20 items from 2015
With mixed reviews for Spectre, the talk about who will play the next Bond is at an all-time high. This online sportsbook has updated the odds, with Tom Hardy and Idris Elba listed as strong favorites. There are actually a number of names in the mix with the even bet being Damian Lewis (pictured). The actor, who became a household name following his work on the TV drama Homeland, and countless film roles including The Escapist, Romeo and Juliet and this year’s Bill, is the firm favourite to take over the role from current 007 Daniel Craig when he finally hands in his notice as the famous British super-spy.
Also mentioned as +600 (6-1) are Nicholas Hoult, who led »
- The Hollywood News
Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.
Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, »
The Gambit movie just can’t catch a break, and even when there’s some good news, it seems that it falls apart, or at least threatens to. Getting Channing Tatum to star was something that split fans, because some said he just doesn’t seem like he’s a great choice (me among them), but then we had to go through the fear that he might be lost.
Now, shortly after signing director Rupert Wyatt, the production schedule changed, and he’s out. Apparently, the shooting start has been pushed back a couple of months, and Wyatt isn’t available to commit to the timeframe.
Of course, who knows how things will work out at this point, and how quickly the film can get someone else on board, but it could end up being a blessing in disguise. That is, unless the movie, already plagued with various problems getting »
- Marc Eastman
Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop! Director who brought Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler to screens, will next direct Gambit for Fox, a spin-off from the X-Men movies. Gambit Rupert Wyatt scoop – English helmer to direct for 20th Century Fox
Rupert Wyatt, who helmed the brilliant The Escapist, before going on to direct big-budget Hollywood blockbusters Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Gambler, is being lined up to direct Channing Tatum in the Gambit movie over at Fox. The English director is set to take control of the film for a potential October shoot with Tatum in the lead role.
- Paul Heath
According to EW, 20th Century Fox has hired Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise of the Planet of The Apes, The Escapist) to helm their solo Gambit movie, which will star Channing Tatum as Cajun mutant, Remy LeBeau. This won't be the character's first live-action incarnation of course, as he was played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine - but fans were left underwhelmed by both the movie and that interpretation of Gambit, and have been looking forward to seeing some justice done. Aside from the star (and now the director) we don't know a whole lot about this, but Tatum has told us to expect a different take on the typical origin story, and that the plot will play around with the usual tropes associated with superhero movies. Tatum is also producing the film along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. Gambit is set for release on Oct. »
At long last, the Gambit movie has found its director. Channing Tatum came onboard the X-Men spinoff last year, and 20th Century Fox quickly staked out an October 7, 2016 release date. But the project has been slow-going when it comes to finding a director, with the clock ticking and October 2016 looming closer. Reports swirled that Tatum reached out to folks like Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) to take the helm, but EW now reports that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has been tapped to steer this particular superhero ship. Gambit aka Remy LeBeau is a fan-favorite character from the X-Men comics, a New Orleans native with a penchant for gambling and turning objects (like playing cards) into throw-able explosives. Taylor Kitsch filled the role in the 2009 misfire X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but with Gambit Tatum aims to jumpstart a new X-Men franchise as the series proper is currently at »
- Adam Chitwood
Copyright Desert Dancer Productions Ltd 2014
Relativity Studios has released a new, behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming film Desert Dancer. The movie stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury.
Check out the featurette now for an inside look at the cast’s dance rehearsals with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan.
The video features Benjamin Wallfisch’s original score throughout.
Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.
Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their »
- Michelle McCue
The Gambler, 2014.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…
At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp, »
- Gary Collinson
In Foxcatcher, there’s a captivating scene where Steve Carell’s character, millionaire John du Pont, ushers a stable of horses out into a grey, autumnal morning. It’s a moment given a luminous, magical quality by cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose other recent film credits include Let Me In and Zero Dark Thirty.
The Gambler, the new drama written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) represented its own set of unique challenges. One of them was to bring tension and visual excitement to a story that frequently sees its wayward protagonist Jim (Mark Wahlberg) frittering his money away at a blackjack table or lecturing a theatre full of distracted college students.
It’s testament to »
Having made his debut feature with the acclaimed 2008 thriller The Escapist, British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt directed the hugely successful Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011. Reviving a franchise that had long since slipped into the doldrums, it was hailed as a summer film with an all-too-rare streak of intelligence.
