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Exclusive: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal for Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for the sequel to Godzilla, which Gareth Edwards will direct. It is the latest example of how Borenstein is becoming a go-to guy for Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni’s event-film factory. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island. The latter was teased at Comic-Con and just got Tom Hiddleston starring and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing. Borenstein also scripted the upcoming Seventh Son for Legendary.
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- Mike Fleming Jr
Walt Disney Studios is quick to admit it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” But it also knows the future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.
“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment conference.
But with a new animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” debuting on Disney Xd, an expanded merchandise program, and the first live action film to debut in theaters in 10 years next year, »
- Marc Graser
When you’re dealing with a big budget iteration of a property involving a ginormous monster, you’re gonna have to utilize a significant amount of visual effects. However, as seen in a new exclusive clip from the bonus features found on the Godzilla Blu-ray, director Gareth Edwards made sure that even though his titular character would be created in a computer, the film would be grounded in reality. This clip sees Edwards discussing the importance of shooting on location in Hawaii and how they used a lot of real-world locations in concert with the VFX to create the illusion of the monster’s destruction. I think they did a bang-up job and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other Godzilla goodness is in store for us in the sequel—after Edwards directs a little something called Star Wars first, that is. Watch the Godzilla Blu-ray clip after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Godzilla (monster movie/talky human drama mash-up; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche and, on-screen for eight minutes, Godzilla; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Think Like a Man Too (comedy; Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy; rated PG-13) The Grand Seduction (comedy; Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch; rated R) Reclaim (thriller; John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Jacki Weaver; premieres 9/19 on Mod and in theaters; rated R)  ...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Godzilla Blu-ray Godzilla has a long and storied history on the big screen, and has been responsible for some memorable movie moments along with some dull ones. Gareth Edwards. 2014 Godzilla blockbuster is not without problems, but it mostly lands itself firmly in the former camp. After a compelling opening sequence, we get the story. Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a member of the Us Navy and has a fancy title that basically means he.s good with explosives. Early on, he heads to Japan to get his dad, Joe (Bryan Cranston), out of trouble with the law after a trespassing charge. Instead, the two become embroiled in a mystery surrounding a giant winged creature known as the Muto and a second creature known as Godzilla, who also happen to be natural enemies. It.s basic, monster-oriented premise is highly entertaining, but Godzilla is not without problems. Ford.s an unlikeable hero, »
It’s been a good year for Godzilla fans. The radioactive reptile stomped the worldwide box office earlier this year shortly before Legendary and Warner Bros. announced a sequel to Gareth Edwards’ take on the beloved creature that’s due out in 2018. To celebrate Godzilla’s new reign on the big screen, Sideshow has revealed a 24-inch tall replica of the massive monster’s appearance in this year’s film.
Sideshow’s limited edition Godzilla statue is now available to pre-order for $799.99 and is expected to ship in July of 2015. Showcasing the behemoth unleashing his atomic roar, this statue was designed and sculpted using digital assets from the 2014 film, ensuring down-to-the-detail accuracy that should please sharp-eyed collectors. We have details and a look at the statue below. To learn more, visit Sideshow Collectibles.
“The world ends, Godzilla begins.
From the visionary 2014 sci-fi action film presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, »
- Derek Anderson
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Running Time: 2 hrs 2 mins
Due Out: September 16, 2014
Own “Godzilla” on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition, and Digital HD on 9/16
Who’S It For? Those who like a slow build up, big screen excitement, and can overlook some ordinary humans since there is an extraordinary reptile.
Godzilla reminds us that we like to be teased. That is something most blockbusters have forgotten. I’m not saying one is always better than the other, but there is something pretty spectacular about sitting through Godzilla and wondering, worrying, and hoping that we’ll finally get the Godzilla action we paid for. »
- Jeff Bayer
Skull Island as seen in the 1933 original
After a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has announced a director and leading actor for the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The film, set to be released in November 2016, will be directed by The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director recently directed several episodes of FX’s dark romantic comedy You’re the Worst and is attached to direct the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will star Thor and The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in Only Lovers Left Alive and will appear in next year’s Guillermo del Toro horror film Crimson Peak, which will also be produced by Legendary.
- Max Molinaro
At San Diego’s Comic-Con this past July, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement that King Kong reboot featuring the origin story of the colossal beast would be heading our way. Now we finally have a name attached to the movie: Tom Hiddleston.
According to a studio press release, the Only Lovers Left Alive and Thor star will head up Skull Island’s cast in a yet-to-be-announced role. No plot details have been released at this time, but we do know that the film will be primarily set on Skull Island, King Long’s jungle home.
