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The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its narrative and documentary competition lineups for the 2015 fest on Jan. 23-29.
The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” — will celebrate its 21st anniversary. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres.
Notable titles include Brander Kramer’s “Ratter,” starring Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson and Kaili Vernoff in the story of a young woman watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology; and “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” directed by Colin Offland in an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game »
- Dave McNary
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
One of our favorite documentaries of all time here at Fsr, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters debuted back in January 2007 at the Slamdance Film Festival. Before it even released in theaters that August it had become an enormous cult sensation, particularly with people who aren’t normally into nonfiction films. Also before it even opened, director Seth Gordon was recruited by New Line (who also distributed the doc) to remake the feature, presumably to share the goofy story of rival arcade game champions with a much broader audience that wouldn’t ever, ever watch a doc, no matter how entertaining. It’s totally unnecessary, and those doc-despisers don’t deserve this story if that’s how they’re gonna be, but that’s Hollywood for you. As with most plans to redo docs as dramatic or “narrative” films, though, this one has been taking its sweet time — and doesn’t seem like it’ll »
- Christopher Campbell
Nathan Drake will be in theaters during the summer of 2016. In addition to changing their Spider-Man release dates, Sony slotted the adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted for June 10, 2016. Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim. Read more about the Uncharted movie release date below. […]
The post Seth Gordon’s Uncharted Movie Release Date Set For June 10, 2016 appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Finally: the movie of Sony's Uncharted videogames is set to start filming in early 2015...
Well, it's take a long time to get this far, but it looks as if the long-mooted film of the Uncharted videogame series is finally about to get moving.
The film is being directed by Seth Gordon, who helmed Horrible Bosses and The King Of Kong, and when asked by Zap2It when production was set to start, he said "I think very early next year. That's the plan. That's like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie".
Confirming that the script has been brought to "a really good place" and that the film will be "very international", the big problem now is who to cast in the lead role. Common sense, of course, suggests Nathan Fillion, but it's not looking that way. Green has confirmed that the hunt is still on, »
After five years of complex development, the Uncharted movie has finally gained some momentum with the arrival of Seth Gordon (The King Of Kong, Horrible Bosses) as director. Asked when production is likely to get underway, Gordon has revealed that "very early next year" is the plan. "That is months from now," he explains, "but it's like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie." He promises the setting of the film will be "very international" and "all over the world."The Uncharted series, should you be unaware, is a globe-trotting, loot-hunting set of games for the PS3, following our Indy-alike hero Nathan Drake on his trips to the likes of El Dorado, Shambala and the Iram of the Pillars. Along the way, Drake quips many a quip and shoots many a henchman. The Internet is united in wanting Nathan Fillion to play him onscreen, although back »
An Uncharted movie has been in development for years. Fans of the video game series have been eager to see the adventurous story of Nathan Drake come to the screen, and a few different filmmakers have tried to get the project off the ground. David O. Russell was attached to direct for a while, then eventually dropped out. Neil Burger (Divergent) flirted with the pic as well, but he too fell by the wayside. Even Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were approached to pen an adaptation, but they subsequently declined. Finally, earlier this year, Columbia Pictures tapped Horrible Bosses and The King of Kong director Seth Gordon to take the helm. Gordon hasn't departed the project yet so things appear to be going smoothly, and in fact the filmmaker recently revealed that the plan is to start filming early next year. More after the jump. While speaking with Zap2It »
- Adam Chitwood
"Horrible Bosses" was a fantastic concept. Get three strong comedians (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis), give them brutally bad bosses and cast them with some pretty big Hollywood names we don't often see playing these types of characters (Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey—who we now know as the horrible politician from “House Of Cards,” but it had been a long time since he’d played someone so heartless and cruel). It had a solid director, Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind the awesome documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" (though the maybe not so awesome comedy "Four Christmases"). It had a script so good (by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) that it attracted all this top talent (including Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) and it was all set to be the best comedy we’d all seen in ages, right? But something went horribly awry, »
- Edward Davis
Filmmaker Dean Israelite and "Grace of Monaco" writer Arash Amel are in final negotiations to join the project. Israelite makes his directing debut on next year's Michael Bay-produced, time travel-themed found footage film "Project Alamanac".
