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New Stanley Kubrick movies?! Not just one, but an entire trilogy? Whoa! Cool. Deadline is reporting that Marc Forster, director of Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher and World War Z previously, has signed on to develop a feature film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's lost original screenplay The Downslope, that Kubrick wrote in 1956. Forster will direct & produce the first movie in the trilogy, then will only produce the other two, with other directors being lined up (most likely, but as of yet unconfirmed). This will be a "sweeping, historical action-drama" during the Civil War about Confederate Army Col. John S. Mosby who goes after Gen. Custer. The legendary, seminal filmmaker Stanley Kubrick originally wrote the script for The Downslope in 1956, apparently spending years "studying, developing and writing the story." He wrote it after the release of Fear and Desire, »
- Alex Billington
There's no question that Stanley Kubrick's way of filmmaking brought some serious attention to his films (and still do), and while kids these days may not get a chance to experience a new Kubrick film in theaters, it looks like they're going to get the next best thing. Director Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum Of Solace) is developing a film trilogy based on a 1956 screenplay written... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Lauren Selig (“Lone Survivor”), Barry Levine (“Oblivion”) and Reneé Wolfe (“All I See Is You”) will be producing with Forster. Selig initiated the project with producers/rights holders Phil Hobbs (“Full Metal Jacket”) and Steve Lanning, who are also serving as producers.
The movie has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Kubrick wrote the script following the release of his allegorical war film “Fear and Desire” and prior to directing his World War I drama “Paths of Glory.” Both films were cautionary, anti-war stories.
“The Downslope” centers on a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah »
- Dave McNary
"World War Z" and "Quantum of Solace" helmer Marc Forster is attached to direct and produce the first film in a proposed film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's original 1956 screenplay "The Downslope".
The project is described as a a sweeping, historical anti-war action-drama which Kubrick penned between the release of his early films "Fear and Desire" and "Paths of Glory". Kubrick spent years developing and writing the story, creating detailed notes about how to film it and using the help of renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote.
The story focuses on the bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
Mosby's cavalrymen continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, enraging Custer and setting both on a course for fierce revenge. With the expansion to a trilogy, the films will »
- Garth Franklin
Who loves ya, baby? If by baby we mean any of you still waiting for the Vin Diesel Kojak movie, then the answer is Universal Pictures. The studio has put the TV adaptation back on track with a new writer attached. According to Deadline, the next draft will be penned by English playwright Philip Gawthorne, who hasn't really done anything for Hollywood yet, though he's working on a Cube remake for Lionsgate. He also has a feature adaptation of his award-winning stagework Modern Life is Rubbish in the works. Gawthorne will have to do what a couple of James Bond staples, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, couldn't over the course of two years. The writing duo, who worked on Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another...
- Christopher Campbell
“We are delighted to have acquired such a strong group of films from this year’s Cannes Market,” said CEO Al Munteanu. “A comedy, a thriller, a sci-fi and a dance movie — our selection could not be more diverse.”
“50 Shades of Black,” which is a spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was acquired from Im Global. The film, which is in pre-production, stars Wayans (“The Heat”), and is directed by Michael Tiddes (“A Haunted House”). Producers are Stuart Ford, Wayans and Rick Alvarez. It was penned by Alvarez and Wayans.
- Leo Barraclough
I know, I know – bear with me for a minute. This is far from official in any sense of the word, but the U.K.’s William Hill, a company that takes financially backed bets on events at agreed-upon odds, has out-of-nowhere jacked up Lewis’ odds of playing 007 from an outsider 25/1 to a very high up 3/1, putting the Emmy winner just behind the long-rumored Idris Elba (5/2) but ahead of more obvious candidates like Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1).
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What gives? This is really just a financially backed wishlist, but that the people gambling on this believe Lewis has a serious shot could say something about in-studio rumblings. A spokesperson for William Hill said:
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no »
- Isaac Feldberg
Today's James Bond news comes not from actors, directors, or producers involved in the franchise, nor intrepid reporters calling in favors and digging for leads, but rather from bookmakers in the UK. Seemingly out of nowhere, Homeland star Damien Lewis' 007 stock has risen from a long-shot to a second-place favorite behind Idris Elba. While I had no idea that people placed bets on such things, it's a curious cultural phenomenon and an interesting possibility going forward. [caption id="attachment_218312" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] As THR reports, Lewis was previously at 25/1 odds to fill the shoes of the super-spy but has jumped up to a 3/1 shot, placing him ahead of Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1). As far as I know, this all amounts to little more than financially backed wish-listing, but we know Lewis would be interested in the part since back in 2013 he joked that the "Scottish heritage outlined in Skyfall »
- Dave Trumbore
A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.
The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.
Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. »
- Paul Heath
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (HBO G0)
When thinking of brilliant artists gone far too soon, few names come to mind quicker than Kurt Cobain. The iconic leader of Nirvana who took his own life at the age of 27, just following the launch into superstardom for he and his influential grunge group. »
- Joshua Brunsting
The recently released teaser trailer of Spectre, the eagerly-anticipated 24th instalment of the iconic James Bond series, brought a crucial aspect of the movie to the fore: action. Several shots of action sequences in Rome, Mexico and the Alps are revealed, each giving viewers subtle clues to the overall shape and style of the movie.
