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Studios aren’t just looking to superhero comics for inspiration for their blockbusters; less “super” graphic novels and stories have also been adapted, to varying degrees of success throughout the years. Films like 300, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Red come to mind and now, Universal has set its sights on a story from Image Comics with big box office potential: Tommysaurus Rex.
Universal actually bought the rights to the project a decade ago, when Mary Parent was the co-president of the studio. They even paid $1 million for the rights and tried to make the film happen under David O. Russell’s direction. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground and wound up getting shelved. Now, it seems Universal is blowing the dust off the comic book’s pages and trying again, with news that the studio just hired Win Win director Thomas McCarthy to pen the screenplay and possibly direct. »
- James Garcia
Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good. Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for »
- Alex Billington
Tom McCarthy is best known for writing and directing small-scale dramedies like Win Win and The Station Agent, but he may soon be adding “comic book movie” to his resume. McCarthy has been tapped to write with an eye to direct an adaptation of the Doug Tennapel graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex for Universal Pictures. The studio has been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the story revolves around a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after losing his pet dog. When he discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a cave, his life (obviously) changes and he must prove to the townspeople that the giant dinosaur means no harm. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, McCarthy will co-write the script for Tommysaurus Rex with John Bland, and the family adventure story marks a sharp departure for the filmmaker as a director. »
- Adam Chitwood
Between The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, we’ve developed a pretty good idea of what to expect from Tom McCarthy: low-key indies with touches of humor and pathos. But he’s shaking things up a bit with his upcoming The Cobbler by throwing fantasy and Adam Sandler into the mix. And now his next […]
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- Angie Han
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy had one of the greatest directorial debuts of the modern age with 2003.s solid comedic drama The Station Agent, and though he only has two other films under his belt since (with one on the way), he.s a storyteller whose work is impossible to get enough of. His next project looks like it will take all the heart and emotion of his earlier works and will scale it up a bit by adding a huge dinosaur. McCarthy has signed on to write Universal.s long-gestating big screen adaptation of Tommysaurus Rex, the 2004 graphic novel from Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel. McCarthy is crafting this story with John Bland while also considering taking over directorial duties, which would make this movie about as credible as it could get. Published by Image Comics, Tommysaurus Rex follows Ely, a young boy who goes to his grandfather.s house for »
Growing up and to this very day, I would Kill to have a dinosaur for a pet. Can you imagine the possibilities? Man, would I love to sic a Raptor on the Jehovah's Witnesses who seem hellbent on waking me up at 7:00 Am on a Sunday morning.
Can you think of a quicker way for them to find God? No matter how you slice it, it's a win-win. In any event...
THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, and adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.
It tells of a boy who, »
- Uncle Creepy
Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is going big for his next movie. How big? Dinosaur big. McCarthy is writing with an eye to direct Tommysauraus Rex, Universal's long-in-the-works adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner. Elaine Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of the Gotham Group are also producing. Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, tells of a boy who, after losing is pet dog, moves
- Borys Kit
Plenty of celebs have stories about interesting or memorable fan encounters, but few are as haunting as the one Peter Dinklage tells in the March issue of Esquire. Sometime after his star-making turn in 2003's The Station Agent, Dinklage witnessed a man die on the street in front of him -- an experience he describes as "meaningful." "One morning, I was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. There was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me -- about as far away as that [...] »
After positive feedback on the festival circuit and a successful trailer premiere, "Kids for Cash" opens in theaters this month. This chilling chronicle of a scandal is a documentary directed by Robert May ("The War Tapes," "The Station Agent" ). Delving into the judicial scandal that followed the shootings at Columbine High School, "Kids for Cash" covers stories of ruined lives. Soon after the tragedy, a judge cranks down on high school kids to keep them in line. But while some parents celebrated this taking of new measures, those who began to raise questions uncovered corruption, schemes, and millions in kickbacks. Learn more about the movie here. And watch an exclusive clip below. »
- Taylor Lindsay
With Adam Sandler's latest string of 'comedies' being lacklustre at best, it is easy to forget the actor has some serious dramatic chops, with the likes of Funny People, Punch Drunk Love, and Reign Over Me under his belt. He'll be showing off that side again in Tom McCarthy's (The Station Agent, Win Win) fantasy tinged comedy/drama The Cobbler, taking the titular role as a lonely man whose entire life has been spent repairing shoes in his small shop in New York City. But his life takes a turn for the better when he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to "walk in another man's shoes" and see the world differently. Our first image from the project doesn't give much away, showing Sandler in costume outside the shoe repair shop. Sandler is joined by Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Davis, and Steve Buscemi, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Cobbler: Coming off last year's popular, if critically derided, Grown Ups 2, Adam Sandler is flexing his dramatic muscles in the first image from the whimsical The Cobbler. He plays a lonely shoe repairman who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to literally "walk in another man's shoes." Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman and Ellen Barkin also star; Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is directing. The movie does not yet have a release date. [EW.com] Tammy: Melissa McCarthy is riding high on the basis of her starring turns in the comedy hits The Identity Thief and The Heat, and she's looking to extend that streak with Tammy. Directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, Tammy teams McCarthy with Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother, as they head off on a...
