You remember Hancock right? The summer blockbuster that made hundreds of millions of dollars that nobody really thought twice about afterwards? Well, since anything that is profitable deserves a sequel, Peter Berg talked to Sci-fi Wire about a possible second go-round, where he says there will most likely be a “third god” thrown into the equation. But when can we actually expect another film? Tbd, says Berg. "They like to fast-track it, but Will's busy, I'm pretty »
- Paul Tassi
Sci-fi Wire reports that Peter Berg has mentioned the possible return of Hancock, a move that makes a lot of sense financially ($150 million outlay, $650 million return) but very little logically.As we all know, the end of Hancock revealed that Mr Smith's character was, in fact, a God, as was Charlize Theron's, but being near her rendered him vulnerable. What's more, them being together seemed to spell the end of the whole 'being a God' thing, but Berg is suggesting the possibility of another God getting involved and the sequel spinning off that idea."[The studio would] like to fast-track it, but Will's busy, I'm pretty busy," Berg told Sci-Fi Wire. "We're excited to do one, but we want the script to be right and the movie to be right. We don't feel a burning imperative to go right back into it." Which is a bit of a coincidence, as nor do we. »
Whatever your feelings about Will Smith's Hancock, the film earned a respectable box office of $625M. And what this means in Hollywood parlance is: sequel.
Will Smith has indicated that he believes there are many characters left unexplored and that a second installment will "definitely" happen soon.
If you haven't seen the film, you may want to stop reading right now, as there are *spoilers directly below*...
Director Peter Berg has confirmed to Sci Fi Wire that a sequel would elaborate on the film's mythology. "There might be another god out there," he said. [The original film revealed that Hancock (Smith) was actually an immortal god who became vulnerable only when in the presence of his goddess companion (Charlize Theron).] All the gods had supposedly been rendered immortal, except for Smith and Theron. So who is this third god?
The director added that Columbia Picture would love »
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- Brad Brevet
You know, I never thought “Hancock” was as bad as many people made it out to be. Sure, there were issues (it didn’t have a proper villain, for one), and the film sometimes felt too rushed, like it was in a hurry to get some place that, when you finally got there, you wondered what all the rush was about. Despite lukewarm responses by critics, the film was a hit with moviegoers, and did the usual blockbuster business that a Will Smith film usually did when he’s allowed to punch someone. The movie raked in over $624 million in worldwide grosses from a $150 million dollar budget, which in case you’re keeping track, makes it a bona fide blockbuster hit. With those numbers in mind, you could forgive the studio for wanting a sequel bad, but it seems both Berg and Smith are too busy to return to the world of Hancock. »
Peter Berg’s got a lot on his plate. With season four of “Friday Night Lights” (still the best written show on television) coming up, his new show, “Trauma,” taking off this Fall, and his new adaptation of ‘Dune,’ in the works, you wouldn’t think he’d be spending much time coming up with ideas for ‘Hancock 2.’ Well, that’s what you get for not listening to the $624 million his 2008, Will Smith blockbuster made worldwide.
While chatting with Sci-Fi Wire, Berg divulged some of the ideas he’s concocting for a possible sequel.
Here is what he had to say, and, be warned, there are spoilers about the first film in there:
There might be another god out there. Might be another one.
It.s sort of surprising that, even though the first one was pretty awful, there hasn.t been movement on a sequel for Hancock. Will Smith.s summer tentpole god movie made a lot of money for Sony and while there was a lot of buzz over doing a Hancock 2 when it debuted there.s been almost nothing since. Maybe Sony realized that you can stick Will Smith in anything and make that kind of money, so why bother with more Hancock? Director Peter Berg hasn.t, however, given up on another movie. He.s in no rush, with plenty of other projects on his plate, but he does have a few ideas for the follow up and he shared them with Sci Fi Wire. Says Berg, .There might be another god out there.. So basically Peter you.re saying the first movie would end up in yet another god »
Although not based on a comic book, last year's Will Smith-starring "Hancock" experienced all the success of a pre-established superhero. As a result, many are wondering if and when a sequel to the project might come about, including co-star Charlize Theron herself.
