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A feature film remake of the 2009 BBC mini-series, the story focuses on a woman who returns to society after serving a 15-year stint in prison for murdering two cops who tried to evict her family from their farmhouse.
When she is released, her plans to live a quiet life are disrupted when two sons of one of the slain cops come after her.
- Garth Franklin
Though he has many screenplays to his name — Minority Report, Get Shorty, and Out of Sight among them — Scott Frank has only directed one film, 2007′s The Lookout. It’s a shame that this is his only feature credit, as he created an intimate, compelling, and even moving crime drama that features one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s best performances.
But we can end waiting and start anticipation, as Deadline reports that Frank will rewrite Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of the British miniseries Unforgiven, which he will also direct for Gk Films. It’s too early on this one for casting news, but the One Shot helmer was working on a draft considered a prospect for Angelina Jolie to star in; having never signed on, however, the chance of her leading is unclear.
The 2009 ITV drama centered on “a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison »
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Scott Frank is set to adapt 2009's British miniseries Unforgiven for Gk Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington. Deadline reports that The Lookout director will rewrite and direct the project. Christopher McQuarrie penned the initial draft as a potential vehicle for Angelina Jolie, but then left the project to direct Tom Cruise in One Shot for Paramount. At this time it is not known who will star in the film, Jolie never formally signed on to star.
Unforgiven is about "a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen. The tragedy happened after the policemen came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Her hope is to live quietly and reunite with her troubled younger sister, but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims." The original miniseries starred »
Scott Frank (Minority Report) has been tapped to rewrite and helm the feature film adaptation of the British miniseries Unforgiven. Last year, Christopher McQuarrie was set to pen the adaptation, with Angelina Jolie eying the starring role, but now Gk Films has brought Frank onto the project. The 2009 miniseries told the story of a woman attempting to rejoin society after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering two cops after they came to evict her family from their farmhouse. She plans to live quietly with her troubled younger sister, but she’s soon targeted by two sons of one of her victims on a quest for revenge. Hit the jump for more, including a clip from the miniseries Unforgiven. Jolie was never formally attached to the project, and her current status is unknown. Deadline reports that a star won't be chosen until Frank turns in a draft of his rewrite and gets the ball moving. »
- Adam Chitwood
We first reported on this project last August, when Christopher McQuarrie was writing the script as a potential starring vehicle for Angelina Jolie. The actress was never formally attached to the project, though, and it will be quite some time before Scott Frank finishes his draft and focuses on casting.
Unforgiven is based on the 2009 BBC mini-series and focuses on a woman who returns to society after serving a 15-year stint in prison for murdering two cops. The double-murder happened when the cops tried to evict her family from their farmhouse. When she is released, her plans to live a quiet life are disrupted when two sons of one of the slain cops come after her.
Exclusive: Scott Frank will rewrite and direct a feature adaptation of the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven for Gk Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington. When the project was set at Gk last year, Christopher McQuarrie was signed to write the early draft as a potential vehicle for Angelina Jolie. McQuarrie did his job before going off to direct Tom Cruise in One Shot for Paramount. Jolie had never been formally attached, and so it won’t be clear who’ll star until Frank does his rewrite and gets the film ready. Frank is finishing Houdini for Sony Pictures and director Francis Lawrence, and he also scripted Hell’s Angels for director Tony Scott and Fox. Both of those are priority projects and his adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel A Walk Among the Tombstones was resurrected by Cross Creek Pictures for DJ Caruso to direct. Frank made his directorial debut on his script The Lookout. »
- MIKE FLEMING
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was revealed this morning that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards for his heartfelt performance in the film “50/50.” This year’s ceremony, presented by Starz Entertainment, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In Jonathan Levine’s film, which opens in theaters this Friday, Sept. 30, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, an NPR editor diagnosed with cancer. The title refers to Adam’s odds of survival, though he receives tremendous support from his best friend (Seth Rogen), his pretty therapist (Anna Kendrick) and his worried mother (Anjelica Huston).
Gordon-Levitt will be on hand that evening to accept the award in person. His bio is below:
- Sean O'Connell
Joseph Gordon-Levitt might only be 30 years old, but he has already distinguished himself as an actor with a wide range. Beginning in commercials as a young child, he made his film debut in 1992′s Beethoven, but it wasn’t until 1996 that he became a household name, co-starring in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, and ever since, his career has continued to grow year after year. Levitt has been one of my favourite upcoming actors of the past decade, starring in some of my favourite indie films. Of course there are many reasons to love Jgl. I could mention his gorgeous slanted smile, his dark wavy hair or his noirish and intense eyes – I mean, this dude even looks hot in drag (see above photo). But with that said, lets instead focus on his film career. »
Columbia Pictures will remake their 1990 thriller "Flatliners."According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Source Code" screenwriter Ben Ripley will write the script.Laurence Mark ("Julie & Julia," "The Lookout") is producing.No director or actors have been mentioned. The 1990 original was directed by Joel Schumacher from a Peter Filardi script.The film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as a group of medical students who induce near-death experiences in order to see what lies beyond death. They are later haunted by the ghosts of their childhood sins, not knowing if they are real or imagined. »
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Columbia Pictures is reportedly working on a remake of 1990 supernatural drama Flatliners. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has tasked Source Code writer Ben Ripley to pen a script for the remake. Veteran producer Laurence Mark, who produced 2007 crime film The Lookout, is also on board the project. The original Flatliners was directed by Joel Schumacher and received positive reviews as well as an Academy Award (more) »
- By Tom Ayres
It looks like Joel Schumacher's Flatliners will have a second chance at life, thanks to Columbia Pictures. THR reports that the 1990 drama , which starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Kiefer Sutherland and others, is being remade and the help of Ben Ripley who wrote Source Code. The project is being produced by veteran producer Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia and The Lookout). Further Films, who produced the original, is also involved.
