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After being teased with a TV adaptation of the popular comic Locke & Key that failed to materialize beyond a pilot, word has now come that Universal has picked it up to develop as a feature film.
Per THR's Heat Vision Blog, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen will produce via their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of Idw Publishing, the company behind the comic, will also produce.
Written by Joe Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Hollywood has been trying to adapt Locke & Key for several years now. Dimension had the screen rights initially, and »
- The Woman In Black
The graphic novel Locke & Key has had a difficult road to being adapted in the past, but the prospect of seeing the story translated onscreen just became quite a bit more promising. Heat Vision reports that Universal has picked up the supernatural comic series to develop as a feature film, with Star Trek and Transformers scribes/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci onboard to produce. Created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the graphic novel centers on three siblings who return to their family home in Massachusetts following their father’s murder, where they stumble upon magical keys that give them various powers and abilities. Locke & Key was initially developed as a potential television show produced by Kurtzman and Orci, but Fox ultimately decided to pass on the Mark Romanek-helmed pilot in 2011. There’s no guarantee that a feature film adaptation will make it all the way to production, »
- Adam Chitwood
With Chinese companies Jiaflix Enterprises and China Movie Channel coproducing Transformers 4 with Paramount and Hasbro, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the latest installment in Michael Bay's Transformers franchise will have a heavy Chinese influence. And because it's a Transformers (and more importantly, a Michael Bay) movie, you know there's going to be a ton of destruction. Three Chinese landmarks have been targeted to face the wrath of Bay's CGI team. China.org.cn reports that a deal has been signed between the producers of the film and the Chinese hotel company Beijing Pangu. In exchange for financing, the company's flagship building Pangu Plaza Hotel (above) will be featured and destroyed in the upcoming movie. The other two...
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While this shouldn't come as a huge surprise, given the nature of director Michael Bay's Transformers franchise, the producers of Transformers 4 want to blow up several Chinese landmarks during their shoot in China this fall.
The producers have signed a deal with Chinese financiers Beijing Pangu, who will foot the bill for the Chinese portion of the shoot, scheduled to commence in October. In exchance, the company wants the sequel to use their main building, the Pangu Plaza Hotel in Beijing, which will be seen exploding in the movie. The facility is close to the National Stadium and Beijing National Aquatic Center, which the production also wants to use in the movie, although it isn't known if they will be blown up or not.
Scope out the above image and then I'll give you two guesses who's directing the movie. Give up? Michael Bay! These lovely ladies were spotted on set of Transformers 4, along with stars Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Mark Wahlberg. In addition to the eye candy, some military personnel were also present, plus a new vehicle that is featured in a quick set video. It's not much to go on but at least we know Bay is sticking to his roots, even if Megan Fox isn't along for the ride this time around. Also starring Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller and Bingbing Li, the untitled Transformers sequel opens June 27, 2014. Hit the jump to see the new images and watch a video featuring the new vehicle. [Update: The images have been taken down by request of the photographer. Sorry if you missed them.] Check out the new set images and videos below: »
- Dave Trumbore
Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s »
- Zac Gille
Exclusive: Well, it didn’t take long to find out where New Myth will be finding the money to make tentpole-sized movies. A group of investors and distributors led by New Myth and Toonz Entertainment Pte Ltd have launched Epiphany, a $200 million film fund that intends to strategically build a content platform and invest in a slate of event films with an eye toward global appeal. Epiphany aims to get involved as producer and co-financier of franchise films with major studios. It starts with New Myth and Toonz and also in the investor group is European distributor A-Company, an affiliate of Ar Film in Russia. Related: New Myth Forms With ‘X-Men/Transformers’ Tom DeSanto; Goal To Hatch Tentpoles New Myth is a Hollywood-based production company founded by principals Tom DeSanto, David Ranes, Grace Oppenheimer and Wayne Duband. Epiphany will co-finance its projects. Toonz is one of the largest animation and VFX studios in Asia, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: Tom DeSanto has teamed with David Ranes, Grace Roeder Oppenheimer, and Wayne Duband to form New Myth Entertainment. The intention is to hatch tentpole fare, along with some filmmaker driven small films. DeSanto’s writing and producing credits include X-Men and Transformers, and he was right there at the inception of both of those projects which have done billions in box office and merchandising. DeSanto is currently writing and producing his re-imagining of the millennium-old Chinese story, Creation Of The Gods, with YiSang Media, with plans of it being his next global film franchise. New Myth is currently developing several big properties that include Faces, a high concept action thriller, with DeSanto and Ranes producing. “When a young genius invents infallible facial recognition software he uncovers a millennia old global conspiracy that threatens to throw the planet into chaos and a new World War,” DeSanto said. Update: New Myth, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Spoiler Alert: This discussion reveals key plot details from “Man of Steel.”