Peter Berg, who directed the movie, spoke with Sci Fi Wire about a potential "Hancock 2" and what that film could entail. As the first installment dealt with superpowered deities in the form of Smith and another character whose identity will be revealed after the jump—yep, that's a spoiler warning!—Berg thinks a sequel would expand upon that Godly mythology.
"There might be another god out there," Berg said. "Might be another."
In "Hancock," it's revealed that Smith's titular superhero is one of two remaining immortal gods, the other being Charlize Theron's character. The two of them become vulnerable when in close proximity of each other, »
- Josh Wigler
Peter Berg recently chatted with Sci Fi Wire about a potential sequel to his hit blockbuster Hancock, which starred Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman. The director would gladly make a second film if the studio called for one, and he definitely has some ideas on where it should go story wise.
At the end of the first film, Will Smith's superhero character was revealed to be an immortal god who becomes vulnerable in the presence of his goddess companion (Charlize Theron). Berg wants to continue the mythology behind the characters, stating, "There might be another god out there. There might be another one." Berg also hopes to have the subplot of Jason Bateman's character carried throughout the new film, with him continuing to work on his charity campaign.
There is no telling when Berg and his cast will be able to get together for a sequel. »
Sci Fi Wire talked to Hancock director Peter Berg about the possible sequel that would see the return of Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Here's an excerpt, which does contain spoilers : At the end of last year's Hancock, it was revealed that Will Smith's superpowered character was actually an immortal god who became vulnerable only when in the presence of his goddess companion (Charlize Theron). Berg confirmed that a sequel would elaborate on the film's mythology. "There might be another god out there," Berg said in an exclusive interview last month in Pasadena, Calif. "Might be another one." If two gods render each other mortal, imagine what kind of wrench a third would throw into the mix. You can read more at the link above. »
3 Arts Entertainment recently released this brand new movie poster featuring Mila Kunis from the upcoming comedy “Extract” by director Mike Judge (Office Space, Idiocracy, Beavis and Butthead) and starring Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli, Family Guy), Ben Affleck (The Company Men, State of Play), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Hancock) and Kristen Wiig (Despicable Me, Adventureland). Synopsis: Dean (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flower-extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife (Kristen Wiig) and employees who want to take advantage of him. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and posters from “Extract” by Mike Judge. »
- Brian Corder
Both are adaptations of Frank Herbert’s famous novel and there were quite a few differences from the movie and the mini-series from the source and each other. Now, there’s a remake on the way courtesy of director Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) which is supposedly set to be even more different from both of those.
The screenplay for the remake was written by Joshua Zetumer and in an interview with Sci Fi Wire at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week, Peter Berg talked a little bit about his take on Dune:
“I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did… To me, I think my interpretation will feel significantly different from that and the [Syfy] Channel miniseries that aired. »
- Rob Keyes
I.m worried about Dune. Peter Berg was attached to direct an adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel back in March of 2008, and we.ve heard nary a word since. What we have had since is Hancock, an epically shitty Will Smith vehicle directed by Berg, and exactly the kind of disaster Dune fans have been worried the upcoming adaptation might devolve into. Though we.ve heard precious little about it, it looks like Peter Berg.s Dune is still in development. He recently sat down with Sci Fi Wire to answer questions about the project and in the process allayed a few fears. For starters, he recognizes that David Lynch.s horrible 80s attempt at turning Dune into a movie is not the way to go. Says Berg, .I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did.. »
Sci Fi Wire reports that Berg is developing a new film based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 book, which he would direct. "Dune" had previously been adapted into a 1984 movie by Lynch — who was reportedly unhappy with the end result — and a 2000 Syfy mini-series starring William Hurt.
