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Warcraft was not the movie that many wanted it to be, at least if the critics are to be believed. And it certainly wasn't quite what Legendary Pictures was hoping for, either. The movie wasn't exactly a major blockbuster hit (at least domestically) that was meant to launch a big franchise, which was the intention. But director Duncan Jones is still holding out hope for Warcraft 2, and now he has shared some story details for his vision, should the movie ever happen.
Flickering Myth brings us the story details, which were revealed by Duncan Jones after a recent screening. The director explains that, should he get to do Warcraft 2, it would follow Durotan's son in his adolescent years. Here's what he had to say about it.
"This first film is about establishing the world, and showing Durotan helping his son escape a dying planet. So, to me, the idea over the course of three films would be for Thrall to fulfill that vision of Durotan to create a new homeland for the Orcs. So, it would be the adolescent years of that baby, and anyone who does know their Warcraft stories would know it's very much a Spartacus story that goes on with that character. I would basically follow that through. And with the human side of it, which is a little less clear of how that would follow, but basically, there is an aftermath to this film which would need to be completed. And on the Orc side you're very much following that baby, Go'el, known as Thrall in the universe, and how he eventually creates the Orc homeland."
Say what you will about Warcraft, but it certainly sounds like Duncan Jones has quite the vision for this trilogy. Interestingly enough, Jones has a pretty damn good track record outside of Warcraft, with Moon and Source Code doing rather well with fans of sci-fi, if not massive commercial smashes. His next movie, Mute, is set to debut later this year on Netflix and, according to the director, will cap the trilogy that includes Moon and Source Code. All of that to say, he would probably learn some lessons from what went wrong with Warcraft and do some serious course correction with Warcraft 2. But the ball is in Universal's court at this point.
Warcraft, despite doing very poorly with critics, wound up being the highest-grossing video game movie of all time. Even though the movie only made $47 million domestically, which probably is less than the studio hoped it would make opening weekend, the movie grossed $433.6 million worldwide. If the movie hadn't cost $160 million to make, Warcraft 2 probably would have been given the green light already. Though, looking at a movie like Pacific Rim, which made $411 million worldwide against a $190 million budget, which is getting a sequel next year with Pacific Rim: Uprising, Warcraft 2 doesn't seem totally out of the question. If Universal pulls the trigger, Duncan Jones seems to be ready and waiting. »
“Warcraft” director Duncan Jones would love to direct a sequel to his 2016 film, but the filmmaker apparently doesn’t expect Legendary and Universal to greenlight the project. That didn’t stop him, however, from telling an audience at a “Warcraft” screening on Monday night in London where he would take the story. Here’s Duncan’s vision for a sequel (and beyond), as reported by Flickering Myth:
“This first film is about establishing the world, and showing Durotan helping his son escape a dying planet. So to me the idea over the course of three films would be for Thrall to fulfill that vision of Durotan to create a new homeland for the Orcs. So in [the sequel] it would be the adolescent years of that baby, and anyone who does know their Warcraft »
- Graham Winfrey
Groundhog Day popularized the idea of a character (Bill Murray) forced to relive the same day over and over again. The movie was very funny, but also sweet, poignant and romantic. Ever since then, filmmakers have been drawn irresistibly to the tantalizing premise, adding their own distinctive spins, as in the terrific Run Lola Run, Timecrimes, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow and this year's Before I Fall. The horror genre has been well-represented as well, with titles like Camp Slaughter, Triangle and Haunter. Now a new approach to the premise is on its way. Happy Death Day starts with a young woman waking up in a college dorm room with no memory of how she got there. Soon enough, however, she discovers that her life is in danger if she can't solve a horrible...
- Peter Martin
Groundhog Day popularized the idea of a character (Bill Murray) forced to relive the same day over and over again. The movie was very funny, but also sweet, poignant and romantic. Ever since then, filmmakers have been drawn irresistibly to the tantalizing premise, adding their own distinctive spins, as in the terrific Run Lola Run, Timecrimes, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow and this year's Before I Fall. The horror genre has been well-represented as well, with titles like Camp...
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Ahead of the upcoming release, Sony Pictures has released the first trailer, poster and stills from the upcoming remake of the film Flatliners. The film will arrive in cinemas in September, starring the likes of Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland, the latter of whom appeared in the 1990 original. Watch the Flatliners remake trailer below.
