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Zachary Leeman reviews The Frank Darabont Collection…
Frank Darabont is a name not spoken nearly enough among film lovers. He can often go unappreciated despite being the man that directed IMDb’s top rated film and having originally developed one of television’s smash hits, The Walking Dead.
Despite being an artist of undeniable talent, there’s always something that has kept Darabont from getting the accolades he deserves. The Shawshank Redemption may be a hit now, but it was a flop upon first release, The Walking Dead got a new showrunner fast and some of his other films haven’t been able to muster the giant audiences a Spielberg or a Tarantino can earn from their names on posters.
- Gary Collinson
Weve seen a plethora of Stephen King adaptations over the last handful of decades. Some are good some are bad and some truly truly shine. A Good Marriage holds the appeal and polish of some of Kings greatest transfers. The flick ranks right up there with superb features like The Shawshank Redemption 1408 The Green Mile The Mist and Stand By Me. If youre going to seek out any of the recent King transfers do not hesitate for a moment to add A Good Marriage to your mustsee list. Grade A work right here »
After being attached for over a year and having had to turn down projects in that time, it is unsurprising that Luke Evans ultimately had to bail on "The Crow" reboot last month due to his busy schedule.
Of course, his departure has led to the inevitable question about who may be hired to replace him. No actor has yet been selected, but the comic's creator James O'Barr made an appearance at Wizard World Madison over the weekend and came up with one suggestion.
According to Blastr, O'Barr has reportedly been in contact with former "Smallville" and "Being Human" actor Sam Witwer for some time about the role and believes the actor has "the look and ability" to portray Eric Draven. However O'Barr still needs to convince director Corin Hardy of the choice:
"O'Barr said he still needs to convince Hardy of the choice, but when Evans exited, he phoned »
- Garth Franklin
Opening with archival footage of Drew Struzan painting the original poster for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, tells the life-story of an artist that as iconic to my generation as the films themselves. An artist whose work actually graced more films that I imagined and an artist whose work has inspired a new generation of illustrators, even though the poster medium as Drew knew it, is dead.
Starting at the very beginning, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster tells the story of how Struzan who grew up with a family who didn’t love him, his struggles at art school and his early “poor starving artist” years in which he tried to develop his art and support his family. »
- Phil Wheat
Clarius Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller Cell starring John Cusack (upcoming Love & Mercy, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson (upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, Django Unchained).
The film is based on the best-selling apocalyptic novel by Stephen King.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
- Michelle McCue
The first image from Stephen King adaptation Cell has arrived today alongside news that Clarius Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. Helmed by Paranormal Activity 2’s Tod Williams, the movie stars John Cusack as a man desperate to track down his family after a bizarre Twilight Zone-inspired incident hits the country.
Co-starring Samuel L. Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach (Nebraska), Cell orbits around this central group of strangers who unite after a signal hits all mobile phone networks across the U.S. The dangerous transmission soon turns cell phone users into murderous slaves to an unknown power. Needless to say, they each strive to find their loved ones as the national crisis escalates.
As a first teaser for those disastrous events, the image which accompanied the news is pretty standard fare. Cusack, Jackson and Fuhrman stand on a vandalized street, »
- Gem Seddon
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
"The book was better." These words make up the classic phrase that literary adaptations live and die by, and believe it or not, it's not always the truth. Sometimes the movie takes the story that the book tried to tell, and turns it into a more fully formed tale that the author can't help but respect. It happened when John Steinbeck admitted that The Grapes Of Wrath was a much darker story on the screen than on the page, and it more recently happened when Stephen King's The Mist was given an ending that even the king of horror had to admit worked perfectly. Of course, there are also the ones that don't get what the book was trying to say. For every adaptation of The Mist, there's a disastrous adaptation of Timeline waiting to take its place. For now, though, we'll remain optimistic about these upcoming projects. After all, »
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.
Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.
- Derek Anderson
Work on the sequel to Snow White And the Huntsman - which now goes by the name of The Huntsman - is set to get going in earnest later this year. But before it does, there's a change in director that we need to tell you about.
Earlier this week it was revealed that The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist helmer Frank Darabont had dropped out of directing The Huntsman. The reason? "Creative differences" is all we've been told thus far.
So who's going to be stepping into his shoes?
That'd be a man by the name of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Once mooted to helm the reboot of Highlander that Summit Entertainment is putting together, Nicolas-Troyan has thus far built a steady career as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor. On his CV? The likes of Maleficent, »
The Dive: After making three installments of The Hunger Games series together, Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence will again team for The Dive, to be produced by James Cameron. It's based on the true-life story of a married couple "who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air." [The Wrap] The Huntsman: In an unexpected move, Frank Darabont (The Mist) will not be directing The Huntsman, a follow-up to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont joined the project last summer; his departure is attributed to "creative differences." Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles from the original, and now Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is being touted to costar as the Snow...
- Peter Martin
The Dive: After making three installments of The Hunger Games series together, Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence will again team for The Dive, to be produced by James Cameron. It's based on the true-life story of a married couple "who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air." [The Wrap] The Huntsman: In an unexpected move, Frank Darabont (The Mist) will not be directing The Huntsman, a follow-up to 2012's...
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Deadline is reporting that Frank Darabont will no longer direct The Huntsman for Universal. Darabont had been attached to the project for the last few months but has now left due to ‘creative differences’.
The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman will see Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles, whilst Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) has reportedly signed on to play the film’s villain.
Despite Darabont’s departure, the movie will still hold its April 22nd, 2016 release date.
- Thomas Roach
The long Mlk Day weekend kicked off with a bit of sour news for those looking forward to seeing what Frank Darabont (The Mist, “The Walking Dead”) might do with The Huntsman, the prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
15 items from 2015
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