems to have finally found a new project. Deadline has word that Wiseman is set to direct a film called Black Chapter, a paranormal sci-fi thriller about an FBI agent who enters a secret military program where spies are specially trained in paranormal abilities. More below! We're not sure just what kind of paranormal abilities the program will deal with, but Wiseman gives some insight saying, "Black Chapter is a science fiction story that draws from our own history. I’ve always been fascinated by the mysteries surrounding the CIA’s »
- Ethan Anderton
Len Wiseman, the man behind Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard and the Total Recall reboot, is set to direct a supernatural thriller called Black Chapter, Variety reports. Zak Penn (Last Action Hero, The Incredible Hulk) will provide the screenplay based on a story he formed with Wiseman. Details are few as to the specific…
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- Silas Lesnick
Filmmaker Len Wiseman looks to be zeroing in on his next project. Variety reports that the Underworld director is set to helm the supernatural thriller Black Chapter for Skydance Productions, with a script by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk). The story—which was hatched by Wiseman and Penn—revolves around an FBI agent “who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.” Wiseman will also produce the pic, and while Skydance has a partnership with Paramount Pictures, they are not currently onboard Black Chapter. Wiseman last directed the 2012 reboot Total Recall to rather disappointing results, but his 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard was actually quite fun, so hopefully he can inject some of that levity into Black Chapter in order to keep things from delving into the bland territory of Recall. He was recently attached to direct a reboot of The Mummy at Universal, »
- Adam Chitwood
Len Wiseman may have gained some notoriety for directing Live Free Or Die Hard and Total Recall, but he continues to land plum projects in Hollywood. Visually, he is very talented but his scripts often leave something to be desired. His next project looks to be the paranormal action thriller Black Chapter which will team him with a screenwriter of some merit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wiseman will team with Zak Penn on the film. Penn wrote X2, The Incredible Hulk and has a »
- Alex Maidy
Len Wiseman, the man behind Underworld , Live Free or Die Hard and the Total Recall reboot, is set to direct a supernatural thriller called Black Chapter , Variety reports. Zak Penn ( Last Action Hero , The Incredible Hulk ) will provide the screenplay based on a story he formed with Wiseman. Details are few as to the specific plot of Black Chapter , but it is said to follow a FBI agent inducted into a top-secret program that trains its operatives in the use of extraordinary abilities. Skydance Productions' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg are producing with the company's Paul Schwake executive producing. Wiseman, meanwhile, will also produce through his Sketch Films with that company's David Bernardi executive producing. (Photo Credit: Brian To / WENN.com) »
20th Century Fox is rumored to currently be seeking writers for Die Hard 6, which, according to Latino Review's El Mayimbe, will reunite Bruce Willis as John McClane with his Die Hard: With a Vengeance co-star Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver.
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
@BrianWCollins@_RyanTurek All I know is that writers are being asked to come up with a take that involves bringing back Zeus.
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
Back in October 2010, we reported that Bruce Willis plans to retire his iconic John McClane character after Die Hard 6. Then in February 2013, just before A Good Day to Die Hard was released, the actor confirmed that the project is still moving forward. The last we heard about the sequel was in April 2013, when little-known writer Ben Trebilcook »
The Die Hard franchise has run its course. Let's get that straight. However, if Fox feels it absolutely must continue then I guess I can throw my support behind a Die Hard 6 if this new rumor is indeed true. Reported by Latino-Review.com correspondent, El Mayimbe, the scooper says Fox is meeting writers for takes on Die Hard 6, the catch is it must involve not only Bruce Willis's John McClane, but it must also include Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus Carver character from 1995's Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which was directed by John McTiernan back in 1995. https://twitter.com/elmayimbe/statuses/455852596751007744 Shortly after the release of the awful fifth installment, A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox reportedly began moving on a sixth film, which was said to be an earlier draft of Ben Trebilcook's treatment for what would have been Die Hard 4 before it became 2007's Live Free or Die Hard. »
- Brad Brevet
The project is based on Navy Seal Chris Kyle's memoir, which he co-wrote with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The soldier was known as the deadliest American sniper in military history and nicknamed The Devil by enemies and fellow service members. He had 150 confirmed kills between 1999 and 2009.