Peter Filardi wrote the original, which centered on "a group of medical students who bring subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond the big sleep. The members of the group then are revisited by physical manifestations of childhood sins are not sure if what they are facing is real or hallucination."
I really enjoyed Source Code and the original film was decent. It will be interesting to see this film revived for modern times. »
Bitch and moan all you want, remakes are here to stay! And whether you like it or not Columbia Pictures is bringing Flatliners back to life once again. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Laurence Mark, a veteran producer whose recent credits include Julie & Julia and The Lookout, is producing the redo. Further Films, which also produced the original, will once again be involved in the project. Ben Ripley who recently wrote Source Code, is g… »
One of the things about Source Code that left me the most impressed was its clever, entertaining screenplay. What might be most surprising about that script is the fact that it was written by Ben Ripley, whose only previous credits were two direct-to-video installments in the Species series. When you give him something original to work with, it would appear that he can produce good results.
That sense of respect makes me unsure of how to take the news (from THR) that he’ll be writing a remake of Flatliners for Sony. The original, 1990 film was directed by Joel Schumacher, and starred Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and William Baldwin. It was centered on medical school students who give themselves near-death experiences in an attempt to find out if an afterlife exists, who eventually find themselves “revisited by physical manifestations of childhood sins, and are not sure »
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Yes, I've got to start with the obligatory "it's back from the dead!" THR is reporting that Columbia Pictures has a remake of Flatliners in the works, and that Further Films, who produced the original, is developing, along with producer Laurence Mark (The Lookout, Julie & Julia, How Do You Know). Set to write the script is Ben Ripley, mostly known for writing the original screenplay for Duncan Jones' Source Code, but also has credited work on some Species sequels. That's all they've announced for this new version so far. To be honest, I love the concept, and that Schumacher one just doesn't deliver. Some lines shouldn't be crossed. The original 1990 Joel Schumacher-directed Flatliners starred quite a young cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. The concept/story centers on a group of medical students who subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to »
- Alex Billington
Columbia Pictures is bringing Flatliners back to life. The studio is remaking the 1990 drama, which featured a slew of young rising stars including Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland and was directed by Joel Schumacher, and has tapped Source Code writer Ben Ripley to pen the screenplay, writes Heat Vision. The 1990 movie, written by Peter Filardi, "centered on a group of medical students who bring subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond the big sleep. The members of the group then are revisited by physical manifestations of childhood sins are not sure if what they are facing is real or hallucination." Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt were also in the movie. Laurence Mark, a veteran producer whose recent credits include Julie & Julia and The Lookout, is producing the redo. Further Films, who produced the original, will also be involved. »
The Peter Filardi scripted original centered on five medical students - Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt - who bring subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond.
After being revived they soon find themselves struggling to determine fantasy from reality as physical manifestations of childhood sins revisit them.
- Garth Franklin
Summer may be the season of the blockbuster, but September through December is where studios release their most varied titles. From sci-fi thrillers to dramas and potential Oscar nominees, Hollywood unleashes a veritable storm of A-list talent and often brilliantly original films. Here are our picks for the highlights of Fall 2011.
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9/2 - "Apollo 18" (Dimension - Gonzalo López-Gallego - Sci-Fi Thriller)
What Is It: Apollo 17, which launched in December 1972, was Nasa's last official manned mission to the moon. However, in December 1974, the Department of Defense sent two astronauts on a top secret, under-the-table kind of mission, and the found footage from that journey reveals why we've never returned to the moon since. What's up there? Aliens? Ghosts? Russians? A bunch of sound and light cues? Or something even more terrifying?
Why We Care: We cry foul with the whole "the reason why we never returned to the moon" angle, »
Yesterday, the movie blogosphere ignited with the knowledge that Ridley Scott had signed on to make another Blade Runner movie, but his brother Tony was making some news of his own, too. Like his older sibling, Tony is lining up to tackle a movie classic, specifically a remake of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah western The Wild Bunch. A remake for the film has been in the works for a few years now; once receiving a script from David Ayer (Training Day) that had a modern take on the material. It's not known if Scott will go that route or maintain a more traditional approach. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who has worked with Scott previously on The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Man on Fire, will tackle the new script. The original film centers on an aging group of outlaws who try for one last big job before the world they know changes completely. »
What an eventful day this has been for the Scott brothers. The older one, Ridley, got everyone’s attention with the announcement that he’s returning to the world of Blade Runner — what that actually means still isn’t clear, but it’s still a big reveal. Tony is now making the headlines with the news that he’ll be doing a remake and a biopic in the near future, those being The Wild Bunch and Hells Angels.
The first of these is a much bigger deal; it’s been reported that Warner Bros. was interested in a remake of Sam Peckinpah‘s classic western since January, but Scott is one of the last people that I — or most people — would imagine getting behind the camera for it. His hyperkinetic, meth addict style doesn’t even come close to jibing with the somewhat slower film that has become a classic over the past 40 years. »
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Ja from Mnpp here, curious if y’all have been following the delightful casting news that’s been coming out bit by bit day after day for Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film Stoker. I mean just the fact that Pcw is making an English-language movie’s exciting enough – not that I have trouble with subtitles, I'm fervently infatuated with every movie he's made, but it means one of my favorite directors is getting to round up some of my favorite Hollywood actors, which he’s doing in spades.
First, some background: Stoker’s script was written (under a pseudonym) by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller, and is described as “a dramatic thriller about a young woman whose eccentric uncle comes back into her life after the death of her father.”
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