Although Lynch’s film boasted some impressive visuals, it occasionally got bogged down with the politics of Herbert’s fictional universe. Berg, who was on-tour promoting a Wayne Gretzky documentary for Espn, said last week his version would have more of an adventurous tone.
"To me, I think my interpretation will feel significantly different from that and the [Syfy] Channel miniseries that aired. I have a different experience than both of those filmmakers did," Berg said. "[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, »
It’s going to take a serious fall from grace for me to ever not be excited for a Peter Berg project now that we’re three seasons into “Friday Night Lights.” Say what you will about the third act issues with ‘Hancock,’ the movie kept the entertainment level at an all-time high throughout, and Berg’s direction was never an issue.
So it makes me even more excited that Berg is still trucking through on his attempt at recreating Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ for the big screen. SciFi Wire caught up with Berg, who had a few, interesting pieces of info about the upcoming project.
I think I had a much more different experience, I think, with the book than David Lynch did. To me, I think my interpretation will feel significantly different from that and the [Syfy] Channel miniseries that aired. I have a different experience than both of those filmmakers did. »
One Of The kitsch classics of 70s sci-fi is to be revived and adapted into a Hollywood feature film.
British TV series UFO, which aired in 1970 and 1971, is fondly remembered for lead character Commander Ed Straker (pictured left), played by the late Ed Bishop, who bleached his hair for the first few episodes but then ended up wearing a white wig.
You may also recall the female crew on Moonbase - including actress Gabrielle Drake (pictured above) - with their purple bobbed hairdos, dramatic eye make-up and silver jumpsuits. Their commander was the glamorous Colonel Virginia Lake (pictured below), played by Wanda Ventham.
Now, nearly four decades later, the show - created by sci-fi veterans Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - is to be navigated on to the big screen by visual effects guru Matthew Gratzner, in his directorial debut, reports Variety.
Gratzner did special effects on such films as The »
- David Bentley
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Variety is reporting that veteran visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner (Hancock, Iron Man, Alien: Resurrection) will be making his directorial debut on an adaptation of the 1970s British TV series, UFO.
Like the original Gerry Anderson series, the film will revolve around Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert military operation hidden beneath a Hollywood studio. Shado operatives continually battle an alien race that are kidnapping and killing humans for body parts.
“The story, characters and situations Mr. Anderson created in ‘UFO’ are timeless and engaging,” Gratzner said. “My vision is to utilize visual effects as a supportive storytelling device that draws audiences into this universe.” »
- Jennifer Tomooka
Dust off your rocker switches and joysticks, because Hollywood seems to be all about video games this week -- well, video games and comic books. Today's Dailies feature gaming's most famous vampire hunter, as well as plenty of news from Comic-Con, with "Roger Rabbit 2," "Alice in Wonderland," and much more.
-- James Wan, who helped launch the wonderful world of the "Saw" movies now gets to bring famous vampire hunter Simon Belmont to theaters, as he writers and directs a film version of the classic Konami video game "Castlevania." (Blood Disgusting)
-- Producer Lornezo di Bonaventura says his team has "crafted a really strong, deep mythology" for their film adaptation for the really classic video game "Asteroids." (IGN)
-- Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance next »
- Brian Warmoth
Back in May we reported that producer Robert Evans was set on making a movie of Gerry Anderson series UFO - and now that movie has a director: newbie helmer Matthew Gratzner, who's been a visual effects supervisor for years.Gratzner's credits include Martin Scorsese's upcoming Shutter Island, Hancock, Iron Man and Alien: Resurrection. That makes him, we suspect, a pretty good fit for a film about Shado, a secret organisation based beneath a Hollywood studio that fights aliens who for years have been harvesting humans for their body parts.Gratzner's own New Deal Studios has already started working on the effects and pre-visualisation, but the money's not all in place yet so there's a way to go before this starts production. Still, who doesn't want to see aliens horribly killing and dismembering people, eh? They should have the financing in no time. »
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