Justin Chang: Several weeks ago, writing about “Iron Man 3″ in the New York Times, Manohla Dargis noted that the film, with its bombastic explosions and references to terrorism, underscored “just how thoroughly Sept. 11 and its aftermath have been colonized by the movies.” A similar thought occurred to me repeatedly during the last hour or so of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which, as our colleague Scott Foundas pointed out in his review, strongly resembles the likes of “The Avengers” and “Transformers” in its cinematic shock-and-awe. I’d say Snyder goes even further than those movies in the way he channels the specific terror and chaos of 9/11; you see it in those brief scenes of small planes hitting skyscrapers, and in the lingering shots of ash-covered Metropolitans being pulled, traumatized but hopeful, from the rubble.
As I noted about two years ago, »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Launching into this is always going to be a fairly thankless exercise. The sheer number of animated films makes this tricky enough, let alone the variety in style, tone and technique.
Classic hand-drawn animation (The Jungle Book), anime/manga (Fist of the North Star), CG animation (Toy Story), overlaid animation (rotoscoping – A Scanner Darkly), stop-motion (Chicken Run), performance capture (Beowulf). We could go on. Indeed a Top Ten list could be compiled for any one of those techniques and you would still come nowhere near scraping the barrel.
It is indeed a rich art form. So, at the risk of reducing the list too much and also at the risk of leaving out too many beloved films, I’m going to go for range and variety rather than trying to rank every animated film in order of quality and then skim off the top six.
With the recent (and lacklustre »
- Dave Roper
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas bemoaning the commercialised state of modern Hollywood is a bit like Amazon complaining about the decline of old-fashioned bookshops. Last week, speaking at the University of Southern California, the two film-makers outlined a doomsday scenario of hugely inflated ticket prices, limited choice at the box office and no place for talented, visionary directors – like themselves. Spielberg only just got his Oscar-winning Lincoln into cinemas, he revealed, otherwise it would have gone straight to television. Likewise, George Lucas struggled to get his Red Tails movie seen. Were just a handful of big budget tent-pole Hollywood movies to flop, the two men warned, there could be an industry-changing "implosion – or a big meltdown".
- Steve Rose
The trailer for thriller Scenic Route has made its way online, and it looks pretty intense. While not straight up horror, it looks like some pretty crazy stuff. Check it out!
“Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.”
