13 items from 2010
Back when a live action Marmaduke movie was first announced last year, I can recall a lot of people joking about other comic strips that would make for even more ridiculous film adaptations. One of the titles that had to be at the top of the list was Bil Keane's The Family Circus, the notoriously unfunny single panel comic that most people would agree very rarely has an actual punchline. Supposedly, it has become the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world... go figure. As you might expect, Hollywood has been knocking at Bil Keane's door for years, trying to get the rights to make a Family Circus movie, but finally producer John Baldecchi (Deep Rising, The Mexican, Ultraviolet) managed to get a hold of him and negotiate a deal. Yep, that's right... Billy, Dolly and the rest of the family are all coming to the big screen. »
You didn't think Marmaduke would get all the glory, did you? That's right: the most widely syndicated cartoon panel in the world is about to make its live-action big screen debut. Moreover, it's being envisioned as a franchise. 20th Century Fox and Walden Media got the rights to Bil Keane's comic, which was introduced in the '60s and has since been released in compilations that have sold over thirteen million copies worldwide. Deadline says Fox and Walden competed for the rights with several other studios, but beat them out with a seven figure deal against their six figures. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir, co-writers on Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, have been hired to write the screenplay. Producing the film are John Baldecchi (Ultraviolet, Cutthroat Island) and Stacy Maes (Jumper). There isn't much to the comic, either in terms of character or story, which means this »
- Adam Quigley
That revered mainstay of the funny pages, “The Family Circus”, is one of my least favorite things in the world. The wholesome adventures of Bill Keane’s fictional family, loosely modeled after his own, infuriates me like nothing else. Reading it makes me grind my teeth, but I can’t stop. It is like looking at a horrible accident, I can’t look away. I keep opening the paper and reading the insipid tales of Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, and Pj, and their parents. And I don’t want to forget Barfy, the dog. The strip has been in syndication since 1960, and Keane still produces content with his son Jeff. Though the exasperatingly precious, moral family appeared in three television specials in the late 70s and early 80s, Keane has steadfastly refused all film offers. This didn’t deter producer John Baldecchi (“Ultraviolet”, “Cutthroat Island”). He kept calling Keane until a deal was done, »
- Brent McKnight
So it turns out that you can still make Cold War films even though it's been over for 20 years, and frankly we're glad about that if they're all as entertaining as Salt, the new thriller from director Philip Noyce and Angelina Jolie.It's a twisty-turny tale about which we won't say too much at all, but it's another wicked performance from Jolie who spent over a hour outside the cinema signing autographs last night and making nice with the fans, in a stunning silver dress that would look like a curtain on anyone else.Apart from her, the gala premiere was rather celeb-light: X-Factor winner Joe McElderry and someone called Kerry Katona were the biggest names* - but when you have the world's most glamorous woman and Un Goodwill Ambassador there, who cares?Salt is out this Friday, and also stars Liev Schreiber, August Diehl, Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was written by Kurt Wimmer, »
The 1990 original, based on the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker who travels to Mars in search of his true identity after finding out he was previously a secret agent.
Wiseman said: "I've always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick's short story, and I'm excited at the prospect of diving even deeper into the world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul."
Columbia president Matt Tolmach said: "Len »
- David Bentley
News about a remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi/actioner Total Recall isn't that fresh. The project's been spinning its wheels in development hell's mud for two years, going nowhere fast. Producer Neal H. Moritz might have just given his project the tow its needed by getting Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman attached to helm the remake.
Wiseman is in final talks to direct the movie for Columbia Pictures, with Salt and Ultraviolet writer Kurt Wimmer having already penned the screenplay. How much of the original Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and how much of the '90 Arnie flick will go into the new Total Recall remains to be revealed, but my gut is telling me it'll be more of the latter.
"I've always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick's short story, and I'm excited at that prospect »
- Patrick Sauriol
Go ahead and get that "Aarghhh!!!!" out of your system now. You'll feel better. (I have done so as well.) We've known this for awhile now, but yes, it's official: Total Recall will receive a "contemporized adaptation" that will in all likelihood be directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard). Kurt Wimmer has been hired to write the script, which will be based on "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," the Philip K. Dick story that inspired the original.
