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One of the biggest complaints with Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit has been the unnecessary stretching of a simple, rather brief book into a bloated, three-movie series. I totally agree with that sentiment, making for a punishing 474 minutes of film to watch. But is the book actually stretched or do we just feel like it isc Well, Walt Hickey from the "Data Lab" over at FiveThirtyEight.com has taken a look at the numbers of running times and page counts of a wide swath of films adapted from popular novels to answer the question. Their conclusionc The Hobbit series is the most stretched film adaptation of a novel. With a total 474 minute running time (approximately 542 minutes for the extended editions) to its measly 293 page count, The Hobbit is unprecedented in how stretched the film is. The most recent film, The Battle of the Five Armies, which covers approximately 72 pages of the novel, »
- Mike Shutt
The Kickboxer movie reboot is still moving forward and we have a bit of good news and bad news. Let's start off with the good: Jean-Claude Van Damme is set to return to the franchise! The bad news: Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Furious 7) had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Van Damme is taking Jaa's place, and in this version of the story Van Damme is the master, not the student. He will play an updated version of the original film’s Master Chow.
- Joey Paur
We certainly aren.t hurting for dystopian book-to-movie adaptations, especially with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I releasing this weekend. However, I can.t help but get ridiculously excited whenever more news is released about the upcoming film adaptation of 1984, which now has a director. The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Paul Greengrass, who recently directed The Bourne Ultimatum and will most likely helm the next Bourne film , will be directing 1984. Appropriately, it's been since 1984 that we.ve had a big screen adaptation of Orwell.s classic book. The .84 production of Nineteen Eighty-Four had John Hurt playing the lead of Winston Smith. While there aren.t any casting announcements for this new book-to-screen adaptation quite yet, the team working to bring the book back to the screen is shaping up to be an awesome one. The script will be written by James Graham (he wrote the book to the »
Paul Greengrass, the director of politically-charged films like The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, and Green Zone has set his sights on the mmack daddy of them all: George Orwell’s seminal dystopian novel 1984.
There’s no word on when Greengrass will get around to 1984; he’s got a full slate of projects at any given time, and will next be teaming back up with Matt Damon for Bourne 5.
- James Garcia
Paul Greengrass will direct a new film adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.
The Bourne Ultimatum director will take the lead on the Sony Pictures project, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon recently confirmed that he and Greengrass will return to the Bourne franchise for a new film, due out in 2016.
Watch the trailer for John Hurt's 1984 below: »
The last adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 saw John Hurt taking on the role of Winston Smith, with Michael Radford directing. Fittingly, that was released in 1984. Fast forward 30 years, and another take on the classic novel is coming, but this time with Paul Greengrass at the helm.
Greengrass, whose next project is set to be his return to the world of Jason Bourne (having previously helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), has been linked to the project by Deadline. Sony Pictures is funding the new 1984, and James Graham, who previously penned Finding Neverland, is currently on scripting duties.
Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are attached as producers, The earliest we'd imagine the watchful eye of Big Brother could return to the screen would be 2017, assuming the next Bourne film takes priority for Greengrass. »
James Graham will pen the script for this new take on the material. No word on the nature of this adaptation - whether it will be period or a more contemporary version - but considering Greengrass' previous work you can expect a bunch of subtext about ubiquitous surveillance in modern society.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
When you're as successful as Marvel, you get your pick of actors. It speaks to their growing stature that they recently snagged Benedict Cumberbatch to play "Doctor Strange," and now they've roped another acclaimed actor into their fold. The studio announced today that Daniel Bruhl has joined the cast of "Captain America: Civil War." The actor is likely best known for his turns in "Good Bye Lenin!," "The Bourne Ultimatum," Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and Ron Howard's "Rush." In both foreign and Hollywood films he's always a welcome presence, but who will he play here? Well, Marvel isn't saying (though Deadline reports Bruhl will take a villain role), so we're going to leave it you to guess below. But remember, this third installment of the 'Captain America' franchise will likely see Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Robert Downey's Jr.'s Tony Stark on opposing sides. "Captain America: Civil War »
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Back in September, we got the surprising news that Universal had actually rounded up director Paul Greengrass and his The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy star Matt Damon to return to the Jason Bourne franchise after previous attempts to get a fourth film with Robert Ludlum's character fell apart years ago. However, a follow-up with producer Frank Marshall cautioned that it might not come together so easily or quickly. But fans can lay their worries to rest as Matt Damon himself has confirmed that he will return for more Bourne, and the film will be hitting the big screen sometime in 2016. Read on! We actually may owe Ben Affleck for the confirmation, because E! Online was speaking with the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice star, and he was speaking about Damon, "Well, he's going to be doing a Bourne movie next fall when I've just completely lost any semblance of physical fitness. »
- Ethan Anderton
A few months ago, it was announced that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass would be reuniting to once again to bring super spy Jason Bourne to the big screen, after we all expected we had seen the last of the actor when the credits rolled on The Bourne Ultimatum. Now, speaking to E! News with Ben Affleck about their upcoming t.v. show Project Greenlight, Damon has confirmed the turn of events, after Affleck revealed he would be filming the new movie next year, saying, "It will be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that is all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes." This plays into previous reports that the new movie would be released on July 15th 2016, a date previously earmarked for a follow-up to Jeremy Renner's The Bourne Legacy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Matt Damon confirmed on Friday during a recent red carpet interview that he will be reprising his role as Jason Bourne in the next Bourne film.