Man of Steel weekend box office: June record (not really) broken by Superman 2013 reboot (photo: Newsman Laurence Fishburne and journalist Amy Adams are appalled by General Zod’s Man of Steel box-office hype) Extra! Extra! Man of Steel Breaks June Box-Office Record! That’s what most publications the world over have been heralding today. Man of Steel, of course, is the latest Superman reboot — directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) as Clark Kent aka Superman. The June box office referred to is the domestic one, as in the United States and Canada. As for the word "record" … Well, it apparently means all sorts of different things to all sorts of different hype-makers and to those who blindly embrace the hype and help to spread it. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, this June 14-16 weekend, Man of Steel took in »
- Zac Gille
New Transformers 4 set pic shows new Sonic Rs Rally car action. Recently, Transformers movie director,Michael Bay,hit up his official site to reveal this new,sweet ride that will be featured in the upcoming "Transformers 4" flick. He captioned it with the following words: "The Ultimate Sonic Rs, just pure fun." This car was also featured in the latest set video that was released. Apparently, it was seen,being driven all around Taylor,Texas, where they're currently filming. It's speculated that it could be the daughter's race car driver boyfriend's car in the movie. The movie is starring Mark Wahlberg,and he was spotted on set earlier this weak out in Taylor Texas,and the filming action has definitely gotten underway with major car driving scenes,and more. It was rumored that hottie, Megan Fox, would be back,but that was quickly shot down by Michael Bay. So, »
Man of Steel weekend box office: Superman 2013 reboot may not break June opening-weekend domestic record (Photo: Michael Shannon as General Zod in Man of Steel) Man of Steel may not break the North American June box-office record this weekend, June 14-16. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, on Friday the 2013 Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) in the title role raked in a less-than-expected but still-quite-impressive $44.05 million from 4,207 venues — 3,357 of which 3D sites. That figure includes an estimated $9 million from Thursday midnight shows. Early (unofficial) estimates had Man of Steel grossing as much as $51 million on its first full day out. (See updated post: “Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record (Not Really) Broken.”) Including late Thursday evening shows, Zack Snyder’s $225 million-budgeted Superman movie has taken in a grand total of $56.05 million at the Us/Canada box office. »
- Zac Gille
Time for another quick look at what's coming this fall in Fox's new take on "Sleepy Hollow" from a powerhouse Hollywood trio comprised of co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and director Len Wiseman. Expectations are pretty high!
"Sleepy Hollow" will air Monday nights on Fox at 9Pm.
What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity’s last hope? Welcome to "Sleepy Hollow," the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers franchises, “Fringe”). In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. »
- The Woman In Black
DeGeneres’ syndie yakker, a perennial Daytime Emmy darling, won a craft and technical awards as well as a nod for directing a talkshow or morning program, in a tie with NBC’s “Today.”
“Sesame Street” took the statuette for preschool program as well as writing and directing for a children’s program. Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who left the show last November after more than 20 years as the beloved Elmo character amid revelations about his sexual relations, won for performer in a children’s program. He also shared in the directing award for “Sesame Street” with three others: Ken Diego, Joey Mazzarino and Matt Vogel.
- Variety Staff
It’s Day 2 of our Henry Cavill Twitter Watch, and the tweets about his handsomeness have definitely gotten racier. Credit goes to more people having actually now seen him on the big screen as Man of Steel’s Superman, but also to the airing of a Graham Norton Show interview in Britain, which produced so many tweets right as we began our search for inappropriate expressions of affection that we only had the stamina to look through two hours’ worth. Watch a fun Graham Norton clip below in which costar Amy Adams explains how creepy one feels talking about Henry »
- Mandi Bierly
While Paramount Pictures has argued that its austere slate churns out profitable films at a price, the studio’s operating income has been in decline, putting even more pressure on big summer bets like “World War Z” to perform.
While most of Paramount’s rivals also reserve their biggest theatrical releases for the next few months, they also roll out more titles throughout the year, which somewhat mitigates the fortunes of a single season. But under topper Brad Grey, Par has cut its slate and reduced overhead, choosing to bet on big, sexy pics like “World War Z” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” that will put the onus on the studio’s summer performance.
But “Star Trek” has been good news for Par, netting $181 million over its first three weeks at the domestic box office. Par also kicked off summer with a third pic, “Pain & Gain,” which did a respectable $50 million in the U. »
- Rachel Abrams
Memo To: Brad Grey
From: Peter Bart
Back in 2005, Brad, when you were named Paramount’s uberboss, I wrote a memo to you that waved some warning flags. “You’ve never run a studio,” I wrote, “so let me list all the things that could possibly go wrong.” You were politely dismissive of my warnings — that is, until just about all of the dire predictions became reality.
Eight years later, those problems have been long forgotten and your regime at Paramount seems as solid as any in town. But is it solid or stolid, as some of your critics suggest? The studio doesn’t make many movies or create much sizzle. It’s almost like the ‘R’ word (risk) has been dropped from the studio’s vocabulary.
That’s why there’s so much focus within the industry on the opening of “World War Z” on June 21. This isn’t just another summer release, »
- Peter Bart
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