We’ll have to wait just over two years until we can see the charismatic Hiddleston’s adventure on Skull Islandsince the film’s targeted release date is set for November 4, 2016 with production expected to begin next year. »
- Rachel West
At Comic-Con, we were all surprised when Legendary Pictures ended its panel with a teaser for a new King Kong movie. There was no information but a title, Skull Island, which is the name of King Kong's home; it has only been shown briefly in previous movies in the franchise. Today Legendary filled in the most important details: The film will star Tom Hiddleston, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directing. Max Borenstein, who wrote the most recent Godzilla reboot, wrote the first draft of the script. The film is scheduled for a November 4, 2016 release because Legendary does not want anyone to dress as King Kong for Halloween. »
- Jesse David Fox
You might recall that Legendary Entertainment took to the San Diego Comic-Con stage this year to announce it was making a return to Skull Island to explore the origins of a one Mr. K. Kong, the ape of legend. Now we know that Tom Hiddleston will be starring in the film, and that Kings Of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing it.No plot details have been released so far, though Godzilla man Max Borenstein has been hard at work on a script that takes a trip to the famous rocky landscape and promises to find massive creatures and other dangers lurking around. Vogt-Roberts represents the latest attempt by Legendary to give a director known for indie movies the keys to a blockbuster, following in the footsteps of Gareth Edwards.How Hiddleston fits in is a mystery for now, though we’re guessing he’ll be a dashing adventurer heading »
Britain’s own Tom Hiddleston is to star in Legendary’s Skull Island, according to reports this afternoon. The news comes via Legendary and their new studio partner Universal Pictures. The film, which was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, will focus on the cinematic origins of the King Kong character, and the mystical world in which he originates. Expect dinosaurs.
The Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts has also been officially announced as the director of the film, which the studio will release in North American territories on November 4th, 2016. Max Borenstein, who scripted this year’s Godzilla remake, will write the screenplay for the film.
What a gig for Hiddleston, whose biggest hit to date is the collossal Avengers movie. We’re so pleased for the guy. We tip our hat sir.
- Paul Heath
Legendary’s King Kong origins film Skull Island was the big surprise announcement at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and the project is now moving forward steadily towards a planned Fall 2016 release date. The project has a script draft penned by Max Borenstein, who also wrote Legendary’s Godzilla reboot (a critical/financial success that has a sequel due in 2018), and is going to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts – not Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), who was reported to have been offered the job a couple months back.
- Sandy Schaefer
When Legendary Pictures unveiled their plans for Skull Island at Comic-Con in July everyone was caught off guard. There was a release date for this King Kong reboot, but not much else besides a teaser trailer. Now we know a lot more. While early reports rumored Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to be in the mix to helm the picture, those duties will now fall to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed The Kings of Summer. The film also now has an über-charismatic star in Tom Hiddleston, who absolutely killed it earlier this year in Only Lovers Left Alive. The film will apparently take place almost entirely on the island. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein has been confirmed to write the script. Skull Island opens on November 4th, 2016. Hit the jump for more. Here's the official press release: Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic »
- Evan Dickson
Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.
He announced himself as director with this tweet:
Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014
Tom Hiddleston, who’s currently tuning up to croon as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, will star in Legendary’s big-budget King-Kong spin-off (of sorts), titled Skull Island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct a script written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) that explores the mysterious island that was the home of Kong and other terrifying prehistoric creatures. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In recent memory we had Marc Webb go from (500) Days of Summer to The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Colin Trevorrow went from Safety Not Guaranteed and now Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is heading to Skull Island for Legendary and Universal with Tom Hiddleston in talks to star. It seems studios simply love those indie directors for their big tentpole features. Following the announcement during this year's Comic Con, Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) was said to be wanted for the King Kong prequel which is said to be based on the cinematic origins of King Kong with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla). Now Vogt-Roberts is confirmed for the helmer's chair and will bring us Skull Island a film said to be staying on and exploring the mysterious and dangerous place with Universal distributing the film on November 4, 2016. https://twitter.com/VogtRoberts/status/511913785389350912 »
- Brad Brevet
Fan favorite Tom Hiddleston has already fought the hulk, now he's ready to face King Kong. The "Thor" and "Avengers" star has been cast as the lead human in Legendary's "Skull Island," which will explore the origins of King Kong. Previous "King Kong" films -- including the 1933 original and Peter Jackson's 2005 remake -- have visited the island before bringing the ape action to NYC. However, according to a press release, "Skull Island" will "take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." The "parallels" line could be implying that we'll one day see Kong battle it out with Godzilla, another Legendary Pictures property. Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The King of Summer") has been selected as director of "Skull Island." The script is by Max Borenstein, who co-wrote "Godzilla." "Skull Island" comes to life November 4, 2016. »
- Dave Lewis
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
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