Fantasy film from director Koan Xu stars Jet Li [pictured].
Directed by VFX artist Koan Xu, the film revolves around a group of superheroes with unique powers and is based on the ancient novel Fengshen Bang (loosely translated as Creation Of The Gods). The cast also includes Louis Koo, Angelababy and Andy On.
The creative team on the project includes composer John Debney (Jungle Book), animation director Randall William Cook (Lord Of The Rings), sound designer Brent Burge (The Hobbit) and editor Wayne Philip Wahrman (I Am Legend).
“We have been tracking League Of Gods from development stage and what has emerged is an action-packed visual spectacle that combines China’s best talent with an award-winning international creative team,” said Distant Horizon president Anant Singh.
“The film has »
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South Africa’s Distant Horizon has picked up international sales rights to big-budget Chinese fantasy action movie “League of Gods.”
It features a group of unique super-heroes with special powers in a story based on the ancient novel “Fengshen Bang.”
“We have been tracking ‘League of Gods’ from development stage. What has emerged is an action packed visual spectacle that combines China’s best talent with an award-winning international creative team,” said Distant Horizon chairman Anant Singh. “‘League of Gods’ has global appeal and has attracted a great deal of interest already, and following on the success of ‘The Mermaid,’ we are confident of its prospects internationally and are certain that »
- Patrick Frater
Concept Art for "Superman: Flyby"
Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at what into relaunching the Batman and Superman franchises, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today.
Last week, we left off in 1997. Batman And Robin came out and was a huge black eye for Warner Bros., effectively turning what was a once promising franchise into a punchline. It was the fourth installment of that series, and it killed Batman almost as definitively as the fourth Superman film had grounded the Man of Steel exactly 10 years earlier.
But before we can look at how Warner Bros. planned to rebound its DC properties post-1997, we have to »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Walden Media President/CEO Frank Smith said: “David Hoffman’s magnificent and detailed story of cold war espionage couldn’t be more timely. With the prolific producer Akiva Goldsman and rising star, writer Ben August, on board, this is a very exciting project. ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ is a great fit for Walden as we expand our slate, it’s a story of true patriotism, and the lengths people will go in order to be free from tyranny and oppression.”
Hoffman’s book centers on an ordinary man, Adolf G. Tokachev, who became the Pentagon »
- Dave McNary
As Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama Mustang hits cinemas, can you identify which car is from which movie?
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- Benjamin Lee
The story follows an ordinary man, Adolf G. Tokachev, who became the Pentagon's most valuable spy during the last years of the Cold War.
Tolkachev, a senior engineer in a top-secret Soviet aerospace laboratory, used his high-level access to hand over pages of technical secrets, highly classified blueprints, diagrams and reports on radars, avionics, guidance systems and fighter designs.
Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded for years in eluding the feared Kgb in its own backyard, until the day a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Akiva Goldsman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "I Am Legend") is producing.
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- Garth Franklin
“Penny Dreadful” newcomer Shazad Latif will appear in a guest role on Shondaland’s “Still Star-Crossed” pilot. Plus, HBO has announced new premiere dates, including the second season of Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers.”
Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 book of the same name, “Still Star-Crossed” picks up after Romeo and Juliet’s tragic ending. The love story follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montages in the wake of their deaths.
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The Tracking Board reports that Akiva Goldsman has been set to write the screenplay adaptation of King’s 2013 novel Doctor Sleep, which follows a grown-up Danny Torrance, who, with the Overlook Hotel and his father’s descent into madness decades in the rearview mirror, now works at a nursing home and must face a creepy collection of people known as The True Knot.
Stephen King will executive produce the Doctor Sleep film, with Jon Berg and Jon Gonda supervising the project on behalf of Warner Bros. A release date and director have yet to be revealed, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future details.
Goldsman is no stranger to King’s work, having contributed »
- Derek Anderson
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If there’s one rule of DC comic book movies that Batman V Superman proves, it’s that Warner Bros. will always get their way eventually. After all, they’ve been trying to get these two heroes to duke it out on screen for over a decade (a script was written in 2003 and a foreshadowing easter egg inserted into I Am Legend in 2006), despite the concept not being a big part of the characters in print. In addition to the disappointing titular bout though, Dawn Of Justice also sees the studio finally live out another one of their biggest fantasies of the past quarter-century.
Back in the late nineties, Warner were very keen to get a reboot of Superman off the ground, bringing in Tim Burton as director and Jon Peters to produce. As reported by several writers who worked on the project – including super Super-fan Kevin Smith »
- Alex Leadbeater
Will Smith has accomplished a lot during his time in the spotlight, and gotten a lot of recognition for those accomplishments. In his acting career alone, he.s be nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. Now, he.s about to get even more recognition. The MTV Movie Awards is giving Smith its Generation Award at the next ceremony. MTV confirmed to CinemaBlend today that Will Smith will be the next recipient of their Generation Award, which will be handed out April 10 at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. The ceremony, which will be hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, marks the 25th anniversary of the award show. Smith has been nominated for 17 MTV Movie Awards over the years, and won five times. He won Best Male Performance twice, for Ali and I Am Legend. Will Smith started off as everyone.s favorite happy-go-lucky hip hop »
The producers of Batman V Superman talk to us about deleted scenes, building the DC universe and more...
Director Zack Snyder hasn't chosen the easiest route when it comes to following up his 2013 film, Man Of Steel. Rather than follow Superman on the next stage of his path as the defender of truth, justice and the American way, Snyder's brought us Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - an explosive collision of two comic book titans and the launchpad for at least six DC movies still to come. Assisting Snyder along the way are producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven. Snyder's been Zack's producer partner since 300 in 2007, while Roven's been involved with Warner's DC movie adaptations since Batman Begins back in 2005.
