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A remake of James Caan-led 1974 organised crime classic The Gambler is currently in pre-production with Mark Wahlberg set for the lead role previously played by the legendary Hollywood hellraiser. Rupert Wyatt, director of surprise smash Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and the underrated British prison thriller The Escapist, will helm the film from Oscar-winning The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. He took the reigns after turning down the Denzel Washington reboot of 1980s cult series The Equalizer (which later went on to Antoine Fuqua).
The Paramount production is now rounding out its supporting cast with the dreamy Brie Larson in final negotiations to play the female lead. Larson’s rising up the ranks after stand-out turns in 21 Jump Street and acclaimed indie Short Term 12. We’re also hearing American Horror Story star and double Oscar-winner Jessica Lange is also joining the film centred on an gambling addict »
- Craig Hunter
It has been many months since we last heard about Chermin Entertainment.s planned adaptation of Marisha Pessl.s thriller novel Night Film, and I was starting to worry that nothing was happening with it. Deadline has buoyed my spirits by reporting a screenwriter has been hired for the project, and it.s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose first feature credit will come next month when Kimberly Pierce.s remake of Carrie hits theaters. I really, really want to hope that script comes out as more than just a haphazard carbon copy of Brian De Palma.s original film. I.m telekinetically crossing all of your fingers. Night Film is set to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who pleased audiences with the Brian Cox-led crime drama The Escapist, and the surprisingly awesome .James Franco plays with monkeys. thriller Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For both of those films, he »
When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came out in the summer of 2011, its critical and financial success surely was a surprise to many. A good portion of the credit has to go to director Rupert Wyatt who had only made one feature-length film (“The Escapist”) prior to the 'Apes' reboot. Despite the success, things have sort of been quiet on the Wyatt front ever since he stepped down from the 'Apes' sequel. He’s attached himself to a few projects here and there, but nothing seems to have officially moved forward for the filmmaker at this point. Now THR has reported that Rupert Wyatt is attached to direct “Night Film,” an adaptation of an upcoming noir novel written by author Marisha Pessl. A production company that helped to produce “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Chernin Entertainment, looks to want to stay in the Wyatt business, having »
- Ken Guidry
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist) is attached to direct an adaptation of the novel Night Film for Chernin Entertainment. The noir thriller, written by author Marisha Peel (whose best-selling debut was Special Topics in Calamity Physics), is due out from Random House in August.
The story follows investigative journalist Scott McGrath, who is looking into the death of a beautiful young woman, which was originally deemed a suicide. The woman turns out to be the daughter of a reclusive, cult horror film director named Stanislas Cordova, and McGrath then finds himself on a journey of revenge and truth.
No writer has been hired to adapt the script yet and the film hasn't found a studio, although Chernin has a first-look deal at Fox. »
Director Rupert Wyatt has a couple of solid flicks behind him in 2008.s The Escapist and 2011.s Rise of the Planet of the Apes , and his career is currently showing it, as he.s taking projects like the Wwi love story Birdsong and the sci-fi action Agent 13, while dropping others, like adaptation of the 1980s TV show The Equalizer. So what are we to believe about this piece of enticing news? Chernin Entertainment and Wyatt will reteam for the noir thriller Night Film, the upcoming novel from author Marisha Pessl. Chermin is a genre-flipper, having produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the soon-to-be-released sci-fi thriller Oblivion and Paul Feig.s upcoming comedy The Heat. While Chernin has a deal with Fox, the film isn.t set up anywhere at the moment. Nor does it have a screenwriter yet. Pessl, whose best-selling debut was 2006.s »
Talk about a leap. Not since Rupert Wyatt jumped from making The Escapist to taking on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has a director faced such a surge in budget and audience expectations. But it’s true: Colin Trevorrow, who made his fiction-directing debut with last year’s Safety Not Guaranteed, has been hired to tackle Jurassic Park 4.Ever since Steven Spielberg ended years of speculation and rumour development when he let slip in 2011 that he and Universal were officially pushing forward with a fourth burst of dino-mite, the project has taken on the speed of a hungry Velociraptor.Mark Protosevich wrote the first draft, which has since been re-worked by Apes team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The plot is still being kept a secret, but we’re guessing dinosaurs are somehow involved. Will they have gotten off the island again?Now Spielberg has decided to anoint »
Despite rumours suggesting that Sam Mendes was being tempted back to the James Bond franchise, the Skyfall director announced earlier today that he had declined the chance to return to the hotseat for Bond 24.
After the immense critical and commercial success of Mendes's 50th anniversary outing, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson now have an almighty task on their hands in finding a replacement.
Mendes's involvement in Bond could potentially signify an uptick in the calibre of filmmaker the series is able to attract, and with a cracking 007 in Daniel Craig and goodwill from Skyfall surely this opens the door to a whole host of potential directors?
Digital Spy picks out five directors we'd love to see tackle the next James Bond movie below.
Cons: Might be tempted to cast himself as James »
News Simon Brew 6 Mar 2013 - 06:27
The planned big screen take on The Equalizer isn't having quite as smooth a journey as it once seemingly was. It's been known for some time that Denzel Washington was taking the lead role in the movie, and at first, it looked as if Drive helmer Nicholas Winding Refn was going to direct.
Winding Refn pulled out of the project though, but it seemed as though Sony had found a more than able replacement in the shape of Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt, who has The Escapist and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes to his name, was all but announced last month. However, he too has now left the project.