There are still, of course, several months of filming to complete before Spectre’s November premiere, but plans certainly seem to be coming to fruition.
Skyfall got the series back on track after the lacklustre (and horrendously edited) Quantum of Solace, most noticeably in terms of a cohesive narrative. A slightly more overlooked improvement, however, was the vast improvement of action sequences – providing fans with the right balance of spectacular thrills and gritty realism.
If this trailer is anything to go by, Spectre will perhaps lean more towards the ostentatious side of things, »
- Jack G King
If Spectre turns out to be one of the better Bond movies, we might just have to start talking about Daniel Craig as the top 007 of all time. After all, even the great Sean Connery only managed five decent movies out of seven (You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever are the turkeys) in his Eon Productions heyday as the suave British secret agent. Craig would have three out of four, with only 2008’s middling Quantum of Solace to stain his CV.
The stakes, then, are high. But as publicity for the 6 November release of Sam Mendes’ film begins to ramp up, Spectre’s secrets are slowly beginning to unfurl. Earlier this week reports from a shoot near Vauxhall Bridge in London revealed »
- Ben Child
Roger Moore has revealed the key to playing James Bond: that he doesn't enjoy killing.
"When I first took on the part, I read Fleming's books," said Moore. "There was little offered in them about the character.
"However, I remember reading one line that said Bond had just completed a mission - meaning a kill. He didn't particularly enjoy killing but took pride in doing his job well. That was the key to the role as far as I was concerned."
A passage from Ian Fleming's original Goldfinger novel reads: "It was part of his profession to kill people. He had never liked doing it and when he had to kill he did it as well as he knew how and forgot about it. »
The James Bond film rights could be making a move from Sony to a different studio.
The release of Spectre later this year will bring MGM and Sony's multi-picture deal to an end, and it's been speculated that the close relationship between MGM head Gary Barber and Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara could see the 007 films end up at the latter's company.
"Sure we're going to compete for [the rights], but let's be honest, so is everybody in the business."
MGM and Warner Bros have previously worked together on several films including The Hobbit trilogy, as well as the upcoming Creed.
Spectre will be released »
Once Spectre is released, the battle for James Bond 007 rights begins again...
Sony certainly backed the right horse when it picked up the rights to distribute James Bond movies, ahead of the Daniel Craig-headlined reboot of the series. Sony has co-produced with MGM and released Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall thus far. The last of those three is the most successful 007 movie of all time, breaking $1bn at the global box office.
The studio thus has high hopes for the now-in-production Spectre. However, once Spectre is released and out in the world, then Sony's deal is up. The rights to distribute James Bond movies are back up for grabs.
It's no sure thing that Sony will get them again, either. The studio's new chief, Tom Rothman, admitted to Variety that "sure we're going to compete for [the rights], but let's be honest, so is everybody in the business. This »
It looks like the James Bond franchise could be set for a new home after this year’s Spectre, with Variety reporting that the release of 007’s 24th (official) adventure marks the end of a deal between MGM and Sony.
However, it looks like Sony won’t give up without a fight, with Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman stating that: “The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds. Sure we’re going to compete for the rights, but let’s be honest, so is everybody in the business.”
- Gary Collinson
Everyone's favorite British MI6 agent might have to find a new home after the release of his latest adventure. Variety is reporting Sony's rights for the James Bond franchise are set to become available after the latest Bond film Spectre hits theaters on Nov. 6. Sony joined with MGM at the start of Daniel Craig's tenure as 007 and renewed their contract in 2011, releasing Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and the upcoming Spectre (2015). The first three films have performed well at the box office and with critics. "The reality is that Sony's had a fantastic run with the Bonds," Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman said to Variety. "Sure we're going to compete for (the rights), but let's be honest, so is everybody in the business." Sony will surely be a contender for the rights, but the studio may face a major competitor in Warner Bros. Variety »
- Cory Woodroof
After a spectacular run of profitable 007 movies, this year's Spectre could mark the end of the distribution relationship between MGM and Sony Pictures. According to Variety, the multi-picture deal between the two studios that has seen the release of the rebooted Daniel Craig films including Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, and Skyfall will expire after the release of Spectre. While the high... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Distribution rights for 007 following Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie, could shift to a different studio later this year, according to a report over at Variety.
The deal that Sony Pictures have with MGM have and the producers (Eon) of perhaps the greatest film franchise in history, ends after a hughely successful run of action adventures that have included Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and the most profitable movie in Bond history, Skyfall. The word on the street, well, at the trade paper anyway, is that potentially because of a close friendship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, we could see Daniel Craig and co. head over to the WB. The trade reminds us of the big deal that MGM had with WB with The Hobbit series and the upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed. »
- Paul Heath
James Bond may bring his license to kill to another Hollywood studio after a lucrative stint at Sony Pictures, sources tell Variety.
The November 6 release of “Spectre” will mark the end of a multi-picture pact between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony that has encompassed “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall,” the highest-grossing 007 film in franchise history.
However, insiders speculate that the close relationship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara could result in the super-spy shifting addresses to the Burbank studio. MGM and Warner Bros. have partnered on several films including the “Hobbit” trilogy, the May box office dud “Hot Pursuit” and the upcoming Rocky Balboa spin-off, “Creed.”
“The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds, »
- Brent Lang
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