20 items from 2015
It’s the first time I’d heard that the well-received BBC series had hit the film side of things but Spooks: The Greater Good gets its first trailer today and we’ve also got the new posters for you!
For me ‘the greater good‘ just reminds me of Hot Fuzz, so it’s a strange sub-title to go with but I guess they wanted to incorporate the Spooks reminder to fans already in the know. In the film version, terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, and the legendary Harry Pearce (Peter Firth – From BBC’s Spooks), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed.
As he’s forced into resigning, no-one’s surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames but with MI5 going to the dogs, former agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) is brought back from Moscow to uncover »
- Dan Bullock
“What I enjoy about it is we have a laugh,” the actor said. “We want to make sure it’s embedded in there so having Simon write it is the perfect fit.”
- Luke Owen
After writer-director Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3 last month, Paramount has decided to completely discard the script he co-wrote with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, although he is still on board as a producer. Last week, we reported that actor-writer Simon Pegg will not only return as Scotty in the sequel, but he will also co-write the screenplay with Doug Jung. While it isn't known when production may begin on the sequel, which was given a summer 2016 release date last month, MTV caught up with Chris Pine at Sundance, who revealed that he thinks Simon Pegg is the perfect choice to write the script.
"We're all really excited because I think what we enjoy about it is that we have a laugh and we want to make sure that that's still kind of embedded in there so to have Simon writing it is the perfect fit. »
The Star Trek franchise has a great tradition of seeing its actors become creatively involved behind the camera. Leonard Nimoy got the ball rolling by taking the helm of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and then co-wrote and directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and collaborated on the story for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In between those latter two, William Shatner co-wrote and directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Later, The Next Generation cast member Jonathan Frakes directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Frakes also directed many episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Other cast members who’ve helmed episodes of various incarnations, including Enterprise: Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Roxann Dawson, Michael Dorn, Siddig El Fadil, Gates McFadden, Robert Duncan McNeill, Robert Picardo, Andrew Robinson and Tim Russ. As far as I’m willing to go through everyone’s »
- Christopher Campbell
Pegg is no stranger to screenwriting, penning the scripts for Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy films "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "The World's End" with the director; he also wrote the script for 2007 comedy "Run Fatboy Run." He's played Scotty in J.J. Abrams's reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise since 2009, most recently reprising the character in 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness." He'll once again play the character in the threequel.
Deadline reports that Pegg will co-write "Star Trek 3" along with Doug Jung, who created TNT series "Dark Blue" and wrote a movie called "Diamond" for "Trek" studio Paramount and production company Bad Robot. The duo has reportedly just begun the writing process, according to Deadline.
- Katie Roberts
Simon Pegg has found a new job within the Star Trek franchise. Not only will he be reprising his role as Scotty in Star Trek 3, but now he's also co-writing it! Paramount Pictures hired him along with Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee) to bust out a script.
The film was originally supposed to be written and directed by Roberto Orci, but he's now only attached to the project as a producer. Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin is set to direct the film.
I love that Pegg is coming on board as a writer! His involvement in the development process will only make the movie better in the end. Pegg has worked on scripts for films such as Shaun of the Dead; Hot Fuzz; The World’s End; Run, Fatboy, Run; and Paul. You think he'll give his character a bigger part in the narrative? I think Pegg will »
- Joey Paur
It seems like things have finally settled for Star Trek 3. Last month Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious series) signed on to direct and today Simon Pegg and Doug Jung were announced as writers for the third film in the rebooted series of Trek films.
To catch you up, originally Roberto Orci was going to direct the film and co-write it with Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. Orci had co-written the previous two Star Trek films. Who knows what exactly happened but Orci ended up stepping down from the director’s chair in what would have been his directorial debut. There were rumors of script problems but Orci himself shot those rumors down. With this recent news however it's unsure if Orci and co.’s original script will end up in the final movie.
Pegg of course is known in the Star Trek franchise as playing Scotty and also »
- Laura Frances
The production of the planned Star Trek 3 has had more than a few issues since it was announced that Paramount were pushing ahead with the project. Original writer and directer Roberto Orci jumped ship (though will still produce), and then Fast And Furious helmer Justin Lin soon replaced him. Well, now it seems that the film has a brand new co-writer in the form of Simon Pegg who also plays the role of Scotty in the films.
Pegg is a very talented writer; after all he co-wrote the absolutely brilliant Cornetto trilogy (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’S End) with Edgar Wright, and the two-series long Spaced for Channel 4. He’ll sit down at the typewriter with fellow scribe Doug Jung (creator of the TV show Dark Blue).
- Paul Heath
Simon Pegg is already a key component to the J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek universe, and for the third film it seems he will be taking on additional responsibilities, namely the important task of penning the script.
Writing isn’t anything new for Simon Pegg, as he is helped Edgar Wright put together the successful Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End). Pegg’s partner in scribing will be Doug Jung, creator of the TNT series Dark Blue and a writer for the movie Diamond, which was also a Bad Robot/Paramount production.