‘Yes, next year. It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. (Director) Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.‘
Damon previously appeared in the first three instalments of the Bourne franchise as CIA Assassin Jason Bourne whilst the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, centred upon CIA agent Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner (Kill The Messenger). The franchise is based on the successful spy series written by Robert Ludlum.
Although surprised, we look forward to seeing him back in action but… »
- Sacha Hall
Greengrass directed Damon in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum (and, following that, Green Zone), although neither was involved in the more recent The Bourne Legacy, that starred Jeremy Renner. Damon had always maintained that he wouldn't do another Jason Bourne film unless Paul Greengrass was directing it, and as he told E! News of the director's return, "that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes".
The new Jason Bourne adventure, which currently doesn't have a title, is set to be released on July 15th 2016, with a lengthy shoot expected in 2015. Independently, a sequel to »
Though the news ostensibly broke back in September, Matt Damon has now confirmed his return as Jason Bourne. "Yes, [I'm doing it] next year," Damon told E! News over the weekend. "It'll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. [Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes." Damon and Greengrass previously worked together on "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," the second and third films in the long-running action franchise. A fourth entry starring Jeremy Renner as agent Aaron Cross was released in 2012, and a followup to that spinoff (set to be directed by "Fast and Furious" helmer Justin Lin) is reportedly still in the works despite being bumped from its July 16, 2016 release date by the Damon-Greengrass reteam. Greengrass previously stated that he had no interest in returning for another film, telling Deadline in a 2013 interview: "I »
- Chris Eggertsen
Following the release of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, star Matt Damon told reporters that he had no plans to return to the franchise unless director Paul Greengrass was planning to do the same. Because the English director wanted to pursue other interests, Damon kept to his word and didn't star in 2012's The Bourne Legacy. The landscape has changed in the year since, however, and now the Oscar-winning actor has confirmed he will be back for the next Bourne chapter, along with his #1 choice director. Word of negotiations between Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass leaked out this past September, but now the star has personally confirmed not only that he will be back, but when. With Damon and buddy Ben Affleck recently walking the red carpet celebrating the resurrection of their series Project Greenlight, E! took the opportunity to ask about the future of Bourne, and the series star revealed »
Looks like the rumors were true: Matt Damon says he will be back on screen as Jason Bourne. "It'll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out," Damon told E! Friday. "Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that's all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes." Greengrass directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, the second and third films in the series. Neither Greengrass or Damon returned for the fourth and most recent film in the series, 2012's The Bourne Legacy. Although Damon long has been vocal about wanting to re-team with Greengrass, »
- Ariana Bacle
We've had a lot of back and forth on Matt Damon returning to the Bourne franchise since his supposed last outing in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum and now we've got official word from the man himself. Yesterday, while celebrating their recent Project Greenlight venture, both Damon and Ben Affleck talked to E! Online and let slip that Jason Bourne would be returning to the big screen in 2016 with Damon saying: "Yes, next year. It'll be in 2016 when the »
- Paul Shirey
Universal Pictures previously revealed that it's moving forward with another Jason Bourne film that will bring back Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum). E! News recently had a chance to speak to Damon and Ben Affleck, with Affleck revealing that filming on the new movie will begin next fall. "[Damon is] going to be doing a 'Bourne' movie next fall," he said. Damon added: "It'll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. [Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one." It's believed that Damon's "Jason Bourne" movie will be released on July 15th, 2016, the date originally assigned to Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" sequel. It's still not clear whether Renner will appear in Damon's film. »
After rumours and speculation, Matt Damon has confirmed that he will in fact return to play Jason Bourne in another film. Damon’s long time friend Ben Affleck let it slip to E! News, stating: “Well, [Damon's] going to be doing a Bourne movie next fall when I’ve just completely lost any semblance of physical fitness. So…”
When asked for clarification on the matter, Damon confirmed he would be reprising the role of Jason Bourne: “Yes, next year, it’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”
“In the end I felt I had given it my all in »
- Thomas Roach
Matt Damon recently revealed that – as rumors had predicted – he will be reprising the part of Jason Bourne in a forthcoming Bourne sequel.
Matt Damon As Jason Bourne
Damon admitted on Friday that fans of the Bourne series will soon see him back in action as the CIA assassin. “It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out,” Damon told E! News. “Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.”
Previously Damon had been vague when asked about the possibility of another Bourne movie. Back in May, he said of the last Bourne film he’d made, “It felt like such a good way to end it the last time. He did add, “But having said that, I love that character and I’d love to see what happened to him.”
Ben Affleck, Damon »
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