In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. »
- Paul Heath
Back in November, Sony Pictures made a numberof changes to their upcoming release schedule, including a shift of their Flatliners remake release date, pushing it from the summer slot of August 18 to September 29. As it turns out, there was a good reason for that shift, with director Niels Arden Oplev assembling his cast once again for reshoots, which will take place in Toronto next month. If the studio would have kept the old release date, it would have been cutting it too close for comfort.
Iatse 873, the local Toronto chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, revealed on their website that Flatliners reshoots have been scheduled in Toronto for eight days, spanning July 24 to August 1. If Sony would have kept the August 18 release intact, the production would have certainly been rushing to get this new footage into the movie in just a few short weeks. Still, even with the release date delay, »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)
Where to Stream: Amazon, »
- The Film Stage
“Life” spends its first act building up some big ideas, but eventually unravels into another monster movie in space. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station on a special mission to find evidence of alien life among dirt samples retrieved by a Mars lander. Believe or not, they find it — which is just enough buildup to unleash a serviceable “Alien” knock-off in disguise.
But that’s not the only sci-fi hit to which “Life” owes its existence. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) imbues the otherworldly setting with a visual flair right out of the “Gravity” playbook. The movie opens with mission specialist Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), who has a penchant for derring-do and always has a one-liner handy, undergoing a spacewalk captured in an ambitious long take. As the camera roves through the zero-gravity corridors of the station, peeking out windows at the black void, we meet the rest of the crew. »
- Jonathan Poritsky
Groundhog Day has become the anchor of movies with a time loop at the center of the narrative. It was the first film to bring the concept to mainstream movies, and since then we’ve seen it employed in a variety of genres with films like Run Lola Run, Primer, Deja Vu, Source Code, Edge of […]
- Ethan Anderton
Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Time travel is all the rage on television. Between Legends of Tomorrow, Timeless, Frequency, Time after Time, 12 Monkeys and last year’s 11.22.63, which I’m currently watching, forget about the butterfly effect; this is deja vu. Yet, Fox decided to add another time traveler to the schedule: the ultra-goofy buddy comedy Making History. I gotta say though, it’s not exactly living up to its title…
Created by Julius Sharpe (Family Guy), Making History is decidedly more Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure than Primer. It centers on Dan (Adam Pally), a lowly, average guy who spends his work days in a janitorial position in a local college and his weekends (and occasional Tuesdays) traveling back to 1775, via a duffel bag time-traveler, to meet his Colonel girlfriend, Deborah (Leighton Meester). Inherited from his late father, Dan is unambitious but certainly not malicious with his gift. »
- Will Ashton
When he’s not fighting for democratic principles on Twitter, you can find Jeffrey Wright inquisitively peering over his glasses in a whole host of recent scientist roles. From Source Code to The Hunger Games franchise to Westworld, Wright has basically inherited the Jeff Goldblum mantle of playing likable but vaguely bumbling scientists in seemingly everything. Yet when Brandon Hardesty of the YouTube channel No Small Parts decided to dig into Wright’s filmography for an IMDb video, he discovered that “severely unrated character actor Jeffrey Wright” has actually had a far more diverse career than we’ve been giving him credit for recently.
Hardesty explains that while most character actors start their careers getting cast as a specific type before expanding into a wider range of roles, Wright has taken the opposite approach. Though he’s well known for his scientist persona now, his early career featured all kinds »
- Caroline Siede
Farmiga's breakout film work was in "Down To The Bone" (2004), followed by "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), fan-favorite "The Departed" (2006), "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" (2008), "Nothing But the Truth" (2008) and an Oscar-nominated best Supporting actress role in "Up In The Air" (2009).
Farmiga also starred in and directed the feature "Higher Ground" (2011).
Since 2013, Farmiga has starred as 'Norma Louise Bates' in the A&E drama-thriller series "Bates Motel".
- Michael Stevens
Little by little, the cast of 2019’s Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, is starting to come together. The past few weeks have seen Friday Night Lights actor Kyle Chandler and Stranger Things breakout actress Millie Bobby Brown both signing on to the monster film as a father-daughter duo, but now their family unit has found a new member.