Bradley Cooper will be portraying Chris Kyle with Sienna Miller playing his wife. Jake McDorman will take on the role of Ryan 'Biggles' Job, who was the expert sniper's comrade during his time in the military. Several real Navy Seals are also expected to co-star in the film, including Kevin 'Dauber' Lacz. The Seal was a close friend of the sniper.
After toplining The CW’s tenacious action thriller Nikita for four low-rated seasons, it appears that Maggie Q has landed her next television gig, with news today that The Following creator Kevin Williamson has signed her for a leading role in his still-untitled stalker pilot at CBS.
Q, who also co-starred in Live Free or Die Hard and has a major role in this week’s Divergent, will star in the pilot alongside American Horror Story alum Dylan McDermott, whose involvement was concerned back in February. The actress will play Detective Beth Davis, the “opinionated and obsessive, workaholic division captain of Lapd’s Threat Assessment Unit,” according to Deadline. The show, which CBS is aiming to pick up for premiere during the 2014-15 fall season, will also use narration from Q’s character.
Meanwhile, McDermott is set to play Detective Jack Larsen, a recent addition to the Tau from New York. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Divergent cast includes fan-favorite stars Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer – who are both currently starring in hit television shows. Q, who leads as the title role in Nikita, is also known for her role in J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III, in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise and in Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis. A strong action star, Q is aptly cast as a divergent, Tori, an exotic tattoo artist who is in the faction Dauntless. She acts as a mentor to Tris (Shailene Woodley).
Phifer, whose character, Max is at the top of the Dauntless leadership, took a break from shooting the Showtime series, House of Lies to film Divergent in Chicago. His movie credits include: Spike Lee’s Clockers with Harvey Keitel and John Turturro, Dawn of the Dead ...
- Tiffany Rose
Working nonstop since the end of "Nikita" last fall, Maggie Q is now eying her next regular TV role. After spending four-ish seasons on The CW and Wbtv's espionage thriller, Maggie Q will stay in the corporate family, landing a lead in CBS and Wbtv's Untitled Kevin Williamson Project. The network and studio confirm that Maggie will play Detective Beth Davis, division captain of the Lapd's Threat Assessment Unit. The character is described as "opinionated and obsessive" and as a guarded workaholic. The Threat Assessment Unit handles stalking threats for the Lapd. Written by Williamson and directed by his frequent TV cohort Liz Friedlander, "Ukwp" will also star Dylan McDermott and Marian Klaveno thus far. News of Maggie's casting here breaks on the morning after the "Mission: Impossible III" and "Live Free or Die Hard" veteran walked the red carpet for her latest franchise feature film, "Divergent." This isn't the »
- Daniel Fienberg
Producer Arnold Rifkin (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and his Cheyenne Enterprises have optioned Roy Freirich’s script “Mercy Road,” an action drama set in the world of counterfeit life-saving medication. Jay Judah brought the script to Cheyenne and will co-produce the feature via his Coin Toss Creative banner along with Freirich. See photos: 2014 Movie Preview: 60 Upcoming Winter & Spring Films – From ‘Paranormal’ Sequel to ‘Transcendence’ Freirich’s last produced script “Winged Creatures” (aka “Fragments”) starred Kate Beckinsale and Forest Whitaker and was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures Worldwide. Rifkin has produced several Bruce Willis movies including “Hostage,” “16 Blocks” and “The Whole Ten. »
- Jeff Sneider
A user over at weibo, HarryHuo, did some sleuthing and came back with a few pictures from the toy packaging for the Dinobots featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction. This is the time of year when toys are going to spoil/reveal many of the designs from upcoming blockbusters, and this is further proof of that.
The artwork on the Transformers: Age of Extinction toy package reveals several of the bots in their dinosaur forms, such as the Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Pterodactyl, and more. Have a gander!
I know nothing about Transformers stuff. Never followed any incarnation of the cartoon, and I only checked out the first movie because my girl at the time wanted to sneak in to a showing of it across the hall, after we’d seen Live Free or Die Hard. So you guys tell me, how do these dinobots look? Are they faithful? Are they cool? »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
15 items from 2014
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