6 items from 2017
Ryan Lambie Simon Brew Oct 13, 2017
A project that has dipped in and out of the news so often we'd long since begun to think it would never happen, the Gambit movie now looks as though it's finally moving ahead. Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has now formally signed up as director, and will be working from a script written by Josh Zetumer. Unless something mysterious has happened behind the scenes, Channing Tatum's still on board in the title role.
Gambit even has a release date: the 14th February - now 20th Century Fox's favourite month, we're guessing, after the huge success of Deadpool. Will Tatum's superhero spin-off gain quite the same traction? We've a fair while before we find out.
Until then, we'll »
Ready to enter The Golden Circle?
Four news promos for 20th Century Fox and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman sequel deployed over the course of the weekend, and we’ve gathered every last snippet for your viewing pleasure. Embedded above (and below!), we’re pleased to report that these high-octane teasers retain that signature tongue-in-cheek humor, along with the super-stylish action scenes that helped ensure The Secret Service became one of the breakout hits of 2014.
This time around, however, the Kingsman will be operating on a global scale. As part of her transition into a full-blown megalomaniac – “America’s sweetheart gone wrong,” as Matthew Vaughn so aptly putit – Julianne Moore’s Poppy wages war on the British spy organization, and launches a Wmd that blows their ostentatious headquarters to kingdom come. Left licking their wounds, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) then travel across the pond to forge an alliance with the Statesman, »
- Michael Briers
This weekend marks the final days of the 2017 Dances With Film festival being held at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Later tonight, director Adam Ripp’s supernaturally themed thriller Devil’s Whisper will be enjoying its world premiere at the historic cinema.
Ripp is no stranger to the world of indie filmmaking, as he’s produced movies like Joe Lynch’s Everly and Gambit, and has both directed and produced in the world of television. His newest project follows a teenager named Alex (Luca Oriel) who crosses paths with a mysterious box containing a demonic presence, and he mistakenly unleashes the sinister spirit, which wreaks havoc on Alex’s life and forces him to confront the evil that looks to consume his very soul.
During our interview, Ripp discussed the inspiration behind his approach to Devil’s Whisper, finding Oriel for his lead, and more.
I would love to »
- Heather Wixson
Anghus Houvouras on how Fox can fix the X-Men: Cinematic Universe…
Fox has been cultivating the X-Men cinematic universe for nearly two decades. It’s been that long since fans were first treated to Marvel’s most magnanimous mutants on the big screen. The first X-Men movie wasn’t perfect, but it was a solid first entry into what would become a wildly disjointed franchise that struggled to find its place in an era of endless comic book adaptations. That seems strange when you remember that X-Men kind of kicked off the comic book movie trend of the 21st century. And yet, even with an eight year head start, Fox has been unable to capitalize. The X-Men franchise still lacks a clear and concise direction.
That has changed somewhat in the last year after Deadpool was released and donkey punched expectations. With much fanfare and little faith from Fox, the »
- Anghus Houvouras
There are few producers who have had the overwhelming success of Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions from their early days turning Oren Peli’s low-budget Paranormal Activity into a hugely profitable franchise, followed by the equally successful Insidious and The Purge movies. Jason Blum also has an Oscar nomination notched onto his career belt for his involvement in getting Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated Whiplash made, and Blumhouse were involved with bringing Jem and the Holograms to movie theaters. (Sorry, but I actually kind of liked it, even though it bombed… big time.)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will be the third time Blumhouse has worked with an actor making their transition into directing, as Jason Blum handled the same duties on Joel Edgerton’s The Gift and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 a few years back.
- Edward Douglas
Over the past few years, the Coen Brothers have been happy to work on scripts for other directors. They penned “Gambit” starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz (which you probably forgot existed), put their touches on Angelina Jolie‘s “Unbroken” and Steven Spielberg‘s “Bridge Of Spies,” wrote George Clooney‘s forthcoming “Suburbicon,” signed up to write the internet thriller “Dark Web,” and now they’ve got another project they’ll give their Midas touch.
Continue reading Coen Brothers Bring Pens To ‘Scarface’ Remake, Universal Eyes Replacements For Antoine Fuqua at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
6 items from 2017
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