Wyatt's latest film is a very different proposition: a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler is a slickly-written drama about a college professor (an against-the-grain Mark Wahlberg) in hock to some very dangerous people. With his debts mounting, Wahlberg's gambler resorts to a series of schemes to try to pay his way out of trouble, only for his self-destructive nature to send him sinking further into the mire.
As The Gambler's UK release approaches, we catch »
• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. »
- C. Molly Smith
The most recent film from director Rupert Wyatt was a remake of The Gambler, and now his own first feature is getting the remake treatment. The Escapist is Wyatt’s UK debut, in which Brian Cox played a prison inmate who assembles a group of fellow inmates in order to stage an ambitious break from the […]
- Russ Fischer
The actor will lead the cast of the Legendary Pictures project, which has yet to secure a director.
The film follows a convict serving a life sentence, who plots a prison break when he learns that his daughter is terminally ill.
Neeson can next be seen in Taken 3, which he has previously suggested will be the final instalment of the series.
Taken 3 is released in the UK tomorrow (January 8) and in the Us on Friday (January 9). Watch a trailer below: »
With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller The Escapist. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Gambler) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to »
- Jesse Giroux
Legendary Pictures announced a deal for impressive Cold in July director Jim Mickle to be at the helm of a new project called Esperanza, based on the book of the same name by John N. Maclean. And in that news, they also revealed another developing project elsewhere. First of all, Sean O'Keefe, a writer who has had several scripts picked up but not produced into feature films yet, will be scripting Esperanza, the story of a Spartan culture of firefighters battling the ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires. Sounds like 300 meets Planes: Fire & Rescue to me. And it's O'Keefe who is also behind that aforementioned project we learned was in the works. In the same press release, it's mentioned that O'Keefe is working on a remake of The Escapist. The original UK thriller was directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who will produce the remake now. »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Neeson’s shift from solid drama actor to all-out action badass came rather late in his acting career. As this Friday sees the release of trilogy-closer, Taken 3, does this mean he might be heading for new waters? By the looks of his next project, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Just because Bryan Mills is retiring (we’ll see) doesn’t mean that Neeson has to relinquish his ass-kicking credentials, as he’ll be carrying on his action-packed antics in The Escapist.
A remake of Rupert Wyatt’s British thriller, Studio Canal are taking the reins on this Americanized take on The Escapist. It’s assumed that Neeson will tackle the role Brian Cox commandeered in the first movie, and it’ll be a change to see him dishing out orders while his lackeys do the heavy lifting.
In the 2009 original, Cox starred as a »
- Gem Seddon
Esperanza is based on Sean O’Keefe’s screenplay adapted from the novel by John N Maclean about a perfect storm of wildfires. Legendary’s Alex Hedlund will oversee the project.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Liam Neeson is attached to star in a remake of The Escapist, the 2009 film that served as the directorial debut of Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at this time. It isn't known when production may begin on the StudioCanal action thriller.
The original film The Escapist starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence, who recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break, so he can visit his ailing daughter. Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh rounded out the supporting cast in The Escapist, which helped pave the way for Rupert Wyatt to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Actor Brian Cox revealed to us in a 2011 interview that he was so impressed with Rupert Wyatt's work in The Escapist, that he »
Liam Neeson is set to reprise his wizened badass character yet again by starring in a remake of Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist. Wyatt's U.K. prison thriller starred Brian Cox as an inmate with a life sentence who stages a prison break by recruiting fellow inmates so that he can see his sick daughter. Considering the solid premise and strong cast—which also includes Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Liam Cunningham, and Dominic Cooper—I felt that the movie should have been much better than it was, but instead it feels very rote. Perhaps the American remake can get it right, and putting Neeson in the lead is a good start. A press release from Legendary Pictures also notes that Wyatt will produce, and Sean O'Keefe will pen the script. While some of O'Keefe's scripts have been picked up, they've been stuck in development hell for years (although »
- Matt Goldberg
With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) The Gambler now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy director. As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him. The film also stars Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. Williams. As you might imagine with a script by William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the extended interview Wyatt talked about making The Gambler, Monahan's script, how his first cut differed from the final product, deleted scenes, what he would have done with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt also talked about his first feature, The Escapist, and how it's found a new audience on Netflix (if you've »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
20 items from 2015
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