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There’s currently a growing trend amongst Hollywood studios to put directors of hit low-budget & independent sci-fi films at the helm of big-budget blockbusters. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) recently scored a hit at the box office with Godzilla and has been put in charge of one of Disney’s Star Wars spinoffs. Josh Trank (Chronicle) has graduated from a found footage superhero movie to the reboot of Fantastic Four. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directed this year’s critically-acclaimed sci-fi sequel/prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Then, of course, there’s Moon director Duncan Jones and his long-awaited World of Warcraft adaptation, Warcraft.
The first full-length trailer for Warcraft made its debut during Legendary’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and Duncan Jones was also present to talk about how far the film has come since the short ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Going from indie work to a big budget studio franchise is quite the change of pace. Darren Aronofsky recently breached that gap earlier this year with Noah, with directors such as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) following his example during summer’s blockbuster onslaught. The transition isn’t always easy; the studio system has more checks and balances in place, and is frequently governed by the bottom line, and for some filmmakers, the loss of cherished creative freedom can be a major deal breaker.
But that’s not going to stop Rian Johnson from hopping aboard with Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars Episode VIII. Johnson may be best known for his 2012 film Looper, his third effort following 2008′s The Brothers Bloom and his ...
- Andy Crump
When Legendary showed Comic-Con attendees footage of an island amidst a churning sea on Saturday, most people naturally thought it was the first footage from Jurassic World. That was not the case, however, as the studio instead revealed King Kong at the end of the clip and subsequently introduced an upcoming film titled Skull Island, set on the homeland of the giant beast. Legendary’s wasting no time moving forward with the project, as they now have their sights set on a director.
Deadline reports that Joe Cornish has been offered the director’s chair for Skull Island by Legendary, which plans to release the movie on November 4th, 2016. Cornish has directed one feature film, 2011′s Attack the Block, a sci-fi thriller that’s earned a wide and fervent following. Most recently Cornish has been offered the director’s chair for Universal’s Section Six, a period thriller about the »
- Derek Anderson
Given the kind of hindsight that comes with being forty-eight hours outside of something (you know, minimal, but still readily apparent), it seems safe to proclaim that Legendary Pictures won Comic-Con purely in terms of jaw-dropping announcements. This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was mostly free of big shockers (we’re looking at you, Marvel), but Legendary managed to sneak in a doozy while everyone else was busy processing their first (though still expected) announcement that they’re making Godzilla 2 and that they’re sticking with Gareth Edwards to do it. It’s called Skull Island, and it’s the King Kong origin story that maybe we all forgot we wanted until we realized that, no, no, in fact, we would like it, especially one coming from the studio and screenwriter behind Godzilla (scribe Max Borenstein will pen the new film). The recent news that Legendary has also targeted filmmaker Joe Cornish to direct the film »
- Kate Erbland
The origin story will deal with the giant gorilla and his life on an island of prehistoric monsters before he was taken into captivity.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Over the weekend at Comic-Con, one of the surprise announcements that came from the Legendary Pictures panel was the reveal of Skull Island, a film that was said to will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong." Since Universal set a release date of November 4th, 2016, that means they're in the midst of lining up a director for the film, and Deadline reports an offer is currently out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish to direct the film written by Godzilla remake writer Max Borenstein. This is far from a done deal, especially since Cornish has been offered plenty of blockbusters and turned them down. More below! One of the more recent projects that Cornish decided not to take was Star Trek 3, which has since been handed over to Roberto Orci. And following his experience with Ant-Man, which resulted in the departure of himself and director Edgar Wright, »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline reports that an offer to direct is out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish. What’s more, the outlet reports that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein will provide the screenplay. Appearing to be a sort of Kong “origin story,” Skull Island looks like it will explore the life of the classic movie monster before he was taken to civilization.
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- Shock Till You Drop
One of the genuine surprises from this year's Comic-Con is that Legendary Pictures announced a new King Kong project was in the works, that would serve as a prequel to the traditional Kong story. At the time, the only information we had on Skull Island was a release date with no information on who'd be writing or directing the film. Now we know one of those, and potentially the other. Come inside to learn more!
This report is coming from Deadline, who says that Max Borenstein, the scribe who helped reboot Godzilla for Gareth Edwards will be handling the writing duties on Skull Island as well. On top of that, it looks like the studios are currently trying to snag Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) to direct the monster movie. Cornish has had his name dropped with a number of high profile films, but he's not really attached to much, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
In 2012, Legendary Pictures sent shivers down the spines in Hall H when they teased a snippet of Godzilla’s iconic roar. On Saturday, crowds trembled again when the studio unleashed Skull Island — an origin story about King Kong in all his chest-thumping glory.
Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will be writing the script for Island, which is expected to include an army of dinosaurs and other mythic creatures who roam the island under the giant ape’s domain. The movie is due out November 4, 2016.
According to the good folks over at Deadline, Legendary is eyeing director Joe Cornish to helm the ship.
Cornish is red-hot these days after directing 2011’s stellar Attack the Block, a small-budget film about a group of kids who defend their town from an alien invasion. Cornish is said to be attached to Universal’s Section 6 at the moment — a Black-List script about the formation of »
- Harrison Okin
Having only been released to the world on July 24th, the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey has now hit well over 36.4 million views on YouTube to become the most viewed trailer of the year so far, surely proving that it’s not only bored housewives who are curious about it.
The trailer dethroned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which had been the previous high with 31 million views back in March. The trailers for Gareth Edwards Godzilla reboot and Michael Bay’s Transformers 4: Age of Extinction share the third spot with 26.3 million views in it’s first week of release. Both meagre numbers in comparison considering how successful both blockbusters were.
