Syfy is teaming up with producers Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Due Date) to adapt Dan Simmons' Hugo award-winning science fiction epic Hyperion as an event series. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Holy hell, this is exciting. I've been waiting years for this one. Hyperion is a space opera of the highest caliber and and one of the best science fiction series of all time. Simmons created a universe that is complex, engrossing, often terrifying, and populated by fascinating characters. What's more, Syfy has assembled an excellent team of producers to bring the story to TV. [caption id="attachment_471143" align="alignright" width="230"] Image via Doubleday/Bantam Books[/caption] I'm intrigued to find out how they will handle the unconventional narrative of the books - the first is told in a series of vignettes introducing the characters, while the second installment, »
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In another example of Syfy upping its star wattage, the cabler announced today that it is partnering with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop an event series based on Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning bestselling novel “Hyperion.”
The three men will exec produce. Itamar Moses (“Boardwalk Empire”) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio. “Hyperion” will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper.
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Syfy is joining forces with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion as an event series. Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Prods is the studio. Hyperion will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips' 22nd and Green. Set on the eve of Armageddon with the… »
This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. John Logan is no stranger to time travel. As a screenwriter, he has journeyed to ancient Japan (for The Last Samurai), 1940s Hollywood (The Aviator) and 1930s Paris (Hugo). But as showrunner on Showtime's Penny Dreadful, a horror-drama mashup set in London during the late 1890s, he's finding himself struggling with the space-time continuum in ways that would have H.G. Wells throwing clocks out the window. "The biggest challenge of this show is the time-machine quality of filming one episode while editing
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Syfy is set to team with producers Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Graham King ("Argo") and Todd Phillips ("The Hangover") for an event TV series adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning novel "Hyperion" for Universal Cable Productions, Gk Films and 22nd and Green.
The story is set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at war. Seven pilgrims set forth on a voyage to seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each has a terrible secret, and one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
Cooper, King and Phillips will executive produce while Itamar Moses ("Boardwalk Empire") will write the screenplay. In a statement, Cooper says: "It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences."
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- Garth Franklin
We know that Quentin Tarantino loves celluloid and that he shot his latest film, "The Hateful Eight" in 70mm (actually Ultra Panavision 70, to be exact). But the problem is most theaters are now equipped with digital systems and are unprepared to properly exhibit the film. Read More: Here's the Best Advice from Cinematographers at CineGear News has come from CineGear Expo by way of cinematographer Bill Bennett who, after a presentation of "Hateful Eight" test footage tweeted that Tarantino plans to help put 70mm projectors equipped with anamorphic gear into 50 theaters worldwide so the film can be screened properly. It's worth noting that Bennett didn't shoot "Hateful Eight." That was three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson ("JFK," "The Aviator" and "Hugo"). The footage was projected in 70mm anamorphic film and included actor close-ups, interiors and various exteriors in a variety of lighting conditions, »
- Paula Bernstein
A New Yorker article purporting to set us right about 3-D suggests that bonafide artists are discovering its aesthetic potential, from Jean-Luc Godard to recent Cannes entrant Gasper Noe. As the commercial use of 3-D is widespread and fully a third of theaters are equipped with digital 3-D, the writer asks if a "new breed of uppity 3-D" is at hand. "Could this be the onset of a novel, highbrow age in 3-D cinema?" While the piece mentions Wim Wenders' "Pina" and Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," and makes passing reference to James Cameron's "Avatar," there is no discussion of two Hollywood master auteurs who have led the way in the use of groundbreaking and masterful 3-D: Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") and Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"). Which leads me to wonder if this writer has a clue what he is talking about. »
- Anne Thompson
According to a report over at The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Sony are still looking for their Spider-man. Earlier reports suggesting Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) was about to sign for the role were apparently a bit premature. He's still in the running, however, along with five other young hopefuls, for the prized role. Could this be a negotiation tactic used by Sony to get Butterfieldc Possibly. The good news is the search should be concluded by next week. Butterfield is joined by previously rumored Spider-Man hopeful Tom Holland (The Impossible) and four relative newcomers. Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Judah Lewis (Demolition), Matthew Lintz (Pixels), and Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire) are the rest of the rumored group to be screen testing over the weekend. The actors were flown to Atlanta, where Marvel is currently filming Captain America: Civil War. The film is widely reported to be the first appearance »
- Charles Dean
Six teenagers, including three Brits, have screen-tested for the role of the new Spider-Man in the latest reboot for the wall-crawling superhero, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hugo and Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield, 18, was previously cited by Deadline as a frontrunner. He was joined on Saturday by Tom Holland, 19, best known for playing Naomi Watts’ son in disaster drama The Impossible, and The Golden Compass actor Charlie Rowe, 19. The American contingent, all thought to be around 14, include newcomer Judah Lewis, who appears in the forthcoming remake of Point Break, Pixels’ Matthew Lintz and Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer.
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Six contenders remain in the quest to become Spider-Man in the Marvel cinematic universe...
Marvel and Sony are nearing their decision though, with the webslinger set to join the Marvel cinematic universe with 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Then, Spider-Man will get his own, fresh standalone movie in the summer of 2017.