The original starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two school kids with the former finding a backdoor way into the W.O.P.R., the U.S. military's most advanced computer war-games simulator. What he thought was a game turns out to nearly trigger Wwiii and they need the help of the machine's designer Stephen Falken to stop it from igniting nuclear armageddon on its own.
The film scored three Oscar nominations, made almost seven times its budget at the box-office in North America alone, and practically coined the term 'firewall'. Reviews were »
- Garth Franklin
"Is this a game or is it real?" Here we go again. MGM is apparently still intent on remaking the classic 80's computer hacker movie WarGames, and has picked up development again by hiring a brand new writer and director. Since 2011, The King of Kong's Seth Gordon was attached to direct, however the project never seemed to go anywhere (meanwhile MGM's other 80's remake, Red Dawn, flopped). Deadline is reporting that they're "close to signing" up-and-coming director Dean Israelite for the remake, a name we're not yet familiar with has his first film, a time travel sci-fi titled Project Almanac, was delayed from release this year. There's not much known about the WarGames reboot, except that MGM seems intent on finding a way to make it happen (especially in the digital world we live in today). Instead of picking up with Seth Gordon, they're looking at Dean Israelite instead. »
- Alex Billington
Like the later levels on Space Invaders, things are moving ever quicker as Adam Sandler puts the pieces together for short film-based video game comedy sci-fi thriller Pixels. He’s just landed Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage for a major role.Sandler, Josh Gad and Kevin James are already aboard for the story of what happens when aliens use iconic video game characters to wage war on the human race. Things look dark for humanity until the president (James) calls on his old friends (Sandler and Gad) to employ their gaming skills to stop the invaders.Dinklage, meanwhile, will seemingly be channelling The King Of Kong’s Billy Mitchell to play an arrogant, preening former Donkey Kong and Space Invaders champ. Chris Columbus is in the director’s chair for this one, working from Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling’s script, itself based on Patrick Jean’s short film. The »
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in final talks to join the cast of Pixels, which already includes Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad. The project is based on Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, where New York City is literally transformed into 8-bit pixels. Check out the short below, then read on for more details.
The project has been in development since 2010, shortly after Patrick Jean's short film debuted. This feature-length adaptation centers on an alien race who attack New York City by staging versions of 1980s video games on an epic scale. The story follows four arcade video game champions who are recruited by the government to stop this dangerous threat. If a deal is finalized, Peter Dinklage will play the fourth and final male lead.
The film explores the people and companies racing to deliver consumer 3D printing — a potentially disruptive and controversial technology that enables reproduction of everything from guns to human organs.
“Print the Legend” will premiere on Netflix in 2014 in all territories where Netflix is available. The docu won the 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s special jury recognition award for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature category.
Other documentaries the streamer has acquired include “The Square,” an Oscar-nominated film about political unrest in Egypt; “The Short Game,” about kid golfers; Mitt Romney docu “Mitt”; and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” about pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, which won the Oscar this year for documentary short.
See Also: SXSW Film Review: ‘Print the Legend »
- Todd Spangler
Netflix has acquired the rights to South by the Southwest award-winning feature documentary, “Print the Legend.” The recipient of the Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing and Storytelling, “Print the Legend” will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year. Directed, shot, and edited by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel (“Make Believe,” “The King of Kong”) and produced by Steven Klein (“Make Believe”), “Print the Legend” goes behind-the-scenes of the top American 3D printing brands as they fight for dominance in the rapidly developing, groundbreaking field of 3D printing. Also read: Disney to Film Marvel Netflix Series in NYC as Part of Massive New. »
- Jethro Nededog
Following the recent news that Seth Gordon would be helming the upcoming, high-profile Uncharted movie, the director continues to enjoy his winning streak by taking the reins of Queen Of Hearts for Oddlot Entertainment.