On the eve of Batman V Superman's release, we sat down with Snyder and Roven to talk about the process of making Batman V Superman, the »
My name is Kamal Robinson (aka ReDef.), and I am a Baltimore born independent film maker and began my film making journey on the set of a low budget Indie in the Bronx, "A Mans Man" starring then rapper Loon (directed by Troy Reed & produced by Hanif Shabazz). Since then I went on to work as a production assistant on sets across the city, including Spike Lee's "Inside Man" and Nelson George's, "Life Support" starring Queen Latifah. I also worked on the hyper budgeted "I Am Legend", starring Will Smith. Thanks to a recommendation I was given the job of on set assistant to Mr. Smith, which I used as an opportunity to share my short films and »
- Kamal Robinson
No matter how awful a movie is, it will always have its defenders. I’m still astonished at how many people actually liked I Am Legend. So theoretically, the barrage of hate I got should discourage me from daring to say other movies suck in a public forum, but you know what? I don’t care. As long as you can coherently argue why something is terrible, you’ve got every right to your opinion. And as I’ve said before, my opinion always happens to be right. I point you to the year 2008. This was a year that had some amazingly good
Seven Movie Trailers That Were Way, Way Better than the Actual Movie »
- Paul Tassi
Movies dealing with witchcraft are usually lumped in with the supernatural, so they’re sometimes unfairly shoved to the back of the horror line. However, I truly believe they should have their own category. With supernatural horror, forces are typically thrust upon a protagonist, revenge for misbegotten deeds perpetrated upon the deceased, or righting of wrongs from beyond the pale. Where witchcraft sets itself apart is in the approach – yes, it does deal with the unseen, unkempt and unwanted from beyond – but these forces are usually conjured by a human, for good or nefarious purposes. It’s definitely a case of “don’t call us, we’ll call you”, and you won’t find a finer example of filmic witchery than 1962’s Burn, Witch, Burn.
A British production (Independent Artists), Burn, Witch, Burn was picked up and distributed in North America by American International Pictures. In the U.K., it »
- Scott Drebit
This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!
• Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)
• Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato
• Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón
Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »
It's certainly another lifetime ago for DC Entertainment, and the comic-book-movie world in general, but back in 2010, audiences and critics saw how ambitious projects could misfire badly with "Jonah Hex." "Crank" duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were hired to write and direct the movie in 2007, but a few a months before filming was slated to begin, they exited the project, with the unlikely choice of Jimmy Hayward ("Horton Hears A Who!") stepping in. Production was pushed back slightly, the script was reworked, but the film ran into even more problems, and at one point, "I Am Legend" director Francis Lawrence was brought in for reshoots. The result was a disaster, and Josh Brolin is candid about his not-so-fond memories of the production. Read More: The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Ever “Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he told Nerdist, who complimented the actor on always playing it straight when asked. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Shock talks to veteran 70s action movie star Paul Koslo about his role in 1971’s The Omega Man. In 1971, actor Paul Koslo starred in director Richard Sarafian’s existential 1971 automobile thriller Vanishing Point. But that same year, Koslo also starred in the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s influential novella I Am Legend, The Omega…
- Chris Alexander
A few years back, it was announced that Neal H. Moritz, the producer behind cinematic acts of subtlety like "Furious 7," "Jack the Giant Slayer," "Battle: Los Angeles," "S.W.A.T," "Stealth," and "I Am Legend," was going to push ahead with a remake of Jacques Audiard's Oscar-nominated "A Prophet." It sent a chill down our spine, but luckily, there was no further news.....until today.... Read More: Novelist Denis Lehane Tapped To Pen Remake Of 'A Prophet' Deadline report that Sam Raimi is in early talks to direct the movie. Not the most obvious choice, but an interesting one, and let's not forget, Raimi has shown a penchant for surprises (check out his lean and nifty little thriller "A Simple Plan"). There is also a bit of silver lining to cling to as Dennis Lehane ("The Drop," "The Wire," "Mystic River") is penning screenplay, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With an impressive list of producer credits to his name, including all eight Harry Potter films, David Heyman, who will be honored by the Producers Guild of America with its David O. Selznick Award for career achievement, remains humble and appreciative.
“I’ve been very fortunate and I’m all too aware that I’ve had opportunities not afforded to people who are every bit as talented — and people think that you know a lot more about how this business works than you actually do,” says the London-born, Harvard-educated producer.
Heyman followed the Potter franchise with “Gravity,” earning him an Oscar nomination for best picture and a shared PGA Selznick Award for top movie when it tied with “12 Years a Slave.” He also produced “I Am Legend,” “Yes Man,” “Paddington” and “The Light Between Oceans,” starring Michael Fassbender, and is shooting the Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. »
- Dave McNary
Norm of the North is the worst movie I’ve ever seen in a theater. There was not a single aspect of this movie that indicated that any more than the minimum amount of effort was expended by anyone in the production process. It’s a lifeless dud all the way around; the kind of movie that had me wondering if I could get away with walking out after the first half hour and reviewing the delicious burrito I ate for lunch instead. But I endured, and instead I’m here to tell you about this wretched disaster of a movie.
I have no stomach for lazy animation. Norm of the North is some of the worst animation work I’ve ever seen. The character models have a bizarre lack of detail and the textures often feel slapped on. There’s a killer whale character in the first act of »
- Arthur Tebbel
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