Casting rumours have been circling for the past couple of months, with Asa Butterfield at one stage said to have clinched the role. That proved to be premature, however, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Marvel has been conducting screen tests for the final candidates over the weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel spent all of Saturday screen-testing actors in Atlanta for the role of Spider-Man, a superhero that will appear in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" before Sony Pictures reboots the "Spider-Man" franchise in 2017. Six teenage actors tested for the role, including Tom Holland (played Naomi Watt's son in "The Impossible"), Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game), Judah Lewis (upcoming "Demolition"), Matthew Lintz (upcoming "Pixels"), Charlie Plummer ("Boardwalk Empire"), and Charlie Rowe ("Red Band Society"). Producer looked at as many as 1,500 actors from around the world and narrowed the list down to their final six in the last two weeks. Marvel may make its final decision in the next few days, but there's also a slim chance that the studio may continue its search. The one big factor that could influence Marvel's decision is age. In the new movies, Peter Parker will be a high school student. »
After a secretive, all-day screen-testing process Saturday, Marvel is on the verge of choosing the actor who will don the red and blue suit of Spider-Man. According to sources, six teenage boys tested for the highly sought-after role in Captain America: Civil War and follow-up films, one of the biggest "gets" for a young actor in the film business. Tom Holland, who appeared as one of Naomi Watts' sons in the acclaimed tsunami drama The Impossible, and Asa Butterfield, the child star from Hugo and Ender's Game, were the best known of the contenders. The
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Hot off Carol‘s rapturous reception at Cannes, helmer Todd Haynes is lining up another promising project in Wonderstruck, an adaptation of the novel by The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick.
Haynes will both write and direct the big-screen take on Selznick’s award-winning children’s novel, which tells two stories separated by decades, one in words and the other in pictures. Here’s the official synopsis:
Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It has been a pretty good weekend for Todd Haynes. His latest film, "Carol," premiered at Cannes to rave reviews (including ours) and he's already starting to get new projects brewing, with news arriving that he's working on a limited series based on "The Source Family" documentary. And now the director is gearing up to step into an arena he's never done before — the children's movie. Read More: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Likely Headed For Fall Release, Plus New Image From The Film Screen Daily reports that Haynes will write and direct an adaptation of "Hugo" author Brian Selznick's award-winning "Wonderstruck." The book itself is ambitious stuff, telling a story split in two different time periods, one described in words, the other completely in pictures. Here's the book synopsis: From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, comes another breathtaking tour de force. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book centres on two intertwining stories: one set in 1977 and told entirely in words as a boy pines for the father he never knew, while the other takes place half a century earlier and is told entirely in pictures about a girl who dreams of a mysterious actress.
One Los Angeles insider on the Croisette told Screen the script was “brilliant”.
At time of writing it was still early days and remained unclear when the project might come together. Haynes »
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With Carol going over well at Cannes, director Todd Haynes has been discussing what his next project might be. Last we heard he was developing a Peggy Lee biopic with Reese Witherspoon, but it now turns out that there's another project in contention. Haynes is also hoping to adapt Wonderstruck, from the children's book by Brian Selznick, author of The Invention Of Hugo Cabret. Wonderstruck, in book form, covers two intertwining narratives and timelines. One involves a boy called Ben in 1977, living with his aunt and cousins in Minnesota after his mother's death, and running off to New York following the discovery of a mysterious note. The other revolves around a girl called Rose in 1927, apparently locked in a house in New Jersey, and escaping to Manhattan to see the latest film by her idol, the enigmatic Lillian Mayhew. Both children are deaf. Ben's story is told in text, while »
Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
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According to Latino Review, Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) has been chosen to become the new Spider-Man, with the character getting set to make his big-screen comeback as a younger high school-aged Peter Parker next year in Captain America: Civil War, and then in his own solo movie in 2017. Multiple reporters from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that Butterfield is a top contender, but state that no offer has been made to him yet. So take all of this with a grain...
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Speculation has swirled for weeks over just who will become Marvel's latest incarnation of Spider-Man, and it seems that the studio has finally decided on its leading (young) man.
According to the Latino Review, Asa Butterfield has snagged the part, and is currently in negotiations with the comics powerhouse. An official announcement is expected soon, the site reports.
The 18-year-old Butterfield had been one of the frontrunners for a while now, among a pack of young actors vying for the role that included Nat Wolff ("The Fault in Our Stars"), Tom Holland ("In The Heart of The Sea"), Timothee Chalamet ("Interstellar"), and Liam James ("The Killing"). Marvel and Sony, who are teaming up for the flick, reportedly want to focus on Peter Parker at a younger age than any of the previous "Spider-Man" films, spending more time with the hero as he navigates high school, hence the search for an »
- Katie Roberts
Hot movie rumour time. The mighty Latino Review are reporting that Marvel are in final negotiations with a name actor to play their Peter Parker/ Spider-Man. That name actor is Asa Butterfield who you’ll know from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and the sci-fi adventure Ender’S Game.
The site reports:
We’ve been sitting on this information since Friday but can confirm now, that his reps and Marvel are under negotiations. Its all about formalities now and then an official announcement from Marvel will follow shortly.
Spider-Man, who officially joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a deal with license owners Sony, is expected to debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War before appearing in his own film in 2017. ‘Civil War’ is already shooting, so an annoucnment should be pretty swift.
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