- Peter Martin
Adam Sandler and the word "cobblers" have been mentioned in the same sentence before. But spare, perhaps, a more kindly thought than usual for his upcoming opus The Cobbler. Eschewing the recent low-brow antics of the likes of Grown Ups 2, this one promises to be one of Sandler's occasional more credible outings. Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win) is the director, and EW has just released the first still.A slightly shabby Sandler is enjoying his morning coffee there - unless he's asking passers by for spare change. Perhaps business is bad in the shoe repair industry. That's likely not the only string to his bow though. He probably does keys too.A bit more whimsical than McCarthy's previous works, The Cobbler involves some magic-realist elements, as Sandler's lonely joe comes into posession of some specialist footwear that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes", seeing the »
Adam Sandler continues to be a box-office draw, even if many of his films fail to hit with critics. Although the disastrous triple bill of live-action Sandler films, Jack And Jill, That’S My Boy, and Grown Ups 2 gives us cause for concern, he’s also reuniting with comedic partner in crime Drew Barrymore for Blended. Barrymore seems to bring out the best in Sandler, and if that film’s a success then we’ll have no problem giving Sandler the benefit of the doubt for his upcoming The Cobbler.
The Cobbler should also be of interest as it is a more serious role for Sandler, which also takes on a fantastical edge. Perhaps this can help in the same way The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty has done for Ben Stiller, and Stranger Than Fiction did for Will Ferrell. The Cobbler sees Sandler as a New York City »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's great to know Adam Sandler has a new film coming up that doesn't rely on adults acting like juveniles or forces him to dress up in women's clothing as he will play a lonely New York shoe repairman in Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler. McCarthy, who is best known for films such as The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, co-wrote the film with Paul Sado, which centers on Sandler's character who starts to sense he's let life pass him by -- going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him "walk in another man's shoes" and see the world differently. While Sandler is most often associated with his stupid comedies it's films such as Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me that show there is more to him than baby talk and fart jokes. »
- Brad Brevet
Two first look photos today, both coming from the latest issue of EW. Though a trailer has already shown us what to expect, today comes the first official still from Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi epic "Jupiter Ascending". The shot features Channing Tatum in character as genetically engineered ex-military hunter 'Caine'. The film itself opens in July.
The second is from Adam Sandler trying his hand at a more serious film again, this one from "The Station Agent" and "Win Win" director Tom McCarthy. "The Cobbler" has Sandler playing a lonely New York shoe repairman who comes upon something that literally allows him to "walk in another man’s shoes".
- Garth Franklin
I honestly never know how to feel about Adam Sandler. One minute he’s hamming it up with his best buds in some of the most painful excuses for comedies ever to con their way onto a big screen and the next minute he’s serious and honest and actually – God save us – a good actor. Having subjected us to a spate of simply awful comedies over the past few years, Sandler is returning to more serious fare with The Cobbler, a Walter Mitty-esque drama that will hopefully stretch his acting muscles once more.
The Cobbler tells the story of a shoe repairman who finds himself able to “walk in another man’s shoes,” opening up his lonely existence to new experiences. It’s directed by Thomas McCarthy, the man responsible for Win Win and The Station Agent. In speaking with EW (via The Playlist), McCarthy remarked on Sandler’s “soulful quality. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It's been far too long since Adam Sandler took a break from his stupid comedies like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and other garbage we'd rather forget about. Thankfully, Sandler is getting back to some solid filmmaking akin to his praiseworthy turns in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) has Sandler leading his film The Cobbler, and we have a first look photo from the film. Sandler certainly looks tired (that's probably the idea) sipping some coffee out in front of his shoe shop. Hopefully McCarthy and Sandler deliver a charming little flick. Here's the first look at Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from Entertainment Weekly: The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent, The Visitor) from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Paul Sado. In the film, Adam Sandler plays a shoe repair »
- Ethan Anderton
Though Adam Sandler will next be seen on the big screen in another one of his familiar-looking comedies, Blended, the actor actually has a few interesting dramatic roles on the horizon. One such role is in The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy’s new film The Cobbler, and the first image of Sandler in the film has been released online. Sandler plays a lonely, modern day cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy, who most recently helmed the Paul Giamatti-fronted Win Win, but the pairing of the filmmaker with Sandler is certainly promising. Hit the jump to take a look at the first image. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, »
- Adam Chitwood
Adam Sandler's career—filled as it is with bodily functions, funny voices and studio paid vacations that double as movie sets—has been marked periodically by ambitions at more serious fare such as "Punch Drunk Love," "Spanglish" and "Reign Over Me." And as those titles suggest, results have been varied. The last time he stepped out of his comfort zone was in 2009 for Judd Apatow's "Funny People," but Sandler is coming in 2014 with a new movie that finds him playing a grown up instead of making a sequel to "Grown Ups." EW has the first look at "Win Win" and "The Station Agent" director Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" that has Sandler in the lead role. Co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi, the story seems somewhat 'Walter Mitty'-esque, following a lonely shoe repairman who is suddenly able to literally “walk in another man’s shoes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Sandler might own his own subgenre of silly comedy, but he demonstrated long ago, in movies like Punch-Drunk Love, that his range extends beyond funny voices and sophomoric pranks. Sandler returns to more sophisticated storytelling in The Cobbler, playing a lonely New York shoe repairman who starts to sense that he’s let life pass him by — going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently.
“For a guy who »
- Jeff Labrecque
20 items from 2014
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