Farmiga is currently finishing up her time as Norma Bates on the final season of Bates Motel, for which she has earned widespread acclaim from viewers over the years and an Emmy nomination in 2013. She’ll soon be seen in Shana Feste’s Boundaries, Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter and Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State.
Between The Departed, »
- Justin Cook
Author: Zehra Phelan
This new project will only be Ross’s third outing as a feature-length director. Last year he reaped a copious amount of praise after the release of the radiant Captain Fantastic, which starred an impressive turn from Viggo Mortensen, which he wrote and directed. Turning his hand in a completely different direction is an ambitious move, but one in which he is confident to show off his eclectic skills to a different type of audience.
Matt Ross, on his new sci-fi project, said “Tomorrow and Tomorrow is prescient, it posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed, where technology has altered the »
- Zehra Phelan
Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionGroundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionAdriana Floridia2/2/2017 10:30:00 Am
Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. Then there is Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman, Phil Connors mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again. On a traditional level the movie is a comedy, but it actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years.
In honour of Groundhog Day, we’re taking a look back at ten other films that deal with time, memory, dreams, and repeated experiences. While there may be no film that tackles the topic as precisely as Groundhog Day, these »
- Adriana Floridia
Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel.
It’s February 12th, and high school senior Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is excited for what Cupid Day may bring. She and her fellow students exchange roses, all determined to be gifted as many as possible. Before long, it becomes clear that Sam and her friends are the mean girls at their high school. They are popular and pretty, but mean and petty. Sam’s got the hunky jock boyfriend, Rob (Kian Lawley), who doesn’t care and the clever childhood friend, Kent (Logan Miller), who really cares. Her best friend, Lindsay »
- Dan Mecca
Green Lantern didn’t get the film that the character deserved in 2011’s woebegone adaptation. Bloated, confused and just plain ugly throughout, it didn’t make many fans happy and failed to find much of an audience in the multiplex. But Hollywood is nothing without second chances, right? With the DC Extended Cinematic Universe now in full swing, we’ll soon see Warner Bros.’ second attempt to bring the superhero to the big screen with the upcoming Green Lantern Corps. movie.
Yesterday found David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes attached to write the screenplay, with reports that the studio is aggressively pushing ahead with it. But the newest comic book origin story, which will focus on both Hal Jordan and John Stewart, is still in early development, meaning there’s still time to right the wrongs made the first time around.
As such, everyone and their mother’s blog has »
- Will Ashton
Duncan Jones' psychological thriller, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux is coming to Netflix this year! In anticipation for it's inevitable release, check out the first photos from the film!
The director of Moon, Source Code, and most recently Warcraft, has spent the last few months working his latest film, not for the big screen, but for the streaming juggernaut Netflix. Today, we get to sample the fruits of his labor with new pics! Let's analyze the first pictures from Duncan Jones' Netflix Original Movie, Mute, shall we?
As you can see from the photos, Mute feels very 80s with its interpretation of the future. Almost Blade Runner-esque or Judge Dredd without all the Rob Schneiders hiding in pasta robots. The premise behind Mute is a pretty interesting one too. See the synopsis below:
Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
The first, often tiny, reveals from films, especially those that are still rather far from release, don’t generally amount to much, but when Duncan Jones is involved, you hope for a taste of the wild world headed your way.
Mute, a film that sounds like a brilliant revisit to film noir, has released a few images, and though I’m not usually one for picking apart the details of such things, these actually manage to amp up the anticipation. Sure, the image of Paul Rudd is just Paul Rudd with a serious mustache, but he plays one of a pair of surgeons, and he looks like he’s stepped out of some warped reboot of Mash.
Beyond that little touch of fun, the images reveal something that looks like Blade Runner, and when you put it together with the dark, ominous plot, that throws things a bit out of »
- Marc Eastman
Netflix presents the first Look at the highly-anticipated futuristic thriller Mute. Enter the captivating world of visionary filmmaker Duncan Jones, featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and newcomer Seyneb Saleh. Duncan Jones, the creative mind behind the cult-hit Moon and Source Code, returns to his creative roots with this original and gripping story set in an immersive universe.
Taking place in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo's search for her takes him deep into the city's seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love. »
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