Now one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood, Queen Of Hearts is written by Stephanie Shannon, and won her a 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting – the winners of which receive a prize of $35,000. As one of five projects selected from 7, 251 submissions, the quality of Shannon’s script was such that it also landed firmly on the 2013 Black List.
The story tells of a passionate love affair that leaves legendary writer Lewis Carroll heartbroken, and leads him to write his most famous novel, Alice In Wonderland. The popularity of the script undoubtedly benefits from the current trend in revisionist cinematic fairy tales – with Disney soon releasing Maleficent and Cinderella, and Snow White And The Huntsman 2 also looming on the horizon. »
- Sarah Myles
Sometimes all it takes to launch an unknown director into the big leagues is a single, solid indie hit. Such was the case with Seth Gordon, director of the compelling documentary The King of Kong, which took a look at the heart of the competitive arcade gaming community by following a showdown between the long-standing Donkey Kong champion and a bold new competitor.
After handling successful studio comedies Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, Gordon will next be returning to the world of video games with an adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise, which is in development at Sony Pictures. The games are similar in tone to the Indiana Jones ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
A day after it was announced that he's attached to direct the "Uncharted" film adaptation for Sony Pictures, filmmaker Seth Gordon ("The King of Kong," "Identity Thief") has been linked with another project.
The story details the failed love affair that led to his most famous story. Shannon and Gordon are tied together through David McIlvain - his manager and a man she was an assistant to.
'Queen' is said to still be in early development and "Uncharted" will definitely "go first" as such.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Just yesterday, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon was said to be heading into a completely different genre by being at the helm of the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Now Deadline has word of Gordon taking on another non-comedy project with OddLot Entertainment picking up Queen of Hearts, the script from debut writer Stephanie Shannon which made the Black List last year. Not unlike Finding Neverland or last year's Saving Mr.Banks, the film chronicles a passionate affair that ended in heartbreak, prompting Lewis Carroll to write the book Alice in Wonderland. It's not quite the same as some other revisionist fairytale adaptations like Maleficent and Cinderella coming from Disney soon, and it actually sounds like a very intriguing story. Shannon has been poised to make a splash after winning the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition. It's another very different project for Gordon who launched »
- Ethan Anderton
An adaptation of the adventure video game Uncharted has been in the works for a while now. For the longest time, it seemed like David O. Russell was going to be the man to bring Nathan Drake’s story to the screen, but that was before Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle made him an Oscar darling. Russell’s involvement then gave way to Neil Burger being tapped to direct, but apparently his stay with the presumed franchise was brief. Now, it’s Seth Gordon’s turn. Yes, the director of The King of Kong and Horrible Bosses will be directing this video game adaptation now. There’s a script from David Guggenheim, so Gordon will be upping his game and directing an action movie after mostly staying in the comedy realm to date. It’ll be a challenge for him, but this game has its light hearted moments (think »
- Joey Magidson
There are so many video game movies that just won't be seeing the silver screen anytime soon: Halo, Bioshock - these just a few adaptations that the fans would love to see.
Light has shone, however, on one series that has gotten a lot of acclaim since it's inception in 2007. Sony's "Uncharted" franchise follows Nathan Drake, an explorer/treasure hunter since his early teens. Through his adventures on the various Playstation systems, he's been all over the world, discovering long lost civilizations, stumbling on mystical creatures, and making more than his fair share of enemies along the way. It always seems that, in the end, Nate comes out unscathed.
As a perfect blend of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones, "Uncharted" could breathe new life into the adventure genre of movies, and earlier this week, the Uncharted movie took a few steps closer to becoming a reality!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave B.)
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