- Gavin Logan
During the San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures announced that it will make a prequel to "King Kong," called "Skull Island." And now comes word that Joe Cornish(Attack the Block) has been offered the job to direct. The film will focus on the origins of King Kong and on the many other over-sized creatures that inhabit the island. The script is written by "Godzilla" writer Max Borenstein. "Skull Island" is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
The offer came after the studio revealed the project at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The film is rumored to be a origin story for the giant gorilla and will explore the movie monster's life before he was taken into captivity.
No confirmation has been given by the director. He will next be helming Universal Pictures' Section 6 starring Jack O'Connell. That project follows a British war veteran that is tasked with a secret mission to recover coded assassination orders in Russia in 1919 to prevent a diplomatic catastrophe.
No production schedule has been released.
Skull Island comes to theaters November 4th, 2016. »
Some of the best news to come out of Comic-Con was from the wonderful guys at Legendary, who hinted at some details at Godzilla 2 as well as surprising us with news of a new King Kong flick titled Skull Island. Now hopefully this will all lead up to a King Kong versus Godzilla film in the future, but for now let’s focus on Skull Island. It is being reported that Attack The Block director and the Joe half of Adam & Joe, Joe Cornish, has been offered the chance to direct the hot property. Although Attack The Block is far from one of my favourite films, Cornish managed to do quite a bit with not a lot. On top of that, the writer of this year’s Godzilla, Max Borenstein, will script the film.
Skull Island will explore the origins of Kong and how he came to be worshipped as »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con's Hall this past Saturday by ending their presentation with a teaser trailer for the upcoming King Kong reboot, Skull Island. Now, Deadline reports that an offer to direct is out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish. What's more, the outlet reports that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein will provide the screenplay. Appearing to be a sort of Kong "origin story", Skull Island looks like it will explore the life of the classic movie monster before he was taken to civilization.
- Ryan Turek
Joe Cornish hasn't directed anything since Attack the Block, though he did co-write Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin with Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat and then went on to work with Wright on Ant-Man until the two stepped away from the project. He is said to be attached to Universal's Section 6, a film about the formation of MI6, but now another movie at Universal has caught his eye, the revealed King Kong: Skull Island movie Legendary has already dated for November 4, 2016. Deadline has the news saying Legendary has offered Cornish the gig, but no indication yet as to whether he'll take it, but the site does reveal Max Borenstein, who wrote the recent Godzilla remake, will pen the script. When the project was announced by Legendary they said previous King Kong films have touched on Skull Island but this new film will stay and explore the »
- Brad Brevet
At Comic-Con this year, Legendary stunned panel attendees by revealing that it was planning a new King Kong feature, titled Skull Island. The reveal wasn’t accompanied by much information, just a tantalizing teaser, but today brings a pretty major update about the project – one which also serves as a reassurance (as if we needed it) that Legendary isn’t wasting any time with this one.
According to Deadline, Legendary wants to give the directing gig to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, who co-wrote Edgar Wright’s version of Ant-Man before both decamped in the face of script changes. He’d be working from a script by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein “based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule.”
What that means exactly is unclear, but it seems unlikely that Skull Island‘s Kong would be dragged back to New York City by explorers »
- Isaac Feldberg
Legendary made a real impact at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con when they revealed that Gareth Edwards would return to helm a monster-filled Godzilla sequel (more details on that are here), but the biggest surprise was the announcement that they were rebooting the King Kong franchise with Skull Island.
While a November 4th, 2016 release date was confirmed at the event, there was no word on who would write or direct the prequel/reboot. Well, it has been revealed this evening that the studio are offering the director’s chair to Joe Cornish, the man responsible for brilliant British movie Attack the Block.
It’s unclear whether or not he will accept the job, especially as he’s hoping to helm Section Six for Universal. That movie (which focuses on the formation of MI6) is surrounded in legal issues right now due to a dispute with the producers of the Bond franchise, »
- Josh Wilding
Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con 2012 audiences with Godzilla test footage. The studio tapped fresh face Gareth Edwards to reboot Godzilla with just one small sci-fi feature, Monsters, on his resume. As of this writing, Godzilla has earned almost $500 million worldwide, so Legendary is understandably motivated to follow the same template for its next reclamation project, Skull Island. Legendary brought a stealth teaser for the King Kong revival to Comic-Con 2014. Now Deadline reports the studio wants Joe Cornish---whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block---to direct Skull Island. Deadline is not sure Cornish will accept the offer. The director apparently fields many offers, including the MI6 spy thriller Section 6. I am very excited to see Cornish's next feature whether or not it's Skull Island, so best of luck to Legendary in getting their man. Additionally, Deadline's report states Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the Skull Island script. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Exclusive: Legendary Pictures wowed the crowd in Hall H by unveiling Skull Island, a new feature by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. They set a November 4, 2016, release and are wasting no time staffing up. I’m told they’ve offered the directing job to Joe Cornish, who has been offered big movies since his low-budget alien-invasion breakthrough pic Attack The Block. I’m not sure if Cornish will take the job because he’s offered so much — like Universal’s Section Six, the Aaron Berg-scripted drama about the formation of […] »
Legendary Pictures just confirmed what most of us had already anticipated Gareth Edwards will return to direct Godzilla 2. Hardcore fans can also expect to see some very familiar monsters showing up to toe the line with the mighty beast. Trust us when we say this film is going to have longtime followers of the Godzilla franchise attempting to breathe fireballs of excitement themselves. This is some hot news »
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