This all comes off of Roberto Orci recently leaving the director’s chair with Fast And Furious 5/6 helmer Justin Lin stepping in. Putting together a team of directors and writers for Star Trek 3 has been a rocky experience, but things seem to finally be cementing themselves in stone.
- Robert Kojder
It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film. Pegg (who will also be back as Scotty) has considerable writing experience with comedy and a variety of genres since he co-wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End with director Edgar Wright, all films with considerable action and comedy. »
- Ethan Anderton
He’s well-known for being brilliantly engaging in front of the camera, whether you look at his starring role in the TV series Spaced or his memorable performances in Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End), but there’s another dimension to Simon Pegg that’s equally entertaining: his scribing side. As many of his fans know, Pegg penned episodes of Spaced and co-wrote the aforementioned films and he’s now lined up to lend his pen to the screenplay of another movie in which he’ll co-star: Star Trek 3.
Deadline reports that in addition to once again playing USS Enterprise engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Pegg has also been set to co-scribe Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung (Dark Blue, Banshee). 2009’s Star Trek reboot was co-penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness was co-written by Orci, »
- Derek Anderson
Simon Pegg has some big writing credits to his name — stuff you’ve probably seen, like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Spaced. Now he’s reportedly set to co-write Star Trek 3, and will work on the script with Doug Jung. Deadline reports. Jung created the TNT series Dark Blue, and […]
- Russ Fischer
It sounds like Paramount has completely thrown out former director Roberto Orci's Star Trek 3 script, which he wrote alongside J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Now Simon Pegg, who plays Enterprise engineer Scotty, will be penning the screenplay alongside Doug Jung, creator of the TNT series Dark Blue.
Justin Lin, who is credited with rejuvenating the Fast & Furious franchise, is confirmed to direct. This latest report also confirms that Simon Pegg will return as Scotty. Doug Jung previously wrote the film Diamond for Bad Robot and Paramount, which is how he landed the job. The writing duo are just getting underway. No details have been released yet, but it sounds like Roberto Orci's time travel plot has been discarded.
After writing with regular co-star Nick Frost on the likes of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, Simon Pegg will now work on the script for the new Star Trek movie. Deadline report that he'll co-write it with with Doug Jung (who also wrote a film called Diamond for Bad Robot and Paramount), creator of the TNT series Dark Blue. The Trek threequel lost its original director when Roberto Orci left the project, but Fast Furious' Justin Lin recently stepped in as a replacement. Pegg has played Scotty in both previous films, and not surprisingly, he's set to reprise the role for this third Trek through space. Does this mean Pegg will give himself an expanded role? Probably! »
Pegg will team with Doug Jung, creator of TNT's "Dark Blue" and writer of the upcoming Bad Robot film "Diamond," to pen the script. They replace Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay who penned the previous drafts - that incarnation looks to have been discarded in the wake of Orci's departure.
Pegg's writing credits include co-writing Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films - "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" - along with "Run, Fat Boy, Run". The announcement comes on top of Pegg's other gig on the film, reprising the role of Scotty, the engineering chief he played in the two previous J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" films.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Any occasion where we see the union of two talents like Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent is reason for celebration. Hawkins absolutely blew me away in “Blue Jasmine,” giving that film’s most un-affected, resolutely human performance, and dutifully managed to tread through the veritable sea of bad dialogue and questionable character motivation inherent in the script for Gareth Edwards’ not-entirely-terrible “Godzilla” reboot. Broadbent, meanwhile, is a man who needs no introduction. He’s one of our finest living actors, having lent his chameleonic quality to varying films like Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” and Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz.” They are two of our most considerable working actors and in this new short film—an emotionally brutal piece of minimalist storytelling called “The Phone Call”—we get to see them square off against each other, even if Broadbent »
- Nicholas Laskin
It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.
My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »
- Timothy Monforton
When Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in a very public split related to script changes for Ant-Man, the beloved British helmer soon announced that he’d be taking on a much smaller-scale project for his next gig: crime-thriller Baby Driver, which Wright wrote for Working Title Films. Now, that film has taken a major leap forward with word that The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort is in discussions to star.
Elgort, who came out of absolutely nowhere to co-star in the Carrie remake then quickly snag major roles in the Divergent franchise, teen sensation The Fault in Our Stars and Jason Reitman’s (meritless) Men, Women & Children, will play a getaway driver who relies on his own soundtrack to make him the best driver in the game. When he ends up in over his head working for a crime boss, he finds that the doomed heist he »
- Isaac Feldberg
In May of 2014, Marvel announced that Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz") had left Ant-Man, a project he and his partner Joe Cornish had been working on for a decade. The disagreement was about the script, which Paul Rudd and Adam McKay rewrote. Rudd, previously pulled double duty as both actor and screenwriter when he co-wrote the 2008 comedy Role Models. It's not new ground for him, but doing it under these different circumstances offered a new challenge. “It somewhat happened organically,” Rudd told Entertainment Weekly. “When Edgar left, they were talking about directors and I knew Adam and Adam’s brilliant. So he came in to meet with them. He and I had some ideas and so we spent some time rewriting it and wound up doing a rewrite on the whole thing. All of a sudden, this took on a whole new life and was much more intensive that I had »
20 items from 2015
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