It's understood that scheduling issues were behind his departure (it was the tight schedule that apparently led to »
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
When it was announced a couple of months ago that Nicolas Winding Refn had signed on to direct The Equalizer for Sony, it instantly went from being just another studio attempt to peddle '80s nostalgia to something that had the potential to be a genuinely great movie. Denzel Washington was an intriguing choice for the lead role, but considering Refn's resume and his refusal to shy away from violence, this team-up made it a very exciting prospect indeed. Sadly, Refn's deal ended up falling apart at the last minute, leaving Sony in search of a new director. Now this week appears that they have located a replacement, and although it's someone with a decent track record, my enthusiasm for the project has still dropped considerably. According to Deadline, Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt is in early talks to take over The Equalizer for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. »
News Simon Brew 21 Feb 2013 - 07:29
When it was first revealed that a big screen take on The Equalizer was being developed towards the end of last year, the reaction to the news seemed really quite warm. It was helped, mind you, by the involvement of Denzel Washington, who was attached to the project. And rumoured to be directing was Drive helmer Nicholas Winding Refn.
As things stand now, one of those two people remains involved. Denzel Washington is still in place as the film's star, but the rumours of Winding Refn's involvement ultimately came to nothing. Still, news has now broken of the person likely to direct the film, as it's been revealed that Rupert Wyatt is in talks for the job.
Wyatt is best known for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, but it's also worth checking »
Here at ComingSoon.net, we talk to a lot of different levels of filmmakers from legendary directors who have been making movies for decades to the filmmakers behind the latest studio releases and every once in a while, we see a movie from a first-time director that impresses us so much that we know that we're going to see a lot bigger things from them in the future. That was the case with Duncan Jones' first movie Moon and Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist and that was also the case with Ric Roman Waugh's 2008 prison movie Felon , starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer. We had a great talk with Waugh back then and we were really excited to see him back behind the camera with this weekend's Snitch , starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Based on a true story that was »
If you were unfortunate enough to have missed, or dare I say never heard of, the thrilling prison drama The Escapist, then for you Rupert Wyatt came out of nowhere and stole the summer of 2011 with Rise of The Planet of The Apes, that rare beast of a genuine high-quality, intelligent and exciting blockbuster. After storming the box office, the British director is now the toast of Hollywood, having almost directed Sherlock Holmes before Guy Ritchie came on board and rumoured to be attached to The Twilight Zone reboot way back when.
Wyatt has since departed the Apes franchise, leaving it in the rudest of health, and has now moved on to direct Birdsong, Sebastian Faulk’s wartime epic which is regularly hailed as one of modern literature’s greatest works. No pressure… But what makes this extremely talented man tick? Wyatt was kind enough to give up his time »
- Oscar Harding
Last year, fans of epic First World War novel Birdsong, written by Sebastian Faulks, were finally treated to an on-screen version of the story. Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, 127 Hours) starred in a two-part adaptation which aired on the BBC. This interpretation won many admirers and had an impressive sense of scale for a TV series. However, many fans of the book still eagerly await a fully-fledged cinematic version.
Over the years there have been numerous surges in the film industry to adapt Faulks' vision, but all attempts have ultimately ended in failure, after becoming bogged down in no-man's-land (pardon the awful pun). A plethora of leading men have been linked to, or even contracted to play, the novel's hero, Stephen Wraysford. Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Side Effects) was a very strong possibility at one point and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, »
- Liam Trim
Last week there was word that “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” helmer Rupert Wyatt had lined up another potential project, an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novel “Birdsong.” Well, it seems that the British director is eager to get started on his passion project as he’s already lined up his leading man. From Berlin, THR is reporting that “Warm Bodies” and “X-Men: First Class” star Nicholas Hoult will play the lead role in the World War I-set film, playing an an army officer who falls in love with a married French woman before the war, but is sent to the trenches when war breaks out. Wyatt first attempted to mount an adaptation over three years ago, as the follow-up to his debut “The Escapist,” with Michael Fassbender, Paddy Considine and Brian Cox all cast before the project fell apart. It seems that the success of his sophomore feature »
- Cain Rodriguez
At the rate he.s working, actor Nicholas Hoult might star in every fifth film released in the next few years. Having recently shown his undead chops as the lead in Jonathan Levine.s Warm Bodies, Hoult is quickly proving he.s capable of any genre he tackles. He.s got Jack the Giant Slayer on the immediate horizon, and Mad Max: Fury Road and the next X-Men installment coming next year. Now audiences can expect to see him as a soldier in a war drama. Variety reports Hault has joined the Wwi love story Birdsong, adapted from Sebastian Faulks. time period-shifting 1993 novel of the same name. The film will be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who gave us 2011.s highly enjoyable Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt, who also gave us 2008.s The Escapist, wrote the screenplay on this one as well. Hoult will star as Stephen Wraysford, »
The 2008 thriller, The Escapist, introduced us to the British director, Rupert Wyatt. And if you weren’t familiar with that particular work, then you would have recognized his second movie, which was much more popular: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After finding a lot of success with that film, and opting not to direct its sequel, the director has now found his next film with the adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novel, Birdsong.
Birdsong is mostly centered on an Englishman named Stephen Wraysford, and the events of his life that take place before, during and after the first world war. Faulks’ novel portrays the fervent love affair between Stephen and a married French woman, and his gruesome experiences at the trenches.
- Efe Dada
With The Escapist and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes under his belt, Rupert Wyatt has had his pick of projects, both stateside and here in the UK. But though he’s flirted with a few – including Michael Fassbender project Londongrad and the chance to make the Apes sequel – he hasn’t made up his mind. Now, though, it seems he’s digging back into his own filmmaking history and reuniting with Birdsong.Sebastian Faulks’ novel was pounced upon when it was published in 1993, optioned quickly and trumpeted as the sort of period epic we Brits do so well. Except… It never got made. And, 16 years, several cast changes and a revolving door of big name actors and writers later, it seemed doomed for eternity in limbo when the Beeb made its TV adaptation last year.But now Embankment Films thinks that the time is still right to get a film version made, »
18 items from 2013
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