Wimmer's recent scripts include the thrillers Law Abiding Citizen and Salt, but the more pertinent credits are the ones he earned as writer / director of Equilibrium and Ultraviolet, which provided action thrills in science-fictional settings. If you harbor any hopes for this project, you can only dream that Wimmer can come up with something more closely resembling Equilibrium, a trashy yet entirely entertaining little surprise, rather than the flat, »
- Cinematical staff
Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct a "contemporized adaptation" of Total Recall, which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick - the book that spawned the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. Last year, Columbia Pictures hired Kurt Wimmer to pen the remake. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner (yes, a company called Original Films is in the remake business). I'm not one of those people that think a Total Recall remake has to be aweful, but signing Wiseman to helm said remake gives me less faith that it is achievable. Wimmer is best known as the screenwriter of Equilibrium and Ultraviolet, but more recently worked with the studio on the Angelina Jolie spy thriller Salt, and co-wrote the F. Gary Gray-directed Law Abiding Citizen. Wiseman began his career in the art department on Godzilla, Stargate, Men »
- Peter Sciretta
Lest you thought that Inception was going to change things overnight, or that studio execs really are going to start buying original ideas in droves, here comes news of a Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots movie to prove that this remains the summer of our cinematic discontent. Pajiba reports that Mattel and Mendeville Films are working with director Wolfgang Petersen to develop a film based on Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots, the '60s robot boxing toy that already seems like the inspiration for the movie Real Steel. There's not much else to go on here, though Pajiba's report says that Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Ultraviolet, Salt) may also be set to write. May. The development of this movie isn't much of a surprise, given that we know Mattel is aggressively trying to turn just about every property it owns into a movie, and is even developing new toys specifically to generate TV shows and films. »
- Russ Fischer
What Is It?
Angelina Jolie stars as the titular Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who, after a Russian defector accuses her of being a Soviet undercover operative, goes on the run, attempts to find her missing husband, clear her name, and foil a dastardly plot to kill the Us president - all while wearing full make-up.
Who's Behind It?
Australian director Philip Noyce is the man in the director's chair, and he boasts a varied CV, with past films including 80s thriller-on-a-yacht Dead Calm, action movie Patriot Games and drama Rabbit Proof Fence. Writer Kurt Wimmer has previous form in the action genre, having penned scripts for the Christian Bale dystopia Equilibrium, Milla Jovovich misfire Ultraviolet, and the forthcoming Total Recall remake.
In the acting department, Jolie is supported by the dependable Liev Schreiber »
Check out these three new images from Paul W.S. Anderson’s third installment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife. We get a good look at Ali Larter (Heroes) as Claire Redfield, Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) as Chris Redfield and of course, the lovely Milla Jovovich (Ultraviolet) as the always ass kicking Alice.
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Resident Evil: Afterlife hits theaters on September 10th
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- Jason Moore
A good action hero is hard to find these days. Unless they come from a comic book, we just don’t have the brawny, no-nonsense men that populated 1970s and 1980s cinema. But if you think they’re scarce, try finding a good action heroine. They exist (Ripley, Beatrix Kiddo, Lara Croft, Lorna Cole) but they’re few and far between, and vastly outnumbered by the bad ones. Many writers and directors seem uncertain as to how to stick a gun (or a sword, or a superpower ….) in a girl’s hand, and make her consistent and believable. To help aspiring moviemakers know what not to do, I’ve compiled the action heroines that I find to be the worst cinema has to offer.
They range from aspiring policewomen to futuristic terrorists – and to be fair, they’re also an example of how not to write any character, male or female. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
A little while ago is was revealed that the release date for Resident Evil: Afterlife would be pushed back to January 2011 so that more time can be taken in post-production for the movie to be released in 3D. Even though the change was officially confirmed by Screen Gems, star of the franchise and Hollywood’s go-to girl for superwomen characters, Milla Jovovich (Ultraviolet, The Fifth Element) disputed the release date, stating:
“Re Afterlife Is Not officially pushed. There have been talks of pushing it as they [are] not sure they can have it ready by July. We [are] trying as hard as we can to still meet the summer deadline though, so for the moment its still on for August.”
- Andrew Peters
13 items from 2010
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